Staff

Christina Lazo
General Director
Stage Director / Choreographer 
Main Stage Company and Broadway Bound Performance Class

Our beloved General Director, Christina, has been involved in performing arts education for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College, New York. She has performed, choreographed and directed for local, regional, and touring companies across the country. As a teacher, Christina has worked with students from pre-school through professional level and enjoys helping each student reach their full potential. Happily, she has been part of the wonderful staff at MTW for nearly ten years. She is grateful to be able to share her passion for theatre with others, and is excited to bring a real theatre experience to young performers at MTW.

Carolyn Miller (A.K.A. ‘Mz. Music’)
Founding Executive Director

With 35 years experience teaching Music History, Theatre and Choir in San Francisco schools, and a dream of starting a musical theatre company for young people, Carolyn Miller created MTW in 1997. MTW has fulfilled Carolyn’s vision of a challenging and exciting musical theatre company for young people in San Francisco. Through MTW, Carolyn, who is also a published composer and credentialed Music teacher with degrees in Vocal Music and Music Education, has been able to help Bay Area students experience full-scale, professional-level Musical Theatre. Carolyn continues to help guide MTW towards the future by serving on its Board of Directors, reaching out to new MTW families, and being involved in all major events and performances.

Magdalena (Maggie) Shumanova
Musical Director / Accompanist
Main Stage Company and Broadway Bound Performance Class
Administrative Assistant

Originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Maggie started her piano studies at the age of four. She attended Secondary Music School “Dobrin Petkov” from 1st – 12th grade. After graduating with honors, she continued her studies at Florida State University, pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. Magi recently graduated with her Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Maggie has accompanied world-renowned musicians at the Summer Brass Institute for four years, and at the International Euphonium Institute for seven years, including international brass soloists and brass members from the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Michelle Shannon
Class Director: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance Performance Class
Assistant Choreographer: Main Stage Company

Michelle recently returned to the Bay Area from a successful career as a Musical Theatre performer in New York and throughout the U.S. on tours. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory of Music, with a minor in Directing. Michele also studied film production at the New York Film Academy. She was fortunate enough to work for HBO Documentaries, Spike Lee, and Michael Moore during her last years in New York. Her experience and passion for theatre and children (she has two of her own) pushes her to keep learning and impart her knowledge to fellow thespians.

Marianna Elise Ferris
Vocal Coach / Voice Class Instructor

Marianna has been performing for over 24 years, studying singing for 18, and teaching full time for six. She loves music of all kinds and has sung and coached in such disparate styles as Musical Theatre, Opera, Rock, Jazz, Cabaret and Folk Rock. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, and believes that a solid singing technique should be easy and comfortable for any singer.