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Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Instructors

John Coffey – Mr. Coffey’s credits include Music Director for the national tour of The Full Monty, international tours of 42nd Street in Moscow and the North American tours of Evita and 3 Mo' Divas as Assistant Conductor. Off-Broadway credits include Danny & Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical and Naked Boys Singing. He has also worked in numerous regional theatres throughout the U.S. He has taught at The Intermezzo Festival in Portland, Maine in 2011 and at the same festival in Brugge, Belgium in 2009. He holds a M.M. degree from The Juilliard School. Mr. Coffey recently appeared as guest artist/pianist for the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.

Stephanie Foster started her performing career as a dancer – dancing with such companies as Twyla Tharp Dance and The Feld Ballet. After she left the dancing profession, she trained for 2½ years in the Meisner acting technique with Jim Bonney, and then in Adler and Stanislavsky technique with Lynette Sheldon, eventually teaching for Ms. Sheldon for 7 years. She has also studied with renowned voice and Shakespeare teacher Patsy Rodenberg and has acted on stage in New York City in roles that include Hannah in Angels in America and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as originating roles in many new plays. She has also done independent film, commercials, and solo and ensemble cabaret shows at Don’t Tell Mama in New York with Earl Wentz. Along with years of performing, Ms. Foster has also taught yoga for over 20 years, creating Stephanie Foster’s Master Yoga Series DVDs. She has also trained in the martial arts, earning a third-degree black belt in karate, and taught at Seido Karate in New York City.

Anna Hood is an art teacher at a private school in Matthews, NC. She has been teaching art for 13 years. Ms. Hood holds a B.A. degree in Art Education, specializing in printmaking, from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She has a passion for everything about art: seeing it, talking about it, making it, and teaching people about art's importance in our lives and the lives of our current time and culture.

Dan Hood is a regional Emmy award winning composer and professional guitarist, musician, and performer. Originally from Michigan, he currently resides in Charlotte, NC. An often-seen performer on the Charlotte music scene, Mr. Hood performs regionally with two different bands and leads worship at a local church.

William Watkins is a performing arts professional who has produced or co-produced theatre, CDs, and live performance events including the 2008 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, Off-Broadway’s musical Thrill Me, and cabaret revue performances in New York and the Philadelphia area. For network television, he has produced news pieces broadcast nationally on CBS. As a performer he has appeared on stages in New York and regionally as an actor and singer, including seven productions of the American Composer Series, and in roles as varied as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sparger in Kennedy’s Children, and on television’s Saturday Night Live. Watkins is a former member of the board of New York City’s York Theatre Company. He holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), a M.Div. degree from the General Theological Seminary, and has studied voice, acting, and dance privately in New York, including tap with Charles Goddertz, ballet with Kat Wildish, voice with Earl Wentz, and acting at HB Studios and The Terry Schreiber Studios. He is the founder and chairman of The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation.