Robin Christian McNair
Acting Faculty, Triple Threat Summer Intensive
Our theaters are becoming more diverse. The stories we tell, the casting, the characters. We still have a ways to go but the theater is beginning to represent America-the melting pot. For so many years, speech training only taught accent reduction. Never looking at freedom of breath and body and seldom acknowledging a students cultural heritage. Often times, they were taught their accents were bad and wrong and they were only to learn the speech that was restricted to one specific culture and economic background. Our work at UNCSA embraces diversity, acknowledges the students accent and then begins to expand the flexibility of their accent. All the while, always always allowing freedom of breathe, body, and self expression.
My interest lies in training actors in intelligible eloquence. Actors that speak from their heart and honor their cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of their play and character.
Taught in the Actors Studio MFA program. Trained many actors that have gone on to have successful careers.
Chair of Voice and Speech program at Herbert Bergof Studio.
Assistant Professor at Purchase College Conservatory in the BFA Acting Training Program.
Assistant Professor in the Tepper Program at Syracuse University, New York City.
Linklater Designation, Joy of Phonetics Certification, Feldenkrais Certifiction
Ongoing private coaching of NY and LA Actors
Screen Actors Guild
Sage Alia Clemenco
Faculty - Thespian Camp!
Sage is a theater artist and educator with a passion for the places where theater and community intersect. Before returning home to Ithaca, Sage most recently worked as a staff and Ensemble member at Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles, supporting playwrights and communities as they worked together to create moving and meaningful art. As part of her work with Cornerstone, Sage also helped to design and implement curriculum for the Cornerstone Institute and teach for a wide range of students from all over the country. Sage studied Theater at Goucher College and at the MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY.
Guest Teaching Artist - Vocal Jazz Intensive
Dennis Winge is a professional guitarist living in Ithaca, NY who is actively involved in teaching and performing in a variety of musical settings throughout the Finger Lakes.
Before moving to the Finger Lakes in 2012, Dennis Winge was one of the most ubiquitous jazz and pop/rock/soul guitarists in the New York City area and played with musicians who played in bands that featured artists such as Billy Joel, Stan Getz, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Music Awards, and in many countries.
Dennis has studied with some of New York City’s finest guitarists including Jack Wilkins and Ron Parmentier. Some of the names he has played with in the rock world are Clifford Carter (who played Paul Simon, James Taylor), Jon Cobert (who played with John Lennon), and Cheetah Chrome (who played with punk band The Dead Boys). In jazz he has worked with Bill Crow (who played with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan); Gene Bertoncini (who played with Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett); Shunzo Ohno (who played with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock); Bob Meyer (who played with Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie); David Budway (who played with Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Regina Carter).
Faculty - Rising Stars with Miss Angie
Miss Angie Beeler has music in her bones and has not gone a day in her life without a song.
Miss Angie began teaching music to kids in 2003 in Boulder, CO. There Angie successfully completed the Music Together® Training Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey, and taught for Music Together Boulder. After her son's birth in 2007, she began focusing her energies on creating her own curriculum which developed, five years later, into what is now Miss Angie's Music! She started the business in 2012 and since then has happily served hundreds of local families. In addition to her children's music, Miss Angie plays with a number of local musical groups including Arthur B. and The Planetary Mix (Old School New School R&B Soul Groove), The Lynn Wiles Angie Beeler Duo (Brazilian Bossa Nova, Vocal Jazz), Honey Cave (Alyssa Durkensen, Jessie Baldassari, Lora Pendleton), Travis Knapp,Angela Marion (Original America Alt Folk), and others!
Nancy Kelly is an exceptionally gifted jazz singer in a league of her own.The lady was “Born to Swing”, and she means business. Her live performances are legendary. She has earned many awards and enlisted fans from around the globe. In a market place where wispy voices and shallow emotions abound, Ms. Kelly is a breath of fresh air...or should we say, smoky air; she takes us back to the time when jazz – and that includes vocal jazz -- was an authentic expression of real emotion.
Nancy Kelly’s vocal style is a study in phrasing, style and swing. She’s both old school and new. She’s experienced, yet her delivery and ideas are fresh . It takes great jazz chops to do that, and Kelly’s are superb. Always swinging with a joyful vocal sound with an ever-present undercurrent of the blues
Starting at age four in her hometown of Rochester, New York, Nancy studied piano, clarinet, drama and dance with private instructors, and voice at the Eastman School of Music. During her forty-plus year career she has honed her trademark swing/bop take no prisoner’s back-to-the-roots swinging style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad--from Singapore to Switzerland, France, and Turkey to her 3 tours of Japan and a recent tour of Asia including Hong Kong, Bangkok and Jakarta. Nancy appears regularly in New York City including performances at The Blue Note, Birdland and The Rainbow Room and Dizzy’s Jazz club, Lincoln Center. She works frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless jazz clubs, festivals, and symphony orchestra engagements across the country.
Nancy was twice named “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” in the Down Beat Readers’ Poll. She has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs, Her first cd “Live Jazz” reached #11 on the Billboard charts. “Born to Swing” and her 4th cd “Well Alright" feature guest tenor saxophonist, Houston Person. Nancy’s highly acclaimed 5th cd “B That Way” has enjoyed 8 solid weeks in the top 50 on the national JazzWeek charts and is receiving rave reviews world wide!
All of Miss Kelly’s accomplishments and accolades are testament to the fact that a great jazz voice doesn't happen overnight. More than any other instrument the voice gains its resonance and soulfulness from the life experiences of the body that surrounds it. To paraphrase Bird--If you haven't lived it isn't going to come out of your horn. Nancy Kelly has lived it.
She is, in every respect, “The Real Deal”.
Venissa Santi - Guest Teaching Artist
Born in Ithaca NY, trained in jazz in Philadelphia, PA and schooled in sacred/secular music in her ancestral homeland of Cuba, recording artist Venissa Santí traveled a long road to develop her signature singing / arranging style. She is a 2008 PEW Fellow, signed to Sunnyside Records. Her 2009 release Bienvenida and her 2013 release Big Stuff Afro-Cuban Holiday are available on Itunes and received rave reviews. Check out her new electronic EP, 2018 release: Songs with Venissa, which is a collaboration with djpe - Philadelphia-based producer, Paul Edwards.