Living Word Family Church- 10520 Star Rd Wake Forest NC

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Tel: 919.559.1569 | Email: FODPerformingARTS@gmail.com

© 2018 by Field of Dreams Performing Arts

About Us

Since its beginnings in the summer of 2006, Field of Dreams Performing Arts has offered classes and unique experiences in many of the performing arts disciplines - all with measurable success for thousands of students in the Greater Raleigh area. We are a NON-Profit organization.

 

At FODPA we strive not only for excellence but for “exceptionalism.” We define this approach to the arts this way: The act of going above and beyond earthly capabilities to enjoy God’s artistry in His creation. The world will stand and listen when the Christian artist “performs” his or her message with a skill and passion equal to or exceeding what is being presented in society today.

 

Field of Dreams Performing Arts stands ready to engage every student, young and old, with the opportunity to “OPEN THE DOORS TO THEIR DREAMS.” Our mission is to provide excellent, professional training in a supportive, Christian environment to those in the greater Raleigh area. 

 

We offer dance and theater classes for all ages and levels from recreational to professional. Field of Dreams Performing Arts is a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where your child can build self-esteem and a thunderous passion for Christ. 

Teachers

The staff of Field of Dreams ranks amongst some of the best in the area. Collectively, our instructors bring many, many years of professional experience in dance, theater, and voice. Our students have thrived under the instructor’s expertise and values when it comes to their specific disciplines and their devotion to the Lord. The philosophy that is embraced by our staff includes hard work, discipline, character, passion, and family.

Founders

The Green Family

Michael and Kelly Green, along with their family have been a part of arts ministry for over 30 years. They began their journey with Field of Dreams Performing Arts Conservatory, Raleigh, NC in the fall of 2006. Their passion is to see the Kingdom of God advanced through the arts. They have given themselves to excellence and exceptionalism in how the arts are embraced and used for a higher purpose. They enjoy watching young and old alike achieve mastery of their specific art's disciplines to affect change in the world.  “For too many years, Believers have been afraid to utilize their God-given talents for something Big. Often times what is utilized never reaches full maturity because of fear or ignorance.” states Michael, “but there is a fresh push to rise above the norm and be that ‘city on a hill’ and affect change in our communities both regionally and nationally. God is moving and we need to move

with Him.”

 

Michael hails from the land of the Buckeyes – Ohio. He graduated from Central Bible College in 1984 and has studied theater, mime, and dance for nearly 45 years. Prior to directing theater, he and his wife served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years in Columbus, Ohio as well as Raleigh, North Carolina. Since 2001, Michael has served on the staff of North Raleigh Christian Academy as the Director of Fine Arts, directing an award-winning theater program. The NRCA Squire Theater was one of the first private schools in the nation to produce Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins. Over the past 17 years, Michael has directed over 45 plays and musicals while helping to begin several local dance and theater groups. He is excited about the next phase of God's journey as he and his family establish both a regional school for the arts and a professional performing arts company that will help to expand God's Kingdom to the nation.

Voice

Kristin Frazier

Originally from the Raleigh area, Kristin Frazier left to attend Bob Jones University graduating with her Mmus in Vocal Performance in 2015. During that time, she performed/instructed as a Priestess in a professional performance of Samson et Dalila in 2010, Falstaff in 2013, mezzo-soprano for a professional performance of Verdi’s Requiem in 2013, diction coach for the Townspeople chorus for a professional performance of Verdi’s Aida 2013-2014, chorus member for a professional performance of Handel’s Messiah 2014, mezzo-soprano soloist for Mozart’s Missa Brevis 2015, and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen 2015. After graduating, she moved to Branson, MO, where she performed and instructed privately at venues in the area until moving back to Raleigh. She currently instructs privately in the Raleigh Area.

Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Contemporary, Broadway.

Trissa Finneran

Trissa Finneran has been dancing since she was 11 years old, And she’s been in love with it ever since. From Carolina ballet intensives to dancing in time square, she can’t express the joy it brings her to  step out on stage and perform. For the past 9 she’s been training in various styles from hip hop to classical ballet. Her favorite style is contemporary. Prior to joining the FOD staff she taught at a studio in downtown Raleigh for two years and she is excited to bring all that she learned to the FOD family. She is thrilled to begin her first year here at Field of Dreams. And can’t wait to share her love and passion for the arts with all of her students.

Hip Hop

Tatyana Pearson

Growing up in a family full of artists, Tatyana learned the beauty of seeing everything with no limits. From dancing in her family's performing arts school, singing in local concerts, and choreographing for all ages, she was actively involved in the art community. Tatyana shares her art through poetry, choreographing for local artists and organizations, and spreading creativity in various forms.

Voice

Jodi Ogle

Jodi recently relocated with her family from Phoenix, Arizona where she, most recently, taught middle school choir and high school theater at Trivium Preparatory Academy. During her time there, she founded and ran their popular musical theater department. In the past four years she has directed over 12 productions, including musicals, Shakespeare plays and modern plays, as well as led numerous choirs.

Jodi graduated from LIFE Pacific University in San Dimas University with a BA in Ministry & Leadership. She and her husband were lead pastors and she also served as a worship pastor for over 17 years. Jodi has taught private voice and piano lessons for many years and takes great joy in helping people discover and develop their giftings in the arts. She believes that just about anyone can learn how to sing, if they are willing to work at it. 

Contemporary, Theatre, 

Vanessa Simoes - Our Director

Trained singer, actress, dancer, musician, and choreographer. Makes her debut onstage when she was six with a lead role in the musical, The Music Machine. Ever since then, she has performed and directed numerous musicals and plays, performing for national and international audiences alike. Studied music theory and violin in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico's children's program for eight years. Started her ballet and jazz training at Yoli Studio with Yolanda Muñoz in her native island of Puerto Rico. She became a professional choreographer when she was 17 years old. Lived in Spain and Italy for 11 years, where she continued her career as a professional Contemporary Modern dancer and choreographer, training and working closely with choreographer and mentor, Gilberto Nati in La Compagnia Dei Sogni Dance Company in Italy, performing in Rome and in Milan's top theatres and venues. Moved to North Carolina, in 2011. After years of working as a Dance Instructor, choreographer, and drama teacher in the North Raleigh Area, she now works Director of Field of Dreams Performing Arts in Wake Forest, NC. Worked as an actor and casting director in the movies ANOTHER CHANCE (2013) and FAT CHANCE (2017); Starred in THE BIG FIX (2018) and CHRISTMAS WANDER (2017), in which she received a nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film from the 2018 International Christian Film Festival. 

Jazz, Theater .

Erica Poole

Erica Poole has been performing since the age of three in the areas of in ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre. After many years of performing on stage, she discovered her love and talent for the technical work of backstage for dance and theatre. While still performing on stage, Erica began to working as an assistant stage manager and assistant director. In 2010, Erica joined Field of Dreams as a dance and theatre student and in 2018 became a staff member, working as an assistant director and stage manager and assistant dance teacher. In addition to working with FOD, Erica had the opportunity to gain more experience through two internships in stage management and directing at North Carolina Theatre where she assisted putting on two conservatory and two professional productions. Over the years of performing, stage managing and directing, Erica truly loves working with all ages of students at the studio and cultivating a love of theatre and dance in them that she has discovered.

 

Show performed in: 

Willy Wonka (Mrs. Gloop), Godspell, Pirates of Penzances, Pride and Prejudice, Happy Days (Lori Beth), Journey of a Dreamer (Landlord), Similitude of a Dream, Les Miserable (Baptistine) The Matchmaker

Show Stage Managed/Directed: 

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Stage Manager and 2nd Assistant Director), Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), All in the Timing (Stage Manager) Smoke on the Mountain (Stage Manager and Assistant Director), Les Miserable (Assistant Stage Manager), Pippin (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), Newsies (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), Lion King Jr (Assistant Director and Stage Manager), Peter and the Starcatcher (2nd Assistant Director and Stage Manager), Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (2nd Assistant Director and Stage Manager)

RELEASING THE HEART OF WORSHIP IN DANCE

Devon Tarr

Devon trained in ballet, tap, and jazz throughout her childhood in Los Angeles, California. In high-school she participated in several theatre and musical productions in addition to her continued dance training. Torn between a desire to pursue musical theatre/dance as a career and a growing passion for Christian ministry, she chose to attend Wheaton college. There were no dance opportunities at Wheaton at the time, which meant that the dream of continuing to dance would have to die. However, as Devon and several classmates began meeting to worship and pray together through dance, an official college ministry was born that led to opportunities to dance in chapels, concerts, churches, and local prisons.

Over the past 17 years Devon has served as a pastor's wife and the mom of five wonderful kids. She has also founded and led in dance ministries in Kansas City, MO and Knoxville, Tennessee. She has choreographed and danced in a wide variety of church and outreach events, including several international contexts. Over three years in Knoxville, Devon taught an interpretive worship class at the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts. Additionally, she has led workshops across the country training dancers in how to glorify God through movement, as well as the biblical foundations for doing so. She graduated this May with her MA in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and her family recently moved to Raleigh as her husband joined the pastoral staff of Christ Baptist Church. She is excited to invest in the students of Field of Dreams and be a part of what God is doing through this wonderful studio.

Theater

Julian Simoes

Born in Puerto Rico and having traveled the world, Julian grew up watching his mother perform. He officially began pursuing acting in 2015 at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Disney’s  MARY POPPINS and at Field of Dreams Performing Arts Conservatory on HAPPY DAYS. He has been doing shows ever since. Some credits include: LES MISERABLES (Jean Valjean), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Algernon Moncrieff), WEST SIDE STORY (Bernardo), Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ensemble), THE MATCHMAKER (Joe the Barber), AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP (Detective Sergeant Trotter), and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Black Stache). He's also has starred in films like: FAT CHANCE (2016), in which was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film at the International Christian Film Festival in 2018, CHRISTMAS WANDER (2017), and just recently in THE BIG FIX (2018). Julian is excited to give back to the studio what was invested in him, and is looking forward to help inspire others through the Arts the way they have inspired him.

Administrator

Margaret Holt

Margaret was born in Raleigh NC and was raised in Canton NC.  She served eight years in the US Navy from 1999 till 2007.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration from ECPI.  In 2014 she returned to Raleigh and began working at Living Word Family Church as an administrative assistant to the Outreach and Missions pastor.  She has volunteered as part of the crew for the past two films Living Word has produced.  Currently, she is working at Living Word as a department head doing various task across the ministry.  She is very excited to be joining such an amazing ministry.  She spent her childhood in dance studios and is ready to get back to it.

Broadway, Jazz, Acro, Partnering

Bethany Gillet Corey

Bethany Corey is an Appalachian State University graduate with a degree in Physical Education/Health and Dance. She was a member of the ASU Dance Ensemble for 4 years. In addition to performing, Bethany was a student choreographer for 3 of those years. She spent her last few months in Boone as a Singer, Dancer, Actor for Tweetsie Railroad. Bethany has a professional background in Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Contemporary.

Tap

Katy Rakow

Mrs. Katy has been dancing her entire life. She started her dance training at Carol Grayson’s School of Dance in Lakeland, FL, where she remained until high school graduation. She performed on the Grayson Extreme Competition Team and was a student assistant/choreographer for many years. After high school, she went on to University Of Florida in Gainesville, FL majoring in Music Education with a minor in dance. Her favorite types of dancing are tap and clogging.

During high school and after college she performed as a Costumed Cast Member, dancer and choreographer at The Walt Disney World Resort. She still maintains her seasonal status and performs every Christmas in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade and sings with Cast Choir in Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional.

Mrs. Katy is excited to bring her love of tap to Field Of Dreams Performing Arts and looks forward to preparing her students for the world outside of their home, school and church. Mrs. Katy believes that all gifts come from God and through dance, we bear witness to His awesome love and kindness.

Mrs. Katy is engaged to the love of her life, Lee and lives in Raleigh with her 2 boys Aiden and Tyler. Her family attends St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh and always look forward to serving on the Covenant Garden Committee. Mrs. Katy also works with the Christian Formation and Education Department for children.

Ballet

Hope McLaughlin

Hope is honored to bring her 14 years of training and experience to the Field of Dreams family. She is a native to Columbus Ohio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, partnering, variations and modern at the BalletMet Dance Academy. She performed “Red Solider”, “Angel” and “Arabian” in BalletMet’s The Nutcracker in 2004, 2005 and 2008. Hope was the dance choreographer for her high school senior variety show “Live In Color” in 2009. She continued her training at Otterbein University from 2009-2011, performing in both dance concerts for the school. She was an assistant choreographer for both ballet pieces in 2010 and 2011. She danced for Dayton Contemporary 2nd Dance Company for their 2011-2012 season. Most recently Hope danced and assisted in costumes for Faith Baptist Church’s Easter production “The Crossroads of a Day” in 2019. She is very excited to be a part of the Field of Dreams teaching staff. Hope can’t wait to teach, inspire and education the children at the Field of Dreams Performing Arts!