meet our teachers

Ben Olejniczak, CEO & VOICE TEACHER

Kaara mchugh-olejniczak, Co-Artistic Director & voice teacher

Kaara mchugh-olejniczak, Co-Artistic Director & voice teacher

Ben Olejniczak

𝐁𝐌 𝐕𝐎𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄, 𝐒𝐍𝐂

𝐌𝐌 𝐕𝐎𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐄𝐃𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐆𝐘, 𝐁𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐄𝐑𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘


Ben has aN MM in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory. His students have been accepted to prestigious programs such as Belmont University's Contemporary Music program, and have even competed on "The Voice." Ben specializes in teaching the tenor voice, specifically in contemporary musical theatre, and did his graduate lecture research on extended vocal techniques (in rock and pop).

Kaara mchugh-olejniczak, Co-Artistic Director & voice teacher

Kaara mchugh-olejniczak, Co-Artistic Director & voice teacher

Kaara mchugh-olejniczak, Co-Artistic Director & voice teacher

Kaara McHugh

𝐁𝐌 𝐕𝐎𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄/𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐂 𝐄𝐃, 𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐒𝐒

𝐌𝐌 𝐕𝐎𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐄𝐃𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐆𝐘, 𝐁𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐄𝐑𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘


Kaara met her husband, Ben, at the Boston Conservatory in 2017. She also has an MM in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory.  Kaara has sung in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and France.  She primarily sings classical art song, choral masterworks, and musical theatre. She is known for her industry-standard mixed belt and helping young sopranos cultivate theirs. Kaara's students regularly receive acceptances to UW Stevens Point, Viterbo, and Roosevelt University. 

Sarah Hibbard, Voice teacher

Carolyn Silverberg, acting & shakespeare

Carolyn Silverberg, acting & shakespeare

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𝐁𝐒 𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄𝐒, 𝐒𝐍𝐂


 Sarah Hibbard is a professional music and theatre veteran performer in Wisconsin. She studied musical theatre and voice at Edgewood College and St. Norbert College where she earned her bachelor's degree. While at St. Norbert, Sarah performed as a principle for Knights on Broadway, The Abbey Singers, and Knight Theatre. Sarah is a cast member of Let Me Be Frank productions at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, and also performs with Project Pink - the WAMI Award winning Pink Floyd tribute band, Allouez Village Band, St. Norbert College Summer Stage (Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins), and individually at weddings and special events. Sarah loves working with beginner and intermediate singers. She also specializes in ACT prep, where her students have a 7 point average increase 

Carolyn Silverberg, acting & shakespeare

Carolyn Silverberg, acting & shakespeare

Carolyn Silverberg, acting & shakespeare

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𝐁𝐀 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐑𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐈𝐄𝐒, 𝐒𝐍𝐂

𝐌𝐀 𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐊𝐄𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐄, 𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐎𝐅 𝐋𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐎𝐍


Carolyn earned her MA in Shakespeare from Royal Holloway University of London and her BA in Theatre Studies from St. Norbert College. She is a frequent director for Evergreen Young Actors, performer and publicity manager for Play-by-Play Theatre, and most recently directed Green Bay's very first Theatre in the Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Carolyn is ready to help you brush up your Shakespeare and love the Bard as much as she does!  

Teresa Sergott, Acting

EMILY PAULSEN, VOICE, Acting & performance coaching

EMILY PAULSEN, VOICE, Acting & performance coaching

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𝐁𝐀 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐈𝐎𝐔𝐒 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐈𝐄𝐒/𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐑𝐄, 𝐕𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐎𝐕𝐀 𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐘


Teresa is  a firm believer that lessons learned in the theatre are relevant and valuable to everyone.  She provides high level instruction to students who are looking to define their own voice, whether as a performer on a stage or as a presenter.  Teresa will mentor you to develop build confidence, credibility and character both on and off of the stage. 

EMILY PAULSEN, VOICE, Acting & performance coaching

EMILY PAULSEN, VOICE, Acting & performance coaching

EMILY PAULSEN, VOICE, Acting & performance coaching

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𝐁𝐀 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐑𝐄, 𝐔𝐖𝐆𝐁


Emily is a UWGB graduate with BA in Musical Theatre Performance and minors in Music and Arts Management. Emily has extensive training in voice and professional performance experience. Emily also attended the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory in 2014.  She is a veteran of some of the largest stages in the Midwest, with Project Pink, the WAMI Award winning  Pink Floyd Tribute band, Let Me Be Frank Productions, Daddy D Productions, Play By Play Theatre, Pamiro Opera, and other professional and amateur theatres performing in our region. She is a very knowledgeable voice instructor who is proficient at both vocal technique and performance.  Her students are often the envy of the recital hall and local stages because they learn to be confident and capable performers with passion for music that is next level. 

APRIL STROM-JOHNSON, VOICE TEACHER & LIFE SKILLS COACH

APRIL STROM-JOHNSON, VOICE TEACHER & LIFE SKILLS COACH

APRIL STROM-JOHNSON, VOICE TEACHER & LIFE SKILLS COACH

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𝐁𝐀 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒, 𝐔𝐖𝐆𝐁


April has been teaching for a number of years in Green Bay. She has a regular following of students in her studio, as she has been a staple to the performing arts community in Greater Green Bay for a decade. April is popular with students and parents because of her passion for teaching, her love for live, and her amazing ability to build her students up to being some of the most humble and prepared young adults in our community.  

Tony Giovannini, Percussion

APRIL STROM-JOHNSON, VOICE TEACHER & LIFE SKILLS COACH

APRIL STROM-JOHNSON, VOICE TEACHER & LIFE SKILLS COACH

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 𝐁𝐌 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐂 𝐄𝐃𝐔𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍, 𝐒𝐍𝐂

𝐌𝐁𝐀, 𝐒𝐍𝐂


Tony is a lifelong De Pere resident. Tony earned a Bachelors of Music Education and an MBA  from St. Norbert College. Tony started playing drums at the age of 8 and has not stopped since.  He is well known as a percussionist for several of the most recognized musical groups in Green Bay, and throughout the country.  Tony is also well-versed in sound engineering and technical theatre, having over 50 theatre music shows to his credit. For Percussion, Tony uses a well-rounded approach to help develop the tools to play effectively while also having fun. 

JOHN KELLEY, VIOLIN

FRANK SALERNO, GUITAR

FRANK SALERNO, GUITAR

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𝐁𝐌 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐂/𝐁𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐀𝐃𝐌𝐈𝐍, 𝐔𝐖 𝐄𝐀𝐔 𝐂𝐋𝐀𝐈𝐑𝐄


Mr. Kelley is an accomplished violinist and teacher.  He has extensive experience teaching both group and individual violin lessons for all skill levels. John has played with various symphony orchestras and was a director for the Green Bay Symphony.  Currently John is the creator and violinist of the renowned John Kelley Fusion Express Orchestra.  He is a technician and a showman, and he hopes to bring his passion for music and the arts to you or your child.

FRANK SALERNO, GUITAR

FRANK SALERNO, GUITAR

FRANK SALERNO, GUITAR

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 Frank is an accomplished recording artist and musician in the Green Bay Area.  He has performed and studied with some of the most profoundly talented musicians.  Frank comes from a long family history of excellent professional musicians so his history and learning has been lifelong.  Frank will teach any age, but is especially interested in working with younger students, age 7-20.  He has a patient and positive approach to beginners and advanced guitar techniques. 

mark gottlieb, piano

mark gottlieb, piano

mark gottlieb, piano

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 Mark specializes in a customized approach to piano and music theory that has been described as serious fun for the serious student.  His approach to teaching is in the style of conservatory training.  He believes music should be approached with a good nature but in a dedicated and goal-oriented manner so students can discover their potential. Mark is a renowned composer with ensembles and concertos being performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  

ARTHUR SMEALL, CELLO

mark gottlieb, piano

mark gottlieb, piano

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𝐁𝐌 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐅𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐂, 𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐊𝐋𝐄𝐄


Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Arthur Smeall has been playing music all of his life. He started playing cello at age five and picked up upright bass at age twelve. Arthur is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated in the class of 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Professional Music. While at Berklee, Arthur studied cello under Eugene Friesen of the grammy-award winning Paul Winter Consort, and Mike Block of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. After graduating from Berklee, Arthur moved to Los Angeles, California where he lived for two years. During his time in Los Angeles, he did work as a freelance session musician, played electric bass in a rock band called Cinema Patrol, and sang in the bass section of the Angel City Chorale. In 2019, Arthur returned to Green Bay, Wisconsin because of a need to bring his experiences back to his hometown. Since returning to Green Bay, Arthur started a rock band called AAC, for which he is the guitarist, frontman, and principal songwriter. He continues to compose music, play cello and bass and find his way around the growing Northeast Wisconsin music scene. 

MALIQ MENDEZ-MCGILLIVRAY, brass & woodwinds

MALIQ MENDEZ-MCGILLIVRAY, brass & woodwinds

MALIQ MENDEZ-MCGILLIVRAY, brass & woodwinds

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Maliq has studied trumpet for 6 years, trombone for 3 years, clarinet for 4 years, sax for 4 years, and guitar for 6 years. You can hear him on trumpet with the East High School Rhapsody in Red pit band. He is SO excited to be able to teach brass and woodwinds! 

JEREMY PELEGRIN, ACTING & IMPROV

MALIQ MENDEZ-MCGILLIVRAY, brass & woodwinds

MALIQ MENDEZ-MCGILLIVRAY, brass & woodwinds

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𝐁𝐀 𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐔𝐀𝐆𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐒, 𝐍𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐍 𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐎𝐈𝐒 𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐘 


Jeremy is a professional actor and appears frequently in productions at the Forst Inn and Evergreen productions. He has performed at Disney, Paramount Parks, and Busch Gardens! He teaches Dramatic Acting, Improv, and 1:1 lessons at Studio 12. His students frequently book short films and commercials.