Production StaffMeet 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 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 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
Resident Choreographer/Director of Dance
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.
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!
Lindsey began dancing 35 years ago and very early on developed a great love for ballet. She went on to study with Rockford Dance Company, Metropolitan Ballet, and Northern Illinois University to name a few. Some of her favorite roles include dancing as the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and even Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker when she was pregnant with her first child. Lindsey has been teaching in the Rockford area for 20 years and enjoys teaching not only the discipline of dance, but the love of the art.
Outside of the dance world, Lindsey holds a Bachelors degree in Project Management and utilized it in the construction field for several years before switching to a full time stay at home mom. She is married and has 5 children.
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.
Nancy is a wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Northern Michigan University with a major in speech and a minor in English. She has spent the last 32 years alternating between teaching, predominantly high school English, and being a stay-at-home when her children were young. Although she has recently retired from teaching, working with young people and showing them kindness and love is something in which she hopes to always be involved.
She loves being a grandma, reading, cooking, her cats, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. However, her deep and unshakeable faith and the love of her family is what keeps her grounded and is by far the most important thing in her life.
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