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Meet The Team

Gene Foman Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Executive Producer Director, Scene Study, TV/Film

Gene Forman

Gene currently signed with Take 3 Talent Agency and is managed by Kogen Management. He has a vast background in both Theatre and TV/Film, and has directed 100+ plays and musicals.  Past theatrical roles in new and revived works include:  Che in Evita, George Bailey in Wonderful Life, Omar in John Patrick Shanley's The Big Funk, Tom Used in Ninth Circle, Danny Zuko in Grease, and Del Demonico in the LI Premiere of Breaking Up is Hard to Do, among others.  He has appeared in over 50 commercials both regionally and nationally.  Gene has appeared regularly on All My Children and Saturday Night Live.  He has worked as a Stand-In/Warm-Up Act on the Tony Danza Show, The Apprentice, and for years on the Survivor Finale New York as host Jeff Probst's Stand-In.  Gene's agent workshops have helped many young actors gain representation, appear on Broadway, TV Shows, Commercials, and Soap Operas.  Gene holds a BA from Stony Brook University in Political Science and Theater.

Jenn Forman Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Musical Theater,
Theater Dance

Jenn Forman

Jenn has performed in numerous Long Island & Regional theater productions including Maggie in A Chorus Line, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Marty in Grease, Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show... among others. She studied at the American Theater Dance Workshop which is also affiliated with The Eglevsky Ballet. Jenn performed in The Nutcracker with The Eglevsky Ballet three years in a row at CW Post's Tilles Center. She also spent a year studying Commercial, Sitcom and Soap Opera Techniques, as well as Scene Study at the Actor's Studio in Los Angeles. Jenn currently works at WPIX 11 as a morning show producer and was one of News 12 Long Island's Feature Reporters before her move to WPIX. She has been teaching Musical Theatre and Theatre Dance for 10 years and loves passing her knowledge onto younger generations! Jenn graduated Cum Laude from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Dance.

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Musical Theater, Music Director, Vocal Coach, Pianist

Adam Slawitsky

Adam holds a B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University and currently teaches in the South Huntington School District. Before becoming a teacher, Adam worked as an actor having toured all over Europe in the European Tour of Grease The Musical !  Holding onto this love for musical theatre, Adam has been Directing and Musical Directing shows for schools and theatres all across Long Island for over ten years.

Sarah Buscaino is a NYC based artist. Some of her favorite credits include - New York City Opera (Pigmalion) Regional: On Your Feet! (Paper Mill Playhouse )Chicago (Riverside Theatre)  42nd Street (Riverside Theatre) Saturday Night Fever (WBT) Memphis (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre) Broadway Bares 26. Workshop: ONLY GOLD (Andy Blankenbuehler). Film: Annie: From Script to Stage (PBS).

 

Outside of performing, Sarah is a national master teacher, choreographer, and dance competition judge. You can catch her with Shake The Ground, Turn it Up, and Power of Dance. She is currently a proud member of AEA and represented by LDC Artist Representation. Sarah loves to stay connected with all the dancers she meets so reach out at @sarahbuscaino 

Nicolina Sciascia Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Director of Dance, Musical Theater, Theater Dance, Tap, Choreographer

Nicolina Sciascia

Nicolina has been performing professionally for over ten years.  Some of those credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Cabaret (Helga), CATS (Jennyanydots), My Fair Lady, Oliver!, and It's A Wonderful Life The Musical.  She was a Principal Soloist for the Cortland City Ballet, and in 2009, Nicolina was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.  Nicolina also worked for the Broadway production company The Araca Group, evaluating unreleased plays and evaluating scripts, among other responsibilities, and attended the Tony Awards in 2004 on behalf of their little-known musical, Wicked.

Nicolina has choreographed and directed several musicals and concerts for young performers ranging from 6-18 years old all over Long Island.  Nicolina is extremely well-known for having high expectations and for inspiring young performers to become triple threats, as is evident by the amount of prestigious accolades her shows have received over the years.  This, along with her drive and determination to create greatness through theater and dance, has made her beloved by the colleagues and students she has worked with. 

Sarah Buscaino Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Musical Theater, Hip Hop,
Tap, Choreographer

Sarah Buscaino

Olivia A Reed Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Musical Theater, Ballet, Choreographer

Olivia Reed

Olivia Reed (B.M. Musical Theatre, The Catholic University of America) is enthusiastic to return to From Stage to Screen this fall! Olivia has developed a successful career as a professional actor, teaching artist, and educator in the DMV and New York areas. Olivia has a strong background in dance training in Ballet, Pointe, Theatre Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern, and Jazz. While earning her degree she focused seriously on Ballet, Tap, Theatre Dance, and Jazz. Vocally, Olivia is a classically trained Soprano, and while attending CUA studied with Doug Bowles who helped transform and blossom her voice to be versatile in the world of theatre. In New York, she has studied with Sara Ford who has helped prepare Olivia for many major auditions. Upon graduation from CUA, Olivia joined the National Tour of "Mamma Mia!” and then immediately went on to work in Equity houses regionally. Theater has allowed Olivia the opportunity to live and perform internationally in Seoul, South Korea while doing “Dreamgirls”, and music has allowed her the opportunity to travel Western Europe with an honors chorus. Her journey as an actor continues to be fruitful, working with Broadway choreographers, directors,
and cast-mates. In addition to work on the stage, Olivia has a growing on camera career in commercial print.
Olivia continues to work professionally in theater while concurrently pursuing a career as a higher education lecturer of dance. Previously, Olivia was on faulty at Catholic University teaching Tap and Theater Dance. She recently joined the faculty at The Lee Strasberg Theatre
and Film Institute teaching Introduction to Dance and Anatomy of Movement to the first year NYU Tisch students. One of the beauties of being a teaching artist is that Olivia can bring what she is learning and experiencing in real-time at auditions and performance opportunities to her students. That way, the perspective is always fresh and the information accurate for what the business is currently seeking. More than anything, Olivia is passionate about helping students cultivate strong technical skills so that no matter what field they may find themselves in, they

can instantly recall the discipline that it takes to master new skills. The theater industry is multi-faceted, and Olivia believes her students should be as well. It brings her joy to share the beauty of the arts with her students and create with them every day.

Brent Morden Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Musical Theater, Music Director, Vocal Coach, Pianist

Brent Morden

Brent Morden is a New York-based music director, composer, vocalist, and educator. Born and raised in Queens, Brent earned his B.A. in Music from Columbia University in 2019. At the college level, Brent teaches at Hofstra University as an Adjunct Music Professor and has directed the Columbia Athletics Pep Band since September 2022. Brent currently directs the Hunter College ES Choirs with Every Voice Choirs, an independent children’s choir organization based in NYC, where Brent served as Program Manager from 2019 through 2023. As a theater music director, recent productions include Guys and Dolls (Temple Beth Torah, 2023), Beauty and the Beast (Temple Beth Torah, 2022), Newsies (Plaza Theatricals, 2022), and original rock musical Infernal (The Flea Theater, 2021, as composer/orchestrator/MD). Brent has had the honor of conducting his own music at Carnegie Hall, assisting acclaimed Broadway music director Rob Fisher, and singing for members of Congress. Brent is thrilled to be teaching for his fourth consecutive year as part of the STS family! He looks forward to helping his students discover and realize their potential. Brent can be reached via email at brentmorden@gmail.com

Rebecca Martin Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Acting/TV/Film 
Scene Study, Director

Rebecca Martin

Rebecca is an NYC/LI based theatremaker, actor, and teaching artist. She has taught acting and music classes throughout Manhattan, in almost every state, and in several countries around the world! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia. She has been trained in Stanislavski, Meisner, and Stella Adler acting techniques. As a From Stage to Screen alumni, Rebecca is thrilled to be making her way back to the place that really fostered her love of the performing arts! In her free time, she loves visiting museums, watching movies, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Julia De Vita Administrative Assistant Faculty Teaching at From Stage To Screen Peforming Arts Academy

Administrative Assistant, Substitute Teacher
 

Julia De Vita

Julia De Vita is an NY based artist. She has worked on various contrasting projects, including stage and screen acting, devising, songwriting, and digital media. A few favorite credits include The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee (Olive, Dir: Brooke Hager), Heathers: The Musical (Heather Mac, Dir: Dan Domenech), and Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (Julia, dir: Los Angeles Theatre Initiative) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College in May 2023 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Acting Concentration) and Media Communication, with a minor in Women's & Genders Studies. Since then, Julia has worked at the STS Summer Intensive, simultaneously performing in the STS production of Rent directed by Adam Pascal. Julia extends her love for storytelling as a freelance Digital Media Marketing Specialist (Fun Fact: She designed the website you're looking at right now!) 

Julia is a proud alumni of the STS Class of 2019. She is grateful for all of the opportunties and connections STS has given her over the years. Most importantly, she is grateful to be able to return the gifts she once received as a student here, now as a faculty member. Julia strives to foster a safe, loving, creative community where students feel comforable to grow at STS. www.juliadevita.com.

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