South Tampa Center for the Arts
Teachers

All of our instructors are available for private lessons in their specific areas of expertise.

photo Kelly Runey Buntyn

Kelly is a Tampa native and a lover of the arts.  She's had a passion for dance since the earliest years of her childhood.  Throughout her life Kelly has trained, performed, and taught in the many styles of dance from classical ballet and tap to contemporary, hip hop, and jazz.  Kelly began her training at the age of five where she took formal lessons and learned the fundamentals at the Academy of Dance outside the jazz capital city of New Orleans.  Kelly was able to learn from her instructors the many techniques that propelled her to the top of her junior high school dance team.  Taking from that experience Kelly participated in many competitions and won awards for best form and technique. Returning back to Tampa in 1985, Kelly enrolled in dance classes at Elsa Pardo Dance Center and was selected to be on the dance team at Plant High School.  After graduation Kelly attended the University of Tampa where she studied dance under the instruction of Susan Taylor-Lennon while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. From there she moved to the beautiful city of Athens and enrolled in the University of Georgia earning a Masters degree in Education.  While in Athens, Kelly surrounded herself with southern culture and explored her own creativity.  This has helped shape the easy and gracious flow of her dance style and attention to detail in her instruction.  Upon her return to Tampa she began working with children at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church Preschool and Mitchell Elementary School as she raised her young son Trey.  Kelly continued to study classical ballet under the instruction of Ballet Master, Erkki Tann.  From 2005-1010, Kelly established and co-owned Ms. Lisa's Dance & Co. in South Tampa and began exploring her love of performance theatre.  Kelly spent the summer of 2009 with M.A.D. Theatre training and performing in the production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".  Her role as "Zebulan's wife" allowed her the opportunity to display the many talents she possesses combining acting, singing, and dancing in one spectacular show.  However, Kelly's love of children always brings her back to the studio.  In 2009, she created Little Dance Company and served as the Studio Director.  During this time, Kelly produced children's theatre productions including The Wizard of Oz, Disney's The Jungle Book, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  In 2012, Kelly transformed Little Dance Company and opened South Tampa Center for the Arts and has already produced the Nutcracker, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Disney's Peter Pan, Honk, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.  In less than 5 years time, she has created award-winning programs in a space where many forms of art come together to inspire and serve students of all ages.  

     
photo Georgia Mallory Guy

Georgia Mallory Guy is STCFTA Artistic Director and heads up the the private voice studio. She serves as a production manager for our many performances thoughout the semester, oversees multiple theatre and music classes, helps coordinate classes with the after-school performing arts program, and is the director of the award winning Children’s Theatre Program. Georgia might be better known for her professional work as an actor/director in the Tampa Area. Since moving to Tampa in 2012, Georgia has worked with Palm Beach Dramaworks, Florida Repertory, American Stage, freeFall, StageWorks, Tampa Repertory, The Studio at 620, Banyan, A Simple Theatre, and The Show Palace. She has also worked regionally with Milwaukee Repertory, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Monomoy, Festival 56, and others around the Southeast and Midwest. Georgia is originally from Prattville, AL and attended Troy University, then Troy State University, with scholarships for oboe and musical theatre. Here she earned degrees in Music Education, Communications/Theatre, and a minor in Vocal Performance. Georgia graduated with her MFA in 2010 from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program. After grad school, she accepted a highly coveted internship with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and worked around the Milwaukee and Chicago areas before settling in Tampa. Georgia is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, she has also taught at Ohio University, Troy University, and has been a clinician around the Southeast, including Tampa’s own Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. She also remains an accomplished oboist, and also plays many other instruments. Being raised by Band Directors, she has a deep-rooted love for arts education. “It’s important to encourage the next generation to see the importance and impact of art on our lives. It encourages so much more than self expression; it encourages self awareness, self importance, and self confidence.” Georgia is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. She resides in Tampa with her loving husband, Traveis, her puppies and her old kitty cat.

     
photo Ryan Bernier

Ryan is a Tampa based actor, director, and writer. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida where he established a 24 hour play festival and trained in Viewpoints and Grotowski methodology.  Ryan has performed across the country and loves getting to travel. His favorite performance credits include Touchstone (As You Like It), Lucien (The Boys Next Door), and Mickey Marcus (The Normal Heart). Ryan also has an extensive musical theatre background. His favorite musical credits include Leaf Conybear (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Edna Turnblad (Hairspray!), and Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Anything Goes).  Locally Ryan has directed at the University of South Florida (Gruesome Playground Injuries), (Fat Pig) and with local companies Ghostlight Theatre (Wanda's Visit) and Silver Meteor (MMF), (Now Circa Then). He is also a featured writer for local sketch comedy troupe Some Sort of Show.  Ryan has also received productions of his work through out the Central Florida area. His plays "It's Really Dark Here" and "Adapt."  have been featured in the Summer Shorts Festival at the Orlando Shakespeare Center and his newest play "The Fruitiest Man In All The Land" took first place at the Tampa Theatre Festival as well as the 4x6 Festival. In addition to his work as an artist, Ryan currently works at the University of South Florida as an Administrative Assistant for the School of Theatre and Dance. At STCFTA, Ryan is excited to work with our students and cultivate their love for the arts!

 

     
photo Stephanie Biernat

 

Stephanie Biernat is a recent graduate of The University of Tampa. Her passion for dancing began when she was 4 years old and began attending classes at dance studios in New Jersey, including Ballet Technique, Central Jersey Dance Project directed by Dana Friscione, Dance Attitude, and All That Jazz directed by Debby Delpopolo. During this time, Stephanie danced competitively for nine years at Starbound and Showstoppers, earning various awards for both solo and team performances. Stephanie is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, and African. She has danced professionally at Six Flags Great Adventure in several shows, including The Whippersnappers, Gleek Karaoke, Looney Tunes Dance Off, We Got The Beat, Turn it Up, The Wiggles, and The Glow in the Park Parade. Stephanie danced on the University of Tampa’s Dance Team, the Spartan Scarlets, and served as a Captain and the Health and Fitness Director during her senior year. In addition, Stephanie has choreographed and danced for the University of Tampa’s Dance Happening, Night of Experimental Dance and Dance Concerts. Most recently, Stephanie has coached at the NFL Alumni Wayne Gandy Foundation football and cheerleading camp, organized and performed for the Dignitary Card release party at the Hard Rock Casino, performed for the Tampa Bay Storm Hip Hop team, performed for ArtPool in St. Pete, took 2nd place in the Choreography Pros competition, and 1st place at Dancing Under the Stars competition. She also co-owns a FlashMOB business in the Tampa Bay area, Bay Area Mobbers and dance crew, Liquid Beat. This group has FlashMOBBED the Riverwalk’s unveiling of the “Before I Die Wall,” the grand opening of CAMP, and the Hyde Park Sunday Market. Stephanie has taught various levels of dance to ages ranging from 3 years to adult and tailors her classes to the individuals participating. This is her second season with South Tampa Center for the Arts and she looks forward to continue sharing her passion for dance while overseeing the dance program including directing the new STCFTA Performance Dance Company!
     
photo Jimmy Dingle

Jimmy's passion for music, notably the guitar, began when he was 10 years old.  He began formal lessons at the age of 12.  After seven years of learning various styles of music as well as music theory, Jimmy felt it was time to branch out and attended the Musician's Institute of Technology (MIT) in Los Angeles, California.   Graduating at the top of his class with a Performance and Teaching Certification, he returned to Tampa to begin his teaching career.  Over the course of eleven years, he has maintained an average of teaching 40 students per week.  In addition to teaching, Jimmy was fortunate to gain professional experience by playing in a number of local bands, one of which opened for nationally recognized groups.  These groups include 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, and Linkin Park.  This time in his life allowed him the opportunity to work with many talented musicians and song writers from all across the country.  He is able to share a wealth of knowledge gained from this practical experience with his students.  Jimmy feels his true calling in life is to teach guitar.  He can play and instruct most styles of music.  His students range in age 8 to 80 and in beginner to advanced skill levels.  Students can expect to learn everything from music theory, ear training, and reading music.  Having fun while learning chords and songs is a great reward for all involved.  Jimmy welcomes the opportunity to instruct students at South Tampa Center for the Arts. 

     
photo Robert Jarosh

Robert Jarosh is a Tampa, Florida based music director, pianist, and educator. As a keyboard player, Robert has worked on dozens of shows, concerts, and other performances including the National Tour of Wicked, Andrea Bocelli in Concert, and the first National Tour of Elf the Musical. In Florida, Robert works extensively as a pianist and keyboard player. He is an on call accompanist for Norwegian Cruise Line, Walt Disney World, Sea World Parks and Entertainment, and others. Robert is a staff accompanist at the University of South Florida for the School of Theatre and Dance. Additionally, Robert has enjoyed working with other great Tampa organizations and theatres including Berkeley Preparatory School, Plant High School, Alonso High School, The University of Tampa, Jobsite Theatre, American Stage, Stageworks Theatre, The Straz Center, Temple Schaarai Zedek, Temple Beth-El, and more. This past year, Robert had the opportunity to music direct and play/conduct for the nation’s first regional premiers of First Date the Musical and Silence! the Musical at the The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Robert has played in numerous shows and worked as both a vocal director and vocal captain throughout the past four years. A graduate of the University of Tampa, Robert studied Piano Performance with Dr. Grigorious Zamparas. In addition to his primary studies, he minored in Theatre, accompanied several ensembles, played in the jazz big band, and acted as musical director for over a dozen cabarets and within his music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 

     
photo Sarah Pullman-Atanacio

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance.  While in undergrad, Sarah spent 3 summers working for the university’s Camp Imagination Program as an instructor and director.  She also spent 7 years with the groundbreaking Flint Youth Theatre (FYT) under Executive Artistic Director, William P. Ward.  Sarah served as an Apprentice Artist, performing in youth-centric shows and assisting in theatre classes for various age groups.  After graduation, Sarah moved to New York City, where she worked as an actress for 8 years.  Since moving to the Bay Area in 2013, she has been working as a Teaching Artist for American Stage Theatre Co. in St. Petersburg and works with STCFTA as a Teaching Artist and Director. Locally, Sarah has performed with Tampa Rep, Hat Trick Theatre, Jobsite's Jobside Projects, Early Bird Dinner Theatre and is a founding member and regular performer with the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival. Favorite credits include:  The Shape of Things; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Casina; Cymbeline; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Spire; Visions of Sugar Plums; The Little Prince.

     
photo Miranda Serna

 

Miranda started dancing at the age of three. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and clogging. Her training began in North Carolina with ballet, tap, and jazz. Her mother was in the military, so her family had the opportunity to live in England for three years where she continued taking jazz and tap classes as well as hip hop. Her family then moved to West Virginia where she started taking ballet again and was introduced to pointe. Miranda attended both Middle School and High School in Nebraska.  She was on the competition team for two years and became part of the Ballet Nebraska II for three years, which is the junior company under the professional company in Nebraska.  She took classes with the company and performed in the ballet productions Dracula, Cleopatra, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and The NutcrackerDuring high school Miranda was also a part of her school's dance team all four years and served as captain her senior year. As a captain, she had the responsibility of choreographing, teaching the other dancers, and facilitating rehearsals. Every summer the team went to camp hosted by National Dance Alliance. Miranda became a member of the All-American team her junior and senior year. Her senior year she also won the only overall camp leadership award. Miranda now attends The University of Tampa. She is currently the Captain of the Spartan Scarlets dance team and has performed with the team at NDA Nationals for the past two years. She has also participated in every dance performance hosted by the dance program at UT.  Miranda enthusiastically joins South Tampa Center for the Arts as a dance instructor this season. 

     
photo Katie Berger

Katie is a playwright, composer, and teaching artist based in the Tampa Bay Area. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University and immediately began performing in professional theatre companies around the country. She is the author and composer of Full the Musical, which was staged in New York City this past summer. She loves her ukuleles, the musical Spring Awakening, and the band Hanson.

 

     
  Brianna Larson