Meet The Staff
At CSPA we take great pride in offering you a highly qualified, professional staff.
Our faculty is comprised of theatre professionals who are dedicated to the education and training of our students.
Teresa Capachione is founder and director of the Capachione School of Performing Arts. She holds a BFA from Boston Conservatory with additional studies at Manhattan School of Music and Brown University. Her private instructors include Beatrice DoBelle, Ken Stanton and Preston Sandiford.
Ms. Capachione has performed as an actress and vocalist in the Boston Theatre Circuit, Las Vegas and LA. She was a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Union throughout the tenure of her performance career. Ms. Capachione has directed and produced countless shows since the inception of CSPA and works with local community programs to assist in bringing the arts to a wider audience.
Tara holds a BA in both Dance and Theatre Education. She joined the CSPA staff in 1995.
Tara’s 20 years of directorial credits are far to numerous to list but among them are Little Shop of Horrors, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling B, Footloose, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, Seussical and Annie. Tara led CSPA to National acclaim when her students captured a National Title naming CSPA Best Performing Arts Studio. Tara is guest choreographer/director at Massasoit Community College, Abington High School and Cohassett Dramatics Theatre where she is currently choreographing The Addams Family. Tara will collaborate with Nathan Fogg in a production of Oliver at Massasoit College later this spring.
Tara is a respected actor in the local theatre scene. Notable roles include Sister James (Doubt), Maggie (42nd St.), June (Chicago), Sister (Damn Yankees) & Florence (Female Odd Couple).
Sue holds a BA Degree in Liberal Arts, Music and Theatre. She joined the CSPA staff in 1992 after training with Teresa Capachione for five years. She has also studied under Lynn Shuler and Bill Roberts. She has assisted as music director on several productions at CSPA including Annie and Snow White and doubles as house manger for most CSPA major productions. Sue is best known as a country singer in the South Shore Music Scene. Sue’s students have excelled in the vocal competition circuit and many have continued to pursue music at the collegiate level. Sue is instrumental in the organization and co-ordination of the voice department, scheduling and recital preparation as well as assisting in costuming CSPA productions.
Adam has proudly worked for CSPA since the fall of 2006. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Bridgewater State University. Adam has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing numerous successful productions during his tenure at Caps including: Oliver!, Cabaret, Parade, Assassins, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast, and Anything Goes to name a few. His work has also contributed to Capachione’s winning regional titles at Access Broadway Competitions, including numerous first place overall winners in their respective categories. Adam has also directed for East Bridgewater High School, Hingham Civic Music Theatre, and C.A.S.T. Many of Adam’s students have gone on to study musical theatre at some of the nation’s top programs. Adam is also an accomplished actor and has been very fortunate to play leading roles in successful productions at Bridgewater State, Massasoit Community Theatre, and the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro. Adam would not be where he is today without the trust and hard work from his passionate students of his past, present, and his future! He would love for you to join him in the Musical Theatre Department and become part of the CSPA family!
Eli holds a BA in Theatre Education from Bridgewater State University. He joined the Capachione School of Performing Arts staff in 2010. He is the resident musical director and accompanist for the school as an instructor in voice and piano. His piano and theory skills were instilled upon him by his late great aunt Anna Fiore. Eli also works as a freelance music director in and around the south coast with local theatre companies including; Bridgewater State University, Footlights Repertory of Swansea, Encore Rep in Rhode Island, Star Players of Bristol County and more. As a music director, some of Eli’s favorite shows include; West Side Story (CSPA), Into the Woods (Friends of Durfee Theatre), Next to Normal (Footlights Rep), Sweeney Todd (New Place Players), A Chorus Line (Studio Theatre Co.), Hello Again (BSU directed by Larry Sousa). When not music directing he also directs for local theatre companies; Cabaret (Footlight Rep) and The Last Five Years (Friends of Durfee Theatre). He has organized and played fundraisers such as A Woman’s World – Breast Cancer Awareness Review, Hear My Song – Songs of Jason Robert Brown and Believe in Brookline Kids. He is the organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fall River, MA. As a student he has studied under Thomas Kee (Acting) Suzanne Ramcyk (Acting Styles and Voice Production), Stephen Levine (Directing and Playwriting), Larry Sousa (Musical Theatre), Taras Leschishin (Voice), Stephen Young (BSU Chamber Singers).
Rilla began her dance training at the age of seven with Theresa Sheridan DuBois. After studying acting at BU’s School of Fine Arts under Samuel Hirsch and William Lacey, she continued her ballet training at Boston Ballet with Virginia Williams, Ballet Russe Prima Ballerina Madame Ana Roje, Lithuanian ballerina Tatiana Babushkina, and Meicyslaw Morawski of the Kirov Ballet. She trained in Legat, Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques. In 1970, she was invited to dance with Martha Baird and Gus Solomon Jr. in Ms. Baird’s company. She represented Massachusetts in the Miss USA television special for CBS Network in 1975 and has choreographed and done runway for New York and Boston designers. Rilla was dance consultant and choreographer for the Beverly Powers Agency for ten years. She has choreographed and performed locally in dance production numbers from Oklahoma, The King and I and South Pacific. Before joining CSPA’s Dance Faculty in 2013, her teaching experience included working at Green Meadows School, Needham Arts Center, Mary French Dance Studio in Wellesley Hills, Backstage Dance Center in Ashland and the Franklin Performing Arts Company where she recently reprised her role of Frau Silberhaus in the company’s production of The Nutcracker.