Coaches & Judges


As a performer, Matt made his orchestral debut as a teenager playing Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, and has since appeared in concert at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Sheen Center, as well as giving an international concert and lecture tour culminating in a documentary CD recording of Spanish and Latin American piano music. Past theatre credits include: NYU Tisch Center for New Musicals, the York Theatre, the Gallery Players, Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts, Riverdale Rising Stars, the Red Mountain Theatre Company, Post Playhouse, FSU School of Theatre, FSU University Center Club Theatre, Theatre Tallahassee, RAPA Theatre, and Bishop Kearney High School, where he won a Stars of Tomorrow award for Conductor of Outstanding Student Orchestra.  Additionally, he has collaborated with Susan Stroman and the Metropolitan Opera, the Broadway Inspirational Voices, and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Matt holds a DM in Piano Performance and Literature from Indiana University where he minored in jazz studies and music theory, and served on faculty there before joining the Tisch School of the Arts.


Lanene has been involved in the business of show since she was a young child growing up in Pittsburgh, PA.  She joined Actors Equity Association at age 9 when she was cast in her first professional tour with the Kenley Players out of Ohio.  During her adult life, she has worked in such places at Opryland, USA and was a ‘Kid of the Kingdom’ for Disney in Orlando, FL.  Her first job out of NYC was to tour the U.S. and Canada as the kitten, Sillabub, in CATS.  Her other Broadway Tours include:  Elf-The Musical (secretary Deb), which also performed at the Kennedy Center of D.C., Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly Tate u/s), Titanic (Jack Thayer), Big (yuppie Diane).  She technically had her Broadway debut with the show Hercules that opened the New Amsterdam Theater.  But, her most notable time on B’way was with the show Mamma Mia! Most thrilling to her was being a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic that toured the entirety of Japan for three months with the show Disney On Classic.  Some of her favourite roles include:  Murial/Karen/Norma (Plaza Suite), Gloria (Boeing Boeing), Mary (Mauritius), Countess/Suzanne (Picasso at Lapin Agile), Mavis Hollister (The Murder Room), Paulette (Legally Blonde), and Irene Molloy (Hello Dolly).  Film and TV:  The film Two Evil Eyes with Harvey Keitel, Bob Roberts with Tim Robbins, and One Life To Live as well as numerous commercials for various companies.   The most recent was a spot for the Game Show Network playing Sherri Shepard (from The View)’s best friend.  She has a BFA in Musical Theater from Point Park University.  Lanene has taught master classes around the country and NYC.  Feel free to visit her at!


Nissa has been with the Camp Broadway family for the Next Step program, show workshops, and the Jimmy and Roger Rees Awards. Broadway: Great Comet, Chicago. National/International Tour: Chicago. Other NYC projects include work with: The Big Apple Circus, New York City Children’s Theater, Out of the Box Theatrics. MM from Texas State University.




Robin Lewis is a twelve year Broadway and national Broadway touring veteran. Credits include: Fosse, Dance Captain of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Dance Captain of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Gardens. He toured with the first national tour of The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short in Hollywood. He has toured in A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Beauty and the Beast, as well as performances at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Off-Broadway, he was the Dance Captain for Charles Busch’s musical The Green Heart for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Robin can also be seen on the PBS Dance in America movie Fosse: A Celebration in Dance. He is an accomplished choreographer, and has directed numerous production across the United States. Robin has worked with such stars as Julie Andrews,Sandy Duncan, Tony Randall, Shirley Jones, Carol Channing, Andrea McCardle, Tim Curry, Ben Vereen to name a few.
Lewis choreographed the movie “BERNIE” starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black directed by Rick Linklater. Robin is currently on faculty for Musical Theater (BFA) at Rider University.


Sean is currently an agent with The Hybrid Agency. His New York performance credits include Curtains (Broadway); Merrily We Roll Along, Girl Crazy and Stairway to Paradise (Encores!), and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He has appeared in the National Tours of Shrek the Musical, The Producers, 42nd Street, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy Keeler), A Christmas Story the Musical and Anything Goes as well as the Kennedy Center’s Ragtime, Carnival! and Mame! As a director/choreographer he made his NYC debut with Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall. In Los Angeles his work on Hot Mikado earned a Best Choreography nomination from LA Drama Critics Circle Award and the LA Stage Alliance Ovation! Award. As an Associate Choreographer he has worked at Ford’s Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, White Plains PAC, Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre and on the NETworks Theatricals tour of Anything Goes. He choreographed the new Ansolo music video “To Life” featuring the band Too Many Zooz. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and is currently on faculty at Pace University.


Stephen Purdy is currently on Musical Theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, an Artist-In-Residence at the Musical Theatre Academy of London, and is the founder and principal coach at the New York Vocal Coaching Studio. In the Fall of 2016 Stephen is set to become the head of the American Musical Theatre Academy of New York, a new conservatory for burgeoning Musical Theatre Artists ( His students have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of nearly every major Broadway musical of the last 15 years (including THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES, WICKED, KINKY BOOTS, BILLY ELLIOT, MAMMA MIA, IN THE HEIGHTS, HAIRSPRAY, THE LION KING, and many others) and are singing on concert stages worldwide. As a guest artist/instructor, he has taught extensively both nationally and internationally, most notably in China, Korea, and throughout Europe. He is active as a coach and musical director annually for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Camp Broadway, and The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is the vocal instructor for the very popular ‘Dancer’s Voice’ series in New York taught in tandem with casting personnel from Broadway’s leading casting offices including Telsey and Company, Duncan Stewart, Tara Rubin, and others. Prior to his work as a teacher and coach, Stephen conducted and played for the Broadway and touring companies of many popular Broadway and off-Broadway musicals including THE FULL MONTY, PETER PAN (Cathy Rigby), THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, FRANKENSTEIN (Cast Album), and THE FANTASTICKS. He spent five years in Europe with 42nd STREET, A CHORUS LINE, and GREASE, including a year in Paris. American regional theatre credits include five years as resident Musical Director at Ogunquit, Westchester Broadway Theatre (19 shows), Alliance (Atlanta), Arena Stage, Helen Hayes, The York, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore, Kansas City Starlight, Playwright’s Horizons. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in’Vocal’Pedagogy from Westminster and is the author of ‘Musical Theatre Song: Selection, Preparation and Presentation for the Modern Performer’ to be published and released by Bloomsbury in February 2016.


Christine Riley – Recent New York City credits include: Music Director/Arranger/Orchestrator for A Moment in Time with Stewart Lane, Music Director/Arranger for The Quiet Clock, Director and Music Director for EDGES and SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Marymount Manhattan College), as well as Musical Director for Sweet Charity with Jeff Shade, Rags with Barbara Siman-Strouse, Triumph of Love with Kevin Connell (Marymount Manhattan College), and 21st Century Noel Coward with Larry Fuller (Lincoln Center and the York Theatre). Other NYC credits include: My Vaudeville Man (The York Theatre), Gemini The Musical (The Acorn), Flight of the Lawnchair Man(37 Arts), Seesaw (The Connelly Theatre), and Count to Ten (Theatre at St. Clements). National Tour: Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also served as the Music Director for numerous NYC cabaret shows as well as regional and university productions for the Prather Family of Theatres, Arizona State University, Cornell University, Casino Rama, and Fallsview Casino among others. Christine also arranged and conducted a new musical, Caterina’s Son, in Florence, Italy. She is a member of the Theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and maintains a private vocal coaching studio. BM – Ithaca College / MM – Arizona State University.


Cynthia Thole  (Director) is a veteran of the Broadway stage, working with theatre legends; Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Susan Stroman, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Ernie Flatt, and Mike Ockrent.  Broadway performance credits include: Me and My Girl, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Nick & Nora, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. National tour: 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, and Sugar Babies and the movie version of The Producers. Direction/Choreography credits include: Theater Under the Stars, Reagle Music Theater, Theatreworks USA, Two Beans Productions, Allenberry Playhouse, Mill Mountain Theatre, City College, Penn State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, City Center Education programming, and Camp Broadway. Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Musical Theater at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Cynthia also teaches in the dance department at Montclair State University. Cindy is a member of Actors Equity, SAG, and SDC and holds a B.A. in Dance from Butler University.