Brian Finnerty studied musical theatre at Booker High School VPA and Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. In Brian’s “early years,” he was a competition dancer who traveled America until the age of 16 where he shifted his focus to musical theatre. Direction and choreography credits include; HEAD OVER HEELS, SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL, HELLO, DOLLY!, ALL SHOOK UP, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, FUNNY GIRL (The Players Centre), YANK! A WWII Love Story (Manatee PAC), REEFER MADNESS, VAUDEVILLE’S DEAD, CHRISTMAS BELLES OF ‘45 (Plump Sisters Productions & Random Acts, The Starlite Room), SILENCE!, HONK and 6 WOMEN WITH BRAIN-DEATH (Venice Theatre). Brian holds many awards and scholarships from Mia Michaels, Anthony Morigeratoratto (Operation Tap Inc.), Sonya Tayeh, Jay Handelman and more. He’s proud to work full-time at The Players as a studio instructor and social media manager!
Tanner Fults is a local actor and dancer who has been seen on local stages over the past two-and-a-half years. He found a passion for dance when he was 10 years old. Since then, he has studied different styles of dance such as hip-hop, ballet, lyrical and jazz. He was mentored and taught by Antonio Pinho and Michelle and Matt McCord, all of whom gave him the love and passion he has for the arts today. Tanner has also been seen in a few music videos and national dance competitions, and even performed at Disney three years in a row. He looks forward to sharing his love and passion for the stage with kids who want to do the same!
Alyssa Goudy is returning for her fifth year as director for The Players Kids. She teaches acting and improv, and has worked with The Players Summer Camps for many years. Additionally, she is the Production Manager for The Players Centre, and has stage managed, designed, directed and performed in many productions.
Amanda Heisey has been performing since she was a child. She has a Bachelor’s of Journalism from The University of Missouri and after working for various news outlets, she returned to her passion for the arts through public relations. Amanda is the Marketing Director for The Players Centre and acting teacher/director of The Players Teens for The Players Studio. Favorite stage credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), Cats (Demeter) and SHOUT! (Green Girl).
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. He also trained as a character performer, puppeteer and competitive ballroom dancer. In total, he is well-versed in over seventeen different forms of dance, music theory and overall live theatre design. He has performed in numerous shows, both on professional and community stages. He assisted in designing multiple haunted experiences with Big Dreamer Productions and toured with Sesame Street Live’s USO continental tour.
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 throughout the area.
Mike McManus started his theatrical training in Miami, Florida under the direction of Frank Bunetta (Jackie Gleason’s director) and choreographer, Ron Daniels. In New York City, he attended the famed American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Herbert Berghof Studio. While in Manhattan, he studied with many of America’s great dance talents including Henry La Tang, Mary Jane Brown, Carol Hess, Joel Bergman, Charles Kelley, Jerry Ames, Phil Cook, Charles and Kasha Lowe, Bob Audy, Luigi and Alvin Ailey. Mike also had the privilege of taking classes with Patsy Swayze (Patrick Swayze’s Mom) in Houston, Texas. Locally, Mike has been teaching tap dancing and exercise/balance classes for over 40 years at various facilities.
Anna Riccardo has been studying ballet since the age of 9. Her passion for this art form grew as she had the opportunity to perform in full-length ballets at the studio she grew up in, Linn McDonald’s School of Dance in Scranton, PA. While there, she also studied jazz, tap and modern and served as an assistant teacher. In college, she continued taking class, studying ballet, jazz, creative movement and acting. She also continued performing, and took on the role of choreographer with her school’s dance club. Not only is Anna’s dance experience extensive but she also has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education which gives her a leg up in understanding her students’ development. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Anna’s passion for dancing, especially ballet, has not waned. In fact, she calls the barre “home”.
Debbi White has been making music since the age of 5. She has coached children and teens in music and singing for over 20 years. Debbi is a featured soloist at several churches in Sarasota, and makes regular appearances on The Players stage. Favorite stage credits include Pamela in HEAD OVER HEELS and BJ in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES.