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

Director of Operations

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!  


Erica Sample

Director of Dance/ Acting Instructor/ Vocal Instructor

Erica Sample is an actor, dancer, singer, songwriter, director, and choreographer. She graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theater, after attending their New York City and Los Angeles campuses. A southwest Florida native, she has directed/ choreographed, assistant directed and choreographed several productions with The Naples Players and KidzAct. She has also worked at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater performing in their Children’s Theater, The Off-Broadway Palm, and their mainstage productions. She recently choreographed ‘Golden’ for Florida Repertory Theater, and frequently choreographs the musicals at Gulf Coast High School, where her work has received three Jimmy Awards so far. Recent credits include Linda/ The Wedding Singer, Roxie Hart/ Chicago, Judy Haynes/ White Christmas, Sister Mary Robert/ Sister Act, and Sophie/ Mamma Mia (The Naples Players). Maggie/ Kinky Boots, Charlotte/ Charlotte’s Web, and Darlene/ The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Broadway Palm Dinner Theater). Recent directing/ choreography credits include The Wizard of Oz, Frozen Jr., Madagascar Jr., Once On This Island Jr., Aladdin Jr., and Elf Jr. (KidzAct). Legally Blonde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Footloose, and Hairspray. (Gulf Coast High School).


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


Michael Lee Brown

Vocal Instructor

Michael Lee Brown was the alternate Evan Hansen, performing weekly as the title role in the six time Tony Award and Grammy winning musical Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. In addition to playing the title role, he covered the other two male principle characters (Connor and Jared), and is the first person ever to have performed all three roles on Broadway. Michael started performing at a young age, learning the business and working professionally from Los Angeles to New York City. A Marymount Manhattan graduate, Michael has performed in various regional theatre productions such as: Torch Song Trilogy at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC under the direction of the infamous director Michael Kahn. He has been seen on television in shows like “Happyish,” and live performances with the Dear Evan Hansen company at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and on “The Today Show,” where he and the cast received an Emmy Award. Michael recently released his solo EP, Way It Used To Be, comprised of his original songs, and produced by Matthew James Thomas (star of Pippin) and recorded at Duncan Sheik’s studio (Composer of Spring Awakening, Barley Breathing).


Joseph Brauer

Vocal & Piano Instructor


Monica Cummings

Dance Instructor


Adam Fasano

Dance Instructor

Adam Fasano is a native New Yorker who began studying gymnastics at 7 years old at Diamond Gymnastics in Poughkeepsie, NY and has studied dance at Hudson River Performing Arts Center In Fishkill, NY. He took free running/parkour more seriously in his teenage years and has performed acrobatics in a long list of local community musicals. Adam is a dancer, singer, actor, songwriter, martial artist, videographer, and audio engineer and is thrilled to be teaching acro for NPAC.


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.


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