Staff & Faculty

Staff & Faculty

Lori Oliver

Artistic Director & Founder

Lori Oliver

As a mother of two, Lori Oliver saw the need to act on her dream to create one place where children could grow their confidence and receive exceptional, classical training in the performing arts.

Lori’s vision and enthusiasm for learning is evident in all aspects of this not-for-profit organization from music and dance lessons to bright lights of the musical theater stage.

With a talented team around her, Lori focuses much of her time as director of NPAC’s musical theater program. Recent directing credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Seussical Jr, Newsies, Matilda and Frozen Jr.

Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Lori attended a school that specialized in the performing arts. She was in her first show, “The King and I,” at age five and continued with lead and ensemble roles through high school. Lori earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and psychology from North Central University in Minneapolis. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in educational psychology at Bradley University.

Lori Oliver has added her keen eye for direction to some of southwest Florida’s largest community events. For seven years, Lori directed a local version of “Dancing with the Stars” benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Collier County. She directed entertainment at the 2012 grand opening gala for the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, the 2013 American Girl Fashion Show, and the 2015 Patriot Pops performance at Artis—Naples among other big name events.

In the summer of 2015, Lori launched “I’m a Star” — the first-of-its-kind program which gives special needs children the opportunity to train in musical theater and feel the joy of performing on stage.

She credits her love for the performing arts from years of watching her mom direct a 100 voice choir at her dad’s church.

Lori is married to former NBC2 News Anchor Chad Oliver. The two met while partnering and winning “Best Dance” during the 2011 “Dancing with the Stars” for Literacy. The couples lives in Bonita Springs with two children, Allie and Luke, who both take part in NPAC’s Main Stage Productions.


Lily Jano

Chief Operations Officer

Lily Jano is very honored to be a member of the NPAC community. She comes from a background of business administration with a passion for customer service. She loves helping with improving the NPAC experience and watching students experience community through the arts. Lily’s greatest joy and motivation in life is her son, Jordan-Thomas. In her free time she enjoys entertaining, trying new restaurants, spending time with family, and taking Jordan-Thomas to enjoy the world. 


Jennifer Murray

Production Manager

Jennifer Murray has been involved behind the scenes as a volunteer at NPAC for many years, but is thrilled to finally be joining the team! You may remember her work from our 2016 production of Hairspray where she designed the costumes and set. Jennifer holds a BFA in Design/Technical Theater from Syracuse University and has been working in the industry for over a decade. She has worked in many different positions at various theater companies, including Costume Designer, Wardrobe Supervisor, Props Artisan, Development Coordinator, Event Coordinator and of course, a Production Manager. For the last five years, Jennifer transferred her skills and worked as a Design Assistant at one of the top Interior Design firms in Naples, Collins and Dupont Design Group. She is excited to use her education and experience to help take NPAC to the next level!  


Kody C. Jones

Associate Artistic Director

Kody C. Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Western Illinois University and Secondary Education and Acting degrees from University of Michigan-Flint. He has acted and directed professionally all over Chicago and the Midwest for the past fifteen years and served as the Artistic Director for Shawnee Summer Theatre in Indiana and The Stage at Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota. He served as a Resident Artist for Flint Youth Theatre for three years and taught with Chicago Public Schools, Arts for All, Lil Buds Theatre, and the American Theatre Company. He has also taught at Western Illinois University and Trollwood Center for The Performing Arts in Minnesota in addition to presenting professional workshops in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Michigan. Along with Teaching and Directing, Kody also serves as a Fight Choreographer for Florida Rep and other surrounding Theatre companies in Southern Florida. He is actively involved with (KCACTF) Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as well as SETC (South Eastern Theatre Conference) where he serves on multiple committees including the Chair of Acting Committee. Most recently, Kodi has directed over 25 different Education productions at Florida Rep, most notably helping conceive and direct three world premiere productions with long-time collaborator and Broadway Playwright, Eric Coble. Some of his favorite productions have included Refugee, Metamorphoses, and Spring Awakening. Kody is a proud member of (SDC) Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Union.


Kristina Adamski

Director of Dance/ Dance Instructor

Kristina Adamski comes to NPAC with a background in elementary education, a veteran studio owner, dance teacher, choreographer and competition judge. Kristina loves to work with students of all ages and ability levels. She specializes in Tap, Acro, Ballet and Jazz technique. She is the creator of the Prima Dance Curriculum for students and children’s book, “Today in Ballet”. Kristina is excited to be part of the NPAC family and looks forward to building “Pulse Dance”, a dance program for students ages 2 and up.


Robin Azzopardi

Administrator

Robin Azzopardi grew up in New York and started dancing at the age of 3. She became a student dance teacher by the time she was 12. She has performed in many shows and absolutely loves the world of performance! Robin attended Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT where she majored in Business Administration. Robin moved to Naples in 2008 with her husband Dave and 2 daughters, Julia and Sarah. Robin made her NPAC stage debut July 2021 in the production of Godspell as Lazarus. She looks forward to making her next stage appearance!


Dan Dickout, PhD., MMus.

Piano/Guitar/Viola/Violin/Vocal Instructor

Dan Dickout has a PhD in Behavioral Life Skills Counseling from International College of Behavioral Counseling and a Master of Music Degree from Boston University. He has taught violin, viola, piano and voice for over 40 years. In addition to years of private music instruction, Dan spent 12 years as Conservatory of Music Instructor at Norther Lights College in British Columbia, Canada, where he taught college level classes, conducted string ensembles and taught applied music. Dan has taught students of all ages and is known for his patience and quality results as a music teacher. Professional Memberships include: National Association of Teachers of Singing, Tampa Bay Chapter Member NATS, American String Teachers Association, Southwest Florida Music Teachers Association, Florida Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association.


Maria Engren

Vocal Instructor


Monica Cummings

I’m a STAR Program Coordinator, Front of House/Admin


Kelsey Byalikov

Dance Instructor/Office Coordinator

Kelsey Byalikov is originally from Kalamazoo, MI where she started dancing in her teenage years after being a competitive gymnast. As an award winning competitive dancer, she went on to attended The Ailey School in New York City where she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, horton, graham, theater dance, improv, partnering, west african and multiple other styles. This training lead her to a beautiful career of 12 years as a professional dancer!

Owing to Kelsey’s extensive training and talent, she has most recently performed with the National Tour of Hamilton, where she had the privilege of performing along side Lin Manuel Miranda in Puerto Rico! She was also seen in episodes of Saturday Night Live, The National Tour of Dirty Dancing, worked for companies such as Disney and Holland America Cruise Line, and performed in multiple shows throughout Las Vegas.

Kelsey is excited to share her knowledge and passion with the next groups of rising stars!


Kat Ebaugh

Dance Instructor/ Acting Instructor/ Vocal Instructor

Kat Ebaugh started her dance career as a young child at Joe Michael’s Dance Studio in Miami, FL. After moving to the west coast of Florida, she became a competitive dancer in jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Kat also performed in her college hip hop group, around Florida.

Kat attended the University of Miami Children’s Theater programs from elementary school all the way to high school. She also trained in Shakespearean and Historical Theater, starting at the age of 14 in Miami. As an adult, Kat still continues to perform in singing, dancing and acting all throughout Florida.

Kat has been teaching dance, acting, and musical theater for over 10 years in Southwest Florida and taught one year in New Zealand, specializing in teaching children ages 3 to 16.


Laurie Lyons

Piano Instructor

Laurie Lyons holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Music from Temple University. Her musical journey began with piano lessons at age 7. At age 12, she took up percussion, and later embarked on musical training and education that would lead to a career as a professional orchestral percussionist. She performed as a percussionist with the Naples Philharmonic for 21 years. Her career has included teaching and mentoring musicians of all ages and levels. She now works as a full time piano teacher. She also runs a non-profit organization called Zen & the Arts, which offers donation-based meditation classes to the community.


Steven Zvengowski

Piano/Guitar Instructor

Dr. Steven Zvengrowski started his music interests at the school where the movie “Fame” was based upon, the High School of Music and Art, NYC. He received a B.S. in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY; MM in music theory from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and Ph.D. in music education/music theory from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He is a senior professor and former associate dean and chair of the music department and director of the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. He is also an instructor of music at Blue Ridge Community College (Continuing Education Department and formerly Director of Education at the Brevard Music Center Summer Music Festival and Institute), Brevard, NC. He has taught all levels of music from elementary school to college that includes directing choruses and teaching classes in music education, guitar, piano, music theory, and music history. Steven enjoys teaching at NPAC and working with students of all ages from beginners to advanced.


Angelina Sozio

Vocal Instructor

Angelina Sozio is a hardworking and passionate vocalist with strong organizational skills, eager to entertain and educate others. Professionally trained singer from Orlando, Florida with internship experience in the education field and teacher certification in the state of Florida.


Front Desk Staff

Isabella Rosato

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