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Troy Cooper has been involved in theater in the area for over 20 years and is excited to start this new adventure. Troy was the artistic director for Voice of Equality Productions and is proud to be partnering with this staff to further the vision of that company to create Theatre Non-Conforming. Troy serves as the Production Assistant for SALT Performing Arts. Troy has served as the Technical Director for Steel River Playhouse and did scenic design, direction and other production work for Stageleft Productions and Collaborative Theater as they worked to grow into what is now The Eagle Theatre. Favorite directing credits are Fucking Men, Hir, Smokey Joe's Café, and The Who's Tommy. Troy feels beyond privileged to partner with this amazing team of creative individuals to produce theater excellence that fosters tolerance and understanding.

Artistic Director / Board President

Troy Cooper

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Corbin is a working Teaching Artist, Music Director, Clinician and Performer based out of Philadelphia, PA with over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of Music and Acting both in the US and the UK. 

 

As a Teaching Artist, Corbin serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Penn State University- Abington and runs The Vocal Actor w/ Corbin Abernathy, a successful Voice, Acting, Accent Reduction, Dialects and Public Speaking private studio out of the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Corbin's students have graduated from institutions such as NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of the Arts, University of Northern Colorado and Wichita State University, Berklee College of Music and Peabody Conservatory in Musical Theatre/Opera/Theatre respectively, or are currently working actors in the Los Angeles and NY/Philadelphia/DC markets.  

 

Corbin’s teaching on the national stage includes workshop presentations at the Educational Theatre Association national conferences of 2014 in Cincinnati, OH “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV “Theatre for Social Change Through the Eyes of Bertolt Brecht” as well as expanding this workshop into a PDI which was chosen for presentation at the 2018 Educational Theatre Association national conference in Denver, CO. Corbin has also served as an adjudicator for performances and presented an Integrated Voice and Acting workshop for the 2016 and 2017 PA Thespian State Conference in York, PA as well as 2016-17 Greater Philadelphia NATS Student Auditions and the Pennsylvania NATS Eastern Regional Auditions in 2018. He has presented his workshops Singing and Acting with Archetypes and Storytelling for the Singing Actor in Philadelphia and Atlantic City as well as the Minuetto Music Festival of New Jersey. 


As a performer, Corbin’s resume includes roles with The Walnut Street Theatre, the Arden Theatre, Theatre Ariel, Prince Music Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, The Ritz Theatre, Storybook Musical Theatre, CVS, NBC Universal and soloist work with the Philadelphia Bach Festival, Voces Novae et Antiquae and Ancient Voices to name a few. International performances include solo work with the London Gay Symphony, The Pink Singers and the Islington Choral Society. He is represented by Roe Lennon at AMA Talent Agency for Industrial, TV, Film and Print projects. 

 

Corbin serves as the Vice-Chair for the Philadelphia Actors' Equity Association Liaison Committee and is a board member of the Greater Philadelphia National Association of Teachers of Singing. He also holds memberships with the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and the Educational Theatre Association. 

 

Corbin holds a M.Perf.A.- Drama from Oklahoma City University and a 

B.M.- Musical Theatre from the University of Miami and is grateful to have studied voice, acting, conducting and dialects respectively with Drew Minter, Janet B. Rodgers, David Pasto, Donald Oglesby, Matthew Mailman, Beth McGuire and Carolyn Stanford. Corbin recently completed a course of study at The Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute of Shenandoah Conservatory with Dr. Matthew Edwards.

Resident Music Director & Production Vocal Coach / Board Vice President

Corbin Abernathy

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Renee’s career spans over 30 years and 12 countries working with such legends as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mercedes Ellington, Donny Osmond and the late Michael Jackson. Broadway/National / International Companies of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ SuperStar, Starlight Express, West Side Story, Smokey Joes Café Dream Girls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Evita etc. As a Creative Director Renee has organized and Staged Benefits for the Families of Newtown Connecticut, Independence Mission Schools of Philadelphia, Rowan College at Burlington County and other Non Profit organizations dedicated to our Youth and Education. Director credits; Cats, Smokey Joes Cafe, A Chorus Line , Godspell, Hairspray etc. Print/TV credits; Chicos Clothing, USA Network, Fairlife Milk, Nemours Dupont Children’s Hospital. To my private students & Family- SHINE! Reneeliciaga.com

Resident Choreographer / Advisory Board Member

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Peter Andrew Danzig is an actor, choreographer, arts management consultant and Professor. Peter’s work has been seen on-screen in films such as Paranoia and guest roles on television for Pan Am, One Life to Live, Forever and others. Theatrically, his work as an actor, choreographer and teaching artist has spanned New York and Philadelphia, having the pleasure of working with organizations such as Simpatico Theatre Project, EgoPo, Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theater, 11th Hour Theater Company, Warren Productions and many others. He’s also been Barrymore nominated for his movement work on It Girl, with Simpatico Theater Project.

 

A proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG- AFTRA, Peter served as the Professional Development Consultant for SAG Philadelphia from 2014-2016 and as a member of the AEA Liaison Committee from 2014-2016. He presently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Theatre Philadelphia and the Board of Directors for Bright Invention. In 2014, Peter founded Theatrical Trainer, the nations first holistic wellness organization devoted to research and programming serving mental health and physical wellness specifically for creative artists of all disciplines. He’s been profiled in American Theatre and The Wall Street Journal for his research and contributions to the field of Theatre Arts. His social advocacy project, The Body Aesthetic Project has been supported in Philadelphia through grants to expose body dysmorphia in the arts.

 

As a professor he’s also taught at Drexel University, University of the Arts, NYFA, West Chester University and University of Pennsylvania. He’s also served in recruiting and auditioning for the BFA program at University of the Arts as well as administratively in the President’s Office and for special events, coordinating and assisting in creating the Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative.

 

Peter earned his B.A. in theatre arts (acting concentration) at Temple University and was awarded a full scholarship as the Acting Scholar at Villanova (acting concentration), where he attained his M.A. in Theatre. Presently, he is pursuing a terminal degree in mental health and social advocacy at Bryn Mawr College, hoping to further change the landscape of wellness in the arts and collaboration among multiple disciplines.  Peter is presently furthering research in psychology for creative individuals and is dedicated to becoming a Psychologist dedicated to this population. 

 

“Can there be a clinical approach in social work and psychology that allows for holistic approaches to wellness to meld with creative arts practice in which we not only emphasize the artistic practitioners use as a tool to help others- but in finding ways for them to help themselves? Can we further explore the creative mind through science and method-based practice to investigate why creative types are susceptible to anxiety, depression, isolation, addiction and other mental health conditions? Is it the chicken or the egg- or better yet, the artistic mind or the diagnosis?” 

 

For more information on  Peter's work, please visit www.peterandrewdanzig.com

Advisory Board Member

Peter Andrew Danzig