Donna is the Founder and Director of J-DAPA. She has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, acro, hip hop, and ballroom, starting at the age of 8 years old. Donna comes from a large family and her love of dance and acting often proved too great of an expense for her parents. Because of this, she was often forced to quit her performance classes as a child. Donna vowed that one day she would offer affordable dance classes so that children with family financial hardships would have the opportunity to experience the art of dance, singing, and acting. Donna has studied with Theresa Landry, Fran Golombiewski, Jeremy Anderson, Elaine Colenieri as well as many master classes from various artists over the years. When she isn’t teaching dance she enjoys directing and doing choreography for J-DAPA’s musical plays.
Emily is a Music Education Major with a concentration in voice at Rhode Island College. She has been singing for as long as she can remember. She loves creating music and sharing it with others! Emily is a lifetime member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is currently on the RIC NAfME Collegiate Executive Board.
Justina is a Music Major at Rhode Island college. She has been dancing since the age of three and has been in love ever since. She loves inspiring others through movement and is a social butterfly! She currently teaches the pre-peewees, middle to high school hip hop, and beginner acro.
Brieanna is a jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, and hip hop teacher as well as the choreographer for J-DAPA’s musical productions. She has been dancing for over 25 years. Brieanna began as a dance teacher’s assistant around the age of 8 before moving on to take over her own classes around age 14. Brieanna is a graduate of Johnston Senior High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in Elementary and Special Education. When she isn’t teaching or performing with J-DAPA you can find Brieanna working as a competition choreographer and elementary school teacher in Johnston, RI.
Behind the Scenes
JOHNNY CAGNO, Costume Designer
MATTHEW EISEMANN, Technical Director
Matt is a communications major at Rhode Island College. In addition to performing with J-DAPA since 2016, Matt recently took over the company web site. If he’s not performing, Matt can be found in the tech booth, where he has served as lighting designer for J-DAPA’s recent productions of Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and our May 2019 dance recital.
SHANIA FENTON, Public Relations
Shania Fenton is a 2018 graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Communications (Public Relations). She has been involved with the performing arts since 2015, but has had a drive for theatre since she was a young girl. Fenton has been on the stage, in the tech booth and in charge of promotions for a number of shows. She has been working with J-DAPA since 2016 and is currently serving as the Public Relations Director of the organization, as well a theater mentor. Fenton believes that all aspects of the theatre are important to be aware of and wants everyone to be a part of something that they are passionate and confident towards.
AUBREY TELLIER, Executive Administrative Assistant
Aubrey is a Johnston Senior High School Alumna who recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in IT with a concentration in Software Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has been involved with J-DAPA since its start and is the designer of our official logos! Aubrey oversees the J-DAPA website along with Matthew, sets up all ticketing through Tututix, and is the face behind most of the responses to emails, messages and other forms of customer service. She is also responsible for all of our video and audio editing as well as the graphic design of J-DAPA’s signs, playbills, and other promotional materials.