Executive Staff

Lisa Nicole Cane, Co-founder and Creative Director

  

Lisa Nicole Cane fell in love with music at a very young age. Her public performances began before her 6th birthday and she has been in the business ever since. Not only did Lisa continue in the business, she was focused on the idea to spread the arts to the world.  At 13, she and her sister Debbie created a non-profit, Teens for Charitable Causes, that gave local teen talent a chance to use their gifts for the community good. These 12 teenagers raised over $10,000 over two summers to help a local senior center and the Make-a-Wish foundation by writing, directing, and performing original musicals. Lisa has continued directing and has over 35 productions under her belt and has choreographed 100’s of numbers. She has worked with Tampa Bay Children’s Theater, Calvary Christian High School and taught Preschool music at Young Days Preschool. 


After a number of wins for her vocal ability at local and national competitions, Lisa signed her first recording contract at age 14, releasing My America on Acclaim Records.  Soon after, world renowned entertainment attorney, Richard Warren Rappaport, took her under his wing and she became a regular at BMI’s Pop Music Revues at Steinway & Sons Miami and other professionally sponsored Miami events. She began work with multi-GRAMMY winning songwriter, Christian Leuzzi, recorded under the direction of Raul Murciano of Gloria Estaban and the Miami Sound Machine, and worked with such greats as Spyro Gyra’s Joel Rosenblatt, co-wrote a song with Hollywood actor and Sony songwriter Steven Singer, and worked under the direction of the Tonight Show’s bandleader Ricky Minor. Lisa has performed for the President and First Lady of the United States, Governors, and at the famous Britto Art Galleria on Lincoln Avenue Miami, and shared the stage with Country singers Lee Greenwood (God Bless the USA) and Bill Ray Cyrus (Achy Breaky Heart).  Lisa's self-produced album, Merry Christmas with Love, was considered for a GRAMMY in 2015.  Lisa also did commercials and modeling and was featured on Maybelline Make-up's website for 18 months as their National Chick with Attitude.   Locally Lisa was the pre-show act for the Kelly Clarkson/Clay Aiken Independence Tour at Amelia Arena and she was a featured act at an official Superbowl XXXV event.


Lisa is currently a BMI Songwriter and Publisher,  voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY AWARDS) and a member of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing.  Her music has been featured on iTunes since 2001.  As a musical theater director, Lisa was awarded the Freddie G Fellowship Award at the International Junior Theater Festival 2019.  She  is a currently serving as Countywide At-Large Member Pinellas County School Board, the 27th largest in the nation.  Lisa is married and has four children ages 4-11. 

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Sandy Faulkner, Co-founder and Executive Director

  

Sandy Faulkner comes from a family of performers and spent her youth performing alongside her father at Military Hospitals and underprivileged Senior Centers.  Since the founding of TBPAA, she has directed four musical theater  productions and co-directed over 20 more.  


Sandy loves the arts and is a valiant supporter of a well rounded education. She home schooled her three daughters; each of whom went on to successful careers. Her eldest, Gina, is a Full Bright Scholar and a senior librarian and professor at Hillsborough Community College.  She majored in Anthropology and Linquistics at USF, obtained her Masters in Library Science and post-masters Specialist degrees in Information Science at Florida State University. Her second daughter, Debbie  was the youngest student to graduate from Stetson University at age 19, and completed her Juris Doctorate by 23 at Cornell Law School. After a short stint as a State Prosecutor, Debbie completed a post doctorate program in Tax Law at Washington University and is the Managing Partner of Burke Faulkner Law in Oldsmar. 


In addition to home schooling, Sandy managed her youngest daughter Lisa’s performing arts career. During her time as manager, she secured two recording contracts, modeling and TV appearances and hundreds of live performances for Lisa.   Lisa is currently co-owner and Creative Director of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy and a member of the Pinellas County School Board.


Sandy has served her community as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board, was President of the Palm Harbor Optimist Club, served on the Capital Campaign Committee for the North Pinellas YMCA, and currently serves as a County Commission appointee to the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency. Sandy is the managing partner of West Florida Health & Life Insurance PL.

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administrative staff

Kim Walker, Administrator

 Kim is the Administrator of TBPAA and officially joined our staff in 2016, but has been involved since the beginning serving as one of the founding board members. She manages the front office and provides administrative support, and adds floral elements to our stages. She has been an audition judge, a wardrobe coordinator, and a stage hand. Kim is a legal assistance for a local law firm. 

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Teaching Staff

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Erin Shelby Wright, Show Director & Beginner Showcase Teacher

Ms. Shelby has been teaching Musical Theater at TBPAA since 2016.  She specializes in teaching Beginning Musical Theater and Showcase Performance classes to our youngest performers.  She co-directed and choreographed Seussical KIDS, Disney's Jungle Book KIDS, and Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS, and has brought over 10 song and dance numbers to our stage  through the Showcase I classes.  Ms Shelby was an Assistant Co-Director for Disney's Cinderella KIDS, Peter Pan JR, Wizard of Oz JR, and is currently working on Alice in Wonderland JR.   In addition to teaching,  Erin Shelby is our resident Stage Manager and has assisted with Costume Design.


Erin Shelby was a member of the very first cast at TBPAA's founding in 2008.  As a former student she was a 3-year member of the TBPAA Competition Team, two of which the team earned awards in Excellence in Music at the International Junior Theater Festival.  Her own performance credits include:   Beauty & The Beast JR (Belle); Little Shop Of Horrors (Audrey); The Little Mermaid JR (Mersister & Ariel understudy); Sleeping Beauty KIDS (Fauna)Mulan JR (Fa-Li)Cinderella KIDS (Ensemble). Outside of TBPAA Erin Shelby also performed at Clearwater High School; Ravencroft (Marcy).    


Erin Shelby attends University of South Florida and is Majoring in Psychology, and Minoring in Applied Behavioral Analysis. 

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Weston Wright, Show Director & Acting Coach

 

Mr. Weston joined TBPAA as an 8-year old and has been with us ever since.  After aging out of the program, Weston joined our staff and began serving as our in-house acting coach and a musical theater director.   Weston was recognized at the International Junior Theater Festival three times for Outstanding Male  Performance.   He has co-directed  Seussical KIDS, Disney's Jungle Book KIDS, and Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS and assisted in directing  Disney's Cinderella KIDS, Peter Pan JR, Wizard of Oz JR, and is currently working on Alice in Wonderland JR.   Weston teaches a walk-in Acting Workshop to help students perfect their roles and an Acting class to develop skills.  In addition to teaching, Weston is our in-house Master of Ceremonies and is instrumental as our Special Effects and Set Manager.  


Weston was a member of the very first cast at TBPAA's founding in 2008.  Some of his other TBPAA production credits include: Little Shop of Horrors(Mr Mushnik, Orin) Cinderella KIDS (King); Sleeping Beauty KIDS (King Hubert)Aladdin JR (Jafar); Mulan JR (Chi Fu)The Little Mermaid JR (Prince Eric); The Beauty & The Beast JR (Gaston); The Lion King (Scar);  Godspell JR. (Judas), Annie JR (Daddy Warbucks). Plato Academy Drama: Annie (Rooster), Lion King JR (Scar), Beauty & The Beast JR (Lumiere).  Weston was a member of the TBPAA Competition Team for many years and was chosen as an All-Star numerous times.


Weston currently attends the University of South Florida and is double majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies. 



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Torrie Wilkinson, Student Director & Choreographer, Playbill Editor

Torrie has been part of TBPAA for 4 years after spending years  studying at the Marcia P Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.   She is in her 4th year as part of the TBPAA Competition Team and was one of 4 team members selected to participate in the JTF Tech Olympics. Her TBPAA credits include: Annie JR (Grace Farrell), The Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), Beauty and the Beast (Lady with Cane), Once on This Island (Asaka). Torrie was a member of the 2018 Senior Encore Team and performed at Disney Springs and Chasco Fiesta.   


Torrie assists in teaching 5 classes per week and has just been promoted to Editor of TBPAA's Alice in Wonderland JR's playbill after serving as a Graphic Artist for previous Playbills.  Torrie also is a strategic force backstage for most of the productions, serving as a Prop Manager and Lead Stagehand.  

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Kevin Prina, Vocal and Instrumental Private Coach

 Kevin is a Florida state certified music teacher with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance  from Illinois State University and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Illinois. He has worked for seventeen years in the field of education as a private and public music educator, with experience in K-12 ESE. 


Kevin has taught Choir, Voice,  Orchestra, and Keyboard at Pinellas High Schools and was a Vocal Instructor and Stage Director  at the University of Illinois.  He has served as  Assistant Music Director/Pianist at Ruth Eckerd Hall and has also been a Pit Musician at the Marcia P Hoffman School of the Arts. 


Kevin has directed many musicals including:  Cowgirls, Leader of the Pack, Seussical, Bastien und Bastienne, Hello Dolly, Footloose and been the Musical Director/Conductor for Godspell and Bye Bye Birdie.


In addition to his love for teaching, Kevin has performed numerous roles in both opera and musical theatre productions.

Some of his credits include:  Die Fledermaus (Dr Blind/Chorus); Madama Butterfly (Prince Yamadori), The Tender Land (Top), Feathertop (Scarecrow), Ramior (L'Heure Espagnole), La Traviata (Germont), Iolanthe (Strephon), Le Nozzze Di-Figaro (Count Almaviva), Bastien and Bastienne (Colas), and Il Trovatore (Chorus).


Kevin's classes are on  Mondays.