At CCT, we offer Private Instruction in the performing arts of voice, acting, and dance. Our faculty members are experienced performers and pedagogues, bringing the highest quality of instruction and real-world knowledge to students of all ages.
Each session is tailored with the student in mind and will build on the student’s talents; stretch the student’s awareness; and bring the student a deeper understanding of technique, choice, and preparation. Additionally, our faculty will teach performers about stylistically appropriate and healthy techniques in their area of expertise.
Our Private Instruction is perfect for anyone looking to learn or build upon performing arts skills or for those looking to prepare for upcoming auditions at their school, a prospective university, or with a theatre company. We are ready to assist with selecting repertoire as well as to identify opportunities for auditions and performances both within CCT and beyond!
Our staff is truly dedicated to the passions of theatre and strongly believe that our classes help transform lives.
Dr. Brooks is a Lecturer of Voice at The Ohio State University where she teaches Classical, Musical Theatre, and CCM voice. As an Estill Figure Proficiency teacher, she is currently working towards being an Estill Master Trainer.
Dr. Brooks holds her Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies and her Masters in Classical Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Lara Semetko-Brooks is a versatile soprano known for her silvery voice and energetic presence on the stage. She has performed with Opera Kansas, Michigan Opera Theatre, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, The Forum Theatre, Greensboro Light Opera, in such roles as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eurydice in Orphée Aux Enfers, Clara Johnson in Light in the Piazza, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate.
As a contemporary voice specialist, Dr. Brooks frequently presents workshops regarding flexible voice technique and cross-training of vocalists. Sessions ranging from “Crossing Genres: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Jazz”, “I’m Not Singing Opera Today”, to “Healthy Belting Techniques for Classical Singers” have been presented at The International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Kansas Music Education Association, Jazz Education Network, SHSU Art Song Festival, and to universities and high schools throughout the Mid and Interior West. She is passionate about teaching functional voice and allowing vocalists to explore all styles of music. Her research interests lie in updating educational curriculum to meet the demands of the industry for Vocal Athletes.
Nick Cosgrove is absolutely thrilled to be joining the CCT team! Nick has been working as a professional singer, actor, voice teacher and acting coach all over the U.S. and Canada for over 20 years. He performed as Frankie Valli in the hit-musical Jersey Boys for three years on Broadway and the 1st and 2nd National Tours and received his BFA in Acting / Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.
Regional acting credits include: Bad Jews (Short North Stage); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rock of Ages, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Saturday Night Fever (Drury Lane Theatre); Darling Grenadine, Footloose, Oklahoma, and The Bridges of Madison County (Marriott Theatre); Mamma Mia (Paramount Theatre); Snapshots (Northlight Theatre); and four summer seasons at The MUNY. Nick has also been seen on television guest starring in NBC’s Chicago Fire, and leading commercials for Liberty Ford and Kemba Financial Credit Union.
Off-camera and off-stage, Nick has always been passionate about helping other performers hone their craft. Whether it’s coaching a scene or monologue, helping a client find vocal ease during a voice lesson, or talking through general audition concerns, Nick’s goal is to help clients build the confidence they deserve to tackle any challenge ahead with the belief that they truly are enough. www.nickcosgrove.com
Mallory Fischer is a Columbus performer, voice teacher, and elementary music educator. Mallory received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Muskingum University, and received a dual Master’s degree in Vocal Performance (Musical Theater) and Vocal Pedagogy from New York University Steinhardt.
Kelsey Hopkins has been part of the CCT family since she first appeared on their stages in 2001. Since then, she went on to earn a BFA in Acting with Emphasis in Musical Theatre from Wright State University and was honored with the Tom Hanks Scholarship.
After college, she moved to NYC where she was able to pursue her career and had the opportunities to do film, cabarets, improv, Off-Broadway workshops, and travel to professional theatres nationwide as an acting teacher and performer. Kelsey has trained in acting techniques such as The Stanislavski Method, Viewpoints, Laban, Meisner, Stella Adler, Classical, and Chekov and has attended masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the industry including Sutton Foster, Liz Calloway, Alice Ripley, Dave Clemmons, and Stephen Schwartz.
With her guidance and mentoring, Kelsey’s students have gone on to be accepted into some of the top Theatre Programs and Colleges in the country such as Northwestern University, NYU Tisch, Boston University, The University of the Arts, Interlochen School of Performing Arts, and The School of Creative and Performing Arts in NYC