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65 years of excellence

Playhouse Teachers

All Playhouse Instructors are Level II Background Checked (State and National).

Shonna Rash - Education & Outreach Director, Act I, II & III

Shonna Rash graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and Theatre, Shonna moved from the land of potatoes to sunny Florida where she combined her love of theatre with her love of children and teaching as an Instructor at The Performance Project. During that time she began working as a Production Stage Manager in professional theatres from coast to coast. Shonna has also used the power of performance as a Developmental Specialist to teach confidence, discipline, and teamwork to children with disabilities. Shonna finally found her heart and home teaching, directing and sharing the magic of theatre with kids of all ages. Shonna is so grateful for the many opportunities to work with the exceptionally talented youth in this wonderful community.

Daniel Eilola

Daniel studied theatre at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. He is the co-founder and Producing Director of the Playhouse Black Box Series at the Lake Worth Playhouse, one of the oldest arts organizations in Palm Beach County. Daniel’s recent directing credits include Two One-Act plays by Woody Allen, 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, Search and Destroy by Howard Korder, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker. As an actor, Daniel has recently appeared in The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie, Almost Maine, The 1940’s Radio Hour, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire, Reckless by Craig Lucas and as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind. Daniel is also an original member of the Arts Radio Network Theatre troupe, having appeared in dozens of live radio theatre productions throughout South Florida.

Elizabeth Dimon - Adult Monologue & Scene Study

4 time winner of the Carbonell award

Beth has been working as a professional actor for the past 30 years primarily in Florida. She has worked in film and television but theatre is where she calls home. She has a BFA from Florida State University in Acting and is a multiple nominee and 4 time winner of the Carbonell award  for her acting, most recently for her role in "Billy Elliot" at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Credits include: 20 years with Florida Stage, 15 years with Caldwell Theatre, and roles in multiple seasons at Palm Beach Dramaworks, City Theatre, Actors' Playhouse, Key West Theatre Festival, Mosaic Theatre, Gablestage, Maltz Jupiter, Riverside Theatre, Asolo, American Stage, Theatre Zone, Gulfshore Playhouse, Theatre Lab, Arts Garage, Theatre West, Jupiter DT and Royal Palm DT and more. She also developed her own one woman cabaret called "Second Bananas". Beth is a proud member of Actors' Equity Assn., a founding member of the Dramaworkshop at Palm Beach Dramaworks and continues to work professionally in theatres throughout Florida and beyond

Leanna Oliveira - BAK Workshop

With a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from The University of Central Florida Leanna is the Director of the audition-based Theatre Academy at Boynton Beach High School. Throughout her teaching career, Leanna has directed a number of award winning plays and competition pieces at both District and State levels. Some of her former students have gone on to study both acting and technical theatre at schools such as New World School of the Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Bloomsburg University, Palm Beach State College, and more. When she is not at school, Leanna also substitute teaches in the DeGeorge Academy at The Kravis Center.

Alexandra Garcia - Musical Theatre Performance/Dance for the Stage

Alexandra graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance.  Alexandra comes to Lake Worth Playhouse with over 16 years of dance training and experience.  The last 9 years of her training were spent in the company of Ballet Palm Beach (formally Florida Classical Ballet Theatre) under the direction of Colleen Smith.  In addition to classical ballet training Alexandra studied tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre.  One of her favorite musical theater credits was her role as Babe Williams in the Lake Worth Playhouse production of The Pajama Game.  Other LWPH theater credits include Rock of Ages, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Who’s Tommy, and South Pacific. 

Laura Graham- Beginning & Intermediate Improv

Laura currently works as Artist in Residence in the theatre dept. at Bak Middle School of the Arts. Originally from New York, Laura studied acting, improvisation and dance there for many years and performed regularly in the tri-state area. Since moving to Florida, she has appeared in several Lake Worth Playhouse (Stonzek) productions and has served as assistant director to Daniel Eilola, the Playhouse’s current Artistic Director. Laura has also performed with local improv troupes.

Erin Pittleman - Musical Theatre Performance

Erin has been working as a professional actress for over 10 years and for over 20 years as a jazz singer and cabaret performer. She is proud to have worked under the tutelage of he late great Hal Schaefer, the world renowned vocal coach, composer and jazz pianist who is famous for coaching Barbra Streisand. You may have seen Erin working locally with such theater companies as Slow Burn, Stage Door Theater, Empire Stage and The Wick. She is thrilled to be back at the Lake Worth Playhouse for the summer camp season after assistant directing The Pajama Game on the main stage.

Cara Abaldo - Yoga

My name is Cara, of Carasmatic Wellbeing, and I am a Health coach starting a Holistic Wellness Group here at the Lake Worth Playhouse. It will be a small group of 4 - 5 joining me 1x a week for 5 consecutive weeks to learn how to make small changes that have a big impact, and make a significant improvement on your health and overall well-being. You know what to do but I will show you HOW! Join me! 

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