Meet Our Teachers

All of our teachers are fully Vaccinated. 

Richard Mazda
Drama, Acting Coach, and Shakespeare

Richard Mazda is a UK-born actor, writer, and director who is now a proud American. He was the Artistic Director of the Secret which he founded and built-in 2007.

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Kaila Wooten
Actor, Singer and Musician

Kaila Wooten believes the voice is an instrument just like any other. She got her start singing sessions in Nashville and she now teaches private voice lessons to all ages. BFA (NYU) 



 

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Samantha Sayah
Director/ Musical Director

Samantha Sayah (Director/ Musical Director) is an NYC based Actor, Singer, Musician, and Teaching Artist. Directing credits include Matilda Jr. & Into the Woods Jr. with the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan. As an actor, she was last seen playing Girl in Once at the Geva Theatre Center. Additional theatre credits include Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Disney Cruise Line, and Tokyo Disney Resort. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University. To Richard, the cast, crew, and designers- Thank You. May you never lose sight of “the thing that makes it worth the journeying.”

 

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Regina Gibson
Actor, Writer and Singer

Regina is a professional actor and teaching artist based in New York City. Recent NYC credits: The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Opera Folksbiene), Science Fair (ArsNova ANT), and Leah in Leah, the Forsaken (Metropolitan Playhouse) Regional: Lathem Prince (DC Capital Festival), As You Like It (Connecticut Shakespeare) Charlotte's Web (Theatreworks/USA). Readings with Lark, EST, and ArsNova. Film: Spiders (Cannes Festival) She stars as Amelia in her comedy series, Honestly, Amelia at www.honestlyamelia.com   BFA NYU TISCH Stella Adler.

 

 

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Michael Verre
Actor, Singer and Dancer
Michael is an Actor/Singer/Dancer born and raised in NY. He is thrilled to be a part of the team at the Secret Theatre. Past credits as an actor include The Peterborough Players, The John W. Engeman Theatre, The Palace Theatre, and Red Mountain Theatre Company and as a dancer, he has performed in The Queensborough Dance Festival, Broadway By The Year at The Town Hall, and Saks 5th Ave "Theatre of Dreams." He has studied with and performed in pieces choreographed by, Max Pollak, Andrew Nemr, and Marshall Davis Jr. Follow him on Instagram @michaeljverre for videos of him busking in Central Park and pictures of pizza.
 

 

 

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Paige ‘Queen TuT’ Stewart
Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer

Paige Stewart is a very accomplished dancer and teacher who has danced for Nick Cannon, Arianna Grande, BET, Wyclef Jean and many, many others.  She has a very extensive resume as a dance teacher and choreography and is the founder of the Kingdom Dance Company based in Jamaica, Queens. She specializes in teaching Hip Hop, Street, African, and the kind of styles seen in modern pop videos.  She loves to teach dance technique and is particularly proud of her work building communities within the groups and classrooms she teaches in.

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Luisa Menzen
Teacher, Actor
Luisa Menzen is a NYC based, multilingual actress and teaching artist. She was born in Germany and grew up in Italy, where she started performing in theater and began to work in the arts. She moved to the Big Apple further pursuing her acting career. Luisa has been performing with The Russian Arts Theater & Studio for the past few years, select NY credits include: Crime and Punishment (West End Theater), Lady with a Lapdog (Theater for the New City), The Seagull, Dante’s Inferno (Pushkin Hall).  Luisa has done voice-over work and can be seen in independent films, commercial spots and print work. Luisa loves to work with kids of all ages, teaching theater arts and passing on her true passion.

 

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Rosie Dean
Actor, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Writer, and Influencer 
Rosie is a NYC based creative originally from the UK, who is grateful for the opportunity to combine two of her favorite passions- Making art and working with kids. She graduated from NYU Tisch in 2019 and has since taken strides in film acting, social media content creation, and music! After choreographing Matilda with the Secret Theater, Rosie is thrilled to be back and looking forward to the new season!