George Warren, Artistic Director
Mr. Warren’s union affiliations are Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, Dance Educators of America, and the International Tap Association. He is a noted New York Teacher and performer whose students have appeared on over 50 Broadway Shows, National and International tours, National Ballet & Modern Companies, Regional Theatres across the USA, Dance & Cheer Squads for Professional Sports Teams, and in many movies and television shows. His last professional Musical Theatre appearance was the national tour of the Broadway musical “Whoopee” with Imogene Coca and Mamie Van Doren and still works with Brenda Bufalino and The American Tap Dance Foundation in NYC. George has been teaching in Central Jersey for 40 years and is very proud of his Center Stage family.
Mickey DeFranco, Jazz, CATS Company Director-Choreographer
Mickey served as choreographer for “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego”, as well as the opening dance montage, for PBS television; Metropolis Studios, New York City. She is an active member of Dance Educators of America, and is the director of the national award winning Pre-Professional Center Stage CATS Jazz Company. CATS Alumni have appeared on Broadway in “Hamilton”, “The King and I”, “If Then”, “Elf”, “Memphis”, “CATS”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Tommy”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Les Miserables”, “Bring it On”, “Mamma Mia”, “In the Heights”, “West Side Story”, “Catch Me if You Can”, “Star Light Express”, “Showboat”, “Carousel”, “A Chorus Line”, “Gypsy”, “Urban Cowboy”; Nationals Tours of: “Fame”, “Footloose”; Euro-tours: “Best of Broadway”, and the Liss Fain Dance Company in San Francisco. Her students have appeared on television and theatres around the country (including “Saturday Night Live”, “Unsolved Mysteries”, “The Today Show”),as well as commercials and industrials. She has done choreography for Resorts International Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, and was a Master Choreographer/Teacher for Dance Troupe, Inc.. A guest choreographer with Broadway Dance Center featuring Frank Hatchett, Finis Jhung, and Savion Glover (Bring in Da Noise) in American Heritage (NYC). Our CATS Reunion recently brought together over 100 of our treasured alumni throughout the country who have been trained by Mickey these 30+ years, showing us all the love and respect our company members have for this very special teacher.
Elaine George Foulides, Voice, Piano, Musical Director
With a degree in Music Education, Elaine has maintained a career as a professional vocal coach, teacher, musical director and performer for more than thirty five years, focusing on vocal production, technique, and performance skills for both solo and choral ensembles. Her students have appeared on Broadway, in national tours, on television, in commercials, movies, and regional theatres. AS a performing artist, Elaine’s personal credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, cabaret, dinner theatre, church and synagogue soloist, and numerous recordings. She also appeared with Labors of Love, in several benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and was a featured soloist on their Christmas CD, Carols for a Cure.
Tannis Kristjanson, Curtain Up, Tap, Ballet
Tannis trained under George Warren for eleven years winning many competitive awards and becoming his valued assistant. She has spent the last fifteen years touring the country and performing as a musician and singer. Her song, “No Bitterz,” co-written with her husband, Ari Katz, was recently performed by Miss TK & the Revenge in the Oscar-nominated movie, “The Wrestler.” Her numerous choreographic projects include Annie, Wizard of Ox and Oliver and she has been very involved with the NJ Repertory Theatre while simultaneously raising her two young daughters and son here at the Jersey shore. We are so happy to have Tannis back with her Center Stage family.
Anne Krug, Ballet, Director of Ocean Ballet Department
Anne is a Center Stage graduate, having worked her way up through the Jr. CATS and CATS companies. As a member of CATS, she competed for national titles and at the Youth of America Grand Prix ballet competition. At the age of 14, she was awarded the New York City Dance Alliance Ballet Scholarship by Daniel Catanach. In her senior year at Center Stage, she performed the lead role of Sugar Plum in our bi-annual production of “The Nutcracker.” She has trained additionally at the Briansky Saratoga Ballet summer intensive, and at The School at Steps under the instruction of Leslie Browne. Anne performed with the Urban Ballet Theater and the Abrons Arts Center Dance Ensemble in Daniel Catanach’s production of “Nutcracker in the Lower,” and is a member of the Ensemble, and an apprentice with the Urban Ballet Theater.
Danielle Mondi, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Curtain Up, Company Director
Danielle Mondi began her dance training at Center Stage working her way up to become a member of the Senior Cats Company. She then attended Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in dance in 2009. Since graduation, she went on to work with Joyce King/JKDC and Tangerine Dance, Marie Alonzo Snyder , where she has had the opportunity to perform in New York City at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Harkness Dance Center/92nd Street Y, GreenSpace, Dance New Amsterdam and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. In addition to performing, Danielle’s ultimate goal is to teach dance education to children of all ages. Danielle works closely with Artistic Director of JKDC, Joyce King, to further develop their dance education program for young dancers and she choreographs for a children’s community theater program. She also presented work in Times Square for the Phineaus and Ferb Platybus Tour Kickoff, in honor of the Disney Channels original Movie Phineaus and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. “Focus on constant improvement and Never Give Up!” Danielle is the valued director of many of our Jazz Companies.
Tori Moots, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acting, Company Director
Tori is a Center Stage Alumnus, where she was a member of CATS, Tap CATS, and three years in the Pre-Professional Acting Class. She starred in the Center Stage mainstage show for all four years of her high-school, and also appeared in productions of “The Bald Soprano,” “The Laramie Project,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” She appeared for many years in Cabaret for Life, an AIDS benefit. Since graduating from Center Stage, she studied for two years at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, taking classes in dance and acting, while simultaneously studying at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. She recently choreographed a school production of “Beauty and the Beast,” and continued as assistant director the following year. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in education at Rider University, Tori joined our Center Stage family again, this time as a full time teacher and director of our JAZZ CATS Program.
Stephen Waldrup, Acting, Managing Director
Stephen has been directing the acting program at Center Stage for over 25 years. He has taught at the T. Schreiber Studio in Manhattan and does private coaching for NY & LA Actors. As a performer, he appeared at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival in “A Man for All Seasons, ” “The Sunshine Boys”, and Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII”, “Othello”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and “The Merchant of Venice”. In New York, he appeared in “An Ideal Husband”, “Once in a Lifetime”, “Ambrosio” and “I Am A Camera” at the T. Schreiber Studio, “On the Road to Holeness” at Theatre for the New City, “Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth” with the 1010 Players, “The Bald Soprano” and “The Wailing Wall” with the Farrington Company and at the American Theatre of Actors. Stephen’s directing credits include “Four Dogs and a Bone” and “Birdbath” in Manhattan and “Zoo Story” for Black Box in Asbury Park. Stephen is a talented writer, creating the amazing characters and stories you see in our yearly performances at the State Theatre.
Mike Zdeb, Guitar, Piano, Brass, Woodwind
Mike is a New Jersey based guitarist, who can regularly be seen and heard playing throughout the tri-state area. Mike currently gigs with various artists, such as Amanda Greatorex, Quincy Mumford, and ’90’s cover band Full House. Mike started studying music at age 11 with Matt O’Ree, from whom he learned blues, rock and pop-styles. Mike then enrolled at Rowan University, where he studied jazz and classical guitar, jazz and classical piano and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies. Mike has compiled his own method and philosophy of private instruction that is guaranteed to get students jamming, rocking and learning within their first few lessons!