Teri is the Owner and Dance Director of The Stage Door, and has had the privilege of dancing and teaching dance as a career for more than 30 years. Prior to The Stage Door, Teri owned and operated her first studio, Teri’s Dance & Baton Center. During her career as an instructor, she has trained under Mr. Rennie Davis of Youngstown, and many other renowned choreographers. She has attended and completed her training to teach dance through the Dance Masters of America Organization. As an educator, Teri has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of dancers in workshops, clinics, performing arts schools, dance lines, show choirs, pre-schools, and theatre productions. Her studios have served as a supportive and encouraging training ground for aspiring dancers since 1980. Many of her students have gone on to pursue dance careers on Broadway, Disneyland, amusement parks, cruise ships, and other professional dance lines and companies in New York City and Los Angeles. As an educator, Teri is dedicated to teaching the importance of training in all aspects of the performing arts, giving the student more freedom to explore the joys of dance, acting, or singing. Her goal, along with the rest of The Stage Door staff, is to become a training ground for the Triple Threat performer and instill the love and excitement of the wonderful world of the performing arts into each student and the community.
Shirlee Simon, from Youngstown, Ohio, began dancing at the age of three. She attended “Teri’s Dance & Baton Center” known today as “The Stage Door Dance & Theatre Arts Academy”, under the direction of Teri Nobbs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is trained in all styles of dance with a concentration in Ballet, Jazz and Modern. In 2008, Shirlee moved to New York City where she pursued teaching, choreography, and performance. After settling down from auditioning and performing, Shirlee decided to take her love and knowledge of movement and the body to a new level. She became an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer. For the last three years Shirlee has worked for gyms and private training companies all around Manhattan. Shirlee believes you learn, grow, and get better at what you do through experience and is grateful for being able to work with such diverse clientele. Shirlee is driven by her passion for strength, movement, fitness, health, and energy. Her areas of focus include, strength training, cardio, weight loss, functional training, diet and nutrition and kettle bells. She is a lover of Dance, Spartan races and Power lifting. She is dedicated to providing motivation and goal driven programs and looks forward to helping clients become happy and healthy inside and out.
As Theater Director, Rob Morris will teach many classes in acting, stage, and theater at The Stage Door. In addition to instilling an educational curriculum in theater, Rob hopes to promote an overall love for the arts in our community. Since joining The Stage Door, he has directed our performance of The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland in 2016. Rob has an extensive career in theater, and has a repertoire of acting, directing, and participating in many shows over the years. He directed White Christmas at The Main Street Theater in Columbiana and will be directing The Music Man at the Youngstown Playhouse in September. He also will direct The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe at Main Street Theater in December. His roles include:
- "The Passion Play” as Jesus (Highway Tabernacle Church)
- "Shrek" as Lord Farquaad (Main Street Theater)
- "Shrek" as Lord Farquaad (Kent State University – Trumbull Summer Stock)
- "It's a Wonderful Life" as George Bailey
- "The 39 Steps" as Clown 2
- "Scrooge the Musical" as Bob Cratchit
- "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" as Inspector Plotnik
- "The Sound of Music" as Max Detweiler
- "Hairspray" as Corny Collins
Rachel Ruggieri (Acting/Dance Instructor) is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She is trained in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Modern Dance. She is also trained in both stage and film acting. She has recently been seen in plays and musicals such as The House of Blue Leaves, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray to name a few. In 2016, she won Best Actress in the Cleveland 48 Hour Film Project for her role in Family 13 Production’s “A Quiet House.” Rachel is represented by Docherty Model and Talent Agency in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Through her agency she auditions for commercials, films, and photo shoots. When she is not acting or dancing, you can find her making and drinking coffee as she also works as a barista! As an instructor, Rachel is excited to motivate her students to be the best they can be. She will give them the tools they need to enhance their talents while teaching them life lessons to excel in all aspects of their lives. She looks forward to working with all of you! =
Margie Rapp, began her dance training in New Castle, PA, at GiGi's Studio of Dance, under the direction of GiGi Hartman-Hazen. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is trained in all styles of dance with a concentration in Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Modern. After college, Margie traveled to New York City, where she performed and continued her study of dance. She teaches and choreographs in various places throughout Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, including Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH), Thiel College (Greenville, PA) and Hickory High School (Hermitage, PA). Miss Margie is always excited to add members to her dancing family, and looks forward to sharing the love of ballet!
Kyle Primous, a graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in Drama and Dance, has danced with and/or taught at Cleveland School of Dance, Lorain County Community College, Ohio Dance Theatre, Canton Ballet, Oberlin College, The University of Akron, Pittsburgh's Dance Alloy, Footpath Dance Co., at Jacob's Pillow and on the Drew Carey Show. He's directed and/or choreographed plays and show choirs including: South Range HS and Elementary School choirs, Rocky River HS Show Choir, The Wiz, The Sound of Music, Trees of Hope, Once on this Island, LCCC's Serendipity III, Centerfest's Sneak Peak, the world premiere of Full Moon, Steelbound, The Odyssey, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Treemonisha and Famous Orpheus. A member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Mr. Primous' film and regional credits include: Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio (Friendly mechanic); Fun Size (Dancer); I Love You Because (NYC Man), 14th Street Theatre; Peaches, Plums and Pontifications (Ensemble), Cleveland Playhouse & 651 Arts;The Hostage (Princess Grace), Center Stage; I Could Stop on a Dime and get Ten Cents Change (Ensemble), Cleveland Playhouse and Center Stage; other stage credits include: Dreamgirls (Jimmy), Cain Park; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch), Beck Center; Yellowman (Eugene), Karamu House; The Wiz (Uncle Henry/The Wiz), Cain Park; Dreamgirls (Curtis), Cassidy Theatre; Wonderland (Lead vocalist), Ohio Theatre; Ragtime (Coalhouse), Cleveland JCC; Five Guys Named Moe (No Max), Beck Center; ODT's Journey, (Ensemble); Parade (Jim Conley), Beck Center; Full Moon (Mercer), Dobama; truth (Dance), Dobama; and Mule Bone (Dave Carter), Karamu House. An unparalleled entertainer and performer, Kyle's dynamic 3½-octave vocal range has been heard in many northeast Ohio bands, Europe, Hawaii, at Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Playhouse, Jacobs' Field, Cleveland Opera, The Tri-C Jazz Fest and throughout the Caribbean. Currently, Mr. Primous fronts the bands K Street and The K Street Trio. Yet, his greatest accomplishment to date is that of husband to Michelle and father to Kaden, Eliza, Jakob, Rylen and Ellah.
Jenny has been dancing since the age of 6 yrs and has trained in most all dance subjects. She has fallin in love with and has developed a program in dance, fitness, and technique which caters to adults of all ages! Her passion is to help anyone and everyone get back their passion for movement and realize you're never to old to dance! She lived and taught in New England for the past 15 years. Jenny brings to the Stage Door a wonderful program for dance through fun, energizing, exciting, movement for any students young and old alike!
Jacquelyn is extremely excited to work with the students at The Stage Door, and looks forward to sharing the talent she’s honed throughout her young, yet impressive career. Since she was three years old, Jacquelyn has trained in a variety of dance disciplines, including ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop. She has an extensive background in competition, and has earned several first place awards at the regional and national level. A 2015 graduate of Liberty High School, Jacquelyn will pursue a degree in fashion at YSU. At The Stage Door, she will teach in all genres of dance and specialize Lyrical, Contemporary, and in hip-hop for all ages.
Ian Clark Hip-Hop/ Dance Hall
Ian Clark was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He was exposed at a very young age to dance and took to it naturally. At the age of 14 he started dancing and performing hip-hop and dance hall all over and started his own performance troupe. He has had the privilege of performing and teaching at many studios and conventions, and workshops across the United States. We are super excited to have him be on our faculty at the Stage Door. he brings "NEW RHYTHM" to the area and has a unique energy that is contagious!
As a part of The Stage Door, Chloe looks forward to teaching the sport of baton to the next generation of twirlers. Chloe started competitive twirling and dance at the age of 5. Baton twirling gave her many opportunities to travel around the country, as well as the world going to many competitions. She won many state, national and world titles, which include Miss Majorette of Ohio, Miss Majorette of the Great Lakes, Miss Majorette of America, and Grand National Twirling Champion. She qualified for the United States Twirling Team three times, when she traveled to Holland, Belgium and Switzerland and won multiple silver and bronze medals. A native of Niles, Chloe was the feature twirler at her high school, as well as the University of Kentucky.