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 De Castro "Gabbi"
Special workshop instructor
Gabriel has been a theatre enthusiast since middle school and her love for the stage and musical theatre continued through college, where she started studying theatre at the University of the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil (UNESP), later transfering to the Theatre Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando where she is currently studying. She started at The Viera Studio as a student attending acting, singing and musical theatre classes, was a part of the Touring Company and attended Connect NYC. Gabriel has had the pleasure to work directly with the kids by choreographing two shows of our Black Box Season, Firebringer and BIG, The Musical and being assistant choreographer for Matilda and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, for our big summer musical theatre program; by being Prop Master and Stage Hand for Shrek JR, the Musical (Summer Program 2019); and by assisting in classes. She has also worked together with Monica as an intern for the administrative part of the Studio, one amazing learning opportunity!
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!
Advanced Acting, Lead Acting Instructor for Adult Musical Theatre/Advanced Musical Theatre
Jenora Duprey teaches acting in classes and private lessons for the studio, and has for the past 5 years. During the day she works at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as the Public Education Manager. Before joining KSCVC, she taught at Merritt Island High School for 12 years, where she was the Theatre Arts Director and Fine Arts Academy Director.
Jenora Duprey is overjoyed to be teaching acting 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, and a minor in Political Science. She was interested in attending law school for adoption law, but she found her calling and began working at Merritt Island High School as the Theatre Arts Director, from 2004- 2016. She loved what she did 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. She is truly proud of her students.
When Jenora is not in the theatre she spends as much time as she can as the mother of two young children, she is your average baseball and Boy Scout mom, who loves to cook, and spend time with her kids. She would like to say thank you to Monica for inviting her to be a part of the Studio, as it is a very special and one of a kind place for the students.
Lead Vocal Instructor Advanced/Adult Musical Theatre, Special Workshops
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.
Central Florida based photographer, Stephanie Spoly, has been working in the field of photography, graphic design, and creative concepts in advertising for the past 5 years. She has a detailed and conceptual way of looking at the world around her which has been found to be a great asset. Rather than picking just one genre of creativity, she choses to explore many mediums and art styles. Stephanie is inspired by works that can translate to meaningful messages and create a positive impact on the world and community around her, which is why she is teaming up with The Viera Studio for the Performing Arts as a Creative Assistant to help support and share the love of art through expression. Stephanie's long term goals are to become a published author, travel the world, and visit ALL of the coziest cafe's.
Rachelle is so excited to be a part of The Viera Studio Team! She will be starting her junior year of high school in the fall, and has been interning classes and assisting with productions for the 2020/2021 year! Rachelle's involvement with the studio first started as a student and cast member of the 2017 youth production "Willy Wonka Jr." as she played the rich CEO "Mrs. Salt". She also was selected to join the Touring Company's 2018 year as they toured Central Florida performance venues such as Gaylord Palms, Disney Springs, and a performance in New York!
Rachelle's vocal background consists of several years in music, three years of cello, and concert and Bella Voce choir. Going to state competition with straight superiors, she was also selected for a winter solo in 2019. Rachelle has also participated in color guard with superiors in marching MPA.
She has been building her technical skills as assisting stage manager and stagehand for "Shrek Jr", "Frozen Jr", "Annie Jr" and stage managing the one act version of the drama play: "A Piece of My Heart". She plans to continue honing her skills for the upcoming Black Box seasons.
After high school, Rachelle hopes to continue her passion into music production and the performing arts.