mission

MoonAmie is a fine arts conservatory. Our mission is to provide a professional, creative, and safe environment, where students of all ages can learn and refine their talents. Monica Nicole Rosell, MFA, has created a program that allows lessons to be tailored to a student’s personal needs and skill. MoonAmie Productions offers private, semi-private, and small group acting, dancing, and voice lessons. In order for our students’ success, we ask that the policies and code of conduct be followed. MoonAmie is also a theater production company. We produce musicals every year, which take place in Miami's historic Olympia Theater and the Adrienne Arsht Center! MoonAmie believes that when it comes to productions quality over quantity is the way to go. We produce two shows a year and make sure that we have at least four months to rehearse and produce. Our productions include a live orchestra, unique set designs, handmade costumes tailored to each actor, and a talented creative team of professional local artists from Miami! MoonAmie Alums are currently attending prestigious BFA conservatories like Carnegie Mellon, UNSCA, NYU, UM, CCM, FSU, Boston Conservatory, Elon and so many more!

INSTRUCTORS & STAFF

 

Monica Nicole Rosell is MoonAmie’s Director, Acting Coach and Owner. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy from New York State University: Stony Brook (’11), where she taught undergraduates Script Analysis and Theatre History, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Miami ‘08, completing an intensive four month study of Shakespeare plays and theory at Kent University in Canterbury. She has been a private acting coach and director in South Florida for 9 years. Previous Credits include: Newsies, Eurydice, Steel Magnolias, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, High School Musical, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast Jr, Willy Wonka, Jungle Book Kids, Cinderella Kids, RENT, Catch Me If You Can, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, Tarzan, Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Seussical, Godspell, Rock Odyssey, Avenue Q, Jungle Book, Romeo and Juliet, Playboy of the Western World, Eurydice, The America Play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Reconstructing Mama (Off-Broadway). Monica has also directed, produced & edited all short films for MoonAmie Productions.

Monica Nicole Rosell

Owner & Artistic Director

Priscilla Blanco

Director of Music & Vocal Coach

Priscilla Blanco attended Florida International University for her undergraduate and graduate studies in music education. Priscilla studied piano with Dr. Nancy Luzko and Dr. Jose Lopez and studied voice with Dr. Kathleen Wilson while at FIU. She taught in the public school system for five years while holding leadership positions as Secretary and then President with the Dade County Music Educators Association. Priscilla has been the recipient of the Rookie Teacher of the Year for the central region and has collaborated in organizing district wide festivals for MDCPS students. Priscilla is also the co-founder of Spark! Music Initiative, a non-profit based in Grand Cayman, which focuses on music making in a creative light. In addition, she music directs locally having worked on shows like Gypsy, Songs for a New World, Legally Blonde, Violet, Edges, Rent, Damn Yankees, Wedding Singer, Crazy for You, Willy Wonka, Cinderella, 42nd Street, amongst others. Priscilla also works as a vocal coach and accompanist throughout South Florida.

Maritere Garcia-Velez

Director of Enrichment

Chase Hill

Art Director

Maritere Garcia-Velez is an educator with fourteen years of experience working in the public and private sector. She is the Director of Enrichment and creator of the My Mini Moonies at MoonAmie. She has taught in the cities of Miami, Chicago and Gainesville. Maritere received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida and her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago. In her years of teaching and working with children, she has created several curricula which have been implemented in schools, including an exclusive STEM curriculum designed for Pre-K to 6th grade students. She specializes in elementary education and has also worked extensively with students in middle school and high school in the areas of reading, language arts and writing. Her creative writing classes have been extremely engaging for students and have led to numerous honors such as winning the Read Conmigo National Writing Competition, in which her students' writing was published by Monarca Press. She has taught in the International Baccalaureate Program and is fully trained in Lego Robotics Education Programs. She has organized many science fairs at her schools and established a STEM Teacher Team. Some of her other responsibilities have included leading programs as the Scripps National Spelling Bee coordinator, tutoring all levels, including test prep for standardized testing, cheerleading coach, drama club director, holiday show director and poetry club leader. She has served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions at one of Miami's most prestigious private schools. She was nominated for the Elaine Weisberg Award for Educators and she is the recipient of The Spot Success Award from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Additionally, she received the distinguished honor of Miami Beach Teacher of the Year in 2011. Maritere is extremely dedicated to her students and values the time she shares with them, hoping to motivate and guide them to academic and individual success.

Chase Hill graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. Chase is a Social Media Manager, Designer and writer; he has served as MoonAmie's Art Director since 2014.

 

Chase is currently a Social Media Coordinator at Verizon Media, previously working as the Social Media Manager at LittleThings and as the Entertainment Social Media Manager at the New York Daily News. He also serves as Art Director for Jessica DeCarlo New York. Chase's previous clients include MTV, NASA, BET, The American Museum of Natural History and Slant News.

Chase's acting credits include roles in musical and repertory theatre productions such as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, the Artful Dodger in Oliver, Deputy Governor Danforth in The Crucible, and Howard Bevans in Picnic.

Brooke Sterling

Tap Instructor

Brooke Sterling is Moonamie’s Tap Instructor and Fight Coordinator. She is currently a senior earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Brooke’s favorite credits include: Hairspray (The Muny), Mamma Mia (The Muny), The Cider House Rules Part I & II (UNCSA), Wonder of the World (UNCSA), Fiddler on the Roof (Miami Acting Company). She recently performed in reading with a star studded cast and creative team for a new musical, BlackBox, at the Manhattan Theatre Club & RWS Studios. Additionally, she has performed National Anthems for the Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Marlins, University of Miami (Basketball & Baseball) and with the Palm Beach Pops. She has served as MoonAmie’s Fight Coordinator on The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Newsies as she holds certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors in Unarmed, Knife, Rapier & Dagger, Small Sword, Quarterstaff and Broadsword.

Sammy Schechter

Musical Theatre & Jazz

Sammy Schechter is MoonAmie’s Jazz Instructor. He is earning his BFA in musical theatre at the College Conservatory of Music- The University of Cincinnati (CCM). Regional Credits include, All Shook Up! At the Muny (Teen Ensemble), Newsies (Finch/ Dance Captain), Mamma Mia! ( Ensemble/ Dance Captain) at the Millbrook Playhouse, Annie at the Taft Theater (Rooster u/s, Dance Captain), and Cirque Dreams Broadway at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Featured Vocalist). Sammy has also been seen in CCM’s productions of Guys and Dolls (Ensemble), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Swing), 42nd Street (Ensemble), and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Featured Dancer).In 2019, He performed as a featured vocalist with the Cincinnati Pops in The Wonderful Music of Oz concert. He is the recipient of the CCM 2020 Cope Family Award. Sammy is also a member of The Growing Studio’s LINK class of 2020. Favorite Moonamie Credits: Peter Pan (Mr. Darling/Captain Hook) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo). @sammyschechter

Zoë Maloney

Ballet, Technique & Contemporary

Zoë Maloney is MoonAmie’s Ballet and Contemporary Dance Instructor. She is a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (‘21) to pursue her BFA in Musical Theatre. She has studied dance at MoonAmie, New World School of the Arts, Belvoir Terrace and currently studies under the direction of Michelle Chassé and Daniel Pelzig at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her most recent credits include A Chorus Line (Diana) at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Hair (Tribe/Jeanie U/S) at New Repertory Theatre, Peter Pan (Peter Pan) at MoonAmie Productions, Chicago (Velma Kelley) at Belvoir Terrace and RENT (Mimi Marquez) at MoonAmie Productions, just to name a few! Zoë was an intern at MoonAmie for 3 years before she moved to Boston to earn her degree and continued to work at MoonAmie as Assistant Choreographer Hunchback of Notre Dame and their short films. 

Daniela Aguilar

Intern

Lauren Quintana

Intern

Intern

Isabella Sanchez

 

THE SPACE

Acting classes for kids in Miami. Dance classes for kids in Miami.

FAQ

  • How/Where can I register myself or my child?

 

You can register yourself or your child by following a few simple steps. 

  1. Download the REGISTRATION and POLICIES & CODE OF CONDUCT forms.

  2. Fill out forms.

  3. Either scan and email forms to MoonAmieProductions@gmail.com or bring the completed forms with you when you visit the Conservatory. MoonAmie’s Conservatory is located at 7800 SW 57th Avenue Suite 304 South Miami, FL 33143.

  • When can I register myself or my child? 

 

You can register yourself or your child for lessons at any point throughout the year. You must email 

MoonAmieProductions@gmail.com to inquire about lesson availability. If there is no availability for the month you register, you or your child will be put on a waiting list and will be contacted as soon as a time slot is available. 

 

  • How can I subscribe to MoonAmie’s mailing list? 

 

If you wish to receive MoonAmie updates via email, please email MoonAmieProductions@gmail.com with the Subject: “Subscribe to MoonAmie”, and we will add you to our mailing list.

 

  • What types of lessons are taught at MoonAmie? 

 

MoonAmie is a Fine Arts Conservatory for Theatre. Our instructors teach Acting, Dance, and Voice lessons at the conservatory. Most of the lessons taught at MoonAmie are Private (one-on-one) Lessons in these concentrations. We also offer Semi-Private, Group and Specialty lessons. Visit our Lesson page for more information.

 

  • What is the difference between a Semi-Private and Group Lesson? 

 

A Semi-Private lesson is restricted to only two students per lesson. A Group Lesson includes 3 or more students. Visit our Lesson page for more information.

 

  • What is a Specialty Lesson?

 

A Specialty Lesson is a group lesson that is offered for a short period of time. MoonAmie offers Specialty Acting and Dance Lessons. They can focus on audition prep, master classes with guest artists, and are open to specific age groups. If you wish to receive MoonAmie updates via email, please email MoonAmieProductions@gmail.com with the Subject: “Subscribe to MoonAmie”, and we will add you to our mailing list. Visit out Lesson page for more information.

 

 

  • How can I find out about upcoming productions and special events? 

 

MoonAmie’s website is continuously updated. If you click on our “Shows” and “News” menu, you will be updated on all current events, productions, and student information. If you wish to receive MoonAmie updates via email, please email MoonAmieProductions@gmail.com with the Subject: “Subscribe to MoonAmie”, and we will add you to our mailing list.

 

  • How do I buy tickets for shows? 

 

You can purchase tickets for MoonAmie’s current production by going to MoonAmie.com. There will be a link on the “Opening Page”, “Home Page”, and “Shows” menu on our website. You can also purchase tickets at the door, the night of the show, with cash or credit card. We advise that you purchase your tickets ahead of time so you can reserve your seats. 

 

  • Does MoonAmie offer special discounts? 

If you or your child register for lessons at MoonAmie, you can save money by purchasing our “10 Lesson Package.” If you click on our “Lessons” menu on our website, you can learn more about each Lesson Type and Pricing. 

 

  • What are MoonAmie’s audition requirements for musical theatre productions? 

 

MoonAmie requires the actor to have a prepared and memorized one minute dramatic/comedic contemporary monologue, 32 bars of a musical theatre song, and will be expected to participate in a dance call at the audition.  Callbacks are scheduled a day or two after the initial audition.

 

  • What are MoonAmie’s audition requirements for short films?

 

MoonAmie’s short films have different audition requirements depending on the film you choose to participate in. Please continue checking MoonAmie.com for current updates on our short films, and please email MoonAmieProductions@gmail.com with the Subject: “Subscribe to MoonAmie”, for updates via email. 

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