Welcome to StageWorkz 

Theatre Arts Project!

Acting, Vocal and Theatre Arts Teachers:
Vicki Smith, Choreographer/Director/Producer 
Vicki is a professional choreographer, director, producer, teacher, and performer. Her performing travels have taken her throughout the US, Europe, and South America. She has appeared in an HBO Special, on TV series, in Las Vegas, at Atlantic City, and her Theatre performing credits include, How to Succeed, Guys & Dolls, Carousel, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Music Man, King & I, Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, and more. Her credits include: Special Events-Choreography, Directing, and Production - USA Gymnastics Trials for Barcelona; Six Flags Corp; Towson University - Pendragon's Lords of Illusion; Cunard Cruise Ships; Recording Artists - Industrials, McDonald's, DuPont, Anheuser Busch, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis, The Annapolis Chorale. Choreography - Her choreography has won two Ruby Griffith Awards for outstanding achievement in a Musical for Mame and Guys and Dolls. She has received numerous Platinum and Gold Awards at dance competitions. Direction, Choreography and Production credits include: The Pajama Game, The Wiz, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls, 42nd Street, Music Man, Camp Hawayah!, Hooray for Hollywood, Me and My Girl, Annie, Holiday Magic, Once Upon a Mattress, Kiss Me Kate, Lil Abner, Singin' in the Rain, Crazy for You to name a few. Locally her work has been seen on TMC, Merely Players, and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater (ASGT).  She has been active in the Anne Arundel County Public School system where she has choreographed & directed musicals for Crofton Middle School, Ridgeway Elementary, Severna Park Middle, & South River High School's Dance team.

Aly Wirth Cross, Acting Coach, TheatreWorkz

Aly began her career studying theatre performance at Miami University (OH) where she received her BFA in 1997. After graduating, she moved to New York City and spent 10 years there doing several regional productions and professional tours; including Peter Pan, Grand Hotel, Hair, and Three Days of Rain. The NYC Fringe Festival nominated her Best Actress in a play in 2008 for her portrayal of "Heloise" in Anais Nin Goes To Hell. She was also seen singing with her original band, "i like orange", and began her own theatre company (Cocktail 6) with a group of friends. This fringe company put up several Off-Off Broadway productions and was really where Aly discovered her love for directing. Finally she decided to leave NYC and move to Maryland where she now teaches acting classes at StageWorkz Studio (Millersville). Some recent directing credits include, Peter Pan, Annie Jr., Frog & Toad, The Tale of A Princess in Training (author/director) and Greater Tuna with StageWorkz "TheatreWorkz" Project, and Lil' Abner and Once On This Island with The Talent Machine Company (Annapolis).  Aly has been known to say, "If you ain't nervous, then you ain't WORKIN'!!"

Cyndi Wallman, Vocal/ Piano Instructor
For Cyndi Wallman music is as essential as breathing. Whether studying, performing, or teaching, it has been her lifelong passion from her early days of classical voice training at the Peabody Institute to the present. She has honed her skills and entertained audiences around the world.Through the years music has opened many doors. She has had the great honor of sharing the stage with great entertainers like Sammy Davis, Jr., Victor Borge, Johnny Cash, among others. Cyndi and her husband, Roy, have been performing together for many years. Along with their group they toured the U.S. and abroad for quite a few years. Their onstage performances led to their first album release Cyndi &Roy, Feel It released on the Casablanca label along with artists like Donna Summer, Cher, and Kiss.Many hours of studio experience has led to a numerous local, regional and national commercials. Cyndi is also a long time member in good standing of AFTRA and ASCAP. After traveling for so many years she decided to share her professional expertise with others, and over the past 10 years she has been instructing students of all ages. Her main focus is to recognize and develop talent, all the while inspiring confidence. She believes in breathing life into the music. Cyndi considers sharing music one of her most rewarding contributions. And most of all wants everyone to have fun learning. Cyndi Wallman can be contacted through Stageworkz.
Jen Keuthe, Voice

Jen Kuethe is very excited to be joining the Stageworkz family as a vocal instructor. She has been surrounded by singing since she was born, with both her parents, and many Aunts and Uncles, involved in the men’s Barbershop Harmony Society and the women’s Sweet Adelines International organization. She and her sister spent their childhoods learning barbershop harmonies in the car and performing on their parent’s barbershop shows. It was inevitable that she would join Sweet Adelines one day and has been a member for 21 years. During those years, she has performed with several regionally ranked quartets and her latest quartet, Capri, competed at the International level for 8 years, placing as high as 3rd out of 50 some quartets from all over the world. Other notable achievements with Capri include: winning the Most Entertaining Quartet award at 2 of 8 international contests, winning the Audience Favorite award at the Sing Strong A cappella Idol contest in 2009 and again in 2011, where they also won the contest; being nominated for two CARA’s (Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards) for Best Barbershop album for their 1st CD, Capri Diem, and Best Barbershop Song, Child in Me, from that CD. They won 1st runner up in both categories. Capri was also recognized for their work with youth singers in both the men’s and women’s organizations and was invited to perform their humorous and touching show packages all over the country. Capri’s real 15 minutes of fame occurred when they entered Ellen’s Singing in the Bathroom contest, and their video appeared in the opening segment of her show. You can find that on You Tube, embarrassingly enough J.  Currently, Jen serves as a coach for several choruses and quartets and sings with the award winning Sweet Adeline’s chorus, Harbor City Music Company. Outside of Barbershop, Jen is a member of the Annapolis Vocal Corps, a seven member a cappella group that performed relentlessly in the area in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and still make annual appearances at the Rams Head on Stage for the ‘An Annapolis Christmas’ show.

Besides a cappella, her other vocal passion is jazz. Before starting her family in the early 90’s, she performed regularly at The King of France Tavern in Annapolis (now StarbucksJ), and at Middleton’s Tavern, for The Sunday Blues Show. She is once again exercising her jazz chops, performing in the area with her band, Three Shot Mocha.

In her musical circles, Jen is renowned for her ability to connect with an audience. She believes interpreting and performing a song is much like creating a painting. Each requires the artist to use layers of color, texture and a little of their souls to tell a story, while at the same time, inviting the audience to create their own meaning within that story. A good vocalist will go beyond, “showing them how you feel,” to allowing an audience to feel with them. This, in addition to the techniques she has mastered as a performer, is what she hopes to impart to her students.

In real life, Jen is an Art teacher stuck in a Music/FACS/Study Skills teacher’s body. She currently teaches at Crofton Middle School, where she recently lent her barbershop expertise to their production of The Music Man. She has 3 wonderful, talented children, Alex, Will and Charlotte, and a mutant Bichon named Dash. When not teaching or singing, she can usually be found painting some kind of scenery.