Facetime instructors are experienced performers and teachers who are dedicated to providing excellent instruction in a fun, creative environment. Our instructors build close, meaningful relationships with their students. Taking a class at Facetime means becoming part of a supportive, caring performing-arts community.
Kristin Abell has been a fine arts/studio art teacher since 2010. She has a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree from Villanova University, with a Minor in Art History. Before becoming an art teacher, Kristin’s career took her on an incredible journey for over 20 years in Marketing, Advertising, Special Event Planning, and Leadership Training/Motivational Speaking. One of the highlights of her business career was working for Walt Disney World as the Marketing Manager for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and then as the Manager of Special Events for all four of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida.
Kristin’s approach to teaching Art comes from her years of “technical art training” in college, and then from many years in the business world, applying all that she had learned. Her current art class philosophy revolves around one word = CREATIVITY! Kristin is a firm believer in the power of creative thinking and has a passion to pass on that spirit of creativity to all of her amazing art students. Her years as a Leadership Trainer/Motivational Speaker cemented her belief in the immense potential inside each individual. Her creativity idols are Walt Disney, Charles Schultz, and Dr. Seuss, who also all believed in the childlike wonder and imagination in all of us!
Kristin lives in Phoenixville with her husband, Terry, her daughter, Kasey, and their two dogs, Miley and Penny!
Margot has a bachelors degree in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey. She grew up in Hatboro, PA and has worked as an the Assistant Director for Hatboro-Horsham High School’s spring and summer musicals since 2012. She currently works as a director and actor in the Philadelphia area and loves that she has the opportunity to teach Facetime students in our after-school programs and private singing lessons. She focuses on creating fun, comfortable environments for her students so they can discover all of their talents.
Originally from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Ben Doersom is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who currently provides lessons in saxophone, drum set, guitar, bass guitar, jazz piano, music theory and composition. Ben graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Chester University in December 2016 with a BA in jazz performance and a BS in business management. Ben’s perspective on music is unique in that it encompasses many different styles and influences. Whether playing cha-cha bass lines, ethereal electronic music, rock drum patterns, swing piano accompaniment, funk saxophone improvisation or multi-meter tapping on guitar – Ben’s musicianship has led him to uncover the secrets of learning music quickly, while emphasizing creativity and joy. Throughout Ben’s 12-year career playing music, he has had the honor of performing alongside Chris Vadala, Delfeayo Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Chris Washburn, Bobby Shew, John Swana, and Michael Philip Mossman among others. He has studied with Greg Riley, John Swana, Peter Paulsen, Curt Sipe, and Teresa Klinefelter and has been featured in multiple professional recordings. Check out Ben’s website at BenDoersomMusic.com.
Carmon lives in Phoenixville and is a graduate of WCU, with a BS in music education. He plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet, most recently in the pit orchestra for Forge Theatre’s production of The Addams Family, and is looking forward to Man of La Mancha in June. He was enlisted in the USAF as a saxophonist as a member of The Maxwellaires, Glen Miller’s military band at Maxwell AFB in Alabama Elsewhere. Carmon has played with Lou Rawls and Toni Tennille (of the Captain and Tennille), and toured with a top 40 band. Back in the day, he played dinner shows at the Ramada Inn in Downingtown. Headliners included: Allen and Rossi, Al Martino, Bobby Rydell and Frank Gorshen. Carmon previously served as the junior high band director in the Daniel Boone school district, and as a long term sub for the high school band director at Twin Valley High School.
Jerry took an interest in stage combat in high school and went on to receive his BFA in theatre studies from Niagara University as well as study and take master classes with the Society of American Fight Directors Fight Masters. He passed SAFD certifications in unarmed, rapier and dagger, broadsword, and quarterstaff also receiving Golden Stars of Excellence in quarterstaff, unarmed, and rapier and dagger. Locally Jerry has fight choreographed and fight directed a number of shows in South Jersey (The Eagle Theatre) and Philadelphia (Steel River Playhouse, PlayCrafters and Narberth Community Theaters). He is also an avid performer in Philadelphia Theatre, loves pro wrestling and resides in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with his wife, Katie, and their daughter Harper.
Katie Romano McGrier
Katie is the artistic director for Facetime Theatre and also serves as a board member. She graduated from Immaculata University with a BA in applied music and has since studied music, acting and dance/movement at various locations in Philadelphia, including the Walnut Street Theatre and with the Broadway Dreams Foundation, where she had the opportunity to work with numerous past and current Broadway artists in the classroom and on stage. Her work with youth has spanned from substitute teaching theater and instrumental music in a high school classroom, as well as directing and choreographing children’s theater camps in the Philadelphia area and assistant directing at Kennedy Kenrick and Pope John Paul II. Katie is also a performer in Philadelphia and has worked at Walnut Street Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, The Centre Theatre and American Family Theatre, touring the U.S. with their original production of Beauty and the Beast. She has had the opportunity to perform in some of New York City’s finest venues including B.B. Kings, Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre and The Duplex. Katie also teaches private acting lessons and is a yoga enthusiast, currently residing in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with her husband, Jerry, and their daughter, Harper.
Kate has a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, a music education degree from Immaculata University as well as master’s degree in educational leadership. Kate has been teaching mathematics and music at Phoenixville Area High School off an on since 1999. She has served as vocal director, music director, director, and co-director for the spring musical productions at PAHS, Spring-Ford High School, and for several community theater groups. Kate has been teaching private voice lessons since 1999. In 2009, she aided in the foundation of Facetime Theatre and currently serves as its vice president and business director, as well as the co-director for its Summer Stage program. She has been a lead instructor at Facetime for several years. Kate has performed with Melange Theatre Live, Underbite Theatre Company and Society Hill Playhouse – all in Philadelphia – and she has also held both lead and ensemble roles in several local theater productions. Kate has been married to her husband, Matthew, a fourth grade teacher at Upper Providence Elementary School, since 2003. They live in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, with their three children – Josephine, George and Franklin.
Jessica has a degree in English education from West Chester University and a masters degree in educational technology from Wilkes University. She taught English at Owen J. Roberts High School for six years, and now she works as the educational director for Facetime Theatre, along with teaching classes and lessons, while she stays home with her daughter, Clara Beth. Jessica is a director and performer and has held both lead and ensemble roles in several local theatre productions. She has served as the musical director and co-director of the spring musicals at Phoenixville Area High School and Owen J. Roberts High School. Jessica has been a lead instructor and has been in charge of administration and curriculum at Facetime for several years. She is a co-director of Facetime Theatre’s Summer Stage program. Jessica serves on her church worship team and currently resides in Havertown, Pennsylvania with her husband, Ben, their daughter, Clara Beth, and their dog Heathcliff.
Amy received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Elizabethtown College, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Special Education from St. Joseph’s University. She works in the Phoenixville Area School District, while also teaching voice and beginner piano lessons at the Facetime studio, and directing the Summer Stage Kids production. She has been working in children’s theater for years; as a music director, orchestra pit conductor and musician, choreographer, and vocal coach. Amy frequently performs in local community theater productions, and sings with the Philly POPs Festival Chorus. She currently resides in Phoenixville.
Denise received a degree in music education from West Chester State College and taught music in the Coatesville Area School District for 33 years before retiring. She served as music director for countless musical productions in the Coatesville School District as well as Phoenixville High School. Denise is a private piano and voice teacher and has served as vocal instructor for the summer theater program at Chester Valley Dance Academy. She has served as musical director for numerous musical productions at local community theaters including Forge Theatre, The Barn, Barley Sheaf Players, and Playcrafters of Skippack. A lifelong resident of Phoenixville, Denise is actively involved in the community. She is an organist at St. Ann Church and is director of music for St.Mary of the Assumption Church. She serves on the Board of Forge Theatre and is on the Board of Directors of PACS (Phoenixville Area Community Services). She is actively involved in Julia’s Grace Foundation. Denise has organized and performed in numerous Broadway For Life cabaret benefits for The American Cancer Society as well as Murder Mystery Dinner Theater benefits for PACS. Denise is married to Ed (Wings) Wisneski and has one daughter, Christa Lee.