MVCCT Teacher Bios

MVCCT believes that highly qualified and experienced teachers are critical to student success.  All of MVCCT's teachers have at least a Bachelor's degree in theatre or education as well as extensive experience in both classroom and professional settings.  Their diverse backgrounds help us to introduce children to a wide array of skills that will help them not just in theatrical persuits but in life as well.

Matthew Brady

A New Jersey native, Matthew Brady is an active freelance oboist in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. Praised as having "successfully helped develop a specific voice amidst the sea of talented musicians," Matthew balances life as a performer, musical director, and classroom teacher. His experience spans teaching all age and skill levels, emphasizing an inclusive approach to music making that combines technique, artistry, and student interest to create meaningful performance opportunities for his students.

Matthew received his bachelor's degree in music education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) before completing his master's degree in music performance from the Steinhardt School (New York University). While attending Rutgers, he regularly performed with the graduate-level Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Opera Orchestra; performance highlights include Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space, Lincoln Theater, NJPAC, and Kimmel Center. He has studied with contemporary leaders in oboe performance as well as a jazz and classical pianists in the greater New York City area.

Music Director

Gabrielle Buoncore

Gabrielle has been involved in theatre for many years as a performer, director, and a teacher. She is passionate about sharing her love of the arts with young people. Directing credits include productions of Tom Sawyer and The Inspector General. She is currently assistant directing the musical Mary Poppins in Manassas.

Cathy Manley

Cathy Manley has served as musical director and accompanist for several theaters and organizations in the DC metropolitan area. Ms Manley works as a collaborative artist as an accompanist, arranger and performer. She regularly performs in outreach concerts at hospitals and assisted living homes with her private students. Ms. Manley has worked and toured with several well known artists and has collaborated with internationally known composers on various projects. In the Metropolitan area, Ms. Manley has won awards for Best Musical Director by ACT, the Northern Virginia Theater Association. Shows such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Runaways, Man of La Mancha, Young Frankenstein, American Idiot, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, Spelling Bee, Billy Elliott, Cinderella, and The Lion King are examples of the breadth of her experience as a vocal coach and pianist/conductor. Some of the theatrical venues she has collaborated with are T.A.P., Springfield Players, Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater, St. Mark’s Players, The Little Theater of Alexandria, MetroStage, Atlas Cabaret, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beyond the Page Theater Company, and Up-In-Your-Face Theater Company.

 

Vocally she has performed with the Boston Symphony under conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa and Robert Shaw. As a pianist she has toured the midwest and east coast as a collaborative artist with vocalists and as a soloist with orchestras and chamber music groups. In New York City, Ms. Manley accompanied competitions, dance companies and college auditions. Many collaborations resulted in tours and recording projects utilizing her skills of singing, oboe, saxophone, guitar as well as piano.

 

Ms Manley continues working with colleagues on cross curricular design and curricular development in a variety of schools and summer camps. She maintains a professional class of private vocal students in the DC metropolitan area and in New York City. She coaches students who are preparing for Broadway auditions and college placement auditions. She has created and written interactive books on ear training, musical styles and essential building blocks of music theory. Ms. Manley is currently the Director of Music at the Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, Va.

Music Director

Madi Marshall

Madeline Marshall is a teaching artist, stage manager, and director, working with organizations in both the DC and Philadelphia regions. She has a B.A. in Theatre Education and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education with focuses in Theatre and English from Temple University. Madi is currently the theater teacher at Robinson High School. She grew up with MVCCT and feels fortunate to have had it be such a wonderful part of her life.

Patrick McGee

Patrick G. McGee is a professional actor and educator who spent a decade in NYC and LA before relocating to Northern Virginia last summer. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Niagara University and M.S. Ed in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York, CUNY. As a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association, he has performed in NYC and toured the country. As as teaching artist and director, Patrick works with children of all ages and most recently completed a second year working on the education program connected with the Broadway musical, Come from Away. He is super excited for a fun and creative summer!

Carrie Peckar

An MVCCT institution, camp wouldn’t be the same without Carrie who has been involved with MVCCT since childhood. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and a Montessori teacher at the Vineyard Montessori School on Martha’s Vineyard. Carrie has written over 20 plays for camp and is the best at coming up with fun alternative lyrics to popular songs. Last summer’s Sharknado: The Musical was an instant hit.

Ryan Sellers

Ryan Sellers has taught and performed with a multitude of theatres throughout the DC area.  His latest credits include West Side Story at Signature, Taming of the Shrew, Man in the Iron Mask and Romeo and Juliet at Synetic Theatre.

Dallas Tolentino

Dallas Tolentino is an actor and teaching artist in the DMV area. He teaches mostly with Synetic Theater, visiting various elementary and middle schools from Virginia to Maryland as part of Synetic’s outreach program. He has been a choreographer and drama teacher with Synetic’s summer camp programing for the past 5 years. You may have recently seen him on stage in Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage and How to Catch a Star at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. He has also performed with Arts on the Horizon, Adventure Theatre, Rorschach Theatre Company, Constellation Theatre Company. Dallas has been nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his performance as the Monkey King in Constellation Theatre’s Journey to the West. He graduated summa cum laudefrom Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Theater Performance.

Tori Tolentino

Tori Tolentino grew up in a small town in rural Virginia where she fell in love with stories. It is in this small town that she learned to occupy herself through the power of imagination and her imagination has been guiding the way ever since. Years later, Tori is a theater professional in the DMV region and has been for over 8 years. After earning a BFA in theater performance (Magna Cum Laude) with a focus in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University she became a Company Member and Resident Teaching Artist with Synetic Theater. Tori is the Co-Founder and Co Artistic Director/ Choreographer for relEASE Theatre Company. relEASE’s latest work Straight on til MoUrning (Director/Choreographer) won the 2015 Capital Fringe Best Physical Theatre & Dance Performance and in 2014 SELF won the Capital Fringe Director’s Choice Award.

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