Kimberly Williams is owner and director of the JaDuke Center for the Performing Arts. With over 30 years of dance experience, Kimberly enjoys teaching all ages and types of dancing. She grew up dancing, singing, and acting and has performed in and directed hundreds of musicals. She has won numerous awards an accolades for her dancing and choreography but she most prides herself in providing a healthy and loving environment for kids to explore the arts. Her favorite expression is "living the dream" and she gets to do that everyday.
Samantha Osborne is the acting teacher for Ja'Duke Center for the Performing arts. When she was younger she had a hearing problem and would often act out her responses. This lead to her being a performer from a young age and very interested in theater. She has taught theater at the Shea camp and has been a part of Ja'Duke camp since 2004 when she was a camper. Throughout the years she took JCPA acting classes and loved it! In the summer of 2011 she officially became the Ja'Duke acting teacher and continues to love it! She enjoys improv, writing scripts, scene work and characterization. Samm has performed in numerous shows, but her favorite include Seussical the Musical, The Producers and Curtains.
Kelsey Bouthilette is from Easthampton Mass. She is currently studying at American International College, hoping to peruse a career as a physical therapist. Kelsey has been dancing her whole life. She started studying dance at her mother's dance studio in South Hadley until she was nine. She then went to a local studio where she continued dancing. Kelsey is experienced in a variety of dance styles including ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre etc. Kelsey not only danced in her studio, she also performed in musicals that her high school held. She is also very experienced in teaching dance to all ages. She has been teaching dance since she was fifteen and is excited to start a new chapter at JaDuke. Her love for dance continues to grow, and she enjoys sharing her passion with everyone.
Judith Dean Kulp has been teaching vocal music for the past 40 years. She thoroughly enjoys her time with JCPA as a chorus teacher and co-teacher with Kim. Judith is a graduate of Smith College where she majored in voice and music education. She has taught preschool music through high school vocal music and has sung professionally with The Desert Chorale, a twenty voice a capella chorus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Judy is a charter member of Ja'Duke Productions and has been seen in many of Ja'duke's musical offerings: from The Sound of Music to The Addams Family. Most recently, Judy wrote and directed a musical for children, The Fairy House, which was produced by Ja'Duke and presented in the Black Box Theater.
Tessa Goodhind has been a part of JCPA since they opened in 2004; starting as a student at 14 to working there now at 24. Currently she is full-time employed with a local non-profit company planning and traveling for entrepreneurial programs and conferences. Tessa has been dancing since the age of 2 and has taken classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Lyrical. Her time at Ja’Duke is spent in any way necessary from helping with marketing to assisting in classes and shows. She feels privileged in being able to teach tiny-tot classes and help them develop their love for the arts! To see their excitement week after week, and year after year as they grow is really the best thing a teacher could ask for.
Nick Waynelovich is a lifelong resident of Turners Falls, living there with his wife Charlotte. He graduated cum laude from the University of Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master's from Plymouth State College in Supervision/Administration. After twenty-nine years of service Nick recently retired as music director at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, where his responsibilities included directing the award-winning high school bands and choruses. Nick was awarded Massachusetts Arts Alliance Music Teacher of the Year in 1989. His groups have performed extensively throughout Massachusetts. Nick’s performing groups have won multiple Grand Championships across the Eastern Seaboard in Concert Chorus, Show Choir, Jazz Band and Concert Band. He also directed the Let's Dance Band, an amateur swing band. Nick is the Director and founder of Ja'Duke Productions, comprised of the Ja'Duke Sound Company, Ja'Duke Theater Company, The JaDuke Center for the Performing Arts, the Shea Swing Orchestra and the King Phillip Dixieland Band. He is President of JaDuke Incorporated where he directs at least four major productions a year. Nick’s newest endeavor is the JaDuke Scene Shop (www.jadukesceneshop.com) which is a national theatrical drop and prop rental company. JaDuke Scene Shop is the only national rental company in the United States to have a complete set of theatrical drops for Curtains the musical. JaDuke Scene Shop drops have recently been seen in Wisconsin, Utah and South Carolina. JaDuke is now in negotiations to send its Little Shop of Horrors plants to the Cayman Islands. Nick has completed five CDs for Warner Brothers Publications. The last project was an inspirational album for piano in which he arranged, recorded and produced and is now available in music stores throughout the United States and internationally. With one more dream to complete Nick hopes to build The JaDuke Theater which is a 405 seat theater with a 100 foot proscenium stage that is phase two for the JaDuke Center for the Performing Arts. All this is made possible by the love and support of Nick’s family Lisa, Kimberly, Aubrey, John and a special thank you to his loving wife Charlotte.N