Meet our talented team of instructors at MoonAmie Productions. Focusing on teaching exceptional techniques and creating unforgettable experiences, we are committed to our student’s skills and success.
MONICA NICOLE ROSELL
OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Monica Nicole Rosell is MoonAmie Productions’ Founder, Owner & Artistic Director. In her role, she directs the conservatory’s productions and spearheads the acting curriculum. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy from New York State University: Stony Brook (’11), where she taught undergraduate students Script Analysis and Theatre History. Monica also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Miami ‘08, where she completed an intensive four-month study of Shakespeare plays and theory at Kent University in Canterbury, United Kingdom. Monica is also a proud alumna of the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart.
After completing her studies, Monica moved back to her hometown and has been a prominent director and private acting coach for 10+ years. Previous credits include: Shrek Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., Cabaret, Moana Jr., Chicago, 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, The America Play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Reconstructing Mama (Off-Broadway). Monica has also directed, produced & edited all short films for MoonAmie Productions.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & VOCAL COACH
As MoonAmie Productions’ Director of Music, Priscilla Blanco teaches private and group voice lessons at the conservatory and oversees the musical development for all full-scale productions. Priscilla earned her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in music education at Florida International University. She taught in the Miami-Dade Public School system for five years and served as secretary and president for the Miami-Dade County Music Educators Association during her tenure. She was awarded the honor of ‘Rookie Teacher of the Year’ in the school district’s central region.
Priscilla is passionate about giving back to the community through her gifted musical talents. She co-founded Spark! Music Initiative, a non-profit based in Grand Cayman, which helps educate and introduce creative music techniques to underserved children.
Previous credits include: Shrek Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., Cabaret, Moana Jr., Chicago, Newsies, 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.
Additionally, she is the music director at Villain Theater, where she teaches improv classes, coaches teams, and produces the weekly comedy shows.
CHARLEEN VOLZ COMPANY/STAGE MANAGER
As MoonAmie Production’s Company/Stage Manager since 2016, Charleen oversees the logistics and operations of all full-scale productions at the conservatory. Before moving to Miami, Charlene worked in stage management and operations in Pennsylvania, Chicago, New Jersey, and New York, and earned degrees in Chemistry and Theatre from the University of Maryland. Her most memorable stage credits include Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Newsies, Chicago, Moana Jr., Shrek Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., and Cabaret. Charleen is also a certified teacher who has a passion for math and science. She owes much of her current success and happiness to her loving husband. Together they have adopted two perfect children, Francisco and Josephine.
DIRECTOR OF ENRICHMENT
Maritere Garcia-Velez serves as MoonAmie Productions’ Director of Enrichment and Creator of My Mini Moonies, the conservatory’s education sector for toddler and preschool-aged students. Maritere has 15+ years of experience working in the public and private education sector throughout Miami, Chicago, and Gainesville. Maritere earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida and 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 achievements/accreditations are as follows:
Helped numerous students win the Read Conmigo National Writing Competition
Accredited to teach in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program
Fully-trained in Lego Robotics Education Programs/STEM education
Served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions at one of Miami's most prestigious private schools
Awarded Miami Beach Teacher of the Year in 2011 and the Spot Success Award from Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Nominated for the Elaine Weisberg Award for Educators
Brooke Sterling is MoonAmie Productions’ Tap Instructor and Fight Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Brooke’s credits include: Fame/Blithe Spirit/Sweet Charity (Woodstock Playhouse), The Miser (UNCSA), 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 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 the National Anthem for the Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Marlins, University of Miami (Basketball & Baseball) and with the Palm Beach Pops. She served as MoonAmie Productions’ 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. Brooke is currently a working actress based in New York City.
MUSICAL THEATRE & JAZZ INSTUCTOR
Samuel “Sammy” Schechter is MoonAmie Productions’ Musical Theatre and Jazz Instructor. He is currently earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (CCM).
Regional Credits include, All Shook Up! (The Muny), Newsies (MoonAmie Productions), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (MoonAmie Productions), Mamma Mia! (Millbrook Playhouse), Annie (Taft Theater), and Cirque Dreams Broadway (Broward Center for the Performing Arts). Sammy has also been in CCM’s productions of Guys and Dolls, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 42nd Street, and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. 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.
JUNIOR DANCE INSTRUCTOR
In her role as Junior Dance Instructor, Kate teaches ballet technique, jazz, and hip hop to students ages 1-11.
Ashley is currently MoonAmie's intern assisting with various tasks at the conservatory.