June 9, 2017

Musical Theater

Musical Theater Directors

Antonia Botti-Lodovico

Intermediate and Advanced Musical Theater Program Director
Lyric Mezzo-Soprano Antonia Botti-Lodovico has been teaching voice and piano with Batavia Studios since 2014. Along with Urmi Batavia she built Batavia Studio's Theater program and has served as Director and Music Director for nine shows with Batavia Studios including Matilda (2019) Peter Pan Jr. (2019), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (2018), Once Upon A Mattress (2018), James and the Giant Peach Jr. (2017) Kids on Broadway (2016), Into the Woods Jr. (2016), Aladdin Jr. (2015), and The Little Mermaid Jr. (2015). As a performer, Ms. Botti-Lodovico is a Resident Artist Alumna with Pittsburgh Opera. Most recently in the 2019-2020 season she has been seen on stage as Zerlina in Kristine McIntyre's Film Noir production of Don Giovanni, Ruggiero in Alcina, DeeDee Reyes in The Last American Hammer, and Mercédès in Carmen. In the 2018-2019 season with Pittsburgh Opera Ms. Botti-Lodovico performed the role of Idamante in afterWARds: Mozart's Idomeneo Reimagined with a ``smooth, appealingly warm mezzo-soprano voice`` (Pittsburgh in the Round). In 2018 she sang the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly as well as a performance of Hansel in Pittsburgh Opera's Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Botti-Lodovico was a Young Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in the summers of 2016 and 2017 where she performed the role of Rosette in their Emmy Award winning production of Manon and covered the role of Petra in A Little Night Music. As a crossover artist Ms. Botti-Lodovico performed the role of Franca in The Light in the Piazza with Front Porch Theatricals in 2015 and was described as having a ``voice that could fuel a small city`` (Pittsburgh City Paper). A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Botti-Lodovico holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University, Chicago College of the Performing Arts.

Paul Stamegna

Adult and Beginner Musical Theater Program Director
Paul began studying percussion and jazz in elementary school and started classical voice and music theatre soon after. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Voice with Distinction from the University of Delaware in 2009 and was awarded the Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship for excellence in academics and music. There, he sang lead roles in the Opera Workshop program, participated in the steel drum and percussion ensembles, and founded the student improv comedy troupe, Riot Act, which has been active for over a decade.
Following school, Paul began directing musicals and facilitating improv workshops for local schools and youth programs in Greater Philadelphia. He worked for Apple as a creative software trainer, using their method of discovery based learning to teach apps like GarageBand and Final Cut Pro. He performed with many groups and organizations in the area including the Philadelphia Pan Stars Steel Drum Orchestra, The Brandywiners, The Mastersingers of Wilmington, and the Newark Symphony Orchestra. He was a featured performer in the Philly Podcast Festival, competed in Philly’s Phunniest at Helium Comedy Club, and performed sketch and improv comedy at Philly Improv Theater and Good Good Comedy Theatre. As a freelancer, he edits and produces original music, audio, video, and voiceover.
Paul collaborates with his students to define and exceed their goals. Whether they are learning their favorite repertoire or challenging themselves to discover something new, he helps his students to develop healthy technique, confidence, and an understanding of theory by studying the music they are most passionate about.

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