StarStruck Alumni are currently working in all fields of professional performance: Broadway, National Tours, Theatre Educators, Stage Managers, Costumers, Lighting, Stage Craft, and Performing Arts Administration.
Not every StarStruck student aspires to have a career in the performing arts. Several StarStruck Alumni boast prestigious careers as medical doctors, attorneys and finance. Their theatrical background serves them everyday whether talking to their patients, leading a legal team at a trial, or conducting finance seminars.
Do theatre kids make more dynamic instructors? We think so! Everyday, teachers are "putting on a show" for their elementary, middle and high school students. Several StarStruck Alumni are working in our nation's school systems to educate and inspire the next generation of Americans.
Brittany Bigelow is a graduate of the BFA Commercial Dance program at Pace University in NYC. Most recently, Brittany completed performing in the National Tour of 42nd STREET. She appeared as the featured soloist in Bob Fosse’s “Bye Bye Blackbird” at Pace University and was also selected to perform in Take the Stage with Broadway Stars at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Melissa Rae Mahon and Leslie Stifelman. She was proud to serve as the dance captain for this project. Regionally, Brittany most recently appeared in The Will Roger’s Follies at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Ziegfeld Girl/Betty Blake US) directed and choreographed by Ann Cooley and Victor/Victoria at Ogunquit Playhouse (Ensemble) directed by Matt Lenz and choreographed by Darren Lee. Brittany is currently represented by bloc NYC. Learn more at www.brittanybigelow.com
In 2015, Brittany spent the year as part of the National Tour of 42nd Street, directed by Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner!
“StarStruck is where my dreams started to become my reality. It was a safe environment to take risks and to dream big! Jen and Peter have created the most magical place that provided me with the foundation needed to pursue my craft and introduced me to people that I will forever carry with me. I am eternally grateful to everyone at StarStruck for their ENDLESS love and support!!”
Cory Jeacoma is a graduate of Pace University's BFA Musical Theatre Program and most recently starred in JERSEY BOYS in New York City. StarStruck Credits: RENT (Collins), LES MISERABLES (Javert), TOMMY (Tommy), AIDA (Radames), WEDDING SINGER (Robbie) and many more! A proud member of Actors' Equity, Cory has been in regional productions such as Warner in LEGALLY BLONDE at The Fulton Theatre of PA, Sky in MAMMA MIA at Maine State MT and more. He had the incredible opportunity to be in the first workshop of, Tony Award winning composer, Adam Guettel's musical adaptation of THE INVISIBLE MAN and also starred as Eddie Birdlace in the first production since it's award winning Off-Broadway run of the Pasek and Paul Musical: DOGFIGHT. Cory's favorite performance experience is getting to be the alternate cast for a Sinatra Centennial Concert at Lincoln Center where he got to be the alternate for 16 time Grammy Award winning musician, Sting. Cory attended StarStruck for about 4 years and could not be more thankful for all of the lessons and opportunities that he was able to have during his time. StarStruck certainly prepared him for the real world and gave him a firm foundation to build his future in musical theatre upon.
"StarStruck means family. So many people came together for our reunion in NYC from many different StarStruck generations and it feels like nothing at all has changed.I'm very thankful for StarStruck and everyone who was there to show me what my true passion was and guide me in the right direction."
Alicia Tomasko currently lives Los Angeles and most recently appeared in the TUTS production of IN THE HEIGHTS in Texas. Raised in Stuart, FL, her move to the Big Apple came when she was cast in the 2008 Tony Award Winning "IN THE HEIGHTS" in the summer of 2010. A member of the ensemble, Alicia got to perform the lead role of "Vanessa" alongside HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL star Corbin Bleu and countless other amazing stars such as Priscilla Lopez (A CHORUS LINE, Diana), Olga Merediz (A PLACE BEYOND THE PINES), Christopher Jackson (LION KING Original Cast), and Rick Negron (CHICAGO). After the show closed in January 2011, Tomasko returned to South Florida for two amazing productions, one of them being Starstruck's own LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS where she played the role of Audrey. Alicia then went on to perform the role of "Carla" in the Actor's Playhouse version of "IN THE HEIGHTS" at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables before heading out on the National tour of EVITA! Always ready for the next project, Alicia is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and currently represented by DDO Agency.
“StarStruck holds all of the love and support you can hope for. It was a crucial part of my theater education not only when I was younger but even now as a young adult. The professional level at which they always operate gives me a critical advantage as a working actress. I'm very excited to work with them again and see all of the amazing productions to come!”
Phillippe obtained his BFA Musical Theatre from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Since graduation, he has appeared regionally in IN THE HEIGHTS, INTO THE WOODS and is most recently starred in the National Broadway Tour of Disney's ALADDIN. He lives in New York City.
"StarStruck introduced me to people and provided the training necessary to be where I am today."
Mady Mills is a graduate of University of Southern California, where she is studied theatre and broadcast journalism on a full ride as a Questbridge scholar. She currently is a reporter for The New York Times. Mady is a proud member of the a cappella group, Reverse Osmosis, which performed on Access Hollywood this year to promote the DVD release of “Pitch Perfect”. Mady will be featured on their next album released in the spring. Recent Credits: CHICAGO (Mary Sunshine) at USC and MOST HAPPY FELLA (Ensemble.) She is also the programming chair for the undergraduate student government, a reporter and assignment desk editor for the student television station, and the marketing chair for USC’s musical theatre production company, Cardinal Theatre Productions. Prior to attending USC, Mady had the honor of performing in several productions at StarStruck, such as LES MISERABLES, LEGALLY BLONDE and HAIR. She also won the Pathfinder award for vocal music and several local scholarships.
Mady is currently a reporter for The New York Times.
“I am eternally grateful to StarStruck for providing me with generous scholarships throughout my time there. Without this generosity, I would not have had the means to pursue my love of theatre. I am eternally grateful to Peter and Jen for inspiring me with their immense altruism.”
Kevin Paul graduated from The Pine School in 2014 and recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Kevin currently resides in Los Angeles. Most recently, Kevin appeared in Pittsburgh CLO summer productions of GYPSY (Farmboy) and THE WEDDING SINGER (Billy Idol) MAMMA MIA and NEWSIES. While at the Pine School, he was the founding President of the Pine School chapter of Artists For a Cause. He studied piano, voice, guitar, acting, and dance at StarStruck Academy, and performed in many StarStruck productions including THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Aldolpho), GREASE (Danny Zuko), LES MISERABLES (Jean Val Jean), RENT (Roger), SHREK (Shrek), HAIRSPRAY (Link), LEGALLY BLONDE (Warner), RAGTIME (Tateh), THE WEDDING SINGER (Glen), 13 THE MUSICAL (Eddie), TOMMY (Pinball Wizard/Harmonica Jammer), HAIR (Woof), and AIDA (Mereb).
"StarStruck, to me, can be summed up in 3 words: opportunity, warmth, support."
Kelsey graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Most recently in the Off-Broadway cast of FIORELLO! She started taking improv class once a week at StarStruck (TheatreLoft as it was known back then!) in 2004. It wasn’t long before she was there almost every day taking class in acting, dance and musical theatre along with private voice and piano lessons. StarStruck became her second home and gave her a family that has stuck with her even in New York City. Her favorite memory was performing ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for audiences in Stuart. It was one of her favorite casts to work with and allowed her to grow as a performer and an individual. Kelsey went on to study musical theatre at her dream school- the University of Michigan. Since graduating she has performed regionally in productions of WEST SIDE STORY, SOUTH PACIFIC, and 42ND STREET. She also has worked on readings and pre-production labs in the city of BARCELONA, CALL IT COURAGE, and ALLEGIANCE. Kelsey lives in the city with one of her original improv classmates and closest friends. Thank you, StarStruck!
“StarStruck was the first place that gave me the opportunity to participate in full scale productions. It's where I realized that theatre is what I wanted to do, and that it was possible. I found a place where I could be with people who loved theatre and was given amazing performance opportunities that helped me grow to be the performer I am today. For that, I will always be grateful.”
Talia is a 2018 graduate of Penn State with her BFA in Musical Theatre. She is currently working on the Broadway production of BE MORE CHILL. Locally, she graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts, where she performed in GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown) and LEGALLY BLONDE (Vivienne). Having graduated from Dreyfoos in 2014, Talia now attends Penn State and is a part of their BFA Musical Theatre program. Out of the 11 shows she has done at StarStruck, her favorites include: RAGTIME (Mother), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Princess Fiona), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Ronnette), AIDA (Zoser), and LES MISERABLES (Mme Thenardier).
"Thank you to Jennifer and Peter Jones for the countless opportunities you have given me over the years. You will be a part of my family forever."
Amanda is a licensed real estate salesperson in Manhattan. She recently worked on a Top 5 team at Douglas Elliman as a sales and rental agent while she was the Junior Sales Associate on Douglas Elliman Development Marketing’s project, Madison Square Park Tower. Prior to that, Amanda worked with Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group to manage the Sales Gallery for 45 East 22nd Street. Amanda produced $1 million-plus weddings and special events for high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients for a high-end boutique event planning company. A native of Stuart, Florida, Amanda graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Creative Writing and Hospitality. She founded Alpha Phi at FSU, raising over $100,000 for Women's Heart Health. Amanda also studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She called her parents' theatre and performing arts center, StarStruck, her second home for many years where she performed in over 40 shows, plus gained technical theater and backstage management experience. Amanda has volunteered and raised funds for many worthy causes. She serves as President of Jewish Women International's Young Women's Leadership Network, is on the National Board of Trustees and is an inaugural board member, she is on the Young Professionals Committee for the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, a co-chair for the FIDF Young Leadership Gala, a co-founder of Open Source Shabbat, a member of AIPAC YL, and on the Council for Young Jewish Presidents. She previously ran Events & Alumni Engagement for Fuel for Truth, was a co-chair for the Children's Hearing Institute Young Professionals Committee, and on the UJA Federation Generosity Host Committee.
Katrina Colletti graduated at Lincoln Center, in May of 2015, from Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre program in NYC. Most recently, she has appeared internationally aboard Viking Sea Cruise Lines. Katrina also worked at Weathervane Playhouse in their summer season as “Maureen” in RENT and “Pauline” in ONE MAN TWO GOVNORS. She spent the next year workshopping musicals such as LIGHTHOUSE- a new musical written by Adam Karsten, and FOOLERIE by Santino DeAngelo, She also performed in a concert at the famous NYC concert venue, Howl At The Moon, alongside broadway actors including Arianna Debose (Hamilton), Laura Shoop (She Loves Me), Omar Lopez- Cepero (On Your Feet!), and more. In September Katrina is setting sail with VIKING CRUISE line, working as a lead Singer/Actress on there brand new ship, and traveling Europe for nine months. Find out more about what Katrina is doing by visiting her website, www.katrinacolletti.com
“StarStruck may have been the place I went to train in theatre as a kid, but it was also so much more than that. While one day it was my rehearsal location, the next it was my nook to sit and do homework. It was my go-to meeting spot with friends, my creative outlet, and my sanctuary. Jen and Pete have created something much greater than just an academy for peforming arts. StarStruck was, and always will be, my home. “
Brittany Weir currently resides in NYC. She attended Elon University and received a BFA in Music Theatre and a minor in Business Administration. After college, she worked at the Weathervane Theatre and travelled the world as a featured singer on Silversea Cruise Line. Thank you to Peter and Jennifer for their love, wisdom, and encouragement over the past 15 years!
Favorite StarStruck memory: The 10 Year Anniversary Show that I had the honor and pleasure of putting together with Jen and Peter!
Brittany did her first musical at StarStruck back when it was Peter Jones Entertainment. Bye Bye Birdie opened on her 11th birthday and she has felt like a part of Peter and Jennifer's family ever since. She went on to spend the next 10 summers working with them. She performed in countless shows with them. The last time she performed with StarStruck was in the 10th Anniversary Show that she helped Jennifer create and organize. Whenever she is home, she stops by the new, gorgeous StarStruck space to visit.
"StarStruck in one word... Family."
Lexi Savarese, an 8 year alumni from StarStruck Performing Arts Center, earned a BA in Film from the University of Central Florida. Right out of college Lexi was a talent booker with a Talent Agency in Orlando and happily accepted the role of Administrative Assistant at StarStruck in 2012 & 2013. She loved her time in NYC but will always have a special place in her heart for sunny South Florida!
“Although it has been 4 years since my last performance, I miss the theater and studio greatly. The studio is still my second home and has shaped me into the young woman I am today. Jennifer and Peter play a huge role in helping me achieve my dreams, and are constantly there for strong advice. The studio is not just a place for rehearsals and performing, it’s a home, it’s a FAMILY.”
Ryan Weiss is a Starstruck Alumni from 2007 to 2010. He graduated with his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and with this B.A. in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida, both with honors. Ryan will be clerking for Judge Mark E. Walker of the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee, Florida, and Judge Michael D. Hawkins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Phoenix, Arizona. After his clerkships, Ryan will be moving to New York City to work as a litigation associate in a large law firm. Previous StarStruck credits include: RENT (Restaurant Man), SWEENEY TODD (Beadle Bamford), CHORUS LINE (Al Deluca), CABARET (Cliff), ANNIE (Warbucks), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Albert Peterson), SOUND OF MUSIC (Rolf), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Willy Loman), PRODUCERS (Franz Liebkind), TOMMY (Captain Walker), and SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Man 2). Ryan also received the martin award in 2009 for Best Student Performing Artist, as well as Critic’s Choice in Solo Musical and Best Overall Performance in the 2009 District XV Thespian Festival.
First Year at StarStruck: 2007
Favorite StarStruck Memory: Spending each day doing what I love with my best friends
“StarStruck was a multiple faceted blessing. Not only did it allow me to perfect my art and become the best performer I could, it served as an outlet for my artistic expression. I learned, performed, and enjoyed every second of it. It also helped foster lasting friendships with my fellow cast mates, as well as the entire staff. Starstruck served as my home away from home (not just because I was always in rehearsal), as the Starstruck family truly became my family. Performing in theatre, especially one that is as professional as Starstruck is, helped develop many useful tools for my legal endeavors. I became comfortable performing in front of many people, which will lend itself very well to a career in Law. I might not be using theatre to pay my bills, but I plan to perform for the rest of my life, not only in a court of Law, but also as a hobby and passion as I grow older. StarStruck is HOME."
Michael Sisitzky currently lives in New York City, where he works on public advocacy campaigns as a Policy Counsel with the New York Civil Liberties Union. He was involved with StarStruck from the very beginning, appearing in GUYS AND DOLLS JR (Lt. Brannigan) and BYE BYE BIRDIE (Harvey Johnson). After graduating from South Fork High School in 2005, Michael attended New York University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He went on to represent LGBT people fighting against discriminatory immigration laws and has lobbied members of the Obama Administration, Congress, and the New York State and City governments to support laws and policies that promote and respect everyone’s civil rights and civil liberties. In 2014, Michael was recognized on a national level as one of the 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
“Even though it’s been a while since I’ve performed on stage, being an effective lawyer and advocate requires confidence, an ability to command a room and persuade your audience, and being able to thrive under pressure, all skills that StarStruck helped me to develop. Jen and Peter’s passion and their investment in seeing their performers succeed show not just in the quality of their productions, but in the lasting impact those lessons have on their performers’ lives. StarStruck helped give me the courage that I now use to walk into a courtroom or the halls of Congress to make my case, even if that case involves less singing and dancing this time around. I’ll always be grateful to Jen and Peter for helping me to recognize and build upon my potential to make an impact.”
Andrew Rodgers is a 2018 graduate of Indiana University majoring in Theatre and Drama with a focus in acting and a double minor in Media Production and American History. Some of his favorite StarStruck credits include: RAGTIME (Younger Brother), SHREK (Lord Farquuad), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Agwe), and SPRING AWAKENING (Moritz). At Indiana University, Andrew’s favorite role came when he just had the amazing opportunity to play the role of the “Fool” in the Original Pronunciation Production of KING LEAR, where he got to work alongside South African actor Graham Hopkins. Other Indiana University Productions include 4.48 PSYCHOSIS (Man), FOR THE FAMILY (Tommy), and ANTIGONE (Guard). Film credit at Indiana University includes playing the character “Jay Gatsby” in a short film version The Great Gatsby for director Robby Benson. This summer, Andrew has the special opportunity to study film acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.
“In a time when I wanted a place to believe in and in turn a place to believe in me, StarStruck fulfilled this want of mine. It is great when one can truly find a second home where they can laugh, act, and sing with their best friends who share in the love of the arts such as they do. StarStruck is that place that taught me how to work and collaborate with others in a professional way. Peter and Jen truly know how to work with children/ young adults, and to get them to strive to the best of their ability. I cannot thank them enough for their guidance in getting me to where I am now at this point in my acting career.”
Kevin James Connor graduated from The Boston Conservatory where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of his Boston-area credits include Cloud 9 (Joshua/Gerry), Seussical (Horton), Equus (Harry Dalton/Horse), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (Jimica), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Player), Hair, and many more. While at StarStruck, you might have seen him in The Producers (Max), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Avenue Q (Rod), countless “Showcases”, and many others. He will never forget the years spent at StarStruck: the scary Theatre Loft steps, the purple walls, “Got Talent?,” and, of course, Peter, Jennifer, & Missy. “I love and miss you all so, so much.” www.KevinJamesConnor.com
“StarStruck was the place where I discovered my love and passion for theater. Through the many opportunities I was given while I was a student, StarStruck helped me learn to be a theater student as well as kick-start my professional career.”
Brigid Kegel graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Vocal Performance, since then, she has been performing professionally in opera and musical theatre. While in school, she won several vocal honors including first place in two New York statewide collegiate competitions: Empire State Competition and the Heddy Killian Competition. Immediately after graduation, Brigid spent the summer as a Festival Artist for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre where she was seen in three main stage productions and many concerts. Favorite roles of that summer include: OLIVER (Bet)andDON GIOVANNI (Zerlina(u/s)) Since then, Brigid has been performing in musical theatre throughout Florida. Recent credits: FORUM(Philia) at TheatreZone in Naples, SPELLING BEE (Olive Ostrovsky)at TheatreZone, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE(Celeste #1/Elaine) at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, and Snoopy! The Musical (Sally Brown)with original writer, producer, and director Arthur Whitelaw. She has also performed twice with the Orlando Philharmonic, in CAROUSEL and HOW TO SUCCEED. brigidkegel.weebly.com
“Even though I had been singing my whole life, it was my first StarStruck show, Les Misérables, that made me decide to pursue performing as a career. Up until that point, I wanted to be an interior designer! After that show and after falling in love with theatre, it was at StarStruck that I really began to learn that acting is a craft. I remember, as clear as day, the moment Jen stopped me in Beauty and the Beast rehearsal and told me that I couldn’t just sing my line (“I need six eggs!”), but that I had to first motivate my line. My character had to first have the thought, “Hmmm if I’m making quiche today then...”. I had never heard that before and it was such a light bulb moment for me! I am so grateful for this and for all I learned at StarStruck. It was an honor and a joy to be challenged and inspired by such high quality productions!”
Kevin King graduated high school in 2004, after being with StarStruck since it's beginning, and before that, Shiloh, beginning in 6th grade. Credits: GUYS AND DOLLS JR (Benny Southstreet) OKLAHOMA (Will) and BYE BYE BIRDIE (Albert.) After high school, he attended Stetson University for a bachelor degree in Music (Voice) with an outside field of Psychology. Kevin performed in the Stetson Opera Company, holding some supporting roles such as DIE ZAUBEFLOTE (Monostatos.) He graduated Magna Cum Laude and headed to the University of Texas at Austin for his master degree in Vocal Performance. There, Kevin was in the opera program and held leading tenor roles both years of his study including Alberto in La Curandera, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, and Gerald from Lakme. While in Austin, Kevin leads worship at one of the most well-known churches in Austin, LifeAustin. Pastor, Randy Phillips, is an award-winning recording artist Phillips from the recording group Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Being mentored under his leadership, Kevin fell in love with worship leading and sought out full time ministry positions upon graduating. He now works at Pinewood Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, FL as the Director of Worship & Creative Arts, heading up all areas of music, creativity, media, and productions.
“I am so thankful for my years at StarStruck, where my foundational performance skills were honed and allowed to come forth. I look forward to many more years of bringing music and creativity to the community.”
Michael Werder is a 2018 graduate of Florida Southern with a BA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management. He loves to sing, act, and play the clarinet in his free time. His goal is to one day end up being a stage manager on Broadway.
“StarStruck has helped me grow not only as a performer but also as a person. Jen and Peter helped me come out of my shell and become the person who I am. Starstruck will always be my second home to me.”
Tavarius Harris graduated from Martin County High School in 2013 where he was a member of OPUS and currently attends FAMU as a Choral Music Major this Fall. You may have seen him before in StarStruck's student versions of RENT, RAGTIME, or his personal favorite as Seaweed in the world premier of HAIRSPRAY JR.
“StarStruck has taught me about life, friendships and everything I will ever need to know about theatre & dance. StarStruck will always be that special place I call, HOME.”
Zack Hellings has been involved in many theatre productions at Indian River State College since finishing at StarStruck in 2010. Credits: CHICAGO (Mary Sunshine), CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Sydney), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Tommy Keeler) and many more! Currently, Zack has his Associate’s Degree in Theatre and is attending Middle Tennessee State University. He plans to work on his Bachelor’s as a Recording Arts Major. Even though Zack’s future may not include starring on Broadway, he hopes to continue his life in the arts while in the recording studio.
“StarStruck was important to me because, it helped me discover who I am. Even though I may not be around the theatre often, I think frequently of the StarStruck that taught me work ethic, how to sing, act and dance, and many life lessons, and I thank the Staff, students and the wonderful owners of StarStruck.”
"StarStruck was my starting point!"
"StarStruck to me means endless Summer Fun!"
"Peter and Jen are incredible people who radiate positivity that attracts great people."
"StarStruck served as a wonderful small, fun community and family for me."
"Jen and Peter always encouraged me to work SO hard and stay dedicated to what you love."
"StarStruck was the first opportunity I had to truly socialize with people on my creative level. "