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) since 1999 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 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 6-13.
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 seven musical theater productions and co-directed over 30 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.
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 an Executive Assistant with a division of Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.
Kimberly Kreiner-Snyder is originally from Baltimore, MD and is a graduate of DeSales University's theater program, where she achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has been working in children's theater for over a decade, having directed and assistant directed dozens of shows for Orlando's Shine in the Limelight youth theater. Kim also worked in various theme parks in Orlando for several years, including performing at Walt Disney World in parades and shows such as SpectroMagic, the Share a Dream Come True parade, and Mickey's Jammin' Jungle. She toured nationally and internationally, in Europe and Mexico with Feld Entertainment's Playhouse Disney Live, as part of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse crew. Kim also performed in several productions with Actors Reaching Out, a non-profit organization which promotes literacy through the arts. She made her off-Broadway debut with them in 2017 in the musical parody, Harry-oke, at the legendary 54 Below. Most recently, Kim has been seen performing with Rainbow Sun Productions and Odd-o-Ts Entertainment as part of their holiday season offerings at Zoo Tampa and Busch Gardens. Aside from theater, she is Wish Coordinator for the Kids Wish Network and helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
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).
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.
Katie joined our teaching staff in the fall of 2020. She along with co-student teacher Grace Cane, choreographed most of the dance numbers in Frozen KIDS as well as directed the 2nd Act of Frozen KIDS and lead the choreography for the TBPAA Junior Encore Team.
Katie has been a member of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy since she was 6-years-old. She has been a 4 year member of the TBPAA Competition Team and has been on the Encore performance team for 2 years. Her previous TBPAA credits include: Aladdin KIDS (Carpet, Skeleton); Annie KIDS (July); Seussical JR (Mrs. Mayor); The Lion King JR (Young Nala); Peter Pan JR (Lyria, Brave Shrub) Wizard of Oz (Glinda, Winkie, Ensemble); Alice in Wonderland JR (Alice); Frozen JR (Middle Anna); The Little Mermaid JR (Ariel). Other theater credits include: Seussical (A who)- New York, Mean Girls (Gretchen) -Music Matters. In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing piano and writing her own music
Grace joined our teaching staff in the fall of 2020. She along with co-student teacher Katie Hayes, choreographed most of the dance numbers in Frozen KIDS as well as directed the 2nd Act of Frozen KIDS and lead the choreography for the TBPAA Junior Encore Team.
Gracie has been performing with TBPAA for 10years and has over 29 show credits. She is a 7 yr member of the Musical Theater Competition Team and 5 yr member of the Encore Performance Team. She is an award
winning ice skater and has been taking gymnastics for 9 yrs. She was a member of the TBPAA Comp Team’s Technical Group who won 1st place at the International Junior Theater Festival’s Tech Olympics. out of 100's of teams from around the world. She has performed at the Straz Center’s Holiday Inc The Show and at a Dillard’s Fashion Show.
Danielle has been with TBPAA as our Technical Director since 2019. Hidden up away in the soundbooth, Danielle makes magic happen on stage. She designed lighting for shows as well as managing music and microphones.
Danielle's passion for art and music led her to a career as sound and lighting tech. She graduated from the Stage Production class at Pinellas Technical College in July 2019 where she learned to designed sound and lighting for different charitable events at Pinellas Technical college and other local events.
Danielle's outside interests are songwriting, playing guitar, keyboard, singing, and painting