Meet Our Faculty!
Jacqueline Underwood (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, NDEO) – School Director
Finished her training as a scholarship student for 3 years at the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet), after receiving the Advanced Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance. Her professional career began at 13; when she was chosen as a principal dancer for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Working extensively as a Guest Artist, she’s performed many of the classics including Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, & Swan Lake; as well as, works by Balanchine, Robbins, Fosse, Ashton, and DeMille. She’s worked with many notable artists including: Alexandra Danilova, Melissa Hayden, Violette Verdy, Suki Shorer, Helen Hayes, Denzel Washington, Wendy Wasserstein, and Estelle Parsons. After graduating with Honors from Fordham University, she returned to the stage, working as an actor, on Broadway and Regionally (Lincoln Center, The Majestic, Atlantic Theatre, Kennedy Center, Center Stage, Arena Stage, Rep Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and Everyman Theatre), as well as in film, TV, and radio… winning awards for her performances in Oleanna and The Yellow Wallpaper. She has taught for the Kennedy Center, Roundhouse Theatre Co., University of Maryland, American Dance Institute, Configuration Dance, Cape Cod Ballet Theatre for Children (Artistic Director), and Youth Performing Arts School, among others. Her students have won scholarships to many different professional training programs including: SAB, ABT, Joffrey, Kirov Academy, Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill, Nutmeg Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, Chautauqua, Washington School of Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Interlochen, and the Shakespeare Theatre. Several have also performed with such companies as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey, and Washington Ballet. Ms. Underwood is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actor’s Guild, & the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; as well as, the Nat’l Dance Education Organization.
Katherine Whitelaw – Honorary Chair of Dance Department – Founded the Academy Dance Ensemble (1983) and was also the co-founder of the Children’s Musical Theatre Program. Ms. Whitelaw has been a teacher at the APA for over 35 years and Chairman of the Dance Department for over 15 years. In addition to a B.F.A from the Boston Conservatory, she trained with Ballet Russe, American Ballet Theatre, Luigi, Boston Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow. Professional performing credits include: American Festival Ballet Co.,The King & I, Oklahoma, Merry Widow, and Carousel; as well as the original Broadway production of Mame, with Angela Lansbury. Locally she has both performed and choreographed for the Academy Playhouse, Cape Rep, and VIVA. She has also worked with the Akhmedova Ballet Academy – Cape Cod Summer Intensive, & is currently active as a volunteer teacher for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease.
Suzette Hutchinson – Holds a BA in dance performance, choreography and education. In addition to teaching and choreographing at the Academy of Performing Arts, Suzette is an adjunct faculty member at the Cape Cod Community College (teaching Modern Dance), and is on the faculty at the Harwich Junior Theatre (teaching musical theatre), and the Reaching Heart Center. She has also been active in Outreach programs at schools throughout Cape Cod. Suzette has choreographed numerous productions on Cape Cod (at APA, HJT, Cape Rep, Chatham Drama Guild and the 4 C’s) and her choreography has been performed in RI, Boston and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Colleen Kanaley (TCRG) – Began taking ballet classes at the age of three. Four years later, she joined the Haley School of Irish Dance under the instruction of Maureen Haley –TCRG of Co. Galway. Colleen competed as a beginner and quickly became an Open Champion. During her competitive career she ranked top 5 in New England many times, which led her to compete in the North American and World Championships. Colleen also gained many achievements in ceili team dancing at a young age. Before retiring in 2011, Colleen performed with artists such as Tony Kenny, Eileen Ivers of Riverdance, and the Boston Pops. In 2012 Colleen passed the TCRG Exam, the Irish Dancing Teachers Exam set by the Irish Gaelic Commission in Dublin. She passed with impressive scores in Dancing Ability, Teaching Ability, and Music Knowledge. Colleen’s mission is to teach her students to love Irish Dance and the Celtic arts as people have for many years.
David McCarty – Director, Choreographer, Teacher & Performer. As Director and Choreographer his productions include Company at CCftA’s, Showtune, Celebrating the Words and Music of Jerry Herman at CDG, and West Side Story at the Academy Playhouse. He has choreographed several productions at HJT including The Secret Garden and Big River; and, has performed in several productions there as well, including Man of La Mancha and The Secret Garden. As Producing Artistic Director for Cape Cod Opera his productions include: Carmen, Tosca, Cosi fan tutte, The Merry Widow, and Don Pasquale. David is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School and received all of his early training at the APA. He finished his dance training while a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet, continued voice training with Robert Bass and Dr. Thomas Vasil, and studied acting at H.B.Studios in NYC.
Emily Mower – Received her training in Dance Pedagogy and Performance from Dean College – Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance; focusing on hip-hop, musical theatre, and modern. She also trained as a dancer at the Jeannette Neil Dance Studio in Boston. Ms. Mower won the Kennedy Center Choreography Award for her choreography of the Dean College production of “Medea,” in 2010; choreographed “Snowman in the Dunes” at the Provincetown Theatre in 2011; and, is currently finishing a degree in Psychology.
Terry Norgeot – Received her dance training from Alfredo Corvino, Oleg Briansky and Finis Jhung in Ballet; Bob Audy, Jerry Ames, Charles Kelley and Henry La Tang in Tap; and, Charles Kelley, Betsy Haug, Tony Stevens, JoJo Smith, and Frank Hatchett in Jazz. She studied acting at H.B. Studio and the Charles Kebbe Associates; T.V. Workshop and voice with Leslie Harnley, Benny Carter, and Jane Kennedy. Terry appeared professionally in productions from South America to New York City. Her Broadway and national tours include Hello Dolly with Pearl Bailey, My Fair Lady with Edward Mulhare, No No Nanette with Ruby Keeler and Don Ameche, Cabaret with Lucie Arnez, and Annie Get Your Gun with Barbara Eden. She was a featured dancer at Lincoln Center, assisted Jacques d’Amboise with the National Dance Institute in NYC, and has been a guest dance teacher in many studios nationwide. She is a well known director/choreographer throughout the Cape and her credits include Freckleface Strawberry, Celebrate Broadway, Broadway Kids, You’re a Good Man, CharlieBrown and Honk for HJT, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat for the Academy, and Urinetown for Cape Rep.
Courtney Reardon – Graduated from Dean College in 2010. Since receiving her BA in Dance she has found success in the non-profit world of dance and theater. By day Ms. Reardon is the Front of House Manager at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (W.H.A.T) in Wellfleet,MA. WHAT is a thriving equity theater that prides itself on producing interesting and provocative works of high quality. Ms. Reardon recently began dancing with TIDES Dance Company of Chatham, MA. TIDES is a multi-generational dance company performing in community, school and social settings throughout Cape Cod. Courtney has been teaching at APA for 3 years, she teaches ballet, creative movement and musical theater.
Debra Sawka – Training: Ballroom and Tap at Judy Kugler’s School of Dance; affiliated with the Canadian Dance Ring; Ukrainian dance with various dance educators based in Alberta, Canada. Dance workshop in Lviv, Ukraine. At university, she performed with St. John’s Institute: Ukrainian Dance & Choral Group. She studied Jazz education with the adult dance program at the Alberta Ballet School [Edmonton, Alberta], as well as recreational Jazz in Irvine, California. She has been active in Tap and Jazz at the APA since December of 2000. Ms. Sawka holds a degree in nursing and business management with a certificate in Management Informational Systems.
Joanne “JoJo” Sinerate – Owned and operated the Studio of Creative Movement in Waltham, MA. She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts and Education from Brandeis University. Her education experience includes working 10 years in the public schools. For 35 years, she has worked with community performers of all ages… directing youth theatre and choreographing school, college, and community theatre productions, as well as industrial work. She has taught on Cape Cod for the APA, the Conservatory, Studio 878, and the Dennis Recreational Department.
Laura Thorup – Began her dance training at the Academy of Performing Arts. She furthered her training at Bossov Ballet Theatre, conducted by former Mariinski principle, Andrei Bossov. Laura has danced professionally with the Alabama Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence. She is a full time student at Lesley University, majoring in psychology and will graduate in the summer of 2014.
Richard Stocks – Music Department Chair (Guitar, Electric Bass, Saxophone, Keyboard, Outreach Artist) – Training: Hart College, 102nd Army Band, Hartford, CT. Self-employed musician, bandleader, music teacher since 1962, Mr. Stocks has performed in concert with Tony Orlando and Dawn, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Maestro and the Crests to name a few. He is staff musician for APA musical productions.
Lary Chaplan (Violin, Viola) – Training: BA music UCLA, BFA City University of NY. MEd. U.Mass Boston. Private study: Ben Berzinsky, William Heffeman, Stanley Applebaum; Orchestra affiliations: 1st violin: Cape Cod Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, Woods Hole Choral Society, SMU Symphony. String instructor for New Bedford School System.
Peggy Gerber (Flute, Recorder) – Training: flute and piccolo performance at Bowling Green State University; private studies with Blain Cory, professor of flute at Brown University. Performance: numerous chamber music groups in Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts and India. She is currently principal flutist for the Cape Community Orchestra. Her newest CD with piano accompanist Chris Morris is ‘Classical Music for my Grandchildren’.
Helene Guilet (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, NYSTA, NATS) (Voice) – Received her training with Frank Corsaro, Peter Wilhousky, Milan Petrovic, William Home, Ira Petina and Anna Hamlin. She has been a performance soloist with The New York City Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Connecticut Opera, Maine Opera Co and the New York City Center Gilbert and Sullivan Company. Helene is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Guild of Musical Artists, Actors Equity Association and The Screen Actors Guild.
Fran Hartswick (Musical Theatre, Piano) – Training: BA State College of NY, MA Columbia: Music Ed and piano. Teaching: W. Hartford, E. Hartford Public Schools, Hartt College, Central State College
Chloe S. Johnson (Voice) – Training: M.A. in Music Performance, York University; B.A. in Music, Bangor University. Chloe trained with MusicLeader Yorkshire and Opera North in the practice of leading music workshops for students of all ages. Performance: Chloe has performed with three opera companies in various roles from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic traditions. Chloe trained in the Bel Canto classical style, as well as performed in a pop and folk group. She is an experienced performer and teacher of all styles of song (Broadway, operatic, liturgical, jazz, pop, etc.) and expert in singing French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, English, Welsh and Swedish.
Cheryl Kain (Piano/Voice) – Training: BM, University of Wisconsin, Oklahoma City University School of Performing Arts, Crane School of Music. Maintains a private piano studio in Chatham, and has taught in Chatham and Harwich Middle Schools. Music Director First Congregation Church of Harwich (20005-2012), Coach for Eastern Division of the All-State Chorus for MA, Director of Common Voices, a cappella Gospel choir.
Berke McKelvey (Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Recorder, Pennywhistle) – Training: BM: Berklee College of Music, MA: UCLA, San Diego. Performance: Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Glen Miller Orchestra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations; Fame, Quincy TV show studio bands; Teaching: Southwestern College, Chula Vista Calif.; Berklee College of Music, Boston; UCLA, San Diego Member: North American Saxophone Alliance, International Wind Synthesis Assoc.
Christopher Morris (Piano, Musical Theatre) – Training: BM, MM Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Awarded the Carol Nott Piano Pedagogy Prize. Young Artists Piano program, Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Presenter, Music Educators National Conference, Washington D.C. Member of the American Choral Directors Association. Music Director for theatre productions at the Harwich Junior Theatre, the Chatham Drama Guild, and the Academy. Private study: Shirley Grew, Nancy S..Fadely, Lillian Enright and Lydia Frumkin.
Robert Wilder (Musical Theatre, Piano Accompanist) – Training: MM, Ohio U, student of Ken Andrews (former principal flutist-Montreal Symphony Orchestra) and Nathen Jones; piano study with Chiu Ling-Lin and Stephanie Brown; harpsichord study with C. David Harris; conducting with John Canarina and Ken Andrews; accompanist for recitals at the Chautauqua Inst., St. Paul’s Concert Series (NYC) and competitions (vocalists and instrumentalists) performing literature from the Baroque to contemporary; Musical Director for theatre at the Cleveland Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Monomoy Theatre, off-off Broadway, and “The Secret Garden” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Academy.
Mark Van Bork (Drums) – BM, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music, Part time Instructor at Emerson College, freelance musician.