Our Team

Marietta Phinney, Executive Founding Director

Marietta Phinney is the Founding Director of Riverside Theatre Works. During her youth she studied classical piano with Mary Walter of the New England Conservatory. Ms. Phinney was the Musical Director of St. Anne Parish in Readville from 1959 through 1981. She was also a private piano instructor, as well as a church pianist and choir director who produced a series of variety shows as part of parish activities. Mrs. Phinney began Riverside Media Workshops in 1983. Starting with 15 students learning music and drama, Ms. Phinney expanded to French’s Opera House in Cleary Square and opened Riverside Theatre Works School of Performing Arts at The Historic French’s Opera House in 1988.

miaphinn@rtwboston.org

P.J. Terranova, Executive Artistic and Educational Director

is thrilled to bring his many years of training and NYC experience to to students of RTW. Most recently he directed and choreographed Dreamgirls, and choreographed The Secret Garden and All Shook Up. P.J. made his return to the stage at RTW as Paul in A Chorus Line after 17 years. He grew up in Boston, where he studied dance voice and musical theatre at Riverside Theatre Works and later attended Emerson College as an acting major and a member of The Emerson Dance Company.  After moving to New York, P.J. performed in many National Tours including Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod/ Dance Captain), Guys and Dolls (Ensemble/ Dance Captain), The Wizard of Oz (Corner/Ensemble), Grease(Ensemble) and Off-Broadway as Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense, A-Men! P.J. has directed and choreographed many musicals including Oliver, The Sound of Music, Nuncrackers, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Les Miserables, Scrooge, The Full Monty, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pirates of Penzance, Into The Woods, La Cage Aux Folles and Sister Act. Additionally he directed the opening and closing ceremonies for The US Open in New York. His experience behind the casting table includes Smokey Joes Cafe on Broadway, where he served as Assistant Casting Director and handling replacement casting for the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley.  P.J. is pleased to return home to Riverside Theatre Works and be a part of educating children and providing a positive creative outlet for the adult repertory Company.

pj@rtwboston.org

Stefani Wood, Voice and Performance Coach, Summer Arts Coordinator, Director & Music Director.

Stefani is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A in Musical Theater with an emphasis in Directing and Repertoire.  Since graduating in 2013, Stefani has been performing, coaching voice and repertoire and teaching musical theater classes. Her goal is to educate her students on the mechanics of vocal technique as well as provide them with the skills to enhance their song’s performance by coaching them on acting/interpretation and decade/genre specifications in both musical theater repertoire and popular music. She also loves bringing stories to life by directing and music directing plays and musicals! Stefani is a proud mother of two little girls, Sofia and Randi, and blessed wife to her wonderful husband, Eric. 

stefani@rtwboston.org

Laura Markarian, Dance & Musical Theatre Instructor

Laura Markarian hails from Stoneham, Ma and began her early dance training at 4 years old at Northeast School of Ballet under the direction of Denise Cecere. In her time there, Laura rose up through their trainee program studying ballet, tap, modern and jazz. She later became involved with theater and went on to study musical theater in college at the Boston Conservatory where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater with an emphasis in dance, acting and repertoire. She has performed in regional productions across the northeast including How to Succeed in Business... (Rosemary), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), 42nd Street (Lorraine) and Alice: A New Musical (The White Queen). She also had the honor of performing as a soloist with the Boston Pops  in their Gershwin Spectacular at Symphony Hall. Additionally, Laura has been a dance and theater educator for the past decade. Along with her husband Stephen, she has directed and choreographed many children and teen productions around the Boston area as well held master classes, private dance coaching and audition prep courses. Laura is a true believer that good theater makes good people, and she is so grateful to Riverside Theatre Works for providing a safe space for self expression and creativity to all who walk through the doors. 

laura@rtwboston.org

Stephen Markarian, Private Voice & Musical Theatre Instructor

Stephen has been an active member of the Riverside Theatre Works community since the ripe old age of nine, when he attended his first Broadway Boot Camp. At Riverside, alongside his wife Laura, Stephen has directed and music directed numerous children and teen shows over the last decade. He has also taught a variety of masterclasses ranging from song performance to audition prep. Stephen attended the Boston Conservatory and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre, with an emphasis in Acting & Repertoire. Stephen has also starred on television as a recurring role in Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. He also guest starred on an episode of Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh and on CBS’s Listen Up! starring Jason Alexander. Stephen has performed in productions regionally at Speakeasy Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Celebration Theatre and Sierra Repertory Theatre. He has starred in the national tour of Theatreworks USA’s Bunnicula: The Musical and toured over 30 cities in Japan as a principal vocalist with The Orchestra Japan’s Disney On Classic symphonic concert. 

stephen@rtwboston.org

Kerry - Anne Maalouf, Company R Instructor

Kerry-Anne is very excited to start her 29th year of teaching dance right back where it all started at RTW. She has performed in and choreographed many shows at the theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been Lola in Damn Yankees and Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly. Choreography credits include Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Funny Girl and Annie just to name a few. She was the choreographer and principal dancer for Boston’s Premier traveling performance troupe Masquerade as well as the Boston Arts in the Park Dancer’s. PShe choreographed and performed in the opening ceremonies of the fleet center. Her students have won many regional and national dance titles. Others have gone on to be on broadway in such shows as Fosse and Newsies. Recent choreography awards include Excellence in Choreography for Power of Dance, High Score Choreographer for Legacy Dance, the United States Tournament of Dance choreography award and the 2019 outstanding performance Industry Dance Awards. She is very excited to be rejoining the Riverside Family along side her friend fellow performer and teacher PJ Terranova. It will be great to be home!!!

Dan Moore, Private Voice Instructor

Dan is the director/founder of RTW’s French’s Chorus. He has been involved at Riverside since 1993 and has been teaching music at Framingham High School for the past thirteen years. He received his Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio; Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois; Music Education Certification from Northeastern Illinois University; and has worked on his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at Boston University. At Framingham High School,he directs all curricular choral ensembles, Piano Class I and II, Musical Theater I and II, and Honors/AP Music Theory. After school, he is the director of FHS’s Show Choir, and he is usually the Musical Director for all musical productions at FHS.

Tana Domingos

Tana Domingos currently attends Northeastern University and is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has experience working with children of a wide age range, and has been a camp counselor for RTW’s Broadway Bootcamps for many years. She is an RTW alumna and is a former member of both Mixed Emotions and Sweet Harmony, Riverside’s premiere performance troupes. Tana is excited to share her love of music with her students this fall as she returns in the capacity of vocal coach for Mixed Emotions and Sweet Harmony.

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45 Fairmount Ave. Hyde Park, MA 02136

Phone: (617)-361-7024

Fax: (617)-361-3176

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