Adam Gilbert music director-voice instructor/songwriting/piano
Adam Gilbert is the Music Director of the Arts Academy as well the Youth and Contemporary Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church. He received his BA in music from the University of Miami in media writing and composition with a focus in voice and piano, and a minor in music business. As a voice, piano, and songwriting teacher for the last 15 years, Adam has seen his students excel in their professional performing and education careers. He teaches all styles including Classical, Broadway, Pop, and Jazz. Prior to serving the Central Presbyterian Church, he was the Music Director at Vernon United Methodist Church for 8 years. His latest teaching accomplishment includes one of his long-time voice students landing the part of Fionna on the Shrek national tour.
As a performer and producer Adam has released 3 albums, 2 of them receiving 5 stars on itunes and national press with the biggest feature being on FUSE TV in 2013. His songs have been played on national radio and also has an artist channel on Pandora radio. As a producer/mixer he has a variety of works that range from mixing for a PBS documentary to engineering and mixing for Broadway star Mara Davi. (Dames as Sea, Chorus Line, Blue bloods, Smash) He is honored to be a part of Central Arts Academy as a teacher and director.
Kathryn Lang, voice instructor/beginning piano
Mezzo-Soprano Kathryn Lang has performed in opera houses and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, including New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Austin Lyric Opera, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Ballet, Waco Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, Chatham Opera, Luxembourg, and toured nationally with San Francisco Opera. She has performed such roles as Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, Flora in La Traviata, Maddelena inRigoletto, Prince Orlofskyin Die Fledermaus, Dorabella in Cosí Fan Tutte, Sattirino in La Calisto, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Komponist inAriadne auf Naxos as well as a finalist in the Sylvia Getszy International Coloratura Competition in Luxembourg.
Kathryn holds a Master's of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Lamar University. While in Bloomington she studied voice with world renowned Soprano, CostanzaCuccaro. She continued post graduate studies on full scholarship at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. Additional Credits include the world premiere of The Man with the Blue Guitar with the Manhattan Contemporary Music Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and the world premiere of Gauchito and the Pony with the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
She has maintained an active voice studio since 2002. Previously, Kathryn taught as an Affiliate Artist at Drew University, Associate Instructor of Voice for Indiana University, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child and The Armstrong School of Music. She holds memberships in the National Association of Teachers of Singing and American Guild of Musical Artists. Kathryn is dedicated to helping students build a solid vocal technique that can be applied to all genres.
Susie Wall, acting
Susie has worked extensively in Regional Theatres, Film, TV & Radio. In St Louis she has worked at The Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival, Stages, Insight Theatre, Hotcity, Stray Dog and The New Jewish Theatre. She has performed Regionally at The Cincinnati Playhouse in “Voice of the Prairie” & “Inherit the Wind”. Most recently she played Dr. Ruth Westheimer in “Becoming Dr. Ruth” in Kansas City and played Alice B. Toklas in “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” at Bluff City Theatre in Hannibal. She received a 2009 Kevin Kline Award for “Grace and Glorie” at Insight Theatre. Her film credits include Saving Shiloh, Ghost Image, Doubting Tom, Sophie and the soon to released, Grandmother’s Murder Club. For Television she has a reoccurring role as the Mayor’s Assistant on NCIS New Orleans. She has worked extensively in Voice-Overs for network /regional TV & radio. She founded her own company called PLay it Forward, an Acting Studio for kids through adults. She has been a Professor for 27 years in the Conservatory at Webster University in St. Louis. .
Walker Joyce, Acting
Walker Joyce grew up in New Providence and now lives in Chatham. He earned a B.A. in English, then began a 40-year career in Show Business. As a New York-based actor he performed in the city and across the country, most notably in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical BIG RIVER, Roger Miller’s take on HUCKLEBERRY FINN, playing the villainous “King.” During the national tour, Time magazine’s Pulitzer Prize winning critic William Henry wrote an essay entitled “How Does Broadway Play in Peoria?,” and praised his performance thusly: “ As a scalawag conman, Walker Joyce malevolently out-performs his antecedents.”
Another signature role is Benjamin Franklin in several productions of 1776, a part he can’t out-grow and he hopes to play again! After a spell in Los Angeles pursuing movies and television, Walker moved home to New Jersey and founded The Bickford Theatre, an Equity company now in its 23rd season. As the first Artistic Director, he produced 28 shows in 6 years, directing 10 and appearing in 5. They won numerous awards, including 3 consecutive Best Play of the Year citations in the Star Ledger’s annual survey.
In recent years, Walker served in executive positions for the Opera at Florham and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He continued to appear on other local stages, including NJ Rep, Luna and 12 Miles West. Nowadays, he’s a freelance director, writer and consultant. As the Showcase Magazine Arts columnist, he continues to keep a sharp eye on performances and trends here and around the country. Walker is also a life-long history buff, with a particular interest in the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers. He’s forever chagrined at how New Jersey’s rich legacy has never been properly taught or even preserved by the state, as his “Milestones” column in the Showcase has shown.