Executive Artistic Director
Christina Lazo 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 over 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
Music Director / Accompanist
Main Stage Company and Broadway Bound Performance Class
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 twelve 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.
Class Director: Cabaret Company, 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.
Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance Performance Class
Hanah is a recent Bay Area transplant from the beautiful city of Chicago, IL. Originally from Miami, FL, Hanah has been working and performing at various theaters across the country for the past 20 years. She received her BFA in Music Theater from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL and worked professionally at many theaters in the Chicagoland area including Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Since moving to the Bay Area, Hanah has had the pleasure of working with wonderful local theaters including Berkeley Playhouse and Bay Area Musicals. She has been teaching theater for young performers for many years and has an extensive childcare background. She is thrilled to bring her years of knowledge and experience to the students at MTW.
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.
Kevin has been an instructor with MTW’s summer program since 2005. He works as a director and choreographer throughout the Bay Area, and has staged numerous productions, including The Boy from Oz (Theatre Rhinoceros), Rock of Ages (Ohlone Summerfest), and more. For MTW, he choreographed productions of Aida, Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Footloose. Kevin holds a BA in Radio, Television, Film, and Theatre from San Jose State University, and an MA and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. He is second grade teacher with Fremont Unified School District.
Traci has been teaching dance and performing arts in the Bay Area for over twenty years. She loves to see the joy movement brings into the lives of her students. Traci is currently an award-winning Choreographer and Dance Instructor with the City of Newark’s Betty Gentry Dance Program, in the East Bay. During the academic school year, Traci is the Librarian and 3rd Grade Instructional Assistant at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, in Fremont. She also choreographs the spring musical and founded and directs dancersDivine, a dance and movement ministry group at the school.
Marissa has been an assistant instructor with MTW’s summer programs and has been Lead Teacher for Singing/Music for the Introduction to Theatre program since 2016. She holds an Associate in Arts degree in Fine Arts with a Theatre and Dance Concentration and an A.A. in Theatre Arts from Ohlone College. During her time at Ohlone, she also received Certificates of Accomplishment as a Dance Teacher/Choreographer in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Jazz. In Fall of 2020, she will be attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts to earn a BFA in Drama studying musical theatre at the New Studio on Broadway.