2019 Faculty

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Artistic Director

Lindsay Eure

Lindsay Eure is a performing artist, director, teacher, and coach. Currently a resident artist and director at The Zeiders American Dream Theater, Ms. Eure conceives and directs a variety of themed revue style productions throughout the season. Additionally, in 2019 she will join the Virginia Musical Theatre directing ranks at The Sandler Center for Performing Arts. She is a sought after private coach and prior to Coastal Broadway Collaborative (CBC) offered group format training through Lindsay Eure’s Musical Theater Boot Camp. She covered the role of the Narrator in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and has performed at numerous regional theaters across the country including the 11,000 seat Muny in St. Louis, and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Since returning from New York, Ms. Eure has been a regularly featured actress with Virginia Musical Theatre, and has also made appearances at Virginia Stage Company. Notable regional roles include Mayzie La Bird in Seussical, Tanya in Mamma Mia, Vera Charles in Mame, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a cabaret artist, she has created several acclaimed one woman shows: Let Me Sing and I’m Happy, Hit Me With A Hot Note!, and Two’s Company.

A proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 2004, Ms. Eure trained at the prestigious University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music where she earned a BFA in Musical Theater. She is an alumna and former instructor at The Governor’s School for the Arts where she currently serves on the Foundation Board. She is also the former Producing Director of The New Theater of Chesapeake. Ms. Eure attended Anne Reinking’s Broadway Theater Project in 2000 as a rising college freshman and is very excited to use that experience, combined with her 24 years in the performing arts, to create a one of kind program for aspiring theater artists here in Coastal Virginia.


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Music Director

Allan Decipulo

A talented pianist/accompanist, Allan has worked for many arts educational institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, City College of New York and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Along with accompanying for auditions, rehearsals and vocal classes in New York.

Allan has had the great pleasure of serving as Music Director and Vocal coach with other Broadway Artists in Take It From The Top, a New York City based organization which presents performance workshops for aspiring teens across the country. 

Since moving back to the Hampton Roads area, Allan has accompanied for the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus, the Children’s Chorus of Virginia, and has played keyboard for Virginia Musical Theatre and Governor’s School for the Arts productions. Currently, Allan is a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Virginia, Music teacher at the Stratford School, serves as pianist/organist at VBCC, is the Musical Director and Vocal coach in the Musical Theatre department at GSA and is one of VMT’s Musical Directors. Allan received his bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Radford University.


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Dance

Angela Ara Brown

Angela Brown-Myers is a musical theatre veteran. Her Broadway credits include Mamma Mia!, Wicked and 42nd Street. Her television credits include Victorious, Hollywood Heights, Last Man Standing, Good Morning America, and The Jay Leno Show. Angela has performed with such artists as Ariana Grande and Adam Lambert. Recently, she served as Assistant Director and Choreographer for OktoberZest, Scrooge No More, and Elmo Rocks! at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Angela currently teaches Musical Theatre, HipHop, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary in the Hampton Roads Area. Ms. Brown-Myers has taught Musical Theatre Workshops and Master Classes from San Francisco to New York City. She has served many under-privileged youth throughout the years by teaching for non-profits such as A Place Called Home, The Children's Institute Performing Arts Program, and The Broadway Connection Musical Theatre Workshops. Angela holds a B.S. degree from Norfolk State University and has studied with many great teaches in NYC and LA. She is also a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. Angela has been blessed to teach and share her love of the performing arts and loves to inspire the next generation of performers.


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vocal

Katherine Lakoski

Katherine Lakoski is originally from Chesapeake, VA. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Greensboro College in North Carolina, and her Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in New York City as a scholarship student in both the American Opera Center and the Opera Training Department. She has performed as soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem in Syracuse and Oswego, New York with the Marcellus Chorale, the Oswego Festival Chorus and Oswego Opera Theater with members of the Syracuse Symphony. She has performed in Strauss’ Elektra with the Columbus Symphony and Charlestons’ Spoleto Festival, and as Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Surry Opera Company of Maine which performed in the former Soviet Union.

In addition, she has sung several Wagnerian roles such as Sieglinde in Die Walkure (The Juilliard Orchestra), Ortlinde in The Ring Cycle (Seattle Opera Company), Brunnhilde from Die Walkure (New York), and Isolde in Tristan und Isolde in a drama/music version with New York University. Ms. Lakoski also sang the role of the Phoenix bird in the Emmy award winning television movie Big Bird in China. Ms. Lakoski placed First in the well-known Liederkranz Vocal Competition - Wagnerian Division and won Second Place in the radio broadcast Minna Kaufman Rudd Vocal Competition. She has sung in many concerts in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. She has extensive experience performing many styles of music including sacred, pop, blues, Broadway, gospel and country western. Ms. Lakoski is the Director of Music at Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, teaches private voice at Old Dominion University as an Adjunct Professor and maintains a private vocal studio.


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Acting

Ron Newman

Ron Newman is a theatre educator, director, actor, playwright, performing artist, and instructor. He is currently an instructor with the Theatre, Film and Musical Theatre Department with The Governor’s School for the Arts. During his 30 year residency in Hampton Roads he served as the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Theatre at Norfolk Academy, and as Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Virginia Stage Company. His academic and professional credits also include teaching and directing at Cecil College, The Milburn Stone Covered Bridge Theatre, and the Arlington Players. As a playwright he has adapted over 30 classic children’s literary works for the stage and was the founding producer/ director of Young People’s Theater for both Norfolk Academy and The Milburn Stone Covered Bridge Theatre. As Director of Education with VSC his programs reached out to a broad spectrum of underserved youth and adults in our community. As an MA Graduate in Theatre at American University, Mr. Newman staged works for young audiences at The White House, The National Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. His regional performance credits include featured and supporting roles with Virginia Musical Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Tidewater Dinner Theatre, Marlo Thomas’ East Coast Tour of ‘Free To Be... You And Me,’ Bainbridge Theatre Company, and the Applancian Theatre Ensemble. Notable regional roles include Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, Marcellus in The Music Man, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, and MC in Pippin. With over 40 years in theatre education and performing arts, Mr. Newman has made it his life’s mission to create and foster innovative theatre and media arts education opportunities for and by young people and adults of all ages.