Gwen received her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from UNC-G, her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at LSU, and pursued further training in Manhattan.
Gwen then worked in Manhattan with Metropolitan opera singers, agents and conductors, traveled in Europe working for an opera conductor, and worked as personal assistant to a world renowned opera singer for the last 23 years. These experiences have been incredibly rewarding and have helped Gwen bring a fresh perspective to her voice and drama training. She considers her years of hearing and seeing the best the world has to offer to have been the most excellent and nurturing teacher of all.
Gwen served as choral director for the Charlotte Home Educators Association’s Carolina Youth Chorale for three years, and provided opportunities for these students to experience the joy of musical theatre. The CYC Players’ final production of Little Women was performed at Elevation Blakeney to great reviews.
She is excited to offer this unique set of classes at Eagles' Wings Studio. Dubbed by a colleague as the Ms. Frizzle of musical theatre, she loves unpacking the hidden voice and actor within. She considers it a privilege to nudge, cajole, throw pom-poms, and use comical torture devices so that a student can feel free to be silly or make ridiculous sounds in order to discover those hidden voices. Teaching a student is like leading him on a fantastic journey to seek a treasure chest, that once opened, becomes his inheritance forever.
Music is a powerful element in our lives and in the lives of all humans, and Gwen finds it exciting to share this with others. She says, "Have you ever noticed how we come fully equipped with our own exquisite instrument that identifies us and helps to define who we are and how and where we soar? Think of your mom’s voice…now make that voice sing. Smile!"
From a very young age, Karen fell in love with the performing arts. After graduating with a BFA degree in Dance from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, Karen set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Nordic Prince as a dancer for Greg Thompson Productions. Upon disembarking 6 months later, she moved to NYC where she continued to study dance. Eventually, Karen became a company member at the Light Opera of Manhattan (LOOM) where she performed in Naughty Marietta, HMS Pinafore, Give My Regards to Broadway, and The Pirates of Penzance. During this time she had the privilege of being under the musical direction of Todd Ellison. After completing her internship at LOOM, she was cast in Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s (CT) production of The Boyfriend and later, Sugar, for which she understudied the lead role of Sugar Kane. In addition to continuing her dance training, she also studied voice under Ron Cappon, took a musical theatre performance class with Larry Moss, and studied acting at Herbert Berghoff Studios (NYC). Karen is currently studying acting (Meisner Technique) with Kelley Hinman. She is delighted to be a part of Eagles' Wings Studio.
A 30+ year member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mavis has performed in just about every genre of the performing arts. For the past 3 years, she has been the Resident Teaching Artist for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, where she created the Pre- Professional and Musical Theatre training tracks for the SOTT Conservatory. She moved to Charlotte from Philadelphia where she taught Acting and Musical Theatre at the famed Walnut Street Theatre and Ballet, Pilates, and Acting for Dancers at the Rock School for Dance Education. Prior to that, she was the Acting and Movement instructor with the Alabama School of Fine Arts and an Adjunct professor of Ballet and Musical Theatre at Samford University - both in Birmingham, AL.
She began her career with Ballet, training at the School of American Ballet and coaching with Bojan Spassoff and Stephanie Wolf. She was a soloist with the Savannah Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, and the Cincinnati Opera before the acting bug bit her.
Mavis is a graduate from the Department of Theatre at UArts with a BFA in Acting. She was a member of the original Improv company at Walt Disney World’s Comedy Warehouse (the prototype for t.v.’s Who’s Line is it, Anyway?). Her nation wide performing career includes plays, musicals, cabarets, Performance Art, Renaissance Faires, commercials, and voice overs.
Favorite roles include: (Sally Bowls) Cabaret - Osceola Playhouse, FL.; (Wicked Witch of the West) The Wizard of Oz - 5th Ave. Theater, Seattle; (Leslie Gore, Petula Clark, Grace Slick) Beehive - Tacoma Actors Guild. She has performed and choreographed for Stage One - the Louisville Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, Birmingham Music Club, Alabama Shakespeare Company, and City Equity Theatre (for which she won the 2015 Broadway World’s Best Choreographer Award for Peter and the Starcatcher). She has written 4 one-act plays produced in Seattle and was commissioned to write and direct St. George and the Dragon (inspired by Edmund Spencer’s epic poem) for Red Mountain Community School in Birmingham. Mavis also teaches Acting/Physical Theatre/Voice and Musical Theatre intensives around the country. She has coached professional and aspiring actors, singers and dancers for many years now and loves to mentor passionate driven performers, share the joy of the work, and witness the “moments of awakening” in her students!
Guinevere Scully grew up in the green rooms and studios of theatres all over the Southeast. From a young age, she cultivated a deep love for all things Musical Theatre. She is a former pre-professional student at the prestigious Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA. While there, she trained under Bojan Spassoff, Stephanie Wolfe, Eva Szabo, and Natalya Lushina Zeiger. Prior to the Rock, she received RAD training with Catherine Fothergill, Tracey Alvey at the Alabama Ballet, and Shawn Black of American Ballet Theatre. She spent two Summer Intensives studying and performing various forms of musical theater dance, song, and acting under famed Broadway artists Terrence Mann, Charlotte D’Amboise, Mary Ann Lamb (Fosse/Robbins technique), Christopher D’Amboise and Kelly Crandall at Triple Arts. Guinevere has also trained in Broadway workshops with Adam Cates and Phil La Duca. Since moving to Charlotte, she has studied acting in the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s SOTT Conservatory track and has Dance Captained for CTC’s Main Stage productions: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Peter Pan, the Musical. Guinevere has also performed in the CTC premier production of Aflicted: Daughters of Salem. She is excited and feels truly blessed by this opportunity to hone her teaching skills with Eagles’ Wings! Ephesians 5:8-9