Artistic Director, Advanced Acting
Also known as "The Big Cheese" at Broadway Bootcamp, Frank has been a member of the professional acting community for 45 years as a proud member of Actors Equity. He has performed in every aspect of professional theatre, playing in theatres across the country including the Broadway stage. The revival of 42ND STREET was his last show on Broadway, in which he played the role of Bert Barry with the legendary Shirley Jones. He also appeared in three episodes of the HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE and an episode of the HBO series Veep. Most recently Frank was featured in the World Premier of HELLO, MY BABY at the Goodspeed Opera house.
Performing is not Frank’s only passion. Directing, choreographing, and teaching are his others. In 2001 Frank began Broadway Bootcamp with his late wife, Marianne Challis, before leaving town on tour with 42ND STREET. Now in it’s 15th year, Broadway Bootcamp is thriving like never before. He has also directed and choreographed several shows including 42nd STREET, INTO THE WOODS, SHE LOVES ME, and FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Locally he has choreographed shows at Trumbull High School and Fairfield Follies. Recently, Frank won the State of Connecticut High School Music Theatre Award for best choreographer for THE WIZ at Trumbull High. As a teacher he taught for the BFA Music Theatre programs at the Hartt School and at NYU. He has also staged production numbers for the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade seen nationally on NBC.
Musical Director & Choreography
Phillip is an actor, director, music director and teaching artist living in Manhattan. A seasoned theatre educator, Phillip builds successful programs that provide young actors with an authentic theatrical experience in a supportive environment. Phillip joined the senior creative team at Broadway Bootcamp in 2003, and has collaborated on the company's past 25 productions.
As the Theatre Arts Director at Metropolitan Montessori School (NY, NY), Phillip works as director/choreographer; teaches an integrated music, theatre and dance curriculum he and his teaching partner, Karen Paulson, personally developed; and commissions original works designed specifically for young actors. Past educational credits include instructing acting and musical theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY, NY) and seven years at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (NY, NY) where he directed, music directed and choreographed the company's Youth Theatre Program and music directed it's Teen Theatre Program. Students of Phillip can been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, on television, in major motion pictures, in New York City Ballet, and they study in college musical theatre and acting programs across the country. Phillip owns his private voice studio, teaching both in New York City and Southport, CT. He would like to thank his late voice teacher Marianne Challis for her expert tutelage and mentorship. Phillip is also the Youth Choir Director at Southport Congregational Church. Phillip has performed off-Broadway, soloed in concerts with Betty Buckley, with Shirley Jones, at Boston Symphony Hall, and has worked in regional theaters across the Northeast.
Assistant Artistic Director & Choreographer
Abigail was awarded a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with honors. A Broadway Bootcamp veteran, she attended camp until 2004, and has since been a counselor, choreographer, and assistant director. Abigail has recently appeared in Illinois Wesleyan's productions of PROMENADE, A CHILDREN’S HOUR, and THE COUNTRY CLUB. She has choreographed Illinois Wesleyan’s HELLO AGAIN, Trumbull High School’s CRAZY FOR YOU, as well as many student dance concerts. She has studied with many of the top voice, acting, and dance teachers in New York City.
Dorothy has been working behind the scenes for many years with a number of theater groups, doing everything from costuming to producing to managing. When her dear friend Marianne asked if she would like to join the Southport Studio Theater family, she jumped at the chance. Dorothy deeply loves and admires the Challis-Root family and believes fervently in their philosophy for teaching children the love of theater.
Each of our extraordinary counselors has spent years at Broadway Bootcamp - many have spent every summer with us since 4th grade! They know the ropes and are trained to ensure every child feels comfortable and valued. However, since we don't yet have photos of all our counselors, we chose one that closely fits their personality.