Annie Forgione has over 13 years of professional performance experience. She is an accomplished performer, director and certified teacher in the performing arts. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Annie is an active member of Actors Equity Association. Recently she performed as a Disney princess in various shows in Orlando, Florida. Her favorite roles include Rose Petal in My Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Walt Disney World. Annie developed the interactive show Cinderella’s Princess Court with Walt Disney Entertainment, currently playing in New York City. Annie has been a Broadway Kid since age 10 and has performed in numerous benefits in NYC including Friends of Center Stage at the Hudson Theatre alongside the very popular Kristen Chenoweth. Annie has also provided numerous commercial voice-overs for companies such as Coca-Cola, Metlife and General Motors. A certified teacher, Annie taught theatre at Bernards High School and directed productions of “I Remember Mama” and the unforgettable “Wizard of Oz.”
Steven Bednasz is the current musical director at Annie's Playhouse. He has worked professionally as an MD for many productions including Forever Plaid in Provincetown, Parade at NYU Tisch, and numerous venues around NYC and Buffalo, NY where he grew up. He also is an avid pianist/accompanist having played for The Princess Grace Awards hosted by Larry King, rehearsals for The Rocky Horror Show benefit performance at the American Airlines Theatre starring Neil Patrick Harris and has worked with Billy Crystal, Emily Skinner and Kate Shindle as well. Steven is a performer too, having been in productions of The Wild Party, Anything Goes, and Working, among others. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in Drama.
Katie McShane is an Annie’s Playhouse alumni! She has been acting and performing for over fifteen years. Katie has trained most of her life in musical theatre, with a special focus in acting and stage performance. She has worked with theatre companies such as Fun Arts, W.I.L.L, the Acting Troupe, WIRED, and ACT - All College Theatre. Some of her favorite musical roles include Miss Hannigan in Annie and Sandy in Grease (a Fun Arts production). She has been teaching voice, piano, and acting classes in improv, TV/film acting, scene and script work, and auditioning since graduating. She is excited to share her love for acting and musical theatre with kids and adults of all ages.
Emily Frank has had a passion for dance and theatre all her life. She began taking dance classes at age 5 and has been dancing ever since! She attended Somerset County Votech for dance performance, and continued to study dance in college under the innovative Randy James of Rutgers. She is trained in a variety of techniques, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern. Emily’s choreography has been featured in many venues including the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in NYC, and the National High School Dance Festival in Miami. Emily is proud to contribute to the positive and nurturing environment at South Street Dance, where dancers and performers of all ages can grow!
Meredith Jordan has enjoyed the art of performing for over twenty years. She also has a background in competitive gymnastics, and was a state champion, holding the title on the balance beam at the age of twelve. She has enjoyed managing and teaching at the recently opened, Shooting Stars Gymnastics, located next to Annie’s Playhouse. Meredith also danced as a member of the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders for several years. With the New York Jets, she has shot national televised shows, performed at various charity events and interviewed for such networks as Fox NFL Sports Mexico. Meredith has had extensive training in all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, hip hop and lyrical. She loves being a part of the Annie's Playhouse team and continues to enjoy teaching children and adults the art of performing!
Kenny Zinkevich is a drummer, guitarist, bassist, and pianist. He has been studying and playing these instruments since he was seven years old and has over sixteen years of performance experience. He began teaching privately while studying music and film in college. He graduated with a B.A. from Rowan University and is excited to share his passion of music at Annie's Playhouse.
Joe Lesky has been studying piano, guitar and voice for eight years. While at The College of New Jersey, he was an active member of the TCNJ Chorale and Wind Ensemble, traveling to Lincoln Center in NYC and Fenway Center in Boston for performances. He has been musically directing various productions for three years, including "Oklahoma", "Bye, Bye Birdie", and "The Pajama Game." In addition to teaching at Annie's Playhouse, he is an avid songwriter and composer, releasing his debut EP on iTunes in November 2015.
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Kara Wilson is a music, acting, and musical theatre teacher at South Street Dance and Annie's Playhouse. She has been performing and teaching for over ten years. She has a Bachelors of Science in Educational Theatre from NYU with minors in Music and Dramatic Literature. Kara has worked as the Operations Manager at Union County Performing Arts Center, and while in the position started up their education programming for toddlers, teens, and adults. She has also worked in many theaters in New York as a performer, teacher, and administrative personnel, including TADA! Youth Theater, the Snapple Theatre, and MCC Youth Company. Her favorite roles include Fanny the Flamingo in Piggy Nation the Musical (Snapple Theatre), Diana in Next to Normal (NYU Black Box), as well as several roles in local community theaters. She is a trained singer of seven years, and competed and qualified as a finalist in Fearless Icon in 2014, as well as having sung in Piazzale degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy.
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