Theater Dance And Musical Theater Bios


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.

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.

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. 

Theresa Diaz-DiLallo

Theresa Diaz-DiLallo graduated cum laude from Queens College with a BA in Dance and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Theresa has performed nationally and internationally with the Circle of Dance Repertory Co. for over two decades and is currently artistic director. She has also danced with Patricia Kenny Dance Collection and the Dany Holdstein Dance Company. Over the years she has had the pleasure of working with choreographers: Nancy Brier, Carl Paris, Diane McCarthy, Jennifer Weaver, Ben Munisteri, Orion Duckstein and Patricia Kenny Reilly to name a few.

Ms. DiLallo teaches Modern, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Tap at several Long Island studios and enjoys sharing her love of dance with students beginner to advanced. Theresa is also a teaching artist for Circle of Dance bringing dance to students in elementary schools throughout Queens and Long Island. Theresa has taught workshops for school teachers on how to integrate movement into the academic curriculum, based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences at Dellecave Institute and Dowling College. During the spring of 2016, Ms. DiLallo was faculty at Nassau Community College teaching Modern Dance to dance majors.