Faculty & Staff

Owners and Founders
Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson

Scott Wise

Drama Director
Leland Williams

Dance Co Director
Ocean Severini

Studio Manager
Elizabeth Cox Frabizzio

Mary Mercer

Elizabeth Parkinson

Owner and Founder

Ballet, Jazz, Theatre Dance

Elizabeth is the Co-Owner and Co-Director of FineLine Theatre Arts. Highly acclaimed in ballet, modern, and jazz styles, Ms. Parkinson has performed worldwide as a principal with the Joffrey Ballet, Feld Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Ballet Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Mark Dendy and Dancers, and Twyla Tharp Dance. In 1999, she segued to Broadway and received tremendous praise as a lead in Fosse and later in the hit Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical, Movin’ Out, where she earned the 2003 Tony-Award nomination and the highly coveted Astaire Award for best female dancer on Broadway. She has appeared in the filmsStay, Romance and Cigarettes, and Every Little Step. As a freelance artist, Elizabeth has performed at Carnegie Hall with Clint Holmes and at the American Dance Festival with Martha Clarke. She teaches master classes and workshops nationwide including at the North Carolina School of the Arts, The West Coast Dance Explosion, and The Joffrey Summer Intensive. She is also currently on the musical theatre faculty at Western Connecticut State University and a Director of AIM, a not-for-profit youth dance company. Elizabeth lives to dance and hopes to pass on her passion, love and strong work ethic to her students. Along with her husband, Scott Wise, she is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Fineline Theatre Arts.

Email liz@finelinetheatrearts.com

Barbara Braverman (on hiatus)


Barbara Braverman graduated from NYU with a BFA in theater in 1975. During her college years, Barbara worked as an assistant choreographer with Stuart Hodes. She apprenticed with Twyla Tharp in 1975, touring Europe and ending with a residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Barbara was a principal dancer with The Cleveland Ballet from 1975 to 1980 performing original ballets by Dennis Nahat and Ian Horvath, as well as ballets by George Balanchine and Agnes deMille. She was featured in ballets such as Green Table and Swan Lake. From 1976 to 1979, in the summer Barbara performed in the Kenley Players Actor’s Equity musical productions: “Sweet Charity” with Carol Lawrence in Fosse’s original choreography, “Hello Dolly” with Betty White, “Oklahoma” with Dirk Benedict, and “Paint Your Wagon” with Gordon McCrae. After moving to CT in 1980, she began teaching at Arlene Begelman’s School of Performing Arts as well as performing in her Connecticut Stage productions of “Jacque Brel is alive and well,” Thurber’s “Thirteen Clocks,” etc. Barbara has lived in Washington, CT since 1980.​

Ocean Severini


Ocean Dull was born in Connecticut and received her formal ballet training at the School of American Ballet. Ocean has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet,  New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Dance Education. Ocean is an ABT® Certified Teacher of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Her teaching experience includes instruction at Peridance, the Third Street Music Settlement, American Ballet Theatre’s outreach program in New York City and Ballet Florida in West Palm Beach. Ocean is currently on faculty at New Milford’s FineLine Theatre Arts where she instructs and choreographs for students four years old to adult and privately coaches participants for the Official Connecticut Classic Ballet Competition.

Email ocean@finelinetheatrearts.com

Sandy Kleisner


Sandy Simpson Kleisner has been active in the New Milford area as a music teacher,pianist, accompanist and voice coach. She has enjoyed serving on the Fineline Theatre Arts faculty since its beginning in 2005. As a piano teacher, she offers students training in music reading, technique, theory as well as ear training. Voice students have the opportunity to work on songs as well as sight reading, breath control and vocal placement. She is also a music teacher at the Kent Center School and musical director at Roxbury Congregational Church. She also

enjoys playing solo and chamber music concerts at the Gunn LIbrary and other venues.

Mary Ann Lamb


MaryAnn Lamb is routinely recognized as the quintessential Broadway dancer. She recently played Young Claire in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and John Cullum and danced in the film, Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise. On Broadway she played Mona Page in Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce as well as in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Curtains, choreographed by JoAnn Hunter. Other Broadway credits include: Contact, Seussical, Fosse, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Song and Dance, Goodbye Girl, Starlight Expres,; and Carrie.  In addition to Broadway, Mary Ann has danced in eight productions at New York’s City Center in the prestigious ‘Encore series. She has played the lead role of Anna in the York Theater’s off-Broadway presentation of New Girl in Town; Lola in Sacramento Music Circus’s production of Damn Yankees; and Cerraine at Boston’s Huntington Theater in Lady From Maxims.  She has danced in a variety of television roles, commercials and films. Among these are the Oscar Award-winning film, Chicago, The In Crowd, Portrait of a Showgirl, As the World Turns, and this fall she was honored to dance with the Muppets in their latest adventure film, Letters to Santa. Mary Ann’s extensive dance career is on display in a PBS documentary titled, Working Dancers II.Her vision of dance is shaped from working with the following choreographers and directors:Jerome Robbins, Graciella Daniel, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Kathleen Marshal,Susan Stroman, and Rob Marshal.  These luminaries of the theater in addition to many others have inspired Mary Ann to pass on her artistic passion for dance to others. She teaches dance across the nation for Debbie Robert’s Showstopper and she also teaches and choreographs for FineLine Theater Arts with Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson. In the summer, Mary Ann is part of the dance faculty for two prestigious summer theater camps: Destination Broadway in New York City and the Marthas Vineyard Musical Theater Summer Workshop. Mary Ann is married to writer, Don Lowe, and they have three children.

Email maryann@finelinetheatrearts.com

Janelle Robinson

Vocal Performance

​For the past 20 years, Janelle A. Robinson has enjoyed an ongoing professional career. She has performed in France, Japan and toured the United States. Janelle has been honored with several awards, most recently the CT Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a musical for her portrayal of Bloody Mary in South Pacific.

Her Broadway credits include the production of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s Mary Poppins in which she originated the role of Mrs. Corry; Oklahoma, also produced by Cameron Mackintosh, and the revival of Showboat, as well as the first national tours ofThoroughly Modern Millie and Showboat.

Off Broadway productions include Slag Heap at Cherry Lane Theatre and Golden Boy at City Center. Her regional credits include Papermill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Main State Music Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, and Connecticut Opera.

Janelle has worked with many illustrious directors and choreographers throughout the years, including Hal Prince, Sir Richard Eyre, Trevor Nunn, Michael Mayer, Susan Stroman, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Barry Ivan, Vicky Bussert, Dotty Danner, Wayne Cilento, Eric Stern, and David Caddick. Also, she has been active in film and television, appearing in A Little Game (Netflix), a national commercial for Febreze, and on Law and Order Criminal Intent.

Janelle received a Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School, an Advanced Certificate in Voice from The Julliard School, and a Master of Music from The Curtis Institute. She is also trained at The School for Film and Television. Janelle feels privileged to have studied under some masterful instructors, including Marlena Malas, Frederic Moses, William Ferro, Sofia Steffan, Bruce Kolb, Dr. Linda Carroll, Craig Carnelia, and Rob Melrose. She has taught at Julliard’s summer program and is currently an adjunct at WCSU.

Email janelle@finelinetheatrearts.com

Scott Wise

Owner, Founder and Director

Acro, Tap, Theatre Dance

Scott Wise , co-director and co-owner of FineLine Theatre Arts, has been Broadway’s leading song & dance man throughout the last three decades. He is a Tony award winner (Broadway’s highest performance honor) for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Additionally, he was nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in State Fair and Fosse. He is also the proud recipient of the 1997 Connecticut’s Best Actor in a Musical Award for Lucky in the Rain at East Haddam’s Goodspeed Opera House. You can also see Mr. Wise in the hit movie musical Chicago. A veteran performer of thirteen Broadway shows, Mr. Wise has also choreographed and directed Off Broadway and regionally. He worked side-by-side with Twyla Tharp as assistant director for the award-winning hit musical, Movin’ Out. Certified by the Dance Educators of America, Scott has taught nationwide as well as in New York’s Broadway Dance Center and Step’s on Broadway. Scott is currently on the creative team of the new Bruce Hornsby musical SCKBSTRD. With his background so rooted in performing on Broadway he hopes to share his knowledge, guide aspiring performers, and share the joy he has found throughout his career to students of all levels.

Email scott@finelinetheatrearts.com

Elizabeth Cox Frabizzio

Ballet, Jazz

Elizabeth Cox began her early training at the School of Performing Arts in New Milford, Connecticut under the direction of Arlene Begelman and Robert Maiorano.  She later continued her studies at Fineline Theatre Arts in New Milford and worked exclusively with Broadway veterans Elizabeth Parkinson, Scott Wise and Mary Ann Lamb. She spent summers dancing at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Professionally, Elizabeth has danced as an ensemble member in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and for the renowned modern dance company, Momix. She can be seen in Darren Aronofsky’s, The Black Swan, and on the cover of the 2009 ‘Green Issue’ of the New York Times Magazine. As a freelance artist, Elizabeth has assisted Broadway veteran Mary Ann Lamb on projects throughout the tri-state area and has worked with Adam Battlestein’s Catapult Entertainment, which appeared on season eight of America’s Got Talent. In 2015, Elizabeth was named one of Connecticut’s top ’40 under 40’ by Connecticut Magazine for her dance and teaching achievements.

As a teacher, Elizabeth has taught for the past nine years at Fineline Theatre Arts in New Milford and at studios in the greater Fairfield, Westchester and Rockland counties. She is certified to teach beginner/intermediate mat pilates through Power Pilates, NYC. Elizabeth is excited to share her enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation of dancers.

Email lizcox@finelinetheatrearts.com

Kerry Gallagher

Ballet, Modern

Kerry Gallagher started her dance career at the School of Performing Arts under Arlene Begelman and Barbara Braverman when it was first opened on Bank Street in New Milford.  She then studied at the School of American Ballet in NYC under such teachers as Alexandra Danilova, Elise Reiman, Richard Rapp, Kay Mazzo, Helene Dudin, Antonia Tumkovsky, Muriel Stuart, Andrei Kramarevsky.  While at SAB she had the honor of performing with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.  She spent summers training at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY under teachers Olga Kostritzky, Bojan Spassoff, Stephanie Wolf, Peter Martins, Stephanie Saland, Heather Watts and other members of the New York City Ballet.  Her professional career began when she became a member of Annamaura Silverblatt and Co. from 1989-1991 where she performed works by the Martha Graham trained Ms. Silverblatt.  She joined Fusionworks Repertory Dance Company under artistic director/founder Deb Meunier from 1991 to 2001performing works by choreographers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packard, David Dorfman, Pooh Kaye, Creach and Koester, David Parsons, Sita Fredrick, Deidre Morris, Laura Bennett, Deb Meunier.  While with Fusionworks, Kerry began her teaching career teaching ballet at the Fusionworks School and also teaching modern dance residencies in public elementary schools throughout Rhode Island.  She danced with Classics Dance Theatre Ballet Company under Artistic Director Catherine Barribal from 2001-2010 performing works by Catherine Barribal, Janet White, Justin Sherwood, and her own choreography.  She dance with Adam Battlelstein of Pilobolus from 2003-2008 performing his work in school systems throughout the country.  Kerry danced with MacArthur Dance Project from 2007-2010 under artistic director Browen MacArthur touring throughout New England.  Kerry began her involvement with the American Dance Legacy Initiative(ADLI) in 2001 while dancing the Parsons Repertory Etude with Fusionworks. In 2005 she was asked to join Dancing Legacy – the performing company of ADLI.   With ADLI and Dancing Legacy, Kerry has performed, taught and coached the Repertory Etudes of David Parsons, Robert Battle, Danny Grossman, Donald McKayle & Anna Sokolow all over the country including many public schools & private dance schools, Brown University & the New York State Summer School of the Arts.  She is honored to be currently working with ADLI on developing the Limon Etude in conjunction with Carla Maxwell Artistic Director of the Limon Company.  In addition to teaching ballet and modern dance, Kerry has taught dance to children with special needs in Brooklyn, NY.  She is a Co Director of Artists in Motion, a 501c3 student pre professional dance company in residence at Fineline Theatre Arts  and is currently developing a program with fellow Co Directors Elizabeth Parkinson & Arlene Begelman to bring dance to children with special needs in New Milford.  Kerry is a certified teacher of the American Ballet Theatre Teacher Training Program in Primary Level through Level 5.

Email kerry@finelinetheatrearts.com

Leland Williams

Acting and Musical Theatre

Leland Williams attended SUNY Purchase and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she was the recipient of the Gellinger Award for Best Actress. She then went on to appear in soap operas, commercials, many plays and movies. England was the next step where she studied Shakespeare, appearing as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Irina in The Three Sisters.

Email: Leland@finelinetheatrearts.com

Aaron Severini


Currently the recipient of The Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship, Aaron Severini’s journey to a life in music grew out of a career dancing with New York City Ballet (NYCB). Mr. Severini’s passion for composing—first for choreographers and dance companies—quickly expanded to include music for concert, film, television, and new media. Following his eleven-year career with NYCB, he was accepted into The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition studying with Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Rouse and Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano.

Mr. Severini collaborates regularly with choreographers and has composed original scores for New York City Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Juilliard School, and the New York Choreographic Institute. His original soundtracks for filmmakers and videographers are extensive ranging from films airing on PBS and screened at domestic and international film festivals, to iPhone and iPad applications, including Juilliard Open Studios and Passe-Partout with choreographer/dancer Justin Peck and dancer Daniel Ulbricht. Mr. Severini’s compositions have underscored Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle), Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), Savage U (MTV), and others. His music for promotional campaigns include Cartier, Unicef, Ikea, Squarespace, New York City Ballet, and MasterCard.