Meet the Instructors!

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Randal Berger

Randal Berger (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer and educator since 1988. He received his BFA from Texas Christian University and thereafter began his career in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 1991 Randal has performed on stage at The Old Log, The Ordway, The Fitzgerald, The Music Box, Pillsbury House, The Margolis Brown Company, The Minneapolis Theatre Garage, and The Playwright’s Center. He has also produced, performed and directed productions for the MN Fringe Festival. He is a founding member of The Burning House Group Theater Company (BHG) and has performed, directed, produced and taught with them since 1994.


Robin Conama

Robin Conama has been choreographing for ten years for various theatres, projects, and studios. Some of her favorites include Hello Dolly, Peter Pan, The Music Man, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, among others. She has also enjoyed other aspects of theater including sound and lighting, dancing, and singing. She is a graduate of St. Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists and trained under Maggie Bergeron, Joe Chvala, Cathy Wind, Ellen Keane, Karen Paulson Rivet, and so many more. She enjoys working with the elderly in Recreational and Music Therapy and at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival as a musician and vocalist.

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Calyssa Hall

Calyssa Hall is a resident of Afton, Minnesota, and has worked for many years as a freelance director, stage manager, musician, production coordinator, lighting designer, and technician for professional and community theatres throughout the greater Twin Cities area. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in music and musical theatre from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Ms. Hall has taught drama in the Stillwater Area School District and has directed community education theatre programs in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul. In 2013, she founded the company that is now known as Only a Dim Image Productions and will further its mission through the creation of The Zephyr Theatre.


Cassidy Hall

Cassidy Hall is a student at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, pursuing degrees in Creative Writing, Music, and Musical Theatre. She works as the director for ACT Theater in the South Saint Paul Tri-District, as a writing tutor for UW-River Falls, and as a professional photographer. Cassidy has been actively involved with theatre for many years, performing with the Phipps Center for the Arts, CB Productions, Stillwater Community Theatre, Woodbury Community Theatre, and various companies in the Twin Cities. She is trained in acting, singing, and dance, including ballroom, jazz, contemporary, and tap. In addition to performing on stage, she has also worked backstage for many productions as stage manager, director’s assistant, deck captain, light/sound board operator, and prop master.


Bill Hupp

Bill Hupp is a St. Paul resident, actor, and improvisation comedian who has performed with numerous companies in the last several years. He returned to his native Chicagoland and coached high school and college speech teams from 2011-2014, before settling in Minnesota. A copywriter by day, Bill is currently a member of local improv troupe Fantastic Voyage and plays every Wednesday night in Anoka.


Jeannie Pacolt

Jeannie Pacolt lives in Hudson, WI, with her husband Gary. As a performer, she started dance in her teens, in ballet and with a strong emphasis in jazz. Jeannie, with another dancer, initiated the dance program at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, where she has taught, choreographed, performed, and orchestrated recitals. She then focused on dancing and performing with various studios in the Twin Cities. For several years, she worked extensively with Scott Grossman, a well-known dancer, choreographer, and actor from L.A. She performed, under his direction, in the 1992 Super Bowl Halftime show as a main dancer with Gloria Estefan.


Cindy Thompson

Cindy Thompson has been a piano and voice educator for 32 years, with a studio of more than 50 students each week, in all ages from child to adult. She teaches all genres of music including musical theater, classical, and jazz, in both voice and piano. In theater, she works as a vocal coach for performers in community and high school theaters throughout the Twin Cities and Wisconsin. She has also acted as music director and orchestra master for several local theater productions, including The Music Man, Annie, Nunsense, 101 Dalmatians, and Bye Bye Birdie. As a classically trained singer, Cindy has performed as a soloist for several choirs and churches in the Twin Cities area and was the staff soloist at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis. As a jazz singer, she has toured as a soloist with the Contemporary Christian group New Song Singers, and performed as lead vocalist with a jazz combo for the Presbyterian Churches. On stage, she has appeared as a principal performer in productions at various community theaters, including Nunsense, Gigi, The Music Man, Misbehavin’, Nuncrackers, and The Sound of Music.

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