Stephanie McDonald was born and raised in Snellville, Georgia and has always dreamed of sharing her passion for the performing arts with her hometown. She graduated from Brookwood High School and studied English, Theatre, and Education in both her Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. Stephanie is a private acting coach, director, choreographer, and serves as an adjudicator for the Shuler Hensley Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards. She has worked with schools and performing arts companies all over the Metro-Atlanta area directing and choreographing, as well as designing and building sets, costumes, and props. An award-winning choreographer, Stephanie has also held multiple nominations for awards in direction, set design, and costume design.
Stephanie is passionate about her students and their education and has a knack for breaking down scripts and characters to help even her youngest actors understand roles and situations beyond their years. She works hard with each and every student to ensure that they are learning in the way that suits them best, pushing them to stretch themselves, while also creating a safe space where they are able to take risks in their craft. She is thrilled to build her program right here in the heart of Snellville and can't wait for everyone to see that Snellville Performing Arts is The Place Where Snellville's Artists Go to Grow!
Alyssa Paduano graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Psychology from Purdue University. She started in theatre at a very young age and has continued studying the performing arts throughout her life. She is a strong actress, award-winning vocalist, and an accomplished writer, having written and directed her own play, titled Till Death Do Us Part.
Alyssa has an incredible passion for sharing her love of the performing arts with her students. As one of the founding members of the company, Alyssa has been with Snellville Performing Arts from the very beginning and is thrilled to begin this adventure in the place where "Everybody's Somebody"! Alyssa is excited to share her experience and knowledge in singing, acting, improvisation, technical theatre, and theatrical writing to all of the students at Snellville Performing Arts!
music director / acting & voice teacher
Carrie Moll was born and raised right next door in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and is excited to help build a performing arts program that serves her local community. She has been passionate about theatre since childhood and is thrilled to work with students of all ages to help them find their own passions, as well.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance at Columbus State University, Carrie has been working in the industry as an actor, singer, and dancer. With the Educational Outreach Tour Company at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre outside of Detroit, MI, Carrie coordinated school tours, handled box office administration, and regularly acted in their shows. Most recently, Carrie was a featured performer at Dollywood Theme Parks in Pigeon Forge, TN, singing and performing as Violet in It's A Wonderful Life and starring as Eunice in Dollywood's 50s a capella group, The Gem Tones.
Aside from performing, Carrie has taught private acting and voice lessons, worked as a tour coordinator, event planner, music director, stage manager, wardrobe assistant, props master, and director... and she is always eager to learn more. Carrie is so excited to learn more about Snellville and to bring the arts to her neighboring city!
choreographer / dance teacher
Madeleine Mousseau was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She graduated from Mountain View High School and will soon complete her Bachelor's at Kennesaw State University. French fries, flowers, sushi, and dance are her passions and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to help her students find theirs!
Dance and choreography has always been a creative outlet for Madeleine and she studied a wide variety of dance, starting at a young age. Once she became more focused in her passion, Madeleine studied dance for over eight years in studio, leading her high school dance team as well as being a part of her high school’s Advanced Dance Program. While she enjoys many types of dance, jazzy pieces are her favorite to choreograph and perform. Madeleine loves to be able to show off her sassy personality in her own dance and loves helping her students find ways to showcase their own personality and talents on stage, as well.
As a choreographer at Snellville Preforming Arts, Madeleine works to create a fun, safe, inclusive, creative space for students to express themselves through the beauty of dance. She hopes to be able to offer the same environment she received to the kids of Snellville Preforming Arts so that they may continue to grow and see their magnificent potential.
acting & voice teacher
Katie Keel was raised in a musical-loving family and found her own love for theater and the performing arts at a very young age. Her first taste of the stage was in the fourth grade, performing in the musical The Jungle Book and she has been hooked ever since. Katie continued pursuing musical theatre throughout both middle and high school in Johns Creek, Georgia, beginning voice lessons and dance classes to help hone her talents. Some of her favorite roles include Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web, Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker in Sweeney Todd, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical.
Katie studied in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre program at Brenau University and the Gainseville Theater Alliance. In addition to her passion for theatre, Katie is passionate about education and helping her students to gain both skills and confidence in their abilities. In addition to her continuing work in the performing arts, Katie also works as a preschool teacher in Suwanee, Georgia. Katie is excited to work with Snellville Performing Arts and can't wait to help her students fall in love with theatre just like she did!
Health & fitness director
Scott McDonald is thrilled to be a part of the Snellville Performing Arts team and have the opportunity to work with students of all ages. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a concentration in Wellness and Fitness and graduated with his Master's Degree in Sports Management from The University of Florida.
After working with adults for years in large gym franchises, then branching out as an in-home personal trainer, Scott had the chance to work with a group of young students who completely changed his direction. A former student athlete, Scott has first-hand experience in training for a sport and loved working with these students to create a wellness program that allowed them to train and maintain both on and off season for their individual sports. In helping those students, Scott began creating programs that used traditional weightlifting and training exercises along with conditioning classes, like yoga and dance that created both well-rounded students and well-trained athletes.
At Snellville Performing Arts, Scott helps student athletes find fitness and dance classes that fit into their schedules, support their on-season training, and continue their training in the off-season. He also puts together the fitness bootcamps and other classes and workshops that make up SPA's Health & Fitness programming.