Faculty

Stephanie Kreutz

General Director

 

Stephanie Kreutz is a singer, director, and voice teacher in the Boston area. She is a multi-faceted performer who is experienced with all aspects of putting on a production, including performing, directing, stage managing, choreographing, costume designing, and props designing. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for opera and musical theater with her students, as well as spreading a love of opera through opera outreach. 

Stephanie received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her BA in English and Music from Tufts University. She also spent a semester studying opera abroad in Milan, Italy. Stephanie has performed roles including Die Mutter in Hänsel and Gretel, Emily in Our Town, and Countess Almaviva in La nozze di Figaro. Musical theater roles include Josephine "Ma" Strong in Urinetown and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. As a performer, she has participated in opera programs at San Diego Opera and the New England Conservatory. She has directed operas including Mozart's The Impresario, Moore's Gallantry, and Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.

 With over ten years of teaching experience, Stephanie looks forward to working with the singers of Boston Patio Playhouse.

Katie O'Reilly

Backyard Opera Music Director

 

Katie O'Reilly earned her Master’s degree at the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Victor Jannett.  She recently made her area stage debut as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore (MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players), and her busy spring season includes performances with Lowell House Opera (as Miss Rose in Lakmé) and MetroWest Opera (as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel).  A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Lorraine Manz, her previous opera credits include Jessie in Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel (Oberlin Conservatory) and Peep-Bo in The Mikado (Oberlin College Gilbert & Sullivan Players).

An accomplished pianist, Ms. O’Reilly is a vocal accompanist at the Boston Conservatory, and frequently works in the Boston area as an accompanist, keyboardist and music director.  Her music directorial credits include Floyd Collins (AMD, Moonbox Productions), Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. (MD, Summer Fenn School), Once Upon a Mattress and Just So! (MD, Oberlin MAD* Factory). At the 2013 Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno-Sterzing, Italy, where she was the winner of the voice prize, she accompanied herself on the piano as Magda in scenes from Puccini’s La Rondine.  She also appeared as a contestant on the 25th season of Jeopardy!

Jaime Kathleen Castellanos, Front Porch Players Music Director

 

Originally from New Jersey, Jaime Kathleen has worked and performed extensively both nationally and internationally  Jaime is currently on faculty at the Boston Children's Theatre, where she teaches intermediate musical theatre studies; she is also on staff at the Boston Conservatory.  Previous teaching and coaching positions include the Stoneham Theatre, Bridgewater School of Music (NJ), Fusion School of Performing Arts (NJ), the Theatre Opportunity for Youth (Scottsbluff, NE), Broadway Bound Intensive (NYC), and the Longy School of Education Teaching Artistry and Outreach programs (Cambridge, MA).  With an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a Master's degree of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jaime has extensive experience with working with the young performer.  Currently, Jaime is in Kiefersfelden, Germany, where she works as the Musical Director at the International Performing Arts Institute.  She continues her studies in collaborative piano and vocal coaching at the Longy School of Bard College in Cambridge.  

Niani Feelings

Backyard Opera Dance Teacher and Choreographer

 

Originally from South Carolina, Niani Feelings is currently a senior musical theater major at The Boston Conservatory. Though dance was her first love, Niani is a skilled dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. A member of the Actor’s Equity Association, she has directed the Student Choreographer’s Showcase at the conservatory for two years and has appeared in Hairspray at The Muny in St. Louis as well as numerous Boston Conservatory shows such as Hair, Coolsville and Aida.

Since leaving South Carolina, Niani has enjoyed returning to teach dance master

classes and she is eager to work with students in Boston!

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