Theater Dance And Musical Theater Bios


Melanie Wildman

Melanie Wildman is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Pace University, located in New York City. She attended Boston Conservatory as a Musical Theater Major as a Freshman, but was swept away to join the tour of West Side Story as Anybodys She performed in "West Side" in over 40 countries in the US, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Monte Carlo, Naples, and over 20 other different European cities. Melanie recently returned from London performing on the West End in the Broadway Musical, "West Side Story". Melanie can be seen on the 10th season of "So You Think You Can Dance," as a Top 40 contestant.

Jerome Vivona

Artistic Director: Jerome Vivona began his training on Long Island as a ballet dancer eventually landing in Ali Pourfarrokh's class in Port Washington. Shortly afterwards he was accepted on Scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and made his debut with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group. During that time Jerome was highly sought after for his portrayal of the Blue Bird in the pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty. He was then cast as the Nutcracker Prince in the New Jersey Ballet's holiday production under the direction of Carolyn Clark and Edward Villella. As a Soloist with the NJB he had the privilege of working with Agnes DeMille on "Rodeo", was cast as the lead in Robert North's "Let's Go South" and danced in Antony Tudor's "Jardin aux Lilas" among others. Jerome would then travel to Edmonton, Canada to join the Alberta Ballet under the direction of Ali Pourfarrokh. While there he featured in both new works and classic ballets such as: "Games", "Tango", "Coppelia" and the Nutcracker. He moved next to California to dance with the Oakland Ballet under the direction of Ronn Guidi. Jerome was featured in many new and contemporary ballets including the world premieres of "Gypsies" and the reproduction of the Nijinsky ballet "Le Train Bleu" featured in Dance Magazine. He returned to the NJB and began auditioning for Musical Theater. His first role was that of Paul in A Chorus Line at the Bucks County Playhouse, which led to him being cast in the National Tour of Jerome Robbins' Broadway where the legendary Jerome Robbins himself rehearsed him. Jerome then joined the Paris Company of West Side Story. Returning home, jerome toured the US and Japan in Guys and Dolls Directed by Jerry Zaks and Choreographed by the late Chris Chadman, starring Lorna Luft. Jerome made his Broadway debut in the same show starring Nathan Lane. Soon after, Jerome opened on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying Directed by Des McAnuff and Choreographed by Wayne Cilento, starring Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Stamos. As Dance Captain, he took the show on the road with Ralph Macchio. Jerome assisted Wayne Cilento on his next Broadway project Dream, a Johnny Mercer Musical starring Leslie Ann Warren. Jerome went on to feature in the original Broadway casts of Seussical, the Musical Directed by Oscar Winner Rob Marshall and Choreographed by Tony Winner Kathleen Marshall, and then Kiss Me,Kate Directed by Tony Winner's Michael Blakemore and Kathleen Marshall. Jerome was then featured in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, directed by Tony Winner Scott Ellis and Choreographed by Tony Award Winner Rob Ashford, and starring the Emmy and Tony Award Winner David Hyde Pierce.

During that time, Jerome went on to become an award winning Director/Choreographer staging such shows as: How to Succeed…, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Footloose and The Producers. While also writing/directing and choreographing the original shows An American Canteen in Paris and Spotlight Broadway for the James L. Nederlander Organization and Celebrity Cruise Lines, respectively.

Francesca Carillo-Vaccino

Francesca Carillo-Vaccino is a dancer and choreographer from New York. She was a member of MadCap Contemporary Dance Company and has trained extensively with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Film credits include "At the Top of the Pyramid" and "Don Peyote" Favorite stage credits include the role of Velma Kelly in the Broadway fundraiser at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. In addition to her performing credits Francesca has taught and choreographed at studios throughout New York. She was the lead choreographer and Assistant Director of the North Shore Summer Theater Program in 2015. She has also worked with recording artists choreographing and directing live performances and tours. Francesca is proudly represented by MSA agency in New York and LA.

Bill Holland

Bill Holland’s musical career includes expertise in popular, classical and Broadway music. He has served as musical director for more than 100 productions showcased by Hofstra Gray Wig, Hofstra USA Productions, the Huntington Township Theatre Guild and various regional theater companies. He has been the orchestrator for the Long Island Symphony and Merrick Symphony Orchestra and has been accompanist for clarinetist, Stanley Drucker, of the New York Philharmonic. Bill has been the musical director for ATDW for almost 18 years.

Alyssa Pitaluga

Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga hails from Long Island and has been dancing since she could crawl. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop. Classically trained by Ali Pourfarroukh, Kristen McGrew and Katherine Healy at American Theater Dance Workshop. Alyssa was Captain of Oceanside High School Dance Team. She attended various intensives which include Larry Keigwin, Limón, EMIA’s Life Dance Co., Amy Marshall, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Briansky Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and American Theater Dance Workshop and more recently the Joffrey Ballet on full scholarship. A graduate of the Adelphi University Dance Department, Long Island Dance Project and Jazz Roots Dance Co. Credits include Dance Adelphi, Jazz Roots Dance-Jazz on the West Side, Two World’s Nutcracker-Columbine Doll, Snowflake, Spanish and Flower, Eglevsky Ballet-Sleeping Beauty-Bluebird soloist, excerpts from Paquita, La Bayadere and Coppelia and Divine Rhythms Dance- Snow Queen and Sugar Plum soloist. Alyssa recently completed a teaching internship with Ballet Hispanico.

Ashley Amber

Ashley Amber Haase grew up in Nebraska, and attended the American Theater Dance Summer Workshop at Hofstra when she was just 13 years old. Ashley was seen on Broadway in Evita, Promises, Promises, Cry Baby, Curtains,The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up, The Boy From Oz, Aida, Dance of the Vampires, and A Christmas Carol. Ashley toured in productions of The Producers, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Fame. Ashley was in the cast of the pre-Broadway workshop of Dirty Dancing.

Michelle Vivona

ATDW Artistic Director Michelle Vivona has performed on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, How To Succeed…, Gypsy (Tyne Daly), Anything Goes (Patti LuPone), and Sweet Charity (Dir. Bob Fosse). National Tours include: How To Succeed…, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street and On Your Toes. Michelle toured Europe with West Side Story and as Peggy Sawyer in Broadway Tonight! She has appeared in music videos, as a Westinghouse Babe on Late Night with David Letterman, One Life to Live, numerous national commercials, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Today Show, and was directed by Woody Allen in Zelig. Michelle was also a Radio City Music Hall Rockette.

Danielle Aliotta

Danielle Aliotta is a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer based in NY. Danielle was first inspired to start performing at eight years old after seeing Cats on Broadway with her mother and grandmother. Since then, she started intensely training in dance, music and theater throughout her academic career. She recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance concentrating in Voice Performance and Choreography from Goucher College. Along with her collegiate dance studies, Danielle intensively studied music, specifically musical theater and opera. She completed her senior voice recital entitled “My Favorite Things”. Her training at Goucher also offered her the opportunity to study dance and music abroad in London for a semester. Choreography had sparked Danielle’s interest prior to attending college when she first choreographed her school production of High School Musical. She then went on to choreograph two original musicals in high school as well. Throughout her 4 years at Goucher, she had the opportunity to choreograph the ballet section for the main stage opera production, along with her own original work. Danielle aspires to perform on Broadway and the West End. She would like to thank her family, friends, mentors and coaches for supporting her on her journey to pursue her dreams! Danielle is an Alumni of ATDW.

Victoria Casillo

Victoria Casillo most recently appeared in West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theater Tony Award. Other recent credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Randy Skinner Choreography- Ogunquit Playhouse at the Portsmouth Music Hall), Anything Goes (North Shore Music Theater), Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theater, Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival, and others. Victoria performed as a solo tap dancer for the national MAC Cosmetics "Hey, Sailor!" campaign, and also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.

A Long Island Native, Victoria began her dance training at the American Theater Dance Workshop under Broadway veterans Michelle and Jerome Vivona. She received continued training at the School at Steps on Broadway under Leslie Browne, Lisa Harvie, Lisa Lockwood, and Debbie Roshe. In 2015, Victoria graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Empire State College. She is currently based in New York City.