Staff & Instructors

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Kelly Johnson

CCS Owner

Private Voice & Group Class Instructor 

Summer Camp Instructor

Kelly Johnson is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a BA in Theatre and a Dance minor. Ft. Myers is her hometown where she trained in acting, singing and dance beginning at age 7. Kelly trained as a voice student of Susan Niekamp and Broadway vocal coach Mary Walkley for over 12 years in “the Connected Voice: a scientific approach to singing” technique which she now uses to teach her students. Kelly is currently working on her graduate level education in Vocology (Voice Science) with Lamar University and recently attended the Vocology In Practice convention with voice professionals from around the world. She has also trained with several acting professionals in various techniques starting with Keara Trummel, Mark Duncan, and has attended several masterclasses with Atlanta film actors and casting directors. Kelly has worked as a choreographer at the professional level and with several schools in Broward and Palm Beach county including Seussical the Musical, Shrek Jr., 35mm: A Musical Exhibition and more. Beyond teaching, Kelly has been seen performing on both Florida coasts in several theatrical productions as well as performances with Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth, Barry Manilow in his farewell tour, and aboard Warner Brothers Polar Express Train Ride Experience in Ft. Lauderdale for multiple Christmas seasons. She was also the co-owner and a board member of Measure for Measure Theatre and Measure for Measure: Beyond the Stage for 3 years where she produced musicals such as Next to Normal, In the Heights, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition and more.  Kelly is so excited to be taking on ownership of CCS to continue provide SWFL families with great arts training and education!

 

Curtain Call Instructor Abigail Jackson

Abigail Jackson

Private Piano Instructor

 

Abigail Jackson has been teaching private piano in the Ft. Myers/Lehigh Acres area for over 6 years, as well as working in the community as a professional accompanist. She started playing piano at 4 years old and has loved it ever since. Most kids have to be forced to practice... Abigail had to be told to stop! Music is one of her passions, as well as helping others learn to appreciate all the joys that music can bring. Abigail has played for a production of Beauty and the Beast, a choral concert at Disney World, and the FBA Music Performance Assessments 4 years in a row, as well as being her church's pianist for 5 years. For more information on her availability as a pianist-for-hire, visit her website, www.periwinklepiano.com

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Elizabeth D'Onofrio

Acting Instructor

 

Elizabeth D’Onofrio is a professional film, TV (SAG-AFTRA), and Off-Broadway theater actor (AEA), director, Instructor, and film producer. She has also directed several plays in Fort Myers and on Fort Myers Beach. Elizabeth also teaches acting classes and coaches actors, based on her studies alongside her brother, actor, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order: CI) at The American Stanislavski Theater and with Sharon Chatten of The Actors Studio, both in NYC. Elizabeth has taught “Acting as a Creative Art” classes in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples. Her workshops have been conducted in cities across the United States, including NYC and San Francisco. She has worked with the Art Smart program of The Gulfshore Playhouse, classes in Asheville, Brevard College, and Transylvania Community College, as well as a Theater Arts substitute teacher at Brevard High School, and Brevard Middle School in NC. 

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Cassie Browning

Private Voice Instructor

Private Acting Instructor 

Cassie Browning is a classically trained singer and experienced performer. She graduated with her Associate of the Arts with a concentration in Vocal Music from Florida SouthWestern State College in 2021 and has many years of teaching experience under her belt! Cassie has taught soloists and ensembles at all age levels for about 3 years. She was Lehigh Senior High School’s Vocal Department’s Student Intern and brings much of that experience with her to Curtain Call Studios. She was also a substitute instructor with the studio for a couple of years so she is very used to the environment and loves being a full-time part of the CCS family! Cassie also offers instruction in acting. She participated in theatre throughout high school and has experience in film acting as well. She can be seen regularly performing with her company Wish Upon a Star Parties as a variety of characters and knows her way around having to improvise and having to adjust quickly! Miss Cassie holds a special place in her heart for each of her students and it brings her so much joy to help them grow not only their performance skills but their beautiful personalities.

 

Andrea Donnell

Private Piano Instructor

Private Voice Instructor 

Substitute Piano &  Voice Instructor

Andrea has been a musician for a very long time and plans to continue being a musician and teach others the joy of music! She has trained in and played piano for more than 10 years. Andrea has also participated in the Florida All-County Choir for 6 years and All-State Choir 5 years. She received a Music Scholarship to Florida Southwestern State College and received her Associate of Arts degree with it. Andrea has taught alongside her mother, who is a veteran music teacher, for 2 years with both piano and choir students. She has experience teaching both beginning and intermediate students. Andrea is very excited to be a part of the Curtain Call family and join in the pride of teaching students the joys of music and how to thrive as a musician. For music is life, and should be shared abundantly!

 

Substitute Instructors

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Rachael Lord

Substitute Instructor

Rachael Lord is a professional actress who loves teaching the next generation of young artists! Rachael received her training from Florida Southern College, where she got her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in History. She has worked as a Singer/Dancer for RWS Entertainment Group in New York City, and can be seen as Sabine in Gulfshore Playhouse’s touring production of In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam! Rachael is also a performer with Wish Upon a Star: Princess Parties! rachaellord.com

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Kylie Carothers 

Substitute Triple Threat Instructor

Summer Camp Assistant Instructor

Kylie Carothers is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University heading towards her BA in Theatre. Growing up in Miami, Kylie fell in love with singing, acting, and dancing in the early years of her childhood. She developed her skills through classes and workshops at DanceWorks, School of Rock, and Miami Children’s Theater. She has multiple performance experience from engaging in plays/musicals at least once a year since she was 8 years old. Kylie has experience in the film world as well. She was a featured extra in shows at Telemundo and Nickelodeon Latinoamérica Studios, both based in Miami. She hopes to develop her studies into a full-time career. Kylie is always excited to expand her craft and share/learn knowledge while she works.