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!
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.
Hillary Keefe, Dance Instructor
Hillary is proud to be a Boss Academy alumnus! She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Video Production from Ithaca College, where she also served as Artistic Director of On the Floor Dance Company. While living in Ithaca, Hillary was the assistant director of the dance program, as well as a dance instructor, at The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.
Hillary has worked in the television industry for over five years, in both Los Angeles and New York City. She has experience in a wide capacity of production and post production roles, including casting and editing. Among her credits are The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Conan, COPS, and Viceland. Throughout her television career, Hillary continued to spread her love of dance by teaching Broadway style dance classes in LA and NYC. She is thrilled to be back on the South Shore to share her passion and knowledge of the entertainment industry and dance.
Victoria Schneider, Dance Instructor
Victoria is an alumni of Boss Academy where she has studied ballet, jazz, pointe, tumbling, tap, hip hop, contemporary, technique, lyrical for 13 years and competed on dance team for ten. 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 also a competitor on Boss Academy's dance competition team where she also competed as a soloist. Brianne has won numerous awards such as Miss Star Power and scored numerous highest scoring titles. She has been teaching dance and acting at Boss Academy since 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 in are Annie, Hairspray, Spamalot, Sleeping Beauty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Nutcracker.
Brianne loves the opportunity to keep Boss Academy close to her, and work with such wonderful and talented students alongside KathyJo, and other Boss Academy Staff. She enjoys watching each students progression, watching them flourish, and accomplish any goals they may have.
Marissa Thompson, Tumbling Instructor
Marissa Thompson began her dance and gymnastics training at the age of 7. Knowing she had a passion for teaching she began coaching gymnastics as an assistant coach at the age of 15. Never leaving her love of dance behind she competed on the Weymouth high school dance team and choreographed her gymnasts floor routines.
A graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Marissa received a B.A. of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Currently Marissa is a dental consultant in the New England area teaching team members how to run successful dental practices.
Marissa is excited to teach and share her love for tumbling with the students at Boss Academy of Performing Arts.
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.