Melodie Stacy is a graduate of the University of Louisville, with a B.A. in Communications, Vocal Performances & Theater. She has trained with world renowned vocal instructor Ray Holcomb and Actors Theater Casting Director Zan Sawyer Dailey. She has also received training from the Chicago Improv Troupe as well as the incredible collegiate staff of the University of Louisville. Melodie has been teaching and coaching voice and drama for 18 years. She has taught at numerous vocal and dance studios throughout the Kentuciana area and directed at The Kentucky Center for the Arts with Louisville Repertory Company. Melodie has taken students to NYC and performed Off-Broadway, placed students in top colleges throughout the U.S. including Pointe Park, Otterbien, Roosevelt, Stephens, Northern Kentucky and Wright State just to name a few. 100% of Melodie's graduating seniors have gone on to further and better their lives and careers past the high school level. Melodie began the musical theater department 14 years ago and since then has directed students at the U of l Playhouse, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Spalding University, the Cliffton Center, and on Theatre Row in New York City. Melodie opened the Mizell Theater, Classic Melodies Black Box Theater, in 2005. Since then she has produced and directed dinner theater shows at our own theater. She teaches students the value of the full theater experience and makes sure that they are well prepared from the tiniest of performers, to the most advanced, to rise to their fullest potential. She has had performers win unlimited vocal titles, including having students in the second round of American Idol, Kentuciana Idol finalist, and Coca Cola Talent Top 5. She focuses on the student as a performer and as a person with all of the talents that God has given them personally and professionally. She hires the best teachers with the highest credentials and is very selective in the teachers and people who are brought in to work with America's future leaders and performers. The school has a hiring policy second to none. You will find no better or more highly qualified instructors in this area because she will not sacrifice quality for quantity.
Studio Director- Voice, Drama, MT, Piano
Bill Stacy is the Owner and Technical Director of Classic Melodies Performance Institute. He graduated from UofL with his Bachelors Degree and went on to open the studio as well as coach at different schools and colleges. He has been building & designing the sets here at Classic Melodies as well as designing light, sound and building our in house Black-box Theatre. In addition to being the technical director here at CMPI for the last 25 years, he is also the technical director and teaches the tech program at Anchorage Public School.
Studio Owner- Technical Director
Prof. James Tompkins- Drama, Movement
Professor Emeritus James Tompkins: BA Lake Forest College; MA University of Washington. Two year French Government for L'Ecole Jacques LeCoq. Teaching: The Academy of Dramatic Art, Ohio State University, The Drama Studio, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Webber Douglas Academy, The Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Educational (all in London), the National School of Drama, New Delhi, India, and the National Academy of Performing Arts and the National College of Arts in Pakistan. Professional acting: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A Contemporary Theatre, The Provincetown Playhouse, and Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre.
SIERRA STACY (Dance Director/Top Note Choreographer) - graduated with her BFA in Acting/MT emphasis from Wright State University and now lives in NYC where she teaches, choreographs and performs. She is a Louisville local who graduated from YPAS as a vocal major/musical theatre minor. She has greatly enjoyed crafting the syllabus for all levels of dance and setting choreography on Top Note. She loved her time at CMPI and values the training she received there growing up. She is beyond thrilled to be able to share some of what she has learned with the current CMPI student. She has worked Off-Broadway and at regional theatre's around the country. In Louisville you may have seen her at Derby Dinner Playhouse, or at Stage One Family Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Sarah Brown,Guys & Dolls, Flaemmchen GRAND HOTEL, Cinderella INTO THE WOODS, Roxie CHICAGO, Meg LITTLE WOMEN among others. Sierra enjoys the opportunity to pass on her passion for the theatre to the next generation of artists. Dream big and then train to make those dreams a reality!
Kendra has been studying performing arts since she was a young child and is excited to be able to make a career out of her true passion. she has a Bachelors Degree of Science in Theater and a Bachelors in English from the Universtiy of Louisville. She has had the opportunity to train with a vocal coach from the New York Metropolitan Opera. She finds great joy in teaching and sharing her knowledge to students. she loves watching them grow as performers. She has performed at CMPI with Top Note Sr. Musical Theater and most recently the production of "A Midsummers Nights Dream." She has also directed Charolette's Web, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory most recently.
Drama, Voice, Costume Mistress
Shannon began dancing at age 7 at local dance studios. She won her first national title with her tap group, when she was 10. In 1993 Shannon began teaching and choreographing her own classes. She has since produced many award winning routines. Shannon was a dance major at The Youth Performing Arts School and is working towards her Psychology degree at the University of Louisville. She is very busy these days with her 2 beautiful children, Tristen & Kolby. Shannon also works in the offices of Meeting Challenges.
Tap, Jazz, Creative Movement
Jenny danced with University of Louisville Dance Theatre for over 20 years. She is a pediatric occupational therapist, yoga and Pilates instructor. Jenny has Master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy and Exercise Physiology as well as a Bachelor’s in Health & Human Performance. She enjoyed dancing at Youth Performing Arts School and attended Governor’s School for the Arts.
Miss Amethyst is a Louisville native and University of Louisville graduate. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and her passion for dance has continued to grow ever since. She danced competitively for 12 years in groups both large and small and as a soloist. Over the years she has competed at NexStar, Kids Artistic Revue, Dance Masters of the Bluegrass, and Showstopper, just to name a few, and received a variety of individual and group awards. She has trained in many styles, but specializes in and actively teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She has experience working with students of all ages, both recreational and competitive, and instills proper technique in every style. Amethyst is thrilled to share her passion with the students at Classic Melodies!