Workshop leaders Juliana, Victor and Alicia have collaborated since 2012 on productions of Annie, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Fame, The Fantasticks, Grease, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Seussical, Oklahoma, Urinetown, Guys & Dolls and Assassins. They have also led theater, dance and musical workshops for hundreds of kids and teens.
Juliana is a founding member and Music Director for Broadway Theater International and Young Actors Theater Strasbourg. She conducts musical theater productions, teaches vocal workshops, leads the Sunday Afternoons a cappella singing group, and gives private voice lessons. She specializes in teaching safe and effective vocal technique that produces beautiful sound in a healthy way. She also trains her students on singing in parts, audition skills, and performance techniques.
Hailed as “A Major Talent” in Opera Now’s listing of the best operatic singers, Juliana won international critical acclaim for her many roles with major opera companies throughout the United States and Europe. She has sung leading roles with such companies as Lyric Opera Chicago, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Michigan Opera Theater, and many more.
She created roles in many new works, including Catherine in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s A View From the Bridge, which was released on CD. She also regularly performs in a cirque-cabaret show, which involves singing, improvisation, and dance.
Victor studied music and theater at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has performed in plays, musicals, opera, and cabaret in theaters across the United States and Europe. He is known for immersing himself in the characters he plays, and he enjoys the collaborative process of live theater.
His teaching and directing focus on using the body to help actors discover and mold the characters they create. Using improvisation and games, Victor’s students build skills and tools that allow them to feel comfortable in front of an audience and to trust their fellow performers.
Along with leading theater workshops, Victor teaches voice, and has directed many musical and theater productions. He enjoys sharing his love of theater with a new generation of young people.
Born in New York, Alicia studied dance at SUNY (State University of New York) in Purchase. She studied theatre, dance, and singing at several renowned schools in Manhattan. After several summers of performing in summer stock musical productions across the United States, she toured as a dancer with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Alicia moved to Paris to pursue her passion, and became a dance teacher in several regions. She also taught in Florence, Italy. She has lived in Strasbourg for more than twenty years, where she continues to teach and choreograph. She co-founded the Young Actors Theater Strasbourg, where she is the resident choreographer and dance instructor.
David is the driving force behind Broadway Theater International. He was an English teacher at the University of Strasbourg in France, but his real passion has always been theater, and he has been an amateur actor and director for more than 20 years. Three of the plays that he directed were submitted to the Festival of European Anglophone Theatre Societies (FEATS): Watson in Winter (2013), Lunch Girls (2017), and The Elephant Calf (2019).
As a father of four and a teacher all his life, David is adept at relating to and handling students of all ages, and loves to transmit his love of acting, singing, and dancing to the next generation. He believes that with the right blend of encouragement and thoughtful teaching, every child is capable of blossoming on stage and mining their artistic talents.
Hazel handles the financial accounts and all practical and logistical questions for the company. She has many years of professional experience as an administrative assistant in a multilingual environment, and she has served as Front of House Manager and Stage Manager with an amateur anglophone theater company in Strasbourg
Bill brings an extraordinary amount of experience in all aspects of live theatrical events including technical, content, budget, staffing and performing arts center production management, which he will share in this workshop. His work has taken him from Strasbourg to California including freelance video production with the European Science Foundation to IDEA Consultants in Michigan to the Concord Pavilion in California. He is also the Technical Director of Young Artists Theater Strasbourg.
In addition, Bill has been the production manager for such artists as Santana, Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Prince, Billy Joel, Anita Baker, Jay Leno, Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Crow.
Joceline is a 24-year-old musician and student in Musicology at the University of Strasbourg. Ever since she saw her father perform on stage she has had a great interest in the performing arts. She learned the violin from a young age and she is also learning the piano. As a teenager she participated in plays and in many musicals, such as My Fair Lady, Bugsy Malone and West Side Story in which she came to discover her favorite hobby: singing. It started as a hobby, doing a few covers of songs but it eventually became a real passion and it led her to song-writing and composing her own songs, which she’d like to do for a living. She is currently working with children in a primary school as a monitor in a creative and fun environment, while song-writing, playing the piano and violin and singing. Working with children has been a wonderful discovery for her; she has found great passion in looking after children and teaching them about life experiences. She is also a founding member of Broadway Theater International.
Jonas was introduced to music at a very young age as his whole family are all musicians. At 7 years old, he entered the Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg in the classical percussion department where he took classes with well-known teachers such as Thomas Vandevenne, Séjourné and Latif Chaarani. He learned all about drum technique, harmony and improvisation and ended his courses with two diplomas: one in the classical section and one in the Jazz drums department. Ever since then, Jonas has continued playing percussion and has started to get into song-writing through rap music. He eventually started a band called Seamer appearing live on stage and in festivals and is also part of another band playing traditional Balkan music. Jonas has also played in improvisational theater and Commedia del Arte. When he is not busy with all these activities he works with young children in schools and as a camp counselor for Broadway Theater.
Marcello was born in the US near Seattle and spent the second half of his childhood in France. He has performed in a lot of musical theater including Beauty & The Beast, Grease, Cabaret, Assassins and Oklahoma (in the lead role of Curly). He has also choreographed many pieces and has had success in playwriting.
He attended Lycée des Pontonniers in Strasbourg and is now pursuing a liberal arts degree at a college in Amsterdam where he also serves on the Student Council. Outside of classes he enjoys drinking coffee, watching his plants grow and reading.
Marla grew up in Strasbourg where she was involved in all aspects of theater. She is a singer, dancer and actress along with being an instrumentalist (violin) and a competitive gymnast. Marla has performed in many productions including Fame, Anything Goes, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Grease, The Fantasticks, Cabaret, Dream Laurie in Oklahoma and most recently, Squeaky Fromme in Assassins.
Along with her work on stage, Marla has also choreographed extensively and loves the opportunity to share her love of dance with young people. She is currently studying in Bordeaux. She was a great addition to the BTI team last year and is looking forward to what this summer has in store!
Sebastian grew up and went to school in Strasbourg. He started playing music very early and this has been a constant in his life. He studied jazz piano and music theory at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. While still in Strasbourg he discovered his love of theater and improvisation. He has had roles in many productions including Schlomo in Fame, Moonface in Anything Goes, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins and was an Actor/Musician in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
Sebastian has fused his theater and music skills into becoming a wonderful music director, assisting and leading many productions including How To Succeed and Cabaret. He is currently studying theater at Ohio University and is happy to be back with the BTI team.
Adèle grew up in Strasbourg and started performing at age 12 as the Star-To-Be in Annie. She was hooked and took part in many more productions including the musical Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary).
As her high school years came to an end she decided she wanted to pursue musical theater professionally and was accepted at Chichester University – completing her Musical Theater Triple Threat course there in 2022. She is now a professional actress and on the constant lookout for her next role. Aside from performing, Adèle enjoys directing, choreographing and creating artistic projects and is always looking to collaborate with other artists and learn from their experiences.
Sarah 27 years old, animator for almost 10 years now, she has been working with children of all ages from 3 to 18 years old. Her favorite part is learning and seeing children blossom, especially through artistic activities like singing and dancing! She also participated in the first two editions of BTI Summer Camp to accompany the children outside of workshop time!