Students who are participating in the Performance class are encouraged to take an instructional class as well
for further craft and technique skills. After registering - you will receive an email wil additional details including payment schedules.
Please contact Erin Friday, Director of Education at Erin@AmericanaTheatre.org for any questions.
Elementary Show (EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES)
Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7pm
Instructor: Erin Friday
College Prep and Audition Coaching
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8pm
Instructor: Derek Martin
ALL AGES ($40/30 min; $60/45 min; $70/60 min)
We offer lessons in the following:
voice, dance, acting, piano, ukulele, recorder, flute, percussion, beginner violin, music composition
Erin is thrilled to serve on Americana Theatre Company's production team as the Director of Education. In 2002, Erin acquired a degree in elementary Education with a focus on Fine and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College. She has performed with companies such as The Round Barn Theatre, The Comtra Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Gemini Children's Theater and others. Erin has been a board member with Americana Theatre Company since it's opening in 2011.
Sarah Troxler is an active music educator, music director, and pianist throughout the greater Boston area. She earned her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the Longy School of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at Eastern Nazarene College, where she also served as an adjunct music professor.
Ms. Troxler is passionate about community arts programs, having served on staff with the Quincy-based South Shore Performing Artists’ Concert Series, Quincy Summer Singers, Cambridge Summer Opera Company, and as a guest teaching artist for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. She serves as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and adjudicator at various local colleges and voice studios, and is active as a Music Director with multiple theatre companies. Her work as a theatrical and operetta music director has been seen with community and professional companies throughout Boston and New York. From 2010-2018, she served as Minister of Worship at North Street Community Church in Hingham, MA. Her instrumental arrangements of favorite Christmas tunes can be heard on North Street’s album Coming Home, a collaborative instrumental work.
Since 2012, Ms. Troxler has taught in the piano department at South Shore Conservatory (SSC), where she has served as Piano Department Chair since 2018. At SSC, she serves as the primary performance coach for student recitals and competitions for all instruments, accompanist for ensembles and summer programs, performance-lecturer through the Storyteller Series, and visiting musician faculty through SSC’s ImagineArts community partnership program. Additionally, she created and led SSC’s Student Leadership Team for outreach and service, established in 2017.
Ms. Troxler was part of the Mass Cultural Council’s Music Educators & Teaching Artists Fellowship Program from 2018-2020, where she worked to cultivate the voice of youth artists through mentorship and outreach opportunities.
DEREK G. MARTIN
Derek originally hails from Carver, Massachusetts and has been making a living acting, choreographing and directing professionally around the country for the last 15 years. He has performed with notable companies such as Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The York Theatre Company, Musical Theatre of Connecticut, Virginia Musical Theatre, Virginia Stage, The Palace Theatre in Manchester NH, The Broward Stage Door Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre and many others. ATC Credits include Vinnie Di Ruzzio (Lucky Stiff), Aramis (The Three Musketeers), Victor Fleming (Moonlight and Magnolias), Clown 2 (The 39 Steps), Elyot Chase (Private Lives), and Director for ATC’s inaugural production of And Sarah Laughed and choreographer for last season’s Grease. Derek was recently department head for William Jessup University’s B.A. Theatre program in Rocklin, CA and is passionate about telling transformative stories and empowering the next generation of artists.
Born and raised in Boston, Ricardo has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Using his special talents as a dancer, choreographer, performer, actor, comedian, and model, he has single-handedly made a name for himself amongst many of today’s popular artists. Working and performing with artists ranging from Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, NSYNC, En-vogue, Uncle Cracker, and Beyoncé to old school classics like Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang clan and RUN DMC, he has seen it all. From having his choreography featured on Sesame Street to appearing in television advertisements for TJX Corporation and McDonald's, his vast experience in the industry makes him a valuable resource to those he now teaches and mentors.
Ricardo is proud to be one of the main choreographers and developers for the Xbox Kinect video game franchise “Dance Central”. Ricardo’s choreography has also been featured in other video games including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Due to his involvement with these projects and his works being showcased on different platforms of entertainment, Ricardo is now a world renowned choreographer while continuing to be a devoted Hip Hop teacher at Dean College, as well as leading workshops, master classes, and lectures on the performing arts.
Studio Americana is amazing!!! The productions are top notch! It's a wonderful organization that teaches children about theater and the arts. We are lucky to have them as a part of our community...and even luckier to be able to enrich our children's love of theater and acting through such hands on and gifted instruction. My son has been part of several productions and summer camp. He loves them and the instruction he receives and skills he is building are invaluable. Let your imagination roll Studio Americana!!
My daughters, age 14 and 11, have been involved with Studio Americana the last two years and the experiences have been invaluable. They have taken part in elementary and Middle/High School performances. The instructors guide them in all aspects of a stage production. They feel ownership of the whole production as a result, regardless of the role they may have. They have participated in the summer camp program which is very intensive but thoroughly engaging. They have also done classes in musical theater and creating a musical. No matter they are doing, my girls have always enjoyed every minute of the experience. They have gained confidence and broadened their scope of speaking skills as well. Erin and David encourage my girls to work on areas of weakness and help their strengths shine. The resulting productions and showcases never fail to impress. I highly recommend any class Studio Americana offers.
My kids have absolutely loved this summer camp experience! What a wonderful group and great opportunity so close to home!
My daughter age 9 has been involved in Studio Americana and has loved the experience. From summer camp, Page to Stage, to Wizard of Oz, she enjoys working with the Fridays, the other kids, and learning about the theatre process.
The kids are encouraged to work together and help each other build confidence in themselves. My daughter can't wait until the fall program begins.