Acting, Performance, Musical Theater Instructors

MEGAN CLANCY, who began dancing and performing at age 3, comes from a professional performing family. She attended the Professional Performing Arts High School, Manhattan and studied Dance, Theatre Arts at City College of New York; Musical Theatre, Dance and Vocal at the Professional Performing Arts School; Vocal and Dance at the Harlem School of the Arts; Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre at the Broadway Dance Center. Megan has worked with The Harlem Repertory Theatre and has taught Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance at the 92nd street Y; Harkness Dance Center; and the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism. She is the Co-Choreographer for The City College of New York productions. In addition to bringing joy and confidence to her dance students at GNAC’s School for the Arts, she is also a teaching artist working with its Out Reach/Art Reach program, teaching Musical Theatre.

ROBERT HOFFMANN a graduate of Hunter College with a Master’s in Music Education, has developed his vocal and teaching ability through a variety of life experiences.  He has directed the last ten Broadway shows here at the Gold Coast Arts Center.  He is an award winning composer who has compiled a library of over 400 songs.  “My hope is that children learn how to work as a team and to help one another in order to meet the goals that I have set for them.”  Robert is also a performer in the arts and has recently performed at a benefit theatre production for St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital.  He has been a skilled vocalist, private instructor, and drama teacher for the last twenty-five years.

AMANDA MONTONI  has been trained in dance for over 21 years. She has been teaching students from the age of three years old to adults for many years now as well. It is one of her passions that has branched put into musical theatre and the performing arts world. When she is not teaching, she works as a choreographer at schools and companies around Long Island and Queens. www.amandamontoni.com

Amanda Montoni’s drive in life is musical theatre. Trained throughout high school and college, she moved onto performing professionally. She is also a co-founder/producer of a theatre company in Jamaica Estates, Queens, and works as a director/choreographer in schools, companies, and theatre groups throughout Queens and Long Island. She has taught students from the young age of 3 to adults. Theatre sparks imagination and creation, and she loves to see student imagination come to life. www.amandamontoni.com

JONATHAN PALMIOTTI is a Musical Theatre-trained singer and actor in Queens, New York. Jonathan received an AS degree from Queensborough Community College in Theatre and Music Performance and a BFA degree in Musical Theatre performance at Long Island University-Post. At QCC, Jonathan played the role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and was subsequently chosen as a KCACTF Musical Theatre Initiative nominee to compete in Massachusetts for the Richard Maltby Junior Award. Jonathan also performed in a workshopped production of a new opera produced and composed by Monk Parrots Productions called Bum Phillips at La MaMa in the East Village. Most recently, he made his Off-Broadway debut performing in the Midtown International Theatre Festival as well as the Theatre for the New City-Dream Up Festival. Jonathan has worked with several Broadway and Off-Broadway actors and musicians including Javier Muñoz (In the Heights, Hamilton), Matt Dickson (War Horse) and Dr. Bryan Wade (Finian’s Rainbow). In addition to acting, Jonathan instructs students in piano, acting and vocal training techniques. He began teaching Introduction to Acting at the Gold Coast Arts Center in 2015. Since graduating from LIU-Post, Jonathan’s goal is to continue to nurture the emerging talent of students in musical theatre, as well as his vocal, piano, and acting students, while continuing to pursue a successful acting career of his own. Read more about Jonathan at jonathanpalmiotti.com.

MATTHEW WOOD received his Bachelors’ in Drama & Theatre from Queens College. He has performed at the  Irish Theatre at the University of Galway in Galway, Ireland with the Bank of Ireland Theatre and studied with Academy Award Nominee Stephen Rea, Tony Award Nominee Charles Repole, Susan Einhorn and Broadway stars such as Paul Michael Valley (1776) and John Hickok (Aida, Little Women). Matthew also received vocal training from Paul Michael Valley and studied film acting with Zach Galligan (star of Gremlins). Before graduating in 2009, he received the Robin Hirshfield Miller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. He spent the last two years as the Drama Specialist for the Central Queens Y Program at PS 165 in Kew Gardens, and directed the  Theatre Arts/Drama outreach program at Bleeker JHS 185, The Caroline Atkinson School in Freeport, Long Island, and for the Gold Coast Arts Center.

BRETT ROELOFS has taught musical theater for years at “In the Spotlight” and “TheaterKidz” Performing Arts Academies, having directed young actors age 7-17 in over 40 musicals throughout New York.  As a pianist and composer, he has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, the New York Center for Contemporary Opera, Merkin Concert Hall, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the Davenport Theatre, the Producer’s Club, 777 Theatre, Times Square Art Center, the Waldorf Astoria, NY Irish Arts Center, LaTea Theatre, Flushing Town Hall, and the Warwick Music Festival.  Brett’s musical, “Birthday Boy”, enjoyed a successful run as part of last summer’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

ALEXANDRA GIL In addition to her work for the Gold Coast International Film Festival, Alexandra Gil is a former intellectual property attorney currently working as a professor at Hunter College, teaching undergraduates about legal issues in the arts. She also has worked extensively in film production and has published on legal and economic issues in film and television. Her short film, Billable Hours, screened at several festivals in the New York area, and her promotional work has been featured in theaters, on television, and at gala events.