Meet the Staff
Cynthia Gibb - Founder/Director
Westport native Cynthia Gibb has over 60 film, TV and theater credits. She received a Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, opposite Bette Midler. She also starred in the Karen Carpenter Story. And anyone who ever donned legwarmers remembers her as the star of the TV series Fame! She also starred with Shirley Jones, Dick Van Dyke, Donna McKechnie, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, James Woods, Dabney Coleman, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Lloyd and many others. Cynthia has worked with Oliver Stone, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (producers of the Academy Awards, Smash and Chicago), as well as choreographers Jerome Robbins, Debbie Allen and Jaime Rogers. She has over 30 years professional experience as an actress, singer and dancer. Her TV credits include Law and Order/SVU, Criminal Minds and Without a Trace, among many others. Cynthia is a member of the prestigious Actors' Studio and has taught hundreds of singing and acting students in Connecticut, L.A., and in master classes across Italy.
Stevi Van Meter – Dance Teacher
Stevi Van Meter is originally from Michigan, where she began her studies in dance at the age of 9. Her extensive career spans over 30 years in the entertainment business throughout the United States and Europe. Some of her favorite credits include: Kid of The Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Broadway: Timon of Athens with the late Tony Randall’s National Actors’ Theater and Sinatra (His Voice, His Words, His Way) at Radio City Music Hall. Regional credits include: Damn Yankees starring Tony Randall, Bubbling Brown Sugar with Diahann Carroll, 42nd Street in the role of “Annie Time Annie," My One And Only, Mame and Will Rogers Follies to name a few…all of which she served as Dance Captain. Stevi appeared in over 10 national commercials, including “Diet Coke” with Elton John and Paula Abdul as well as L’Oreal, Jockey, Cadillac, the “Broadway Stamp” for the U.S. Post Office and “Coke” with original C&C Music Factory. She has had the good fortune of working with many stars, including Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and Bill Cosby. Stevi and her Dance Group, “Anonymous," won 5 shows on Star Search and went to the semi-finals hosted by the late Ed McMahon. Stevi has appeared in over 20 MTV videos as well as Independent films and was the Assistant Choreographer for Showtime’s The Red Shoe Diaries. Stevi choreographed The Fantasticks for Gateway Playhouse in Long Island and was the Assistant Choreographer for Damn Yankees at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. She also choreographed the 2009 Season for the “Queen Elizabeth 2”! Stevi was a Radio City Rockette for 15 years and just retired in 2010.
Brian J. Carter, Acting Teacher
Brian J. Carter is a familiar face to TV, film, and New York area theatre audiences. In theaters, he can be seen in next summer’s feature Ocean’s Eight (dir. Gary Ross, opposite Sandra Bullock). Most recently he delighted audiences at Buck’s County Playhouse as Mr. Green in the well-received, knee-slapping comedy Clue. Recent film credits include Loserville (opposite Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Matt McGorry and Darby Stanchfield), The Family Fang (dir Jason Bateman), Sex, Death and Bowling (dir Ally Walker), The Preppie Connection (opposite Thomas Mann), In Stereo and Santa Con (dir. Melissa Joan Hart). Brian has appeared on television shows including “The Blacklist,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Blue Bloods,” “Veep,” “Deadbeat,” “The Americans,” “Jessica Jones,” “Person of Interest,” "Law & Order: SVU,” "Law & Order,” "Pan Am,” "Guiding Light,” and "One Life to Live.” His stage career launched with the original production of the Pulitzer Prize©-winning Off-Broadway hit Wit (original production, MCC Theater/Union Square Theatre), which remains one of the most critically acclaimed productions in Off-Broadway history. Other stage credits include Vigil at the DR2; Collaborators, The President and Noon Divide both at Storm Theatre; Vast Machine at Axis Theatre; Broken Fences at Ballybeg Theatre; Waning Moon Over Bensonhurst at MCC Theater; In the Shadow of the Glen and The Dybbuk both at Marvell Rep; and Why Bother? and Years May Go By at Paradise Factory. He has worked at many acclaimed regional theaters including Westport Country Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Nick Sadler – Acting Teacher
Nick has appeared in award-winning films such as True Grit, Scent of A Woman, Disclosure, The Last Supper, and Mobsters. He’s an invited participant of The Sundance Institute Filmmaker’s Lab and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He’s been a private acting coach, workshop teacher, and consultant for the past 14 years. He’s conducted workshops on understanding and performing Shakespeare around the country and locally with The New Canaan Summer Theater and led the college/conservatory audition preparation workshops for The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, as well as creating Acting With The Camera workshops for tweens and teens for The Darien Arts Center. As a filmmaker, Nick is currently in post-production on Times Like These — a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the inspiring journey and harrowing struggles of a family whose father is diagnosed with Male Breast Cancer and Metastatic Breast Cancer. He’s the Creative Consultant of Emmy-Award-winner Ray Romano’s documentary film 95 Miles To Go, directed by Emmy-Award-winner Tom Caltobiano. Nick’s in pre-production with Todd Field (Academy-Award-nominated Writer/Director/Producer of In The Bedroom and Little Children) on Amateur Fools, an original screenplay that Nick wrote and is directing. In addition, he's producing with Arcady Bay (Bridge To Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins) an adaptation of National Book and Caldecott-Award-winning author Katherine Paterson's The Same Stuff As Stars. He’s married to GiGi New, a film and television writer, and their son Cooper is a student at Kings Highway Elementary and is enthusiastically involved in the performing arts as a breakdancer, actor, and singer.