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Rebecca Leistikow
Program Director

Rebecca is a classically trained singer and theater director. For three consecutive Summers, she was co-director of The Kalepaedeia House’s Summer Shakespeare camp, and more recently was associate director of Wingspace Theater Company.  In 2009 she and Gina dreamed up the concept of Bootcamp, a retreat-based training program to get kids out of town and into the woods.  She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocal Performance, and has a passion for Early Music as well as Musical Theater.  She has performed around the New England area with the ensemble Music for Awhileappearing on Maine Public Radio's "Live at eleven" series, and the 2007 Boston Early Music Festival fringe concert series, and currently teaches voice in Ithaca, where she bases her music career.  Recent highlights include Bach’s ‘Coffee Cantata’ with Music’s Recreation, ‘Music from Shakespeare’s Time’ with Elizabethan Conversation, Max Buckholtz’s ‘Cyrus the Fleabag’ with The Onondaga Orchestra, and the role of Gretel in Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel an Gretel’ at the CRS Barn Studio.

Voice and Acting Coach
Assistant Choreographer

Geoffrey Peterson is a classically trained Baritone from Trumansburg, N.Y.  Geoffrey has studied voice at Ithaca College under the tutelage of Dr.Brad Hougham and Deborah Lifton.  He is currently studying with Steve O'Mara. An active performer, Geoffrey is a featured vocalist on Vitamin L's 2012  album
Sing for Dr. King.  Other recent performances include 1776 (Courrier) Handel's Messiah (Bass Soloist), and a guest appearance in the mini web series Sex, Drugs, and A cappella (Steven Wilson).

Peterson has also worked on numerous productions as a director, music director and vocal coach with Running To Places Theater Company, Melodramatics Theater Company, Risley Theater, Trumansburg Central Schools and 4H Camp Owahta.  Director Credits include Garbage by Helen Wyngard (TCS), Four Funerals and a Wedding by Maggie Magee (TCS), Disney's Cinderella Kids (4HCO), Disney's Aladdin Kids (4HCO).  Music direction includes Hair: The American Love Tribal Musical (Risley) Back to the 80's (TCS), bare: A Pop Opera (MTC), and Songs for a New World (Independent production).  In 2011, he co founded the 4H Camp Owahta Drama program, and served as its artistic director until 2013.  The program consists of an intense 3 week rehearsal process in which campers work to put on a fully staged one act musical.

Gina Amici
Co-Founder and Creative Director

Gina was originally trained in dance here in Ithaca, NY at the Ithaca Academy of Dance, and continued her training at both Binghamton University and SUNY Buffalo. She is highly praised for her directing, and was involved in both the Performers for Children Dance Theater in Binghamton, and the Armstrong School of Dance in Ithaca.  Gina is passionate about Musical Theater, choreographing musicals at Boynton Middle School and Ithaca Highschool.  As a writer and teacher of the English Language as well as a dancer, Gina’s connection to the intent of a musical number consistently delivers brilliant and unique choreography.

Pianist and Coach

Lindsay maintains an active performance career as a collaborative pianist in the Boston area with a specialization in vocal collaboration.  She dedicates much of her time to vocal coaching at The Boston Conservatory, where she helps prepare graduate voice students for
degree recitals, theatre auditions and opera productions.  She also holds a part-time faculty position at Boston College, where she acts as coach and lecturer within the music department.  Lindsay enjoys a busy teaching schedule at the Brookline Music School where she teaches private piano lessons, organizes department events, and accompanies student recitals.  A graduate of The Longy School of Music, Lindsay continues to collaborate as staff pianist with the graduate students in Longy's classical voice department.  Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Music and French from Boston College, 2005 and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance from Longy School of Music, 2007.
Lindsay has taught vacation programs with organizations such as Brookline Music School (Meet the Instruments, Suzuki Institute) and the New School of Music in Cambridge (Kids' Cabaret).  In the summer of 2012, Lindsay travelled to Arezzo, Italy to work as staff pianist with Oberlin in Italy's summer opera program. This summer, Lindsay's looking forward to launching her own musical theatre program at the Brookline Music School in August.  Lindsay spent her first year of college in Ithaca, NY and she is thrilled to return to the area for Bootcamp this summer!

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