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.
Executive Artistic & Educational Director
P.J. 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.
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.
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.
Private Voice Instructor & Performance Coach
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.
Bianca Vitale is an actress, teacher and life coach currently based back in her hometown of Boston. Bianca grew up doing theatre at Riverside from the age of 9 til she graduated high school. Soon after, she received her BA in Theatre Performance from Wagner College and then went on to study with Anthony Abeson, her acting mentor. She has worked extensively in film, television, commercials and theatre her entire life in both NYC & LA, and loves coaching actors using the Find Yourself First method created by Shannon Bills. Her goal is for actors to feel confident in their work and help access their individual authenticity that they bring to the role. When she’s not acting or teaching, you can find Bianca at the gym, hiking with her friends, or on the couch watching Christmas movies all year round with her cat Xena! She is ecstatic to be back at RTW teaching, at the very place that inspired her life purpose in the arts.
Youth Theatre Instructor
Danny Ferro is proud to be an active member of the RTW community having performed in numerous mainstage productions throughout the past several years. After directing and choreographing backyard and gazebo productions in Valley Stream, New York, Danny continued to explore his love of performing throughout his college life at Boston University, where he received a Master's Degree in Deaf and Special Education. For the past seven years, Danny has taught at the Beverly School for the Deaf. Starting in 2018, Danny has directed and choreographed several youth productions at RTW including Annie Jr., Frozen Jr., and A Christmas Carol. The opportunity to be creative with the entire RTW team and RTW's many students has been rewarding beyond belief. He looks forward to many more years of theater excellence at RTW.
Youth Theatre Instructor
Thomas Corcoran is a music educator from Boston. Thomas is an elementary music teacher in the Wellesley Public Schools, where he also maintains a private voice studio after school. He sings locally with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra as part of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. At Riverside, he has music directed the children's productions of Annie (2018), Frozen (2019), and A Christmas Carol (2020). Thomas sings, plays the piano, flute, clarinet, and guitar. He has a bachelor's degree in music and Spanish from Skidmore College, as well as a master's degree in Music Teaching & Learning from the Eastman School of Music.
Music Director, Sweet Harmony
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.
Music Director, Teen Musical Theatre Production
(he/him/his) has been an active member of the Riverside Theatre Works community since 2008, performing in numerous main-stage productions, as well as Mixed Emotions. Andrew attended Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2016 with a BA in Music Business and Management, with a focus in Performance and Songwriting. In 2014, Andrew was a Top 25 Finalist for The Grammy Awards Songwriting Competition for his song Gotta Get to You. He has also worked as a background vocalist, including support for Kristin Chenoweth on her one-woman show at the Providence Performing Arts Center Gala in 2016. Having lived in NYC since 2017, Andrew has performed at numerous venues like Pianos, Rockwood Music Hall, The Four Seasons, The Flatiron Room, and Sofar Sounds NYC. A highlight of his career has been residencies and special performances with The Plaza Hotel and appearing in BBC's Christmas Special, The History of the Plaza Hotel. Andrew recently performed at The Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as a principal vocalist with the Tom Fries Orchestra. Andrew is excited to be back in Boston, learning and contributing to RTW in new ways. His original music can be found on all streaming platforms.