THE JOURNEY TO BROADWAY ALL-STAR TEAM INCLUDES:
( Co-Founder & Artistic Director | Musical Theater ) Donna Vivino is an American actress and singer most recently nominated for a 2018 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Mary Flynn in "Merrily We Roll Along" directed by Michael Arden, starring opposite Wayne Brady. She performed as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, previously seen starring in the role on the 1st National Tour. Donna has been on a Broadway stage since the age of 8; she was the original Young Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway and is on the cast recording singing “Castle on A Cloud”. She starred on Broadway in "Fame Becomes Me" with Martin Short and was also on Broadway in "Hairspray" and "Saturday Night Fever". She plays Serena Maxwell in the Broadway World web-series "Submissions Only" (also streaming on Stage Network). Film/TV Credits also include: “The Sopranos”, “All My Children”, “Hometown” “A Gifted Man” as well as dozens of national commercials and voice-overs. Donna studied comedy improv with Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago City Limits and also performed with the NYC improv group “Don’t Quit Your Night Job”. Her debut solo album “Beautiful Dreamer” can be found on iTunes and Amazon. She has performed her solo show to sold-out audiences all across the world at venues such as 54 Below and Birdland in NYC, Opal Club in CA, Disney Cruise Lines and most recently in London at the Hippodrome Casino. She is currently a vocalist with the Florida Orchestra Symphony and will be releasing a new album “DNA” in 2019. Donna is an accomplished vocal coach with a studio based in Bergen County, NJ and also teaches comedy improv to kids, teens and adults in NYC and NJ. She has traveled and worked in 49 states and 4 countries throughout her career and is proud to call New Jersey her home.
( Co-Founder & Artistic Director | Theatre Arts ) Leya Adler-Hakim holds an M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU with a directing emphasis and an undergraduate degree in Theatre from Florida State University. In 2010, Leya co-created and produced an original Children’s Educational Theatre company, Phonics Fantasy Theatre, where she wrote and directed an educational musical and instructional film which received the “National Parenting Center Seal of Approval” as well as a favorable review in the School Library Journal. Leya was a teaching artist/actor for Living Voices, Inc.- Theatre Works on tour from 2007-2010 where she performed various one-woman historical plays and facilitated a learning/talk back session. Leya received the 2004 Elie Wiesel Award for Arts and Culture for producing and directing. Leya has directed numerous theatre arts productions. Youth credits include; I Never Saw Another Butterfly at the Provincetown Playhouse, The Would Be Gentlemen, Flowers for Algernon, The Pot Boiler, A Shayna Maidel, The Dining Room, Story Theatre, Romeo and Juliet, Luv N’ Light, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Annie as well multiple Musical Theatre Revues, Showcases and Original Works. (Off Broadway) Last Jew in Europe (Off-Off Broad.) History of Weather, The Homecoming Act II, Miss You the Most. Teaching credits include developing theatre curriculum and teaching for the 92Y and being a member of the full-time theatre faculty at BAK Middle School for the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Currently, Leya runs an after school Theatre Arts program with multiple young performers in Bergen County, NJ where she teaches acting, physical theatre and directs productions.
( Visiting Artist | Music Director ) is a professional pianist, music director, conductor, and arranger. He has worked for various productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as at various regional productions. Currently, Santoro is working on the premiere of Clueless the Musical as the Associate Music Director. Including Broadway’s School of Rock, he also played rehearsals for Broadway’s Matilda, Matilda: Acrobat National Tour and BCEFA 25th-28th Gyspy Awards. He was on stage at the Minskoff for BCEFA 31st Easter Bonnet Awards with Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway credits include Disenchanted! The Musical (Associate Piano Conductor), Silence! The Musical (Key 2 Sub), Urinetown (Music Director/Piano Conductor) and Zapata! The Musical (Assistant MD/Copyist). Other NY Music Direction credits: The Pierre Hotel and Broadway Sings For Pride Annual Concert. Paper Mill Playhouse: New Voices, Show Choir (Associate Music Director) and Theatre on Tour (Music Director). MPAC: Shrek (MD/Conductor), West Side Story (MD/Conductor), Mary Poppins (Key 1) and Les Misérables (Key 2). Other Music Director credits include: Once, Chaplin, Big Fish, American Idiot, Cabaret, A Christmas Story, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line and Next to Normal - just to name a few. He is a graduate of William Paterson University where he studied music education with a concentration in classical piano and voice. Charles has arranged and accompanied artists such as Kerry Butler, Christine Pedi, Kimberley Locke, Constantine Maroulis, Donna Vivino, Telly Leung, Rob McClure, Will Roland, Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano and Laura Osnes - among many others. He is the recipient of a few awards, including Best Orchestra and just took home the 2018 Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction. Keep up with Charles online @charlessantoro.
( Visiting Artist | Choreography/Dance ) Kristen was immersed in a world of dance and theater from a very young age, growing up 20 minutes and training from the age of 8 in NYC and a veteran in the professional world . At the age of 5, Kristen started in print work, filming national television commercials and films and recording voice overs that lead to voice and acting lessons that sparked her passion for Broadway. At the age of 8, she was accepted into the School of American Ballet where she trained for 8 years and performed with the NYCB in many productions. She competed at a national level training under Donna Farinella at Dance World Academy in New Jersey from the age of 10 through High School where she was recognized for her well rounded and versatile abilities and learned the importance of detail and style in choreographers work. Kristen continued her education at Syracuse University as a Musical Theater major and while still attending college she began her 16 year career on Broadway when she was cast in the original company of FOOTLOOSE as a featured dancer and understudying the role of Wendy-Jo. It was during this time that she started assisting and working under Ray Leeper on off-broadway shows, music videos and film workshops, as well as, master classes around the country.
Kristen recently completed a 10 year run as an Original Cast Member of WICKED the Musical where she had the opportunity to be Dance Captain, play the role of the Witch's Mother, and was Associate Choreographer to Wayne Cilento for the 1st National Tour which is still on the road. Through this time she continued her commercial and voice over career, has performed on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Tony Awards.
Kristen has taught master classes in Musical Theater all over the country. Her focus in her teaching is performance, intention, energy, detail and musicality!
(Visiting Artist - Arranger/Accompanist) For over 35 years, Ken has worked as a keyboard player, composer, arranger, and conductor. He’s played on albums, film scores, live television and radio broadcasts and appeared onscreen in “Radio Days” with Woody Allen. Outside of the recording studio, Ken has worked as an orchestra musician in over a dozen hit Broadway shows and conducted shows for regional theater. Broadway credits include “Wicked”, “Tarzan”, “Dracula”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Cats” , “Damn Yankees”, “Barnum”, “The Goodbye Girl”. Ken has also played hundreds of auditions for Broadway shows. Fun fact: He played Donna’s audition for “Les Miserables”. He currently performs all over the tri-state area. Most recently at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ.