Elon Music Theatre faculty members continue careers as directors, choreographers and researchers

A look at how faculty members in the Music Theatre program are advancing their careers outside the classroom.

Some say the best professors teach AND do what they teach. This rings true for Elon Music Theatre faculty members. When not teaching classes or advising students at Elon, faculty members Julio Agustin Matos, Jr., Deb Leamy and Brian Kremer are building their careers in the performing arts as directors, choreographers and researchers.

Here are just a few highlights of what our professors are doing this spring and summer:
Julio Agustin (Matos, Jr) will be directing three professional (SDC) stage productions employing more than 60 actors and designers, 7 of which are current or past students of his. He continues his commitment to anti-racism with over half of the hires being of the Global Majority.

Deb Leamy will be choreographing A Chorus Line at New London Barn Theatre and Pageant: The Musical at Forestburgh Playhouse. She will also be directing and Co-choreographing San Fransisco’s Broadway Bares V: Fairy Tales…with a twist: Fanciful Tales where Stripping Prevails. 

Brian Kremer presented scholarly presentations at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, on the following topics:

  • Instructional Touch in the Voice Studio
  • Rock n Roll: Acting the Pop/Rock Song (with Professor Kim Shively)

He will also be partaking in a discussion panel titled “Repertoire for Trans/Non-binary singing students: A Panel” at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference in Chicago in July.

Their continuous work outside of the classroom makes them better teachers, aiding their students with real-life experience and current doings of the theatre industry. This makes Elon students fully prepared to enter the industry after graduation.