Workshop Instructors

Michael J. AndersonMichael Anderson Headshot for Kids

From the international and cross-cultural classical combat arts to ad hoc and at-hand weapons of opportunity, Michael J. Anderson has a command of the high-energy art of realistic stage violence. With the utmost concern for safety and respect, Anderson has spent decades dissecting the broad skills and exploring the subtle nuances that breath passion into dramaturgy. Anderson constructs his action on a strong anatomical analysis of both the human body and the body of work of the theatre, building a conversation of movement that expresses to an audience the visceral actions that emerge when words fail. Choreographer, instructor, Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Kate Beahen

Kate Beahen, who is originally from the Twin Cities, has a bachelor of music in music theatre from Florida State University. She has performed at various theatres around the country and also spent a few years living and performing in New York City. She now heads up the theatre program at Coon Rapids Middle School and performs professionally around the Twin Cities.


Michael Bruckmueller

Michael holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  He has been teaching improvisation for over a decade to preschoolers and executives alike.  Michael is currently a cast member of Comedysportz Twin Cities, where he works as both a performer and an instructor.


 Carole Conama Carole Conama

Carole Conama is the regular choreographer for Blaine High School along with other high schools and community theater venues, including: Morris Park Players, Lyric Arts, Cross Community Theater, and Elk River Community Theater.

She has taught dance to children and adults for over thirty years. Currently she is teaching private tap and audition readiness.  She is the former owner of Applause Dance from 1995-2007 where she maintained an average of 120 students. Her experience with tap began at a young age and was perfected by Char Weiss of Tap Inc. Her students have performed on many stages and workshops throughout the twin cities including competitions and Tapping in the Twin Cities, and various other festivals. Most recently she can be found on the stage performing here at Lyric Arts and other community theaters.

Cassandra Cutler ProballCassandra Staff Photo 1314 BW

Cassandra Cutler Proball, Education Director at Lyric Arts, has been a professional director, actor, and theater arts educator in the Midwest for over 15 years.  She received her M.A. in theater with a specialization in theater-for-young-audiences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As an actor, Cassandra has appeared in dozens of productions including Fefu and Her Friends, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Black Comedy, Charlotte’s Web, The Trojan Women, and Antigone.  Cassandra’s directing credits include The Boxcar Children, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, and Pinnocchio at The Duluth Playhouse; Miss Nelson is Missing, The Frog Prince and CinderEdna at Stages Theatre Company.  Cassandra will be directing Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type for the Lyric Arts 2013-2014 season.  As a theater educator, Cassandra has developed science and theater curriculum for The Bakken, has led professional development workshops for school teachers on how to integrate drama in their classrooms, and served as an instructor and Education Director at the Duluth Playhouse and Stages Theatre Company.  She lives in Anoka, with her husband, Brian, and their spoiled kitty, Miss Cleo.


Johanna Gorman-Baer

Johanna GB2Johanna Gorman-Baer has been teaching theater to groups of all ages for the last ten years. She is constantly inspired by how group play can challenge the imagination to grow beyond the individual, creating small artistic communities in every class. Originally from the Madison area, she came to Minneapolis to earn her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. She’s been living- and loving it- here ever since.


Barbara Hynes-Tomczyk

Barbara Hynes-Tomczyk (Barb H-T) has spent the last thirty years teaching and directing over fifty theatre productions.  She’s currently working as a freelance director and teaching artist in and around the Twin Cities.  Barb’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and graduate work in Acting, Directing and Theatre.  Barb’s passion for theatre began when she was fifteen years old and continues to this day.


Robert Neu

Robert Neu is delighted to be a Workshop Instructor and Resident Director for Lyric Arts. Previously, he directed Leading Ladies Almost, Maine; The Sound of Music and Oliver! at Lyric Arts. His other productions have been seen in Cincinnati, Virginia, New York and West Virginia.  For the Minnesota Orchestra, he has directed productions of Candide, Fidelio, Tosca starring Deborah Voigt, Carmen, La Boheme, Peer Gynt (for which he also co-wrote the adaptation), Bernstein’s Mass, Hansel and Gretel and La Traviata. In the Twin Cities area, he has directed for New Breath Productions, Phipps Center for the Arts, St. Cloud’s Paramount Theatre, and Skylark Opera.  His productions have also been seen at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival.  A graduate of The Juilliard School, Neu teaches master classes in audition techniques for the University of Minnesota’s opera department. Upcoming productions include a revival of Hansel and Gretel for the Minnesota Orchestra and Patience for the Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Christopher Russo

As a native New Yorker, Christopher began his career working with L’Oreal of Paris in New York City.  His job description included teaching the use of hair coloring and makeup.  Included was working as a platform artist at trade shows in and out of the city and around the country.  This brought him throughout the Midwest where he fell in love with the people and pace of life and settled down.  Since then, Christopher has turned his interests towards theater, working over twenty years in opera alone.  His artistic talents brought him to Chicago to design for the Chicago Symphony’s opera endeavors and working for several seasons with the Lyric Opera Company in Chicago.  Now settled in the Twin Cities, Christopher continues in his chosen career, designing and teaching theater makeup for local venues.

Molly Jo Schrade

Molly Jo is overjoyed to be a part of the Lyric Arts Education program. She will be graduating in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Children & Family Ministry with an emphasis in Theater. Molly Jo has been performing with Lyric Arts for the past three years appearing in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Potiphar’s Wife), Over the Tavern (Annie), and Footloose (Ariel). She recently worked as the assistant choreographer for Hello, Dolly! at Lyric Arts and works as the Children and Family Director at True Light Covenant Church.

Leslie Vincent

Leslie Vincent HeadshotLeslie Vincent is thrilled to be joining the crew at Lyric Arts. She is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, hailing from Washington, D.C where she taught at The Theatre Lab, Kids International, and worked with the Young Playwrights Theatre. She is currently playing Morgan in Godspell at Theatre in the Round. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys learning silly songs on her ukulele. She has a BM from Catholic University in Musical Theatre and loves sharing her passion for musical theatre with the next generation.

Hannah Weinberg

Hannah is delighted to be getting involved with the Education Program at Lyric Arts!
She Hannah Weinberg bwattended California Pacific College of Performing Arts where she studied Musical Theater and Music Education. In college, Hannah joined a performing arts group, The Young Americans, where she toured nationally and internationally, teaching and performing with children from elementary school through high school age in support of music and art programs in schools. Hannah has performed with numerous theaters in Minnesota and across the country as well as directing and choreographing credits for some community theaters, middle and high schools. Her first involvement with Lyric Arts was on the stage in Hairspray (Penny Pingleton) and has been getting involved more and more with Lyric ever since!!! Hearts and Fairydust!





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