Janet, a Broadway and television actress, founded THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL in 1993. A Yale University graduate, she made her Broadway debut in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS and appeared in several television series.
Ms. Adderley has worked extensively coaching young actors for television and film including Modern Family actress, Sarah Hyland, Dear Evan Hansen star, Ben Platt, Alicia Morton in the lead role of ANNIE for Disney and the Cheetah Girls for their film debut on the Disney channel. She currently coaches young actors on set for Disney and Netflix. She is a resident of Austin, TX and the proud mother of two amazingly gifted daughters.
Co-Artistic Director, Administrative Director, Lead Instructor, Choreographer, Musical Director
Having been raised by a community of performing artists, Alana’s undeniable love of music, theatre, and dance were developed by age five. She began her journey in musical theatre at age eight, having performed in countless musicals – her favorites including CATS (Grizabella), RUTHLESS (Judy Denmark / Ginger DelMarco), INTO THE WOODS (The Witch), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Mabel), WEST SIDE STORY (Consuelo), CHICAGO (Velma Kelly), and FOSSE A TRIBUTE (Sally Bowles). She has worked as a back-up dancer for Gwen Stefani and a featured dancer in LOVESTRUCK: THE MUSICAL (ABC Family) and ANNIE (the 1999 Disney remake). As a musician, she has performed with several incredibly inspiring artists her most memorable including David Foster, Katy Perry, Josh Groban, and Luther Vandross, and worked as a writer with the publishing department at Universal Music.
Although she still performs every now and then, Alana’s true passion lies in the artistic and emotional education of children. Their continued growth and the unbridled joy are what make her heart soar!
Musical Director, Band Leader
Akina Adderley is a vocalist, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and educator based out of Austin, Texas, and she is thrilled to join ADDERLEY each year for their spring production. Akina has assembled and conducted the pit orchestra as well as led SBYET and ARTE Austin's dazzlingly talented young performers in several shows, including HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, WEST SIDE STORY, OLIVER, GYPSY, HAIRSPRAY and LES MISERABLES. Akina has been teaching music, drama, choir, voice and piano lessons, and directing children in plays and musicals for over a decade, including two years and several summers at THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL. Her training in the ADDERLEY method combined with her background in choral conducting and band-leading make her especially well-suited to lead the music in SBYET & ADDERLEY’s impressive productions.
Akina’s educational background includes a BA from Yale University, graduation from New York’s LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (“the Fame school”) as a drama major, classical voice training at Manhattan School of Music, and post-bac studies in piano, music theory, and vocal performance at Mannes School of Music and The New School. In Austin, Akina fronts her own 9-piece soul band, Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys, sings lead vocals with jazz/folk/world band Nori, and sings backing vocals live and on recordings for a number of local artists. As an educator, Akina is currently the Director of the Fine Arts Department at ACE Academy where she teaches music and drama to gifted learners K-12.
California Administrative Director/Lead Instructor
Laurel has been teaching children for the past 7 years and couldn’t think of a better job! She graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater from California State University, Fullerton. She has taught in the LA, Orange County, and Seattle area. She is incredibly passionate about providing a nurturing and educational environment for children to thrive and discover who they are in. She believes theater skills influence life skills and loves to watch all her kids transform into happy, respectful, creative, confident young adults!
Nia Lancelin-Brantly is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She started her dance training at 2 years old and for the next 16 years performed in a number of dance shows, competitions, plays, and musicals. She started teaching at 14 years old and upon graduating high school was hired by the National Dance Alliance where she taught thousands of dancers in over 25 states for the next 4 years. In 2009 She received her BA in Theatre & Dance from the prestigious Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta she founded Let’s Dance where she held summer workshops in her hometown for 7 years, secured contracts with over 20 schools, and even had a partnership with the YMCA. Nia’s time in New York was spent working with awesome organizations like Brooklyn Ballet, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Riverdale Children’s Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Center, & Joffrey Ballet. She has choreographed/directed over 10 Disney musicals, was a part of the production team celebrating Lion King’s recent 20th Anniversary on Broadway, as well as working with the children’s cast in the newly revived Once On This Island on Broadway. Nia loves being the person to introduce new ideas to young students and potentially ignite a lifelong passion in the arts!
Leslie McDonel grew up in Dallas and has acted her whole life. Leslie moved to NY to pursue Musical Theater at AMDA and then graduated from the New School University. She comes straight to THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL from directing "Shall We Dance" for Transcendence Theater Co.'s Broadway Under the Stars series in Sonoma, CA. After having been a performer in the Original Cast of Green Day's "American Idiot" on Broadway, she went on to be the dance captain and play a lead role on the 1st National Tour, assistant choreograph the International Tour, and then direct and choreograph her own version of the show at Pace University. Other performing credits: "Hairspray" (Broadway and 1st National Tour), "Legally Blonde" (1st National Tour), and regional shows from Portland Center Stage to North Carolina Theater. Leslie has taught kids of all ages across the US, including for Take it From the Top (Laura Bell Bundy's Braodway Camp) and master classes at universities. So glad to be back in Texas!
Amber Hurst Martin is an accomplished singer, actress and performer. Classically trained in music and theater at Fordham College Lincoln Center, she’s traveled the world performing with Jesus Christ Superstar and Disney Cruise Lines. Amber has also taught musical theater at the Harlem School of the Arts and Barnard College’s Girl Scouts program. As an LA-based performer, she has sung at numerous venues around the city including The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Hotel Cafe. She is currently writing a solo music project and is on tour with the It Gets Better musical, a project of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The ensemble cast travels the country performing and working with children and communities on issues of bullying. Amber has the distinction of being one of the first female members in its 37 year history.
Administrative Assistant/ Lead Instructor
Brooke Mountain is a fusion of dance and business as shown with her two degrees from Chapman University, a BA in Dance Performance and a BS in Business Administration. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and returned post college to Austin to invest in her community. Professionally trained in a variety of style including: jazz, hip hop, contemporary, hip hop, modern, ballet, tap and cecchetti she brings a lot to the table. Brooke dances to express herself and more deeply make sense of the world around her. Continually trying to push her sunny demeanor Brooke worked as a Tormentor dancer for House of Torment. She uses dance to feel encouraged and be a part of a creative highly athletic community. She was asked to join and train with Renegades Dance Crew commuting every weekend to rehearse from Austin to Dallas as the youngest member shows Brooke’s dedication to her passion. Her crew were able to win 3rd place in the adult division of World of Dance Dallas. During college she single-handily managed Shieldwall Dance Company while in college. Brooke fundraiser 40 percent of company's revenue for this grass roots company in a single evening of performances and booked them at a multitude of well-known venues including Bootleg Theater and Highways in Los Angeles. Choreography is a huge passion for Brooke and she was able to choreograph three consecutive collegiate years. Also during her time at Chapman she performed on stage, her largest role being the leading lady as Mama in the piece Milene, Mama, and Me. Her goals is to work alongside dance businesses that are revolutionizing the dance industry. Mountain is thrilled to fulfill this goal and honored to be a part of the Adderley Family.
Clayton rejoins THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL after completing his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University, the oldest conservatory training, and the first degree-granting drama institution, in the U.S.
Born in Santa Monica, he grew up in Santa Barbara, where he first met (at twelve years old!) and began working with Janet, Alana, and the Adderley family… In the intervening years, Clayton has studied and performed internationally–notably at the Moscow Art Theatre, in both France and England, and in Kotor, Montenegro, and was awarded a Shakespeare Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Clayton is eager to bring classical East Coast conservatory methods home to the West Coast. Aside from his formal training in Pennsylvania, he was both a billed cast member and Fight Captain of the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Free Theatre in Massachusetts, and was admitted to two master strains of the National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. Working as an actor, coach, and instructor of speech, voice and movement techniques, Clayton has happily put down roots in Los Angeles, pacifically at home once again in California.
Danny Wirick is a vocalist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger in Los Angeles, He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Popular Music Performance, and a minor in Music Industry.
A northern California native, Danny has served as a music director and pianist for Broadway Bound Kids Musical Theater Company in Sonoma and Marin counties for eight years, He has shared stages with icons like John Fogerty and Chaka Khan, recorded at Capitol Records, and performed at such venues as The Troubadour, The El Rey Theatre, and Dodger stadium. Most recently, Danny has toured internationally as a back-up vocalist and keyboardist. He performs at venues all over the Los Angeles area and teaches voice and piano lessons.
Musical Arrangement & Trumpet Player
Erik Telford is an award-winner composer and trumpeter based in Austin, TX and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has performed as a leader or sideman on four continents with artists such as Bill Berry, George Bohannan, Maria Schneider, Joshua Redman, James Williams, Elias Haslanger, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, and Louie Bellson. He has been an artist at the Monterey, Montreux, North Sea, Melbourne, and Yokohama Honmoku jazz festivals.
Erik has been working with Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre and THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL for over 5 years.
Born and raised in Germany, Christian has been playing the piano since the age of 5. For 20 years he has been a musical director and musician throughout Europe and North and South America for such musicals as JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Disneyâ€™s THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (World Premiere Berlin, Germany), CATS (Berlin, Germany and North and South American Tour), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CAMELOT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, AIDA (Europe), WEST SIDE STORY (US Tour), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (US Tour), EVITA (US Tour), AVENUE Q (Cupcake Theatre Hollywood). Recently, Christian could be heard playing at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles in shows including WICKED, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and MAMMA MIA. He is now playing in the pit for the Broadway revival of CATS.
Christian holds degrees in Applied Piano Performance and Music Education from the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany.
Judy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and began playing the piano as a toddler. She went on to attend the prestigious Juilliard School of Music and later received her Bachelors degree in Music from SMU in Dallas, Texas. After her schooling, Judy moved to Los Angeles. Immediately she began musically assisting the likes of Michael Kidd, Gower Champion, Tommy Tune, Ron Field, Joe Layton, and Michael Bennett. At the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera she worked on many of the great American musicals produced by Impresario Edwin Lester.
Among them were ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Debbie Reynolds, MY FAIR LADY with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., CAMELOT with Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence, OLIVER with Karen Morrow, and MY ONE AND ONLY with Tommy Tune and Lucy Arnaz. Her television credits include Sun City Scandals with Johnny Carson, Hallmark Hall of Fame, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pinocchio with Danny Kaye, Sandy Duncan, and Charlotte Ray.