The Academy

Music Theatre Academy staffed by Broadway veterans, local professionals, university professors and guest Broadway stars offering classes in theatre, dance, music and other health and wellness classes for the entire pfamily.

Staffed by Broadway veterans, local professionals, university professors and guest Broadway stars.
  • William R. Park

    Founder/Artistic Director

    William is a Broadway veteran and a native of Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University and his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music.

    After finishing his studies he moved to New York City and got his first Off-Broadway show in his first year and his first Broadway show in his second year in the city. While in New York he worked with Oscar and Tony Award winning artists, directors, composers and choreographers Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Harold Prince, Trevor Nunn, Rob Marshall, Christine Ebersole, Henry Krieger, Jillian Lynne, as well Robert Longbottom, all for the Broadway stage.

    On the operatic stage he worked with John Alexander, Italo Tajo, Jonathan Eaton, Fabrizio Melano and Jim deBlasis, and studied voice with William McGraw and Dr. Joyce Farwell.

    His Broadway credits include, The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Gus the Theatre Cat in CATS, Buddy u/s in SIDESHOW. His Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Jigger in CAROUSEL opposite Patrick Cassidy, Bernardo in TROUBADOUR, Sam Wainwright in A WONDERFUL LIFE, Georg in SHE LOVES ME, Philippe THE BAKERS WIFE, Sir Harry ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Jack JACK AND JILL, and CHESS and PIPPIN. NYC Workshops and Readings: Narrator DAS BARBEDUE, Dorian DORIAN GRAY, The Prince THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA.

    His Opera credits include: Normanno in LUCIA DI LAMERMOOR, Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Prince Ramiro LA CENERENTOLA, and he has won awards from San Francisco Opera and several other vocal competitions.

    Most recently he served as an Adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and currently serves as adjunct faculty member at Collin College as well as directing, performing and maintaining a small private voice studio.

    William is represented by the Henderson-Hogan Agency, NYC and is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Guild of Musical Artists.

    He currently resides in Frisco with his lovely wife Carrie and their two boys Patrick and Taylor.

  • BrianPiper

    Musical Director

    Brian Piper is a singer, keyboardist, composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, producer, music programmer, film scorer, and the eponymous front man of The Brian Piper Trio.

    His father was a renowned writer, composer, producer, and sideman who performed with jazz legends of the 1940s and ‘50s such as Claude Gordon and Les & Larry Elgart and also wrote for Downbeat magazine.

    Brian’s mother was an actress, dancer, and singer who, when not appearing in films, sang with Buddy “Night Train” Morrow as well as with the Moonmaids, the girl group that worked with Vaughn Monroe.

    Brian was born Hollywood in 1960, and by the time he was 10, he was singing commercials for such advertisers as Dole and Manor Bread and he’s been a professional musician ever since.

    Over the years, Brian has worked with the best in the business, including such jazz legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Kenny Rankin, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kitt, Clark Terry, and Billy Eckstein, pop icons like the Ink Spots, the Platters, the Mills Brothers, and Lou Rawls, and country stars such as Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Amy Grant, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Fromholz, and Jerry Jeff Walker. He’s also a member of the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings, one of the premier New Orleans jazz groups in the country.

    Brian has performed with symphony orchestras and Broadway shows, recorded with artists in all musical styles, and worked in venues of every type, from small, smoky clubs to concert stages to major arenas.

    Brian’s CD “Piperville,” was released in 2005 on the 90th Floor Records label and the group’s new CD is scheduled for release in early 2008.  Brian just returned from playing at the Newport Beach Jazz Party last week.  Later in the 2008, Brian will open for the Neville Brothers at HOB Sacramento Jazz Jubilee where he will once again perform with the Gumbo Kings.

    Between gigs, Brian is happily at home in Texas where he lives with his wife Carlene and daughters Haley and Caroline.

  • Gail Cronauer


    One of the most respected actresses and acting teachers in the Metroplex, FACULTY: Southern Methodist University, Webster College, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Illinois State University and currently at Collin County Community College.  AWARDS/NOMINATIONS: Dallas Theater Center, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, Echo Theatre, Classical Acting Company, Addison Center Theatre, Playwrights Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare and Dallas Shakespeare, where she played Emelia to Morgan Freeman’s Othello.  CREDITS: Maria Callas in Lyric Stage’s production of Master Class. Gail starred (as Richard!) in the Judith Shakespeare Company’s off-Broadway production of Richard III and as Macduff in the all-women A Macbeth at DTC.  FILM/TELEVISION: Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo’s mom in Walking Tall: The Payback; Oliver Stone’s JFK (with Gary Oldman) and Born on the 4th of July; Flesh and Bone (with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid); Carried Away (with Gary Busey and Dennis Hopper; “Ma Newton” in Richard Linklater’s The Newton Boys (co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich and Vincent D’Onofrio); Infamous; and the acclaimed television series Murder in the Heartland.  Academy Award winning drama Boys Don’t Cry; in the USA Network Special Hefner; in Robert Altman’s film Dr. T and the Women, co-starring Richard Gere and Helen Hunt; and with Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister) in the VH-1 movie WARNING: Parental Advisory!  INDIES: Learning Curve, Finding North, Positive ID, It’s in the Water, Air….

    DIRECTING: Joe Bob Brigg’s on his one-man show; 3rd International Women’s Peace Conference; and the many shows at Quad C and CTC.  Her acclaimed production of Something Unspoken for Wingspan Theatre was presented at the 2006 Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT), named one of the 10 Best Theatre events of the year by the Dallas Morning News.

    Gail is the coordinator of the Collin Theatre Summer Shakespeare Workshop for which she has directed Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and All’s Well That Ends Well.  She serves on the Artistic Advisory Council of Shakespeare Dallas.

    Gail continues to teach at STAGE, a service organization for broadcast and theatre artists.  Her background in voice and movement adds to her skill and effectiveness as a performance and life coach for aspiring actors, professionals and “civilians.”

    An active member of AEA (Actors Equity Association) and SAG (Screen Actors Guild), she is the voice of the Equity Hotline in North Central Texas.  Gail is represented by The Campbell Agency.  Gail is the proud mother of choreographer Adam Hougland and artist/writer Noah Hougland.  Watch for her upcoming website!
  • Dee Dee Munson


    DeeDee is from Ft. Smith, Arkansas where she started dancing at the age of six. Professional: Walt Disney World Dancer - Beauty & The Beast Show, Pleasure Island Explosion Dance Show, Rhythms of the World Show at Tokyo DisneySeas, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Dallas Mavericks Dancer and various conventions and special events. Kilgore College Rangerette, Stephen F. Austin Repertory Company Member, Stephen F. Austin Pom Squad member and coach. While attending SFA she won two consecutive NCA National Dance Championship titles.

    DeeDee has taught and choreographed for drill teams and dance teams across the country as well as being a head instructor and adjudicator for MA Dance. She has appeared in Body Wrappers, Dance Spirit, Cheerleader & Danzteam, YM, and Glamour Magazines. She also modeled for Disney Animation where her likeness was used for the image of Princess Kida in Atlantis Milo’s Return. Her television appearances include Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Salvation Army Halftime with Reba McEntire, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade with Aaron Carter, and John O’Hurley, Live with Regis and Kelly, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She was also a dancer/actress in the movie Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock.

  • Russ Whifield

    Voice and Drama

    Russ is a vocal performance graduate of New York University where he received a Bachelors of Music in the concentration of Music Theatre. He made his debut into the world of professional theatre at North Shore Music Theatre (Boston) in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. After this production he went on to appear in a number of off-Broadway shows including Westside Story, Guys and Dolls, Fiorello, Assassins, Street Scene, and Godspell. Upon graduation he took on a number of successive roles at Bristol Valley Theatre in NY, reappearing in Godspell and leading in Five Guys Named Moe as Nomax. Russ has also spent time in studio recordings as a vocalist and composer. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree. His emphasis is song and scene analysis and role interpretation. 

  • Jennifer Milner

    Acting, Dance & Pilates

    Though she grew up in Dallas, Jennifer only recently moved back after twelve years in New York doing professional theatre. She toured as Meg Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, performing in Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center as well as L.A. and Chicago. Jennifer did several off-Broadway plays and readings in New York in between travelling to various regional theatres across the country. Favorite regional roles include Anne in La Cage Aux Folles, Little Red in Into the Woods, Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense, and Kristine in A Chorus Line. She’s worked with such respected theatres as Walnut Street Playhouse and North Carolina Theatre as well as area favorites like Music Theatre Wichita and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and has done a guest appearance as a vocal soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She has also done numerous industrials and commercials.

    Jennifer started her career as a ballet dancer, dancing locally with Garland Ballet, Chamberlain Ballet, and Dallas Dance Company before spending summers apprenticing with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet’s second company. Though classically trained, Jennifer has extensively studied all major theatre dance styles as well as tap, modern, Luigi, and jazz. After moving to New York Jennifer pursued musical theatre while still dancing with small New York companies, eventually committing completely to theatre.

    In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Jennifer has also studied singing and acting for several years. Acting-wise, she has a thorough grounding in many of the major acting techniques, including Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg’s method, and Meisner technique. Most recently, Jennifer studied for two years at David Mamet’s Atlantic Theatre Company school, which is the acting method she most enjoys exploring. Jennifer also spent time learning improv at the world-famous Second City Training School in Chicago. Studying voice under the renowned Marianne Challis and coach Steve Lutvak in New York rounds Jennifer out and makes her a true triple threat.

    Outside of the theatre arts, Jennifer has also studied Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis, reflexology and nutrition, and is a top Pilates trainer, having trained several world-famous dancers, an Olympic medalist, and many top athletes and performers.

    Oh yes, and she has two girls whom she adores.

  • Kelly Holmes

  • Jennifer Laws

  • Janice Rosco

  • Mark Parker


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