Adam Bacall, Vice President - Brand & Retail Development, Warner Music Group and Instructor
Adam works at WEA, a division of Warner Music Group, and is responsible for monetizing Warner Music Group assets in order to create alternative revenue streams. These assets include artist name and likeness, social media, fan bases, videos, merchandise, music, and much more. These custom campaigns are integrated across multiple channels and serve to leverage the sales and marketing objectives of retailers, manufacturers, and brands.
Adam works closely with advertising agencies, branding, and new media companies to explore and develop innovative and engaging partnerships.
Eric Barry, Opera Singer and Mentor
Spanish-American tenor Eric Barry is "making an impressive mark" on opera and concert stages "with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity". (Opera News) His recent performances of Tom Rakewell in "The Rake's Progress" at Wolf Trap Opera brought him remarkable critical and public acclaim. He has most recently been heard in the title role of Rossini's "Otello" at Houston's Opera in the Heights, and at Opera Memphis as Rodolfo in "La Boheme". He is the subject of a feature documentary currently playing on PBS stations throughout the United States entitled "Eric Barry: Home for Christmas", which was produced by KACV-TV in Amarillo, Texas.
Eric Barry has a close association with the Beethoven Easter festival and the polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, where he has sung and recorded Avito in Montemezzi's "L'amore dei tre" and Don Luigi in Donizetti's "Maria Padilla". This Spring, he returns to Warsaw to sing and record Gabriele Adorno in "Simon Boccanegra" and the tenor soloist in Beethoven's "Ninth Syphony". He will also sing Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" for Amarillo Opera, where he has previously appeared as Ernesto in "Don Pasquale", Il Duca in "Rigoletto", and Rodolfo in "La Boheme".
Mr. Barry is well-versed in early music and oratorio. His most notable performances have been Handel's "Messiah", Verdi's "Missa di Requiem", Beethoven's "Christus am Olberge", Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzes" and selections from J.S. Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions. Most recently he sang Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Mozart's "Requiem" with the Munich Syphony on tour throughout the United States.
Eric Barry has sung Arbace in Rossini's "Ciro in Bibilonia" at the Caramoor Music Festival, Florindo in Wolf-Ferrari's "Le donne curiose" and Anthony Hope in "Sweeny Todd" at Wolf Trap Opera and Rodolfo in "La Boheme" at Teatro Comunale do Sulmona, Italy. Mr. Barry holds a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the School of Music at Yale University.
Diane Ciesla, Actor and Instructor
Diane Ciesla’s theatre credits include performances at the Pittsburgh Public, Alabama Shakespeare, PlayMakers, GeVa, Hartford Stage, North Shore, McCarter Theatre, 59 E. 59, Mint, and the Lucille Lortel. Film/TV: Life Itself, The Foxy Merkins (2014 Sundance), People We Meet, Another Earth (Sundance/ Fox Searchlight), Under New Management, Autumn Whispers, Royal Pains, Lipstick Jungle, Law & Order, All My Children and Guiding Light.
She was on the faculty at New York University Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts and has taught Workshops for Judy Blazer’s Company The Artist’s Crossing, University of Findlay and the University of Rochester. She is now on the faculty of AMDA: College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Leeanne M. G-Bowley, Instructor
Ms. Bowley helps build the capacity of nation’s nonprofits by coordinating the Foundation Center’s varied and rich curriculum of full-day courses and week-long Grantseeker Training Institutes. She is also on the Center’s teaching faculty and has served on panels for elected officials such as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Prior to joining the Center in 2006, Leeanne worked at St. John’s University’s School of Education where she assisted the Chair of the Department of Administration in the creation of their School Building Leadership program. Ms G-Bowley is a choreographer and has extensive training in dance and theatre.
In her spare time she teaches dance and enjoys volunteering for civic causes. She is currently serving as the chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee.
Alexandra LoBianco, Opera Singer and Mentor
American soprano Alexandra LoBianco has been hailed as possessing “a true Verdian voice of velvet-covered steel,” capable of “effortlessly tossing off trills and roulades” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Since earning first prize at the 2011 Liederkranz Vocal Competition, and taking first prize and being named “Audience Favorite” at the 2011 Irene Dalis Competition, she has continued to win praise whenever she performs. San Francisco Classical Voice noted her “lyrical-to-heroic range,” calling to mind “the ease and magnetism of a young Monserrat Caballe.”
Alexandra LoBianco’s 2013-14 engagements currently include her Opera Santa Barbara debut as Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul. In 2012-13 she made her European debut in a Verdi concert in Zürich, sang Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Madison Opera, and was soprano soloist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Madison Symphony, also with Madison Opera’s summer “Opera in the Park” concert series.
In 2010-11 she made her debut as Turandot, and has performed as Leonora in Il trovatore, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Sieglinde in Die Walkure, Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors,Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, Clotilde in Norma, Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, and Praskowia in Die lustige Witwe, and in Don Giovanni, with such companies as Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, St. Petersburg Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, West Bay Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Chelsea Opera, New Century Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and New Jersey State Opera.
As a devoted arts educator, she has been a teaching artist, adjudicator, and voice teacher and has mentored thousands of students.
Hal Peterson, Jr., Partner, Prager Metis and Instructor
Harold Peterson is a Partner in the Tax Department of Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, a member of Prager Metis International Group. He has been practicing accounting since 1980. Mr. Peterson works very closely with his clients to ensure that all of their needs and unique circumstances are fully understood. He has an expertise in a full range of tax services and takes pride in combining planning, research and advisory services in conjunction with tax compliance.
He also represents clients in tax controversies and is active in estate and gift planning. Mr. Peterson works with clients in a range of industries including entertainment, real estate investment and holding companies, manufacturers, professional practices, and other service industries.
He has served as a lecturer for the Foundation for Accounting Education seminars as well as numerous other educational forums.
Robert Verlaque, Actor and Instructor
Robert has been a professional actor, director, teacher and writer for over 35 years with extensive directing credits in New York, Toronto, and regional theatre. New York directing credits include Labyrinth Theatre Co., Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Acorn Theatre Co., Circle Rep East, The Shooting Gallery, and The Actors Studio, among others. In 2012, Robert directed the premiere of John Patrick Shanley's "Jealous" at the Labyrinth Theatre Co. Notable New York productions include Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Dancing at Llughnasa, The Trojan Women, Phaedra (The Public Theatre/Potters Field Co.), The Art of Dining, Magic Time, The Shadow Box, Rivers and Ravines, Feydeau’s A Cat Among the Pigeons, and A Flea in Her Ear. He assisted Pam Berlin on Elm Circle for Playwrights Horizons, and the late Gerry Guttierez on Terra Nova.
Robert is a produced playwright and screenwriter, with plays produced in NY, San Diego and Toronto. His full-length play 'Icarus Sings' was workshopped in NY last season for a Toronto production in the 2014-2015 season. His play "Pictures at an Exhibition" premiered in NYC this March at the Articulate Theatre Company. His new comedy, BETHANY BEACH, is in development at the Articulate Theatre Company. Robert has extensive film, television and theatre acting credits and national commercials. July 2014 will mark the premiere of "The Games Maker" in which he stars with Joseph Fiennes, Ed Asner, and David Mazouz. This past year included a recurring role on top rated "Suits", and guest starring on "Boardwalk Empire", "Warehouse 13", in a new series "Cracked", and a lead role in the pilot "Port Hope". Among the many talents he has been fortunate to work with are Christopher Plummer, Mike Nichols, William H. Macy, William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepard, Mary Louise Parker, Christopher Walken, Stanley Tucci, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, among others. Robert is a co-founder of the prestigious award winning Articulate Theatre Company in New York City, noted for it's innovative new works and restagings of stage classics. An ensemble culled from the top talent of theatre, film and television, Articulate Theatre is at the forefront of the NY theatre scene. He is an instructor and director at the Terry Schreiber Studio, and previously was on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute in New York, as well as Equity Showcase Theatre in Toronto. In demand as a teacher and private coach, he teaches in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.