Founder, Artistic Director, and Acting Coach
Pamela Kinter is a performer and director, but above all, an educator. Her professional career began at the University of Maryland, with degrees in Acting Technique and Directing. She was asked to direct a children’s theatre production in Chicago over twenty years ago when…lightning struck! She realized that the natural ability of children to create, explore, and simply TRY was something to be encouraged and celebrated! Pam founded Stagelights in Greensboro, NC in 2010 to help children in the Triad explore the joys of theatre. She is proud to be growing Stagelights into a high quality, educational theatre program that was recently named, as a partner with Guilford County Child Development, in a national STEAM grant to bring theatre arts to the youngest and most economically challenged Triad students. Pam is beyond excited to be fulfilling her life-long dream of offering full-year, theatre arts programs!
Choreographer and Business Manager
Amy Shope is a professional dance teacher, performer, choreographer, and writer in the Triad area. Amy trained at the Anna Marie Dance Studio in Wilmington, DE from the age of 4, learning ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theatre. She received her BA in Dance and BS in Chemistry from Connecticut College in 2012 before receiving her MA in Dance Theories and Practices at UNC-Greensboro in 2014.
Amy then entered the exciting world of dance teaching and musical theater choreography, joining Stagelights in the summer of 2013. Shows she has choreographed include The Music Man Jr.; Fiddler on the Roof Jr.; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Alice in Wonderland Jr.; Annie Get Your Gun; Bye Bye Birdie; Legally Blonde; Kiss Me, Kate; Spamalot; The Pajama Game;The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; and Chicago. Amy is a freelance writer for Dance Spirit and Dance Retailer News magazines and has presented her research at the Society of Dance History Scholars conferences in Trondheim, Norway (2013) and at Iowa State University (2014). She is a certified Essentrics™ instructor, teaching adult workout classes to strengthen and stretch all muscles of the body to help create a leaner, fitter, and younger physique. She also loves to bake...you can always try a sample of one of her yummy creations when you drop in for classes!
Anna Smith is a High School English and Theatre arts educator for Guilford County Schools. As a high school student, she was heavily involved in the arts and loved the sense of community she found among her peers. Anna received her BA in English Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began teaching at Northern Guilford High School in 2014. After a year of only teaching English, she was given the opportunity to also teach theatre classes. She was fortunate enough to participate in Stagelights Mainstage the summer before she began her new career as a theatre teacher and took away many valuable lessons in how to best structure her program. Shows she has directed include Seussical The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, snd Les Miserables. She has continued to participate in MainStage as a co-director for the Junior Division show and can occasionally be seen performing in a Stagelights production, as well. Anna is also an avid juggler and is always happy to show off her skills!
Music Director and Vocal Instructor
Danny Paparozzi is a classically trained tenor who is in the Master of Music (Vocal Pedagogy) program at UNCG. Danny began singing in earnest through community musical theater as a high schooler, and he also has experience in the classical repertoire, having performed in numerous operas at the professional level. Previously, Danny was an active member of Opera Wilmington, performing in concerts with the company and in all of its operatic productions since its debut with The Merry Widow in 2014. In 2015, he performed with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra as Tamino in their collaborative production of The Magic Flute with UNCW’s Opera Outreach Program. His recent productions include the role of Le Remendado in Bizet's Carmen and Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni. He looks forward to helping the next generation foster their own love of music and performance.
Piano Instructor and Accompanist
Ekin Cemre Üstünel started her piano education at the age of six in Turkey. From 2000 until 2003 she studied under Öykü Petek Bilgili and Levon Eroyan. Beginning in 2003, she attended Mimar Sinan State Conservatory for Piano Education, where she studied uner Perim Hamidoğlu. From 2004-2012, she performed numerous solo and chamber music concerts across Turkey. In 2007, she became the winner of Mimar Sinan Fine-Arts University Concerto Competition and performed Mozart's Piano Concerto (KV 456) with the Orchestra of Mimar Sinan State Conservatory. In 2008 and 2009, she studied in the Académie Internationale d'été de Nice under renowned pianists Hüseyin Sermet and Laurent Cabasso, who were also the faculty of École normale supérieure, Paris. She also participated in materclasses of Milena Mollova, Emre Elivar, and Toros Can. Her education then continued under Perim Hadimoğlu and Burcu Aktaş as the senior student of Mimar Sinan State Conservatory. In 2013 she took the Mansion Reward for Piano Duo from Edirne Mimar Sinan Rotary Club, Chamber Music Competition.
In late 2014, Ekin moved to the United States and started to study under Greg McCallum to recover from an injury she sustained. While studying under McCallum, she learned and adapted the ways of injury preventive piano technique that was developed by McCallum. Followering her recovery, Ustunel performed solo recitals, concerto performances, and other solo concerts in 2015. In March 2016, she won first place in the 38th annual Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Competition. Follwing this, she had a chance to take lessons with renowned performer Dr. Paolo Andre Gualdi, faculty member at Francis Marion University. Graduating from Mimar Sinan FAU as an honor student in June 2016 and successfully auditioning for UNCG, Ustunel started her education as a student of the Piano Performance Master's Program under Dr. Andrew Willis. In October 2016, she became one of five students to study with Ann Schein, who is famous for not only a very successful piano career but also being Arthur Rubenstein's pupil. In January 2017, she participated in the UNCG Student Arist Competition and was selected as one of the two winners among fifteen finalists. In May 2017, Ustunel performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 18 with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Minnesota, Victoria Erickson is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Voice/Opera at University of North Carolina- Greensboro, on a full tuition scholarship and assistantship. Recent singing engagements include Liù in Turandot(NC Summer Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Granny in a children's touring production of Little Red Riding Hood (UNCG Opera Theatre). Erickson received an Encouragement Award at the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition (Opera Carolina) in both 2017 and 2018, and was a finalist for the Student Artist Competition at UNCG School of Music. Previously, she received a scholarship to attend Berlin Opera Academy, and was awarded a Colburn Fellowship with SongFest in Los Angeles, California.
Other opera credits include Maggie in The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret (Really Spicy Opera), The Baron in an all-female production of Cendrillon (Garden of Song Opera), and Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Fargo-Moorhead Opera- cover). Music theatre roles include Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Phipps Center for the Arts, College Light Opera Company) and Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (College Light Opera Company).
Along with her numerous stage credits, Erickson is an experienced and qualified voice teacher. She has been teaching in both the classroom and private settings for over five years, with students ranging from kids to adults. Erickson prides herself on utilizing her expertise in vocal pedagogy and acting techniques to help students reach their individualized goals in singing. She hopes each student will develop a lifelong love of singing through voice lessons.
Front Desk, Front of House, and Lighting and Sound Director
Melvin Holland is a jazz saxophonist currently living in Greensboro, NC. He has studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under Chad Eby, Steve Haines, and Brandon Lee. He has been a member of several groups including the Spartan Jazz Collective and various UNCG Jazz Ensembles. He has also performed with groups of many different genres ranging from Rock and Funk to Ska and Dixieland. Melvin discovered the saxophone shortly after enrolling in his middle school band. Beginning on clarinet, he switched to saxophone after being asked by his band director to join the jazz band. From that day forward, Melvin has aimed to learn, play, teach, and compose traditional, authentic jazz for all to enjoy. His compositions have been recorded and performed by the UNCG Jazz Ensemble and Spartan Jazz Collective. He has recorded with a number of other bands including Harrison Ford Mustang and The Kneads. Currently Melvin is in involved in a few musical endeavors including playing bass in Harrison Ford Mustang, starting a recording business and teaching private lessons.