Faculty

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Jamie Mcgreevy

Ms. McGreevy holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance from Frostburg State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography program from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida. She has attended master classes with Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse, Mary Anthony, Ethel Winter, Ken Topping, Rennie Harris RHAW and Puremovement, Sean Curran and Jeff Shade. Jamie has studied intensively with Cari Coble, Christina Teague-Mann, Jill Johnson, Jean-Paul Loppo Martinez, Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Laura Greenhalgh, Yaniv Abraham, Steven Caras and Alonzo King. She performed in original choreographies of Dena Rizzo (2002, 2004, 2005) Tommy Alexander (2003), Claire Porter (2003), Zonda-flex (2005), Dara Swisher-Carman (2011), and Shin Park (2011). McGreevy participated in the Play in the Streets art exhibit (2011) and the Jacksonville University Annual MFA Film Festival (2011).

McGreevy has had the honor of performing as a guest artist, teaching Master Classes and judging in Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the island of Curacao. She is currently Coordinator of Dance at Frostburg State University and is the director of the resident performance company.


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Jessica  Seminerio Grapes

Jessica Seminerio is a local artist of the Frostburg/Cumberland area with a BA degree in Theatre and Dance from Frostburg State University with concentrations in Directing and Choreography. She was recently working in the DC/Northern VA area Stage Managing, Choreographing, Performing, Costume Designing, and Teaching for theatres such as Synetic Theatre, Charter Theatre, Young Actors Theatre, RCC Theatre, and ArtistTree Theatre and Dance. While Jessica has a passion for performing, her heart lies in educating and creating awareness in the performing arts. It has been a dream of hers to bring her education and experience to the local community! Jessica is honored and extremely excited to be a part of Mountain City Center for the Arts. While not working in theatre, Jessica co-owns and operates The Vapor Room, an Electronic Cigarette company with her husband. Her most recent theatre credits include: Synetic Theater: Puss in Boots, Front and Centre Stages: Little Mermaid Jr., Charter Theatre: Lie With Me.


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Shelby Herbert

Studied Theatre and Dance at Frostburg State University. She is overjoyed to be joining the team as a teacher, after regularly appearing in MCCA productions. She has performed professionally at The Cumberland Theatre and The National Pike Opry House, and costume designed professionally for Frostburg State University and Frostburg Dance Academy. Shelby taught classes as an assistant to Nicole Mattis for two years at FSU and has been giving private acting and voicework lessons for the past three years. While Shelby loves performing, her heart lies with the students and is tickled to be starting her new adventure at MCCA!


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Amy Milligan

Amy Milligan is a dancer and choreographer, with backgrounds in most forms of dance including contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. Amy has been dancing since the age of seven and has danced with the FSU Dance Company for four years. She has also worked with some notable dancers and choreographers including Rennie Harris of Rennie Harris RHAW and Pure Movement (a professional hip hop dance company based in Philadelphia). She is very excited to continue her work with MCCA and teach some new classes!


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Michaela Linn-Hale

Michaela is delighted to join MCCA this fall. Being the Director of Choirs and Performing Arts Director at Mountain Ridge High School, Michaela recently earned a Master of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory. Michaela is also a proud music alum from Frostburg State University. While being a teacher for Allegany County, Michaela was pivotal in bringing musical theatre back to the Frostburg high school. Her choirs have consistently received superior ratings in the county choral festivals. Her Concert Choir has been selected to sing at Walt Disney World in November and has a standing invitation to sing the National Anthem for the Altoona Curve. Michaela has been a guest adjudicator for Washington County Public Schools and will be the guest senior high choral director for the Washington County Choral Festival this October. In recent years, Michaela has been in the role of director for many productions, however, she is no stranger to the stage herself. Some of her favorite roles and shows include: Mother Abyss (Sound of Music), The Emcee (Cabaret), Aldonza and Antonia (Man of La Mancha) Nancy (Oliver). Michaela had the honor of being named Teacher of the Year for Allegany County for the 2008-2009 school year.


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Jacob Davis

Jacob Davis is a student at Frostburg State University getting his degree in secondary education with hopes to eventually teach high school history. Jacob has always had a love for music since he was little, and in the fourth grade he picked up his first instrument, the trumpet. Sometime during middle school, when Jacob was a “rebellious” pre-teen, he picked up the bass guitar and feel in love with it and has been playing now for 8 years. Jacob played bass for the Fort Hill High School Jazz Band and won the Louis Armstrong award two years in a row. He hopes that through MCCA, he can inspire his students and spread the joy of playing a musical instrument.


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Krysten Gutrich

Krysten Gutrich is a senior at Frostburg State University. She is Majoring in Liberal Studies specializing in dance. She is also studying costume design to assist her in her dreams of creating her own plus size clothing line. She has been dancing for 15 years and still aspires to continue her journey. Starting at the age of 7 she began classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, poms, and lyrical. After a few years of training she joined a competitive dance company and competed in the tap and hip hop categories until she entered high school. She then attended Frederick Douglass High School where she studied mostly poms, band dancing, and jazz. She began competing again in her senior year in the hip hop and poms categories. She was the choreographer/ director of the Melwood Elementary School Dance Team. This team included 20 young girls in the 6th grade with a variety of skill levels from beginners to experience gymnasts. The team traveled around the county with multiple performances and had their first recital in June of 2013. She continued leading this team until she graduated. She is now continuing her studies in dance here in Frostburg as a member of the Dance Company and the Captain of the newest dance team on campus, the Strutters Dance Team! While she may not know where her journey through the dance world may take her, she remains hungry for improvement in her art.


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Katie Benson

Katie Benson is thrilled to be joining the MCCA team as a teacher. She is currently a junior at Frostburg State University, studying Mass Communication with a focus in Video Production. Katie has been performing since the age of three in numerous productions. She has performed with Cumberland Theatre, Front & Centre, Apple Alley Players, Hen House Dinner Theatre, Maryland Theatre Arts Company, and the MCCA performance group. Some of her favorite roles include Crissy(Hair), Eponine(Les Miserables), Joanie(Happy Days), and Virtue(Anything Goes). Katie is very excited to start teaching her new students and is thankful for this opportunity.


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Mary Ranker*

Mary Ranker received her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with emphasis in music and communications from Frostburg State University in May of 2008. From the age of 8 all the way throughout her college career, Mary studied with local piano instructor, Betty Hadidian. Mary majored in both piano and trumpet while studying at FSU, and began teaching private lessons in both instruments at the age of 19. Currently, Mary works with international students and has continued to teach piano lessons throughout the growth of her family and career.  *Master Class Instructor


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Sarah Polkabla

Sarah Polkabla is thrilled to begin her third year as a teacher at MCCA. She is so excited that she found a home studio away from home. She is a junior at Frostburg State University studying Computer Science and Cyber Security with a minor in dance. She has been dancing for seventeen years and teaching for five. She has performed with American Repertory Ballet, Princeton Ballet School, Ballet Magnificat!, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chesapeake Ballet Company, The Dance Academy, LLC, and The Carter School of Dance. She has taught with The Dance Academy, LLC and now MCCA. She looks forward to teaching dance again this year with the students of MCCA.


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Jacki Dixon

Jacki Dixon is thrilled to be returning to the Frostburg area and is honored to join the energetic team at Mountain City Center for the Arts. She studied Theatre Directing and Production at FSU and has spent the last ten years working at both community and professional theatres in the Annapolis area. She has directed and stage-managed more than 30 area productions, including serving as Assistant Director for the Ruby Griffith Award-winning production of Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself). Jacki has also been the Program Director for Spalding Theatre Productions at Archbishop Spalding High School for the last five years, a position that included directing the school plays and instructing Improv and Audition workshops. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with the MCCA students and to the adventures we will have together!


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Alex Serrano

Alex Serrano is thrilled to be joining MCCA. His passion for the performing arts started when he was 9 in a Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. He was mentored by the late JoAnn Stangel and trained with her throughout the rest of his career at Bishop Walsh. Alex is currently a senior at Frostburg State University majoring in Law and Society and Theatre with a focus in acting. He has been seen in several of the department’s most recent productions including performing in FSU’s Dance Company. Alex is currently apart of the MCCA Professional Company and is excited to help spread the joy of performing with all of MCCA’s current and prospective students.


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JW Myers

JW Myers is a seasoned veteran of the Los Angeles independent film arena, with a broad depth of experience in nearly every production capacity. His skill set ranges from directing, producing, executive producing, writing, acting, teaching, editing, production coordination, office management, and production accounting.

For Route 40 Films, he recently directed and produced the feature “A Christmas Tree Miracle” and “The Pledge” in partnership with Flyover Films in Wheeling, WV. “The Pledge” is distributed by BMG and frequently runs on the Daystar Network, and “A Christmas Tree Miracle” currently completed its second successful holiday season airing frequently on the UP Network. Both films are available on DVD, and in various on-demand and streaming formats. Prior to Route 40 Films, he produced, composed, edited, and directed nearly 100 films for ReelMovieKids.com. He also co-founded AWEtism Productions, where he created an autism awareness DVD, “The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach Volume I: It Doesn’t Have to be This Hard.”

In two decades of life in Los Angeles, he appeared in numerous television and independent film projects over the years, including “Live Shot”, “America’s Most Wanted”, and “Angels Among Us.” In between film projects, JW runs an acting school, Route 40 Classes, where he keeps his skills sharp by teaching film acting to adults, teenagers, and children.

He also teaches film acting for teens at MCCA (Mountain City Center for the Arts) in Frostburg. He has also taught at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the Dee Wallace Stone Acting Studio in Los Angeles, in addition to directing and performing with several traveling improvisational groups, playing such venues as The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Ice House.

JW holds a B.A. in Theatre from Frostburg State University in Maryland, and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in California. He currently resides in Frostburg, Maryland with his wife and two young children.