The Casserly Sisters
Amy is the Executive Director for Lundstrum Performing Arts, passionately leading the strategic vision with overall responsibility for program excellence and mission-driven partnerships. She is part of the artistic team as well, directing, casting and choreographing Lundstrum professional productions. She currently teaches musical theater repertoire classes in the conservatory program.
Amy’s career in New York includes theater, television, and commercial work. She is a member of Actor’s Equity & SAG-AFTRA. Highlights include Pepsi with Michael Jackson, Val (A Chorus Line). She worked with Greg and Maurice Hines at the Perry Street Theater, Michael Peters, Peter Gennaro, Frank Hatchett, JoJo Smith and Professor Greg Ganakas (NYU). Amy co-produced A Call for Bread at Madison Square Garden with Betty Buckley, Harold Nicholas, and J. Elaine Marcos. Her teaching experience includes Broadway Dance, STEPS, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC), Gus Giordano's (Chicago) and University of Minnesota. Regionally, Amy has appeared in A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business, 42nd Street, Crazy for You and Oklahoma at the Ordway and the Iveys.
As Artistic Director, Kerry is on Lundstrum faculty and guides the overall vision of Lundstrum Performing Arts’ musical theater training programs and performances. She coaches individual performers to hone their triple threat skills as well as choreographing and directing multiple productions.
Kerry performed professionally on Broadway in New York for 23 years under the industry's most renowned directors and choreographers, including Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, Bob Fosse, Martin Charnin and Peter Gennaro. She performed in Pippin, A Chorus Line, Annie, My One and Only, Annie Warbucks and Sophisticated Ladies. Kerry has served on the faculty at New York University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC, University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and is currently an adjunct professor at St. Catherines teaching theater dance. Her TV and film credits include appearances in All That Jazz, Baryshnikov on Broadway, David Letterman, Guiding Light. Kerry has directed and choreographed A Chorus Line for Music Theater Wichita Casa Manana (Fort Worth Texas). Kerry choreographed A Chorus Line at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in 2014. Most recently Kerry co-directed and choreographed Ordway's production of A Chorus Line in 2016. She is a proud member of SSDC and the Actor’s Equity Association.
Director of Vocal Program
Susan serves as Director of Vocal Program at Lundstrum Performing Arts, building on her interest in working with children and developing adolescent voices. She teaches private and group voice lessons, vocal performance and stage movement for singers.
Susan is a veteran performer whose experience ranges from opera and operetta to nightclub, pop, folk, and musical comedy. She has sung with Minnesota Opera, Opera St. Paul, Baltimore Opera. Favorite roles include Corrilla in Viva La Mamma, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, and the title role in Patience. As a club singer, she performed at venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. Susan’s teaching experience includes the University of Minnesota’s Summer Musical Theater Intensive and Gifted & Talented program for teens as well as Minnesota Opera residencies across the state.
Director of Dance
Jane serves as Director of Dance at Lundstrum Performing Arts, teaching ballet and musical theatre repertoire in the Conservatory program. She also serves as Lundstrum client relations liaison.
Jane’s credits include: Judy Turner in A Chorus Line (Broadway National Tour), Magic in the Mirror Seoul, South Korea (Baayork Lee) Good News at North Shore Music Theater, A Chorus Line and 42nd Street Chanhassen Dinner Theater, My Fair Lady and Merry Widow Minnesota Opera, Ordway Music Theater, Ivey Awards/State Theater.
Jane’s master classes and choreography: Michele Assaf of Broadway Dance Center, NYC, U of Wisconsin, Madison, U of MN, and Concordia University.
A professional model, she worked with Ford Agency in NY and Moore Creative Talent in MN. Actors’ Equity-AFTRA
Laurie is the anchor for Lundstrum Performing Arts’ ballet program, working with gifted students of all ages.
A classically trained ballerina, Laurie has performed with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, the Boston Ballet, the City Ballet, Harkness Repertory Ensemble in New York and other companies in the U.S. and Canada. She danced The Arabian in Loyce Houlton’s acclaimed Nutcracker Fantasy, and over the years has been featured in many roles from this classic production. As an actor, she has appeared in television movies such as The First of May and A Chance of Snow. She also had roles in 3 Days of Rain and the NBC miniseries Kingpin, Homeland Security.
Joe Avent is a 57 year drumming veteran. Taught by the free expression master William (Beaver) Harris and later by the extraordinary drum master David King. Joe Avent continues to guide students who wish to master drum technique and drum style.
Tap Company Teacher
Tap instructor. Co-founder of Buckets and Tap Shoes. Andy Ausland is a talented Tap Dancer with over 20 years of experience. He and his brother Rick Ausland founded Buckets and Tap Shoes and perform all over the twin cities and Midwest. Andy runs the tap company at Lundstrum Performing Arts for our most experienced tappers.
Rick began dancing and drumming at the age of 3 and has been involved in the Twin Cites dance community since 1981. For fifteen years he studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and partner dancing at Larkin Dance Studio.
Rick’s professional highlights include the role of tap-dancing cowboy “Billy” in Crazy for You at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. He is also co-creator of Buckets and Tap Shoes, which earned top ticket sales at the Minnesota Fringe Festival for 2004, 2005 and 2006 and was named “Best Dance Performance 2005” by City Pages. As part of the dance and music company 10 Foot 5 for over a decade, Rick performed and taught master classes in theater venues around the world.
Among his many other interests, Rick loves to cook organic, vegetarian food, write movie ideas and help people make their dreams a reality.
Instructor in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary & Modern
Jeremy Bensussan is currently in his sixth season as a performer with the Minnesota Dance Theatre. He earned a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Jeremy has danced in New York with the Dusan Tynek Dance Company and The Bang Group, and locally with Minnesota Opera, Flying Foot Forum, Out on a Limb and other companies. His regional musical theater credits include Fiddler on the Roof in New York, 9 to 5 in Ohio, Annie Get Your Gun in Wisconsin and Cats in Rhode Island, as well as French Twist, Heaven and La Cage Aux Folles in Minnesota. Jeremy was the regional producer of the sell-out premiere of the musical Golden Boys. He was the recipient of 2015 Sage Award for Outstanding Performance for his work in Lost Voices in Jazz.
Kathleen Bloom has been a professional singer and actor for almost 30 years, appearing in over 50 musicals and plays across the country. She received rave reviews recently as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at Minnetonka Civic Theatre. She also starred in Early Bird Special, staged by Lundstrum’s own Chrissy Fournier. Other credits include performing opposite Marni Nixon in the world premiere of Opal in New York City and the role of Eliza in My Fair Lady at the New England Lyric Operetta. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota. She has directed over 30 plays and musicals for schools and community theaters around the Twin Cities, including The Music Man at the Lundstrum Performing Arts. She is mom to her beautiful 11-year-old daughter, LilyAnne, and has a wonderful husband, Allen Bernard.
Sing and Dance Instructor
Ashley Brown has been taking classes at the Lundstrum Performing Arts since she was 3 years old. Since then she has been a student assistant and worked her way up to be an instructor of the Sing and Dance classes.
Shane has been performing in Twin Cities for most of his life, including roles with the Guthrie Theatre in Jane Eyre, Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Singing in the Rain, as well as with Lundstrum Performing Arts in Once Upon a Mattress, Hello Dolly and with PlaceBase Productions. He is an accomplished drummer performing locally and formerly with the indie pop-rock band Dandylion Warpaint. He has taught percussion in area schools including Lundstrum Performing Arts since 2013. Shane continues to write and record music, practicing the drums with zen-like discipline. Shane currently studies with Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple).
Broadway Arts Conservatory Instructor
Chrissy grew up in the 40’s and 50’s, watching the great MGM movie musicals and yearning to be part of that dazzling world. Having studied ballet with a Russian master as a child, and adding modern and jazz dance to her repertoire, she then studied dance at the University of Minnesota under Loyce Houlton, founder of Minnesota Dance Theatre.
In 1962, Chrissy moved to New York, where she was cast in the Broadway production and two national tours of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, under the guidance of its originators Abe Burrows, Cy Feuer, Frank Loesser, and Bob Fosse. She later joined an international company of West Side Story under the direction of Jerome Robbins and Tony Mordente.
In 1967, Chrissy returned to the Twin Cities, becoming the first choreographer for Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and a member of the original company. She has directed many musicals including The Boy Friend, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and West Side Story.
Acting and Improvisation
Heather's experience ranges from musical theater, improv and interactive theater to television commercials and film. Her regional credits include Hairspray, Nuncrackers, Phantom, Christmas Again?!, The Pajama Game, Let's Kill the Boss and Ole and Lena Go to the Big Apple. Heather has directed multiple productions in the Midwest and is the 2007 recipient of the Bravo Award. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and holds a B.S. degree in theater and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Hip Hop Instructor
At 18, Corrine landed her first professional dance job on a national tour and continued to dance professionally around the world for almost 7 years. She is highly trained in many areas of dance, and in the Twin Cities is a working performer, dance and theater teacher as well as academic teacher. She also does choreography for show choirs, community musicals and events at the Mall of America. At Lundstrum, she focuses on teaching jazz, contemporary dance and hip-hop. Corrine believes in shaping and creating great performers, but most importantly great individuals. When Corrine was only two years old her grandfather exclaimed prophetically, “Those are dancing legs!”
Music Director and Score Arranger
Mary is a performer, music director, educator, arranger and composer. She received a B.F.A. in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, and her musical theater experience includes work on productions for the Guthrie Theater, Temple Israel, the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University. She began her professional career at the age of 12 when she was paid three dollars to play “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” on the piano for a talent show. Later that year, she began playing organ for church services while passionately continuing her classical piano studies. She has served as organist for St. John’s Abbey, as pianist and arranger for St. Catherine University and as music director for Most Holy Trinity Church. Mary also has published liturgical compositions and arrangements through GIA Publications and Augsburg Fortress.
Adult Tap Instructor
Patrick is a triple-threat performer and choreographer, who has sung, danced, acted and choreographed his way through 25 years in performing arts. He credits the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts for igniting his love of the craft. Patrick’s professional performing credits include The Wiz, Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Café, Sophisticated Ladies and Black Nativity. In addition, he has choreographed and worked beside many national recording artists and finalists for the television show So You Think You Can Dance. Patrick has a gift for teaching and inspiring youth with his passion and talent.
Peggy has had a highly successful theatrical career for over 30 years, primarily in musical comedies, but including the occasional serious part, guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and the recurring role of Doris on Northern Exposure. She received a B.A. in drama from the University of Montana and studied at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. Her teaching experience includes work at the Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre Workshop Series. On Broadway, she played the role of Mickey in My One & Only starring Tommy Tune. Her regional theater credits include major roles at the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Saint Paul’s History Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Tacoma Actors Guild, as well as the Minnesota Opera and Midwest Opera. She won the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle Best Actress award for Annie Oakley.
Colleen is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator, commercial actor and voice actor as well as a certified Pilates instructor. She works in many dance styles including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, swing and salsa. She performed with Prince & the New Power Generation in the 90s, as well as in productions of Oklahoma! and Swing at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater and in multiple productions of The Minnesota Opera. Colleen has appeared in television commercials for Sherwin Williams, Western Union, GMAC and many others. As a dance educator, she has worked with the Children’s Theater Company, the Walker Art Center, the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the Zenon Dance Company & Dance School, Circus Juventus and the Columbia Heights School District’s Encore program.
Colleen’s main objective in life is to get as many people dancing as possible and to that end she is volunteering weekly at Fairview Park in North Minneapolis.
Sing and Dance
Katie has been a member of the Lundstrum faculty since 2003. Over the years she has trained LPA’s youngest students from the Sing and Dance program all the way through Broadway Arts Conservatory; in addition to technique classes in ballet, jazz and tap for all ages. Katie holds a B.A. in Theater from Butler University with additional training from Center Theater in Chicago. Her dance training began at the Preparatory School for Performing Arts in Winona, MN and continued at the prestigious Butler University dance program in Indianapolis. While in Chicago she studied and taught with the Bryant Ballet and The Joel Hall Dancers. Her Minnesota teaching credits include The Children’s Theatre, Zenon, Young Dance and Stage Coach Theater Arts School. Her acting credits include appearances at Yellow Tree , Artistry, Lyric Arts, Chameleon Theatre Circle , The Southern Theater, and Open Window Theatre.
Joan has served as a Board Member of Lundstrum Performing Arts since 2007, and stepped into the Managing Director role in 2015, where she oversees administrative planning and fundraising for the organization. Joan is an experienced nonprofit executive, working over the years with many large and small Twin Cities organizations in the areas of fundraising, planning, and staff mentoring. She loves supporting the Lundstrum mission of performing arts with a purpose, and is proud to be a part of a great staff team.
Patty has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. After spending 20+ years assisting organizations with compensation and benefits, she longed for a change that would feed her artistic side. She started at Lundstrum as a volunteer in 2007 and worked her way up to Operations Manager. She is responsible for accounts payable, payroll, organizational statistics, managing human resources, helping to create organizational and program budgets and contributing to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. Patty enjoys seeing the growth the children make and is so proud of each and every one of them.
Brendan received his bachelor‘s degree in Communications from the University of Tampa in 2011. Growing up around musical theater his whole life he naturally found himself a home at Lundstrum Performing Arts. He’s been on the Lundstrum team as a Marketing Assistant for 2 years. Brendan’s responsibilities range from social media updates and web maintenance to technology upkeep and IT support.
Manager of Theatre and School Projects
Andrew holds a B.A. in K-12 Vocal and Classroom Music from Concordia University, St. Paul (2002). The son of a director/choreographer, Andrew grew up on and behind the stage. Throughout his life, Andrew has starred in and helped produce a wide array of productions. Andrew joined the Lundstrum team in the fall of 2013 and is responsible for the technical components of all Lundstrum events and productions. He also coordinates facility rentals and manages the School Outreach program. As someone who is passionate about education and theater as tools for future success, Andrew is dedicated to Lundstrum's mission and vision and it's impact on the lives of young people in the community.
Nora is Lundstrum’s newest team member and is a Chicagoland native. An alumna of both Drake University (BA in Art History) and Johns Hopkins University (MA in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management), Nora manages Lundstrum’s donor program, fundraising events, and volunteer efforts. With 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia and 12 years of musical theater productions and classes in her younger years, Nora felt a natural pull to Lundstrum. She loves the role theater arts training plays in building self-confidence and promoting personal growth.
Tim is a Minnesota native who holds a B.A in Theater and Political Science from Luther College. He grew up performing in similar programs run in his home town and was immediately drawn to Lundstrum’s mission. As the Registrar, he is responsible for registrations, assisting parents with financial assistance, and billing. He enjoys being a part of an organization that has a positive impact on so many students.