Faculty & Staff

Owners and Founders
Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson

Director
Scott Wise

Drama Director
Robin Frome

Dance Co Director
Ocean Severini

Studio Manager
Elizabeth Cox Frabizzio

Receptionist
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

Ocean Severini

Ballet

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

TJ Swetz 

Musical Theatre

TJ Swetz has been teaching music and theater for over 10 years throughout the Hudson Valley and various areas of Connecticut. Teaching all ages, TJ has a warm and energetic presence that makes his lessons so engaging that you will always wonder, “What’s next?” Besides teaching, TJ also is a professional actor where he continues to hone his own skills to further improve every student that he teaches. He believes that you must “practice what you preach” in order for students to understand the concepts of theater and music.

www.tjswetz.com

Email tj@finelinetheatrearts.com

Mary Ann Lamb

Jazz

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

Kelly Gleason 

Jazz

​Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University with a B.S. in commercial dance and psychology. At Pace, she performed works by Andy Blankenbuehler, Jessica Lang, Chloe Arnold, and Jason Samuels Smith. She began her training at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance under James Robey, and continued her training at Fineline Theatre Arts under Elizabeth Parkinson and Scott Wise, and Mary Ann Lamb. She has also studied under Twyla Tharp, and performed works such as The Fugue and Burundi Drums. Most recently, she has been seen on the national tour of 42nd Street, which was helmed by the 2001 Tony Award-winning team of Mark Bramble and Randy Skinner. In addition, Kelly has performed with the New Bedford Festival Theatre, Ocean Professional Theatre Company, and the Carnegie Hall Exchange. Favorite credits include My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, and Crazy For You. Aside from performing, Kelly has been teaching a wide variety of styles for 5 years, from students in creative movement to adult levels.

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

Robin Frome

Acting

Robin has been teaching and directing theater since 1992.  He holds a BFA in acting from The University of Connecticut and an MA in Dramatic Literature Concentration from Wesleyan University.  He has taught and directed for schools in CT in Districts #14 and #15 and Waterbury, K-12.  He has directed over 200 productions from Musical Theater to Shakespeare to Children’s classics.  He has a zoom friendly private acting tutoring program called Audition Techniques and operates a Facebook page entitled ‘The Bard Room’ which involves zoom classes in Shakespearean acting and dramaturgy for all ages.  He has served as Artistic Director for The Main Street Theater in Woodbury from 1992 to 2005 and President/Artistic Director of The Sherman Playhouse in Sherman, CT from 2012 to 2020. During the Pandemic he founded and co-hosted a Covid Performing Artist Support Group on Zoom entitled Keep the Ghost Light On which can be accessed on YouTube under the Sherman Playhouse.  He will be producing a production of A Doll’s House from a unique virtual to personal Master Class which has been chronicled on his FB page, The Bard Room.

Email robin@finelinetheatrearts.com

Aaron Severini

Ballet

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.

Email aaron.severini@gmail.com