Count Basie Theatre
The Count Basie Theatre’s educational mission is to provide a foundation of cultural enrichment to students of all ages and economic levels. These efforts include arts instruction and coursework, plus unique programs like professional development for teachers and bus-in programs for students in underprivileged school districts. The theatre’s Education and Outreach Programs and its faculty aim to offer an ever-changing suite of programming designed to enrich the Count Basie Theatre community as a whole.

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Phone: 732-224-8778 x 125
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

Our Professional Staff

Yvonne Lamb Scudiery - Yvonne is the Director of Education for the Count Basie Theatre. She is an accomplished choreographer for ballet, musical theatre, opera, a registered teacher with the RAD, London and an adjunct teacher at Brookdale Community College. Yvonne has taught for over 35 years, combining her knowledge of dance and acting techniques with her superior coaching skills. This has enabled many of her students to advance to successful professional careers.

Bruce Gallipani - Bruce is a seasoned drum pro having performed in the U.S. and abroad with several rock-n-roll touring outfits since the late seventies. He is the founder and director of Rockit! For Kids, a dedicated live-performance program for kids ages 8-16. As a teacher, he not only imbues his students with proper technique but also emphasizes the importance of group interaction and community involvement.

Samantha Giustiniani - Samantha holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Kean University. She is currently working with high school students at the Union County Academy of Performing Arts and Kean University’s Department of Theatre. Having previously spent many years teaching theatre and music to pre-school aged children she has a specialty in creating early childhood theatre and music programs.

Kate Havel - Kate holds a B.A. in Art Education from Kean and an M.A. in Dance Movement from Wesleyan. She is a dancer / actress / singer (SUGAR and ZORBA off-Broadway) and has many dinner theater, nightclub, summer stock and children’s theater roles to her credit. A former member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, and AFTRA, Kate studied at HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in NYC. She recently retired from full time teaching.

Joan Kilcommons - Joan holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts. She is currently teaching Reader’s Theatre, Creative Dramatics and Musical Theatre to the children in the Red Bank Borough Schools as part of our Educational Outreach Program.

Corey Andrew Markowitz - Corey has been performing professionally across the United States for the last decade. As a graduate of the NYFA: Musical Theatre Conservatory, he has studied voice and acting under numerous Broadway Veterans including Kristy Cates, VP Boyle, and Deidre Goodwin. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who continues to play over 150 shows a year with his tribute band, Nine Deeez Nite. With several Off-Broadway and NYC credits also on his resume, he shares his invaluable versatility with all of his students.

Margot T. McCray Gough - Prior owner of MTM Dance Factory in Atlantic Highlands, has taught and choreographed for many dance institutions throughout NJ, dance competitions, benefits and special events. Margot's dance training includes Red Bank Regional Vocational Performing Arts, Governor's School of the Arts of NJ, SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory and Montclair State University where she majored in dance. She continued her dance education in NYC and was selected as a NBA NJ Nets Dance Team member. She has appeared on MTV and danced for such artists as Gloria Gaynor, George Lamond and Duane Harding. In the fitness world, Margot has taught Dance Cardio for over 10 years. She is Zumba and Zumba Gold certified and has recently done fitness videos for 

Vincent Mottern - Vincent received a B.A. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and is currently a chorus director and music teacher for Knollwood School in Fair Haven. He is a multi-talented musical theatre director, musician, composer and performer.
Robin Oddo - Robin holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Monmouth University and has numerous stage and television acting credits. Her passion for acting has led to the development of the Black Box performance space and the New Perspectives Acting Troupe. She loves teaching and inspiring her students through improvisation, script performance and character development.

Michael O'Keeffe - Michael has been performing improv comedy professionally for the past 20 years. One of his first gigs was with the Sak Theatre Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida with troupe mates Wayne Brady (Who’s Line Is It Anyway?) Jonathan Magnum (Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza), and Aaron Shure (producer/writer-Everybody Loves Raymond). He is the Creative Director of Improv Jam Comedy Lab in Red Bank. Michael holds B.A. in Education from Villanova; M.A. in Education from Monmouth University and as his “day job” is a reading specialist in the Wall Township School System.
Melanie Taylor - Melanie has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of theatre, and for the past 12 years has shared her knowledge as a teacher at Raritan High School. She is an accomplished and award winning director, stage manager, and makeup artist. Melanie is the Vice-President of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League, and is the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the St. John's Community Playhouse in Hazlet, currently in its 5th season.

Marjorie Enerson - Marjorie received her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Montclair State University and also studied abroad for 6 months at Middlesex Polytechnic in England.  She created and implemented the Performing Arts curriculum for Monmouth Academy (formerly known as Lakewood Prep) from 2004 to 2011.

Bradley Mott - Bradley Mott has been working in the Theatre, Television, Film, and commercials over the past 30 years. His film and television work includes: The Accidental Tourist, The Applegates, Stranger than Fiction, Mildred Pierce for HBO, Roseanne, A Different World, and ER. He recently finished filming on the new Cohen Brothers picture Inside Llewyn Davis. Bradley has taught for over 30 years at Columbia College, Northwestern University in Chicago, Monmouth University, and NYC’s prestigious CAP21.

Joe Muccioli - Joe Muccioli is an internationally known conductor, producer, orchestrator and musicologist. Muccioli is co-founder and artistic director of Jazz Arts Project, Inc. and its flagship ensemble the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra. He is conductor and music director for actor/entertainer Joe Piscopo, and has conducted major symphonies and jazz orchestras throughout the world, including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the BBC Big Band. Joe has worked with hundreds of musical artists and entertainers and has himself been featured on TV and radio.

Christopher Tomaino - Chris is a local actor and educator. He holds a B.A. in Speech/Communications/Theatre from Monmouth University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University. He has been an adjunct instructor at Brookdale Community College for the past 10 years as well as being the Musical Theatre Coordinator for the Somerset County Performing Arts Program for six years, creating and running the first curricular Musical Theatre program in the state of NJ.

Diane Fox - Diane holds a B.M. in Voice from Kent State. Diane is an Internationally acclaimed vocalist, who has won over critics worldwide with her compelling performances in the dramatic Mezzo-Soprano repertoire. She is an active member of Equity and AGMA. Her unparalleled expertise as a teacher and coach has enabled her students to garner apprenticeships at professional opera companies and to win countless awards.

Dorothy Sikora - Dorothy Sikora is a professional Pianist, Guitarist, Harpist and Vocalist with over 30 years of experience. She is a Joy of Music franchise owner, a drummer and certified Health Rhythms practitioner.

David Leidholdt - David's teaching experience spans 25 years, including the Professional Performing Arts School, The Actors Institute in New York City, & Stagedoor Manor. He is presently the Artistic Director for American Family Theatre and was a founding producer for The New York Musical Theatre Festival, and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. His original plays include Circle based on La Ronde and Twin Studies (winner Off-Off Broadway Review Award). David is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
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Joe Cantaffa - Joe is an instructor for the Entertainment Technology program in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (F.P.A.C.) at Howell High School in New Jersey. He teaches music production and operates the school’s student-operated record label, Next2Records. Cantaffa is a member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Music Educators’ Association and serves as the production manager and coordinating chairman for its All-State Chorus/Orchestra/Jazz programs. He presents in-service workshops and lectures around the country regarding music curriculum, arranging, contemporary a cappella music and the use of technology in the classroom. Additionally, he has held faculty positions for the Westminster School of the Arts/Rider University teaching tour management. Joe Cantaffa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and is a voting member of The Grammy Awards/RIAA.


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