Meet Our Private Lesson Instructors!
We offer private lessons in acting, voice, and piano. We also offer audition coaching. Lessons are considered classes in which students get continual education on a set schedule, while coaching is scheduled specially for an upcoming audition or similar specialized performance and students typically already have material to work on. Students may take lessons weekly or bi-weekly. We encourage students under the age of 11 to take half hour or 45-minute lessons while older students and adults are encouraged to take a full-hour lesson.
Half Hour Lesson $30 * Hour Long Lesson $50
Half Hour Coaching: $40 * Hour Long Coaching $60
Private Voice Instructors
Tatum Robertson, (She/Her/Hers) soprano, hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Robertson is currently pursuing her Master's at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Most recently, she was seen as Pallade-Athene in Christoph Wilibald Glück's Paride ed Elena with Longy School of Music's Opera Studio. In 2018, Ms. Robertson returned to NPR's From the Top as a featured guest on their 2018 annual gala show. Ms. Robertson graduated with her Bachelor's of Music from the Juilliard School in 2013. She attended Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 2015 and 2016.
Michael Amaral MM. Ed, (He/Him/His) is an active member in the fields of music, theatre, education, and creative artists in Greater Boston. His academic training at Westfield State, (BS), Eastern Nazarene, (BA), and Gordon College, (MM, Ed.) is paired with notable extensive experience. As a practitioner of education, he works in the public schools K-12 as a music and movement teacher and curriculum consultant. He continues to work with educational institutions across New England as a professor, clinician, and guest lecturer facilitating classes, ensembles, and workshops with the youngest students to seasoned adults. He has a vested philosophy in education that fuels his passion for sharing the creative arts with people of all ages and levels to show the power that the arts have to transform the world around us and the people in it. In addition to ongoing and continued contributions to research in the fields of music and education, He has strong roots in the performing arts. His roles range from actor to producer including music director for Heart & Dagger's IRNE award nominated "Sweeney Todd,” Music Director for Eastern Nazarene College Theatre Department, Guest Director at the Marion Art Center, Founding & Artistic Director of the South Shore Performing Artist Series, and currently, the Vice-President of the new & local Pariah Theatre Company. Michael is professionally affiliated with the American Choral Directors Association, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and National Teachers Association. When not in the studio Michael can be found on the beach, on a boat, enjoying a good book, or playing fetch with his dog.
Laura McHugh, (She/Her/Hers) soprano, is a classical singer and educator on the rise in the Boston area and beyond. She was recently named 1st Place winner in the 2018 National Classical Singer Competition. She also was named a Grand Finalist at the 2018 International Talents of the World Competition in New York City, in which she presented a diverse program of opera, musical theatre, and art song. In August 2018 she sang the role of the Valkyrie Gerhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre in Sweden, and in early 2019 performed the title role of Kalman’s Gräfin Maritza. Other recent credits include Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte) with Lowell House Opera, Mimì (La Boheme) with Boston Opera Collaborative, Vitellia (La Clemenza do Tito) with Promenade Opera Project, Volivia (Vesta's Feuer, Beethoven), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), & Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann). She also has a love for musical theatre- her favorite role being Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, which she performed in Orlando, FL.
As an educator, Laura works with her students on strong musical and dramatic interpretation across multiple styles, and believes that each student should have freedom of expression to sing with the voice that is uniquely theirs.
Timothy Ayres-Kerr MM (He/Him/His), is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with degrees in Vocal Performance and pedagogy. While studying at the Conservatory he performed as a soloist in Opera, Oratorio, and discovered a particular love of English Operetta, often portraying lead tenor roles in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan—Most notably Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. Of a recent performance of his, the Boston Musical Intelligencer noted that "He sang with purity and conviction, enunciating perfectly, and acting without a touch of guile." Tim has been writing vocal music almost as long as he has been singing, working primarily on short comic operas and songs. A Game of Werewolf, his second completed work for the stage, earned him a place in One Ounce Opera’s fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera showcase. His scholarship and performance of the British Music Hall song “Alonzo the Brave” earned him grand prize in the Lester Levy “Save Our Songs,” competition. Tim’s varied musical interests all share a common theatrical element and he is thrilled to be joining the South Shore School of Theatre. As a vocal instructor, Tim is committed to helping students sing sustainably and beautifully by establishing a technical foundation that supports and encourages artistry. In Tim’s studio you can expect to find a welcoming space for trying new things, singing songs that you love, and working together to find your unique voice.
Private Acting Instructors
Allison Nicole Tucker (She/Her/Hers) is the School Director at South Shore School of Theatre. She is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and Emerson College where she received her MA in Theatre Education. She is currently working toward her PhD in Education at Lesley University. Allison has been teaching at SSST since 2012. In addition to directing the teen program at SSST she is a set designer and oversees technical training for students. Allison also teaches at Woodward School for Girls and Eastern Nazarene College. She sits on the board of Pariah Theatre Company and has acted in several shows in the Boston area including ....Or Dreaming, The Bacchae, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Yellow Wallpaper.
Private Dance Instructor
Lisa D. Kelleher "Miss Lisa" (She/Her/Hers) is thrilled to join South Shore School of Theatre as Master Teacher, Choreographer, Director and private coach. She is a graduate of Smith College with a degree in Dance/Choreography and Theater, as well as a veteran of the Boston Ballet and Harvard Summer School's intensive advanced ballet program and a former studio owner. Lisa began dancing almost before she could walk- waltzing with her parents, in her playpen, and anywhere there was room- and started her ballet training at the age of five. At the age of six, she was Clara in Nutcracker, and in the ensuing years, participated in Nutcracker in various roles with the Boston Ballet. Since that first performance, she has been involved in or has seen Nutcracker every single year, and has continued her training with the Boston Ballet. She is also an accomplished, acclaimed performer and choreographer, working with local musical theaters, both on and offstage, as lead dancer and choreographer. She has studied and performed almost all forms of dance: classical ballet, musical theater/Fosse, tap, Isadora Duncan, Renaissance/Festival/Tribal, modern, jazz, fitness: zumba/barre fitness/aerobics, and various ethnic styles, to name a few. She is heavily influenced by George Balanchine, Agnes deMille, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins. Lisa believes strongly in teaching the proper technique of dance and keeping her students- both children and adults- safe and encourages self-esteem to all. Regardless of style, she adores sharing her love and joy of dance with her students. She owes her love of dance to her parents, Betty and David Kelleher, who when they had nothing, had each other and a little girl who thought she had everything because she had them, music, and dance.