Musical Theatre Faculty
Melissa Hart comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and an M.F.A in Acting/Directing. She is a TONY-nominated actor/singer who appeared as “Sally Bowles” in the Broadway production of Cabaret, as well as many other Broadway and regional productions. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, and the Screen Actor’s Guild. Further, she is a member of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing, both National and Minnesota chapters, and the New York Singing Teachers’ Association.
Gary Briggle received a Bachelor of Music-Voice from Saint Olaf College as well as training at the Minnesota Opera Studio and the University of Minnesota. Gary has been a freelance Professional Equity actor since 1982 and a professional stage director with regional theater and opera companies nationwide since 1980. He has been a member with Children’s Theatre adult ensemble and a resident member of Minnesota Opera Company and Arizona Theatre Company. He held the position of Artistic Director at Lyric Opera Cleveland, Artistic Associate of Seaside Music Theater, and Director of Opera at the University of Iowa.
Joey Clark moved to Minneapolis from New York City where he was an actor, musical director, director, teaching artist, private voice teacher and composer. In addition to SPCPA, he is currently on the teaching staffs of MacPhail Center for Music and Youth Performance Company (YPC). He also leads music in liturgy at the Jones Harrison Senior Residence on Cedar Lake. On the east coast, Joey instructed in voice, piano, acting, and cultural music at public schools, private schools, senior citizen homes, and many youth theaters. He has performed at such venues as the McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Columbia University, and as a regular cabaret artist throughout NYC. As a director, he recently assisted the Ordway’s production of “Grey Gardens” and has produced several national educational tours. Musical directing credits include summer stocks, community theaters, and an array of off-off Broadway productions and cabaret acts. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.
Megan Kelly Hubbell received a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance from Millikin University. She has performed at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, History Theatre, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Plymouth Playhouse, and Bloomington Civic Theatre.
Regina Peluso received a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance from The Boston Conservatory of Music as well as a certificate from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts. Regina was a regular in the PBS series Ditty Doodle Works and performed the lead in the off-Broadway production of Awesome 80s Prom. She has also performed with numerous regional theatre companies including Gateway Playhouse (NY), Guthrie (MN), Odyssey Theatre (Los Angeles), Carousel Dinner Theatre (OH) and others.
Shannon Roberg – At the age of three, Shannon began her dance career. Not quite a child prodigy, as she preferred playing in the dirt with the boys to dance class. However, it did not take long for her to fall in love with all forms of dance. Since age sixteen she has been an instructor and choreographer for Deanne’s Dance Studio, teaching Tap, Musical Theatre Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Kickline, and Modern to dancers from three through adult. Some of her work for the studio has included choreography for mini productions of Wicked and Hairspray, a circus ballet production and her most stand out piece, a Lyrical dance set to Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have A Dream Speech”. In addition she also coached the successful Benilde St. Margaret’s Dance Team and has moved on to choreograph numerous theatre productions. Her work has been seen at Hennepin Stages, Theatre in the Round, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, as well as The Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Old Arizona. One of her favorite experiences was when she choreographed Urinetown for SPCPA. Although she is thrilled to see the finished product of her work, she will always most enjoy the teaching, learning and creative process shared with her students.