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.

Zac Delmonte

Zac Delmonte

Voice

Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 2-5:30pm

Zac DelMonte has been teaching private voice since 2012, after graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University. Though he specializes in teaching in musical theater, he also teaches classical/opera, pop, and jazz. A classically trained tenor himself, Zac studied opera performance at OSU and currently works as a music director for regional companies around Central Ohio and serves as a member of the choral conducting staff at OSU. Zac is currently accepting students ages 12-adult who are interested in learning healthy musical theater-appropriate technique, preparing for auditions (college or professional), or those with a base of knowledge seeking further coaching.

Contact Zac

Kaitlin Descutner

Kaitlin Descutner

Acting Teacher

Hours: Tuesdays 3-7pm, Fridays 4-7pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm
(Other times may be available, please inquire below)
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 town for 6 years and has now begun to branch out by attending out of state auditions. Her favorite roles here in Columbus include: 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 full-time spokeswoman for Coalesce Software as well as a proud member of CAM Talent Agency. 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. 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 to help break them out of stage fright and become confident STARS! Please feel free to view her actor website at  www.kaitlindescutner.com. Contact Kaitlin

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 4-7pm, Wednesdays 3-5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm

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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Will Macke

Will Macke

Acting, Voice, Beginner Piano

Hours: Mondays 3-6pm, Saturdays 9am-3pm
Will is a graduate of the Hartt School, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. He has worked regionally (Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Opera House), as well as locally (CATCO, CCT, Evolution Theatre Company, Weathervane) as a performer and has had specialized training in Voice/Speech, Stage Combat, and Improv. In Piano Class, Will emphasizes a working knowledge of theory and the basics of piano skills, working with beginner students up to intermediate pianists. Vocally, he specializes in an array of styles from Classic Arias to Pop/Rock and Broadway. He also works through tough vocal changes that frustrate many young men, helping them find the transition to their mature voices. In Acting, Will focuses on audition prep, monologue selection, acting for the camera (commercial/television) character development, vocal work/dialects, improv, stage combat, the Meisner Tequnique, and movement for actors (Laban, Viewpoints). Will works with all ages and is excited to help make us all more confident performers. Contact Will

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.

Dr. Kathleen Allen

Dr. Kathleen Allen

Voice Teacher

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.

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.

Krista Lively Stauffer

Krista Lively Stauffer

Acting Teacher

Hours: Not currently accepting new students
Krista Lively Stauffer, a graduate of Otterbein College’s Theatre program, Krista performs professionally with numerous local companies. She was seen in the spring as Kate Monster in Avenue Q with CATCO, and in the summer as Rona Lisa Peretti in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her next role will be as the Nurse in Sunday In The Park With George with Short North Stage. Her best training for teaching comes from being a stay-at-home-mom to her own children, Micah, 6, and Gabriel, 2. She also is very thankful for her husband who provides sanity! Krista enjoys working with all ages to see a love for theatre grow and develop the way it did for her! She specializes in audition prep, character development, vocalization, dialects and improvisation.