Faculty & Staff

Kristin Burrows (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 member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association. Kristin resides in Waterford with her husband Tom and is a proud mom of Michael, Hannah, and Ava.

Sophie Columber (Jazz/Hip Hop)

Sophie was born and raised in England where she started her dance training at the age of 3. After moving to the US, she continued her dance training and pursued a career in dance and dance instruction. Sophie was a professional dancer in Las Vegas for 15 years, dancing with shows such as Legends in Concert and La Cage. She has taught dance to young children through teens/adults for over 20 years in Las Vegas and Connecticut. Classes include jazz, jazz funk, hip hop, and elementary combo classes. Sophie is also a certified Barre Fitness Instructor and Mommy to 2 dancers and a little league player!

Jodi Dwyer (Office Manager)

Jodi has always had a love for children and a desire to equip them with skills needed for a bright future. A cheerleader of 11 years herself she also coached at the youth and high school levels. With a degree in child psychology and business admin she has a cumulative work history of eight years running an office. She's been with BKC for two years now and is especially fond of the experiences this program has to offer its students. Currently you might also find her blogging, planning an event or perusing a passion for photography. Above all she has a loving husband and two beautiful daughters who are her top priority. She would like to thank Kristin for this opportunity to do work that she truly enjoys while raising a family.

Heidi Harger (Voice-Preballet)

Heidi started teaching at Broadway Kids when Ms. Kristin was pregnant with Hannah.  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.

Laura Kenyon (Asst Director/Instructor Jazz, Tap, Lyrical)

Laura has been teaching at BKC for 9 years. She took some time off to pursue her training further. She studied Dance Performance and jazz pedagogy at The Hartford Conservatory. She has performed in many dance concerts, musicals, The American College Dance Festival and the Annual Jazz Nutcracker at Hartford Conservatory. Laura continues her training in New York and still is an active performer and attends auditions regularly in New York and Boston. Laura most recently performed with DFX entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

MJ Kirchoff (Ballet)

Dorothy Lance (Acting Coach)

Dorothy holds degrees in Speech from Boston College and Texas Christian University, with a minor in Theatre. She has taught Acting to students ranging from 7 years old through high school. Her favorite acting roles have been in Trojan Women, The Gingerbread Lady, Nunsense I and II, Cinderella, The Cemetery Club and Edward Albee’s Counting the Ways. Dorothy's directing credits include over 30 productions. Favorites are City of Angels, Into the Woods, Bye Bye Birdie, The Fantasticks, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Once Upon a Mattress and California Suite. Dorothy's involvement in local theatres includes, the VFW Players in New London, Fourth Row Theatre Ensemble, The Majestic Rose Dinner Theatre and Groton Regional Theatre. Dorothy is currently serving as the Drama director at Sacred Heart School in Groton.

Brandon (Felix) Gregoire (Dance)

A graduate from Wichita State University, Brandon earned a B.F.A. in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance and Choreography. While attending WSU, he danced with two department companies: Mid-America Dance Theatre and Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. While in Wichita, Brandon also had the chance to dance for Ballet Wichita, under the direction of Jill Landrith. Brandon has also had the opportunity to tour the Mexican cities of Colima and Manzanillo, with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre. He also had the opportunity to dance for and work with choreographers such as: Lorry May (Sokolow Now!), Yvonne Rainer, Elena Rusnak, C. Nicholas Johnson, Sabrina Vasquez, Denise Celestine, Cheyla Chandler, Rachel Boyajian, Amy Baker-Schwiethale, River Valley Dance Project (Deep River, CT) and Grant Jacoby & Dancers (Boston, MA). Brandon also took part in lectures and workshops with De De Woods, David Dorfman and Adele Myers. As a native of Connecticut, Brandon has worked up and down the state’s shoreline as a performer, dance instructor and choreographer for Musical Theatre. Working with such theatres as: The Garde Arts Center, The Palace Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, Andrews Memorial Town Hall Theater, Deep River Town Hall Theatre, La Comedia Dinner Theatre (OH), Hackmatak Playhouse (NH) and The Orpheum Theatre (KS). He has also performed with such companies as the Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Starship Dance Theatre, The Hartford Ballet and Maddhattes Theatre Company. This fall, Brandon will be choreographer and assistant director for Cabaret and director/choreographer for White Christmas with Chestnut Street Playhouse in Norwich, CT.  

Morghan Moroney (Hip Hop/Kids Bop/Dance)

Morghan has been teaching dance classes for over five years. Morghan began teaching at Broadway Kids and Company on an internship and taught hip hop classes. After her internship was complete she has been our hip hop and kids instructor and also teaches beginner ballet Morgan has been dancing for 19 years, and has competed in many dance competitions. She danced on her high school dance team at Newtown High School all four years and received MVP of the year. Morghan is now Graduating from Mitchell College, in New London, CT in May 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Health and Fitness. She has been a part of the Mitchell College dance team there for all four years while being the captain for three of those years. Morghan took her first ballet class to competition this year and her choreography/team placed in top 3. Above all, Morghan believes dance should be fun and accessible for all.

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.

Kelsey Gamble (Theatre/Voice)

Kelsey 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. 

 

Summer Camp Instructors/Interns

Mena Buscetto (BKC Alum)

Mena is twenty years old and a 2013 BKC alum, who trained at Broadway Kids from the age of four until the age of eighteen. Favorite roles at BKC include: Phyllis Dale (42nd Street), Tess (Crazy for You) and Belle (Beauty & The Beast). Mena took her passion for musical theatre with her to Marist College in New York where she majors in English and Adolescent Education with minors in Creative Writing and Theatre, and additionally received a Theatre Scholarship.

As a sophomore at Marist, Mena has served for two years on the Theatre Arts Executive Board and has performed in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bonnie & Clyde, Godspell, Me Too Monologues and Festival of Original Plays. This will be Mena’s third year as a staff member for BKC’s summer camp program and she cannot wait to share her love of musical theatre with her students!

Kristyn Hanner

Frankie Marcille (BKC Alum)

Frankie Ann Marcille is a senior Theatre Performance Major at Western Connecticut State University. Before attending Western, she studied with BKC for thirteen years, starting out in the days of the original "basement kids". Over the past three years, she has performed in three MainStage productions with WCSU (Major Barbara, Alice In Wonderland, and Holiday Hideaway) as well as five one act plays and three shows with Eversion Dance club.

In the summer of 2013, Frankie performed in "Alice In Wonderland" at Ives Concert Park in Danbury CT. That same summer she traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform at the annual Fringe Festival with the cast of WCSU's "Lysistrata". She also served as the Assistant Choreographer on that production. Off stage, she worked as assistant stage manager/dance captain for WCSU's production of "Spring Awakening" . dramaturg/assistant director for WCSU's production of "Twelfth Night" in which she directed the understudy performance, and props master for WCSU's production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe". She was also just elected president of WCSU's Eversion Dance Club! Frankie couldn't be more excited to be back with BKC, her home away from home!

 

Please send resume if you are interested in future positions at our studio

Guest Artists

Billy Johnstone

Billy was in the Broadway production of "Cats".

Marissa Perry

Marissa played Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray.

 

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Chaz Wolcott - Newsies Tour

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