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.
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 theaters all over the North East Ohio area including; Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, Brooklyn High School, Holy Name High School, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville Theater on the Square, The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and Great Lakes Theater Festival.


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 Degreen 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.



William C. Shaffer is proud to be a Cleveland native. He is a free lance organist, pianist, accompanist and music director in the greater Cleveland area. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

William has enjoyed an extensive performing career, playing at all major venues in the greater Cleveland area, including Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and several others. He enjoys accompanying as well as solo playing, and has had opportunities to perform with the Chicago Symphony, Blossom Festival Orchestra, the White House, and three international tours.

William recently completed his first national tour with the Broadway show Something Rotten, where he was both Associate Conductor and Keyboardist for the shows. Other Broadway shows William has played for include Wicked, The Addams Family, Pippin, Cinderella, If/Then, Billy Elliott, Grease, West Side Story, and Finding Neverland, and Beautiful: The Carole King Story. He will be playing for the upcoming run of Hello, Dolly and Les Miserables at Playhouse Square, and for Mamma Mia with the Great Lakes Theater. 

 Regional shows William has directed include Beauty and the Beast, Merrily We Roll Along, City of Angels, Oklahoma, Honk, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Guys and Dolls, The Wedding Singer, Aida, Cinderella, Les Miserables, and most recently Newsies. William is thrilled to be returning to Solon Center for the Arts for Aladdin!

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.