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!
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Emma Center has been following her passion for musical theatre since preschool when her grandmother would play a Sound of Music cassette tape on the drive home from school everyday. Emma began her performing arts training at The Houston Academy of dance at the age of five, and went on to receive her BFA in Acting from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2018. She performed in many main stage productions while at UT, and assisted in the choreography for shows at UT and middle and high schools in Austin. Emma is now a resident of Los Angeles, pursuing a career as an actress while being a part of the ADDERLEY family.
She has been teaching and working with children in many ways for the past seven years, including teaching children’s dance classes, choreographing for middle and high school productions, and directing musical theatre camps for student with special needs. Her passion for performing is only matched by her love for sharing that passion with courageous, compassionate, young performers, who inspire her everyday to be a better and braver version of herself. Emma believes that above all else, the theatre is a space to build empathy and an understanding of the people and world around us, and to teach children the art of musical theatre is to encourage a future full of thoughtful, caring, intelligent, and charismatic people.
Courtney Fortner has BFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She recently moved to LA in January of 2019! She is an experienced director and performer trained in musical theater voice technique, tap, ballet, and jazz dance, and theater and film acting. She is also a board member of a theater company, teaches tap and ballet, and performs improv and sketch comedy! She absolutely loves teaching at Adderley, and her favorite musical is Hamilton!
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.