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Staff & Instructors

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Kelly Johnson

Studio Owner

 

Private Voice & Triple Threat Instructor 

Musical Theatre Audition Coach

Summer Camp Director

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 recently received her graduate certificate in Vocology (voice science) from Lamar University and recently attended the Vocology In Practice convention with voice professionals from around the world. Kelly specializes in evidence-based vocal technique and voice habilitation. 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 has now been the owner of CCS since January 2021 and is passionate about continuing to 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. 

Josephine Gilliland

Director of Dance Education

Triple Threat & Dance Instructor 

Showstoppers Instructor & Choreographer

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.

 

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Rachael Lord

Private Voice Instructor 

Musical Theatre Audition Coach

 

Rachael Lord is a professional EMC actress from right here in Fort Myers! She has her BFA in Musical Theatre degree from Florida Southern College and is currently in the MFA Writing program at Lindenwood University. As a regular actor at Broadway Palm, she has been in shows such as The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and Murder on the Orient Express. Rachael has been teaching voice lessons for the past three years, with specialities in acting the song, audition prep, and belting/mix voice. She loves encouraging the next generation of young artists to pursue their dreams, hone their unique voice, and build their confidence both on and off the stage. 

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Les Englehart

Level I Stage Acting Instructor

Acting Coach

 

Les Englehart is a local actor/educator in SWFL. After graduating from Florida Southern College in 2020 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He studied voice under Dr. Christianne Roll and Bradley Vieth. In college he appeared in productions like The Secret Garden, Jesus Christ Superstar, South Pacific, Kiss Me, Kate, and Cabaret. After college he quickly got to work as an English Teacher and Assistant Theatre Director at Lehigh Senior High. Acting as Assistant Director for Les Miserables, Eurydice, and The Addams Family. During his time as an educator he has also performed in productions such as “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “Noises Off” at the Laboratory Theatre of Florida

Professional credits also include: West Side Story with The Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Bridges of Madison County at The Lakeland Players. 

Associate Instructors

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Mia Wagner

Summer Camp Instructor

Mia is thrilled to join Curtain Call Studios this summer as a Camp Instructor! As a former Curtain Call student herself, she is thankful for the opportunity to share her continued passion for the arts, now through teaching. She moved to Florida when she was 10 years old and joined community theater, as well as a plethora of dance classes (her favorite is tap), eventually working as a teaching artist, and giving freelance piano and voice lessons. Mia has been in over a dozen local productions, but found her favorite part of theater was sharing it with others. She is so excited to bring scenes, songs, dances and laughter to her students, and hopes they can use theater as an outlet to express themselves and how they feel through the arts. 

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Anna Lehman

Substitute Instructor

Summer Camp 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. 

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