Meet the Instructors
Andrea Belser is a Performing and Teaching Artist from Cleveland with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies, emphasizing in Dance and Applied Voice, from Wright State University. Andrea teaches various dance, theater acting, and musical theater to all ages and abilities with theaters and companies around Northeast Ohio, including but not limited to Playhouse Square, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Play House, and DANCEcleveland. She also continuously works on and off stage as an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, stage manager, and dresser. You may have last seen her perform as Aesop in TheFox and the Crow at Talespinner Children's Theatre, Ensemble in Aida at Karamu House, Dr. Ehrn in Freaky Friday at Lakeland Civic Theater, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors at French Creek Theater. Her backstage credits include Choreographer for My Way at The Fine Arts Association, Stage Manager for A Doll's House at Mamaí Theatre, and Dresser for the All-City Musical 42nd Street.Andrea's awards include 2008 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Juliettein I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Ladyfrom Rwanda at Dobama Theater, and a nomination for 2012 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Pecola in The Bluest Eye at Karamu House.
Dominick Chicotel has been a theater education instructor at Solon Center for the Arts since June 2005. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Ohio University and a Masters of Arts in Education from Ursuline College's University School Teacher Apprentice Program. Over the years Dominick has contributed significantly to the development of SCA's youth theater programming, especially its Spotlight and Stories on Stage productions. He greatly enjoys working with the talented students and dedicated parents at Solon Center for the Arts.
KRISTINA J. FERENCIE
Kristina Ferencie is a 1988 alumna of Solon High School, where she has designed and directed for 20 years. Professionally, Kris has stage managed 4 of Cleveland’s longer-running shows at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre and the Hanna Cabaret. Area lighting designs include Tony & Tina's Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Berea Summer Theatre and the Cleveland San Jose Ballet.
Madison Ellis is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio where she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts with concentrations in acting and directing. After graduation she began focusing on creating theatre for children at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron. She is very grateful to be a part of the classes here in Solon. Raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Madison balances her time between acting, teaching and directing in the local area. Some favorite credits include Communication Doors (Poopay), Pride and Prejudice (Charlotte), FreakStorm (Jana) and These Mortal Hosts (Meaghan)-upcoming.
Kamilla Jensen grew up in Wisconsin and has been involved with theatre since she was 10 years old. She attended Wittenberg University for undergrad where she received her BA in Theatre with an emphasis in performance. She has written short plays, stage managed, directed, costumed, and student taught classes on Shakespeare, Clowning, and several other methods of acting. She has performed in roles ranging from Logainne Schwartengrubenerre from the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. She has also acted in other shows such as Dinner With Friends, Tigers Be Still, She Kills Monsters, and Circle Mirror Transformation.
WILLIAM C. SHAFFER
William C. Shaffer is proud to be a Cleveland native. He is a free lance organist, pianist, accompanist and music director in the greater Cleveland area. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music.
William has enjoyed an extensive performing career, playing at all major venues in the greater Cleveland area, including Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and several others. He enjoys accompanying as well as solo playing, and has had opportunities to perform with the Chicago Symphony, Blossom Festival Orchestra, the White House, and three international tours.
William recently completed his first national tour with the Broadway show Something Rotten, where he was both Associate Conductor and Keyboardist for the shows. Other Broadway shows William has played for include Wicked, The Addams Family, Pippin, Cinderella, If/Then, Billy Elliott, Grease, West Side Story, and Finding Neverland, and Beautiful: The Carole King Story. He will be playing for the upcoming run of Hello, Dolly and Les Miserables at Playhouse Square, and for Mamma Mia with the Great Lakes Theater.
Regional shows William has directed include Beauty and the Beast, Merrily We Roll Along, City of Angels, Oklahoma, Honk, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Guys and Dolls, The Wedding Singer, Aida, Cinderella, Les Miserables, and most recently Newsies.
Katherine has been doing theatre in the Cleveland area ever since she graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2012. During that time she has run theatre camps and directed productions as well as serving in roles such as assistant director, stage manager, costume designer, props master, choreographer, and technical assistant. She is proud to be the new Theater Coordinator at Solon Center for the Arts and has much experience working with schools and theaters such as 82nd Street Theater, The Royalton Players, Chapman Elementary School, Hudson Middle School, Buckeye Community Theatre with Fred Hargrove Young Artists, Cuyahoga Community College and more. She’s also had the pleasure of acting in performance partnerships with Mapleside Farms, Tower City’s Kringle’s Inventionasium, The Cleveland Clinic and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.