Boss Academy opened in 2002 with the goal of empowering students with the highest level of performing arts instruction. Classes in dance, acting, modeling, voice, and, new this year, tumbling, create the foundation for actual careers in stage, television and film. We are proud to offer instruction to our students from trained professionals!
Julie Chapnick, Dance Instructor
Julie A. Chapnick received a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She went on to earn an MA in Dance and Dance Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education with a concentration in K-12.
Julie performed in numerous works during her undergraduate and graduate studies and has danced with New Dance Ensemble, 2nd Avenue Dance Company, New Dance Collective, and American Dance Art where she was delighted to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Julie has taught and choreographed for over twenty years to students and professionals ranging from two to adult in CT, MA, ME, NY, OH, and NC. She has experience teaching in the privately owned studio, public school system, summer camp intensive, and higher education setting as well as volunteering for charities such as the Allegro Foundation and Alexander Youth Network teaching dance to children with disabilities.
Julie was an Adjunct Dance Professor at Central Piedmont Community College and Johnson C. Smith University both located in Charlotte, NC. Most recently, Julie has been acting as Ballet Mistress for Rise Vineyard Performing Arts on Martha's Vineyard and was awarded overall group production honors for her ballet choreography at the Spirit of Dance and American Dance Awards competitions.
Chris DiBenedetto, Voice and Piano Instructor
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and is a music teacher in the Revere Public Schools. He is well versed in Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Western Classical. When not teaching, Chris is music directing or performing in shows such as Seussical Jr. (The Academy of the Company Theater), Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Footloose, and Willy Wonka (Randolph Theater Company), Spamalot (HCMT), and most recently Young Frankenstein (HCMT). Currently, Chris is studying to earn his Masters Degree in Music Education from Boston University.
As an educator, Chris believes in a solid foundation in music theory and technique fundamentals that allow for creative expression in lessons and performance.
Colleen S. McDonough, Voice Instructor
Past performance credits include Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), 25th…Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Avenue Q (Kate Monster/ Lucy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), and Children of Eden (Yonah). In 2009, She was selected as the Boston finalist for the national Sing for Your Tony Tickets competition.
Colleen has studied the McClosky Technique for over ten years and is currently working towards certification. Having served as a vocal advisor for several local productions including Into the Woods, Footloose, The Wizard of Oz, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Colleen is well versed in Musical Theatre styles.
Additionally, she served as Co-Music Director for Seussical the Musical through the Academy of the Company Theatre’s outreach program.
Patrice O'Sullivan, Dance Instructor
As a dance teacher, Patrice believes her main role is to inspire students to follow their ambitions. She strives for each student to learn proper alignment, technique, and strength through various learned skills and is strong believer in the opportunities that Boss students receive.
She continues to keep dance a big part of her life. Patrice enhances her skill and technique by taking takes classes in Boston at Jose Mateo, Boston Dance Company, and Jeanette Neill Dance studio.
A former student of Boss Academy and a dancer since the age of five, Patrice danced with various studios and companies. At Boss, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, technique and pointe and was a dance competition team member and soloist, earning several awards. Patrice also holds the title of 2008 Capeway Junior Miss.
Patrice recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medical studies and a minor in medical humanities from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Victoria Schneider, Dance Instructor
Victoria has been at Boss Academy for 13 years where she has taken ballet, jazz, pointe, tumbling, tap, hip hop, contemporary, technique, lyrical and was on the competition team for 10 years. She has been assistant teaching for many years with guidance from KathyJo. Victoria started with Boss Academy at the age of 4 and has grown up with the studio when it first opened in 2002. She is very happy to call Boss her second home.
Victoria graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School in 2015 and is attending Bridgewater State University where she is majoring in Biology. She is also part of the BSU dance company and taking classes in Boston to continue her dance education.
Victoria is excited to share her love for dance with all the younger students and cannot wait to see them grow and mature as their dance skills progress.
Emily Sulock, Dance Instructor
Emily Sulock began her dance training at Nancy Mulford Dance Studio and Donna Tambussi Studio of Dance in New Jersey.
A graduate of Salve Regina University, Emily received a B.A. in English Communications with a double minor in dance and theater. She has choreographed and performed for Extensions Dance Company and the American College Dance Festival and with several renowned choreographers such as Jodi Leigh Allen, Joe Celej, Ali Brodsky, Eva Marie Pacheco, and Melissa Gendreau.
Currently Emily studies in Boston with Urbanity Dance Company, Luminarium Dance Company, and Embrace Dance Company.
Brianne Taber, Acting Instructor
Brianne has been training with Boss Academy in dance, acting, and voice since she was 7 years old. She was a part of Boss Academy's dance competition team on top of her training. Brianne also competed as a soloist, where she has won numerous awards such as Miss Starpower and multiple highest score. She has been teaching at Boss Academy for two years, where she started right after she graduated Silver Lake Regional High School in 2014.
Brianne has taken her training and done many shows outside of Boss Academy. Her favorite roles include Lucinda in Into the Woods, and Virtue in Anything Goes. Other shows Brianne has performed are Annie, Hairspray, Spamalot, Sleeping Beauty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Nutcracker. She has also done background work in The Necklace, an independent film shot in Boston.
Brianne loves the opportunity to keep Boss Academy close to her, and work with such wonderful and talented students.
Mackenzie Wright, Tumbling Instructor
Mackenzie has a wide range of experience in gymnastics and cheer both as an athlete and as a coach. Mackenzie has earned several titles in both gymnastics and cheer including two state championship, a New England championship, and two national championships at the high school level.
With over ten years of experience in both gymnastics and cheer, Mackenzie has a passion for tumbling and enjoys passing this on to her students. In her seventh year as a coach for competitive and non-competitive teams, Mackenzie is excited to join the Boss Academy team.
Mackenzie is currently pursuing a degree at Bridgewater State University with a double major in Psychology and Communication Disorders.
Kasey Sealey, Office Manager
Kasey is the smiling face in the Boss Academy office! She brings years of customer service and office management experience to the Boss team.
Carol Brienza, Guest Master Instructor
Carol is a graduate of New York University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education. With over 25 years of performance training and teaching experience, Carol has served on the faculty of the Broadway Dance Center, The Lee Strasburg Institute for Acting and NYU teaching in their children’s and recreational programs.
Currently, Carol is a master teacher and choreographer for various studios and dance companies in the Northeast, educating students of all ages in all forms of dance and performance.
Her choreography has been featured on the stages of Walt Disney World, Six Flags Theme Parks and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She is incredibly proud of her many students who have gone on to perform and choreograph professionally around the world!
Carol is a coordinating supervisor for Starpower Talent, Inc. pre-professional Power Pak Dance Company. She has just completed her 16th season with the successful power pak tour. She also serves on the judging panel of numerous dance competitions nationally.
Carol is also a certified Lebed Movement therapist specializing in restoring strength and wellness to individuals recovering from chronic diseases, cancer and children with special needs.
Carol has been be a guest choreographer and faculty member at Boss Academy for over a decade and is proud to be a part of the extraordinary performing arts education offered at Boss.