Teaching Artists

 Meet our Teaching Artists!

Our team is composed of highly qualified teaching artists and dedicated educators who are passionate about working with children in the performing arts.



Michelle Harmon BrunoMichelle Bruno

Michelle is a WATCH nominated director and actress. She has performed and directed in the DMV area for the last 10 years. Some of her favorite roles are as Sarah in Ragtime, Armelia in Ain’t Misbehavin‘, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat and Mama Euralie in Once on this Island.  Favorite directing roles are for Communicating Doors, Inventing van Gogh, and of course, musically directing  Bugsy Malone Jr. here at Children’s Theater of Annapolis.




José de la MarJose2

José has been an active member of the local theatre scene for many years now. He is a professional actor working on local films, commercials and industrials. The most recent role for José has been that of “stay-at-home dad” to his son, Lucas and daughter, Liana. Theatrically speaking, José has performed with or directed for Do or Die Productions, Spartan Lyrical Society, Bowie Community Theatre, 2nd Star Productions, Musical Artists Theatre, Merely Players, Spotlighters … just to name a few. He has also taught several classes and workshops + directed five shows right here at CTA!



Laura Mueller

Laura Mueller is a teacher and piano accompanist for the AACPS Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program, where she has music directed Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once on this Island, Urinetown and Into the Woods. Outside of her school schedule, Laura performs frequently with local musicians as a piano accompanist, music directs various children’s theatre pieces, and performs in the pit orchestra for regional theater companies. Laura was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2015 for her music direction of Dani Girl. She most recently music directed Godspell at Infinity Theatre Company.



Megan Murphy

Megan received her BA in Musical Theatre from James Madison University & has also trained at HB Studios, TVI Actor’s Studio, Broadway Dance Center, plus Joy of Motion Dance Center.  She has performed professionally with Equity & regional theaters, as well as many theme parks including Walt Disney World Entertainment, Busch Gardens, & Hershey Park.  Performing as a singer & dancer on Norwegian and Commodore Cruise Lines, enabled her to see six out of seven continents doing what she loves to do. Megan has been a spokesmodel and cast in TV/Film spots for FAO Schwartz, Lean Cruisine, & Johnson and Johnson. The past fifteen years she has choreographed and directed for numerous elementary, middle, & high school productions; directed Pippi Longstocking  (CTA) plus Beauty and the Beast (Severna Park Middle School & Calverton School), and conducts many masterclasses and workshops for children. Currently she directs & manages her own Musical Theater Company through Design In Motion dance Studio. In her spare time she loves playing with her 3 year old twin boys & continues to have fun with her birthday party business, Curtainup4kids.



Tiffany ShannonTiffany Shannon

Tiffany Shannon has been studying dance & theatre for over 30 years. She has performed professionally in MD & VA by the age of 10. She has trained at Towson University, The Studio Theatre in DC, AACC, Palomar College and CA University in San Marcos. She has performed on many stages and has been teaching voice, drama & dance for the past 15 years.



Broadway Connection


Broadway Connection Teachers are the stars of every Broadway tour, Broadway production, dancecompany, film, TV show and regional theatre production. They are the most in-demand teachers, choreographers and performers who are excited to educate and inspire performing arts students worldwide. During Broadway Connection Master Classes & Workshops, our teachers share insider information on Broadway shows, help students polish their dancing, acting and singing technique and provide insider advice on training, education and the pursuit of Broadway dreams. Students everywhere can learn their true potential and be a part of the “magic” of Broadway!