Past Guest Faculty



Scott Wise 
Scott Wise is the Co-founder/Director of FineLine Theatre Arts, New Milford, CT, and The Musical Theatre Lab. A member of Actor's Equity, SAG/AFTRA, and SSDC, Scott has been one of Broadway’s leading song & dance men. He is a Tony award winner for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Additionally, he was nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in State Fair and Fosse. In 2016 Scott appeared on Broadway in the new musical Allegiance starring George Takei. He is also the proud recipient of the 1997 Connecticut’s Best Actor in a musical for Lucky in the Rain at East Haddam’s Goodspeed Opera House. You can also see Mr. Wise as Ezikiel Young in the hit movie musical Chicago. A veteran performer of fourteen Broadway shows, Mr. Wise has also choreographed and directed on Off Broadway and regionally. He worked side-by-side with Twyla Tharp as assistant director for the award-winning hit musical,Movin’ Out. Scott has taught nationwide as well as at New York’s Broadway Dance Center and Stepp’s on Broadway. Scott is an adjunct professor of dance in the Musical Theatre Program at Western Connecticut State University. Most recently Scott had the privilege of traveling to Moscow to direct and choreograph the Broadway musical Crazy For You with the students of the Boris Tchukin Theatre School. He credits this with being one of the most fulfilling experiences of his career. With his back ground so rooted in performing on Broadway he hopes to share his knowledge, guide aspiring performers, and share the joy he has found throughout his career to students of all levels​.

Elizabeth Parkinson 
​Elizabeth Parkinson is the Co-Founder/Director of FineLine Theatre Arts, New Milford, CT., and The Musical Theatre Lab. She was recently appointed the Associate Director of Summer Dance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Director of The Broadway Commercial Dance Lab and The Professional Studies Program at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Her duties include developing the curriculum, hiring faculty, teaching, mentoring, and administrating. Elizabeth has traveled extensively to Moscow, Russia in a cultural exchange program with the American Embassy in order to share her knowledge of theatre dance with Russian professional actors and performers in training. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University  where she helped develop the dance curriculum for the musical theatre BA and BFA degree program. Her teaching credits include but are not limited to The West Coast Dance Explosion, North Carolina School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives, and Manhattan School of Music.  Elizabeth's  Broadway and national tour credits include Movin' Out (Original Broadway Cast, Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer on Broadway),Fosse (Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Featured Actress, FANY Award for Best Broadway Debut), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Pre Broadway workshop),the national tour of the Lincoln Center production of Carousel, Singin' In The Rain (St. Louis MUNY, girl in the green dress), Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker (Sugar Rum Cherry), and Billboards, a full length ballet to the music of Prince. She has appeared in the films Every Little Step, Romance and Cigarettes, and Stay. Elizabeth studied in depth Fosse repertory and style with Gwen Verdon and Ann Reinking. In 2014 Elizabeth appeared opposite Bernadette Peters in the City Center/Lincoln Center Jazz production of A Bed and A Chair,directed by John Doyle. Elizabeth 's concert dance credits are extensive including The Joffrey Ballet, Feld Ballets NY, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Twyla Tharp and Dancers. Most recently Elizabeth was awarded the Kennedy Center College Musical Theatre Festival Award for best choreography for the WCSU production of Parade in 2015 and the WCSU production of The Drowsey Chaperone in 2016. Elizabeth is married to Broadway performer Scott Wise. They live in Sherman, CT with their son James.




Navigating the business with Nancy Carson, Owner Carson Adler Talent Agency, www.carsonadler.com

Vocal performance and musical direction with Rob Fisher, Internationally recognized music director, conductor, and pianist, and a leading figure in American music and musical theatre. Most recently musical supervisor for American In Paris. http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/rob-fisher

Vocal technique with Andrea Green, www.andreagreen.net.

Vocal health, technique and performance with Joan Lader. For the past 28 years Joan Lader has been in private practice in New York City working with singers and actors with injured voices as well as training elite Broadway, Opera, Pop and Rock singers. She has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Pace University and Berklee College of Music as well as presenting at both the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia and the Pacific Voice Foundation in San Francisco. Professional affiliations include New York State Speech Language Hearing Association (NYSSLHA), national Association of Singing Teachers (NATS), and The Voice Foundation. Joan received certification from New York Singing Teachers' Association (NYSTA) professional development program having completed its Core of Knowledge Curriculum. Ms. Lader has a BS in Musical Theater from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's Degree in Speech Pathologist and Audiology from Hunter College. Estill Training began in New York City, with Jo Estill as mentor, in 1982.


Musical direction and vocal coaching with Michael Lavine, www.michaellavine.net.


Parent Chaperone for the past 9 years, Mary Mercer, marymercer@finelinetheatrearts.com

Choreography, direction, jazz, theatre dance, fitness with Karl Warden, www.karlwarden.com.

Acting with Leland Williams. Leland Williams attended SUNY Purchase and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she was the recipient of the Gelling Award for Best Actress. She then went on to appear in soap operas, commercials, plays, and movies. England was her next step where she studied Shakespeare. She appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Irina in The Three sisters. Leland has since become a driving force in education, leading and developing the acting curriculum at FineLine Theatre Arts, and mentoring countless young actors through the audition process for professional theatre, film, and college performance programs. 

​Two guest faculty director/choreographers will be announced in early spring.




Nora Brennan, Casting Agent at Nora Brennan Casting
Chase Brock, Choreographer of the original Broadway production of Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, chasebrock.com.
Donald Byrd, Director Spectrum Dance Theatre, Choreographer of the original Broadway production of The Color Purple.
Charlotte D’Amboise, Leading Broadway actress with credits including Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Pippin.
Ron De Jesus, Choreographer, faculty member of University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department.

Liza Gennaro, Director of Musical Theatre at Manhattan School of Music.
Linda Goodrich, Choreographer/director, faculty member of University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department.
JoAnn Hunter, Broadway performer and choreographer of the new Broadway show School of Rock. www.joannmhunter.com
Mary Ann Lamb, Broadway performer with credits including Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, Fosse, Chicago, and Curtains.
Baayork Lee, Director/Choreographer, recently staged the  revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway.
Terrence Mann
, Director and leading television, film and Broadway actor, recent Broadway credits include  Pippin, Finding Neverland, The Addams Family, and Les Miserables. 
Lara Teeter, Head of the musical theatre department at Webster University, Broadway credits include On Your Toes, Lady Be Good, and The Wizard of Oz. 
Brooke Wendle, Choreographer and Broadway performer, appeared in the Broadway musical Wicked, and most recently choreographed four seasons of America’s Got Talent. 



Faculty and Curriculum

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Directors

Artistic Directors:  Elizabeth Parkinson & Scott Wise