Meet the Instructors



Kayleigh Becker is a Cleveland local and graduate of the University of North Carolina - Charlotte; graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance with an Education concentration. Miss Kayleigh is also a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts at Chagrin Falls High School. While at UNCC, Kayleigh presented works at the American Collegiate Dance Association Southeast conference and the North Carolina Dance Educators Annual Conference. She was a two time recipient of the Dance Department annual scholarhship that recognized her for academic and creative achievement in dance and education. Kayleigh has worked professionally in the Charlotte area as a dance instructor and stage manager. Since moving back to Cleveland, she has obtained her Acrobatic Arts certification for Module 1. Miss Kayleigh is excited to get back into the theatre and work on musicals with Solon Center for the Arts.
Dominick Chicotel


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 Ference


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


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.



Rachel M. Murar is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education.  As a member of the Mandel Honors College, Rachel was the first student to obtain an Honors Degreen in theater from the program. Her teaching experiences include Streetsboro Middle School, Campus International and various workshops at Twinsburg Schools. She has directed productions at CSU, Twinsburg Public Library and SCA.  Recently Rachel was the Production Stage Manager for Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.  Currently she is working on her Master's Degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron.



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.

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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.