Production Staff

Meet the people behind The Studio Productions

We like to surround ourselves with people who love theatre, love God and love kids…that’s the perfect recipe for a whole lot of FUN! Here are just a few of the people leading the charge around here. 

Adam Walsh

Adam Walsh

Director/Musical Director

Adam Walsh is a musician, composer, and teacher with a unique ability to connect with kids of all ages. With a strong desire to instill a love of music in his students, Adam sets out to create a learning environment parents will appreciate and kids will love. As a former children’s pastor, Adam has trained young musicians in the worship arts, taught songwriting, and recorded three albums of Bible memory verses. He’s written and edited curriculum for Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado, He has performed in or musically directed over 25 shows, and is now, with his wife Courtney, the co-owner of The Studio. Adam has a B.S. in Music from Bradley University, is a father of three insanely entertaining kids, and loves games and puzzles of all kinds. At The Studio, Adam is not only a co-owner, but a teacher (voice, piano, brass) as well.

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh

Director

Courtney Walsh is a published author, mixed media artist, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. She has since written nine novels and continues to spend far too many hours talking to herself. In addition, Courtney is the author of two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper.

Together with her husband, Adam, Courtney has written several full-scale musicals, including The Great American Tall Tales, Hercules and Grimm’s Fairytales. She is passionate about using theatre to equip, encourage and inspire young people. Courtney has a B.S. in Theatre & and a B.S. in Journalism from Bradley University. She studied acting at Circle in the Square in NYC and is certain she could win a spot on The Worst Cooks in America. #domesticdisaster

Chelsea Gallivan

Chelsea Gallivan

Resident Choreographer

Chelsea Gallivan has been involved with The Studio since their first production in 2014.  Now as their Resident Choreographer, she is responsible for choreographing, teaching, and supervising all dance aspects at The Studio.  Her passion is to see her students make discoveries within their gifts and talents and find confidence in who they are as individuals, artists, and performers.  Chelsea is an Adjunct Dance Professor at Rockford University, as well as the Artistic Director for Immersion Performing Arts Company. 

Courtney Walsh

Angela Martinez

Assistant Director

Angela Martinez has played piano for over 15 years and has loved singing for as long as she can remember! Throughout high school and college, she sang in various choirs including an a cappella group and select choir. Angela was previously an elementary music teacher and taught kids ages 3-11.  She has also been on the directing team for a number of shows with The Studio, and she was the musical director for The Lion King Jr. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Teaching at Rockford University. She loves musicals, and has performed in or worked on over 20 shows. Off-stage, she has also played in the pit orchestra for a number of shows. Angela believes that a kind, supportive environment that encourages both excellence and fun is the best kind of place to learn in! 

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Bailey Sanderson

Production Staff

Bailey is a life-long lover of all things musical theatre. She first started performing onstage at the age of six and has been hooked ever since. She specializes in vocal performance, improv, accents and dialects and is currently trying her hands and feet at choreography. She feels so blessed to be a part of the family and truly believes the Studio can be a home for everyone.

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Natalie Emenecker

Production Administrator

Natalie grew up watching musicals on Broadway in New York, and fell in love with musical theater at a very young age.Though she has never performed herself, Natalie has now been a musical theater mom for over ten years. Her four children and her husband, Trent, are all involved at The Studio in various ways: performing, directing, teaching, and working backstage! Natalie loves how The Studio combines her loves for theater, kids, and using talents and abilities to glorify God! To quote her favorite musical, Les Miserables, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Chamara Janssen

Alex Emenecker

 

Production Administrator

Alex has been a part of The Studio from the beginning.  Whether performing in shows, teaching classes, assisting with directing or now working as Production Administrator, she enjoys working with Studio kids, no matter what capacity.  Outside The Studio, she is the Marketing Director at Chick-fil-A Rockford, volunteers at the Pregnancy Care Center and spends free time with friends or photographing cows on her family farm.  Her favorite role to date has been a hot box dancer in Guys and Dolls and her dream role would be playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun.  

Anita Rogers

Anita Rogers

Costume Manager

Anita Rogers has been sewing since her teens, and once had a sewing business.  Recently retired as a legal secretary, she joined the Studio in 2016 and delights in not only getting to know the kids, but praying for them.  Anita has two grown children, three grandchildren, and is a summer mom to Rockford Rivets baseball players.  A committed Christian, she also loves travel, reading, and adventure.

Want to Join the Team?

Want to join our team? We’re hiring! Email courtney@thestudiorockford.com to submit your resume or find out more!

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