Private Lesson Faculty

Read about our teachers, decide which one fits your subject, style and schedule, then click the “Contact” link at the end of their bio.

Joseph Bates

Joseph Bates

Senior Faculty, Voice

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons

JOSEPH BATES has served as music director in regional theatre and opera companies across the United States, where his repertoire includes over 100 musicals and operas, symphonic and choral works. Highlights include Candide, Sweeney Todd, Parade, and The Light in the Piazza. His recording of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Only Heaven is available on PS Classics. He is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Recently a visiting teacher at Eòlia – Escola Superior d’Art Dramàtic in Barcelona, Spain, he recently returned to the USA. For more information visit joeybatesvoicestudio.com.

Senior Faculty Rates
30 min. – $36
45 min. – $54
60 min. – $72

Contact Joseph

Kaitlin Descutner

Kaitlin Descutner

Acting

Hours: Mondays to Fridays 3 pm to 8 pm; Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm
(Does not schedule weekly lessons at this time)
Growing up in good ole PA, Kaitlin graduated with a BA in Theatre and Dance through California University of PA. Now as a Columbus resident, her dream of becoming a professional actress began! She has been a professional working actress in Columbus for 7 years and has now begun to branch out by attending out of state auditions. Her favorite roles here in Columbus include: Mrs. Johnston (Blood Brothers), Princess Fiona (Shrek, the Musical with Pleasure Guild), Sally Bowles (Cabaret with Short North Stage), Cassandra (CATS with Columbus Children’s Theatre), Sara (Murder Ballad with Short North Stage) and Susan (tick, tick….BOOM! with Evolution Theatre). Kaitlin is a proud member of CAM Talent Agency and ACX – Audiobook Creation Exchange. She is a firm believer in growing up in the arts at a young age because of the confidence, independence and personal growth that is gained. In her acting lessons, students will be focusing on intermediate to advanced character development using monologues and musical theatre pieces as a way to prep for auditions or other projects. With her experience in the commercial side of acting, as well, she will teach students who are interested in going that route the difference between stage acting and acting behind the camera. Kaitlin looks forward to working with students who want to further their theatre education and acting technique! Please feel free to view her actor website at www.kaitlindescutner.com.

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Brian Gray

Brian Gray

Voice, Acting

Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 5p-8p; Saturdays 9a-12p

Brian is a singer and actor who has been living in Columbus since 2010. He holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Otterbein University, and a Master of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. Brian has performed with several companies, including Loessen Summer Theatre (East Carolina University), Playhouse On The Square (Memphis, TN), Lexington Children’s Theatre (Lexington, KY), and Springer Opera House (Columbus, GA) where he performed in their national tour of Route 66. Locally, Brian has worked with Imagine Productions, State of the Arts Productions, Evolution Theatre, and Available Light Theatre. Brian is currently in CCT’s Touring Productions.

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Maggie Green

Maggie Green

Voice, Keyboard Skills

Hours: Tues & Thur, 3pm-9pm.
(Other times may be available. Please inquire below. )
Maggie Green is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music with emphasis on Vocal Performance and Music Business. She has performed at the Columbus Arts Festival, the Columbus Jazz & RibFest and the Gahanna Jazz & Blues Festival, as well as other local and regional clubs, festivals and events. Maggie specializes in jazz and Brazilian music, having traveled to Brazil extensively and recorded a CD there of all Brazilian repertoire with Rio’s top performers. She is currently on the faculty at Otterbein University as the jazz vocal instructor. Maggie has experience teaching a wide variety of styles including jazz, pop, musical theater and classical repertoire. Maggie enjoys working with students of all ages and is very excited about joining the Columbus Children’s Theater. Contact Maggie

Kelsey Hopkins

Kelsey Hopkins

Acting

Hours: Mondays and Fridays, 5-8pm; Saturdays 9am-4pm

Kelsey started acting in shows and taking classes with CCT when she was 13. Since then she went on to graduate from Wright State University with a BFA Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and pursued an Acting career. After college, Kelsey traveled for a bit working and teaching at regional theatres around the country before moving to New York City. While in New York she had the opportunity to do film, cabarets, improv, Off-Broadway workshops, as well as taken master classes from some of the biggest names in the industry. After so many years away, Kelsey is happy to have come full circle teaching and working for the company where it all began for her.

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Heidi Kok

Heidi Kok

Dance

Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 4-7pm

Heidi Kok has been a dancer for 30+ years, with training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and Dance from Otterbein College.  She worked as a professional dancer/singer/actor in musical theater, performing in New York City and nationwide, in shows such as Spamalot, Mary Poppins, and the Broadway National Tour of Oklahoma!.   She is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor.

She is comfortable teaching ballet, jazz, modern, tap (beginner level), and yoga.  She is an excellent teacher for learning/improving proper technique and alignment, in any style of dance.  She strives to teach dancers to move their bodies in a healthy way so as not to risk injury.  She is very skilled at breaking down steps in a way that is easy to understand for dancers of all ability levels.  60 minute sessions are preferable.

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Dr. Kathleen Allen

Dr. Kathleen Allen

Voice

Hours: Not currently accepting new students
Soprano Kathleen Allen has been singing and teaching professionally throughout the United States for over 25 years, in Opera, Operetta, Recital and Musical Theater, and in Concert, Chamber, and Choral music. She specializes in new music and French mélodie. Educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Wisconsin in 2004. Dr. Allen was a professor at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (2004-2008) and Auburn University in Alabama (2008-2012). She joined the faculty of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio in the fall of 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Music, Head of the Voice Area, and Director of the Opera Workshop. In the spring of 2015 Dr. Allen conducted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance at Central State, and made her Columbus debut, singing Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire for the Johnstone Foundation for New Music concert series at the Garden Theater in the Short North district.

Megan Shepston Overly

Megan Shepston Overly

Dance, Yoga

Hours: Not currently accepting new students
Megan has spent a lifetime studying movement! She has trained at several dance academies throughout the country, including the Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Virginia School of the Arts. Megan holds an undergraduate degree in Dance with Emphasis on Ballet from the University of Cincinnati’s College–Conservatory of Music. She has professional experience performing in both ballet and musical theater. Megan is a great choice for students interested in studying ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, musical theatre dance, or tap. She can help students strengthen their technique and artistry, and gain confidence for upcoming auditions.

Megan has also completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program through Yoga on High, earning a certificate that allows her to be a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. Megan has practiced yoga for ten years, mostly in the ashtanga and vinyasa disciplines. Her teacher training included modules in anatomy, yoga philosophy, breath work, meditation, and sequencing. Private yoga sessions are a great choice for yoga practitioners at any level who are looking for proper alignment and exercises to help open and strengthen the body. Megan can also tailor a yoga practice to help align, strengthen, and open students for proper vocal and dance technique.

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Abby Zeszotek

Abby Zeszotek

Voice, Flute, Beginning Piano

Hours: Not currently accepting new students
Abby Zeszotek is a 2011 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance with emphasis in Opera and Musical Theater. During her years at Capital she was involved with the Chapel Choir, Philomel, and acted in many of the Conservatory’s theatrical productions including “Into The Woods”, “Little Women”, and “Street Scene.” Abby has also been involved with many theaters in and around the Columbus area including the Cloak and Dagger Dinner Theater, Columbus Children’s Theatre, Little Theater Off Broadway, Worthington Community Theater, and Weathervane Playhouse, where she was nominated for a Jebby award for her portrayal of Paulette Buonufonte in “Legally Blonde”. Abby is an experienced flute, voice, and acting teacher and specializes in teaching musical theatre, contemporary, country and classical voice.