The Orbit Team

Administration

Co-founder

Chris Hall

Company, Jr. Company, Triple T, PLAYhouse, College Prep, Audition Consultation / Coaching, Private Acting Instructor

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 have launched the Orbit Performing Arts Academy with partner Anthony Galde and 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.

Co-founder

Anthony Galde

Company, Jr. Company, Triple T, PLAYhouse, College Prep, Audition Consultation/Coaching, Private Acting Instructor

At the age of 17, Anthony was cast in the Broadway production of Starlight Express. After over 25 years working on Broadway, US National Tours and abroad. Anthony’s last Broadway show was the hit musical Wicked. Mr. Galde was a cast member of the Broadway production for seven and a half years and is a co-creator of Wicked’s hugely successful behind-the-scenes tour, Behind the Emerald Curtain.

Most recently, Anthony starred in the world premiere of Mary & Max The Musical at Theatre Calgary in Calgary, Canada. The book was written by Crystal Skillman, Music & Lyrics by Bobby Crinin and the production was directed by Stafford Arima.

Anthony’s other Broadway credits include the original casts of Starlight Express, The Prince of Central Park, King David, Civil War and the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific. His national and international credits include The Who’s Tommy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Prince of Central Park and Starlight Express. Anthony has also been seen in regional productions of Hot Mikado, The Fix, Irving Berlin Songbook at The Kennedy Center, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Lil’ Abner, Peter Pan, Oliver, and Kiss Me Kate. 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, Hot Mikado, Li’l Abner and many more. 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 and Jimmy Buffet’s Don’t Stop the Carnival at The Atlantis.

Anthony has had the honor of producing numerous fund raising events across the country supporting everything from Kula for Karma, Broadway Cares and Quilts for Kids to America’s Second Harvest, The Dystonia Foundation and public school performing arts programs all over the United States. Mr. Galde also produced the star-studded events Broadway’s Katrina Benefit and Defying Inequality at the Gershwin Theater. These sold-out events harnessed the celebrity power of hundreds of Broadway, television and film celebrities and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Anthony’s vision for change and passion to help others in need has raised well over $6 million for philanthropic organizations across the country.

In addition to his performing, directing and producing credits, Mr. Galde has been very successful within the “business of show business.” Anthony is a highly sought-after private coach of voice, acting and auditioning. He’s been teaching and coaching for over 25 years and directs a great deal of his time and energy preparing young people for the reality of pursuing a career in the performing arts.

Anthony Galde has spent his entire life working and training in the entertainment industry and has had the honor of working with show business giants including: Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, 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, Jennifer Holiday, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty, and even toured with LaToya Jackson.

Anthony’s passion for the arts is his calling card. His proudest achievement is his son. “I take very seriously the importance of the legacy that I create for him and every person that I teach, coach or share a stage with. The arts were my safe haven growing up and my life experiences have become the tools I use to help young people to find their safe haven and realize their fullest potential.”

Director of Marketing

Alex Preston

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.

Office Manager and Vocal Technique

Alison Streeter

Private Voice Instructor

Alison performed and trained extensively in voice, piano, dance, and acting during her childhood and while a student at Indiana University, Bloomington. After moving to Nashville, TN, she earned a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. Alison worked for twelve years at a private, therapeutic boarding school in Virginia as a therapist and college counselor before helping to launch the school’s Department of Alumni and Transition Services, where she eventually served as Dean. Her department specialized in preparing students and families for the transition from HS to College. While living in Virginia, Alison remained active in the performing arts as a performer, volunteer, and board member of several non-profit arts organizations. Upon her relocation to Georgia in 2016, Alison assisted Orbit Theatrical Inc. with its 501(c)(3) application and later joined the board as its treasurer. She currently teaches private voice and piano at Orbit Arts Academy and offers tutoring and college counseling services

Associate Office Manager

Charley Lynch

Technical Theatre

Charley found her love of office administration while serving as the office administrator for the Academic Affairs office at her alma mater, Berry College. After earning her B.A. in Theatre, Charley applied her passion for theatre and administration and worked professionally across the southeast as a props artisan, makeup and wig designer, box office administrator, property master, and production manager.

Sharing theatrical storytelling through the collaboration of artists and technical artisans drives her interest in arts administration. Passing down the magic and importance of theatre to the next generation at Orbit is a dream!

Staff

Musical Theatre

Brad Bass

Company, Jr. Company, PLAYhouse

Brad Bass was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, VA. He moved to New York City at 18 to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and to pursue a career in musical theatre. After graduating in the summer of 2000, he started work full time as a professional actor. Brad worked regionally for five years, did a national tour, and in December of 2005 booked his first big job: Wicked. He joined the cast in Chicago and within a year was playing the lead role of Fiyero. In 2007 he moved to the New York cast, thus making his Broadway debut.

He enjoyed doing workshops of new musicals and plays and in 2008 he was chosen for the original Broadway cast of Memphis. After three years with the production he booked his next Broadway show, Jersey Boys. There are 10 male roles in Jersey Boys and Brad has played 7 of them!

Brad can be heard on the original cast albums of Memphis as well as Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess. He has been seen on The View, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Tony Awards, and the feature film version of Memphis. Currently, Brad works as the Musical Theatre Artist-in-Residence at Averett University. Brad is developing a new musical with his writing partner, Cari Kassel.

Resident Choreographer

Jillian Hanes-Murray

Company, Jr. Company, Triple T, MT Prep Track, MT Dance, Private Dance Instructor 

Jillian Hanes-Murray, grew up in the metro Atlanta area, and 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 numerous shows including Big Fish, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown, Hot Mikado, The Wiz, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Hairspray, Footloose and Little Shop of Horrors.  She has been a choreographer and teacher for 20 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 hopes to share with both her students and her audiences.  She has been part of this inventive Orbit team since its inception, and is thrilled to be on this journey. Each year, her students inspire her to raise the barre, further igniting her passion of guiding the next generation to achieve success in whatever they aspire to pursue! 

Acting and On-Camera

Tatom Pender

Triple T, The PROgram for Young Actors, Acting Out, PLAYground, On-Camera Acting

Her first grade performance is where Tatom Pender knew what she wanted to do for the rest other life. With a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a desire to connect performance with early childhood development, Tatom set out to teach. For 17 years, she has worked with thousands of talented young actors focusing on self-confidence, collaboration, work ethic, and respect for self,others, and craft. Tatom reignited her performance career in 2011 working alongside industry heavy hitters like: Idris Elba, Ang Lee, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and most recognizably opposite Gabrielle Union in Being Mary Jane. Her recent credits include Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings opposite Holly Taylor. Tatom’s professional experiences always bring a fresh lense to her classroom. Each lesson is based on an original curriculum adapted to meet each student where they are at in the learning process. When she’s not in the classroom or on set, Tatom can be found at home with her little “man”, Harley,or planning her next trip to Kenya

Musical Theatre

Claudio Pestana-Aguiar

PLAYhouse, Improv Technique, Private Acting Instructor

Claudio has been a part of the Atlanta theatre community for ten years. He is a former Orbit Company member and has been directing PLAYhouse for the past couple seasons. He is always acting in local shows around the area and has a depth of experience, especially in improv and musical theatre. He is thrilled to be a part of the Orbit Family. 

Dance

Ann-Marie Sepe

Advanced Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre 13+, Jazz for Musical Theatre 13+, Musical Theatre Dance Choreography, The Dance Factor 7-10, Acting Out

Ann-Marie Sepe (originally a Jersey girl) moved to Atlanta, GA about a year ago by way of LosAngeles, CA. Since moving here to Atlanta she’s choreographed a SAG musical short film titled “Tuneless,” with Big Picture Casting, performed in Santa’s Fantastical (Atlanta’s 1st Holiday pop-up), and choreographed Milton Highschool’s production of Curtains. Ann-Marie has a long list of professional credits onstage and in front of the camera. You can see her dancing in the National commercial, “It didn’t suck,” choreographed by Michael Rooney for Carvana as well as dancing in a”Heineken” ad. She played the 1st Betty Lou Who in Grinchmas at Universal Studios, Hollywood, danced for Princess Cruise Lines, toured with Matt Davenport Productions, danced at Hershey Park and has performed at Regional theaters in various musicals all over the country as well as numerous Off Broadway Productions in NYC. She also traveled to Seoul, South Korea and danced for one of the most well known magicians in the world, Franz Harary. Some favorite credits of hers include Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Northshore Music Theater, Frenchy in Grease at Blatts Dinner Theater. Anytime Annie in 42nd St, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Mitzi in Crazy For You at Theater By The Sea, Anybodys in West Side Story at Lee’s McRae Theater, Lucy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and many others. Ann-Marie was a member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble for 4 years where she danced with Savion Glover. She also is an Alumni of Anne Reinking’s prestigious Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, FL where she studied alongside legends such as Julie Andrews, Anne Reinking, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Gregory Hines. Ann-Marie also danced with The Honey Taps in N.Y.C and L.A, a flapper themed 1920’s tap group! She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and AGVA as well as a graduate of Montclair State University with a B.A in Dance and Communications.

Acting

Addie DeVelvis

Advanced Acting, Mastering the Monologue, Audition Consultation/Coaching 

Addie DeVelvis is an actor, writer and educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with her BFA in theater performance from Columbus State University, where her credits included Much Ado About Nothing, Hairspray, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. After graduating, she’s worked on tours with the National Theater for Children and has been in short films such as Romeo and Limbo. Her passion for education doesn’t stop at theater, as she also is a tutor with Applerouth Tutoring Services. You can currently find her studying improv at Dad’s Garage, or hosting her independent podcast! 

Dance

Antwan Sessions

Ballet for Musical Theatre – Homeschool, Jazz for Musical Theatre-Homeschool, Modern for Musical Theatre – Homeschool, The Dance Factor! – Musical Theatre Dance, Private Dance Instructor 

Antwan Sessions, native of Charleston, South Carolina started his dancing career while attending North Springs High School located in Sandy Springs, Georgia. There he found his passion for dance. Searching for outside training, Antwan join Total Dance in Adamsville, Georgia where he studied Ballet, Modern, & Jazz dance. Since then he’s attended several dance school under a full scholarships such as, Renaissance International School of Performing Arts (RISPA) in Milton, Georgia, Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment & Arts (AREA) in Atlanta, Georgia, and Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Alpharetta, Georgia to name a few. Antwan’s passion for dance has allowed him to perform and teach in places like Denver, San Francisco, Mexico, Canada, China, Europe, Africa and so many more. Some of Antwan’s credits include: Assisting for Georgina Louchiey who’s the Artistic Director/Co Owner of RISPA. He’s danced for Tracy Vogt of Philadanco, Kim Robards of Kim Robards Dance, Kiki Ely of ATLA, Stephan Reynolds of Cirque Du Soleil, and Jeffrey Page former choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance and Beyonce. Not limiting himself to concert dance, Antwan was the principal dancer for Sea Beach Resort in Egypt for a year, he also danced in former Danity Kane member D. Woods in her music video 

“Best You Got,” toured China with pop artist Christah Ray as well as toured with artist Nikki Jane. He is now the Founder of his own Contemporary Ballet Company Lamorris Namari, and Artistic Director/Co-Owner of Namari Dance Center. 

Acting and Dance

Emily Nedvidek

Audition Consultation/Coaching 

Emily Nedvidek is an Atlanta-based actor, dancer, and hot dog connoisseur with a BA from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She can currently be seen playing Macbeth in Synchronicity Theatre’s Mac|Beth, and this Christmas she will be Joan Crawford in Out Front’s Christmas at the Crawfords. Previous Atlanta credits include: Bullets Over Broadway (GET), Lysistrataand Taming of the Shrew (Impulse Rep), and The Changeling (Resurgens). She is thrilled to be joining the staff of Orbit, and can’t wait to help train the next generation of great artists! 

Dance

Heather Moffitt

Triple T, Tap, Homeschool Ballet 

Heather Moffitt is a Georgia native who spent 15 years working as a performer, teacher, and choreographer in Los Angeles.  During her time in Los Angeles, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science from California State University Northridge with a concentration in pre-medical studies.  She has trained in dance, singing, and acting with top industry professionals. Performance credits include Adam Parson’s Commonality Dance Company, Mandalone Project directed by Joseph Malone, Jazz Dance LA and Mandalone Project with Jackie Sleight, Medidanza Stage in Italy with Paula Morgan and Steven LaChance, The Choreographer’s Carnival at Key Club in Hollywood with Michelle Elkin, Cabrillo Music Theater’s production of The King and I, the musical iChoose, and in multiple Cabaret performances directed by Peisha McPhee. Heather has taught and choreographed for many studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta for over 15 years. Her students have continued on to perform in musicals, television, film, and national tours. As a versatile teacher, she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical for all ages and levels.  Heather Moffitt is determined to share her experience, knowledge, compassion, and love for the arts with her students and their families. 

Vocal Technique

Jason Meeks

Private Voice Instructor

Musical Theatre

Shane Simmons

Company, Jr. Company, Triple T, College Prep, Build Your Best Audition Book, Jr. Audition Prep Course, Staff Accompanist, Private Piano Instructor 

Shane Simmons has spent the last 20+ years working as a professional performer and music director for various regional theatres, tours, cruise lines, and theme park resorts across the United States and abroad, on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Disneyland. He has recently returned to his hometown of Atlanta, where serves as a musical theatre instructor, accompanist, and music director for Orbit Arts Academy, Pace Academy, and Marietta Theatre Company. He is an alumnus of Pebblebrook High School and Wingate University. 

Musical Theatre and Vocal Technique

Sophia Decker

Reading Music for Actors, Private Vocal Instructor 

Sophia Decker was born and raised in Conyers and proudly considers herself to be a Georgia Peach.  
After graduating from Reinhardt University with a BFA in Musical Theater (Summa Cum Laude) she went on to open her own private voice studio in Mcdonough. Her studio grew over the next three years there until something spectacular happened. She was fortunate to find Orbit and now continues to mold young voices.  
While Sophia is thrilled to be teaching this amazing group of kids she also actively  pursues her performance career in Atlanta.   
Sophia prides herself on her private work with students to help them understand healthy vocal technique, discover musicality of repertoire, build a library of music to prepare them for any audition and also, in the end, learn about themselves.   
 

Technical Intern

Tanner Frost

Technical Theatre

Vocal Technique

Wendy Fox-Williams

Private Voice Instructor

Wendy Fox-Williams is an actress, singer, dancer, and writer. Her professional credits include BROADWAY: Jekyll and Hyde: The RevivalRENT: National TourWe Will Rock You (Las Vegas), Last Five YearsShelia’s Day (South Africa).  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from James Madison University.  After graduating she continued her training with renowned vocal coach, Marlon Saunders and acting coach, Robert McCaskill. Wendy is incredibly passionate and committed to the arts as well as her philanthropic endeavors. She and her sisters are currently producing church satire for their favorite organization, JP Jumpers Foundation, which benefits autism awareness.  Wendy is so excited to be apart of Orbit Academy and to share her perspective on the principles of becoming a phenomenal performer. 

Dance

Yenwen Kuo

Advanced Ballet for Musical Theatre, Intermediate Ballet for Musical Theatre, The Dance Factor! 

Yenwen Kuo, a native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, started her dance training at the age of three with ballet and traditional Chinese dance. Graduating with honors, Miss Kuo received her BFA in Dance and Choreography from Shenandoah University and MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has performed around the world as well as holding managerial positions with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for eight years. Miss Kuo’s choreography was awarded third place at Loudoun Ballet Dance Company’s 17th Annual Choreography Competition and has been performed internationally. She was also awarded the Young Artists Tuition Scholarship from American Dance Festival.

Her performing credits in Atlanta include: Lamorris Namari Ballet, Six Flags Over Georgia, A Christmas Tradition–Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, Show N Tell: The Musical–Stepp Steward Production, Room To Move Dance, and more.

Miss Kuo has taught internationally—including in Taiwan and Japan—as well as with several studios in Atlanta. She is also a trained STOTT Pilates instructor in Mat and Reformer level one.

Miss Kuo incorporates her knowledge of Dance Science and Pilates to create a safe environment for students to learn and grow as well-rounded performers. She is excited to be part of the Orbit Arts Academy family.

Kevin Quillon

Growing up, I wish I had a place like Orbit to call home!

Over the past few years it has been my absolute privilege and pleasure to be one of the masterclass instructors for the Orbit Arts Academy. I’m amazed with the level of commitment and pure heart the staff has for their students. They go above and beyond to make sure each student is getting the training necessary to make it as a professional. The opportunity the students have to learn from Broadway professionals in an environment that is such a community is priceless and unparalleled in my experience teaching all over the country.

Kevin Quillon
Broadway actor
Kayla Furie

Our favorite place in the world!

My brother, sister and I all take classes at Orbit. We love our teachers and have made the best friends. Now, thanks to Orbit, I have my first professional acting job! I’m only ten years old and already, my dreams are coming true!

Kayla Furie
Orbit student