VANDY was one of the founding counselors of Carpe Diem, serving as Choreographer from 2011-2014. She currently works at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as the Coordinator of National Community Partnerships. There she supports the Any Given Child and Partners in Education programs, which help communities throughout the U.S. develop equitable arts education programs in schools, and provide professional learning in the arts for teachers, respectively. Vandy received her bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and her master’s degree in Theater Education from Emerson College, which focused on community engagement through the arts. Professionally, Vandy has taught English in Turkey and Morocco and worked for arts organizations such as WaterFire Providence, ArtsEmerson, and The Santa Fe Opera.
BRADY was one of the founding counselors of Carpe Diem, serving as Music Director from 2011-2014. He is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Artistic Administration, as the Administrator of the company’s prestigious National Council Auditions. Mr. Walsh judges for the Met throughout the United States and Canada, presents master classes, and hears young artists in screening auditions both at the Met and at various summer festivals across the country. In 2019, he was named a special guest for the finals of the inaugural Nicola Martinucci International Vocal Competition in Lucca, Italy and was a technician at the 2020 NATS National Conference in New York, where he co-presented with Melissa Wegner their workshop “The Self-Assured Singer”, as well as at SUNY Potsdam. A high school graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Brady went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Business and a certificate of Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. With regional and community theaters in the New York City area, he has performed such roles as Tateh (Ragtime), Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf (Into the Woods), Bill Sykes (Oliver!) and others. He is also an avid hiker and writer, with both screen and stage projects in development.
MR. SHAVER is a seventh grade English teacher at the Ballston Spa Middle School where he is also the producer and director of their drama club, Launching Pad Productions. Mr. Shaver worked at a day camp for two years during college and then spent another eight summers in Wisconsin as a counselor at Camp Timberlane for Boys. His love of camping and theatre drove him to create his own production company that would allow both worlds to collide, establishing the Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Kids programs. Mr. Shaver recently produced and directed Frozen Jr. with Launching Pad Productions.
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