Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) Academy’s instructors are some of the Washington, DC area’s most intuitive and experienced faculty for musical theatre instruction.
Tioni has been directing and teaching for more than 20 years. She has taught acting and improvisation techniques to people of all ages in many different environments—ranging from elementary schools to business professionals, college students and professional stages. She is dedicated to helping others become more effective communicators and artists. Tioni recently directed the Theatre Bay Area nominated production of American Jornalero for Ubuntu Theatre Project. Tioni has performed professionally in the U.S. and abroad, and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
With more than 40 years in the field of theatre, Roberta Gasbarre is recognized as a leader in all aspects of arts-based learning, with primary interests in new works, cultural and heritage arts, and of course, theatre for young audiences. Roberta has been with the Smithsonian Associates as the director of Discovery Theater since 1999; deepening the theater’s commitment to educational enrichment and broadening its connection to the museums on and off the National Mall. She received degrees from The Catholic University of America (BA) and Towson University (MFA), specializing in interdisciplinary and world theatre and art. She is an active member of the International Museum Theater Alliance, the Association of American Museums, and ASSITEJ-USA (The United States Center for the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People) and locally with the DC Arts and Humanities Educational Collaborative. Roberta’s professional theatre career includes direction, choreography and integrated arts education at many Washington, DC-area theaters, including The Shakespeare Theater, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage/Living Stage, Washington Jewish Theatre and the Washington Revels. Fluent in sign language, she served on the faculty at Gallaudet University, and has also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, American University, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Kaiser Permanente’s AIDS and health education initiative, and in Poland at the University of Poznan.
Mary Beth holds a B.M. in Musical Theatre from Catholic University and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and dual licensure in Early Childhood Special Education and Pre-K-3rd Grade General Education from George Mason University. She is currently a student teacher in preschool special education with Alexandria City Public Schools. As an actor, Mary Beth has worked with Constellation Theatre Company, 1st Stage, Keegan Theatre, Quotidian Theatre, American Century Theatre, and Adventure Theatre MTC (Spot's Birthday Party, Goodnight Moon, Garfield).
Paige is a proud graduate of American University, with a dual degree in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. She originally hails from Southern Virginia, where she had over a decade of classical piano training. Some projects include: Sister Act and with Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Point A to Point B with Arts on the Horizon, and Sweeney Todd with Olney Theatre Center.
Tony Thomas (Jazz/Ballet Instructor) Since his youth, Tony Thomas has toured, performed, and worked as a professional artist, scoping a range of television, film, stage, concert dance, and later, design work. His international travels and residencies through Italy, Australia, London, Japan, and the U.S., have exposed him to intriguing cultural practices and art forms, making him the artist we see today. From the start of his career and up till now, Tony has worked and developed his craft under the wings of Debbie Allen, Broadway’s David Saint and Joey McKneely, Steven Nachamie, Tony Powell, Christopher Huggins, Shawn Cosby, and Mike Malone.