Faculty

Fiona Santos: Artistic Director

Fiona Santos is a Music Director, Pianist, Vocalist, Performer, and Instructor for Theatre, Film, TV, and Live Events. 

She has travelled the world playing piano, singing, and conducting. She tours with 100 Years of Broadway, the #1 Broadway touring concert with a roster of top Broadway singers, as a musician and music director; she is the music director of All Access Experience at Hard Rock Hotel All Inclusive Resorts, producing extraordinary live events in paradise locations, starring singers from American Idol and The Voice as well as rock greats including Jim Peterik of Survivor, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, and Liberty Devitto of the Billy Joel Band, and theater crossover artists such as Constantine Maroulis and Laura Bell Bundy.

Jason Brantman: Artistic Director

Jason Brantman is a Director of Theatre, Film, TV, and Live Events, currently living in New York. Recent divergent credits include a piece for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - broadcast on TBS, and the West Point Holiday Show - broadcast on Fox.

For the past 17 years, Jason has been on the directing team for the US OPEN Tennis ceremonies, getting to work with incredible musical legends ranging from Phil Collins, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Bennett, Carole King, and Liza Minnelli to film/tv stars Liev Shrieber and Phylicia Rashad to theatre icons Leslie Odom Jr, Norm Lewis, Idina Menzel, Ben Vereen, and Twyla Tharp, to fabulous divas Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Queen Latifah, and Cyndi Lauper.  This event has been broadcast live on CBS and ESPN to millions of homes around the world, and includes Jason's favorite part - directing 40 Marines unfurling the largest American flag in the northeast. 

Some other favorite projects include the following for Alliance Connection: Summer with the Stars - a week of events and concerts in Cancun, Mexico - featuring 13 stars from American Idol plus host Joey Fatone ('N Sync). Another - the Ultimate Rock and Roll Experience – was a week of events at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – culminating in a New Year’s Eve concert with band members from Billy Joel, Survivor, .38 Special, Starship, Wet Willie, and Night Ranger. All of these events helped raise funds for the awesome organization Little Kids Rock - providing modern-band curriculum, teacher training, instruments and resources to disadvantaged public school students across America.

Other live events include: productions for Walt Disney Entertainment, ABC's "The View," associate director for the IBM e-server Spectacular event at Radio City Music Hall (featuring the band Smash Mouth), and production stage manager for The Water Coolers - both off-Broadway and as a show for corporations such as Microsoft, Toyota, JP Morgan, Lego, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas, and the launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360.

NYC and regional theatre directing credits include: Spring Awakening and Peter and the Starcatcher for Sharon Playhouse (Artistic Director - John Simpkins), the world premiere of Lady Chardonney at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, and the NYC premiere of Are We There Yet? at Queens Theatre. 

In addition to directing plays, musicals, and live events, Jason has been the director of several improvisation troupes across the northeast.  He received his improvisation training at SAK Comedy Lab (training ground for Wayne Brady). 

On the filmmaking front, Jason has had the privilege of working with Emmy Award Winning Documentary filmmaker Slawomir Grunberg.

Jason has a passion for animals, and loves collaborating with them whenever possible.  He had the honor of being part of the opening team of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, performing in a breathtaking free-flight bird show called Flights of Wonder (developed and run by one of the foremost animal trainers in the world – Steve Martin). During his time at Disney World Orlando, Jason got to perform at each of the 4 Disney Theme Parks.

Jason is a proud member of SDC - the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and AEA - Actors' Equity Association.

Jason is a graduate of Cornell University, and very much enjoys bringing his love of theatre to the next generation.  At the college level, he has been an adjunct professor at NYU and a director & guest lecturer at Cornell University.  At the pre-college level, Jason is show director for the CASA programs at Queens Theatre & Queens College, providing theatre arts programs to hundreds of inner city students in Queens. He has been a senior director at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, has directed at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and has worked with the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center - Youth Theatre Program.  Jason is currently the co-artistic director of Broadway Training Center with his inspirational partner Fiona Santos and their mercurial child Mouser.


Heather LoSchiavo: Managing Director, Acting/Dance Instructor, Summer Director

ImageThe professional acting community knows Heather to be an inspirational force. Her students have been seen on Broadway, listened to on the radio, featured in numerous major motion pictures as well as Independent Films, TV series, and National Commercials.

Heather’s emerging artists have been accepted to highly competitive programs in NYC and her beginning professionals have furthered their training at such prestigious schools as: Cal Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Emerson College, Harvard, Hunter College, Hofstra, Ithaca College, Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan College, Muhlenberg College, New York University, Northwestern, Pace University, Point Park University, Skidmore, SUNY Purchase, University of Southern California, University of the Arts, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Vassar, Wagner College and Yale.

Her own experience began at The Neighborhood Playhouse Jr. School in the late eighties. She went on to earn a BFA degree from Marymount Manhattan College and cultivated further her professional training experiences with Caymichael Patten in NYC and LA. She has worked at The Public Theater and The New Victory Theater, performed at Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, The 92nd Street Y, BAM, Brooklyn College, ATA, The Trilogy, Producers Club, NADA, HERE, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, The American Theatre, Classic Stage (CSC), Chicago City Limits, on ABC, NBC, HBO, the Chiller Network and as a VO scratch track artist for US magazine, Pampers, Jello and Playtex.

Past collaborations include affiliations with directors from The Henry Street Settlement, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Signature Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, The Second Stage Theatre, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Repertory Company, Playwright’s Horizons, American Place Theatre and The Nuyorican Poets Café.

Heather is a long-time member of SAG/AFTRA having worked all over the country and abroad as a professional actor. She facilitates master classes and workshops throughout the US while maintaining long standing faculty positions at: The Neighborhood Playhouse Jr. School, Waterwell's Drama Program at PPAS as their Department Head of Acting, and also with Broadway Training Center of Westchester as their Managing Director.


Lynne Ciocca: Dance Instructor

Lynne Ciocca has studied ballet, pointe and jazz since she was very young. Her initial training was with Al and Connie Fanton, of CT, where she became a soloist with the Fanton Dancers. She has trained with Peter Humphrey, Jo Ann Ogawa, Judith Garfinkel, Suzanne Hawe, Sheree Roller, Lisa Lockwood, and Joe Cavise, where she trained with his professional Company Off Center Dance Group. Lynne has taken master classes in NYC with Lisa Lockwood, Daniel Catanach, Joe Lanteri, Patricia Wilcox, Sheila Baker and Michele Assaf.

She has performed in numerous variety shows, theater productions, and dance performances, including a principal role with the SHPAC Professional Company, where she was also head choreographer for the Professional, Adult, and children companies. As a choreographer, Lynne has had many of her works copy-written, and performed as repertoire with various companies.

Lynne has been teaching dance in this area for over 20 years. She taught at Humphrey Dance Centre, Tappan Zee Dance Group, and Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center. She taught the after school program for elementary school children at Bedford Road School in Pleasantville, and the afterschool Dance program at Mahopac Middle School. She was also a guest teacher at Lakeland High School where she taught classes for their Dance Team, and was a guest artist at Dance Expression in Peekskill. In 2000, she co-founded the very successful Dance Centre of Westchester (DCW) dance studio in Pleasantville and was co-director until it's closing in 2011. At DCW, she taught both children and adult age ballet and jazz classes. She ran the advance level ballet and Pointe classes, and offered Pointe Variation Workshops, in which she taught professional Pointe Variation repertoire. Lynne's ballet students have been accepted into various dance programs including Alvin Ailey's prestigious summer dance program, the Boston Conservatory Dance Workshop, , and various other dance programs stretching from NYC to Russia. Her students have graduated and been accepted to many college dance major programs, including the University of Massachusetts, Vassar, Columbia, Potsdam University, and Westchester Community College's Dance Company.

Lynne graduated summa cum laude from Mercy College, in 1982, where she received her Bachelor's degree.


Sarah Hicks: Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Sarah Hicks is very excited to join Broadway Training Center.  She has been dancing, acting, and singing since the age of 5.  Sarah has been lucky enough to share the stage with Patti LuPone (and fellow faculty member, John Scacchetti) in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy directed by Arthur Laurents.  She's also performed all over the United States and Canada in productions of White Chrismtas, 42nd Street, Chicago, Cabaret, and many more.  Most recently Sarah has performed in North Shore Music Theatre's production of Tarzan with choreographer Josh Bergasse, of the hit television show Smash, where she had the opportunity to assist with an episode starring Sean Hayes in this upcoming season.  Sarah has a BA in dance performance from Point Park University and has also been studying Improv and Comedy from Holly Mandel of the Groundlings.


Cheryl Bass: Guest Ballet Instructor

Cheryl Bass began her career at age nine at The Metropolitan Opera House performing in over 40 operas and ballets, and national tours. She was an honors graduate of School of Performing Arts and was the owner/director of The Ballet Arts Center in Nyack for 23 years, and starred in and/or choreographed countless shows for Nyack Drama Group, Tappan Zee Playhouse Restoration, Theater For All Seasons and The Hudson River Repertory (in which she is still active). 
 
Many of her students (including Fiona Santos) are now top professionals in dance, theater, film,TV and the fitness/nutrition industry. Cheryl thankfully continues her love of choreography and teaching with the extraordinary students of BTC.


Christopher Dippel: Guest Acting/Writing Instructor

Founding member, New York Neo-Futurists. Off and Off-Off Broadway credits include The Cherry Lane, Lucille Lortel and HERE Art Center; Regional credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse and Trinity Rep as part of the Providence Improv Festival. His original works for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind have been produced in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London, and Australia as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He received his MFA in Acting at Indiana University, and has been a member of the faculty at Hofstra University since 2002.

Kevin R. Free: Guest Acting/Writing Instructor

Kevin R. Free has appeared on national television in commercials and on NBC’s Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. New York audiences have seen Mr. Free Off-Broadway, creating the role of Memphis in From My Hometown both for Amas Musicals and at the Gramercy Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Audelco Award. He was also seen Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in Taking A Chance On Love, and as Bubber Brown in The New Federal Theatre’s acclaimed The Conjure Man Dies. He is a writer/performer/director in the New York Neo-Futurists, writing and performing regularly in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Once a regular contributor the NPR show “News & Notes, “ Mr. Free’s voice can now be heard on the World Premiere Recording of the musical Avenue X and numerous audio books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World, for which he won an AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award. As director, he assisted Martha Banta with Barbara's Blue Kitchen off-Broadway. Though he has been an actor, singer, writer, and director in NYC since 1995, he is proudest of his accomplishments as a teaching artist. He has shared his passion for Theatre-making for organizations like Symphony Space, QIIQ, The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Roundabout Theatre Company. He created his own company, Working Actor For Hire in 2005, to create and develop programming for Drama Clubs, and directed or vocal coached numerous school productions in NYC, including Dreamgirls, A Year with Frog & Toad, and The Big Bad Musical (his favorite). Kevin is now the Artistic Director of Educational Programming at Queens Theatre in the Park, overseeing their ever-expanding CentreStage Program, in which over 500 elementary and middle school children write, edit, rehearse, and perform their own plays.


Aaron Galligan-Stierle: Guest Acting Instructor

Aaron Galligan-Stierle is both an actor and a director, although he spends much of his time doing what he calls "artistic collaboration." He has assisted in the creative process of over forty-five original works, including scripts, movies, plays, cabarets, and dance concerts. He has an extensive performance resume including:

Broadway and 1st National Tour: Henry Ford in Ragtime (currently on Broadway), Papa Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2007 & 2008 Company.) International Tour: The Herald in Cinderella (starring Lea Salonga)  Regional: Frankie in Forever Plaid, Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mordred in Camelot, Leo Davis in Room Service, Slender in Merry Wives of Windsor (Utah Shakespearean Festival), Will Blunt in Measure for Pleasure (Florida Studio Theater), Phil Davis in White Christmas (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Jamie in The Last 5 Years, Eugene in Broadway Bound, Stephano in The Tempest (Pennsylvania Center Stage), Action in West Side Story, Dickon in The Secret Garden (SSMT). Other favorite roles: Frank in Merrily We Roll Along, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Lloyd in Noises Off, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Old Tom in The Lost Colony. Aaron played Max in the 1st reading of the NYC-bound Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical as well as numerous workshops of original musicals through both the NYU Graduate Musical Theater program and the BMI Writer’s Workshop.

Some of Aaron’s favorite directing credits include:

The Pact (Penn State University), …Ever After…(Shenandoah University and The Grove Theater), Opaline (NAPP @ Utah Shakespearean Festival), and a world premiere version of Terrance Man’s “R & J.”

Additionally Aaron is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Late Night Cabaret at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He served on the reading / selection committee in 2005 for the New American Playwright’s Project. He is also Co-owner of the film production company “Lonely Planet Productions.,” which has produced 4 short films including "The Big Production" which has screened world-wide at film festivals and won 1st Runner-up for Best Comedy at the 2007 College Emmy Awards.

Aaron received a BFA in Musical Theater from Shenandoah University and an MFA in Acting from Penn State University.


Julie Mac: Guest Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Julie Mac has been dancing tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, African and hip-hop for over 20 years. In 2004 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Studies with a minor in Theatre at the University of South Florida. At USF, her studies with well-known professionals in Choreography, Music for Dance, Dance Kinesiology, Dance History, Stage Practicum combined with hours of dance technique provided an in-depth understanding of the many styles of dance.  While at USF, she performed and choreographed the production of “HONK! The Musical,” and numerous other fall, spring and student dance productions.  After graduation, Julie landed her first professional dance job at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay appearing in the main stage show “Katonga, Tales of the Jungle.” She remained with the show for two years, working as a dancer and technician.  In January 2006, Julie moved to New York City and was hired as a choreographer for Long Lake Camp for the Arts during the summer of 2006.   She returned to Long Lake in 2007 and 2008 to choreograph and to co-direct the camps first year of a Dance Intensive. Julie is currently dancing and choreographing for MusInc.-An Artist Collective a local company based in Tampa and West Palm Beach.


John Scacchetti: Guest Dance Instructor, Choreographer

John Scacchetti has performed on Broadway in the 2001 revival of 42nd Street, and the 2008 revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. National Tour credits include 42nd Street, and My Fair Lady directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. Regional credits include Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain (Gateway Playhouse), Mike in A Chorus Line (Weston Playhouse), Slats in Good News!, and How To Succeed…(Goodspeed Opera House). John stars in the Web Series, ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More’, which pays tribute to MGM Movie Musicals and Silent Films (www.WCAFAM.com). As a dance instructor, John has taught at Broadway Training Center for the past 10 years, specializing in Tap and Theatre Jazz. John holds a BS in theatre performance from Bradley University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.


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Broadway Training Center of Westchester, under the artistic direction of Jason Brantman and Fiona Santos, was recently awarded Best Theatre Classes in Southern Westchester by Westchester Magazine.  This premier performing arts school, located in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, provides children, teens, and adults with Broadway oriented performing arts training focusing on the joy of accomplishment and the enrichment of personal expression through classroom and performance work. Broadway Training Center of Westchester is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.