TCT Education Staff

Meet our knowledgeable and talented Academy teachers!

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Angelo Cerniglia, Education Director

Junior Theatre Festival, AcademyLIVE!, Improv

With a focus on strengthening the already indisputable reputation of TCT, Angelo brings with him the belief that an education through the arts helps to create a more complete person.  By creating a catalog of robust courses in the fine arts and extending the reach of TCT’s mission throughout the community, he aims to serve as many young artists as possible and provide opportunities to learn and grow through the arts.

Angelo has been so fortunate to work with some of the most talented professionals in the field and incredibly gifted young artists all over the country.  He is a contributing author in the first musical theatre education textbook, the iTheatrics Method, and piloted several new works with M.T.I. such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., and Xanadu JR.  

In 2017, Angelo was chosen as one of seven arts educators of the year and was the recipient of M.T.I.’s The Freddie G Teaching Award.  However, he is most proud of his art inclusion work with Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts and the introduction of an arts focused public school under the S.T.E.A.M. model.

He received his B.F.A. from Shenandoah Conservatory in Theatre for Youth Education and his M. Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts and Curriculum Design from Lesley University.

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Mark Femia, Academy Director

Voice, AcademyLIVE!

Mark is originally from southern West Virginia but now happy to be back in Cincinnati after traveling for the last 6 years. He is a familiar face in the city’s community theatre circuit, and a former drama and music teacher at Cincinnati Country Day School. In his spare time, he is working on learning to speak Italian and starting new music projects in the city.

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Miranda Bohannon, Early Childhood Education Manager

Page to Stage, Musical Theatre Medley, Drama Club, Music FUNdamentals

Miranda was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and now lives across the river in Northern Kentucky. When she is not here working her dream job, she can be found at the movie theatre with her husband watching the latest MCU movie, or at home snuggling their two cats. She will forever have a dream of being a Disney princess. Things that make her happy are baby ducks, driving through the car wash, receiving mail, and drinking coffee. She can also do an impressive duck call. 

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Kayla Sankofa, Academy Coordinator

Drama Club, AcademyLIVE!, Voice, Musical Theatre Dance

Kayla Sankofa is a Children’s Theater performance and STAR Camp alumni. She came to Cincinnati in 2001 where she began taking theater and dance classes at CCM Prep. She then went on to dance at The School for Creative and Preforming Arts from grades 4-12. After graduating with a BA in Modern Dance and studying arts administration at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved back to Ohio where she began teaching at STAR camps during the summers and also became a full time teacher/choreographer for Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy for 5 years. Currently, Kayla is enjoying serving as the Academy Coordinator with The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati. She also has involvement with both the TRIIIBE Foundation, a local non-profit organization working to help the less fortunate parts of our communities, as well as Imani Productions, a local Music production team that also focuses on artist management and event curation. Kayla has brought three beautiful children into the world that mean everything to her, two of which take classes at TCT already! She also gives credit to her incredibly supportive partner who always “waters her daily and watches her sunflower grow”.