Faculty & Staff
(Director, Producer, and Choreographer)
Kristin received her professional training at the Boston Conservatory, majoring in Musical Theatre & Dance performance. She has performed professionally in regional, off Broadway, dinner theatres throughout Boston & New York as well as principle roles in community theatre. Principle roles include Peggy (42nd Street) with Turtle Lane Playhouse, A Chorus Line, Guys & Dolls, Gypsy, Steel Magnolias, Lil Abner, and Bye Bye Birdie.
Kristin earned a Eugene O’Neill Awards nomination for best performance in a leading role “Rosie” in Bye Bye Birdie. She has also choreographed locally for the Pfizer Players productions. Directing/Choreography credits include George M (Pfizer Players), Annie, Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Shrek the Musical, as well as numerous competition and showcase numbers. Kristin has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. She continues her training at teachers’ conventions and seminars throughout the US. She is a proud member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association, IDEA International Dance Enterprenuer Association & National Dance Association. Kristin resides in Waterford with her husband Tom and is a proud mom of Michael, Hannah, and Ava.
(Asst Dance Director/Instructor/Choreographer) has been with BKCSPA for over a decade. She studied dance performance and pedagogy at Hartford Conservatory and National Dance Institute (NDI), She's also trained as a dancer in NYC at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Laura has performed both professionally and locally in dinner theatre, college and community theatre (Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Pippin) and worked as a dancer and model with DFX Entertainment. She has choreographed for BKC musicals, showcases and dance team and also choreographed musicals for community theatre (GRT) and Mitchell College. Choreography credits include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Mary Poppins, Rocky Horror Show and Legally Blonde.
Kelsey Gamble (Theatre/Voice) began training in dance at the age of three, and quickly realized the stage was her second home. After performing in her first Equity production at 11, Kelsey began studying theatre and voice in addition to dance, including at the La Jolla Conservatory's summer program. Kelsey trained as an opera vocalist for nine years, including at Muhlenberg College, from where she graduated in 2012. She has taught dance at various summer programs in New England and is delighted to be working with BKC.
Heidi Harger (Voice/Ballet) Heidi started teaching at Broadway Kids when Ms. Kristin was pregnant with Hannah (13 years ago) Heidi fell in love with the arts at an early age and has pursued opportunities to perform ever since, whether it be acting, singing, dancing, or figure skating. Past musicals include, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “HMS Pinafore”, “My Fair Lady”, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat,” and “Assassins.” Heidi graduated with a theater major and dance and geography minors from Hofstra University and spent a semester at the National Theater Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center. She has performed in NYC and regionally. Heidi is a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. Heidi recently got certified in Floore Barre.
Naja Muller (Acro) Naja is a Connecticut shoreline native. She has over 10 years experience in Circus, as a teacher, choreographer and performer. Her performance, teaching and production skills are solid and extensive, Naja studied in San Francisco at the San Francisco Circus Center where she received specialized training and study under Master Lu Yi and Xia Ke Min in Chinese acrobatics, hand to hand, contortion and foot juggling. She also studied rope, static trapeze, lyra and tissue. She worked on the west coast for 10 years gaining performance experience with The New Pickle Circus, Vau de Vire Society, Velocity Circus and Earth Circus and professional experience at the San Francisco Circus Center as a Choreographer, Coach and Asst. Director for the SF Youth Circus productions; at Velocity Arts and Entertainment as Associate Artistic Director and Troupe coach; at Head over Heels Gymnastics and Circus Arts as contortion, acro, hand-balancing and doubles coach/choreographer: for Splash Circus; and finally at the Kinetic Arts Center as the CircusSpire contortion, acro, handbalancing and doubles coach/choreographer. Naja has performed mostly on the corporate circuit with various bay area production companies in contortion, hand to hand and lyra. Naja was also an instructor at the renowned San Francisco Circus Center and is well versed in Chinese acrobatics and aerial arts. She choreographs individual and group acts as well as large scale productions and has trained private students of all ages including contortionists, hand-balancers and aerialists. Naja was also Co-Director and Choreographer of the SF Youth Circus touring production “Impressions” and was Stage Manager for the Circus Center Annual Showcase- “Cabaret”.Prior to living and working in California, Naja graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a Ballet Concentration and has worked/performed in New York and Connecticut while continuing her education at Joffrey Ballet, New Haven Ballet and Hartford Ballet, where ballet was her primary focus of study. She also acquired working knowledge of modern, ballroom, character, hip-hop and jazz dance. Prior to circus arts she was a classically trained dancer and performed with the New Haven Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Moscow State Ballet and the Paul Hall Contemporary Dance Theater.
Joni Gage (Voice) Joni is delighted to join the creative team at Broadway Kids and Company. Joni Gage is also a faculty member at the Community Music School in Essex where she is a voice and piano instructor, as well as a choral and theater director. Joni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University, and is a member of Music Educator’s National Conference and ACDA. She performs with Con Brio Choral Society as well as a featured vocalist with CMS' faculty Jazz quartet. Joni has served as Musical Director for several theatre companies including Oddfellows Playhouse, Chestnut Street Playhouse, Groton Regional Theatre, Daniel Hand High School and Missoula Children’s Theatre through The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She is the Musical Director for the CMS youth choir Rockin’ Robins and also directs CMS Broadway Bound East Theater program, staging numerous musicals for young actors. Joni grew up in Hadlyme, CT
Mary Jacq Kirchoff (Ballet) Currently being updated..
Daniel Brown (Jazz/Hip Hop) Daniel hails from North Carolina, where he studied musical theater and dance at Catawba College. Before relocating to Connecticut, Daniel taught private dance in Salisbury, NC, as well as teaching beginner technique to college students. His credits include choreographing The Parchman Hour, which made its regional debut as part of the '16/'17 season at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA, along with appearing as a guest artist in performance with the Pensacola Ballet Company. Additionally, he has choreographed various children’s shows at Sacred Heart Catholic School along with a semesterly dance recital performance at Catawba College. His performance history includes Little Shop of Horrors(Audrey 2 voice), Rent (Thomas B. Collins), CATS (Plato), The Parchman Hour (John Lewis) and Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter). In 2016, Daniel relocated to Connecticut to join The O'Neill family as Box Office and House Manager for the summer season. He then moved into the position of Development Apprentice and is overjoyed to be spending his time with other young people who share his passion for dance and performance. Most recently, Daniel served as Choreographer for the Junior Fellows during the Cabaret & Performance Conference as they presented the music of The Bee Gees at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He now acts as the Database Consultant at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and is proud to serve as part of the faculty for the National Theater Institute, where he aids college aged students in opening their awareness to their bodies and how powerful of a tool dance/movement can be.
Hannah Bellows (Vocal Instructor/Acting/Musical Theatre) Hannah is thrilled to begin working with Broadway Kids and Company! Hannah is a nationally-honored director who earned her B.A. in Musical Theatre from Western Connecticut State University. She has performed on stage regularly since kindergarten, making her professional debut 5 years ago as Gonerill in Shakespeare’s King Lear. She has coached artists of all ages in singing and acting for the past 5 years, and she particularly loves working with kids and teens! Hannah looks forward to sharing her experience in singing, acting, directing, dancing, writing, and costumes with the students at BKC!
Brielle Columber (Ballet/Contemporary) has been dancing since the age of three. Her first eight years of dance training took place at The Dance Zone in Las Vegas, Nevada and the next seven years at Eastern Connecticut Ballet. After graduating high school, Brielle decided to take her dance training even further and major in dance at Dean College. She has an array of performance experience most recently including Boston Contemporary Dance Festival 2018 and 2017, Young Choreographers Concert 2017 in NYC, Jeremy Ruth Howes’ Dance Company 2017 and 2016, and William Evans’ Dance Company 2017. Her teaching experience is extensive, specializing in ballet technique. Brielle has just completed a full dance season teaching abroad in Ireland where she taught ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She is excited to be returning to teach in Ireland for another year this fall.
Avery Holwitt (Acting/Musical Theatre) earned her degree in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. After college she toured for several seasons with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, where she and her tour partner trained a group of up to 60 children, ranging in age from 5 through 18 years old, to perform a one hour length musical during the course of one week; she toured for up to 46 weeks per year, in a different town every week. As a Tour Actor/Director, she worked in almost every state west of the Mississippi, performed in many different venues, ranging from a school gymnasium to a professional stage, and taught children of all different theatrical abilities. Avery has been active in musical theatre since she was a little girl growing up in East Lyme. She feels lucky to have studied under teachers such as Lynne Britt of Paper Moon Productions; Charles Gilbert, creator of the SAVI method of singing-acting; Forrest McClendon; Drucie McDaniel; and many others. She also attended the competitive Carnegie Mellon University summer program to study Musical Theatre.
Avery’s greatest role, however, is her current role as mother to Lance, Gavin, Viviane, and Alexandra. Watching their love for theatre grow is her favorite pastime!
Katelyn Ollhoff (Lyrical/Contemporary/Jazz) grew up in Connecticut and found dance early in life, dancing competitively for 14 years. She recently graduated with her Masters in education from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. During her undergraduate years, she was the Show Committee Manager for the Marist College Dance Ensemble and choreographed for their dance showcases. She has been a teacher and choreographer at BKC for three years and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
Billy was in the Broadway production of "Cats".
Marissa played Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray.
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