Staff & Instructors
Private Voice Instructor
Keara is the proud owner of Curtain Call Studios. After retiring from performing full time in 2008, Keara discovered her love and passion for teaching the performing arts. She taught out of her home studio for several years but soon saw the need for a studio in SWFL that offered voice, dance, acting, and piano all under one roof. She was thrilled to have her dream come true with the opening of Curtain Call Studios in November 2014. Keara is from Hershey, Pennsylvania and attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. While in college, Keara had the pleasure of studying voice under Dr. Janette Ogg and Edrie Means-Weekly. After four years at Shenandoah she graduated magna cum laude, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre. Upon graduation, Keara was fortunate enough to work extensively as a professional actor, singer, and dancer for 15 years. She has lived and worked in Washington D.C., Alexandria, VA, Lancaster PA, and Philadelphia, PA before moving to Ft. Myers, FL in 2004 after being cast in her first show at Broadway Palm. She has been a regular performer at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Ft. Myers and has appeared there in over 25 productions. Some of her favorite Broadway Palm productions include: The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Oklahoma, Man of La Mancha, 42nd Street, Godspell, Jekyll & Hyde, and Church Basement Ladies. She has also worked at several other theatres across the country including: Fulton Opera House, Walnut Street Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, West End Dinner Theatre, and Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. In addition to performing, Keara has been very active in the arts around the Southwest Florida area. She served as Camp Director for the 2013 & 2014 Alliance for the Arts Summer Camp, Director of the Triple Threat Theatre Camp, was Assistant Director/Choreographer for Camp Florida Rep & Alliance for the Arts’ Spring Break and Winter Camps, Vocal Director at The Alliance for the Arts Summer Camp, and has taught classes at FL Rep, Alliance for the Arts, Gulfshore Playhouse, and The Canterbury School. She has been an adjudicator for the Young Artists Awards, the District Thespian Festival, and has taught workshops in voice and improvisation at Barbara B. Mann for the High School Musical Awards. Keara has studied the Connected Voice Technique under the instruction of Susan Niekamp and Mary Walkley. Many of Keara's students have seen major successes in local competitions including Young Artists Awards- her students were category winners and overall winners for 4 consecutive years. She has also had several students be awarded talent scholarships to college. Keara is thrilled to work with her amazing team of Instructors at CCS, and loves getting to know all the CCS students and their parents. She is passionate about arts education and loves helping to guide young performers.
CCS Studio Manager
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 beginning her journey to further her 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 also worked as a choreographer at the professional level and with several schools in Broward and Palm Beach county. Beyond teaching, 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. Kelly is so excited to be at Curtain Call Studios full-time as not only an instructor, but as Studio Manager this Fall!
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
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.
Private Voice Instructor
Cassie Browning is a professional singer with training in various styles including classical, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has an Associate in the Arts with a concentration in Voice from Florida Southwestern State College and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at FGCU. Cassie is a songwriter and has performed professionally live and in recording studios. She is also a character performer with Wish Upon A Star Princess Parties. She cannot wait to spend time making music together!
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
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.