WHO WE ARE
Erica LuBonta - Executive Artistic Director
Erica founded The Complete Actor Studio because she is passionate about performance education and all of the important life skills that can be learned in the drama classroom. Erica is an actress, director, singer, writer & songwriter. She has appeared on numerous off-Broadway and regional stages, including the original production “What’s Eating You?”, “Convenience”, “A Manhattan Night” and “The Edge of Dramedy”. In addition to playing lead roles in television productions for the BIO and Lifetime networks, many independent films, and the former voice of 1-800-NEW YORK, she is currently writing and producing her own web series, “May B Not”. As a gospel singer, Erica has performed from coast to coast. She is a certified teacher with a concentration in diverse learning challenges. She is also a wife and mom to three kids, and loving every minute of the crazy ride. For Full bio go to www.ericalubonta.com
Cie Peterson - Teaching Artist
Cie Peterson is a native New Yorker who began her actor training as a teenager at the renowned Gene Frankel Theatre in the Broadway district. While she has an extensive resume of theatrical credits, nowadays she can more often be found in an audio booth working as a voiceover talent. In addition to being an actor, Cie is an accomplished director, writer, acting teacher, and private coach. Her many directing credits include theatrical and video projects; If I Had a Dime, an original cartoon series she conceived, created, and wrote; and countless showcases for Play On Acting Studio, the Farmington studio she founded and led for several years. Cie is also an experienced acting teacher with a reputation for excellence, who works for such esteemed institutions as The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Hartford Stage, as well as a much in-demand private acting coach sought out by both aspiring performers and working professionals from both coasts. To read more, or to hear samples of her work, visit www.ciepeterson.com.
Penelope Kokines Sanborn - Teaching Artist
Penelope graduated from Bucknell University with a double major in Theater and English, and also earned her M.A. in Theater from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has 7 years of classical vocal training and has performed in many musicals. Penelope has worked as an actor, as a production assistant at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and locally as director of youth and high school theatre in Simsbury and Avon. Penelope recently returned to her acting roots, appearing as “Mama Gladys” at Landmark Community Theater’s Thomaston Opera House production of Memphis-The Musical, and in multiple roles in A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room with the Simsbury Theater Guild. She lives in Simsbury with her husband Kevin and their two teenage sons.
Michael Hunter - Teaching Artist
Michael Hunter- Michael is the director of the Simsbury Arts Academy Musical Theatre program. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Plymouth State College. Michael has worked in professional, community and academic theatre and dance in a variety of capacities over the last 18 years. Michael has worked for the Sante Fe Opera, The Walnut Hill School and dozens of other notable companies. Currently, he is the full-time Technical Director for the Simsbury Public Schools Department of Music and Performing Arts in Simsbury, CT.