Anthony Galde (Co-Founder)
Anthony is a true Broadway Veteran and worked for over 25 years on Broadway, in National Tours and International Productions. He was last seen in the Broadway production of Wicked and is a co-creator of Wicked’s hugely successful behind the scenes tour, Behind the Emerald Curtain. Anthony’s Broadway credits include Starlight Express, The Prince of Central Park, King David, Civil War, the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific and Wicked. His national and international credits include The Who’s Tommy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Prince of Central Park and Starlight Express and his regional credits include Hot Mikado, The Fix, Irving Berlin Songbook, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Lil’ Abner, Peter Pan, Oliver, and Kiss Me Kate and many more. In addition to his performing credits, Anthony has directed productions of Romeo and Juliet, Annie, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Who’s Tommy, Zombie Prom, Little Shop of Horrors, Greater Tuna and others. Anthony was the main stage director of The World Cultural Expo in Kyonju Korea and served as Associate Director and Choreographer for the national arena tour of Pokemon Live produced by Radio City. In addition to his performing, directing credits, Anthony has produced numerous events for philanthropic organizations across the country raising awareness and well over 6 million dollars. Anthony Galde has spent his entire life working and training in the entertainment industry and has had the pleasure of working with some of the giants in the industry: Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, Benadette Peters, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Nathan Lane, Liza Minnelli, Phylicia Rashad, Rue McClanahan, Ben Vereen, Andrea McArdle, Hugh Jackman, George Hearn, Joel Gray, Cyndi Lauper, Allison Janney, Jane Fonda, Elton John, Jack Klugman and even LaToya Jackson. Anthony’s passion for the arts and sharing his life experience is his calling card. His proudest achievement is his son. “I take very seriously the importance of the legacy I create for him and every person I teach and share a stage with. The arts were my haven growing up and I’m passionate about making those same opportunities available to every child. It is truly my deepest passion”
Chris Hall (Co-Founder)
Chris Hall has been an actor, director, teacher and musical theatre specialist for the last 20 years. His professional musical theatre acting credits include Chris in Miss Saigon, Ravenal in the National tour of Showboat, and the original cast of Jean Ann Ryan’s Hey, Mr. Producer , produced in partnership with Cameron Macintosh to name a few. His regional theatre credits have included the prestigious Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he originated the role of Smudge in Plaid Tidings with the writer and creator Stuart Ross. Directorial Musical theatre credits include Cabaret, Children of Eden, Crazy for You, Annie Get Your Gun, Urinetown, Hairspray, Damn Yankees, High School Musical, The Robber Bridegroom and a host of others. His directorial work on theatrical plays has included Lend Me A Tenor, The Lion in Winter, Much Ado About Nothing, Almost, Maine, Neil Simon’s Rumors, The Crucible and countless others. Chris is a musical director as well and one of his favorite ways to engage with students and professionals is by coaching audition material and offering a detailed acting approach to song. He is also an experienced voice teacher with degrees in music and musical theatre from Shorter University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. One of Chris’ passions is the Educational Theatre Association, which is responsible for the creation of the Georgia Thespian Organization. He sat on the board of directors for this organization for several years and was instrumental in planning and operating the Georgia Thespian Conference for thousands of high school aged acting and theatre students each year. He is thrilled to be launching the Orbit Performing Arts Academy with partner Anthony Galde along with a brilliant staff of performing arts professionals. Chris resides in Marietta and his family has built a rich tradition in the arts here in the Atlanta area for the last 60 years.
Alex Preston- Director of Marketing
Alex Preston is an entertainment professional serving downtown and metro Atlanta areas. He is a choreographer, a cinematographer, a designer and a performer. Equipped with this holistic understanding of the production process, he takes on each project with a responsive, logistical approach. His work ethic and dedication have earned him opportunities to work with prominent talent such as Shoshana Bean, Switchfoot, 3OH!3, Lisa Howard, Nancy Grace, Far East Movement, Karen Olivo, The Ready Set, and Travis Porter among others. Alex teaches hip hop, jazz, tap, clogging and lyrical. He has done choreography for television shows, music videos and live performance events. He is just as familiar with the other side of the production; having worked as a crew member on TV shows, feature films, shorts and commercial content.
At the ripe old age of six years old, Tatom knew what she wanted to do when she performed for the first time in front of a crowd. After performing in numerous productions from childhood to college, she later graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. Throughout her life she has worked with children– as a lead teacher with a private Pre-K program and as a substitute teacher in the private school system. By combining her love of the industry and her knowledge of child/human development, she has found a form of “teaching” she loves. She has a unique, encouraging way of “teaching” others to find their own way of working–and to have a blast doing it! Tatom Pender can be seen in the all new BET series “Being Mary Jane” as recurring co-star Tracy opposite Gabrielle Union, Richard Roundtree, and Margaret “Shug” Avery. You can also catch her in the 2014 thriller “No Good Deed” opposite Idris Elba.
Jillian Hanes-Murray- Resident Choreographer
Jillian Hanes-Murray, a native of New York, is an accomplished performer, choreographer and teacher. She has studied dance, vocal, and drama extensively across the country. Her performance credits include Star Search, Fiesta Texas, Opryland USA, Opryland Hotel, The General Jackson Showboat, as well as numerous music videos, television pilots, commercials and industrials. A published journalist, Jillian has also written a column in Dancer Magazine. She has choreographed shows such as “The Wiz”, “A Chorus Line”, “West Side Story”, “Grease”, “Footloose”, “Zombie Prom” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. She has been a choreographer and teacher in the Atlanta area for 17 years and her love of dance and musical theatre has inspired her to implement it into both studio and school curriculums. The art of storytelling through song and movement is something that Jillian enthusiastically shares with both her students and audiences. Her passion for the arts along with current teen social issues in the media inspired her to write, direct & choreograph a new musical revue for teens titled “Generation.net.” It’s thought provoking message addresses important challenges that today’s generation faces everyday: dating, the cyber world, stereotypes and bullying. The show was met with rave reviews and is a labor of love for Jillian, who hopes to inspire the next generation to stand up and make a difference.