Meet the Instructors

Dominick Chicotel
Dominick Chicotel has been a theater education instructor at Solon Center for the Arts since June 2005. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Ohio University and a Masters of Arts in Education from Ursuline College's University School Teacher Apprentice Program. Over the years Dominick has contributed significantly to the development of SCA's youth theater programming, especially its Spotlight and Stories on Stage productions. He greatly enjoys working with the talented students and dedicated parents at Solon Center for the Arts.
Kristina J Ference
Kristina Ferencie is a 1988 alumna of Solon High School, where she has designed and directed for 20 years. Professionally, Kris has stage managed 4 of Cleveland’s longer-running shows at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre and the Hanna Cabaret. Area lighting designs include Tony & Tina's Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Berea Summer Theatre and the Cleveland San Jose Ballet.
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Kat Hargrave is new to Cleveland and is so excited to be working with talented and hard working kids! Earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Abilene Christian University, she got the opportunity to perform and choreograph many fun musicals. While in school, she also got the opportunity to choreograph and produce her own dance show “Free”. The past couple of years, she and her husband have been travelling and performing with Hong Kong Disney and Disney Cruise Line. 
Christine Madden


Christine A. Madden graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and a minor in Organizational Management. Since then she has had the pleasure of being SCA's Theater Department Coordinator in addition to directing and choreographing many SCA productions. Christine has over a decade of experience in youth theater education and production at schools and community theaters all over the North East Ohio area. Outside of Solon, Christine currently choreographs for Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School’s show choir and annual spring musical as well as instruct adult dance classes in Ballet, Jazz and Tap at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.
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Rachel M. Murar is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. As a member of the Mandel Honors College, Rachel was the first student to obtain an Honors Degree in theater from the program. Her teaching experiences include Streetsboro Middle School, Campus International and various workshops at Twinsburg Schools. She has directed productions at CSU, Twinsburg Public Library and SCA. Recently Rachel was the Production Stage Manager for Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. Currently she is working on her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron.

Larry Nehring
Larry Nehring was a student at the National Theatre Institute and earned his BA and MSEd from the University of Rochester. He was Artistic Director of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival for 9 seasons and has worked at most theaters in Northeast Ohio as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and sign language interpreter. Regional Acting credits include Porthouse Theater, Beck Center for the Arts, Great Lakes Theater Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theater Company and Buffalo’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Mr. Nehring is a published playwright and proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, and The Dramatist Guild.
Alli St John
Alli St. John is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, where she earned 2 Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theater: Acting/Directing and Spanish. Her acting credits include Helena and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival), Lady Percy in Henry IV part 1, Sam in Some Girl(s), and Mrs. X in The Stronger (BWU). As a director, she has worked on many of her own projects including The Diary of a Breakup/Break Down and Jane Eyre: A Re-telling, and served as assistant director on BWU projects such as Eurydice and Noises Off. Her teaching experience comes from the MAD* Factory in Oberlin, Ohio, Hudson Theatre Camp, and kids camps at the Western Reserve School of Cooking in Hudson, Ohio. Alli plans to go back to school to earn her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Acting in the next few years.
Jeanine Waisala
Jeanine Waisala holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Piano and German from Bowling Green State University and a Masters or Music degree from the University of Akron with an emphasis in Music Education. She has maintained a large, independent piano studio for more than 20 years, and her students have regularly performed in recitals, master classes, National Piano Guild Auditions, and Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festivals. She has also served as a competition adjudicator.

Jeanine’s post-graduate education has included study of piano with Nancy Bachus, a clinician and editor for Alfred Music Publishing, and vocal music with Angie Brady, a graduate of The Juilliard School and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Jeanine has accompanied and directed many church and school programs throughout the years, most recently as co-director in the vocal music department at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

She has a strong desire to help students of all ages develop their musical abilities for performance and personal enjoyment in a wide variety of musical styles.