TCT Education Staff
Meet our knowledgeable and talented Academy teachers!
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.
Mark Femia, Academy Director
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.
Miranda Bohannon, Early Childhood Education Manager
TCT Tots, Page to Stage, Musical Theatre Medley, Drama Club
Miranda grew up as the oldest sibling so it became somewhat second nature to be a leader / teacher; all while ever since she could walk and talk, she wanted to be in the spotlight as a star performer! She grew up babysitting and performing at every chance she got, so she had the dream and the passion to be an actress and a teacher from the very beginning. Miranda is honored to be “living the dream job” here at TCT specifically to share her passion of musical theatre to young people.
She received her Bachelor of Arts Communication degree, with a Specialization in Musical Theatre Performance from Bowling Green State University. In her time at BGSU she gained training and experience working at two daycare / preschool centers. Miranda went on to be a performer in children theatre productions at Cedar Point Amusement Park, was a full-time nanny through the pandemic, and gained training and experience working at Learning Grove as a preschool teacher in a Montessori style classroom. Miranda also previously taught early childhood dance classes at The Dance Coalition. You may remember her from before our in-person shut down when she taught classes, voice lessons, and summer camps part time here at TCT!
Miranda is currently building up our 18month – 3 years old curriculum and the classes we offer in our Academy. She continues to receive new training and is gaining certifications to teach new styles of early childhood classes. She likes to stay up to date herself; she will forever be a student. Her foundational thought to her teaching philosophy is, “How much can I love these students with the time I have with them?” Her goals are to create a safe environment for students to explore, experience, and enjoy! She is a proud educator who shares her love of theatre arts to her students, and to the families who support them.
Kayla Sankofa, Academy Coordinator
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”.