Every year, the Performing Arts Camp is led by some of the most talented professionals in the performing arts world.
Get to know your amazing staff for the 2017 summer here!
Shayla Benoit – Performing Arts Camp Director
Shayla Benoit is an actor, director, choreographer, producer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who currently resides in New York City. She has appeared at Radio City Music Hall, 54 Below, and in regional theatres nationwide. She also can be seen and heard on television, film, and radio. Selected credits include: Smash, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Chorus Line, and she is a Back-Up Vocalist for Justin Guarini at venues across the country. Shayla is proud to be the President and Creative Director of Shady Theatrics, an innovative film production company that has produced works for The Tony Awards, Clear Channel, New York Fashion Week, and Ashley Furniture. Additionally, Shayla is the Actors’ Equity Foundation Red Carpet Correspondent for The Tony Awards. Shayla recently teamed up with the Miami Dolphins to capture Hope to Dream, a charity event providing beds to children in need.
Billye’s performing credits include Broadway, television, and industrials (Annie Riley-David Merrick’s 42nd Street, Canada Dry, Metropolitan Life…). Currently, she serves as a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Artist, directing and choreographing musicals and show choirs for elementary, junior high and high school students. Billye also conducts musical theatre lectures and motivational workshops for children and educational professionals. Billye has directed and choreographed the Stroudsburg Area School District Musical and Show Choirs for 24 years.
Becky Burdett – Orff Instructor
Becky currently teaches grades K-4 at the Abington Heights School District. Throughout her 16 year career, her goal has been is for each student to be joyful in the act of making, expressing, and creating music. Becky Burdett earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Wilkes University. In May 2000 Becky completed three levels of the Orff-Schulwerk training under the leadership of Michelle Przybylowski through the University of the Arts at Villanova in 2010, as well as Master Class studies through George Mason University. She is an active member of several music education organizations: PMEA, AOSA, and PAOSA, (Philadelphia Orff chapter), and NAfME. She has been named to the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement Roster of Excellence.
Lisa Clarson- Dance and Visual Arts Instructor
Lisa Clarson, a veteran of show business for over forty years is thrilled to be working with the Pocono Mountains Music Festival Camp. She holds a BFA in theatre, magna cum laude, from Jacksonville University and appeared on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers and toured with A Chorus Line as Sheila, Judy and Cassie. She has danced on the Oscars, the Emmy’s and in numerous music videos. She was a lead dancer in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno, the Bahamas, and Montreal. She has directed, produced, conceived and choreographed over thirty shows, opening acts and bands in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo. For the theater, she most recently has directed How to Succeed… at the Broadway Orlando theatre to rave reviews. She has choreographed Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Fiddler, and Smokey Joe’s Café and has appeared in Lost In Yonkers, The Odd Couple, The Wedding Singer, and The Dixie Swim Club for The Alhambra in Jacksonville, FL. Lisa is a national judge and master teacher for TOPS Dance Competitions and is the founder of ‘Broadway Bound’, a musical theatre summer intensive in the Southeast.
Danny Gorman has worked as a director, choreographer, and theater arts educator throughout the US and abroad for the past decade. He currently works for Tony Award nominated and Emmy Award winning director Lonny Price, and has assistant directed the current Broadway revival and recent West End revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close, Carousel starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins at the English National Opera, and Sinatra: Voice for a Century featuring Bernadette Peters, Sting, and Christina Aguilera at the New York Philharmonic. He served as an artistic consultant for Lincoln Center curating a series of events called Lincoln Center Originals, which debuted entirely original content inspired by the Lincoln Center campus by some of the most prominent theatre artists of today. In New York, Danny‘s directing work has been featured at New York University, FringeNYC, the CRY HAVOC Company, the New York Children’s Theatre Festival, United Solo, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season. Danny received his MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and his BA from NYU. www.DannyGorman.com