Adventures in Integrative Arts Education

Cheryl-Ann Rossi- Education Director

Cheryl-Ann has been performing all of her life. Her first love was and still is musical theatre. She danced under the direction of Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Gus Giordano. She performed on Broadway as Maria Gonzalez in the Marvin Hamlisch / Howard Ashman musical, Smile, toured as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, was well known as the voice of many radio jingles, producer and director of industrial videos, commercials and countless professional stage companies. Though her professional credits are many and varied, she spent several years researching how to reconcile her love for the arts with the "self centered" nature of the arts and a generation of young artists willing to compromise principle, self worth and character to obtain celebrity status.  Ms. Rossi has a Masters degree in Teaching: Teaching at Risk,  A professional mentor and coach to performers across the nation, she has produced award winning, agency signed talent, now performing on Broadway, ABC-TV and iTunes.  Act 1 Academy uses the Rossi curriculum, an integrated, whole learning, process based method.


Sarah Vanek- Creative Director


Sarah has been performing professionally for 25 years. She has worked extensively in theatre, film and television throughout the west coast. For the last 11 years, she has had the privilege to be a regular performer at the Gaslight Theatre, where she is also resident choreographer. Along with her extensive performance experience, Sarah has been teaching for roughly 10 years, developed a standing for audition and performance coaching in Tucson, and has had many students accepted by conservatories and collegiate programs across the country.

"The curriculum taught at Act 1 is so different than anything else taught in Tucson. Kids just simply learn faster all the while having fun!

Cheryl-Ann's energy and enthusiasm is unmatched!”

Catrina Sneva