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 studied Music Education at Eastern University in Wayne, PA, with a primary instrument of French Horn and a secondary voice focus. 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, and was involved in bands, choirs, small group ensembles, and theatre throughout 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 yogi, a competitive powerlifter and a 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's directed and music directed numerous productions and is our resident costumer and props master. 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, making costumes, building props, and directing some of our smaller productions!
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
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 Poppea. Prior 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.
Megan Charlesworth - Piano, Voice, and Music Together Teacher; Arts Administrator
Megan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of PA, and a Master of Music in Music Ed from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she studied the impacts of integration of culturally diverse materials in the music classroom. Megan joined PPAS in 2019 as a Music Together teacher and has since taken on the additional roles of private piano instructor and arts administrator. Prior to her work at the studio, Megan taught in public and private schools as a classroom music teacher, working with children ages K-12. Outside of the studio, Megan serves as the Director of Music at Calvary United Church of Christ in Reading,
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.