Michael Popovsky : Owner/Director/Voice Instructor

Michael Popovsky - Owner/Director/Voice Instructor

Michael Popovsky has had the honor of performing up and down the east coast with such theatres as Opera Naples (Fl), Opera Delaware, Fulton Theatre, Gretna Theatre, Opera Lancaster, Bootless Stageworks, Opera Seabrook, EPAC, Servant Stage Company and many more. Some of his favorite roles on stage include Schaunard (La Boheme), Harold Hill (Music Man), Man #2 (My Way…Frank Sinatra), Satan (Jerry Springer the Opera), Silvio (Pagliacci), Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf (Into the Woods), Marullo (Rigoletto), Snoopy (You’re a Good Man…) and Lesgles (Les Miserables).

As teacher, Michael is a member of NATS (National Association of Teacher of Singing) and a former winner of the Independent Teacher Fellowship Award. He has spent his teaching career working with ENTs, SLPs and master voice teachers to develop his own dynamic style of teaching. His students have had great success and have attended such programs as Point Park University, NYU, AMDA, Temple and Penn State’s Summer Musical Theatre intensive. His students have also been semifinalists and winners at NATS student auditions and have been cast in professional, semi-professional, community and school productions.

Michael also has more than a dozen directing and musical directing credits to his name including professional, collegiate, educational and community productions. A highlight of his directing resume was directing the area premier of School of Rock for PPAS. Michael’s previous voice teachers include Dr. Thomas Houser, John Darrenkamp, Gweynne Geyer and he currently studies with Master Teacher Robert Edwin.

When not fully engrossed in all things theatre, Michael enjoys playing hockey, golf, watching football and wing night at Dip Co.

Christyn Rutter : Owner/Director/Music Together Instructor

Christyn Rutter - Owner/Director/Music Together Instructor

Christyn Rutter studied Music Education at Eastern University in Wayne, PA and was awarded the Gladys M. Howard Scholarship for Music for three consecutive years. Christyn’s primary instrument is the French horn, but she has studied piano, flute, alto saxophone, guitar, ukulele, and bassoon, and can competently play almost every brass and woodwind instrument. While at Eastern, Christyn was a member of the Eastern Winds and the University Choir, performed with a number of local brass quintets, and studied under Bryan Edgett. Christyn has played horn in the pit orchestras in productions of Kiss Me Kate, Jekyll and Hyde, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Honk!, and has directed music for a number of productions. She has also directed many small scenes, plays and musical numbers. Christyn worked with children and teens as a teacher and director of children’s choirs at Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA during most of her college career.

After finishing college in 2007, Christyn moved to Los Angeles and married the love of her life, Greg in 2008. In 2010, weary of the bustle of Hollywood, she relocated to her husband’s hometown of Lancaster and has since immersed herself in the vibrant music and arts culture in Lancaster County. In her spare time Christyn is a competitive powerlifter and strongman, and she enjoys traveling to the Adirondack mountains where she is working on climbing the 46 High Peaks. She also enjoys sewing, reading, gardening, and home improvement projects. Christyn and Greg have two children, Ella and Gregory, who you will often find singing, dancing, and roaming the halls of PPAS!

Christyn joined the staff of PPAS in 2014 as the director of the Music Together program, and has since become co-owner and co-director of the company. She is so thankful for this studio and the people who make it a family, and the endless opportunities it provides to share her love and passion for music and performing. Christyn currently runs the Music Together program, teaching 8-10 hours of classes per week, and manages day-to-day operations of PPAS. You’ll also sometimes find her teaching voice or piano lessons, filling in for teachers, and directing some of our smaller productions!

Steffan D. Bomberger : Voice, Piano, and Acting Instructor

Steffan D. Bomberger - Voice, Piano, and Acting Instructor

Steffan is a multi-instrumentalist, conductor, director, coach, clinician and teacher who is in demand throughout the mid-state for his interdisciplinary expertise and holistic approach to teaching the performing arts. Steffan has toured as far north as Cape Cod and as far south as Miami (and everywhere else in between on the east coast) as a collaborative pianist.

Steffan is the Founding Artistic Director of Steitz City Players, a nonprofit, community-centered theatre arts company, that focuses on bringing excellent arts opportunities to under-served populations in the Lebanon Valley. Their 2019 summer production, Godspell, was met with widespread acclaim.

As a seasoned actor, tenor and conductor, Steffan has performed across the US. He is currently prepping for an interactive vocal recital series highlighting the work of the American Songbook, which will culminate with his European premiere in 2021. Steffan is a member of NATS, ACDA, and AACT.

Local musical theatre directing credit highlights include Capitol Opera, Steitz City Players, Hershey Trolley Works, and Gretna Theatre. Steffan maintains a private studio in his hometown of Lebanon, PA and has taught master classes on the campuses of Messiah and Lebanon Valley Colleges. A 2013 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, he dual-specialized his bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music and Vocal Arts. He also holds an Associate of Arts in Humanities from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Juliana Alfano : Online Voice Instructor

Juliana Alfano - Online Voice Instructor

Juliana Alfano is ecstatic to be joining the team at PPAS. She recently received her Master's degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from The Pennsylvania State University where she studied with Norman Spivey. During her time there, she had several performing opportunities with Penn State’s Opera Theater including roles as Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe and Morgana in Handel's Alcina, as well as a program titled "Operatif" which included scenes from Die Fledermaus (Adele) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mrs. Page). Also, she performed with the University Choir as the soprano soloist in Hayden's Kleine Orgelsolomesse. In addition to her performing at Penn State, she also held a voice studio comprised of Penn State students while completing her degree as well as a private studio with voices of all ages.

Her training outside of Penn State has taken her to New York City and beyond. Recently she was invited to sing at the Aaron Copland School of Music where she took part in the Baroque Opera Workshop working with world renowned soprano, Julianne Baird. For the culminating performance of the workshop, she performed as Valletto in scenes from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di PoppeaPrior to that, in the summers of 2014/2015 she attended Classical Singing and New York in June, an intensive vocal study program with leading professionals from Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan School of Music. Her studies have also taken her abroad to Salzburg, Austria, where she spent a summer training and singing at the Patti and Allan Herbert Frost School of Music.

Juliana holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Crane School of Music under the tutelage of Deborah Massell at SUNY Potsdam in Northern New York. Her favorite musical theatre roles from her undergraduate years include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and performing in the ensembles of A Chorus Line and Ragtime. In her spare time, she can be seen gushing over every cute puppy she encounters on the street and learning the ukulele.

Juliana taught in-person lessons and classes in our studio from 2017-2020, and is now teaching online lessons from her new home base in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Alejandro Ramos : Voice Instructor

Alejandro Ramos - Voice Instructor

“Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will be less tedious.” is an ancient Roman principle that has inspired humanity for millenniums, especially Alejandro L. Ramos. Mr. Ramos is the Director of Choral Activities, Spring Musical director, and music teacher at Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA. Graduating in 2019 from Temple University, Mr. Ramos has been blessed to study under Paul Rardin, Rollo Dilworth, Bill Mayo, Mitos Andaya Hart, and Maestro Andreas Delfs. Finding a love for choral directing, solo singing, and teaching all over the world, Alejandro has performed in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In the summer season, Alejandro is the Choir Director for American Music Abroad (AMA), an opportunity for advanced high school level musicians to perform throughout Europe and beyond through American Music. Native to Harrisburg, PA, Alejandro was an active member of the congregation at Tree of Life Lutheran Church as both a cantor and director of the Linglestown Community Choir. While busy, Alejandro believes in continuing education through the fantastic organizations of National Assoc. for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Directors Assoc. (ACDA), Technology in Music Education (TI:ME), and the National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing (NATS). The art of music has been used for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual outlets since the dawn of time, and Alejandro thanks you for continuing the passion of the arts.

Megan Charlesworth : Piano, Voice, and Music Together Teacher; Arts Administrator

Megan Charlesworth - Piano, Voice, and Music Together Teacher; Arts Administrator

Megan Charlesworth is a music teacher at the Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she works with students in grades 3-8 in general music, band, and choral settings.  Megan also holds the position of Director of Music at Calvary United Church of Christ in Reading, PA, where she plays piano and organ for Sunday services, and directs the Calvary Singers and Jubilee Ringers.

Outside of her school teaching job and church position, Megan loves sharing her passion for music with the community by teaching Music Together classes and piano lessons.  Megan has a particular interest in choirs and facilitating the life-long love of singing and music making, and has a life mission of encouraging young people to nurture their own deep, meaningful connection to music.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Megan lives in the Reading area with her husband, Preston, and their three cats, Hugo, Chessa, and Barney.

Debra Macut : Director of Acting

Debra Macut - Director of Acting

Debra Macut holds a BA in drama and psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA in Acting from Catholic University of America. Ms. Macut is also a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA). Ms. Macut has enjoyed a successful career in professional theatre, having performed throughout the U.S. This includes a 10 year residency at Stage One in Louisville, Ky. and a world premiere production of "The Great Gilly Hopkins" at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, in which she originated the role of Maime Trotter. Debra also has experience with industrial work including film, commercials, and voice-overs.

Ms. Macut's teaching background is extensive, with over 20 years of experience including workshops on general acting, children's theatre, and Shakespeare. Debra has taught college level courses at Indiana University Southeast and acting for young people at Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State Harrisburg.

Ian Wettlaufer : Intern / Technical Assistant

Ian Wettlaufer - Intern / Technical Assistant

Ian J. Wettlaufer (Freddy) is a rising senior currently enrolled at Millersville University as a Theatre major. Ian loves performing and was most recently seen as Freddie in Popovsky Performing Arts' production of Carrie the Musical. Ian was also the assistant technical director for Carrie. Other recent performing experience includes Male Greek Chorus (multiple characters) in How I Learned to Drive, Davey in Newsies, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde, Franz/Dennis in Sunday in the Park with George, Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire, and William Barfee in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ian has been working at PPAS on and off since last summer as a summer camp teacher, and is thrilled to officially be a part of the staff at the studio!


Sam Willard : Registered Music Together Teacher

Sam Willard - Registered Music Together Teacher

Sam has been working with young children all of her life. A 2004 graduate of Mount Joy Vo-Tech with a focus on early childhood education, she went on to use that knowledge in several settings throughout her career; from Nanny to Gymboree music teacher, and currently in-home daycare provider. Music is a learning tool Sam uses every day with the children she cares for, as well as her own young children. Singing is a long loved hobby of hers, and she can’t wait to make music together with you!