Center Stage Performing Arts Center is dedicated to the advancement of children in their pursuit of acting, singing, dancing and performing. While Center Stage is new to Boca Raton, our instructors have been working with children locally for years. Our goal is to have something to offer every age group or skill level. Our staff will assess your child and recommend programs that will help them achieve the right balance of challenge and growth potential. We encourage kids to succeed and thrive in a positive environment, while still being challenged. Give us a call or stop by for a visit, and learn for yourself how Center Stage can help your child seize their own moment in the spotlight!
Sara Perry – Artistic Director
SARA PERRY was born and raised in South Florida, and has been performing in Broadway and regional theatre productions and touring companies since the age of six. Sara attended BAK Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, where she was a theatre major. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami Conservatory Program, thereafter attending Nova Southeastern University for her MS in Education. Sara worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as the lead vocalist in their main stage productions, and has toured Europe and the United States for many years in various productions. Some favorites include TOMMY the Musical, Grease, Crazy for You, 42nd Street, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Sara works professionally as a choreographer, director and musical director throughout the South Florida area. She serves as the resident choreographer for Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton, and most recently held the position of Director and Lead Teacher for the Performance Project at Broward Center of the Performing Arts for their summer theatre program. Sara is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as well as a certified teacher through the
American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF
Alexandra Cawthorne – Director of Dance
ALEXANDRA CAWTHORNE has been dancing since the age of two. She has trained in all styles with a focus on acrobatics. She has studied in South Florida, New York and London, and is a certified dance teacher through Dance USA. Alexandra graduated from FAU with a major in English History. Alexandra got her start in dance competitions, winning countless awards and scholarships, including over twenty national titles. In her teen years Alexandra became the choreographer for a local children’s theater, where she spent eight years. Alexandra has choreographed shows at venues across Palm Beach County, including Calusa Elementary, Del Prado Elementary, Olympic Heights High School, Arts Garage and Delray Beach Playhouse. In addition to shows, she also choreographs routines and trains children for dance competitions. Her students have gone on to compete across the country and win. Her competitive dance routines have received “Best Choreography”, “Best Performance” and the coveted “Excalibur Award” for the highest scoring routine in a competition. Alexandra is also an accomplished costume designer with countless “Best Costume” awards. (Back to top)
Catherine Briggs – Musical Director
CATHERINE BRIGGS is a Kodály certified music teacher with the Palm Beach County School District, where her teaching responsibilities include K-5 general music, multiple choral ensembles, and an extracurricular drama program. Her choral ensembles received superior ratings at adjudication festivals and several students have been invited to participate in the Florida All State Honors Chorus. An active musician and soloist in South Florida, Catherine is the co-founder and president of Espressivo, a chamber choral ensemble.
Catherine holds a BME in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she graduated with honors. She completed an M.A. in Music with a Choral Conducting emphasis at Florida Atlantic University. Catherine is currently completing her thesis for her second Masters degree in Music Education.
Catherine is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association, American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Teachers of Singing, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
In addition to her work as an accomplished vocal and piano instructor, Catherine served as the musical director for many musicals, most recently, Beauty and the Beast JR., Drowsy Chaperone, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (Back to top)
Kimberly Polewski – Director
KIMBERLY POLEWSKI is thrilled to be working at Center Stage and is a proud teacher and director for the award winning Theatre Department at the Olympic Heights Community High School, where her students have won several Critic’s Choice Awards. This same talented group was selected as District Representative, and earned the opportunity to tour their mainstage production of Lost in Yonkers to the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa. Before this, Kimberly spent her time teaching at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she directed the South Florida Cappie award- winning production of 45 Seconds from Broadway. Kimberly is a graduate from Florida Atlantic University with bachelor’s degrees in both Theatre and Media Studies, and has been fortunate enough to work with theme parks such as The Walt Disney World Resort as a cast member in their entertainment department. As an “actor’s director”, Kimberly’s calling is teaching. She specializes in audition workshops for students seeking entry into performing arts schools, as well as character development for competition pieces and productions. (Back to top)
Randi Rosen – DirectorRANDI ROSEN grew up working in the New York City theatre scene since the age of five. Since then she has been performing professionally for the past 30 years and has been directing /teaching for the past 15 years. Randi has worked in Theatre (Broadway, off-Broadway, regional) film / television, commercials and voice-overs in both New York City and Los Angeles. Her most recent credit is playing Susanna Walcott in The Crucible at the Arvada Center. Randi has also studied and trained at some of the most highly acclaimed programs in the world. She started studying theater at the Yale School of Drama before she went on to receive her BA in Theater/ Performance from Fordham College at Lincoln Center. She went onto to receive accolades in Oxford / London, including receiving a degree from the British American Dramatic Academy, where she also trained with Theatre de Complicite. She has performed and studied in Amsterdam, through New York University’s Tisch School and has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company for over 10 years. Randi has also had the great fortune to learn from and perform with some of our greatest artists such as: Uta Hagen, Betty Buckley, Lawrence Sacharow, Laila Robins, Nathan Lane, Joan Macintosh, Olympia Dukakis and Felicity Huffman. As a director and teacher, Randi has taught acting, musical theatre, audition technique, movement, TV/film and commercial classes throughout the U.S. Her most recent directing credits include: 1969, Annie, Legally Blonde, Wicked Oz, High School Musical 1 and 2, Sound of Music, Grease, Hairspray, Bye Bye Birdie and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She also specializes in private coaching, including working on monologues with performers (kids auditioning for colleges/professional programs) and coaching actors for TV, film and theater auditions. Randi is also the owner of Randi Rosen Photography which was established in 2010. Randi Rosen Photography specializes in: Headshot’s for Actors /Models, Children, Family, Maternity/Newborn and Event Photography. Randi was awarded “Top 5 Portrait Photographer” by the A-LIST Awards 2011. Randi’s work can be seen in Petite Magnifique Magazine, Backstage, Teen Girl Magazine and 303 Magazine. She is a proud member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and MHP (Mile High Photographers). Randi is also a member of Sag-Aftra and Actor’s Equity performing unions (Back to top)
Odinni Jones – Hip Hop ChoreographerODINNI JONES was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He began his training taking Jazz and Hip Hop in high school and at “Broadway Dance Center” in NYC. His passion for Hip Hop encouraged him to join Ala Mar, Inc., a traveling hip hop group. They performed throughout New York City and helped those in need by holding charitable performances. Odinni attended Barry University in Miami, Fl. During his time at Barry he minored in dance and became head of the Barry dance team. They performed for numerous events and enjoyed performing in opening acts for the rap artist Fat Joe. Odinni’s style of dance is a Jazz Funk/Hip Hop fusion. He gained much of his inspiration from artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Usher just to name a few. Odinni has choreographed for the former R&B group known as “Git Phresh” under the instructions of rap artist “Flo-Rida”. He also choreographed a routine for a former Miss America. Odinni has choreographed for numerous pageants and was formally the co-choreographer for Collateral Damage Dance Crew. They have auditioned for shows such as America’s Got Talent and America’s Best Dance Crew. Odinni was also featured on the “Brooke Hogan Knows Best” show. He choreographs award-winning competition dance groups throughout South Florida, and has served as judge for dance competitions and talent portions of pageants. Odinni’s goal is to educate our youth on the history of hip hop culture and dance styles, while also giving his students a chance to express their creativity and to channel their energy into something productive and fun. (Back to top)
Jesse Hoffman – Children’s Theatre Director completed studies at the New York Film Academy in New York, New York with a major in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Mary Lane (Reefer Madness), Dorothy (The
Wizard of Oz), Natalie (Next To Normal), Maureen (RENT), as well as Patrice (13). She’s also appeared as Martha (Spring Awakening), Little Red (Into the Woods), Luisa (The Fantasticks), Sheila Franklin (Hair), Cinderella (Cinderella), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
Alyssa Thompson – Ballet
Alyssa is a graduate of New World School of the Arts in the dance program where she trained in classical modern techniques and ballet. Alyssa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida.
While pursuing her degree, she performed works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Peter London, and Josee Garant. After college, she joined the Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah where she toured nationally. As a professional dancer, she had the opportunity to perform in famous works by Michio Ito, Jose Limon, Doris Humphery, Ruth St. Denis, Isadora Duncan, Shapiro and Smith, Zvi Gotheiner and Ze’eva Cohen.
ALYSSA THOMPSON is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Casey Casperson – Adult Programming
CASEY CASPERSON is Founder/Director of Sick Puppies Comedy which currently operates here at Center Stage. Casperson graduated in 2001 from the University of Evansville with a degree in Theatre Management. He runs a comedy school for Stand Up, Improv and Sketch comedy. You can see the Sick Puppies Comedy website here. His improvisational involvement includes being a member of Laughing Gas and THEY Improv, as well as performing with Just the Funny. He’s been a stand up comic for nearly 20 years and utilizes this style to influence new forms of improvisation. He’s performed in clubs across the country, but prides himself in his ability to train others to sell, build teams and be effective public speakers thru improv. Shows are every Saturday night. Come see one right here! (Back to top)
Beverly Blanchette – Director; Workshop Instructor
BEVERLY BLANCHETTE is a former adjunct professor of theatre at Palm Beach State College, and retired Dean of Theatre of the AW Dreyfoos School of Arts after a 35-year career as a theatre arts educator. During these years, she was distinguished with many accolades including: the Randolph Frank Prize for Performing Arts Educator, the Florida Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, the Florida Association for Theatre Education Outstanding Arts Educator Award, the Florida State Thespian Sponsor of the Year Award, and an induction into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame. An advocate for arts education, she is a past president and current Executive Board Member of FATE (Florida Association for Theatre Education). Most notably, Blanchette just completed a Juilliard School (New York) Directing Fellowship and a Globe Theatre (London) Shakespeare-Directing Program.
Blanchette has directed over 100 plays/musicals, many of which were awarded/showcased at the Florida State Thespian Festival, the Florida Theatre Conference, the International Thespian Festival, and the Edinburgh/Scotland Fringe Festival. Her students received many Critics’ Choice Awards in all areas of performance and design at both district and state Thespian Festivals. She chartered four Thespian Troupes in the state!
She holds a BA from FSU’s School of Theatre and an MFA in Acting/Directing from FAU where she studied with Zoe Caldwell. Whenever time permits, she enjoys performing on stage (last seen in So My Grandmother Died, Blah, Blah, Blah… at Mad Cat Theatre Company, A Doll’s House at Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Talk Radio at Mosaic Theater) and on television.
She is most proud of the achievements of her former students who are working in all realms of theatre/film/television/videos as actors, directors, producers, writers, designers, technicians, and educators. (Back to top)