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."
Arielle Harding Chernoff
Musical Theatre 3, 4, Touring Company, Theatre Dance Jr., Theatre Dance, Adult Acting and Special Workshops
Arielle Harding Chernoff is a performer, director, designer and educator who until recently lived and worked in New York City. Her near decade long career as an actor took a back seat when she discovered her love of directing and design. As founder of Wyrd Theatre, Arielle is known for her work on Titus Andronicus: A Jolly Romp through Rome, Cymbeline- Party in Pentametor, Tartuffe en Burlesque, The Midsummer Experiment and the Shakespearean Singer Songwriter Competition Play On. She also served on the executive boards of such companies as The Underlings and LezCab NYC. Most recently she performed in An Eye for an Eye at Manhattan's Provincetown Playhouse.
Arielle has her BFA in Acting from Emerson College and a Masters from NYU Steinhardt where she graduated with a 4.0, membership in Kappa Delta Pi, the honor of being chosen Alternate Commencement Speaker and received top departmental honors. She is a certified teacher of Theatre in New York State and is now thrilled to teach at The Viera Studio for the Performing Arts in Viera FL. To learn more about Arielle- visit ArtsWithAri.com!
Acting 1/2, Advanced Acting, Teen Acting, Private Lessons
Jenora Duprey is overjoyed to be teaching the acting classes at the Studio and feels blessed to have been asked to join such a dedicated group of professionals. Jenora started her career in the acting world in community theaters as a “tag along” to her mother and brother’s rehearsals. She would "just happen" to learn all of the dance moves and music so that she could be seen as a needed entity to the show! Back then she might have loved being in the spotlight, but now she loves being behind the scenes as a director. Jenora graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Theatre, a minor in political science and a minor in dance. 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, she has been for the past 11 years, and is also the director of the Fine Arts Academy at M.I. She loves what she does and has been fortunate to have many success throughout her 11 years at M.I. She was awarded Teacher of the Year, Drama Teacher of Brevard County but, to her, better than all of these awards, her students have always shown great success' when it comes to the FL State Thespian Festivals. Her students have received Best in the State of FL, numerous best in shows at the district level, and 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 a proud “mom” to her theatre students. “ There is magic in being a director, it’s not at all about getting in front of the audience and showing yourself off, but allowing the performers’ work speak for its’ self, when they get the congratulations, or standing ovation, I know my job is well worth it.” The Merritt Island High School Theatre Arts Department has a saying that Jenora has found true to the students of the studio, “dedication, talent and heart,” the Studio’s students, and teachers, have plenty of all three. Follow her theatre department’s blog at www.MIHStheatrearts.com.
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 outdoors camping and exploring. 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 its students.
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!
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. On weekends she trains for image building and on-camera acting at The Maile School in Orlando. 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)
Cameron is the Assistant Instructor for Tuesday and Thursday night classes.
Cameron has been involved with music and theatre all of his life. He began taking piano lessons in first grade and continued through high school, where his love of the arts flourished. He began taking voice lessons in high school from Mark Baker, and dance lessons this past summer. Since middle school, he has been involved in drama and choir at Covenant Christian School in Palm Bay, Florida. Over his 5 years of show experience, Cameron has loved every second of being both on stage and behind the scenes.
His most recent show roles have been George in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Marcellus Washburn/Stage Manager in THE MUSIC MAN, Frank in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, and Juror 8 in 12 ANGRY MEN. He has also competed in the Florida Thespian District and State competitions, earning Superiors for a duet acting, duet musical, and solo musical pieces. Cameron also directed and blocked many of his friends competition pieces this past year, which earned high marks as well.
Cameron is very excited to work at the Viera Studio, as he loves working with children and directing. Going into his senior year, he looks forward to what is going to come in college and a career in theatre. “If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.”
Musical Theatre 1, 2, 4, Touring Company, Special Workshops
Jennifer is excited to teach with The Viera Studio team as an instructor of Fundamentals of Dance and Musical Theater! With her background in both performing and working with youth, The Viera Studio is a perfect fit for her.
Jennifer has been passionate about the arts since her first vocal solo at 3 years old. Her thirst for the stage was always evident as she participated in every artistic outlet she was afforded, including show choirs, competitive dance teams, and musical theater. Throughout her youth, she received professional training in dance, voice, and acting, which allowed her to hone her skills and become a well-rounded performer.
During her teens and early 20s, Jennifer performed professionally as a pop recording artist under management and production of world-renown musicians while simultaneously attending high school and later college at Florida State University. She received classical voice training at FSU but ultimately obtained her bachelors in Finance. After graduating from FSU, she worked in the Finance industry for a few years, but eventually decided to return to her artistic roots.
In 2010, Jennifer left her finance career and began working for a company called Starlite Princess Parties as a character entertainer for children’s birthday parties and other private events. She currently still works at Starlite as a character entertainer and absolutely loves the joy she is able to bring to the lives of the little girls and boys she works with!
Jennifer also volunteers at CenterPointe Church in both the youth program and the music department. In the youth program, she works weekly as a mentor for middle school and high school kids and also oversees their worship band. In the church’s music department, she is the choir director and a lead vocalist.
Jennifer has been fortunate enough to be inspired by many incredible performing arts instructors throughout her life, so she always loves to help provide other people with that same positive experience. “With all of the students I work with, my number one goal is for them to experience the beauty of life and to see the beauty that lies within themselves. In my opinion, artistic expression is the perfect way for that to be accomplished, because it’s a universal language that speaks to the soul of every human being. It is truly magical!”
Commercials, Private Lessons
Angela Harper earned a BA in Sociology from UNC-Greensboro. She is trained in various dance techniques and has taught at private studios and for the Arthur Murray ballroom dance franchise. She’s a former pageant competitor and has worked as a judge, director, choreographer, and coach. Angela has toured and performed with We Act For You, Inc, filmed Independent Films, commercials, and modeled for boutiques and designers. She is a published author, self-employed as a social media consultant, and teaches at an aerial arts studio. Angela also serves as Corpsman in the United States Navy Reserves.
Jessica, a competitive gymnast, and dancer, has been dancing for over 16 years, the last 4 being specific to State and Nationals competition. This last year she earned a superior for her tap dance - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and was named "Miss Tap" for Texas. Jessica was born into a family of musical theatre performers, her mom attended the School of Performing Arts in New York, and so she has lived the musical theatre life ever since. Jessica was a lieutenant on her Varsity Drill Team, where she led and choreographed her team of 68 girls each week with award winning dance routines. Jessica also had the opportunity to perform with the World Famous, New York City Rockettes during the Macy's Day Parade and is excited to bring a kick routine to Viera Studio in the near future. Jessica currently attends Eastern Florida State College, and although studying Anesthesia, her passion and love for dance will remain forever.
"When you dance to your own rhythm, Life taps its toes to YOUR BEAT"
Emma has been a dancer for over twelve years and is highly proficient in ballet. She has received training from a multitude of teachers and previously attended the Orlando Ballet School upon audition acceptance. She has received numerous awards and scholarships for her work as a contemporary and ballet dancer but has began to focus on theater dance and choreography. She recently received for the second year in a row, the Applause Award from the Florida Arts Association for Outstanding Dancer in a Musical. Emma is excited to begin teaching at the Viera Studio and has her FFCPC from the Department of Children and Families, certifying her to work as a early childhood instructor.
Alicia is a born and raised Florida native. Having lived in Brevard county her entire life, she has become accustomed to the outdoors.
She enjoys biking, kayaking, and the beach. Other activities she enjoys are painting, writing, and watching movies. Her favorite poet is Edgar Allan Poe, because of his ability to create powerful writings that are romantic and gritting all in one. His determination to make a living through his own resources is inspiring to her.
Alicia is the middle child at 22 with an older sister who is 25, and a younger brother who is 20. Her family is an important aspect of her life, so having her younger brother living in NYC is hard, but she is impressed with his determination to follow his dreams!
One thing Alicia loves most is working with children and seeing their families involved in their passions, as well as watching the children's faces light up when their parents congratulate their success and support their efforts in their classes.
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."