Meet the Instructors

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Dr. Shannon Cochran

Shannon completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in May 2021. She also completed her Artist Diploma in Opera Performance in 2020 and her Master of Music in 2018, studying voice under Dr. Gwendolyn Coleman. Her most recent engagements include, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at CCM, the soprano soloists for the “Let it Be New” concert with Cincinnati Song Initiative, premiering the chamber opera With Her Eyes by Ye Zhao with the CCM Concert Orchestra in March 2021, and recording DJ Sparr’s Ella Que Llora in fall 2020 with the CCM Wind Symphony. Other credits at CCM include Millicent Jordan in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide.

In 2019, she performed at Cincinnati Song Initiative’s fall season with Kathleen Kelly on Corigliano’s “Tambourine Man.” In 2018, she worked with Libby Larsen at the John Duffy Institute in collaboration with the Virginia Arts Festival to workshop a new opera, Vagabond, where she sang the lead Isabelle Eberhardt. During her masters, she worked with John Harbison on his composition “Vocalism,” instilling her love of new works. In 2017 and 2018, she was the soprano soloist with Memphis Repertory Orchestra under the baton of Maestro William R. Langley, performing works by Bernstein, Strauss and various showtunes.

In addition to opera, she has performed frequently in the musical theatre world. Her professional theatre credits include Fiona in Shrek! The Musical at Great Plains Theatre, Ms. Pemberton in The Orphan Train under the direction of Patricia Birch, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray and Rapunzel in Into the Woods at Way Off Broadway.

Since the pandemic altered everyone’s world, she shifted gears to study mindfulness and the utilization of mind-body skills in an artist’s life. She is currently conducting research to see the potential benefits and efficacy of these practices for the betterment and longevity of an artist’s career. With the intent, to continue to help other artists make their own personal health and wellness a priority.

In the summer of 2018, Shannon founded the Fellowship at Memphis Repertory Orchestra, alongside Maestro Langley, for young aspiring musicians. During this program, they crafted each of their own personal identities as an artist and learned different techniques for working in the business. Incredibly passionate about teaching, she has also taught voice, acting and piano lessons, as well as worked on summer camps for children’s theatre. She has a passion for cultivating and sharing the world of music and arts with everyone, and is often working with different companies such as ROK Cincy! Cincinnati Opera Outreach, and CCM to take music to those that might not see it otherwise. 

www.shannoncochran.com

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Amber Glasgow

Amber Glasgow was born and raised in Farmington and has again called the Four Corners area her home for the last two years. After receiving a BFA in Theatre Performance from ENMU, she moved to San Francisco where she completed a 2-year acting program at The Meisner Technique Studio under the teachings of Jim Jarrett and Melissa Thompson-Esaia. She worked in film and theatre in the Bay Area for 4 years before moving to Brooklyn, NY where she focused on her passion for writing and co-founded a production company with the aim of creating an artistic family. Since the pandemic, Amber has performed with Quarantine Theatre on the debut murder mystery radio play "Tryst", worked on her writing, and downloaded TikTok.

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Sarah Harkness-Sebastian, originally from Chico, California, currently serves as Associate Professor of Dance and Co-Director of Dance Theatre of Santa Fe, as well as Faculty Choreographer for the Musical Theatre program, at Santa Fe College, in Gainesville, Florida. She received her MFA in Dance from The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, and BA in Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. She founded and directed Meh-Tropolis Dance Theatre, in Los Angeles, for six years and worked for former CEO of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing, and The Sherry Lansing Foundation.  

She has choreographed many musicals including “West Side Story” (Dir. by Evan Pappas), "A Chorus Line" and “Sweet Charity” and performed with Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing, and other cast members of “The West Wing", in the Los Angeles production of "Raising Our Voices".  

Sarah performed a supporting role in the west coast premiere of “Becoming Eleanor”, and has danced with Oberlin Dance Company and for choreographers Lynda Davis, Alan Danielson, Michael Foley, Tim Glenn, Gerri Houlihan, Rick McCullough, Andrew Noble, John Pennington, Dan Wagoner, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. 

She has served as Faculty for the North Central Florida Young Dancer Workshop, as well as multiple Florida Dance Association Young Dancer Workshops, Polk County All-County Dance Festivals, and Suzanne Farrell Workshops for Young Dancers.  Internationally, Sarah has studied at the Oxford, England, School of Drama, performed in the Montpellier, France World Dance Festival, and recently in Spain, taught Dance and Drama for Caxton College.  

In Florida, Sarah has choreographed for The Tallahassee Ballet and Valencia College and served as Faculty and Assistant Coordinator for the FSU Summer Intensive for Young Dancer’s Workshop. She was awarded artistic residencies, for the summers of 2013 & 2014, at the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts, in Clayton, Georgia. Her choreography has been presented in concert with the Joffrey Concert Group (now New York Dance Project) as well as during the 2017 American College Dance Association Southeast Region Conference.  

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Josey Miller

Josey performed in a number of groups and capacities throughout college, honing her talent and artistic senses in the time-honored tradition of trial and error. After graduating from Seton Hill University with a BA in Music, Josey struck out for her first (of many) professional acting contracts in Lancaster, PA. From there, she was lucky enough to book work on tours and with theaters across the nation until she landed in New York City.

After weathering the pandemic in NYC, and signing with FireStarter Entertainment, Josey has temporarily relocated to Morgantown, WV where she is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at West Virginia University.  As part of her assistantship at WVU, Josey has been working as the Assistant to the Artistic Director at West Virginia Public Theatre and growing on the other side of the audition table as well.

www.joseymariemiller.com

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Danielle Poznanovic

Danielle is a New York City based actor, singer and dancer.

A proud Canadian, Danielle fell in love with performing at a young age when she got to play Sandy the dog in her grade school’s production of Annie. While growing up in Barrie, ON, she studied classical voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music for 13 years, attaining her Grade 9 in Vocal Performance.

Danielle moved to the United States in 2013 to study theatre in the inaugural class of the Sight & Sound Conservatory. After graduating, she decided to remain State side, and has been pounding pavements and working ever since!

Some of her favorite credits include Jo March in Little Women, Barbra Streisand in Dino & Friends and Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

When she isn’t performing, you can find her exploring book shops, taking dance classes, painting, or picking flowers!

www.daniellepoznanovic.com

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Gareth West

Gareth West is a 25-year-old Actor/Voice Actor. He has been performing his entire life and for the last six years has been working professionally providing the English voice acting for Anime. 

Affiliated with Sentai Filmworks and FUNimation Entertainment. He is known for voicing Sato Takaya/2D in Golden Time, Seiya Takehaya in Tsurune, Haruka Shinozaki in My Girlfriend is Shobitch, Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu!!, Akihiro Tsubuka in Chihayafuru 2 and Kakeru Tobe in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU.

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Randal West

Randal K. West has been in professional theatre most of his life. Early on he was the Theatre Coordinator for the City of Phoenix for five years and while he was in that position he came to know Stephen Sondheim, was invited to be a collaborator on re-working his musical “Merrily We Roll Along” with playwright George Furth and he directed the pre-Broadway workshop production. Sondheim suggested he relocate to San Francisco and Randy spent nine years there as a musical theatre and television director. 

Television brought him back to Southern California and he spent the next three years doing theatre and television in his boyhood stomping grounds. He then took his family and moved to Fairfield, Iowa where he spent 14 years as first the Vice President Creative Director of a national advertising agency and then seven years as the Executive /Artist Director of Way Off Broadway which was Iowa’s only professional musical theatre company and the residential company at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, (yes Steve continues to be the gift that keeps on giving to Randy). Before coming to Farmington, Randy spent three years as the Artistic Director of the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene KS. 

Randy has been the Civic Center Supervisor for the city of Farmington for three years and he serves as the Artistic Director for the Four Corners Musical Theatre Company. He has been married to Margaret Clair for almost 30 years and he is the proud father of Joshua, William, and Gareth.