Acting Instructor Assistant Director

Lynn Kenny Richards

Co-Founder
Educational Director

Lynn Kenny Richards is a professional stage and screen actor who worked for several years in NYC, where she focused on original theatrical works. She directed projects and originated roles that were later published by Samuel French and Martin Denton’s Plays and Playwrights anthology of new works.  Lynn’s film credits include features such as Richard Kelly’s The Box and Judges by Stephen Patrick Walker. Lynn served for several years as one of two Drama Directors at Spring Branch Community Church and as a teacher with Regent Summer Theatre Camps and Theatrix. She was recently seen as Margot in Tidewater Stage’s production of Frederick Knott’s Dial ‘M’ For Murder and is regularly featured on the Spring Branch stage. Lynn holds an MFA in Acting from Regent University and a BA in Theatre Arts from Taylor University. She is the proud mother of three boys and is madly in love with her husband, Jason Richards.


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Jason Richards

Co-Founder, Director

Jason Richards has a heart for the dramatic arts and children. He served on the staff of Spring Branch Community Church in Virginia Beach as the Children’s Ministry Creative Director for 6 years. There he produced the weekly K-5th Grade programming known as Rock City, a weekly scripted half-hour variety show in which adults and kids grades 6+ performed on stage, and children grades 4+ worked light, sound, and video cues (with adults!) in the tech booth. Jason spent years as a professional actor in Miami, performing in musical theatre, in major (and minor!) motion pictures, and television. He also worked as an elementary school Drama Teacher, directing and often writing plays for grades 1-6. Jason holds an MA in Cinema-Television Directing from Regent University and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is passionately and happily married to Lynn Kenny Richards and is the father of three boys.


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Hannah Rosenfarb

Musical Director, Vocal Instructor

Hannah Rosenfarb has been steadily training for the past 15 years, specializing in vocal pedagogy. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, she graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University as a vocal performance major and found that the key to all of singing is healthy vocal production. Her desire is to transform the voices placed in her care through the simple science of muscular development. She considers vocal health the pinnacle of her teaching methods, and is a firm believer in singing that maximizes the voice, and techniques that promote a healthy vocal instrument. Whether a singer has vocal nodules and needs rehabilitation, is first starting out and needing muscular vocal exercises, or has the strength they need but lacks the endurance to last a career, the foundation must first and foremost be from a pedagogical standpoint. Leading worship weekly for her Beth Messiah congregation is a passion, along with continuing to foster community relationships from her three years as Program Director for Fox Music in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. She is currently working on her very first worship EP called “Truly Live”, and can’t wait to share her love of music with her students.


 
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Rebekah Rickards - a Virginia Beach native, Rebekah has been a dance educator, performing artist, and choreographer for over a decade. Having studied, performed and choreographed work along the East Coast, predominantly in Philadelphia and New York, Rebekah proves to be a strong, collaborative voice with a passion for originality through innovation. She served as Director of Dance for Salem County Vocational and Technical Schools’ pre- professional arts program for 6 years and now works full time as a freelance performer, producer, and choreographer. Her artistic voice continues to find connections between her various expressions of interests including dance, comedy, film, storytelling, and shared human experience.

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Dance & Improv Instructor

 

 
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Elizabeth Guarnieri, a Pennsylvania native, attended Misericordia University for Communications before pursuing an acting career that has taken her all over the East Coast including Baltimore, Shawnee on the Delaware, NYC and Regent University, where she earned her MFA in acting in 2018. Elizabeth Guarnieri started her dancing career at the young age of three with tap and ballet at the David Blight school of dance in Pennsylvania. Shortly after turning five she began Irish step dancing lessons with the Emerald Isle Step Dancers and has since become a prize-winning champion at multiple feis competitions. Elizabeth has been a competitive cheerleader from the age of nine up until the collegiate level. After college Elizabeth choreographed and directed multiple summer and winter session acting classes at the Drama Learning Center in Columbia, Maryland and has continued to choreograph multiple main stage productions throughout her career. Some of her favorite stage roles include Robin in Godspell, Cha Cha in Grease, Botard in Rhinoceros, Masha in The Seagull, Margaret in Dracula, and Ophelia in Hamlet. She is very much looking forward to working with everyone and can't wait to get started.

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Summer Camp Choreographer & Dance Instructor

 

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Garry Manasco

Auditioning & Camera Acting Instructor

Garry Manasco has been a professional working actor for over 30 years on stage, television, and in film. Garry holds a Master’s degree in performance and is currently a professor in the theatre/film department at Regent University. He has formerly taught acting classes and workshops for Theatrix Productions and for the Virginia School of Camera Acting & Zarro Academy. He also privately coaches up-and-coming actors at his home studio, Manasco Actor’s Studio in Virginia Beach. As an industry professional, Garry has also been employed by major television networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, ABC FAMILY, and FOX FAMILY.  His experience in TV production is broad and ranges from video editing, producing and directing to on-screen performance.