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Graduates from MUW

A note from the President of the ADA Alumni Association:

Since we first opened the doors of the Accademia in 2004 we have continually been impressed by the talented, inspiring students and artists who have made the Villa Godiola and the Accademia dell’Arte their home for a year, a semester, a summer, or even a winter break. Many of our former students have gone on to rich and promising careers in the arts and beyond. We hope that wherever their careers take them they always carry the inspiration of the Accademia with them.

ADA Alumni Association members can be found in many corners of the globe. Through this network, the ADA has been able to grow and flourish. Thank you to all of our alumni for their continued contribution to the ADA community.

Dory Rebekah Sibley

Founding President of the ADA Alumni Association

We have an active Alumni Association that communicates via Facebook. As a member of the Alumni Association you can keep up with the latest alumni news, stay in touch with classmates and colleagues, and tap into the Accademia’s global network of artists working in dozens of countries around the world. If you are an alumnus of an ADA program and would like to join the ADAAA, please follow the link above or contact Dory Sibley for more information:


MFA Alumni By Cohort

Katie Cooper

Katie Cooper earned ber BFA in Acting with side studies in sound design and stage management from the University of Utah, and her MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte. She is currently living in Raleigh, NC, and performing around the state on a regular basis both with her band, Kurtzweil, and as a solo singer-songwriter. Since graduating, she has recorded an EP, is in the middle of recording a full-band full length album, and filming a music video.

To hear and see her latest work, please visit

Meredith Fox

Meredith Fox is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Catawba College. She earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance and Music from Catawba in 2007. She earned her M.F.A. in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She joined the Theatre Arts Faculty in 2013, and has previously worked in Catawba’s Admissions Office as a counselor for prospective students.

Meredith has performed as a dancer, actor, and singer in a number of productions across the Atlantic Coast with companies including The Lost Colony and Zany Umbrella Circus, and in such venues as Central Park’s Summer Stage and Mass MoCA Museum. Meredith has worked in the Fred Astaire Franchised Ballroom Dance Studios as a certified dance instructor and professional competitor in the American Smooth division. She has choreographed for various dance, musical, and physical theatre productions, including various dance concerts, local “Dancing with the Stars”-type fundraising events, How to Succeed in Business…, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mirette’s Circus, Fischiando nel Buio, Un Cabaret per i Giorni Strani, and The Judgement of Don Quixote.

When you can tear her away from the dance floor, Meredith enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching old movies, traveling the world, and eating.

Taylor Hohman

In the year since completing the MFA in Physical Theatre, Taylor Hohman has been busily developing his professional acting resume in Europe. Beginning in June, Taylor designed and ran the English Summer M.A.D. (Music, Art and Drama) Camp, teaching English through Physical Theatre to Italian children. With full English immersion, the kids created an original performance piece including music, movement, dance, juggling, object manipulation, puppets, masques and improvisation using props and costumes built from ordinary household items. Created in collaboration with the Accademia Britannica di Arezzo and current members of the ADA’s MFA cohort, the continuation of the M.A.D. Camp will offer valuable work experience to future MFA members who wish to stay in Arezzo over the summers.

In July, Taylor returned to France for his second year as the featured actor in Les Heures Musicales de le Vallee de la Bresle’s annual Ateliers de Musique Ancienne, integrating masque, mime, puppetry and interpretive movement into baroque chamber concerts. Performances were held in country churches and chateaus all over Normandy and Taylor’s work was received with much acclaim. Also in July, along with fellow MFA alum Dory Ford Sibley and current MFA students, Taylor collaborated in the creation of an original American musical cabaret sponsored by a local businessman. Performed in Piazza del Duomo to a full audience of aretini and covered by the local television station Teletruria, the show represented the first professional performance by ADA alumni in Arezzo.

In August and September, Taylor was in London assistant teaching the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat’s National Stage Combat Workshop and working as a stunt fighter for iDare Productions’ new web series Chronicles of Syntax, premiering in February on the Multiverse YouTube channel. In addition, Taylor collaborated in writing, fight choreographing, and acting in the short independent action film Extraction with Little Extra Productions. His graduate thesis, On the Masque and the Sword, was selected for the archives of the Peter Finer Antique Arms Gallery in London, and he has recently completed an article on the role of the sword in the commedia dell’arte for The Fight Master, the journal of the Society of American Fight Directors. Finally, again with Dory Ford Sibley, Taylor formed the rock n’ roll band Whitebread, which recorded an album and blew the roof off the local communist party’s annual cookout.

Currently, Taylor is acting as a consultant for an American biotechnology company, integrating natural plant health and pest management solutions into wineries in Tuscany, Piemonte, and the Veneto.
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Louise Mellor

Louise Mellor is a freelance actor, theatre practitioner, workshop facilitator and storyteller from the North-West of England, currently based between England and Italy.

She has performed and toured with various children’s and theatre in education companies, and directed youth theatre workshops and performances in England, Italy, Germany and the USA and recently toured “The Jungle Book” throughout China. Prior to her studies at the Accademia dell’Arte, Louise received a BA honours degree in Performing Arts from the University of Salford and studied Theatre and Performance Studies alongside Psychology and English Literature at Runshaw College.

Louise is particularly interested in ensemble, devised and multimedia theatre practices, where traditional boundaries are blurred and different artistic mediums combined to create thought-provoking new relationships. She is currently learning to play the accordion.

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Robert Shryock

As Director of Communications and Recruiting, Bob directs and manages all marketing and US recruiting for the Accademia dell’Arte. Previously, he was a creative producer and project manager in the advertising industry.

A graduate of the Accademia’s first MFA in Physical Theatre cohort, Bob is also a professional theatre artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as an actor-creator, director, movement director, teaching artist, and producer.

Previously based in New York City, he was the Associate Artistic Director of Off-Broadway theatre company, Ripple Effect Artists, and the Director of Training (and hospital clown) for Lev Leytzan, a professional hospital clown organization. He regularly works with Bay Area Children’s Theatre, plus Zany Umbrella Circus, South Brooklyn Shakespeare, and Ripple Effect Artists. Bob is a member of Theatre Bay Area, Theatre Resources Unlimited and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

In addition to an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte, Bob holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Theatre from Western Kentucky University.

In his free time, Bob loves playing and writing music, photography, playing soccer, traveling … and he’s undefeated in thumb wrestling.

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Dory Rebekah Sibley

Dory Rebekah Sibley is a holistic voice teacher and artist based in Arezzo, Italy. After completing her MFA in Physical Theatre in 2011, she co-founded Tut’Zanni Theatre Company with colleague ALi Landvatter. A NYC based company, Tut’Zanni has performed and taught all over the world. She is also a founding member of the all-woman clown troupe Women From Mars and recently toured their ‘clown-noir’ cabaret SILENT REFLECTIONS through Italy and parts of the USA. Dory is one of the pioneer teachers of Voice in the Mask work and currently teaches and develops new projects in collaboration with colleague Torbjörn Alström, Head of Puppetry, Masks and Animation at the Frölunda Kulturhus in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has been a core member of the Voice Faculty at the Accademia since 2014.

Dory is currently a candidate for certification as a teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has over ten years of experience in various voice and bodywork fields including Roy Hart Experimental Voice, classical voice and opera theatre, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques. She completed her teaching certification in the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) in 2013. She was an ArezzoFestival organizer for over 4 years and was the CrisisART Festival Collective Facilitator from 2012 – 2014. Dory serves as the Undergraduate Programs Associate and President of the ADA Alumni Association. As a freelance artist, she continues to perform her original devised work in the USA and Europe.

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Benjamin Sota

Benjamin Sota currently is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and earned an MFA in physical theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte in Tuscany, Italy.

Ben has directed and produced over thirty shows and performed them at the National Council on Foundation, Mass MoCA museum, central park’s Summer Stage, the National Storytelling Convention, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at Al Hussein
Amphitheater in Amman Jordan, and at hundreds of other venues.

On the basis of his teaching, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has selected Ben as a Pennsylvania Artist in Residence teacher. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and is also recognized as a Commonwealth Speaker of Pennsylvania. Recently he was awarded the Stainer Arts Award and the Eben Demarest Trust, a prize based on his artistic merit — that Jackson Pollock once won.

Ben’s work has been supported by the Heinz Foundation, the Grable Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation, City Parks Foundation, Artist and Cities, and has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and Al Jazeera TV.

Ben has worked hard to bring theater to those who need it most. He has taught physical theater classes to hundreds, directed numerous show productions, and worked with students from at-risk backgrounds—traveling to Jordan, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan for month long residencies to direct, perform and teach.

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Sophie Goldstein

Sophie Goldstein is a native of Los Angeles, CA and received her B.A. at California State University, Los Angeles. While there she was able to take in part in many productions, was nominated for two Irene Ryan Awards for the American College Theater Festival and directed Harold Pinter’s The Lover. After graduating CSULA, she joined a site-specific physical theatre company called Opera Del Espacio, led by her former CSULA professor, Tanya Kane-Parry. She decided to get her MFA at the Accademia dell’Arte and was so happy and proud to be a part of the second class of graduate students. She graduated in May 2014 and has since taught Viewpoints at California State University, Los Angeles, a Commedia dell’Arte workshop for kids at A Noise Within theatre company in Pasadena and a beginning dance class at an after-school program in East Los Angeles called Plaza De La Raza. Also since graduating from the ADA, she has performed in a new opera written by Dr. Alicia Tycer with music composed by Dr. John Kennedy and directed by Tanya Kane-Parry called The Wall based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story. She has also performed as a Lady’s Maid for the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor and Assistant Directed an abridged version of Don Giovanni, directed by Tanya Kane-Parry and performed at the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. She has also re-joined Opera Del Espacio and has performed with them in various spaces around Los Angeles. She will soon be performing in a new play called Piñata Dreams, written by Josefina Lopez, that will take place in early December 2014 at Casa101 in East Los Angeles. She hopes to be able to continue performing, directing and teaching.

Jared Graham

Jared Graham was born in Tullahoma, TN and knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue the performing arts as a career. An early role as an ‘evil’ town mayor in a 3rd grade school play gave him a taste for performing that only continued to grow. Growing up, he participated in every school and community theatre production he had the opportunity to and after graduating high school in 2003, he pursued his acting training at a variety of educational institutions, such as Centre College in Danville, KY, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, and in 2008, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance. During his undergraduate studies, Jared spent his summer internship at Bluejacket Outdoor Theatre, in Xenia, OH, where he trained to become a recognized actor/combatant in Rapier and Dagger, Quarterstaff and Unarmed Combat. In 2007, he received a full scholarship to study abroad for a semester at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. This semester introduced him up to the world of Physical Theatre and in Sept. 2011, he returned to the Accademia to pursue his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Physical Theatre. The program took Jared to places like Berlin and the Czech Republic and he studied subjects such as circus arts and mask making from masters of their crafts. Upon the successful completion of his thesis and subsequent graduation in May 2014, Jared moved back to Memphis to collaborate with old friends and new on a startup theatre company, Threepenny Theatre. By day, he now sells lights, makeup and other assorted goods at MainStage Theatrical Supply and then rehearses and performs for 3PT by night. He hopes to utilize his creative drive and the knowledge he has acquired by serving as the Company Manager, helping to cultivate the talents of the company members, oversee their personal training, honing their physical, vocal, and emotional instruments as he continues to cultivate his own as well.

Jared is also a certified Level 1 instructor of the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS), which he utilizes in his actor-training regimen.

Scotty Walsh

Since the age of eight, Scotty Walsh has entertained in cabarets and clubs, notable and notorious; in theaters and tents, famous and infamous. He has performed across the United States, from Seattle to New Orleans and from Baltimore to San Francisco, as well as in Cairo, Paris, Tuscany, Berlin, and Dublin.

Well-versed in mentalism and magic, as well as clown, and the Italian Commedia dell’Arte, Scotty studied with Antonio Fava at the Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico, at the Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino, and at Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. He has studied clown technique with Larry Pisoni of the Pickle Family Circus, Barry Lubin (Grandma) of the Big Apple Circus, and with Joe Fenner of Switzerland’s Scuola Teatro Dimitri. Additionally, Scotty has practiced mask-making and masked performance with Familie Flöz of Berlin.

A featured thought leader for Ignite Baltimore, Scotty holds a Master of Fine Arts in Physical Theater from the Accademia dell’Arte, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the American University of Paris. He is a certified instructor of EBAS, The Elemental Body Alignment System, and has written extensively on the topic of management patterns and organizational behavior as well as on the use of magic principles as tools for actors. His professional teaching experience includes tenures as the Arts and Early Intervention Specialist at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, as a circus instructor at Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, and as a guest instructor for Tuscany’s Accademia dell’Arte, the University of Oklahoma, and the Denver School of the Arts.

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Chloe Whiting-Stevenson

Chloe’ Whiting Stevenson currently works and resides in the midwest as an instructor, performance artist, and researcher. She holds a BA in Theatre/Speech Communication from Siena Heights University. Her MA in Theatre History is from Illinois State University with an emphasis in feminist theatre. Her thesis was entitled, “Rachel Crothers throughout the ages: a historical analysis of the three periods of her career, content, and the impact of social events.” Her MFA in Physical Theatre concluded with her thesis entitled, “With Great Responsibility: the Combination of Theatrical Text and Jinen Butoh.” She holds a level I Teaching certification in the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) and her 200 hour teacher certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga through It’s Yoga Nicaragua. Her interests in physical acting have led her to study Psychophysical acting with Philip Zarrilli in Wales and Grotowski methods with Mario Biagini in New York City.

Chloe’ has taught Introduction to Theatre at Illinois State University, Movement for the Actor at Owens Community College, and the drama program through Upward Bound at Siena Heights University. She is a regular instructor at the Bliss yoga studio and travels teaching workshops at colleges and local organizations.

Chloe’ is a trained Butoh dancer who continues to create pieces and perform them. She has worked with masters including Atsushi Takenouchi, Diego Piñón, and Katsura Kan. She has performed in the Crisis Arts Festival, at Siena Heights University in celebration of Women’s Month, and in the Lights,Art,Action Festival. She also works as a director or choreographer for community-based theatre projects. Chloe’ has presented papers at several conferences, her most recent being, “Revitalizing an Actor’s Movement through use of Butoh” at the Mid-American Theatre Conference. She also continues her circus training through regular studies with different companies – specializing in silks. When not doing research you might find Chloe’ constructing masks, which she also utilizes in workshops and performances.

Chloe’ enjoys working with ensembles as well as continuing to explore devised solo shows. She is often seen seeking out new collaborative opportunities and locations to continue to have conversations about life, art, and storytelling.

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