…where we aspire to educate, inspire, create and achieve
with artists of all ages!
…where we aspire to educate, inspire, create and achieve
with artists of all ages!
Our artistic educational program at Birder Studio is for students of all ages and levels in the performing arts. It instills confidence, creativity and discipline. The training program includes jazz, tap, musical theatre, acting, voice, piano, stage management, yoga and Zumba. Our professional staff welcomes you to visit!
We are committed to providing a secure foundation in the arts for both children and adults. As a 501©3, non-profit organization, we also seek to make arts education accessible and affordable to all children in the Greater Green Bay Area. Through our scholarship programs and other community outreach efforts, donations enable us to provide live entertainment and arts education to those who would not otherwise receive it.
We hope that our programming not only instills a love and appreciation for the performing arts in our community but also an adept understanding of artistic influence. We envision live entertainment and arts education accessibility for adults and children alike in our era. In this digital era, we hope to inspire our community’s professional & personal lives, by fostering a community-centered artistic culture.
Anna has 30 years of tap, ballet and jazz training and performance. She is a 6th grade teacher in the Howard-Suamico School District. She also choreographs for schools in the area. Anna very much enjoys spending time with her family.
Ana has been with Birder Studio since the very beginning. She recently graduated St. Norbert College with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Communication Media Studies. Ana has danced her entire life and will continue to do so for as long as possible. Her favorite genres include modern, jazz and musical theatre. Ana has performed in a countless number of musicals, but some highlights include PIPPIN (Showgirl/Catherine), CATS (Demeter), A Chorus Line (Val) and Into the Woods (Cinderella).
She received her 200 hour yoga certification from Core Power Yoga in Minneapolis, MN during the summer of 2015.
Carrie Bressers is a community organizer originally from Kankakee, Illinois. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Valparaiso University, and honed her skills in the medical, printing, and, later, the outreach ministry fields in Indianapolis while staying home with her two children, Jackson and Charlotte. She currently leads fitness classes for the City of De Pere and the Greater Green Bay YMCA, serves on the Board of Directors for the De Pere Historical Society, and coaches a state-qualified Destination Imagination team of girls in grades 4&5. Carrie developed her passion for the performing arts as a young woman through her many years of school and church choirs, and credits her school plays and summer youth theater programs for much of the confidence and tenacity she built up as a student. She and her husband, Josh, are renovating a 100-year old bungalow in the Broadway Historic district, but direct much of their free time to encouraging the appreciation of the community's performance arts as a vessel to strengthening such crucial skills as creative thinking, bravery in adversity, awareness of self, inclusion, and compassion.
Rose has been teaching private a group piano since 1997 in both traditional and Suzuki methods and holds a masters degree in Education from National-Louis University. She is a former traditional and Montessori elementary educator and is certified and experienced in both Suzuki piano and special needs to include autism, auditory processing disorders, stroke recovery and other brain, focus and coordination issues. Rose is past Chair and current member of the National Federation of Music Clubs' Wisconsin chapter, past Treasurer and publicity Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Piano Teachers' Forum and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Known for her patience and persistence in building strong foundations and confidence in young (at heart) students, Rose accepts students of all ages and stages, 4 through adult.
Ross has performed professionally in a variety of regional theatres including The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Seattle Shakespeare Festival, The Olney Theatre, The Milwaukee Rep and American Players Theatre. He received his MFA in Classical Acting from The George Washington University as a member of the inaugural class of The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC. His teaching philosophy has been greatly influenced by the Master Teachers he has had the great good fortune to spend time with. As a teacher of acting at The Birder Studio it is his personal mission to inspire his students to revel in the infinite capacity of their intelligence and innate creativity.
Tomás received his BM from UW- Eau Claire and his MM from DePaul University, where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael Sylvester. Recently, he was heard as Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola in Weimar, Germany and portraying Jimmy Reno in Opera for the Young's The Elixir of Love. He teaches voice lessons in the Green Bay area, including at the Birder Studio in De Pere and as adjunct faculty at UWGB.
A relative newcomer to live theater, but a longtime supporter of the arts, Amanda only recently discovered her passion and talent for set design. Last year she served as the art director for Southwest High School’s production of Les Miserables. She is a mother of three children and avid oil painter. Her philosophy is “Do that which makes you feel alive.” Amanda is beyond thrilled to be joining Birder Studio and Players to add to the magic of theater.
Rylee is in her fourth year at St. Norbert College as an instrumental and general music education major. She is originally from Little Chute, Wisconsin, and found a passion for music after she started playing piano and flute in 5th grade. Rylee recently joined Birder Studio of Performing Arts as a piano instructor and is eager to pass on her tips and tricks to anyone who wants to learn!
Chad has been involved musically in the Green Bay/De Pere area for over 30 years as a performer, teacher, and director. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Norbert College in 1991 with a BA in Music Education. In 1992-93 he taught Middle School and High School choral music in the Hortonville school district. Afterwards, he returned to St. Norbert College where he directed the Swinging Knights performing group from 1993-1997. Chad also held the position of Music Director at Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay from 1995-2015. With Birder Studio for Performing Arts, Chad taught Voice and Acting in 1998, and then returned to the studio in 2014 as a core member of the Birder Players, and as a Vocal/Acting instructor in 2015.
Chad has directed productions of the play The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch, and the musicals Grease, Seussical, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!. He has worked as Musical Director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Forever Plaid, Les Miserables: School Edition, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Spamalot, and Pippin.
Rochelle graduated from the University of Green Bay with a degree in education. She is a reading specialist in the Manitowoc Public School District for Jackson Elementary School. She has recently moved back to the area after teaching overseas, where she built a theater program in Almaty, Kazakhstan and directed several Broadway Junior musicals. She also performed with the Kazakh English Language Theater (KELT) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This year she is also developing a theater program at her elementary school along with joining the Birder team. In her free time, she creates music videos by rewriting popular songs, mostly to encourage students to read!
Mrs. Elaine Moss is instructor of piano and staff accompanist at St. Norbert College. She has pursued extended studies with Jeanne Kirstein at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Paul Reed at Wichita State University, Judit Jaimes, Katja Philabaum and Jeffry Peterson at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a summer abroad at the Universite de Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. She enjoys a varied career collaborating and concertizing with guest artists and numerous singers and instrumentalists.
Jenna has been with Birder Studio for 13 years as a student. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She will be going to UWGB and will be majoring in K-12 Choral/General Music Education. Jenna has always had a strong passion for working with children and she loves teaching children about music and theatre.
Katie Schmidt received her B.A. in History and Music from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, and her Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Katie made her San Francisco debut in 2013 at the Hot Air Music Festival as the mezzo soloist in the west coast premiere of Benjamin Boyle’s "To One in Paradise." Katie regularly sings both opera and music theater and works at Heritage Hill State Historical Park.
Mary Slavek earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Piano Performance and Music Education from St. Norbert College. She currently maintains a private piano teaching studio in Green Bay and is Coordinator of Music at St. Joseph Church in Oneida, WI. Mary has accompanied for numerous high school choral concerts, musicals and Solo & Ensemble events throughout Northeast WI, as well as St. Norbert College Music Theatre. Mary has also served as Adjunct Instructor of Music at UWGB, accompanying for Opera Studio, Music Theatre, and many recitals and concerts. Mary has been privileged to provide accompaniment for 15 performances of Missoula Children’s Theatre at the Oconto Falls Performing Art Center. Mary is very happy to be part of the Birder Players family.
Kirsten Tenpenny has been dancing for 15 years. She danced at Lake Shore Dance, where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap and Hip-hop. She participated in The Nutcracker for 7 years and in the Premiere Competition Team for 5 years. At Lake Shore, she taught solos and duets, as well as Ballet, Tap and Jazz classes. Dance has always inspired Kirsten and she wants to be an inspiration for other young dancers!
Kris is the 4-6 grade orchestra director in the De Pere school district. She also teaches the String Methods course at St. Norbert College. Kris is excited to be adding her skills to the Birder Studio. Kris received a degree in music from Luther College, focusing on string bass performance and music history. She earned her education degree from St. Norbert College and her master’s degree in Applied Teaching and Learning from UW-Green Bay. She belongs to the American String Teachers’ Association and the Viola da Gamba Society of America. She currently performs in many ensembles, including the Green Bay Civic Symphony (string bass), Recorders by the Bay (viola da gamba and recorder), First United Church of Christ Worship Band (voice), and the Heritage Hill Volunteer Music Group (violin). Kris has enjoyed her recent performances in THE Showcase of Stars, A Christmas Carol, and Pippin.