Kirsten Almeida is the Founder/President of Star of the Day Event Productions. She started performing at just 18 months old and hasn't stopped for thirty-seven years. She has toured all over the United States, performed on and off Broadway, in films and soon her first TV Sitcom. Kirsten is a private arts educator when she is not on stage. Other interests include Relay for Life, Cats, Cooking, Reading, Sewing, and making lasting memories with her husband, Mickey. For Beth always!
Tehya BerknerT is a huge fan of all things music! She graduated from the Performing Arts charter high school in Bethlehem majoring in Vocal Music. She was very involved in Catasauqua's High School's drama club. Second to music is her passion for working with the elderly, and is currently working towards a career in music therapy. Tehya is thrilled to be apart of the Star of the Day family and cant wait to see what wonderful events the future with the company holds!
Melissa Bilza is a junior at Easton Area High School. She is an ardent member of several choral ensembles, and has participated in many competitive vocal competitions. You may have seen her in various musical productions, in performances with a talent development program called Lehigh Valley Idol, or perhaps singing the National Anthem for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Melissa plans to attend Boston University, with a dual-major in journalism and vocal performance, for she aspires to pursue both her passion for writing and singing.
Wendy Borst is an active part of the performing arts community in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to singing with Star of the Day, she is a member of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, with whom she has sung at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and The Kennedy Center. She has also been seen on many local stages--most recently as Rona Lisa Peretti in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and Sarah in "Company". Always wanting to share her love of music and theatre with others, Wendy spends her days as a music teacher, church choir director and director of the Young Artists Studio summer camps at The Pennsylvania Playhouse.
Marissa Brewer is a freshman Musical Theatre major at DeSales University. She has been performing since a very young age and has loved singing for as long as she can remember. Her performing career really took off once she started her freshman year at Bethlehem Catholic High School where she featured in many of their shows. She has been singing with Star of the Day for a little over a year now and was 2013's Senior Champion in the annual Raise Your Voice Scholarship Competition. Marissa made her debut at DeSales University this past fall in Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration! Outside the theatre, Marissa found a love for photography and is also working on expanding her career as a photographer.
Andrea Cartagena is involved in numerous productions as a performer, technician, stage manager, choreographer and director: some favorite past roles include; Joanne - Company, Jeanie - HAiR, Mae Peterson - Bye Bye Birdie, Queen Aggravain- Once Upon A Mattress, Reno Sweeney - Anything Goes, Bloody Mary - South Pacific, Stella Deems - Follies, and Ethel Merman - Cole Through The Night an original Cole Porter musical. Ms. Cartagena is the new Entertainment Coordinator for Star of the Day and is thrilled to be part of such a thriving community of theatrical opportunities.
~ For Marc ~
Ryan Doncsecz has been performing with Star of the Day since June 2014. Ryan graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Music Education, vocal performance focus. He is a founding member of Star of the Day Day's 'The Frat Pack'. Ryan has performed in community theater all over the Lehigh Valley. Recent/favorite roles include Aaron Fox (Curtains), Leaf Coneybear (Spelling Bee), and a Gangster/Pastry Chef (Drowsy Chaperone).
Nina Elias has been a featured singer with Star of the Day since May 2012. Since then she's performed in a number of cabarets, headlined her own in 2013, and performed in SOTD's full-scale production of A...My Name is Alice and other revues and concerts. Other favorite roles in the Lehigh Valley theater scene include Olive Ostrovsky in ...Spelling Bee, Amy in Company, and Housewife in Assassins. By day, Nina is the Assistant Beauty Editor at Prevention Magazine and Prevention.com at Rodale. For Gramma.
Brian Foley, originally from Monmouth County, NJ, caught the performance bug at an early age. While still in high school, Brian helped to found a successful musical theater program at a dance studio in the Pocono’s where he taught for five years. After graduating summa cum laude from East Stroudsburg University, he became a theater teacher at Arts Academy Charter School. In addition to teaching theater at AACS, Brian is the director and choreographer of their Show Choir and annual musical revue, and he is a vocal instructor for Civic Theatre of Allentown. Brian has performed locally, regionally, and abroad, and has served as a director, musical director, and choreographer for various college, high school, middle school, and community theater productions. For many years he was also the production manager, dance captain, and featured singer/dancer at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort.
Ashley Godshall_ studied vocal performance at PSU and Muhlenberg College. She currently spends her time performing with the non-profit gospel choir Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, playing weddings and events with the fabulous CJSteinway, and enjoying her experience with Star of the Day Event Productions! For information or CDs, please visit www.ashleygodshall.com.
Janis Greim is thrilled to be joining her 4th consecutive season as a featured singer with Star of the Day Event Productions. Along with multiple Cabarets and benefit concerts with SOTD, she was thrilled to play a principal role in their first full-scale production of A...My Name is Alice. Most recently, you might have seen her as Diana in Civic Theatre's production of Next to Normal. Other previous roles include Maureen in Rent; Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Velma Kelly in Chicago; Female #1 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The Witch in Into the Woods. When she's not on the stage, she splits her time equally (because she's a Libra) between 2 other life ambitions - by day, a Speech-Language Pathologist Specializing in Geriatric Rehab & Dementia Education, and....later in the day... a competitive triathlete with Endurance Multisport. Thank you to Sandra and Andrew for being life-changers.
Kristie Lauren is a graduate student of Speech/Language Pathology at Temple University and enjoys performing whenever possible. Her resume includes weddings/funerals, singing telegrams, community theater, and various choral ensembles. Kristie is thrilled to be a part of Star of the Day for a third year. She would like to thank her friends and family for their unending love and support. "Never quit singing!"
Brian McKay is a Lehigh Valley native. Brian's love affair with singing began when he first got drafted into chorus at Allentown Central Catholic High School. After a stint studying classical voice at Moravian College, Brian took a break from music to focus his energies on a "radio/commercial voice-over career" that's lasted almost 30 years and is currently on the air at 925XTU in Philly. Brian has not strayed from his musical roots. Brian's "cabaret" phase began in 2009 as a regular performer for the Spotlight Cabaret at Allentown Brew Works, which he continues to do with Star of the Day. Performing with this company has been a phenominal experience, which is why he commutes from Philly to the Valley and is blessed to perform with an amazing bunch of people.
Alan Mendez is a freshman at Muhlenberg College double majoring in Theatre and Physics. Last seen in Muhlenberg’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville), Alan is a member of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association, Unscripted Improv Project, the Muhlenberg AcaFellas, the Dana Scholars Program, and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. When not tutoring physics or Spanish, he likes to spend his free time making music, acting in films, and playing cards with his friends.
Keith Moser used to be a #theatrewhore before joining the Valley's premier short-form improv troupe, The Associated Mess, in 2012. Shortly after becoming a founding member of the long-form improv group 4AM in Thailand in 2013, he transformed into an #improvwhore. He has studied at the UCB Theatre in NYC and taken classes and workshops with half a dozen professional improvisers. He plans to continue studying improv whenever his beautiful fiancée allows him. He does miss the stage so tries to perform in a cabaret and/or piano bar whenever he knows some songs that fit the theme!
Kate Pistone is a graduate of Parkland High School, New York University and Atlantic Acting School. Favorite roles include Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Madame in The Maids. She has performed at Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex in NYC.
Michael Pizolato - Hugely popular in his native Madagascar, Michael is only now beginning to take the U.S. by storm. The phenomenon has begun right here in the Lehigh Valley, with star turns at the Pines Dinner Theatre, killer sets with Star of the Day, and side-splitting improv comedy at Steel Stacks and Godfrey Daniels. Specializing in Broadway, Blues, Big-Band, and myriad other musical genres that may or may not begin with "B", Michael is fast becoming a legend in his own mind.
Kimberly Tassinaro teaches Biology, Ecology, and Bioethics at Saucon Valley High School. She is lucky to also have the opportunity to pursue her other interests. She dances at Coral Nolan’s Academy of Dance in Emmaus, horseback rides and competes for Z and R Farm in Pittstown, NJ and assistant coaches the Allen HS Allegro Dance Team. Kim continues to be active in local theatre. Favorite roles include: Catherine in Pippin (Insomniak), Ensemble/Dance Captain in Jekyll and Hyde (Theatrical Gems), Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Pa Playhouse), Frenchie in Cabaret (Civic), Jenny in Company (Pa Playhouse), and Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show (Civic). Kim would like to thank the amazing people that continue to believe in her.