Monica Toro Lisciandro
Monica oversees all business operations and teaches special workshops and the musical theatre summer program.
She grew up performing in various Brevard County school and community theatre productions, and participated in the Disney Magic Music Days Program as the lead female singer for a dance company.
Monica received a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Education at prestigious theatre university, Marymount Manhattan College.
While in college Monica student taught at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, interned for a prominent casting director, 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 directed productions such as ANNIE, SCROOGE, GODSPELL and THE WIZARD OF OZ.
After eleven 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.
"As an educator and mother, I have witnessed how the arts can shape a young person's identity and build their self-confidence. I believe that through creativity and self-expression, our children can grow to their fullest potential and realize their dreams."
Acting 1/2, Musical Theatre and Touring Company Instructor
Corey is excited to be working with her Studio Family once again! At the age of fifteen, she began interning at the Viera Studio under the watchful eye of her mentor and the studio’s owner, Monica. Corey’s high energy, her dedication to the arts and to her students had her engaging in more of a prominent role within the studio. Within a few years, Corey became an assistant instructor for Touring Company and Musical Theatre 1-4, as she continued her own professional training alongside. Her background consists of multiple years of singing, dancing, and community performances inside and outside of the Viera Studios walls. In addition to the classes she assisted, Corey also stage managed multiple showcases, and worked as Assisting Director in The Viera Studio’s musical performances “Aladdin Jr” and “The Little Mermaid Jr”.
Corey’s personal hobbies can best be described as geeky. Disney has always been a major love of hers, as her and Mrs. Jenn have often gone on Disney world trips together...and she frequently Snapchats herself at Harry Potter-World at Universal Studios, in full Slytherin pride! Other interests include hair and makeup, and anything performance based.
After a nearly two year break for personal growth and time to herself, Corey has made her way back; because, as Dorothy says in ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, “There’s no place like home.” Corey is ready to bring back every bit of her old enthusiasm, passion, and drive to the classroom— with the addition of new pieces and techniques to really challenge her students to rise to the occasion.
Advanced Acting and Private Lessons
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.
Musical Theatre 1, 2, 4, Touring Company and 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!
Mikayla Goetz is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a B.F.A in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting. During her time at CCU, Mikayla was seen in Three Sisters, Pride and Prejudice, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Marisol, Metamorphoses, and Oklahoma! She also performed and choreographed with CCU's dance company. Last December, Mikayla traveled to Israel performing an original dance piece in Herod's Palace on Masada, as well as in other venues across the nation. She spent last summer as an acting apprentice at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the summer prior performing at The Lost Colony. Mikayla is a founding company member of Boots On The Ground Theater--an emerging theatrical company interested in using storytelling to foster empathy and promote truth. She recently toured performing as the Pilot in George Brant's one-woman show--Grounded. She is so excited to be able to share her love of theater at The Viera Studio with her students!
Amanda Cheyenne Manis
Ballet/Advanced/Adult Musical Theatre Dance Instructor
Amanda Manis is a performer and educator born and raised on the Space Coast. She took lessons with Ms. Marty at Precision Dance and expanded her horizons as a performer with theater classes, gymnastics, and cheerleading. When Ms. Amanda went to college at the University of Florida she majored in History but joined Extreme Dance Company keeping her hand in the performance game. After college Ms. Amanda pursued performance as a profession. She has performed locally for the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, Titusville Playhouse, and the Henegar Center. She has also had the honor of performing in musicals and large scale productions on the West Coast of Florida and two tours with Feld Entertainment Disney Live! and Disney Jr. Live! shows one domestic and one international. Ms. Amanda has taught and choreographed at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse for the STARS of Tomorrow program, at the Henegar Center for Black Box and MainStage shows, and at Better Than Broadway Dance Studio. She assistant directed a studio production of the Little Mermaid in Tampa. She has been the Artistic Director of The Henegar Center for two years and has choreographed shows for local schools and The Henegar’s Feller Academy program. She has volunteered with the Cocoa Police Department to teach a ballet class to underprivileged girls and loves nothing more than challenging her students to do more than they ever thought they could. When she isn’t performing or teaching Ms. Amanda works as a 911 dispatcher for a local agency.
"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.
Gabriel Ramos De Castro
Administrative Assistant/Assistant Instructor
Gabriel has been a theatre enthusiast since middle school and his love for the stage and musical theatre continued through college, where he studied theatre at the University of the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He started at The Studio as a student and is attending the Connect NYC showcase in June. Gabriel said: "I'm happy to be a part of the Viera Studio for the Perfoming Arts, and excited to create, to explore, sing, dance, play and learn more and more every day!"
Building on ten years of community performances and formal triple-threat education, Amanda has grown up in theater and thrives in the company of actors. From ensemble to lead and everywhere in between, she has been on-stage since the age of five, most recently as Willy Wonka and as the evil sea-witch Ursula.
Every school day Amanda studies musical theater with the Satellite High School Fine Arts Academy. Since 2015 she has been taking evening courses with the Viera Studio for Performing Arts, where she is thrilled to have been recently accepted as a junior intern working with other aspiring actors.
Her dark and compelling voice performance in the 2016 traditional stop-motion film “Hannah Frightful” prompted Fatica Arsenal Productions to re-release their 2015 award-winning animation film “Monster” with Amanda as the story's narrator.
Although she has devoted most of her free time to formal training in dancing, singing, and acting, Amanda can always be found experimenting with bold new looks in makeup, fashion, art, and design. She also dabbles in creative writing and videography. Working to follow in the footsteps of great actors like Chloë Moretz and Nicole Kidman, Amanda is equally enthralled with light-hearted musicals or dark, supernatural stories. Whether she gets killed-off in “The Walking Dead” or married-off in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Amanda is always prepared for the next great opportunity. (www.amandagazy.com)