Staff & Instructors

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Kelly Johnson

CCS Owner

Private Voice & Triple Threat 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!

 

Carlos Garcia

Private Piano Instructor

 

Carlos is excited to join Curtain Call Studios this Summer as a piano instructor!  He was born in Havana, Cuba and his family immigrated to Miami, Florida when he was a child.  Carlos moved to Fort Myers, Florida from New York City in 2021.  He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education (certified to teach K-12).  Carlos has held many roles throughout his career such as a public school Music and Computer Teacher in Miami, FL for 14 years, in addition to teaching Music, Computer Science and Math for the New York City Department of Education for 15 years.  Carlos also has over 20 years of experience as a Music Minister and Director for various congregations, along with being a private voice and piano instructor and coach.  Carlos continues flourishing his musical journeys here in Fort Myers! 

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Elizabeth D'Onofrio

Film & TV 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 

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!

 

Josephine Gilliland

Musical Theater Dance Instructor 

Assistant Triple Threat Instructor

Josie Gilliland is over the moon to bring her passion of dance and musical theater to the Curtain Call team! Before joining the team, Josie spent several years teaching and managing one of Northern Virginia’s largest dance studios, where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theater. Josie is also a certified Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) teacher, making sure to always put your students' health and safety first. 

Hailing from the city of champions, Josie is passionate about Pittsburgh sports, home decorating and working towards her goal of running a half marathon in every state. She currently resides in Ft. Myers, FL with her partner Jeff and their two dogs, Bean and Penny.

 

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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Anna Lehman

Substitute Instructor

Anna Joy Lehman is an actress, dancer, and singer. She attended The Institute For American Musical Theatre in NYC, and graduated from the conservatory program in 2020. Anna grew up studying dance and performing in ballets. She discovered her passion for acting and singing in high school. Since then, she has performed in a variety of musicals and plays. She has also had a few on-screen and voice-over roles. More recently, she has worked with Fort Myers Theatre as a performer and instructor, Wish Upon A Star parties as a performer, and Gypsy Playhouse as a choreographer. Anna loves sharing her passion for the arts with young performers. She hopes to instill confidence in her students and enable them to express themselves and find joy in their creativity.