We Offer:

3kidsSingClasses & Workshops

The Players Studio has classes for children as young as three years old through adult. There is a variety of classes offering instruction in Acting, Singing, and Dancing for all levels of experience. We also offer a variety of workshops to refine your skills.

The Players Kids

Auditions for The Players Kids will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019
at 9:00am under the direction of Alyssa Goudy, Brian Finnerty & Julie Kulin.
The Players Kids represent The Players Studio at community events, public appearances, and in a staged production. Boys and girls ages 7 – 17 should come prepared with a short (1 minute) song, and wear comfortable clothing for the dance portion. Upon acceptance into The Players Kids, students must register in a minimum of 1 class as well as attend regularly scheduled Saturday morning rehearsals. A $300.00 annual fee is required which includes a yearly Players Kids shirt and jazz pants. Limited absences are allowed.
The Players Kids 2019-2020 will be presenting
The Music Man Jr. on our mainstage May 16 & 17, 2020

The Players Follies 

Under the direction of Brian Finnerty, Logan Junkins, Julie Kulin & Cinda Goeken
Join this active and vibrant group! The Players Follies, a 50+ performing troupe, represent The Players Centre at community events, public appearances, a play reading in November, and a staged production in our Backstage Theatre April 2020. This troupe is an outlet for performers to gain camaraderie, support, and express themselves theatrically.
A $50 monthly membership fee is required.
Rehearsals will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Group Meeting Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:30pm
Play Reading rehearsals Sept. 7 – Oct. 3, 2019 Performance Nov. 1, 2019
Musical Revue rehearsals Nov. 5 – April 16, 2020 Performance April 17, 2020

The Flash Tappers 

Auditions for the Players Flash Tappers will be held
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00pm for the Saturday Group and
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:30am for the Monday Group
Under the direction of Brian Finnerty, Logan Junkins & Kay Siebold
The Players Flash Tappers is an advanced adult group, age 18 and up, whose main focus is technique, style, precision and skill. The group will perform at community events, public appearances, and perform in a Backstage Theatre production May 9 & 10, 2020.
A $40 monthly membership fee is required per group you attend (Monday or Saturday).
Members are responsible to purchase any necessary costumes.
Monday Group rehearsals will take place from 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday Group rehearsals will take place from 2:00-4:00pm
Sept. 7, 2019 – May 10, 2020

Auditions for The Players Teens will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019
at 9:00am under the direction of Amanda Heisey.
Students between the ages of 12-17 should come prepared with a 1 minute monologue. Upon acceptance into The Players Teens, students must register in a class of choice as well as attend regularly scheduled Saturday morning rehearsals. A $150 annual fee includes rehearsal time and a limited edition tee shirt. Limited absences are allowed.
The Players Teens 2019-2020 will be presenting a play in our
Backstage Theatre May 1 & 2, 2020

THE PLAYERS DANCE COMPANY
Auditions for the Players Dance Company will be held at the first class for each
Junior and Senior Company class under the direction of Brian Finnerty and Logan Junkins.
Students ages 8 through 18 should arrive 15 minutes prior to the class time.
Please wear a leotard and tights with dance shorts, and hair in a bun with bangs off your face. Bring appropriate dance shoes. Upon acceptance into the Players Dance Company students must register in the required classes.
Company classes will meet weekly.
The Players Dance Company will attend dance competitions within the state.

 

 

Jolie Schroeder, Director of Operations, joined The Players during the summer of 1996.  Ms. Schroeder is responsible for office operations and procedures for the box office as well as supervising all aspects of The Players Studio, including establishing curriculum, hiring instructors, coordinating community events, and overseeing performance groups.  She is very proud of the accomplishments of The Players Kids, most recently a High Gold Award for their performance of “Freak Flag” from Shrek the Musical.  A Sarasota resident since 1986, Ms Schroeder has 23 years of experience in the operations of performing arts businesses.  school@theplayers.org

Jolie Schroeder

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Call 941.552.8879 for more information.

Whether you enjoy Acting, Singing, Dancing, or even want to learn Stage Makeup. We offer classes for everyone 3 years old to 50+! Check them out below!

ALL classes and performing groups will take place at the NEW Arnold Simonsen Players Studio
located at 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota, Fl, 34237.

Acting Classes

Youth Acting (ages 8-12) Saturday 11:00-12:00
Instructor: Amanda Heisey Monthly Fee: $55
A class to help students understand the history of theatre, develop characters and understand context while enhancing concentration and memorization skills, as well as working on scenes, monologues and how to properly audition.

Teen Acting (ages 13-18) Saturday 12:00-1:00
Instructor: Amanda Heisey Monthly Fee: $55
A scene study class to help students develop more believable characters by exploring
backgrounds, motivations, and emotions.

On Camera Acting (ages 12-18) Thursday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Amanda Heisey Monthly Fee: $55
Learn the basics of film acting including screen tests, auditioning, and how to understand a script from the actor’s perspective and use it on camera.

Dance Classes

Combo Dance (ages 3-5) Saturday 10:00-11:00
Instructor: Lacey Knispel Monthly Fee: $55
A combination of ballet, jazz and tap teaching dance positions and coordination in a fun atmosphere.

Kids Musical Theatre (ages 6-7) Saturday 11:00-12:00
Instructor: Lacey Knispel Monthly Fee: $55
An introduction to musical theatre focusing on vocal techniques and jazz dance.

Home School Musical Theatre (ages 8-15) Tuesday 10:30-12:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins & Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $70
This class, specifically designed for the home school student, teaches acting, singing, and musical theatre dance.

Home School Jazz Dance (ages 8-15) Tuesday 12:30-1:30
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55
Enjoy this upbeat class specifically designed for the home school student teaching all the basics of jazz.

Home School Tap Dance (ages 8-15) Tuesday 1:45-2:45
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55
Enjoy this fun high energy class designed for home school students teaching all the basics of tap.

Home School Behind the Scenes (ages 8-15) Thursday 10:30-12:00
Instructor: Matt Neier Monthly Fee: $70
Learn Scenic design, lighting design, sound design, and costume design.

Home School Singing (ages 8-15) Thursday 12:30-1:30
Instructor: Julie Kulin Monthly Fee: $55
Home school students will focus on songs while strengthening their voices.

Home School Acting (ages 8-15) Thursday 1:45-2:45
Instructor: Amanda Heisey Monthly Fee: $55
A class to help home school students develop characters with improv and games.

Register for 2 or more Home School classes and receive
$5 off per class per month.

Ballet I (ages 7-9) Wednesday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Anna Riccardo Monthly Fee: $55

Jazz I (ages 7-9) Wednesday 6:00-7:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55

Tap I (ages 7-9) Saturday 1:00-2:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55

Hip Hop I (ages 7-9) Saturday 12:00-1:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55

Ballet II (ages 10-12) Tuesday 5:00-6:15
Instructor: Anna Riccardo Monthly Fee: $70

Lyrical II (ages 10-12) Tuesday 6:15-7:15
Instructor: Anna Riccardo Monthly Fee: $55

Jazz II (ages 10-12) Thursday 6:00-7:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55

Tap II (ages 10-12) Thursday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55

Hip Hop II (ages 10-12) Wednesday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55

Pointe (ages 13-18) Monday 5:00-5:45
Instructor: Anna Riccardo Monthly Fee: $45

Ballet III (ages 13-18) Monday 5:45-7:00 OR Wednesday 6:00-7:15
Instructor: Anna Riccardo Monthly Fee: $70

Lyrical III (ages 13-18) Monday 7:00-8:00
Instructor: Anna Riccardo Monthly Fee: $55

Jazz III (ages 13-18) Thursday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55

Tap III (ages 13-18) Thursday 6:00-7:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55

Hip Hop III (ages 13-18) Wednesday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55

PLAYERS DANCE COMPANY
Class placement by audition only.

Junior Jazz Company (ages 8-12) Saturday 1:00-2:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55
Students must also attend Ballet II & Jazz II

Junior Tap Company (ages 8-12) Saturday 2:00-3:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55
Students must also attend Tap II

Senior Jazz Company (ages 13-18) Tuesday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins Monthly Fee: $55
Students must also attend Ballet III & Jazz III

Senior Tap Company (ages 13-18) Tuesday 6:00-7:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55
Students must also attend Tap III

Production Company (ages 8-18) Thursday 7:00-8:00
Instructor: Logan Junkins & Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55
Students must be in Junior or Senior Company

TEEN AND ADULT
Musical Theatre Dance (ages 13-adult) Tuesday 4:00-5:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55
This fun and active class will teach you musical theatre performances. Be ready to work hard!

Beginner Tap (ages 13-adult) Monday 5:00-6:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55

Intermediate Tap (ages 13-adult) Tuesday 4:00-5:00
Instructor: Mike McManus Monthly Fee: $55

Advanced Tap (ages 13-adult) Monday 6:00-7:00
Instructor: Brian Finnerty Monthly Fee: $55

Students may “drop in” to the Teen and Adult classes for $15 per class.

MOMMY AND ME
Music & Motion (ages 7-14 months) Wednesday 10:30-11:15
Instructor: Anna Riccardo 6-Week Fee: $75
This class is music and play based incorporating scarves, bean bags and musical instruments.
September 25 through October 30, 2019
January 15 through February 19, 2020
April 1 through May 6, 2020

Movement & Play (ages 14-24 months) Wednesday 11:15-12:00
Instructor: Anna Riccardo 6-Week Fee: $75
A movement based class with basic tumbling to improve coordination skills for toddlers.
September 25 through October 30, 2019
January 15 through February 19, 2020
April 1 through May 6, 2020

Dance & Tumbling (ages 2-3) Friday 10:30-11:15
Instructor: Anna Riccardo 6-Week Fee: $75
Pre-ballet and tumbling for the young child.
September 27 through November 1, 2019
January 17 through February 21, 2020
April 3 through May 8, 2020

Vocal

Youth Singing (ages 8-12) Saturday 12:00-1:00
Instructor: Julie Kulin Monthly Fee: $55
Students will focus on songs for the stage while strengthening their voices and gaining the ability to take their voices to the next level.

Teen Singing (ages 13-17) Saturday 11:00-12:00
Instructor: Julie Kulin Monthly Fee: $55
A class focusing on songs for the stage designed to help students develop a more effective vocal instrument and build a musical foundation.

Teen/Adult Singing (ages 13-adult) Wednesday 5:30-6:30
Instructor: Julie Kulin Monthly Fee: $55
A class focusing on songs for the stage designed to help students develop a more effective vocal instrument and build a musical foundation.

Dance Intensives

Check back later for updates!

Workshops

Stretch Lab (ages 21-adult) Saturday 1:00-4:00pm
Instructor: Ronda Hewitt Workshop Fee: $250
Are you an advanced actor looking for a class to hone your acting skills to get to the next level? Stretch Work focuses on expanding your range as an advanced, experienced actor. The actor and the teacher first agree on what areas of their work need to be strengthened. Through this work, over time, weaknesses themselves become strengths, enabling the actor to approach their work with more confidence and to become more fully rounded as an actor “living in the moment.”
No memorization nor outside rehearsals. For the advanced actor only.
Workshop is limited to 12 students
September 7 through October 26, 2019

Stage Make-Up (ages 13-adult) Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Miranda Becker Workshop fee: $125
This 6-week tutorial, with required Stage Make-Up Kit purchase (included in workshop fee), will take you through various stages of make-up application and techniques. From “Basic Day Face” to “Stage Beauty,” to “Whimsical Fairy” learn how to look your best for special occasions and everyday!
January 21 through February 25, 2020

Students must register by January 8th

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for all ages in acting, dance, singing, and piano upon request.

One hour $50/Half hour $30. Please call 941-365-2494 for scheduling or questions.

Performing Groups

THE PLAYERS KIDS
Auditions for The Players Kids will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019
at 9:00am under the direction of Alyssa Goudy, Brian Finnerty & Julie Kulin.
The Players Kids represent The Players Studio at community events, public appearances, and in a staged production. Boys and girls ages 7 – 17 should come prepared with a short (1 minute) song, and wear comfortable clothing for the dance portion. Upon acceptance into The Players Kids, students must register in a minimum of 1 class as well as attend regularly scheduled Saturday morning rehearsals. A $300.00 annual fee is required which includes a yearly Players Kids shirt and jazz pants. Limited absences are allowed.
The Players Kids 2019-2020 will be presenting
The Music Man Jr. on our mainstage May 16 & 17, 2020

THE PLAYERS TEENS
Auditions for The Players Teens will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019
at 9:00am under the direction of Amanda Heisey.
Students between the ages of 12-17 should come prepared with a 1 minute monologue. Upon acceptance into The Players Teens, students must register in a class of choice as well as attend regularly scheduled Saturday morning rehearsals. A $150 annual fee includes rehearsal time and a limited edition tee shirt. Limited absences are allowed.
The Players Teens 2019-2020 will be presenting a play in our
Backstage Theatre May 1 & 2, 2020

THE PLAYERS DANCE COMPANY
Auditions for the Players Dance Company will be held at the first class for each
Junior and Senior Company class under the direction of Brian Finnerty and Logan Junkins.
Students ages 8 through 18 should arrive 15 minutes prior to the class time.
Please wear a leotard and tights with dance shorts, and hair in a bun with bangs off your face. Bring appropriate dance shoes. Upon acceptance into the Players Dance Company students must register in the required classes.
Company classes will meet weekly.
The Players Dance Company will attend dance competitions within the state.

THE PLAYERS FOLLIES
Under the direction of Brian Finnerty, Logan Junkins, Julie Kulin & Cinda Goeken
Join this active and vibrant group! The Players Follies, a 50+ performing troupe, represent The Players Centre at community events, public appearances, a play reading in November, and a staged production in our Backstage Theatre April 2020. This troupe is an outlet for performers to gain camaraderie, support, and express themselves theatrically.
A $50 monthly membership fee is required.
Rehearsals will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Group Meeting Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:30pm
Play Reading rehearsals Sept. 7 – Oct. 3, 2019 Performance Nov. 1, 2019
Musical Revue rehearsals Nov. 5 – April 16, 2020 Performance April 17, 2020

THE PLAYERS FLASH TAPPERS
Auditions for the Players Flash Tappers will be held
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00pm for the Saturday Group and
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:30am for the Monday Group
Under the direction of Brian Finnerty, Logan Junkins & Kay Siebold
The Players Flash Tappers is an advanced adult group, age 18 and up, whose main focus is technique, style, precision and skill. The group will perform at community events, public appearances, and perform in a Backstage Theatre production May 9 & 10, 2020.
A $40 monthly membership fee is required per group you attend (Monday or Saturday).
Members are responsible to purchase any necessary costumes.
Monday Group rehearsals will take place from 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday Group rehearsals will take place from 2:00-4:00pm
Sept. 7, 2019 – May 10, 2020

Summer Camps

Let us transform your child’s summer into something magical and rewarding! Learn acting techniques, audition etiquette, singing, dancing and backstage technical elements. These fun and exciting camp mixes lots of laughs, games and field trips. There are two FOUR WEEK camp sessions and ONE WEEK camps offerings to choose from.

DOWNLOAD OUR SUMMER CATALOG HERE!

Four-Week Camps
(For Ages 8-17)

Important Dates

Session Dates
Check back closer to summertime!

Performances
Check back closer to summertime!

About the Camp
Learn acting techniques, audition etiquette, singing, dancing, and backstage technical elements. This fun and exciting camp mixes lots of laughs, games and field trips.

Supply Fee
$30 supply fee per session includes a tee shirt, one field trip and production supplies

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Workshop Performances

TBA

Faculty

Acting – Sunny Smith
Dance – Brian Finnerty
Voice – TBA

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Camp Hours

9:30am – 2:30pm
Participants are responsible to bring their own lunches. Please label lunch containers clearly.

Pre & Post Care

Pre-Care Only/$25 per week 8-9:30am
Post Care Only/$50 per week 2:30-5:30pm
Pre & Post Care/$65 per week
Pre-Care is held at both locations. Musical Theatre Camps are located at The Players Centre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail and Dance Camps and Mini Camps are located at
The Players Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, suite 200.
Post-Care is held ONLY at The Players Studio and students attending camp at
The Players Centre will be transported by staff.

May be paid in full or on a weekly basis the Friday prior
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Registration Deadline
TBA

Registered camp participants will receive a packet with detailed information about camp as well as emergency contact paperwork to fill out and return.

 

Registration and Payments

To ensure your child’s space return the registration form and a non-refundable $100 deposit per session. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No credit will be given for days missed.

Registered camp participants will receive a packet with detailed information about camp as well as emergency contact paperwork to fill out and return.

Payment in full must be received by 

 

1-WEEK CAMPS

Ages (5-10)

Check back closer to summertime for more information!

Each Friday will be a short “In”formance for parents.

Camp Hours 9:30-2:30
Participants are responsible to bring their own lunches. Please label lunch containers clearly.

Pre & Post Care
Pre-Care Only/$25 per week 8-9:30am
Post Care Only/$50 per week 2:30-5:30pm
Pre & Post Care/$65 per week
Pre-Care is held at both locations. Musical Theatre Camps are located at The Players Centre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail and Dance Camps and Mini Camps are located at
The Players Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, suite 200.
Post-Care is held ONLY at The Players Studio and students attending camp at
The Players Centre will be transported by staff.

Discounts and Financial Assistance
*Scholarships are available
Please call for a financial assistance application

1-Week Mini Camps are limited to 20 students

 

The Players Kids 2019-20 Auditions 

Auditions for The Players Kids will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019
at 9:00am under the direction of Alyssa Goudy, Brian Finnerty & Julie Kulin.

Upcoming Players Kids Shows

The Players Kids 2019-2020 will be presenting
The Music Man Jr. on our mainstage May 16 & 17, 2020

About the Players Kids

 The Players Kids represent The Players Studio at community events, public appearances, and in a staged production. It features all children ages 7 – 17. They also are required to enroll in at least 1 class with The Players Centre. Each student takes a class of choice as well as attends regularly scheduled Saturday morning rehearsals. A $300 annual fee applies plus the cost of costumes and competition. Limited absences are allowed.

THE PLAYERS TEENS

Auditions for The Players Teens will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019
at 9:00am under the direction of Amanda Heisey.

Students between the ages of 12-17 should come prepared with a 1 minute monologue. Upon acceptance into The Players Teens, students must register in a class of choice as well as attend regularly scheduled Saturday morning rehearsals. A $150 annual fee includes rehearsal time and a limited edition tee shirt. Limited absences are allowed.
The Players Teens 2019-2020 will be presenting a play in our
Backstage Theatre May 1 & 2, 2020

THE PLAYERS DANCE COMPANY

Auditions for the Players Dance Company will be held at the first class for each
Junior and Senior Company class under the direction of Brian Finnerty and Logan Junkins.

Students ages 8 through 18 should arrive 15 minutes prior to the class time.
Please wear a leotard and tights with dance shorts, and hair in a bun with bangs off your face. Bring appropriate dance shoes. Upon acceptance into the Players Dance Company students must register in the required classes.
Company classes will meet weekly.
The Players Dance Company will attend dance competitions within the state.

Upcoming Events:

The Players Follies Play Reading Festival 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Winning Plays

TBA

Guidelines

  • Plays should be 1 to 10 minutes in length

  • Max. number of performers needed to produce this play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled.

  • Manuscripts must be typed and bound, with playwrights’ biographies included.

  • No evaluations will be rendered with an rejected entries.

  • Author may submit a maximum of three scripts.

  • Published plays are not eligible.

  • Musicals are not accepted.

  • Submit one hard copy to: “The Players Follies Reading Festival,” The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

  • No submissions will be accepted past that date.

The Players Follies Spring Show

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:30pm

Want to join The Players Follies?

Under the direction of Brian Finnerty, Logan Junkins, Julie Kulin & Cinda Goeken

Join this active and vibrant group! The Players Follies, a 50+ performing troupe, represent The Players Centre at community events, public appearances, a play reading in November, and a staged production in our Backstage Theatre April 2020. This troupe is an outlet for performers to gain camaraderie, support, and express themselves theatrically.
A $50 monthly membership fee is required.
Rehearsals will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Group Meeting Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:30pm
Play Reading rehearsals Sept. 7 – Oct. 3, 2019 Performance Nov. 1, 2019
Musical Revue rehearsals Nov. 5 – April 16, 2020 Performance April 17, 2020

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Auditions for the Players Flash Tappers will be held
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00pm for the Saturday Group and
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:30am for the Monday Group
Under the direction of Brian Finnerty, Logan Junkins & Kay Siebold

The Players Flash Tappers is an advanced adult group, age 18 and up, whose main focus is technique, style, precision and skill. The group will perform at community events, public appearances, and perform in a Backstage Theatre production May 9 & 10, 2020.
A $40 monthly membership fee is required per group you attend (Monday or Saturday).
Members are responsible to purchase any necessary costumes.
Monday Group rehearsals will take place from 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday Group rehearsals will take place from 2:00-4:00pm
Sept. 7, 2019 – May 10, 2020

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.