Miranda Becker is excited to be with The Players again this year after five years of working as a freelance makeup artist and intern for The Players Make-Up Workshop. She has also worked as makeup designer on numerous shows at The Players such as The Addams Family, Cabaret, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Cyrano De Burgershack, as well as The Players Kids and summer camp shows.
Brian Finnerty is excited to be returning to the educational department at The Players Studio! Starting as a competition dancer who traveled America until the age of 16, Brian dived into his love of singing and acting, where he studied at Booker High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program, then later went on to major in Musical Theatre at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. He has directed and choreographed multiple productions in the area such as; All Shook Up, Singin’ in the Rain, Funny Girl, Reefer Madness, Vaudeville’s Dead, SHOUT! A MOD Musical and more. Brian holds scholarships and awards rewarded by Dance Masters of America, Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, and Anthony Morigeratoratto (Operation Tap Inc). Brian looks forward to bringing his teachings to The Players.
Cinda Goeken grew up in Central Illinois and earned a B.F.A. in Drama from Illinois Wesleyan University. After pursuing a professional career in the field of mental health/rehabilitation for many years, she now devotes her time to participating in theatre in the local area, both onstage and behind the scenes as an actor, singer, director, stage manager and crew person. She has been teaching acting and singing fundamentals to students on a one-to-one basis for many years, thus bringing a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience.
Alyssa Goudy is returning for her third year as director for The Players Kids. She has worked with The Players Summer Camps for many years, as well as designed for Players Kids main stage shows and substituted for several classes. She is the Production Manager for The Players Centre and is frequently Stage Managing and performing for our main stage as well.
Amanda Heisey has been performing since she was a child. She has a Bachelors of Journalism from The University of Missouri and after working for various news outlets finally returned to her passion for the arts. Amanda is Public Relations and Social Media Manager for The Players Centre and acting teacher for The Players Studio. Favorite stage credits include: Green in SHOUT!, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Anna in BURN THIS, Linda in Blood Brothers, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Olive in Bullets Over Broadway, Gillian in Bell, Book and Candle and Demeter in Cats.
Ronda Hewitt studied Stretch for three years under Richard Seyd in San Francisco. She taught Stretch Lab for three years at Live Arts in Charlottesville. Ronda graduated from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and co-founded the Fourth Monkey theatre ensemble. She also co-founded the Late Night Series, which is part of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training program. Ronda is a proud retired member of Actors’ Equity. She has worked in regional theatres and community theatres across the country and has a degree in teaching from the University of Illinois. She holds current teaching certificates in Texas and Illinois. Ronda is now a community-based actor who was last seen on The Players stage as Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Logan Junkins is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, New York where he trained in theater dance, voice, and acting. Logan is also trained as a character performer and performed for Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA for 3 years. He toured with the USO, and Sesame Street Live before moving to Sarasota where he has starred in many shows, both on professional and community stages. Logan is proud to be the instructor for the multi award winning Players Dance Company and The Players Outreach Coordinator.
Lacey Knispel studied Education and Theatre at the University of South Florida. She currently teaches theatre at Sarasota High School, where she also coaches one of the only local high school improv troupes, “Improv Underground”. She is the director of The Players Studio Summer Mini Camps and she also performs in the area.
Julie Kulin is a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a double concentration in trumpet and voice. She also has a background in private vocal coaching, marching band, choreography, music directing, directing, and conducting. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her experiences to The Players Studio. Julie has been performing on stage for the past twenty years with previous show credits including, Sister Act, Rocky Horror, Blood Brothers, and Disenchanted.
Mike McManus attended the famed American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While in Manhattan he studied with many of America’s great dance talents including Henry LaTang, Mary Jane Brown, Charles Kelley, Jerry Ames, and Phil Cook. Mike also had the privilege of taking classes with Patsy Swayze (Patrick Swayze’s Mom) in Houston, Texas. Mike also works at local retirement centers presenting Steven Vincent’s Movement Magic exercise program for seniors.
Matt Neier is a graduate of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI with a BFA in Acting/Directing with a minor in Communication Studies. He moved to Sarasota in 2014 and has worked as an actor, stage manager, designer, electrician, carpenter, props master, and teacher since then. Working first at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota then Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto before joining The Players team in August of 2017. Matt has worked on over 100 productions since 2010 in many different capacities.
Anna Riccardo graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Business Management and Marketing. While in college, she studied ballet, jazz, creative movement, and acting. She was a dancer with the Emotion Dance Club and also served as choreographer. Anna grew up studying all forms of dance at the Linn McDonald School of Dance in Scranton, PA, where she also served as an assistant teacher. She performed in many full length ballets and participated in a children’s series of shows at the Pocono Playhouse. Since moving to Florida in 2004, she has taught dance in Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.
Kay Siebold has been teaching tap dancing for over thirty years. She owned and operated “K’s Dance Schools” in the states and in Saudi Arabia. Kay studied under numerous dancers, and has had award winning competition students, some chosen to perform in TAMPA BAY TAPS faculty show. She has completed both Debbi Dee’s Tap Teacher Intensive Workshops. Kay has appeared in numerous Players productions including The Producers, Seussical, 9 to 5, Dear World, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and La Cage Aux Folles to name a few. Kay is currently one of the the Directors/Choreographers for The Flash Tappers.