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Meet the Staff

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Courtney Sarre

Artistic Director

Courtney Page Sarre, is originally from Toronto Canada. Since 1995, her training and career have been focused on working with children and teens, developing them to become the best

version of themselves, regardless of their personal circumstances. Her early experience as an artist  includes studying theater at Douglas Anderson School for the Arts in Jacksonville, which propelled her to work as a live performer with The Walt Disney Company. Upon graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in Children’s Theater at the College of Charleston she established the Musical Theater School for Washington D.C.'s Ballet Petite. There, she produced performances for "The White House Easter Egg Roll" two years in succession. In 2007 Courtney, returned to Mount Pleasant where she co-founded the Musical Theatre Center. Under her direction, their students went on to achieve national recognition for their performance skills. In 2018 Courtney struck out on her own to found the Charleston Academy of Musical Theatre (The Academy), with the goal of developing three key skills among all she works with. Their mantra is to ensure that no child who wants to train will be turned away. Courtney dedicated to the belief that all children have talent waiting to be awakened and is determined to provide theatrical development in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. In addition to her professional work, Courtney Sarre is a wife and mother of two with a deep commitment to the Charleston community. She is an active community organizer and an advocate for the arts and special education for dyslexic children in our school system.

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Diana Flaherty

Music Director/Vocal Coach

Formerly an opera singer of international renown, Diana Flaherty has been recognized for the ‘exceptional beauty” of her voice and the “expressive and dramatic” quality of her portrayals. The soprano’s career has encompassed the demanding title roles of Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot, as well Verdi’s Leonora in Il Trovatore, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Luisa in Luisa Miller,  Lina in Stiffelio, Desdemona in Otello, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Nedda in I Pagliacci, and Micaëla in Carmen. Ms. Flaherty has frequented the regional opera houses of the United States, Europe and Hong Kong. In addition to opera, Ms. Flaherty has performed extensively in concert with New York Grand Opera Orchestra in New York City’s Central Park, Cleveland Suburban Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Opera Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony among others. She is honored to have been selected to record a solo CD of operatic selections from Verdi and Puccini in Krakow, Poland’s with the renowned Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon receiving the Lys D’or Award in Paris, France, Ms. Flaherty performed a solo operatic recital with concert pianist Yuri Boukoff in Paris. Ms. Flaherty is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Jerome Hines’ esteemed Opera Music Theater Institute. She is very fortunate to have studied and worked with some of the industry’s most respected vocal teachers and coaches, among them Jerome Hines, Thomas LoMonaco and Jerome LoMonaco. In addition to her vocal training, Ms Flaherty studied acting with Actor’s Studio  luminaries Robert Lewis, Charles Kakatsakis and Carol Rosenfeld. Since retiring from the stage to raise her daughter, Ms. Flaherty has maintained an active and successful private vocal studio. Her students have been the recipients of national awards of recognition, college scholarships and are regularly admitted to leading leading musical theater programs in colleges and conservatories nationwide. She has a great passion to develop the full potential of her students, and feels blessed to impart the breadth of her professional experience and training to her students.

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Michelle O'Donnel

Director of Operations

Michelle has a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary's University.  She was Southern Region Export Manager in the steamship industry before getting married and becoming a mom to two wonderful children. She got involved with fundraising for their school early in their education and held many volunteer positions, eventually becoming the Home and School Association President of Christ Our King - Stella Maris School. Michelle began working as Director of Operations for Charleston Academy of Musical Theater in it's inaugural year, and enjoys working with the instructors and Courtney to grow the company.

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Kimberlee Ferreira
Director/Choreographer

Director, Choreographer, dance teacher, Mom and mentor. Kimberlee was the resident choreographer at the Greenville Theatre for the last 24 seasons before moving to Mount Pleasant, SC.  She has also directed and choreographed shows for the South Carolina children's theatre, Bob Jones University, Centre Stage, The Younts Center, Mill Town Players, Artios Academy, and numerous High Schools to name a few.  A dance teacher with over 40 years of experience, Kimberlee has also had the privilege of teaching and directing many awards winning competition dance teams and students to national dance titles and Broadway and tour contracts.

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Kailey Jones 
Audition Coordinator/Teacher 

Kailey Jones is an actor, singer, dancer, advocate, and world-traveler. Kailey has been working professionally, regionally, and educationally across the United States for the last 10 years in a vast variety of venues including the Tivoli Theatre (Chattanooga, TN), Lied Center (Lincoln, NE), Garden Theatre (Winter Garden, FL), Straz Center (Tampa, FL), Syracuse Stage (Syracuse, NY) and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando, FL). Kailey is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Musical Theatre (2021) who has recently relocated to the Charleston, SC area for a taste of the low country and further theatrical opportunities within the United States' southeastern region.

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Brenten Weeks
Interim Production Supervisor, Teacher

Mr. Brenten Weeks is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Lucy Garrett Beckham High School, as well as the Director of Color Guard - Winter Guard (LBHS Marching Band).  Mr. Weeks received his Masters of Arts in Teaching - Performing Arts Choral Music Education from The College of Charleston were he is an Adjunct Professor of Music.

He is currently teaching CAMT's Acting & Improv class, as well as working with CAMT's Performance Companies.

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Kelsey O'Donnel 
Assistant Stage Manager

Kelsey has been assisting Charleston Academy of Musical Theatre's Performance Companies since it's inception in 2019.  She was Stage Manager for CAMT's production of Seussical Kids and Assistant Stage Manager for CAMT productions of Mean Girls Jr, The Music Man Jr, Matilda Jr, The Little Mermaid Jr, Legally Blonde Jr, and Annie, Jr.  She also assists with classes, workshops and summer camps at CAMT. Her passion is working behind the scenes, but Kelsey was also a performer with CAMT's Teen Performance Company, where she has performed in James & the Giant Peach, Jr., High School Musical, Jr., Spring Extravaganza 2021, Frozen, Jr., and Into the Woods, Jr

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Addison Key
Assistant Stage Manager, Teen Company

Addison Key performed with Charleston Academy of Musical Theatre for 3 years, appearing in High School Musical Jr., Frozen Jr., Music Man Jr., and Legally Blonde Jr. During these years, she also assisted with their Summer Camps and worked backstage during Elementary and Junior Performance Company shows. This sparked her interest in stage managing and created a passion for working behind the scenes, most recently working on Shrek the Musical, Jr and Grease: School Version. She loves working with all the amazing instructors and students at CAMT. Additionally, Addison is a sophomore and honor student at Lucy Beckham High School, where plays rugby and enjoys robotics and engineering. 

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Natasha Nast 

Choreographer

Natasha Nast, a Baltimore, Maryland native, began her training in ballet, jazz, and tap at the age of 2 and went on to dance competitively until high school when she began her formal training in ballet and modern at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Russian Ballet Academy of
Maryland. Upon graduation, Natasha joined the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as a graduate student where she was one of the few dancers selected from the program to perform numerous company roles in a variety of full length classics choreographed by Marius Petipa (restaged by Terrence Orr), Derek Deane, and Anna-Marie Holmes as well as other works by choreographers, George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Dwight Rhoden, Harald Lander, and Lew Christensen. Aside from her work with the company, Natasha performed principal roles in Graduate Program productions and various outreach performances including a series of performances alongside Grammy Award winning recording artist, Daya, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Natasha spent four years dancing in Pittsburgh prior to moving to Charleston in 2017 where she is currently dancing as a company member with the Palmetto City Ballet and Unbound Ballet Project.

 

Natasha is experienced in teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary, and more to students ranging in age from toddler, to pre-professional teen, to adult. Alongside teaching daily classes, she specializes in setting classical repertoire, choreographing original pieces, and preparing students for competitions and company and college auditions. Natasha is thrilled to be working with the Charleston Academy of Musical Theatre this summer and looks forward to continuing on in the coming school year.

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Gillian Richard
Teacher

Gillian Richard has studied dance since the age of two and trained in musical theatre under the Direction of Courtney Sarre for eight years. For the past four years she has taught, choreographed and directed at several local studios. Gillian is also a seasoned veteran of the stage, with local performance credits including Elle (Legally Blonde), Arista (Little Mermaid), and Kim (Bye Bye Birdie). She received the Outstanding Female Performer at the international Junior Theatre Festival, was a member of the first touring cast of Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight and recently performed with Kristin Chenoweth. She has performed professionally with Charleston Stage for three seasons and was dance captain for two shows. She is currently a student at Amherst College majoring in economics and training in dance under the direction of Jenna Riegel.

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Angelina Bartolozzi
Choreographer

Angelina Bartolozzi is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, she trained with Maxine’s Dance Studio LLC. and the Vineland Regional Dance Company (VRDC), spending summers training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Burklyn Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. 

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Arts Management. 

In addition to her dance training and performing, Angelina is also an active teacher and choreographer. She has taught classes, workshops, and festivals throughout the Northeastern United States in all styles to all age groups. Her focus on progressing dance education standards across the country, particularly on improving proper anatomical, kinesiological, socio-cultural, and mental health education within dance education settings. 

She also continues to choreograph throughout the Northeastern United States; she has had eight works premiere with the VRDC since 2014. Her work, Run, was chosen to close the Emerging Choreographers Showcase Performance at the Regional Dance America Northeast Festival in 2016, making her the youngest choreographer in the organization to do so. In May of 2022 Angelina’s work, Wake Up, was performed as a full-performing work for the Regional Dance America Northeast Festival. Angelina is passionate about physical fitness and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Angelina is ecstatic to begin the next chapter of her life in Charleston, South Carolina where she will be a teacher on staff at numerous dance studios in the area. Angelina is also elated to be dancing in her first season with Palmetto City Ballet.

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