Count Basie Theatre

Our Professional Staff

Yvonne Lamb Scudiery - Yvonne is the Director of Education for the Count Basie Theatre. She is an accomplished choreographer for ballet, musical theatre, opera, a registered teacher with the RAD, London and an adjunct teacher at Brookdale Community College. Yvonne has taught for over 35 years, combining her knowledge of dance and acting techniques with her superior coaching skills. This has enabled many of her students to advance to successful professional careers.

Jessica Berger - Actress/Singer/Dancer/Musician – Has been running the Drama Program at Brick Memorial High School for three years, and worked as there choreographer for five years. She spent 5 years traveling across the country in an IMPROV Assembly Group, The Cameo Cast, doing assemblies for schools K-12. In her early years she wrote, directed, and mounted many shows for Six Flags Theme Parks™, earning her over a dozen IAPPA nominations for North American Entertainment. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, has performed all over the country, and is a Perry Award Winner for Best Actress in a Musical. Her expertise as a Musical Theatre director and choreographer, coupled with her certification as a Music Together™ instructor makes her a versatile and valuable addition to our professional staff of seasoned performers and educators.

Gordon Brown - Songwriter, producer, musical director, and touring musician, Gordon was the main songwriter on his own national releases and tours with his bands, mR. rEALITY (SBK/ EMI) Samhill (EPIC/ SONY) and HWY9 (RCA NASHVILLE). He also is hired to work with many of today's up-and-coming acts like Jessie James Decker, Natalie Stovall, Audra McLaughlin, Audey Kate Geiger, Corey Wagar and Jackson Harris. Gordon takes a lot of pride in his hometown roots, having shared the stage many times with Bon Jovi and Springsteen, and is now part of the Jersey Shore's first country duo Williams Honor.

Carolyn Driscoll has been a Member of AEA, and SAG-AFTRA since 1996. She has worked with many Theater companies including the Union Square Theater, MTC, Performer's Theater Workshop,The Roundabout, Hudson Guild Theater, in addition to the Soaps and Voice Over industry. She also hosted a Talk Show-(Pet News, and Pet Talk Live), Educating People on the Humane Treatment of Animals for "The Companion Animal Network".In the past, she has managed and Created Programs for Companies focusing on Teaching and Acting Programs for Children, (kindergarten thru young adults), Developmentally Disabled Adults, and Urban Youth, while also focusing on Conflict- Resolution and Anti Bullying Programs for such Organizations as Boces, SASF, The Black Spectrum Theater, and "Creative Connections Agency" which she Co-founded 16 years ago. Recently she Co Founded " Sage Stage Prods", a company that addresses the Senior Community thru the Performing Arts (Theater Games, Improvisation, Story Telling, Acting,Improv, and Scene Development), resulting in a Live Performance that Brings the Talent, Wisdom, and Life Experience of our Elderly Community to the Stage.

Marjorie Enerson - received her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Montclair State University and also studied abroad for 6 months at Middlesex Polytechnic in England. She created and implemented the Performing Arts curriculum for Monmouth Academy (formerly known as Lakewood Prep) from 2004 to 2011.


Sherri Ehrlich - is the Founder and Director of Honey Child Music Academy, an award winning singer/songwriter, performer, early childhood educator and Tween music specialist, TV host of "Miss Sherri Live TV."

Amy Fredericks - holds a B.F.A. in Music. She is a soloist with the Arcadian Chorale and has served as musical director for numerous community and high school theatre productions. She is currently teaching private voice and piano.

Bruce Gallipani - With 35+ years of touring and rock-n-roll history under his belt, Bruce Gallipani passes on the spirit and skill of playing on the concert stage to young musicians. As founder and director of Rockit, conceived in 2004, students ages 8-18 undertake a different theme or album in each program semester. Under Gallipani's direction and a team of young music pros, the students learn, rehearse, and perform as a group and master the concert experience.

Samantha Giustiniani - Samantha holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Kean University, and is currently working toward her M.A in Shakespeare and Theatre. She is currently the Arts Education and Outreach Manager here at Count Basie Theatre. Having previously spent many years teaching theatre and music to pre-school aged children she has a specialty in creating early childhood theatre and music programs.

Anthony Greco is a performing arts educator and director who holds his BA in Theater Arts and English from Monmouth University. For the last six years Mr. Greco has been the head of the performing arts program at Seashore Day Camp & School teaching music and drama, grades Pre-K through 8th Grade. He also is the resident director for Marlboro High School and held the same position at Monmouth Regional High School for six years. He is a freelance director throughout the state directing at such venues as the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, the Count Basie Theatre, the Jersey Shore Arts Center and the Algonquin Arts Theatre.

Kate Havel - Kate holds a B.A. in Art Education from Kean and an M.A. in Dance Movement from Wesleyan University. She is a dancer/actress/singer (SUGAR and ZORBA Off-Broadway) and has many dinner theater, nightclub, summer stock and children’s theater roles to her credit. A former member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, and AFTRA, Kate studied at HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in NYC. She recently retired from full-time teaching. Kate has also performed globally: Mexico, Japan, Italy and the Dominican Republic. She has recently added DDD Provider and Continuing Education Provider to her list of accomplishments.

Joan Kilcommons - Joan holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts. She is currently teaching Reader’s Theatre, Creative Dramatics and Musical Theatre to the children in the Red Bank Borough Schools as part of our Educational Outreach Program.

Steve Koumoulis recently won a Basie for Outstanding Direction of a Play for his production of The Diary of Anne Frank, and has been nominated for his previous productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has a great passion for theatre, especially musicals. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at Middletown High School South, where he directs one main-stage production each year and helps to produce and direct others. His specialty is reimaging plays and musicals into productions that are innovative and original.

Doreen Laperdon-Addison - (MA, CMA, RSME) is a teacher, dancer, performer, video artist, choreographer, and somatic movement educator who has taught and performed in both college and community settings for the past 30 years. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator through the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA.) She earned her Masters Degree in Dance Education from Columbia University and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) receiving her certification from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts, NYC. Her rich eclectic background in somatic movement, dance and healing practices include Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Ideokinesis, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Theatrical Dance, Adagio, Ballroom and Latin dancing. Currently, she is an adjunct dance professor at Brookdale Community College and has her own business, “Better Health Through Movement.” Doreen helps people of all ages discover their true potential through dance and somatic movement practices to live a life of increased mobility, vitality, well-being and success.

Deb Lyons - has starred in the Broadway & London productions of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (including DVD) and the national tour of “Jekyll & Hyde”, among others. She has worked with Tony winning directors, Jerry Mitchell, Jerry Zaks and Richard Maltby Jr. In addition to Deb’s theater work she toured the world for 5 years as a member of the legendary pop group The Mamas & The Papas. Deb has over 25 years of professional experience in the recording studio, backing up major artists and singing on jingles. Her credits include singing with: Donna Summer, Carrie Underwood, Rick Springfield, Roseanne Cash, Frankie Avalon and Mary Wilson. And singing about: Milky Way, Fisher Price Toys, Toyota and Jet Blue Airlines. Teaching vocal technique and performance for more than 10 years, one of her students was a Top 10 finalist on the X Factor!

Corey Andrew Markowitz - has been performing professionally across the United States for the last decade. As a graduate of the NYFA: Musical Theatre Conservatory, he has studied voice and acting under numerous Broadway Veterans including Kristy Cates, VP Boyle, and Deidre Goodwin. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who continues to play over 150 shows a year with his tribute band, Nine Deeez Nite. With several Off-Broadway and NYC credits also on his resume, he shares his invaluable versatility with all of his students.

Jacqueline Fisher – holds a B.A. in Art Education. She is the choreographer and assistant technical director at Middletown HS South. She is proficient in a number of tap dancing styles. As a professional dancer, she has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway, community theatre and regional theatre productions.

Bradley Mott - has been working in the Theatre, Television, Film, and commercials over the past 30 years. His film and television work includes: The Accidental Tourist, The Applegates, Stranger than Fiction, Mildred Pierce for HBO, Roseanne, A Different World, and ER. He recently finished filming on the new Cohen Brothers picture Inside Llewyn Davis. Bradley has taught for over 30 years at Columbia College, Northwestern University in Chicago, Monmouth University, and NYC’s prestigious CAP21.

Meredith McGee has been an educator in Monmouth County since 2003, teaching a wide range of students from ages three through twenty-one. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education with a Minor in Music Theatre, a Master of Science in Educational Administration, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. With a passion for music, exercise, and learning, she continues to sing, teach music for children, work as a group fitness instructor/personal trainer, and coach various sports. In her current teaching position, she also advises the Drama and Forensics Clubs and produces the school plays and musicals. Her eclectic style of infusing theatre arts, movement, and education is unique to her diverse experiences.

Vincent Mottern - received a B.A. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and is currently a chorus director and music teacher for Knollwood School in Fair Haven as well as the vocal music director for Rumson-Fairhaven Regional Highschool. He is a multi-talented musical theatre director, musician, composer and performer.

Joe Muccioli - is an internationally known conductor, producer, orchestrator and musicologist. Muccioli is co-founder and artistic director of Jazz Arts Project, Inc. and its flagship ensemble the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra. He is conductor and music director for actor/entertainer Joe Piscopo, and has conducted major symphonies and jazz orchestras throughout the world, including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the BBC Big Band. Joe has worked with hundreds of musical artists and entertainers and has himself been featured on TV and radio.

Robin Oddo - holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Monmouth University and has numerous stage and television acting credits. Her passion for acting has led to the development of the Black Box performance space and the New Perspectives Acting Troupe. She loves teaching and inspiring her students through improvisation, script performance and character development.

Mike O'Keeffe - has been performing and teaching improv comedy professionally for over 20 years. After graduating from Villanova University, he worked in Orlando, Florida performing and writing with the Sak Theatre Comedy Lab. His troupe mates included Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum ("Whose Line is it Anyway?"), Aaron Shure (producer/writer: "The Office"), Dee Bradley Baker (voice-over artist, "American Dad", "Adventure Time", Phineas and Ferb"). He has been a presenter at the NJEA Convention, consults corporations such as Merrill Lynch in team-building strategies through improvisation, assists many school districts that are interested in incorporating improvisation into their arts curriculum, and has spearheaded an anti-bullying program using improv that has been picked up by schools and organizations such as The Girl Scouts of America. Michael performs weekly with the IMPROV JAM COMEDY LAB, and to date has performed over 6000 comedy shows worldwide. Recently, he performed shows with Wayne Brady when he toured in support of his hit television show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. Right now Improv Jam is the house improv troupe at The Stress Factory, NJ's premier comedy club, and also The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, as the resident improv troupe, and teen troupe, respectfully.

Lori Olson – holds a BA in Elementary Education and Fine Arts with a concentration in Theatre. She is a sixth grade teacher at Long Branch Middle School. A director for musical theatre and a private acting coach, she brings abounding energy and expertise to her very popular classes. As an actress, vocalist, dancer and educator, Ms. Olson is herself the perfect example of how hard work, discipline and focus can help any student become a well-rounded performer and can have a positive and lasting effect on one’s life.

JoAnn Robertozzi - This NY based multi-faceted actress, singer, producer and Emmy nominated composer is passionate about education in the arts and helping young vocalists approach their craft with expertise and business savvy.

Joseph Russo – has recently retired from Red Bank Regional after having a teaching, acting and directing career for over 40 years. Joseph has a B.A. in Communication Arts and an M.A. in Theatre and Human Communications.

Michael Sarin - Over the last 27 years, Michael’s unique style and approach to the drum set has been highly sought after by NYC and international musicians looking to expand the definitions of jazz and improvised music. His versatility and musical wit is displayed on over 80 CDs, and he performs throughout the world--in major and minor festivals; concert halls famous and infamous, big and small. As an educator, Michael has been on the faculty of the Maine Jazz Camp since 1999. He has taught drum set master classes at universities in the United States, and co-led jazz ensemble master classes in the U.S., Brazil, Namibia, India, and Europe. He continues to teach privately in the Red Bank area

Chris Sabol is the choir, orchestra, and musical theatre teacher at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Administration with a concentration in music and theatre, as well as a Masters in Music Education from Boston University. Before joining the Monmouth Regional Staff, Chris worked as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in their theatre department. He has musically directed over forty shows in the New Jersey and New York area, most recently Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease for Phoenix Productions.

Chris Schwartz - An accomplished guitarist and educator, Chris Schwartz has been performing throughout the greater New York/New Jersey area for the past decade. He is a graduate of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts with a major in jazz studies where he studied under the tutelage of jazz guitar master Vic Juris. Chris has performed at such famous venues as the Blue Note and Symphony Space and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Ralph Peterson, Conrad Herwig, and Ralph Bowen. Also an in demand educator, Chris has been teaching for nearly a decade now at music schools, private lessons, and summer camps all over the New Jersey area including the Westerhoff School of The Arts, The Rutgers Extension Division, and The Rutgers Summer Jazz Camp. Chris is an adjunct instructor and administrative coordinator in our own Jazz Arts Academy at the Count Basie Theatre.

Melanie Taylor - has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of theatre, and for the past 16 years has shared her knowledge as a teacher at Raritan High School. She is an accomplished and award winning director, stage manager, and makeup artist. Melanie is the Vice-President of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League, and is the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the St. John's Community Playhouse in Hazlet, currently in its 9th season.

Christopher Tomaino - is a local actor and educator. He holds a B.A. in Speech/Communications/Theatre from Monmouth University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University. He has been an adjunct instructor at Brookdale Community College for the past 10 years as well as being the Musical Theatre Coordinator for the Somerset County Performing Arts Program for six years, creating and running the first curricular Musical Theatre program in the state of NJ.

Bruce Williams - a powerful alto saxophonist has performed, toured, and recorded with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, The World Saxophone Quartet, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, RH Factor, and the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra to name a few. His music is filled with spirit, soul, intellect, groove, and freedom. A noted jazz educator and mentor to young jazz musicians, Bruce has served at the New School, Princeton University, and William Paterson University as well as Ohio State, Bard College, the Paris Conservatory and the NJPAC Jazz for Teens Program.

James Douglas Wilson After serving four years overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, JD Wilson started to pursue his passion for education and the arts. He was hired as an elementary school teacher in Howell, New Jersey and taught fourth grade over a five year span. During that time, JD, a veteran himself, co-founded a nonprofit for veterans suffering with PTSD called Music is the Medicine. MITM started as benefit concerts but blossomed into stage productions of a show he co-wrote and starred in called PL@Y. PL@Y raised over $10,000 for the Ashley Lauren Foundation and brought JD into the world of community theatre. JD was cast as Vince Fontaine in Grease and Admiral Von Schreiber in Sound of Music, both at Count Basie Theater. His love for the arts and educating children has led JD to recently resign from teaching and he founded his own company called LEAD U. This passion project hosts theater based empowerment assemblies and leadership workshops for kids of all ages. JD is truly excited to be working with Count Basie and can’t wait to get back into the classroom!


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