Faculty

Kasie Cavanagh | Founder

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Kasie Cavanagh has over 20 years of experience in teaching performance and visual arts, both privately and in the classroom. She has her A.A in Early Childhood Education and B.A in Family Life Education from the American Military University. Her musical theatre education started early in life on Long Island NY, where she was born into a family of Julliard Graduates! It was a natural progression for her to transition from performing to teaching! She has taught most recently at St. Cecelia School prek – 8th grade as the resident Music/Drama Teacher. She stepped away from the classroom to open the NYStage Theatre! You can find her in the summer time teaching Teen Mural in Dunedin at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.  

Her Professional credits include: The Forrestburge Playhouse Summer Stock, Disney’s MGM Studios Entertainment, Disney’s EPCOT A Sharp Singers, Universal Studios Mardi Gras Parade Dancer/Tumbler as well as Promotional Television Commercials for both companies. She has been a talent judge for the StarWalk Beauty Pageant, instructed Florida Citrus/Capitol One Bowl Cast Members for over 10 years, worked with the Broadway Theatre Project and is a former Faculty Dance Instructor at the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall. 

She is an Award Winning Choreographer/Vocal/Acting Coach at both national and international performing arts competitions. Accolades include: Gold - Platinum Awards, Top/High Score Awards, Entertainment Awards, Special Judges Awards, Costume and Spirit Awards. Students have been selected for Access Broadway Scholarships, Access Broadway Star Award and more! 

Her students have gone on to A.M.D.A (NYC), A.A.D.A (NYC), Disney (Orlando), Universal Studios (Orlando) as well as Various MTV Video Dancers, Television (Malcolm in the Middle, Boston Public), Movies (Fast and the Furious II) - just to name a few.  

Her main objective is to support and encourage all students to succeed.

Ms, Kasie looks forward to the evolution of NYSTAGE as we grow and collaborate!  The Arts should be shared!

She thanks her Husband, a wonderful man in the United States Military, for his support over the years in her crazy theatrical adventures! XO

Tim Mathews | Executive Director

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Timothy Mathews holds an M.Ed from Concordia University. Tim has a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theater and History.  Tim has studied under Ed Kelly, Patricia Crotty and Stephanie Masterson of Florida School of the Arts. His education credits include; Stanislavski, Meisner, and Uta Hagen Acting methods, music theory, piano, tap, jazz, modern and ballet. He specializes in audition preparation and has written a book published by Amazon titled; Audition; A simple guide to a successful Audition. He has worked with Local dinner theater and traveling children's theater in Florida, West Virginia and Georgia. He has worked as a Casting Assistant for ABC out of Los Angeles and has been represented by Louise's People, Level Model and Talent, and Benz Model and talent. Tim and his family own 2nd Stage Entertainment and the Mystery Theatre Cabaret in Clearwater Florida.  Timothy has joined Ny Stage Arts as the CEO and Executive Director for the theatre arts programs. He is thrilled to be working with Kasie Cavanagh and will be working to build and expand the amazing opportunities that await in the arts! 

  

Timothy Mathews 

2nd Stage Entertainment L.L.C

Executive Director/ Owner 

PHONE: 727-277-6953

EMAIL: 2ndstage77@gmail.com 

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Chris Liddell | Guest Instructor

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Chris Liddell was first trained as an actor in plays, then as a singer  in musicals. “Then I was hired as Snoopy in You're a Good Man Charlie  Brown, which was a full-on dance role. I didn't know a plié from a squat  at that time  but the choreographer saw and used my natural abilities.  From there I started formal training in ballet, jazz and tap. The rest  is history!”  Christopher recently directed and choreographed the 12 annual “All You Need is Love” Gala for the prestigious performing arts center, Ruth Eckerd Hall, alongside legendary Broadway producer Zev Buffman. As resident choreographer there, his productions of “Bye Bye Birdie” and the musical revue, “Broadway Bound” were a hit! Before that he was Artist in Residence at Tampa Ballet Theatre for the 2015/16 season where he danced the Principal role of Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to raucous acclaim and premiered several works. Christopher has taught at Steps on Broadway NYC, Yale University, Harkness Dance Center, Cecchetti Council of America, and privately for many Broadway and Ballet dancers. Christopher is also an ABT certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. TimeOut New York magazine says “Christopher Liddell exudes plenty of energy, making [his] class a total blast.”

Pegg Winter | Instructor

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Hailed by critics as soulful singer, adult contemporary Diva PEGG WINTER, brings all the energy, vocal power, range and emotional intensity of her live performances, classical training and theatrical background, (THE LAST SESSION, NINE, TOMMY et. Al) to her debut CD "SOUTH FOR THE WINTER"; a heartfelt collection of the world beat driven pop music celebrating the migration of spirit! Originally from Kansas, Ms. Pegg moved to NYC and traveled across the country performing professional musical theatre. Ms. Pegg dedicates time to FREE THROWS FOR AIDS, Forthe last 10 years have been working with Wayne Cesa in inner city schools in NJ educating the students on Aids awareness. She currently resides in Pinellas County and teaches at Ruth Eckerd Hall. 


A Note from Ms. Pegg:
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Pegg Winter. I have performed for over half my life. Growing up in Kansas on a farm my dream was to get to NY/ Broadway. I never stopped singing... My dream came true when I was cast in the Broadway and National Tour of NINE. I continued to work off Broadway Cabarets, Regional, Dinner Theater workshops and recordings for the next 33 years. After almost 2000 performances I moved to Florida. I have 2 amazing boys now men and graduates. They are my life...and so proud we made it to Florida. Great shows great experiences. And now teaching kids .... I've been teaching for over 25 years as well. I teach...Piano. Singing, Breath Control, Audition techniques Song Selection and performance. Ms. Pegg will be accepting students, male and female, all ages and abilities for vocal lessons at NY*Stage. 

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C.A.S.T

Cultivating Arts and Students Together

Love theatre? Need community service credits for school? Volunteer with  NY*Stage Productions C.A.S.T program.  C.A.S.T gives students the opportunity to get an in-depth learning experience that satisfies their passion while fulfilling their needs. The core of this program puts you right in the action! REQUIREMENTS:  

  • school student ages 13-19
  • have parental permission
  • complete and submit application 
  • commit to at least one performance
  • attend audition session

BENEFITS:  

  • 2 free tickets for the current production
  • Production t-shirt
  • earn community service and volunteering credits

Lots of exciting things are happening at NY*STAGE! Shows, youth classes and special projects involve many people making the magic happen. Whether your talents lie onstage, backstage, in the office, or any of the numerous other volunteer positions we must fill, we think you'll find that NY*Stage is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!   


Contact us for application information: nystagearts@aol.com

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