Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.41.13 PM.png

Drew Lachey

A native of Cincinnati, Drew Lachey is an accomplished singer, dancer and actor.  Drew first rose to prominence as a member of the Motown pop group 98 Degrees. The group recorded four successful albums and sold more than nine million records worldwide.  Drew made his Broadway debut playing the role of Mark Cohen in Rent.  His latest Broadway credits include the role of Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot and Corny Collins in Hairspray with the PCLO.  Drew became a household name when he took home the infamous mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars (season-two champion, season-five co-host) and later took his dancing talents on the road with 3 North American tours of Dancing with the Stars and was asked to come back and be apart of the All-Star season. Drew also hosted the primetime ABC show Dance War with Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, The Miss USA Pageant, HGTV's $250,000 Challenge and America Sings for GMC. After a decade break 98 Degrees is back together and recently toured with NKOTB and Boyz II Men on the "Package Tour".  Drew also starred in UPTV's "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas", A&E's "Lachey's Bar" and can be heard "Live at Lachey's" every Friday on Cincinnati's own Q102.

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.41.36 PM.png

Lea Lachey

Lea Lachey was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and began working professionally at age 11 on the King and I National Tour. After being awarded a full dance scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College in NYC she went on to work with the world renowned Radio City Music Hall Rockettes as a dancer and assistant choreographer. Whether it is doing “Singing in the Rain” with the Santa Barbara CLO, the Disney NYC World Premiere of Hercules or the Missy Elliott video for “I Can’t Stand the Rain” Lea has always taken pride in being a versatile dancer and expects the same from her students. Lea's choreography credits include 98 Degrees (Today Show, Good Morning America, Mtv, VH1, Miss Teen USA, NFL ProBowl and NBA All-star game).  Her live stage credits include the Nickelodeon ‘All That” Tour, 98 Degrees “Heat It Up” Tour, 98 Degrees “Revelation” World Tour and Creative Director for Jessica Simpson’s “Reality” Tour.  Lea is currently Co-Director of the School for Creative and Performing Arts Musical Theater program, Arts consultant for Mariemont City Schools and co artistic director of Lachey Productions which is bridging the gap between student and professional performer. Her work was recently showcased in the recent Exhale Dance Tribe shows "Love Letters" and "Rapture" at the Aronoff which included Lachey Arts performers.  Lea's choreography was on display the summer of 2013 with 98 Degrees as part of the NKOTB, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men "Package Tour". Over the last several years, Lea has had the honor of working as choreographer and dance consultant on multiple films.  "Carol" staring Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler, "Miles Ahead" starring Golden Globe winning actor Don Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi and A Christmas Melody directed by and starring Grammy winner Mariah Carey and Lacey Chabert. 

Merle Dandridge

Merle Dandridge is best kown for her starring roles on Broadway: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Tarzan (Kala), Aida (Aida), Rent (Joanne), Jesus Christ Superstar.  US/ European Tours: Spamalot, Aida, Rent, Aint Misbehavin, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Hugh Jackman in Performance.  Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geffin Playhouse (Meet Vera Stark/ Atlanta), La Jolla Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and several Chicago Theatres.  On television Merle can currently be seen on the hit NBC series "Night Shift".  She has also recurred on Star-Crossed, The Newsroom, Sons of Anarchy and the CBS drama Stalker.  Other television: The Mentalist, Drop Dead Diva, Perception, Nikita, Criminal Minds, Ringer, Lie to Me, Love Bites, CSI: Miami, The Deep End, 24, Third Watch, NCIS, All My Children, Angel, Guiding Light and 7 Network Pilots.  She is also known for her award-winning performance as Alyx Vance in the Half Life 2 video game series, as Marlene in the Last of Us and Legion Commander/ Winter Wyvern in DOTA 2.  www.merledandridge.com

Jeremy Kushnier

Jeremy is so excited to be joining his friends Drew and Lea in Cincinnati this summer at Lachey Arts. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, Jeremy appreciates the need and importance of nurturing young talent. Having studied dance and performing since he was 9. Jeremy has found his training useful in his current life as an actor but equally important as he was growing up. The training he received as a performer gave him a confidence that helped him in his schooling and his relationships with those around him. Recently Jeremy could be seen on broadway as Tommy Devito in Jersey Boys. Roger in Rent, Ren in Footloose and the last revival of Jesus Christ Superstar in which he covered Jesus Judas and Pilate. TV credits include The Good Wife, Person of Interest and Nurse Jackie. Most recently Jeremy appeared in the short films Subject and Will. Jeremy has two independent CDs of his original music which can be found on his website www.jeremykushnier.com Follow Jeremy on twitter @jeremykushnier

Missy Lay-Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard

This creative duo is transforming the dance world with their choreography's unique style and musicality. Missy and Andrew are co-founders of Exhale Dance Tribe and have been recognized as "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and owners of Planet Dance "Best of Cincinnati" for dance instruction. Together their professional credits include Broadway casts of Cats and Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar Anniversary Tour, Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, Saturday Night Live and Guiding Light. They have also performed and choreographed for Mariah Carey, Rakim, Over the Rhine, Paramount Productions, Cincinnati Ballet, Kings Productions, Orion Pictures and Tommy Boy Records. Together they have been on faculty at Broadway Dance(NYC), Adjunct faculty at Dean College(MA), Cincinnati Ballet, CCM, NKU, Wright State University, as well as Conventions SHOCK and Access Broadway. Most recently they were chosen as one of the 15 finalists in NYC for the Capezio ACE Choreography Awards and created a full length ballet for Cincinnati Ballets Infamous Love Songs with International musical genius Over the Rhine. Missy and Andy recently collaborated with Peter Frampton for a LIVE show with Cincinnati Ballet. www.PlanetDance.co

Traci Swain

A native of the South Bronx and graduate of the world renowned NYC High School for Performing Arts, Traci turned her love for dance into a career.  She has done countless videos and has performed live for such artists as Salt-n-Pepa, Missy Elliott and Pop icon Britney Spears. She was a dancer and assistant choreographer on the 98 Degrees "Revelation" World Tour. Traci has been seen performing in several Saturday Night Live sketches as well as many commercials such as the U2 iPod commercial. She also spent 3 years dancing for the prestigious New York City Knicks and choreographed the 2000 NBA All Star Game. Traci currently travels all over the world choreographing and directing live corporate shows for major Fortune 500 companies such as Nu Skin, Sanyo and Target. Once again, Traci teamed up with Lea Lachey and assisted with the choreography for 98 Degrees' 'Package Tour' featuring NKOTB and Boyz II Men.

Laurie Wyant- Zenni

Laurie Wyant-Zenni is the director of the SCPA Children's Choir, Chorale, Junior High Women’s Choir, 13th and Broadway. She also directs the Baby Grands, which has won several national and international competitive awards. During her tenure at SCPA, Ms. Wyant-Zenni has prepared groups for the Broadway tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kenny Rogers' Christmas Tour, Ray Charles, Betty White, former President George Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Josh Groban, and numerous performances with the Cincinnati Pops and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Wyant-Zenni holds degrees from the Crane School of Music in New York and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 2.19.15 PM.jpg

 

Becca Strand

Becca relocated to Cincinnati from NYC in August of 2014. She has worked both nationally and internationally with award winning directors and choreographers. Most recently, she performed in the Broadway Blockbuster Musical, Wicked. Other credits include Curtains at Paper Mill Playhouse and Houston TUTS, choreographed by JoAnn Hunter, and the Asian International Tour of 42nd Street, directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner. In Cincinnati, Becca works extensively in both the  commercial industry and as a teaching artist. For more information, please visit BeccaKlohaStrand.com.

 
Jay Goodlett

Jay is the Associate Artistic Director for The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. He attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati for 9 years, studied at the School of American Ballet for several seasons, then joined The Cincinnati Ballet Company where he was a Senior Soloist. Mr. Goodlett has performed in many Cincinnati Ballet productions including The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Carmina Burana, Giselle, Blue until June, The Four Temperaments, and Fingerprints, among others. As a choreographer, Mr. Goodlett made his professional debut collaborating with Victoria Morgan on Graceland. His work Sing It Franklin had its world premiere at Beyond Ballet. Mr. Goodlett was invited by Opera Theatre of St. Louis to choreograph two operas in their season, Romeo and Juliet and Rigoletto.  Jay has also choreographed for the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, Children's Theatre of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University where he is an adjunct Professor.

Brian Marcum

Brian has performed in six Broadway shows, "The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm", "Saturday Night Fever", the TONY award winning revival of "42nd Street", "The Boy From Oz" (Gypsy Robe recipient), "The Drowsy Chaperone" and Monty Python's "Spamalot". He has toured nationally with "State Fair" and "Annie Get Your Gun" and internationally with "The Who's Tommy" as well as regional theaters all across the country. He directed and choreographed "She Loves Me" and "A Grand Night For Singing", as well as conceived, directed and starred in "5,6,7,8, Broadway's Style and Rhythm" at Alpine Theater Project in Whitefish,MT. Brian was the associate choreographer of "Elf, The Musical" on Broadway and has choreographed "Shrek The Musical" and "Little Shop of Horrors" and many others for theatre companies around the country.  He recently directed and choreographed "Pirates of Penzance" and "A Chorus Line" for Summer Reperatory Theatre, as well as choreographed "The Little Mermaid" for North Carolina Theatre and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He has also choreographed for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, The Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Momentum Dance Company at Vanderbilt University, The School of Nashville Ballet and the American Spirit Dance Company. Brian is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University and has also been on the dance faculty at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University and the School of Nashville Ballet.

Jennifer Marcum

Jennifer Marcum has been seen on stage in numerous productions including the Broadway company of Beauty and the Beast, the national tours of Annie Get Your Gun and State Fair, and regionally in Hair (Crissy), A Grand Night for Singing, Grease (Frenchy),and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(Vibrata). She has performed at Carnegie Hall in My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies and as a soloist at Radio City Music Hall. Jennifer has shared the stage with a host of celebrities including Dolly Parton, Nick Jonas, Phyllis Diller, Dom DeLuise, Donny and Marie Osmond, Marilu Henner, Rex Smith, Tom Wopat, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Andrea McArdle, and Toni Braxton. Her voice can be heard on “A Christmas Carol – The Concert”, and Broadways Carols for a Cure, Vols. with Nick Jonas. Jennifer is not only a triple threat, but she is a songwriter. She recorded her music at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound recording studio with Drew Lachey, Grammy award winning producer Gary Baker, and Walt Aldridge. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from John Brown University and also earned her 200 RYT Yoga certification with Tiffany Cruikshank.  It's a dream of Jennifer's that yoga be accessible to all ages and sizes, but most especially to artists.  That they might connect more deeply with their creative selves and utilize the tools of breath and alignment to bring calm and stability to every situation.  Jennifer is currently a Voice Professor at Oklahoma City University.

Jenny Leinberger-Goodlett

A native of Cincinnati, Jenny attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music on a dance scholarship.  Where she received her BFA in dance.  While still attending CCM, Jenny was asked to be a student apprentice with the Cincinnati Ballet Company.  Upon graduation from CCM, Cincinnati Ballet hired her as a memeber of the Corps de Ballet.  Jenny performed with the CBC in the Corps de Ballet and in many soloist roles for five seasons.  Jenny has and continues to teach ballet, pointe and music theater all over the city of Cincinnati.  In addition Jenny earned her certification in Pilates.  She enjoys doing private and group Pilates reformer and mat lessons.  Jenny looks forward to sharing her passion for all of the performing arts.

 

Michael Lavine

Michael has worked as a musical director, pianist, vocal coach and singer all over the world. He gives master classes on auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Australia, Singapore, Manila, Martha's Vineyard and other locations.   Michael musically directed productions of RENT, SWEENEY TODD, and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  He has accompanied Broadway and television star Bryan Batt in New Orleans, San Francisco, Australia, Hollywood and at 54 Below, Feinstein's,  and the Metropolitan Room in New York.  Michael conducted THE LITTLE MERMAID starring Emily Skinner at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.  He also regularly plays for the Outer Critic's Circle Awards in New York and musically directed the Broadway Cares Teddy Bear Auction for its entire 15-year run.  Michael has conducted orchestras in a number of cities around the country,  He musically directed the Comden and Green musical BILLION DOLLAR BABY at the York Theatre in New York City starring Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte and the Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner musical CARMELINA, also at the York, for which he worked directly with Burton Lane.  He shared the stage with Mimi Hines and Peter Howard (his mentor) at the Kennedy Center in a Rodgers and Hart revue, THIS FUNNY WORLD.  For the past several years, Michael has been producing a series of CD's called LOST BROADWAY AND MORE, recording songs from Broadway shows that have never been recorded before.  The latest volume, with songs by Jule Styne and Comden & Green, is available at www.cdbaby.com , as is an earlier one, Michael Lavine and Friends.  A graduate of Columbia University, Michael owns one of the largest privately held sheet music collections in the world.  More details can be found at Michael's website, www.michaellavine.net.  He can be reached at Broadwaymhl@aol.com.

Jessica Castro

The mother of a beautiful baby girl, was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut. She moved to New York City where she was immediately accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance program. Her career started as a Knicks City Dancer for the New York Knicks. Jessica has toured the world and danced for such artist as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Pharell, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Will Smith and Mary J Blige. She has also been featured on such shows as American Idol, SNL, Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Ellen, Good Morning America, Americas Got Talent, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, and more.  Jessica has had the pleasure of performing on two Super Bowl halftime shows with Janet Jackson and Beyonce, and at The opening ceremony of The World Cup In Africa. You can see her most recently on the NBC special "The Wiz Live" we're she was able to fulfill a childhood dream come true. Jessica has also performed in countless movies such as "Honey" where she was a principle dancer as well as Jessica  Alba's dance double and in "Idlewild" where she played Bobbie the Showgirl. Jessica has been featured in several commercials, industrials and award shows. Currently, you can see her in the smash hit "Fuerzabruta" in New York City. Live fearlessly and have no regrets!