Carol Murphy 


Once Upon a Time: Acting for Young Actors

Performance Techniques for Young Actors

Performance Techniques for  Teens

Carol Passaro Murphy has been teaching at the Grand since 2014.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Elon University and an Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University.  For over 15 years Carol has been a Teaching Artist, Director and performer both locally and regionally.  Most recently her favorite role has been Donna Sheridan in The Road Company's production of Mamma Mia!  In addition to being the Director of Education here at the Grand, Carol is the founder and Creative Director of Acting Bugs, a drama enrichment program that travels to South Jersey schools.  Best job ever= mommy to 2 little girls who love to sing and dance!

Stevie Neale


Playwriting for Kids

Stevie is a performer and teaching artist in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of West Florida and a M.A. in Urban Studies with a Community Arts concentration from Eastern University. Stevie has worked as a teaching artist for over 15 years in children’s theatres and community centers in Florida, New Jersey, and Philadelphia focusing on playwriting, musical theatre, dance, improvisation, trauma-informed art-making, and social justice theatre. She also teaches with Dancing Classrooms Philly, ZoomDance, and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Stevie has performed onstage at The Grand in Jekyll and Hyde and Mamma Mia in addition to other credits around South Jersey. She is passionate about fostering spaces for young people to explore their own voice and creativity. Outside of her theatre work, Stevie is a mom of two young boys, deeply involved in Circle of Hope, loves to swim and surf, and is a Harry Potter nerd!

Lauren Patanovich 


Musical Theatre

Broadway Cardio & Audition Prep

Lauren is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC and has been dancing for almost 25 years! Favorite styles include jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical and theatre! She is a Board Member at the Grand (Director of Marketing & Social Media) and a well known choreographer/performer in the tri-state area. Lauren has trained with Nancy Mulford Dance Studio, Fusion, Koresh, and various Broadway performers and choreographers over the years. Some favorite choreography credits include American Idiot, Billy Elliot, Heathers, Newsies, Hair (Perry Nominated), In the Heights, Ghost the Musical, and Damn Yankees. Lauren is the choreographer for Haddon Heights High School Musical Theatre Department as well an HHHS alum. Lauren has directed shows at the Grand including Next to Normal, Heathers, IF/Then & Always Greener (playwright too). Favorite performance credits include Olive/Spelling Bee, Leslie/American Idiot, Ado Annie/Oklahoma, Little Red/Into the Woods, and Rizzo/Grease. Lauren is currently getting her BS in Marketing from Rowan/RCBC & excited to dive into more dancing at the Grand!

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Philomena Ross


Do Re Mi Beginners

Vocal Technique

Philomena Ross directs our Vocal Velocity. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa. and has degrees in Music Education and the Performing Arts. She holds several certificates in the Arts for Vocal Performance. She has taught music for several years in the public school system and also teaches Voice and Piano privately. In addition to her experience as a musical theatre vocal director, she has performed as a vocal soloist in many different venues including performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, governmental ceremonies, and community theatres. She also performed as a Vocal Soloist for bands and Orchestras. She has prepared students for auditions and various musical competitions. Her outstanding career also includes her choral groups receiving awards for excellent performances in Show Choirs and Musicals.