naperville, Il

Teaching Artists

Music

Alex Lacamoire

Composer and Arranger, HAMILTON, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, IN THE HEIGHTS

Alex Lacamoire has three Tonys and three Grammys for his work on the Broadway musicals Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In The Heights. He won his fourth Grammy producing the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman and received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2018 for his work on Hamilton. In 2019, he won an Emmy award for his work on FX’s “Fosse/Verdon”.

Taylor Dayne

Pop icon with debut single "Tell It to My Heart" in 1987

Taylor Dayne is an American pop icon with a career spanning three decades, Taylor’s groundbreaking debut single “Tell It To My Heart” turned her into an overnight international star in 1987. She followed the smash hit with seventeen Top 20 singles over the course of her three-decade career, including Number Ones “Love Will Lead You Back” “Prove Your Love” and “I’ll always Love You.” Taylor has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide, earned three GRAMMY nominations, an American Music Award, multiple New York Music Awards, received New York Music Hall of Fame honors and ranked as the Number 18 Female Dance artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Teaching Artists

Dance

Jack Sippel

Associate Choreographer, Netflix's "The Prom"

Jack Sippel is a St. Louis native and now resides in New York City. From regional theaters, to touring companies, to Broadway, Jack has had wonderful opportunities to work on groundbreaking new shows. He was just working as the Assistant Choreographer for the original Netflix movie, The Prom, in which he dance captained and was an original cast member of the Broadway company. He was part of the national touring companies of Memphis and Disney’s Newsies, a cast member in Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical movie (available on Disney+) and has performed with many regional theaters across the country such as The MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse and Flat Rock Playhouse.

Keelan Whitmore

Dance soloist with TanzTheater Muenster in Germany

Keelan Whitmore began creative movement classes in the C.A.P.A. program at West Middle School in Rockford, Illinois where he also studied acting, choreography, clarinet, technical theater, and voice.  He went on to train at Rockford Dance Company and later graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1999. As a charter member of the Joffrey Ballet School/New School University, Whitmore continued his training with David Howard, Rebecca Wright, Trinette Singleton, Elanor D’Antuano, and John Magnus.  Whitmore’s choreographic credits include creations with Joffrey Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and B.F.A. Program, Kansas City Ballet Company and School, Quixotic Performance Ensemble, Virginia School of the Arts, Sonia Dawkin’s Prism, and Regional Dance America, which presented him with the National Choreographic Recognition Award in 2005. 

Teaching Artists

Theatre

Stephen Wallem

Actor and singer best known as Thor for seven seasons on "Nurse Jackie"

Stephen Wallem is a SAG Award-nominated actor best known as Thor on the Emmy-winning Showtime series“Nurse Jackie”. He currently can be seen as Winston Robards on “The Resident” (Fox) and Rudy Syndergaard on NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU”. This spring Stephen makes his feature film debut in Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, he attended the CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) program there before before beginning his theatrical career. Stage credits include Pipe Dream (Encores!) Anna Nicole (New York City Opera/BAM) and teaming with Edie Falco for the original cabaret The Other Steve and Edie.

Teaching Artists

Art

Teaching Artists

Industry

Eden Alpert

Daughter of Herb Alpert, the founder of A&M Records

Eden Alpert was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in and around the music industry because of her incredible Grammy Winning legendary father Herb Alpert. As a partner with her father at Vibrato Grill Jazz, she has passionately supported countless charities events and continues to do so as an acting board member at Vista Del Mar Family & Child Services, a non-profit organization which she was adopted through at birth.