Leadership Team

Marsha Robbins, M. Ed.Founder and Artistic Director
MARSHA is an experienced elementary school teacher and artistic director who combined her knowledge, skills, and talent in both disciplines to develop an innovative teaching form that helps children learn and apply serious content to real-world application. In addition to utilizing arts in education strategies to teach reading, writing, math, and interpersonal skills.

Marsha utilized documented research findings about drama and art helping children to develop personal and social skills along with her 8 years of classroom teaching experience to establish an educational arts company, Dramatic Education, Inc.

She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with ESOL and Gifted endorsements. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Management and has worked in all facets of the theater arena: teacher, director, stage and company manager, guest talent coordinator and lighting and sound designer. Marsha used her theater background in the classroom to motivate her students to learn, love learning, and make the connection to real-life application. Classroom success led her to a greater endeavor of transforming families by equipping children with skills to be cooperative participants and recipients in the parenting and schooling processes.

CORY comes to Dramatic Education with over 15 years of arts education experience and currently produces exciting and innovative arts content for youth of all ages. He is an award-winning performer and arts administrator that was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in 1999 and has trained and taught with Utah Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company, Orlando REP and Debary Children’s Theatre among many others. Cory holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Central Florida and currently works as the Director of Development for the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, FL.
JULIE is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre. She has been a working professional as a performer for the past 7 years, including such local venues as Walt Disney World, Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare’s Playfest, and TheatreZone (Naples). She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She has taught children’s theatre courses at Erie Playhouse Youtheatre (PA) , Summer Performing Arts Workshop (PA), Theatre South Orlando, and the New Academy in Windermere, and she is excited to bring theatre to life in the eyes of the kids of Dramatic Education!
CLARE has been a Teaching Artist for Dramatic Education since 2012. She has been part of the central Florida acting community for over 20 years. She has been a resident ensemble member at Art’s Sake Acting Studio in Winter Park since 2005. You might have also seen her in “I’m Saving it For Paul” at the 2012 Orlando International Fringe Festival, “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” with Baggy Pants Theater, “The Heidi Chronicles” at Mad Cow Theatre, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding Orlando, or one of the many Play de Luna’s at Art’s Sake. Most recently Clare can be seen in a national commercial for Mitsubishi Electric with golfer, Fred Couples.

Dramatic Education Teaching Artists

DAN BRIGHT joins Dramatic Education with over 30 years of experience as a professional film/theatre actor, director and teacher in the performing arts. He taught as an adjunct professor at Ringling College of Art +Design for 6 years, at Booker H.S., VPA in Sarasota for 3 and has coached and directed students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, James Madison University, University of Findlay, and young performers at Sarasota Youth Opera.

Most recently he appears in guest star roles in Drop Dead Diva, recurring costar role in Bloodline for Netflix, and The Vampire Diaries. In addition to his theatre and film acting credits Dan’s directing credits include productions for Mad Cow Theatre, American Stage, Regent University, University of Findlay, American Stage and Crystal Cruise Lines. He received his MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association.

SARA OLIVA is excited to join Dramatic Education. In Chicago Sara performed at Northlight Theater, Bailiwick Repertory, Mary-Arrchie Theater, Lifeline Theater, Backstage Theater Company, The Artistic Home, Walkabout Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, (where she originated the role of Monterone’s Daughter in their controversial production of “Rigoletto”) and several others. In New York she performed the role of Sicinius in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s “Coriolanus”, which was a NY Times Critics Pick. She also performed the role of Kristin with Vagabond Productions’ (Belgium) American premiere of “Miss Julie”, which was directed by BAFTA award winner Andrew Dallmeyer. Regionally, she has performed with The Berkshire Theater Festival, Double Edge Theater and Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Playfest).

Other favorite roles include “Agave” in The Bacchae, “Thyona” in Big Love and “Wanda” in The Waiting Room. Film and TV credits include As The World Turns, One Life to Live, The History Channel.

Sara received her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, studied movement at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, and has extensive training in Suzuki. She also studied at The National Theater Institute and with Roberta Carreri (Teatri Odin.)

DREW MASANGKAY is a graduate of Louisiana State University. During her time there, she earned her degree in apparel design and theatre. While living in Louisiana, Drew was fortunate enough to work for several theatre companies doing costuming. Following college she accepted a management position with Kohl’s Department Stores and moved to Melbourne, FL to pursue that job. Shortly after moving to Melbourne, Drew met the love of her life, moved to Orlando and started a family with her wonderful husband. After spending a few years at home as a mom to four amazing children she decided it was time to get back to theatre. Drew took her love of dramatic arts and her love for children and found Dramatic Education. It has been the most perfect fit for her ever since.

Drew is ultra crafty, excellent with children, very knowledgeable in all aspects of theatre, and has a bright personality. She currently teaches at Ridgewood Park, Keane’s Crossing, and Westbrooke elementary schools.

ALLISON STROUD grew up performing in community and church plays and musicals. She has a degree in Musical Theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has performed in over a dozen shows throughout South Florida. Most recently, Allison was the Drama Department Head at the Black Forest Academy in southern Germany for 3 years. She loves working with teenagers and watching them discover their love for the performing arts in preparation for a show. In her spare time, Allison enjoys working out, grabbing Starbucks with friends, and traveling.
MINDY WARD is a Central Florida based actor and teaching artist. Her passion for the arts and arts education has led her to be involved with many theatres and schools in the area. Mindy holds a Florida Educator’s Certificate in Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9 and Drama 6-12. When not teaching, Mindy is auditioning and performing. Some of her favorite roles have been: The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Milly Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Annie Oakely in Annie Get Your Gun.
ADDIE WORK graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in both acting and dramaturgy. She found her love for the theatre as a child participating in a children’s theatre program and is very excited to be in turn introducing children to the arts. She is excited to be working with Dramatic Education.