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
Colleen is a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Performance and Music Education.
As an instructor, Colleen specializes in musical theatre and classical styles, focusing on relaxed and healthy singing. Her students have been accepted to a variety of prestigious musical theatre, music and summer intensive programs including Emerson College, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse University, Marymount Manhattan College, Fordham University, and Penn State.
As a vocalist, Colleen has performed across New England and New York. Highlights 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 2018, Colleen had the privilege of performing under composer and conductor Eric Whitacre at Carnegie Hall.
When not singing or teaching, Colleen enjoys spending time at home with her husband Christopher and their orange cat O’Malley, playing the ukulele, and planning trips to Disney!
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.
Olivia Leonard, Dance Instructor
Olivia is a proud alumnus of Boss Academy; she has been with the studio since it’s opening in 2002. During her time as a student, Olivia tried everything Boss has to offer from classic ballet classes to private vocal training. She was apart of Boss’s first competition team and, throughout her years at the studio, went on to win regional titles in both her solos as well as group pieces. She has taken the many skills learned from Boss Academy and applied them to auditions outside the studio, her most recent being for an entertainment position at Walt Disney World.
Olivia is entering her senior year of college at Bridgewater State University where she is studying English Communications with a minor in Education. A former Disney employee, Olivia hopes to return to the company before pursuing a career as a secondary education teacher.
Olivia is thrilled to be back at the studio sharing the many skills instilled into her as a Boss Academy student with the next generation.
Victoria Schneider, Dance Instructor
Victoria is an alumni of Boss Academy where she has studied ballet, jazz, pointe, tumbling, tap, hip hop, contemporary, technique, and lyrical for 13 years and competed on dance team for 10. 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 Bridgewater State University in December 2018 where she majored in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry within three and a half years. She is planning to go back to school to become a Physician Assitant in the near future. As of now, she works at South Shore Hospital as a LNA. She continues to take classes in Boston to continue her dance education.
Victoria is always 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
Miss Emily has been teaching varies styles and ages at Boss Academy since 2013. She has choreographed a handful of solos, duets, group dances, and musical theater numbers. Her choreography has received special awards for her innovativeness and use of props. Emily is passionate about dance and enjoys sharing her love for the performing arts with her students. Her classroom is focused on technique, strengthening and conditioning, and improvisation. Emily loves to encourage her students to keep pushing themselves in order to be better and stronger dancers. She works hard to create a positive classroom so dancers feel safe to express themselves and find their own voice as performers and choreographers.
Emily began her dance training at Nancy Mulford Dance Studio and Donna Tambussi Studio of Dance in New Jersey. She grew up performing in competitions and conventions in the Philadelphia and New York City area. She had the opportunity to perform on Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Walt Disney World as well as during half time at Madision Square Garden, opening basketball games for the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, and Disney’s ending production during ABC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A graduate of Salve Regina University, Emily received a B.A. in English Communications with a double minor in dance and theater. During her four years at Salve she performed with Extensions Dance Company and choreographed pieces for her junior and senior year. During that time her pieces were invited to perform during the American College Dance Festival informal shows. While with Extensions she had the opportunity to work with several renowned choreographers such as Jodi Leigh Allen, Joe Celej, Ali Kenner-Brodsky, Eva Marie Pacheco, and Melissa Gendreau. In 2012 Emily was the recipient of the Salve Regina Dance Award for her dedication to the dance department.
After graduation Emily pursued her dance career in Boston and Providence. She was granted the opportunity to dance with Urbanity Dance Company, Luminarium Dance Company, Embrace Dance Company, and Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co. During this time Emily performed at BCDF (Boston Contemporary Dance Festival) and UMass Amherst opening for Time Lapse Dance Company.
Emily is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in Rhode Island. With her rehab background, Emily is passionate about educating her dancers on strength and conditioning and use of proper technique in order to avoid injuries.
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.
Jamie Madden, Tumbling Instructor
Jamie’s love of tumbling and dance started when she was 5 years old, taking gymnastics and dance classes. Soon after, she began participating in Hanson Youth Cheerleading, staying with the program for 7 years. Jamie then went on to cheer at Whitman Hanson Regional high school where she secured a spot as captain of the varsity team her senior year.
Jamie began coaching for the Hanson Youth Cheerleading program in high school. After graduating, she continued to coach for the youth program, leading two teams to National Titles in Florida.
Jamie loves to watch kids gain new skills, and see their excitement when they reach a tumbling goal. Jamie is eager to continue her teaching experience and share her passion with the youth at Boss Academy.
Kayla McCormack, Tumbling Instructor
Kayla began tumbling when she was only three-years-old. She grew up doing gymnastics and Hanson Youth Cheerleading. Kayla secured a spot on Whitman Hanson’s Varsity Cheerleading team all 4 years of high school and achieved three state championship titles and one national championship title. She was named a captain her senior year.
Kayla was also a level 5 all-star cheerleader at Cheer Factor All Stars where she achieved many national titles as well as Encore’s top female performer and captain of the team her senior year.
In 2011, Kayla was recruited to be on Quinnipiac University’s Division I Acrobatics & Tumbling team where she was named a National Acrobatics & Tumbling Association All-American in 2014, scholar athlete and a captain of the team in 2016.
Kayla’s favorite part about teaching is seeing her students faces light up when they accomplish a new skill. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and 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.