Lead Instructor – Webster
Danielle was very active in the Irondequoit High School Drama Club, and received her BFA in Acting from SUNY College at Fredonia and received further honors in Drama and Theatre Studies at Middlesex University in London, England, where she met her British husband Luke Fellows. Danielle resides in Webster, with Luke (former Drama Kids instructor and one of the Drama Instructors currently at The School of the Arts in Rochester NY) and their two young daughters.
Lead Instructor – Greece, Chili, and In School
Andrea Fragnito has been nurturing children for over 20 years. Andrea has been a music teacher/director at Lima Christian School, the Lockport City Schools, and the Greece Central Schools. Andrea has her Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan, and her Masters of Music in Education from University of Buffalo. Andrea has taught Italian through Greece Continuing Education for over 11 years and all levels of Drama Kids for 9 years. She provides group and private music instruction in piano and voice, as well as directing theatrical musicals for home-school groups. Andrea resides in Rochester with her husband Dean and her teenage daughter, while her son attends college.
Senior Instructor – Irondequoit and In School
Miss Patricia is about to begin her tenure as a Drama Kids teacher in 2012. She specializes in Upper Primary and Acting Academy Classes. Miss Patricia has taught drama and speech in New York and overseas. She has directed students from kindergarten age through adult. Miss Patricia is an actor and playwright. She received a grant to co-write, produce, and perform an original play at a number of locations in western New York. In addition, she teaches English and citizenship to adult refugees, and helps run a non-profit for animals.
DKI Assistant Director & Senior Instructor – Pittsford
Melissa has brought energy and passion for developing children to Drama Kids since 2013. Starting in 2018, Melissa upped her Drama Kids game by coming on board full time as our Assistant Director. She was formerly a Professional Development Coordinator for URMC, where she designed and delivered education to medical professionals. Melissa has taught religious education, was a summer camp counselor, and has been a performer since age 5. Melissa directed Russell Sage College productions, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Biopsychology. After moving to Rochester, Melissa received her Master’s in Business Administration from Medaille College. She resides in Fairport with her husband, Dan and their two young sons – bth enthusiastic Drama Kids!
Instructor – Caledonia
Emily Mattice has been teaching with Drama Kids International since 2015 primarily in her hometown of Caledonia, NY. While already offering a variety of arts and creative classes, she was recommended to teach a Drama Kids International class. After seeing how DKI’s programs aligned with her mission to support the community’s wellbeing with creative activities especially in children, she jumped in and has since grown the Drama Kids offering in her area. Spending most of her time as “Miss Emily”, she is a working artist, instructor, and business owner out of “Adventures & Art” in Caledonia. Adventures & Art continues to develop after she started offering a single art club for kids when she was 14 years old. Now about 8 years later, her passion still drives her to continue offering amazing programs such as Drama Kids International in the community. While many of her hobbies align with her business, outside of work Emily enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and “adventuring” with her husband.
In School Instructor
Susan has an amazing ability to energetically connect with children and foster their creative growth. Over the years, Susan has been a day care provider, Spanish teacher, pre-school workshop leader, Girl Scout leader, hockey team manager, Sunday school teacher, developmental baseball and soccer coach, and drama club leader. Susan has a degree in Spanish Education from SUNY Albany, and her Associates degree in Paralegal Studies from Schenectady Community College. She resides in Webster with her husband and 5 children and is a frequent volunteer at Spry Middle School and State Road School.
In School Instructor
Beginning her fourth year with Drama Kids in 2018, Miss Andie strives to bring enthusiasm and empathy to her lower primary classes every week. Her connection to the program originated over 6 years ago when her own daughter began participating in the program. The success of her daughter’s involvement in Drama Kids, coupled with her own love of storytelling led Andie to her current role as a Drama Kids instructer. Andie spent several years focusing on her family before joining the Drama Kids team. Prior to the birth of her second child, she worked in the business sector. She lives in Irondequoit with her husband, daughter, son and shi tzu.
In School Instructor
Greetings! My name is Bill Schoff. This is my fourth year as a Drama Kids instructor. I’ve recently retired from the Webster Central School District after teaching there for 30 years. For twenty-seven of those years I taught second grade and the other three years I taught fourth grade. In addition to teaching I enjoy writing, especially humorous children’s poetry. I have had four books of my works published and I am currently working on my fifth book. I am looking forward to being a part of the Drama Kids program again this year.
DKI Business Administrator & In School Instructor
Michelle loves to develop confidence in children and foster healthy relationships within families! She has experience teaching art and a variety of other subjects to school-age children. Michelle also lead a growing children’s program for a local church for several years and is now dedicating her time to Drama Kids as an instructor and administrator. Michelle earned her B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and is also a certified Life Coach. She lives in Lima NY with her husband, Tim, and their two children.