Meet the NJPAC Faculty



D.Cross - Derick Cross


D.Cross (Derick Cross ) is a visual and vocal poetic artist, who creates imagery and sound that transcends and crosses boundaries of genres and labels.
As a poetic performance artist, this "Vocal Beat Expressionist” uses “vocal acrobatics” to create sonic collages of his poetry combining words and beatboxing.
He has performed in cities nationally & internationally, as well as highly sought after venues such as, Madison Square Garden, SOB's, BB Kings, Carolines On Broadway, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.


Purple Haze - Sheikia S. Norris


Sheikia S. Norris, lyrically known as Purple Haze is from the Bronx and resides in Newark, New Jersey. Purple connects with audiences and students intentionally through scholarly wonderment, powerful engagement and love for Hip-Hop culture and community. Enthusiast of the art form appreciates her energy, impeccable flow and a clever deliverance of truth. Purple has mastered her own rich style of delivering lyrics and developing parallel teaching techniques. Rapidly growing a reputation for being a lead contributor to Hip Hop education and cultural preservation, is passionate about collectively bridging art & culture, education & wellness. Purple is a diversified talent poised for success in a host of arenas!


Karen Ng


Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher, Karen Ng is a powerhouse of passion and talent. With
over 10 years teaching experience she shares a wealth of knowledge of the Hip Hop and Street
Dance scene spanning from New Zealand to New York City. Having performed in various
elements from dance battles, music videos to some of the biggest music festivals, she continues
to develop her work as a choreographer for theater, film and stage. You can find out more on

Jazz music

Adegoke Steve Colson


Adegoke Steve Colson, a Grammy-nominated pianist/composer, has recorded on Columbia/Sony, Black Saint, and other labels. His recent CD, “Tones For,” is a Jazz Times’ Editor’s Pick (April 2016). Internationally, Steve has been billed with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and other greats; his bands have included David Murray, Reggie Workman, Henry Threadgill, Andrew Cyrille, and Amiri Baraka, etc. Steve is an early member of the influential Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).


Earl McIntyre


Earl McIntyre
Bass Trombone, Tuba,
Has played, recorded or arranged for Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Lester Bowie, The Band, Stevie Wonder, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson,Carla Bley, Aretha Franklin, Cedar Walton, Levon Helm, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra, the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orchestra, Slide Hampton, the Mingus Big Band, Cecil Taylor, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra . He appears on many Grammy award & Tony winning productions. His most recent CD release is “Brass Carnival & Tribute”

Irio O'Farrill


Irio O'Farrill is a professional bassist working out of the New York City metropolitan area. He has performed with various pop, jazz, and Latin artists, and for several Broadway shows. His credits include Gloria Gaynor, Sarah Brightman, Juan Carlos Formell, and the Broadway shows: “The Wedding Singer”, “In The Heights, “Kinky Boots”, and “On Your Feet”.

Jackie Jones


Jackie Jones is a graduate of Arts High School (Newark’s High School of the Performing Arts) and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.While earning her degree in Psychology at Rutgers, she continued her formal music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. There she trained and further refined her musical style under noteworthy jazz talents as pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Keith Copeland, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Larry Ridley.

Jackie Jones has toured throughout the United States as well as internationally, including Switzerland, Russia, Germany and Portugal. Ms. Jones musical associations are formidable indeed. She has opened for the legendary Lou Rawls and has performed with numerous noteworthy artists including bassist Christian McBride, pianist Nat Adderley, Jr., drummer Winard Harper, Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev and saxophonists Don Braden and Houston Person.


Personal Website

Joseph Bergen


Joseph Bergen is a percussionist, educator, curator, and composer active in the New York metro area. Joe is a founding member of Mantra Percussion ("superhuman..." New Yorker), Transit New Music ("boldly surreal aural experience..." NY Times,) and is the education director of Mantra Youth Percussion as well as percussion specialist in the Rahway School District.



Michael Feinberg


A 'musical prodigy turned evil genius" (spinner) bassist Michael Feinberg has been one of the most in-demand side man in NYC since his arrival in 2009. A graduate of U of Miami and NYU Feinberg has worked alongside some of the top names in jazz and contemporary music including John Scofield, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Ambrose Akinmusire, Knower, and Run DMC.

Noel Sagerman


Noel Sagerman began playing the drums at St. Cloud elementary school in West Orange, NJ. He started playing professionally while attending The University of Vermont. After graduating in 1991, he spent a year playing in Japan and in 1992 moved back to his native New Jersey where he has maintained a busy performing and teaching schedule. He has performed with Irene Reid, Pharoah Sanders, Oliver Lake, David "Fathead" Newman, "Big" John Patton, gospel singer Joshua Nelson, and many others. He currently lives in Newark, NJ.

Sylvia Cuenca


Sylvia is an active drummer on the New York music scene. She’s shared the bandstand with Joe Henderson and Clark Terry. She recently performed with Kevin Mahogany in South Africa and toured as a leader in India. Guest clinician: Sisters in Jazz Program, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Faculty at Jazz for Teens program, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Guangzhou Conservatory of Music in China. Recipient of NEA Grants and semifinalist at Thelonius Monk International Drum Competition. For more info:

Lara Gonzalez


Lara is Co-Founder and Artistic Director for her performance and educational group, Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song, a graduate of Fordham University, an Assets for Artists grantee, and a versatile artist who enjoys multi-disciplinary projects and community collaborations - and a deep love of West African music, dance and culture.



E. Jane Keitel


Ms. Keitel is a professional actor, certified teaching artist, musician. She has been teaching for over 20 years in numerous NJ school districts and in professional NJ Music Schools and Theatres.   A member of Actor's Equity, Ms. Keitel has performed Off-Broadway and on numerous regional theatres including Playwrights/Writers Theatre of NJ,   Luna Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Growing Stage, NJPAC and 12 Miles West.  Ms. Keitel has taught Musical Theater, Acting, Playwriting, and Improvisation to young people for over 20 years.  She voiced all of the characters in the original musical "Dr. Duck", which premiered at the BMI Professional Musical Theatre workshop in NY.  Jane has worked in film and commercials.  Her most favorite role, however, is bringing out the creativity in each of her students! 


Erica Bradshaw


Erica Bradshaw began her theatrical career at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, from there she originated the role of Adele in Arthur Millers’ Mr. Peter’s Connections (off-Broadway) and has worked in various regional theaters including; Hartford Stage, Signature Theater (NYC), Actors Theater of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, City Theater, Delaware Theater Company, Seattle Shakespeare Theater, and the Actor’s Gang. Winter 2016 Erica will in appear in This Wonderful Life, a solo holiday show, at Luna Stage, West Orange. Her television credits include over 20 episodes of Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Limitless, Orange is the New Black, and High Maintenance. Erica has been a senior teaching artist across the U.S. for over 20 years. 


Devised Theatre

Andrea Seigel


Andrea is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she double majored in Acting and Educational Theatre. She has taught theatre based residencies for over 10 years to early childhood, elementary & middle school students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. As a teaching artist, she believes that theatre can be used as a tool for learning almost any content (from shapes & rhyming to Shakespeare & the Greeks) and that the skills provided through instruction in the art forms can serve to enhance life and communication skills.


Dan Drew


Newark native Dan Drew graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Theater and History in 2014. Since then he has actively worked as an actor, singer and dancer both locally and nationally. He joined the NJPAC family in 2016 as a Teaching Artist and most recently has begun working on production elements for Arts Education.


Doriane Swain


Doriane Swain

A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Theater Arts and a semester abroad at the London Academy of Theater, Doriane has appeared in contemporary, classical, and musical theatre throughout the tri-state area. As a performer, playwright, producer, and director, Doriane has worked closely with Luna Stage, Crossroads Theater, and Manhattan Repertoire Theatre. As a TA, Doriane enjoys co-creating with students of all ages and truly learns from each young artist!


Jennica Carmona


Jennica is originally from Rochester NY and is a recent New Jersey transplant! She is thrilled to be a part of the NJPAC teaching artist family. As an actress, she has starred in many roles including the role of Carmen in the NY Emmy Award winning show “We Are New York”, as Marela in Nilo Cruz “Anna in the Tropics” (Hippodrome State Theatre), as the female storyteller in “Mi Casa, Tu Casa” at Luna Stage, and most recently as Elvira in 'Elvira the Immigration Play (NY International Fringe Festival, Collaboraction Theatre in Chicago).She is also an independent filmmaker and her first feature film , "Millie and the Lords", has received many awards and is currently available for streaming on HBO. She holds a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.


Laine Barton


Laine Barton, a theater, puppetry and circus artist, joyfully weaves her skills into her children’s shows Why Read and other shows. She’s performed at Kimtom Festival, Shanghai, China, at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors, on stilts for the Metropolitan Opera, & for TV’s All My Children. She performed for over 20 years with the Big Apple Circus.


Nikiya Mathis


Nikiya Mathis - Television: Blue Bloods, Braindead, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, and Elementary (CBS), The Night Of (HBO). Film: "Compliance", "Knucklehead", "All These Small Moments". National Commercials: Dunkin Donuts , Diet Coke , Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Off Broadway: The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Atlantic Theater, New York Theater Workshop. BA: Temple University, MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program


Musical Theatre

Alex Ratner


Alex Ratner is a New York-based composer/lyricist, music director and arranger. A 2015 Yale graduate, Alex most recently worked on the Broadway production of War Paint. Alex is the winner of the 2016 Jerry Harrington Award and 2017 Jean Banks Award through the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. More at


Colleen Hawks


Colleen Hawks Broadway: Shrek, The Boy from Oz (starring Hugh Jackman) and Smokey Joe’s Café. Other: original MTC production of Lippa’s Wild Party, Anything Goes! with Chita Rivera. Film and TV: The Narrows, Law and Order C. I., As the World Turns. Colleen directs, choreographs and teaches voice.


Daryl L. Stewart


Daryl L. Stewart is an actor, director and teaching artist. Stewart's theater credits include Gershwin's My One & Only, The Wild Party, Carousel, Ragtime, Into The Woods, Stepshow (NYMF) and Five Guys Named Moe. Director/Choreographer credits include: The Wiz, Once On This Island, Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress, High School Musical and Disney's The Lion King Experience. Education: NYU, NY Conservatory for Drama and Papermill Playhouse Conservatory. Stewart serves on the faculty of several arts organizations including NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Luna Stage Theater Co. and Vanguard Theater Company. He is a recipient of the NYU Wasserman Award for Service, 2014 Urban League Honoree for the Arts, 2015 Union County Advancing Community Theater Grant and a Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Nominee.


Elisa Van Duyne


ELISA VAN DUYNE has performed on Broadway in 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade and Finian’s Rainbow.  Her regional work includes Ragtime at The Kennedy Center, Sound of Music at Fulton Opera House, Showboat at Asolo Rep and Kiss Me Kate at Paper Mill Playhouse. She has appeared on TV in Person Of Interest, As the World Turns, The Late Show With David Letterman, Good Morning America, The 2001 TONY Awards, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  As a choreographer, she has staged The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls, and Big River at Alpine Theatre Project, Thoroughly Modern Millie at OCPT, and Oklahoma! at Seton Hall University.   Elisa’s teaching experience includes: Paper Mill Playhouse, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, AMDA, CAP21, and Mount Holyoke College.  For more information visit


Lisa Gunn-Becker


Lisa Gunn-Becker: As a performer: Broadway, regional theatre, commercials, film and television. As a teacher: Disney, Wolf trap, Dancing Classrooms, Accent Reduction, Improv and acting. In life: mother, wife, sister, friend. Lisa lives in a 1725 farmhouse with her husband, two daughters, and two collie dogs. Lisa believes creative expression can empower and transform individuals.


Madeline Calandrillo


Madeline Calandrillo: As a performer: Broadway, regional theatre, commercials, film and television. As a teacher: Disney, Wolf trap, Dancing Classrooms, Accent Reduction, Improv and acting. In life: mother, wife, sister, friend. Lisa lives in a 1725 farmhouse with her husband, two daughters, and two collie dogs. Lisa believes creative expression can empower and transform individuals.


Patrisha Gibson


Patrisha has joined the NJPAC family through there Disney Musical After school program as well as Dancing in Classroom program. It has been a joy to work with the students and share my gifts to help enrich their lives as well as the faculty. Also, she was recently seen in the production of Memphis. (Ensemble) Elsewhere she toured with Networks National Tour of Hairspray . Regional houses were, Maine State Music Theatre- (Dynamite) Hairspray, Maine State Music Theatre (Ensemble) All Shook Up, Columbia University MFA (Yegorushka) Ivanov, Circa 21 Playhouse (Brenda) Smokey Joe's Cafe,, The Spirit of BroadwayThe Last Session (Trysha) , Heights Players Theatre (dance captain) Ragtime-She can also be seen an the new Webseries " How to Make it Big".


Vanessa A Jones


Vanessa A Jones is currently a Resident Artist at the Cycely Tyson School. Years prior she also did a residency at The Whitney Houston School of the Performing Arts. Vanessa is an original Broadway cast member of Disney’s The Lion King. Other Broadway credits: Caroline, or Change, The Buddy Holly Story. Television: ABC’s What Would You Do?, Royal Pains, House Of Cards, Unforgettable, SMASH, All My Children. Vanessa’s voice can be heard on various recordings and voice over commercial spots.


Wincey Terry


International singer, Wincey Terry is CEO of Winceyco and Executive Director of NanaBabies Nonprofit. Her innovative arts programs won her Kiss FM’s “Phenomenal Woman” award. Wincey is an author, producer of music and educational CDs, Arts Chair of the NJ Human Trafficking Coalition and VP of Zonta of Essex.


Modern and Tap Dance

Ann Dragich


Ann Dragich has choreographed and performed around NYC, including Symphony Space, FIT, and Duplex Cabaret Theater, and is on faculty at ATDF, Ballet Hispanico and The DreamYard Project. Notably, she performed in Paris Fashion Week as part of the Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show.


Angela Bowman

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Angela Bowman, a teaching artist specializing in, creative movement, tap dance, and theater; holds a BFA in Theatre from Emerson College, and MFA from Brooklyn College, A former dancer, choreographer and teacher for Dance for Joy, Bowman has also taught dance in East Orange, Newark, and Nyack College.


Carina Rubaja


Since 1998, Carina Rubaja has worked as a creative dance teaching artist with regular and special ed. Pre-k through 4th grade students. She gives workshops and mentors teachers both in the US and Argentina. She received her dance teacher training degree in 1988, and her M. Ed degree in 1993. She is a graduate of the 92Y's Dance Education Laboratory. .


Diana Crum


Diana Crum is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She has been Visiting Artist/Faculty at Washington & Lee University, University of the Arts, and Hollins University. Her teaching practices and community work inform her choreography, which has been presented in NYC; Atlanta; Salt Lake City; Vienna, Austria; and Nancy, France, among others. MFA, Hollins University. BA, Columbia University.


Josef Woodson


JOSEF WOODSON – Josef earned his degree in Dance at the University of Michigan and studied ballet, jazz, and modern on scholarship at the Joffrey School, Ailey School and at Steps on Broadway. Josef went on to dance professionally with Ailey II, Donald Byrd, and the Sokolow Now! Dance Company. Josef performed at Tokyo Disney and is a Disney Teaching Artist and Associate Director for SKIN Dance Company.


Justin Dominic


Justin Dominic (Newark, NJ) Dancer / Performer / Choreographer / Teaching Artist. Education: M.F.A in Dance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.F.A in Contemporary Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Performance Companies: Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Keigwin + Company, LaneCoArts, Mark Morris Dance Group, Limon Company.


Mary Brienza



Mary Brienza is a performer/writer with credits spanning Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, radio, concert dance and comedy. She is also respected teacher of tap dance, theatre dance, and musical theatre and has served on faculties for a variety of professional training programs including her current position with NYC’s High School for Performing Arts.


Rachel Davidson

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Rachael Davidson recalls her desire to dance at the early age of four. Rachael pursued her dream and obtained her BS in education and a minor in Dramatic Arts at SUNY Geneseo, where she also studied classical ballet (Jonette Lancos) modern (Jacqueline McCausland), jazz, and theatre. In 1993, Rachael received her M.A. in Dance education from New York University while training under the tutelage of June Lewis, Mary Anthony and Charles Moore. In addition to her studies, Rachael has taught, choreographed and directed several productions for many school, churches, production companies and dance schools throughout the Tri-State area for over 15 years. Her credits include: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, WNYW Fox 5 Christmas and Easter Specials, Nativity (under the direction of Robert Evans), Henry Hudson Repertoire (under the direction of Freddie Moore) and Dance for Joy Ministries (under the direction of Iris Cloud). Currently, Rachael is a teacher for InterVision’s Theater Arts Center, (under the direction of Nailah Flake Brown), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Dance Theater of Harlem (D.T.H), The Center for Arts Education (C.A.E) and a member of the National Dance Education Association (NDEO), National Liturgical Dance Network (under the direction of Rev. Eyesha Marable) and the Allen Liturgical Dance Company.