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, Producing Artistic Director

is thrilled to bring his many years of training and NYC experience to to students of RTW. Most recently he directed and choreographed The Secret Garden, and choreographed Footloose 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 Neekey.  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

Alisa Casola, Voice Instructor/ Musical Theatre Instructor

Soprano Alisa Cassola has established herself as an impressive performer of Opera and Oratorio. Ms. Cassola can be seen singing concerts in the local area of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut and is a regular on the stage with Boston Lyric Opera singing in their professional chorus. Ms. Cassola has sung several concerts with Providence Opera as well as shows in the professional chorus of Boston Lyric Opera. Ms. Cassola also sang the St John’s Passion by Bach with the Litchfield Choral Union.

Gwendolyn Coburn, Voice and Acting Instructor

Gwendolyn Coburn is a singer, actor and voice teacher. Past roles include Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Beauty and the Beast), Giulietta (Les contes d'Hoffmann), and Gwendolyn Pigeon (The Odd Couple). Ms. Coburn is passionate about teaching musical theater and classical styles. She received her graduate degree in vocal pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory, when she studied vocal anatomy and physiology with the voice professionals at the MGH Voice Center. Her emphasis with students is on building vocal flexibility and awareness. 

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.

Kerry - Anne Maalouf, Company R and Jazz/Tap Combo 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!!!

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Dan Moore, Voice and Musical Theatre 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.

Julianne O'Connor Musical Theatre Instructor

Julianne recently received her Masters in Theatre at Castleton University in Vermont. Although her concentrations were Acting and Directing during undergraduate and graduate studies, Julianne also took on choreographer roles for the university's productions of Chicago and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In the last three years, she has acted with the Quannapowitt and Milton Players, choreographed at Ursuline Academy High School in Dedham as well as directed and choreographed for the Lexington Players' youth program. Having lived in Jamaica Plain her whole life, she is excited to finally be joining the Riverside team! 

Liz Sculley, Piano Instructor / Musical Theatre Instructor

Liz is a RTW alumna - she spent her summers as a preteen in Broadway Boot Camp, where she first fell for musical theater and performing. She studied Piano Performance and Composition at Bennington College in Vermont, where she was the recipient of a Student Endowment for the Arts Grant, as well as the John Hendricks Composition Award. Since graduation, Liz has been the Staff Accompanist at Boston Latin School, Children's Choir Pianist at St. Thomas More in Braintree, and a freelancer throughout Boston. As a private lesson teacher, she loves incorporating a variety of repertoires into the lessons and working with students on theory, composition, and improvisation.

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