Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

Eric Vaughn Johnson

Johnson is involved with countless educational and professional theatrical productions  and has been described as "an influential part of Rochester Arts” (West Side News Magazine) and as "one of the leading figures in Rochester's musical arts scene" (Pittsford Neighbors Magazine). Johnson founded OFC Creations in 2005 for actors of all ages to participate in unique and artistic programming not offered in Rochester. Johnson has continued his mission from 2005 by offering and expanding unique educational opportunities for kids, mounting professional productions like Oliver, West Side Story, and Sister Act at the 2,000-seat Kodak Center, and creating and running drama programs at numerous Rochester area schools. Johnson is most recognized for co-writing and directing the world premiere production of Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical, starring the late Eddie Money himself. Johnson has been seen performing in the sold-out run of OFC’s The Golden Girls Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, and James and the Giant Peach. Johnson's expertise is in venue and event management, designing and executing educational outlets for performers, and directing/producing full scale musicals and events. Johnson served as the Board President for the Greece Performing Arts Society for three years leading the organization into its “Next Chapter.” Recently, Johnson was recently featured as a Rochester “Extraordinary Person” (News 8 Now).

Contact Eric Vaughn Johnson at Info@OFCCreations.com

Or by calling 585-667-0954 ext. 1

Operations Manager

Hunter Ekberg

Ekberg, a native Minnesotan, works as a Freelance ASL Interpreter, and is the Executive Director of Hands-In Entertainment, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing ASL Interpreters to performance and event spaces around New York State. Ekberg has breathed life into characters such as Snail (A Year With Frog and Toad), Fairy Godmother (Bibbidi Bobbidi Cinderella), The Gingerbread Man (The Gingerbread Man), Long John Silver (Treasure Island), and Rose Nylund in the sold-out run of OFC Creations’ production of Thank You for Being a Friend: The Golden Girls Musical. Ekberg has flexed his directing muscles on such projects as Rent and Winnie the Pooh and has continued his love of music by vocal directing The Lion King, Newsies, and Frozen Jr., all performed by youth actors. Ekberg believes strongly in the incredible transformative power of performing & strives for a world where kids of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are able to experience the joy of being on stage.

Contact Hunter Ekberg at Hunter@OFCCreations.com

Or by calling 585-667-0954 ext. 2

Activity Manager

Kelsey Blackerby

Blackerby is a graduate of Webster Thomas High School and a current senior at SUNY Geneseo where she studies Communication and English. Kelsey grew up performing in the Rochester area where her favorite credits include Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde and Aunt March in Little Women: The Musical. While she loves performing, Kelsey found a real passion for stage managing when she entered college. In the summer you can find Kelsey as one of our camp admins with our teen and pint size performers. An alumni of the Disney College Program, Kelsey learned leadership and management skills from some of Walt Disney's finest. Inclusivity is very important to Kelsey and she works hard to make everyone feel welcome. 

Contact Kelsey Blackerby at Kelsey@OFCCreations.com
Or by calling 585-667-0954

Program Developer

Andrea Gregoire

Gregoire is no stranger to behind the scenes work. A past president of NYS Ballet, Production Manager, and currently the secretary for Hands-In Entertainment, Andrea is involved in many aspects of theatre. After 19 years in Legal Publishing, Andrea finally decided what she wants to be when she grows up and is happy to be feeding her passions  by working with OFC Creations.

 

Her focus is growing and supporting local talent by helping create programs for youth performers in the Rochester area.  Andrea is also passionate about making the theatre experience a great one for all audiences and can frequently be seen house managing local shows throughout Rochester.

Contact Andrea Gregoire at Andrea@OFCCreations.com

Or by calling 585-667-0954

Meet Our Artists

Judith Ranaletta

Judith Ranaletta

ARTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR CENTURY CLUB. Ranaletta is well known as the long-time, former Vocal Music and Drama Director at Greece Athena High School, where she successfully grew a thriving Performing Arts Program. Many of Judith's former and present students perform on Broadway and around the country each season.

Alexandria Ireijo

Alexandria Ireijo

TEACHING ARTIST. Ireijo is an actor, singer, dancer, and artistic professional originally from Oahu, Hawaii. She is currently based in Rochester, NY. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and has worked with some of the best Musical Theatre professionals: Bob Cline, Bob Moss, Brett Smock, Jeff Whiting and more! Her favorite theaters to perform at include The Rev. (formally FMTF) and Manoa Valley Theatre.

Frankie Paparone

Frankie Paparone

GUEST ARTIST Paparone: Broadway/NYC: Shrek, Elf (Madison Square Garden). Off-Broadway: I Spy a Spy. National/international Tours: Elf, Fame. Regional: Goodspeed, Muny, Ogunquit Playhouse, Kennedy Center, North Shore, Maine State Music Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Gateway Playhouse, Northern Stage, and Weschester Broadway. Outside of performing Frankie is a dance educator and adjudicator.

Monique Franz

Monique Franz

TEACHING ARTIST Franz is an international songwriter, playwright, and theatre director whose programs have taken place across the Eastern globe. She is celebrated In Hong Kong as the head performing arts mentor of the former International Academy of Film/Television where she taught Hong Kong’s most phenomenal talent in onstage/on-camera acting, voice, and movement. Monique has held children’s enrichment workshops in Egypt, India, and Ethiopia, where she instructed hundreds of kids in the arts.

Emily Beseau

Emily Beseau

TEACHING ARTIST. Beseau is a graduate from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She co-directed choral music in her professional fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota as well as studied ballet, jazz, and tap for several years at the New York Academy of Dance. She has performed in various shows in the Rochester community.

Hadley Strelau

Hadley Strelau

VOICE TEACHER. Strelau is a Rochester native and has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College. No stranger to the stage, she regularly performs as a backup singer for Josh Groban, and has traveled throughout Western Europe as a featured soloist with The Sound of America. Her most notable credits include: Newsies (Katherine Plumber), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Clara, My Love (Clara Wieck), and The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Pinkerton).

Eric Schutt

Eric Schutt

TEACHING ARTIST Schutt is a Fredonia acting graduate and has been seen off stage teaching vocals with shows like Addams Family and Spamalot. Schutt also frequently performs in Rochester in shows including: Titanic (Jim Farrell), Hands on a Hardbody (Greg), Meet Me in St. Louis (John), My Fair Lady (Jamie) and Sweeney Todd (Anthony).

Courtney Weather

Courtney Weather

TEACHING ARTIST Weather received her BFA in Theater Performance from Niagara University. She is grateful to have shared stages at performance venues such as Blackfriars Theatre, Kodak Center and Lyric Theatre, also performing around the city as the lead singer of pop/rock group, That Party Band (www.thatpartyband.com). OFC Creations credits include: The Wild Party (Queenie), Spring Awakening (Ilse), Vanities (Mary) and this November's Nunsense. Courtney also serves as an OFC teaching artist.

Calvin Staropoli

Calvin Staropoli

TEACHING ARTIST. Staropoli is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia where he got his BFA in Acting. Some of his acting credits there include Floyd in The Grapes of Wrath, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Provost in Measure for Measure. Along with getting his BFA, Calvin earned certification in several forms of stage combat, including a certification with recommendation in quarterstaff combat. Calvin’s enjoyed theatre at a young age, and continued his passion at Brighton HS.

Sarah Reynolds

Sarah Reynolds

TEACHING ARTIST A professional actress for more than 30 years, and a member of Actor’s Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild, Sarah appeared on Broadway as Louise in Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George with Mandy Patinkin and Maryanne Plunkett. Sarah later originated the role of Ethel Roosevelt on Broadway in Teddy and Alice with Len Cariou. Sarah is best known for her performance in the starring role of Annie in the 1980s National Tour.

Sable Stewart

Sable Stewart

TEACHING ARTIST Stewart is no stranger to the stage. Most recently, she played Gary Coleman in Blackfriars theatre’s season closer, Avenue Q. Some of her favorite previous roles include Deloris Van Cartier (Sister Act), Charlaine (Ain’t Misbehavin), Vanessa (In the Heights), Dorothy (The Wiz), and Paulette (Legally Blonde). Sable Studied Psychology and Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College.

Jeannie Hines-Clinton

Jeannie Hines-Clinton

TEACHING ARTIST. Clinton has sung at Lincoln Center with Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), she has been a part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival since 2005 and recently joined Sir Tim Rice in his US premiere of From Here to Eternity in the summer of 2016. Jeannie has been an educator in the Performing Arts in the Rochester area for over 13 years, worked with RBTL with the Stars of Tomorrow Program.

Courtney Larkin

Courtney Larkin

TEACHING ARTIST. Larkin holds a Bachelor's degree from Nazareth College in Adolescent Math Education and she is a Special Education Math teacher at Greece Athena High School. Courtney also has had the pleasure of choreographing for Greece Athena Middle School, Greece Olympia, Greece Odyssey, Artists Unlimited, OFC Creations, Next Generation Theatre, Greece Olympia Center Stage Show Choir, GAMS Show Choir, and teaches at Danc'letics of Rochester. She has performed in multiple community shows.

Mandi Lynn Griffith-Gurell

Mandi Lynn Griffith-Gurell

TEACHING ARTIST Gurell is a Rochester native with a BFA in Dance. She studied improv at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, then went on to own and direct New York Academy of Dance for twelve years, here in Rochester. Mandi has participated in the local theater community as choreographer, performer and director and has been involved with productions for Blackfriars Theatre, GPAS, JCC CenterStage, Webster Theatre Guild and Roberts Wesleyan, as well as OFC. She also co-founded Last Fool Productions.

Marge Mattioli

Marge Mattioli

TEACHING ARTIST Mattioli graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in English/Theatre. She received her Masters in English Secondary Education/teaching certification from SUNY Brockport and also received a NYS Certificate to teach theater k-12. Marge has retired from teaching at Churchville-Chili Schools where she advised Drama Clubs and directed plays and musicals. She is a local performer and director.

Shari Bischoping

Shari Bischoping

TEACHING ARTIST Bischoping is a 5th grade teacher with an undergraduate degree in Childhood and Special Education, a concentration in Theatre, and a Masters in Literacy from SUNY Geneseo. Shari has assistant choreographed the Victor high school musical, choreographed teen show choirs, and vocal directed for the Henrietta Summer Drama program. When Shari is not working with students, she enjoys acting in the local theatre community herself!

Rebecca Kemp

Rebecca Kemp

TEACHING ARTIST Kemp is a choral/general music teacher at Park Road Elementary School in Pittsford where she works with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. She also serves as the vocal director for Barker Road Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade musical. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy and music education from Nazareth College and a Master of Science degree in creative arts therapy. She currently performs around the Rochester area with Concentus Women’s Chorus.

Brianna Ross

Brianna Ross

TEACHING ARTIST. Ross is in pursuit of a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. Brianna has been involved in many shows in both high school and college, some favorite roles being Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”, The Witch in “Into The Woods”, and Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes”. She is also involved in SUNY Fredonia’s all female a-Capella group, The Riveters.

Lizzi Adams

Lizzi Adams

TEACHING ARTIST Adams is currently attending MCC where she is pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts and Music Performance. Lizzy serves as President for MCC’s Theatre Troupe and has choreographed and instructed for numerous ensembles and musical productions. Adam's favorite past roles include Lucy from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Sister Mary Leo from “Nunsense”. Adams credits her artistry to her raw passion for theatre, children, and arts education.

Vincent Salvadge

Vincent Salvadge

TEACHING ARTIST Salvadge is in charge of youth outreach at the Lyric Theatre, and the Founder/Director of Lyric Voices: a resident show choir at the Historic Lyric Theater. He has a private studio teaching voice, piano, and acting. Vincent has performed throughout Europe and the United States. He has had the privilege of performing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy, Notre Dame in Paris, France, The Dijon Opera House in Dijon, France, and Dante's Cathedral in Florence, andItaly.

Tammi Colombo

Tammi Colombo

TEACHING ARTIST. Colombo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance from Southern Utah University in 2017 where she performed as Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Mini Marquez (RENT), Marcy Park (The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee), among many others. Tammi took Shakespeare and improv to local schools as part of the SUU Playteam.

Rebecca Hetherington

Rebecca Hetherington

TEACHING ARTIST. Hetherington is a Rochester area native who grew up dancing and teaching dance lessons, getting involved in, and falling in love with theater at a young age. Rebecca has a BA from SUNY Stony Brook in Child & Family Studies and English and, on her return to Rochester, worked with both the Off-Monroe Players and Everyone's Theater Company, both on and off stage. She is the mom of 3 young boys, ages 6, 4 and 1, and a small business owner in the city.

Hector Manuel

Hector Manuel

TEACHING ARTIST Manuel recently returned from New York City and has been acting and directing across Rochester. His credits include: The Wild Party, the regional tour of A Year With Frog & Toad, and Oliver. You may have also recently seen him in the world premiere production of Eddie Money’s musical, Two Tickets To Paradise.

Nevasse Magone-Fragale

Nevasse Magone-Fragale

Magone-Fragale is a Rochester based actor, singer, dancer who has had a passion for performing since a young age. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Nazareth College and briefly studied Film and TV acting at The Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre in NYC. Some of her favorite roles include, Betty Jean (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Rebecca (Modern), and Elaine (Sweet Charity).

Crystal Robinson

Crystal Robinson

TEACHING ARTIST Robinson holds a Bachelors’ degree from SUNY Fredonia in Music and Elementary Education and her Masters degree from SUNY Brockport. She is a Music Education teacher at Greece Athena Middle/High School. Crystal also has had the pleasure of being the choral director for several GAMS theater productions and for the GAMS Show choir. She also teaches piano, voice and musical theater at Danc’letics of Rochester.

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