ANGELA HILLMAN, DIRECTOR OF CAPA, ACTING STRAND TEACHER
Ms. Hillman holds a Masters degree in Education from Cambridge College; a BS in Telecommunications and Film with a degree in Theatre, Communications and English, from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Hillman was the Livonia Teacher of the Year in 2006 and has been teaching since 1994. She has directed over 50 plays and musicals along with over 30 talent shows and has been a private vocal instructor for performers of all ages. Ms. Hillman has also directed community theatre at the State Wayne. Ms. Hillman is a proud 1986 graduate of Churchill High School and is so happy to be teaching at CHS where she made so many memories onstage as a student “way back in the day.” She was recruited for the CAPA program in 2011 and is excited to see the evolution of CAPA and the students who love to do what we do year after year. Ms. Hillman believes in the magic and self discovery of theatre and enjoys sharing that vision with students of CAPA every day. Peace, love, CAPA!!!!!
ANN FISHER, VOCAL STRAND TEACHER
Mrs. Fisher holds a Bachelors from Ball State University in Music Education, primary instrument voice. She earned her Masters degree in learning disabilities. Mrs. Fisher has been teaching for 22 years and began her career as a vocal music teacher in the Chicago area and Traverse City. She was the vocal music teacher at Franklin High School for 8 years and created the ground breaking curriculum for the Musical Theatre Workshop and Broadway Basics classes at Emerson Middle School where she taught for 13 years. Mrs. Fisher is excited to be on the CAPA staff and looks forward to the music and memories that will be made in the years to come!
WENDY KWIATKOWSKI, DANCE STRAND TEACHER
Mrs. Kwiatkowski holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College; a B.F. A. in Dance Performance with a Teaching Certification in Dance Education K-12 and Health 6-12 from the University of Michigan. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy she understands the drive and passion of the high school dancer. She has also performed with the great Baryshnikov. Along with directing the dance program for CAPA, Mrs. Kwiatkowski currently choreographs for Madonna University’s Lyric Theater program and directs the dance program for the Madonna University Musical Theater Summer Intensive. She is also certified in acrodance. Mrs. Kwiatkowski believes that it is possible to teach dance in a supportive yet rigorous environment, and she tries to bring her enthusiasm for all things dance wherever she goes.
MARIA CIMARELLI, CAPA ACCOMPIANIST
Mrs. Maria Cimarelli has a degree in vocal music performance and has facility in Italian, German, French and Spanish. Along with vocal training, Maria helps coach singers in foreign diction. Maria has appeared with the Detroit Symphony as a guest soloist, most notably at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Maria was cast in a Strauss opera that was produced in Detroit by the Detroit Symphony and recorded on London Records. Maria brings to CAPA a background as a professional singer and years of work as an educator at the college level. The Michigan Opera Theatre has been “home” for Maria for the last 25 years. As a singer-in-residence with the Department of Community Programs she has performed thousands of musicals and operas throughout Michigan and the Midwest. On Sundays, Maria sings and conducts the choral program at a Detroit area church. On Fridays, Maria is the director of music at a temple in the northwest suburbs. We are thrilled to have Maria on the CAPA staff!