Founding Director, Capachione School of Performing Arts
BFA Boston Conservatory with additional studies from Brown University, Manhattan School of Music
Prior to the opening of the Capachione School of Performing Arts, Ms. Capachione enjoyed a professional performance career, sharing the stage with some of the industry's most respected artists.
As director of CSPA, she has produced hundreds of student based performances and continues to be active in the classroom. Her students enjoy fruitful careers as actors, playwrights, producers and directors in both film and theatre.
Under her direction, the Capachione School has been recognized as an outstanding institution of theatrical education by The Yamaha Corporation and Boston Parent Magazine.
The studio continues to be awarded top honors at theatre competitions on both the regional and national levels.
Tara McSweeney Morrison
Tara is thrilled to be heading into her 28th season, with the Capachione School. She holds a BA in theatre/dance education from Bridgewater State University. As the theatre director at CSPA, Tara has directed and choreographed over 50 full length musicals, as well as 25 year end revues. Her musical theatre teams have won numerous titles at both the regional and national competition level. Tara’s students at The Capachione School have gone on to some of the most prestigious collegiate theatre programs including: University of the Arts, NYU, The Boston Conservatory, and Marymount Manhattan. She has directed and choreographed for many local theatres including: Massasoit Community College, Hingham Civic Music, Cohassett Dramatic Club, and Abington high School.
Jillee St Martin - Dance
Jillee St.Martin is a current student at Bridgewater State University where she studies Dance and Childhood Studies. Hailing from Newburyport, Massachusetts, St.Martin has had the opportunity to train locally with Urbanity Dance as both a Trainee and an Apprentice, as well as with Pantos Project Dance and at Dean College. She has also trained globally with Tecniche di Danza Moderna in Italy as a scholarship recipient. St.Martin has had the honor of dancing for the NFL Kick-Off at Gillette Stadium, and has worked with Ellenore Scott, Ebony Williams, Jackie Nowicki, Dusty Button, Christine Dakin, Marcus Shulkind, and many others. Her choreography has been showcased at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as at Dean College. She currently teaches students, ranging from two to eighteen years old, at the Capachione School of Performing Arts. St.Martin hopes to continue to educate and inspire both in the classroom and in the studio.
Cheralyn Jean- Theater/Voice/ Dance
Cheralyn is pleased to be teaching at the Capachione School, where she spent 15 years training in theatre , dance and voice. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, with an emphasis in Repertoire and Acting. Professional Credits include Ogunquit Playhouse: Annie, Beauty And The Beast. Skyline Theatre: My Fair Lady, Reagle Music Theatre: Crazy For You, Theatre By The Sea: Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Frog and Toad, Grease.
Cheralyn continues to study dance and voice with industry professionals to keep her skills sharp and current. Her lessons will focus on healthy technique, natural sound, story telling, and versatility.
Laurie Peckham Lacy - Theatre/ Dance
Laurie returns for her second season at the Capachione School! Laurie has been dancing and performing since the age of 4, continuing her training through her collegiate studies.
Laurie has extensive teaching experience, including teaching Dance and Drama classes in Australia and Venezuela, choreographing Pajama Game, Annie Get Your Gun, Godspell, Grease, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity, and The Wizard of Oz. She's also taught music, dance and drama at various private and public schools throughout Massachusetts, ranging from 1st to 12th grades, creating and directing after school programs and producing shows, such as The Tempest, Midsummer Night's Dream, 2 original plays, Christmas Carol, and Cinderella. Laurie is a Massachusetts certified elementary and high school teacher.
Some of her favorite productions as a performer include, A Chorus Line, Grease, Anything Goes, Cats, The Crucible, Rumors, Inspector Hound, and Actor’s Nightmare.
Julie (Parcels) Chisholm- Musical Theatre/ Voice
Julie studied at The Capachione School of Performing Arts for 10 years in musical theatre and in voice with Miss Teresa and was also directed by Miss Tara during her time here. She was part of the first group who went to Access Broadway and also was awarded the Voice Scholarship at CSPA. Julie has studied musical theatre and singing her whole life and has performed with CSPA, Cardinal Spellman High School, Massasoit Community College, The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, and Emerson College.
After graduating from Capachione's, Julie went on to Emerson College in the BFA Musical Theatre program, switching to BA Theatre Education with a dance minor. Since then, she has taught voice and musical theatre locally, including at The Horrigan School of Music in Brockton, 11 years at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts in Middleborough, and entering her 2nd year at Capachione's. She has also worked as a Drama teacher at Bridgewater State University's Arts for Youth program and has directed musicals at Freetown-Lakeville Middle School. Julie is also a cantor and choir member at St. John's down the street in East Bridgewater for over 10 years now. Julie lives in Weymouth with her husband and her chocolate lab, and if she ever has free time, she is usually singing to musicals or reading.
Kelly Danner - Voice
Kelly has her undergraduate degree in vocal performance and music education from Westfield State University and her graduate degree in music education from Boston University. In 2009, she received the academic excellence award in music education and classical performance from Westfield State University.
Kelly has a solid background in many musical styles including classical voice, musical theatre, and contemporary pop styles. Her extensive musical theatre credits include:
Lucy in the 2007 premiere of Guys Don't Talk About Love, Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress, Cosette in Les Miserables, Erzulie in Once on This Island, Peppermint Patty in SNOOPY!!!, Woman 1 in Songs for a New World, and Frenchy in Grease.
Kelly has taught voice for nearly 14 years and we are thrilled to have her join our team!
Alisa Cassola - Voice
We are beyond thrilled to welcome Alisa Cassola to our vocal staff.
Ms Cassola received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University
And her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.
She is a member of the Boston Lyric Opera professional ensemble.
Her performance credits include:
Annina in Verdi’s Traviata, Maria in Daughter of the Regiment, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Amy in Little Women among many others.
Her vast knowledge of vocal techniques in both musical theatre and classical will certainly be a
valuable asset to our studio.
Jim Sullivan - Theater
With over 30 years of experience working with artists of all ages in professional and non-profit theaters, on stage and in production, Jim believes that authenticity, courage and managed vulnerability encourages a whole-hearted approach to theatre collaboration. This is the philosophy he has successfully used when working with students ages 4-22. Some of Jim's most recent work includes directing at Massasoit Theatre Company and Norwood Stage, Abington and Hull Public Schools, and youth programs throughout the South and North Shores of Massachusetts. Jim was a member of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild. With the Broadway Teacher's Workshop he has attended over 60 hours of certified professional development facilitated by Broadway artists like Chita Rivera, Lin Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. Jim holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College with an emphasis on directing.