Meet Our Instructors
Erin Umphrey started her dance career at the tender age of three, right here in Schyulkill County. She attended Kutztown University where she was president of PDP, Kutztown’s Dance Company. While in college she began performing professionally; these performances include theme parks, industrials, and regional theatre, national and international tours. Although being on stage is Erin’s first love she has been teaching dance for the past 13 years. She has found a passion in teaching and a fulfillment in passing on her knowledge. Erin has taught several competition teams in Minneapolis MN and has choreographed high school and college musicals, as well as theme park shows. As a teacher she hopes to inspire her students to become not only talented, dedicated, well trained performers but more importantly respectful and kindhearted students.
Andrew D. Umphrey has been performing since his debut as Santa Claus in his kindergarten Christmas program. He participated in plays throughout junior high and high school, including a touring production with Missoula’s Children’s Theater. In junior high he began his study of voice through choir and private vocal lessons, which he has 15 years of training in. Andrew was selected through a rigorous audition process to the Minnesota All-State Men’s Choir during his junior year of high school. After high school, Andrew studied acting and voice in college and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a performance emphasis. Following his undergraduate study he also earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting. While training at Minnesota State University, Mankato Andrew was awarded with nominations to attend the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He received the top honor of Best Classical Actor Award and top Musical Theater Performance Award. Andrew has been teaching acting at all levels including college for 8 years, as well as private acting and voice. On his resume you will find an extensive list of roles and acting credits including musicals, plays, Shakespeare, regional theater, new works, film, industrials, music video, national and international tours, voiceover and a television pilot. As a theater and voice instructor he hopes to inspire a true passion for performance art in those he has the pleasure of teaching, and bringing forth the full potential that one has the capacity of achieving.