Theatre Instructors

David M. RodriguezDavid M Rodriguez

Theatre Instructor

David is an award winning actor and playwright. After being trained in Imagination Technique at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood, David has applied his skills to dozens of plays and many films, helping him receive the award for "Best Supporting Actor" for his performance in the film El Percance Perfecto at Indie Fest 2007 Film Festival in Anaheim, CA. Also an established playwright, two of David's pieces were produced on stage in Los Angeles: "A Light Goes Out" and "Stay With Me", both intensely personal stories. David had taught private acting lessons in Los Angeles from 2009-2010 before returning home to his family in Chicago, where he is currently the Theatrical Artisitic Director of the Vero Voce Theatre Company.  Classes include "Audition Skills", "Beginning/Advanced Scene Study", "Imagination Workshop", and "Writer's Workshop".

 

Jocelyn Adamski

Dance movement and tap instructorJocelyn Adamski Headshot

Jocelyn started taking dance lessons when she was seven years old at Valparaiso’s Conservatory for the Performing Arts where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Pointe over the course of eight years.  Jocelyn formed a kids acting company during this time, where she choreographed and taught dance for every one of the six full scale productions they put up. 

 During her teenage years, Jocelyn was accepted into the prestigious Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she was a Musical Theatre major. During her time there, Jocelyn was given rare permission to study Dance with the Dance Majors, studying under prominent members of the Dance community including; Anna Paskevska, Randy Duncan and Eduardo Vilaro.  She was selected to be Dance Captain for numerous projects.  Upon graduation, Jocelyn received the honor of being the 1999 recipient of the Musical Theatre Departmental Award.  She was also accepted into Northwestern University’s “Cherub” program, in which she studied Dance with choreographers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Jocelyn has taught multiple dance workshops for local theatres, often theatres that were producing large scale musicals and wanted their roster of regular adult actors with little to no dance training to be prepared.  

She has been a dance captain for over 30 theatrical productions and even when she not the official dance captain, Jocelyn always takes the time to teach and review choreography with any cast members who are struggling with the dances.

Jocelyn holds Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wright State University.  She has choreographed several regional theatre productions, most recently Legally Blonde for Rising Stars Theatre Company and Streeterville for Theatre Hikes.   Jocelyn has performed in numerous venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall. She was most recently seen singing and dancing in Wheaton Drama’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 

 

Dennis BrownDennis Brown

Theatre Instructor

Dennis has been on the professional stage in England and America for about 40 years.  In that time he has performed in well over 120 different shows from Shakespeare to Farce and has won many accolades including best supporting actor in a number of plays and festivals. Dennis has directed plays as well as producing, dialect coaching, performing, speaking, voice over and emceeing hundreds of events around the world. You may have seen Dennis on the stage in a number of professional stages in the local area. He is most known for his comedy roles such as Selsdon in Noises Off and Psuedolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, but he has enjoyed some great dramatic roles such as Martin Dysart in Equus (in our own Vero Voce Theatre!) and Mr. Frank in The Diary of Ann Frank at Metropolis Performing Arts Center. 

Dennis is an acclaimed speaker and well known for his humorous yet insightful presentations around the world. He has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica!) and enjoys travelling and making new friends. He has owned and run a number of performance and arts based companies including Dance schools, Theatre and video production companies in both his native England and his home of 20 years in The USA.

 

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