Monica Toro Lisciandro
Owner, Director, Activist, Founder of Colectiva Queer
Monica oversees all business operations, and the musical theatre program. She is also the Director of our Black Box Theatre Programme.
She grew up performing in various Brevard County productions where she discovered her love of theatre.
Monica received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a minor in Theatre Education and Musical Theatre at prestigious theatre university, Marymount Manhattan College.
While in college Monica student taught at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, and discovered her passion for theatre education. She interned with a prominent talent agent, and performed in professional touring theatre companies. Her performance in an original children’s musical theatre piece as the title character of “Little Red” received an exceptional review in the acclaimed New York Times.
Upon graduating college, Monica focused on teaching at a private school and fell in love with directing musicals.
After twelve years of performing and teaching in New York City, she decided to use her knowledge of theatre arts education to create The Viera Studio for the Performing Arts in Brevard County. Her students have been seen in Film/TV and Broadway.
In 2019, we debuted our Black Box Theatre with our first production “The Juniper Tree”. This was an actualized dream for Monica as she had picked up that play in a Drama Book Shop over 18 years ago, with the goal to one day produce it in a theatre of her own. This avant-garde, experimental play sparked the expansion of our Adult Musical Theatre Program.
Life experiences led Monica to become involved in LGBTQIA+ Activism; volunteering with Equality Florida, founding Colectiva Queer (an initiative made to Amplify Diverse Queer Voices), filming an international short documentary with Brut, and implementing practices in our studio teachings to create a safe space for students, staff, and families to be seen, heard, and valued.
Monica is a proud member of the SPEKTRUM Health Advisory Board, volunteer Guardian Ad Litem and Foster Mom.
She resides in Melbourne with her three boys who are the lights of her life and inspire her daily!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Acting 1/2, Musical Theatre, Technical Director for the Black Box Theatre
Corey started as an intern seven years ago at The Viera Studio under the watchful eye of her mentor and studio’s owner, Monica. Corey's high energy, dedication to the arts, and to their students had them engaging with a more prominent role within the studio. Within a few years, Corey became an assistant instructor for Touring Company and Musical Theatre 1-4, as they continued their own professional training alongside.
Their background consists of 7 years of singing, dancing, and community performances inside and outside of the Viera Studios walls. In their three years of Show Choir as one of the student choreographers, they received consecutive state-leveled ‘Outstandings’ and performed in multiple venues across the county. Alongside their stage career, Corey has also spent two years working in the hair world as a professional ‘Beauty Guru’, being trained by brand professionals to style and display hair. Corey hopes to continue this work in other areas of their life while performing.
Corey has been stage managing productions for 5 years with three showcases, five youth-production musicals, and a one-woman act show under their belt. They also worked as Assistant Director in The Viera Studio’s musical performances “Aladdin Jr” and “The Little Mermaid Jr”, and directed The Viera Studio’s Black Box Theatre production of “Firebringer”.
They are also included in Orlando Fringe’s 2020 performance virtual list for an original show: “Brit Takes Broadway” and performed at The Abbey for Orlando Fringe's 2021 BYOV series for an original show "Happily Ever After Dark". For two years, Corey was a part of a shadow cast troupe that showcased events like ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, and is presently involved in multiple local cabaret style shows throughout the year.
They are currently the instructor for Acting ½, and Musical Theatre.
“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.” – Audre Lorde
Gabriel Ramos “Gabi”
Social Media Coordinator, Theatre Dance JR and Teen and Choreographer
Gabriel Ramos is a BA Theatre Studies Major, and a Dance Minor, Fourth-Year International Transfer Student from Brazil at the University of Central Florida. Previous UCF Credits include Dance Concert (2020 and 2021), Choreographer for Sombra del Sol (2021) and Rat Tapper, Duloc Dancer, Tweedle Dee and U/S Papa Bear in Shrek, the Musical (2021). Some performance credits in Orlando include the Orlando Fringe International Theatre Festival 2020, 2021 and 2022, and Universal Orlando Resorts Halloween Horror Nights (2021 and 2022) and Holiday Parade Dancer (2021).
You might have seen Teacher Gabi performing at the Viera Studio Black Box Theatre as Eurydice (Eurydice), The Boy (The Juniper Tree) and Snoopy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown). Choreography credits at The Viera Studio include BIG: The Musical (2020), Frozen (2021), Cinderella (2021), Into The Woods (2022) and Alice in Wonderland (2022). Teacher Gabi has also taught a couple of Special Dance Workshops and Summer Classes!
Gabriel says “I am so grateful for the Studio and so lucky to be able to work with amazing instructors by my side, teaching incredible kids! People say that Teamwork makes the Dreamwork and The Viera Studio is living proof of that! Let’s keep dancing! 5, 6, 7, 8…”
Advanced Acting, Lead Acting Instructor for Adult Musical Theatre/Advanced Musical Theatre
Jenora Duprey teaches the advanced acting classes and acting private lessons for the studio. During the day she works at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as the Public Programs Manager. Before joining KSCVC, she taught at Merritt Island High School for 13 years, where she was the Theatre Arts Director and Fine Arts Academy Director.
Jenora is overjoyed to be teaching at the Studio and feels blessed to have been asked to join such a dedicated group of professionals. Jenora graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Theatre. She loved what she did as a theatre director, and has been fortunate to have many success throughout her years at M.I., many of her students have gone on to further their education at some of the toughest acting and film programs in the country. No matter what path they take, she is truly proud of her students.
When Jenora is not at work or teaching she spends her time with her family and is your average baseball/golf and theatre mom. She would like to say thank you to Monica for inviting her to be a part of the Studio, it is a very special and one of a kind place for the students.
Vocal Instructor, Advanced/Adult Musical Theatre, Private Lessons
Katie is thrilled to be working alongside the talented performers at The Viera Studio as a vocal instructor and the vocal director of Black Box Theatre shows.
Katie is a proud parent of five current or former students at The Viera Studio and has also starred in several productions at the Studio, including: the Mother in Juniper Tree; Paulette Seymour in Big! The Musical; Meredith Parker in Bat Boy! The Musical; Bishop/Ensemble in Frozen; Mary Jo Kincaid in A Piece of My Heart; and the Nasty, Interesting Woman in Eurydice.
Katie was also part of four Orlando Fringe casts from the Studio, starring as Fit/Pregnant Britney Spears in Brit Takes Broadway; Princess Belle in Happily Ever After Dark; and Helga in The Untold Story of Hansel and Gretel. Katie directed the Orlando Fringe play Frigorific, which was later performed under her direction at the Soho Playhouse in New York City and at Hudson Theatres in Los Angeles.
Katie studied Musical Theater in high school and in college at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana -- which is where she earned a degree in English, Creative Writing with a minor in Musical Theater. As a journalist, Katie has worked at the Orlando Sentinel and the Chicago Tribune, with feature articles also published in USA Today, Florida Today, Huffington Post, and more. You can read more of her writing at ByKatieParsons.com.
Katie's passion in life is storytelling which makes a positive impact on the greater community. She infuses this in her writing and performing -- and is looking forward to doing the same with her teaching at the Studio. In addition to serving as vocal director on Black Box shows, Katie offers private vocal coaching that can be arranged through the Studio.
Special Workshops and Vocal Private Lessons
Jennifer has been teaching at the Viera Studio since 2014, specializing in Voice and Musical Theater. Her number one goal is to foster an environment where her students can fall in love with the Arts while helping them learn and refine their skills. She has a passion for teaching healthy singing techniques across genres and helping her students discover the full potential of their voices.
Jennifer’s background is quite diversified. She began singing, dancing, and acting at a very early age, and went on to receive classical voice training throughout junior high and high school, where she was a self-proclaimed Show Choir geek. During her sophomore year of high school, Jennifer was scouted by Orlando talent company TDA and chosen to become a member of pop singing group L3. She performed and recorded with L3 throughout the rest of high school, until she moved to Tallahassee for college in 2002. A few months after starting college, she was discovered by world famous hip-hop artist T-Pain, who hired her to form an R&B group called Luv Jonez under his management and production. After recording and performing with this group for several years, T-Pain’s career began to explode and Jennifer realized fame was not for her. In 2005, Jennifer made the difficult decision to leave Luv Jonez to pursue her passion of singing Christian and Gospel music, which she has done ever since. In 2006, Jennifer joined a gospel group called Richard Tomas & Nu Destini, with whom she recorded an album (her duet with the Richard titled “I Will Lift My Hands” is available on iTunes!)
In 2007, Jennifer finished her college degree and received her Bachelor’s in Finance from Florida State University. After working in the Finance Industry in South Florida throughout her twenties, she relocated to Brevard and realized she missed performing. In 2011 she returned to her roots and became a performer for an entertainment company called Starlite Princess Parties where she played everyone's favorite princess characters at private events for over 7 years. Jennifer currently works as the Adult Choir Director at CenterPointe Church and also volunteers as a lead vocalist in CenterPointe’s band.
Jenn feels truly at home at The Viera Studio and is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact the youth of her community. If she hears you singing a song, don’t be surprised if she joins you with a harmony part! Once a Show Choir Geek = Always a Show Choir Geek!
Lead Dancing Instructor for Adult Musical Theatre/Advanced Musical Theatre, Special Workshops
"If you dance with your heart your body will follow" ~ Mia Michaels
Miss Mia’s passion for dance started as a child in London, England, taking examinations with the I.S.T.D. and performing at grand theatres such as the London Palladium. After immigrating to the U.S. in her teens, Mia’s dance world went from a strict syllabus to a traveling, competitive scene.
Whilst majoring in dance at V.C.C., Mia’s love for travel led her to a career upon sea with Disney Cruise Line, dancing and performing lead acting and singing roles. Mia also joined Celebrity Cruise Line as an activities team member, running all onboard entertainment. Mia has performed in shows and parades for all major Florida theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Busch Gardens. Miss Mia has taught at dance and gymnastic studios state wide and her choreography has been awarded for national dance competition team performances and gymnastic floor routines. Mia has toured with shows nationally and internationally with VEE Corporation’s Sesame Street Live and FELD Entertainment’s Disney Live. Mia’s feel for the urban dance scene expanded when she danced for the NBA, with the NBDL Fayetteville Patriots, leading her to pass the Les Mills Body Jam aerobic training.
Aside from dance, Mia has worked in the health and fitness industry. Mia managed LA Fitness health clubs, and obtained her license in facial aesthetics and acupressure. Mia feels that her vast exposure to cultures and styles, and her professional dance carer, has enabled her to show students a well-rounded perspective on movement.
Miss Mia is an Artist in Residence for Brevard Cultural Alliance, creating art programs for Brevard Public Schools. She teaches for Riverside Theatre of Vero Beach, and she is on her 8th year of creating Brevard Zoo’s Summer Art Camp. Miss Mia is thrilled to be sharing her passion for Tap with the talented kids at The Viera Studio for The Performing Arts.
Miss Mia shares her love of dance with her daughter, London, and enjoys building her modeling career.
Black Box Set Designer
Andrea Havel is the resident set designer for The Viera Studio. She has been designing and building sets for the Studio since May of 2021. Andrea holds a Bachelor’a Degree in Architecture from Kent State University and has extensive experience in the design process. While at the Viera Studio, she has worked on A Piece of My Heart, Eurydice, and Cinderella. When not in the Studio, Andrea enjoys working out, spending time with her family, and walking on the beach.
Eleanor Dempz (Ellie)
Ellie is a senior at Viera High School and has been doing theatre since she was 10. Some of her favorite roles include The Fairy Godmother (Cinderella),Teen Fiona (Shrek the Musical), Boylan Sister/Ensemble (Annie), Nala (Lion King Jr.) and her most recent role as the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods) at the Studio Black Box Theatre.
After moving here from Michigan she was eager to find a new place to pursue what she loves. She is so thankful to have found The Viera Studio and is excited to be apart of the team. She can’t wait to see you in the studio!
I am a 12th grade student in high school at West Shore Jr/Sr High School. Theatre has always been in my life at home. When I was 10 years old, my father and I performed in my first production, a musical entitled It's A Wonderful Life. Since then, I have done 1-5 productions every year. In my first show at the Viera Studio, I played Lucy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown in the midst of the pandemic, as well as Miss Hannigan in our summer production of Annie. I'm so excited to be able to have this opportunity and I hope to see you in class!