Staff

Meet our instructors and discover the amazing talents they bring to Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy!


AmyColeAmy Cole

Vocal Instructor
-Thursday Private Vocal Lessons

Ms. Cole is currently performing with Opera Quest Northwest as the Ingenue in “Opera the Great.” A private vocal teacher and manager at Cole Studios in Battle Ground, she has sung roles in several operas including Emmy in Albert Herring and Armchair in L’enfant et les Sortileges with Portland Opera, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Children’s Opera. She has been a featured soloist with the Oregon and Vancouver symphonies, performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Portland State University Chamber Choir and was soprano soloist on the CD On American Shores. In her spare time, Cole enjoys traveling, garage sales and activities with her three children.


briannasehornBrianna Sehorn

Director, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds”

Brianna Sehorn received her BA in Theatre Arts at Vanguard University of Southern California and currently resides in Portland, OR.  She has worked a great deal with Village Players as an actor, director and writer.  She has most recently been seen onstage in the Sandy Actors Theatre productions of Wait Until Dark (Susy) and Steel Magnolias (Shelby).


HayleyHoffmeisterHeadshotHayley Hoffmeister Green

Vocal Instructor & Director
-Monday Private Vocal Lessons
-Musical Theatre Performance Workshop

Hayley Hoffmeister Green received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University.  Not only has she been teaching private voice for the past 9 years in various places in the United States, but is a working performer.  As a performer, she has been on contract several times for Disney Cruise Lines as a mainstage performer and served as the vocal captain onboard.  She has performed in national tours and regional theatres nationwide, serving as vocal captain in this capacity as well.  As a playwright, she has had several projects produced in New York City as well as Washington DC and has had the privilege to work with renowned directors, stage managers, music directors, producers and performers in the performing industry.  Hayley has a deeply embedded passion for the performing arts industry and works hard to instill this same passion in her students.


Kemba Shannon

Dance Instructor
-Adult “Let’s Go”
-Intermediate & Advanced Jazz
-Adult Beginning Ballet/Strength

Kemba Shannon received her BFA from Towson State University and trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,  Martha Graham School,  the Edge, Lula Washington,  Peridance,  and Morgan State University.  She has taught dance classes at UCLA,  Loyola Marymount,  El Camino College and Portland State University among others. Kemba‘s stage credits include: The Lion King (LA cast), The Color Purple (Broadway cast), Cirque du Soleil (Zumanity), Aida and FAME. Kemba‘s ambition and drive have won her world recognition with icons MADONNA (“Drowned World Tour”), PINK (Try This World Tour”), Celine Dion ( Taking Chances World Tour”), RIHANNA (Nike Rockstar World Tour), Kanye West, R. Kelly and FANTASIA just to name a few. Her television credits include: American Dreams (NBC), Oscars (“Chicago” Performance), MTV Music Awards (Pink performance ), the Emmys (Kristin Bell performance), World Music Awards (Kanye West & R. Kelly), NAACP Awards and the Grammy’s. Kemba‘s multifaceted dance style continues to inspire her students to be fierce and dance with their heart and soul.


KristenMunKristen Mun

Stage Combat Instructor & Fight Choreographer,
“The Hobbit”

Kristen Mun has worked as a fight choreographer for over half a dozen theatre companies in the Portland area including Third Rail Repertory, Action Adventure, Profile Theatre, Post5, Milagro, and Anon it Moves. She was the 2015 recipient of the Leslie O. Fulton fellowship has won drammy’s for her work on Danny in the Deep Blue Sea, Oedipus El Rey, and Henry IV Part 1.  Outside of Portland she has worked at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, and was the assistant fight choreographer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 2 seasons (09-10).  She is an officer and a recognized fight instructor with Dueling Arts International.


KristinHellerKristin Heller

Vocal Instructor & Music Director/Choreographer,
“The Phantom Tollbooth Jr”
-Thursday Private Vocal/Piano Lessons
-Musical Theatre Audition
-Rhythm & Pitch

Originally from Ohio, Kristin has been involved both on and off stage since her debut as Mrs. Clause in 2nd grade.  She caught the theatre bug and decided to make it her career.  While in Ohio, she received her Bachelor of Arts and Communications in Theater Arts from Bowling Green State University. She moved from Ohio to Chicago, IL and began working in various theaters across the city.  While in Chicago she was Artistic Director of a non-profit theater company that focused on new play development.

In 2009, she moved to Portland, OR to pursue her Master in Theatre, graduating in 2011. Kristin has apprenticed under world renowned directors such as Tito Capobianco, David Edwards and Elizabeth Bachman. She has worked as Acting, Dance, and Directing faculty for the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach Austria.  She works summers as Acting, Dance and Directing faculty at the Napa Music Festival. This past year she directed Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ with Ping and Wolf Opera in Portland, Or and touring to Hood River, OR.  She also directed ‘My Fair Lady’ with Sherwood Foundation of the Arts.  Recently, she was Choreographer and Actor in Michael Streeter’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Post5 Theater.

Currently, she privately coaches voice, flute, acting, acting for singers, and Public Speaking, as well as, instructs larger Master classes on Auditioning, and Acting. She is also a voiceover actor for audio books. http://kristinheller.com


1901293_10202161010879338_1386193794_nKylie Rose

Acting Instructor
-Accents & Dialect

Kylie Jenifer Rose, an actor, singer, puppeteer, and dialect coach with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University, is currently based in Portland, OR. To enhance her education she spent a year in the UK researching regional English dialects, and has since then dialect coached for numerous local productions, including Defunkt Theatre’s production of “Blasted” by Sarah Kane. After acting for such companies as Leavenworth Summer Theatre, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, her latest project is developing the contemporary theatre company she has co-founded, Crave Theatre.


Morgan Mollahan

Dance Instructor
-Beginning & Intermediate Tap

Bio coming soon.


paulheadshotPaul Angelo

Director, “The Hobbit”

Paul Angelo serves as the associate artistic director of Staged! musical theatre and as a director in residence with defunkt in Portland, Oregon. He holds a BFA in musical theatre from the State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia and an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/ University of Alabama. In 1997 he co-founded the New Ensemble Theatre (TNE) in Manhattan; during his five years as co-artistic director, TNE focused on new plays and the plays of Shakespeare creating three seasons and eleven productions. TNE and its members were the recipient of several awards including an OOBR (Off-off Broadway Review) award for outstanding production for the play Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom (2001) and an invitation to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC for Henry V

Off-off Broadway directing credits includes Hamlet, The Hunger Waltz(part of the NY Fringe Festival 99′) and Henry V. He has also directed productions of Charlotte’s Web and Godspell for The Capitol Arts Youth Theatre in Bowling Green, Ky. He has directed five musicals for Staged!, Les Miserables, which received two Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards (PAMTA) for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Young Performer of the year.  Big River which was also awarded two PAMTAs and the Portland premier of Jason Robert Brown’s 13′  this production was awarded a Drammy for Outstanding Pit Ensemble and four PAMTA nominations including Outstanding Direction. Also, Jason Robert Brown’s Parade  which was nominated for five PAMTAs, including Outstanding Direction, winning the award for Outstanding Ensemble. And Dogfight by Pasek and Paul, four PAMTA nominations including Outstanding Direction. Other Portland directing credits: The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom  by David Zellnik and Blasted by Sarah Kane for defunkt theatre. Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Equivocation, by Bill Cain and Coyote on a Fence by Bruce Graham for Post5 Theatre. Romeo and Juliet for the Portland Actors Conservatory and Ruthless! the Musical for Stumptown Stages. A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel for Artists Repertory Theatre, ART  Paul is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, SDC.

He served as the resident drama instructor at West Sylvan middle school for seven years from 2006 to 2013 where productions included Grease, Godspell, Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, School House Rock Live!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Annie, Hamlet and The Little Mermaid. Other Portland area educational credits include: Into the Woods at Wilson High School.


Paul Cosca HeadshotPaul Cosca

Acting Instructor
-Stock Characters

Paul Cosca received his B.F.A. in acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. While in Chicago he founded Brikenbrak Theatre Project, which produced experimental and premiere works for over half a decade.  He has been director, fight choreographer, sound designer, lighting designer, special effects makeup artist, and of course actor in dozens of productions over the past sixteen years. He is currently the artistic director of The Modern Prometheans, and is very excited to bring his experience to Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy.


rdavisRandy Davis

Dance Instructor
-Musical Theatre Performance Workshop
-Tap Company

Texas born, Randy Andre’ Davis was raised in Germany and then Portland, Oregon. It was in Portland, Oregon that Randy began his dancing ‘career’ when he joined an experimental magnet program within the public school system. “Dancin’ Davis” hasn’t stopped!

Randy has been seen in numerous Broadway shows and National tours throughout his career. One of his favorites  was the colorful Broadway revival of “Guys & Dolls” with Peter Gallagher, Faith Prince, and Nathan Lane where he featured in the Crapshooter Ballet. In “Cats,” Randy performed the challenging and beloved role of Mistoffelles; Noodler the Pirate in Cathy Rigby’s “Peter Pan.” Essential as Dance Captain, Randy assisted in the Broadway production of “All Shook Up.” When theater history was made by the opening of “Harlem Song” at the famed Apollo Theatre, Randy Davis’ name was among the select actors chosen to appear.

In addition to his skills as a dancer, singer and actor, Randy is known for his choreography work. He assisted in the restaging of the National Tour of “All Shook Up” and became the Children’s Director and Stager for the National Tour of “Whistle Down the Wind.” In Japan, Randy choreographed the “Japanese Musical Review” for one of Tokyo’s theaters. Across the country, Randy’s choreography has been in demand by numerous upscale dance studios for the restaging of “Guys & Dolls,” “All Shook Up,” as well as numerous other musicals.

On his first visit to the White House, Randy performed a tap solo at the request of the White House after having seen Randy’s performance in “Hot Mikado.” The second visit was a part of Black History Month celebrations. Randy and the cast of “Harlem Song” were invited to visit and perform in honor of the history of both the show’s content and the Apollo Theatre.


willjohnsonWill Johnson

Acting Instructor & Director,
“The Phantom Tollbooth Jr”
-Monologues
-Scene Study

After graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, William received his BFA in Theatre Education from Western Washington University. Previous favorite roles include Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Dream Curly in “Oklahoma” and Jack Sprat in the national tour of “Jack Sprat Low-Fat World.” William is inspired by both theatre featuring children and theatre for children. He aspires to make a living as a teacher and mentor.


markmartin2Mark Martin

Set Design Instructor

Mark is excited to bring his experience and insight to MPAA for this next season. His theater history began in grade school and continued through college. He has held positions at CYT and other theater companies as Set Designer, Stage rigging engineer, Assistant director and Director, as well as a class instructor. Recent directorial credits would include Cinderella,Great American Tall Tales, Aladdin and HONK! Mark holds an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences from Clark College.


Nathan Robe

Private Vocal Instructor

Nathan received his B.M. in Vocal performance from Pacific Lutheran University. Growing up, he participated in a great deal of musical theatre. He’s been in a wide array of vocal ensembles during his collegiate career, most notably as a singer with PLU’s internationally recognized Choir of the West. Additionally, he took part in the world premiere of Fiery Jade: Cai Yan, a western-style opera of a piece of Chinese history composed by PLU’s Professor of Music Gregory Youtz and Chinese poet Zhang Er.