Instructor of Guitar
Andres Abenante holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory. Specializing in Jazz, Rock, Improvised, Classical and Latin styles, Andres has extensive performing experience throughout the east coast. He has recorded two albums and has served as served as Music Copyist and Transcriber for Eddie Palmieri. Andres currently teaches at the Warren-Prescott School in Cambridge as well as the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. Andres joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2018.
Instructor of ActingAaron Andrade
holds a BA in Performance and an MFA in Performance and Society. He has performed throughout New England at such theaters as Trinity Repertory Company, The Trinity Summer Shakespeare Project, Company One, Daydream Theatre Company, Beowulf Theatre and Elemental Theatre Company and as a company member at The Providence Black Repertory Company. Aaron has toured the country in dual language versions of Don Quixote
and Cyrano de Bergerac
. He has been featured on screen in the films Future Justice, Charles & Bone, Permanent, Side by Each
and others. Past favorite roles include Eugene in Yellowman
, Othello, and Javert in Les Misérables
. In 2013 Aaron was invited to perform the role of Clay in Dutchman
at the New England Theater Conference, representing faculty and staff of Rhode Island College. Currently he is the regional and nationals host for Elite Dance Challenge Competition and an adjunct faculty member of Rhode Island College Theater Department. Aaron joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2013.
Instructor of Little Music SchoolJudy Bergesen
holds a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College. She served as an elementary school teacher at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin from 1995 to 2012. Prior to her time spent at BFCCPS Judy was Assistant Director at FSPA for six years, where she served as a Children’s Music, Musical Theater and Acting instructor. She returned to the FSPA Faculty in 2013. Judy has extensive performing experience and has also served on the Advisory Board for the Franklin Performing Arts Company.
Instructor of Commercial Dance
Alexandra Cardi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Dance from Plymouth State University. She was an active member of her university’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Dance Team as both a performer and choreographer. Her senior year, the dance faculty selected Alexandra as the recipient for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble Award. This merit award is given to a senior who has shown a strong commitment to faculty and student choreography within the dance division over four years of study. Over her years at Plymouth, she had the opportunity to work with professional guest artists such as Mziyanda Mancam, Urbanity, Bosoma, and Pantos Project. She was a captain of the university’s dance team her senior year. Currently Alexandra works as a Consulting Behavior Technician for children with Autism in Rhode Island. Alexandra joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2017.
Instructor of Piano
holds a master’s degree in Piano Performance from Longy School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge. She joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2007 and also teaches throughout central Massachusetts. Kitty volunteers her time at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Leominster, where she lectured on music appreciation and the connection between music, art, society and history in conjunction with the Fitchburg Art Museum. She is an active freelance solo pianist and has collaborated with instrumentalists, musical theater performers and choirs. Kitty’s love of extended piano techniques includes improvisations, prepared piano and various electronics music, which has led her to become a frequent participant at the LongyLab since 2012.
Instructor of Acting
Sal graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. His regional theater performance credits include Jonathan in “Thanks, Man” and Dave in “Heading Toward Tiki Villa” (Theatre on File, Boston/Theater Marathon). He has also been seen as George Gibb in “Our Town”, Dr. Einstein in “Arsenic & Old Lace”, Florizel/Gaoler in “The Winter’s Tale”, and as Mayor Rufus Poindexter and Aggie in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He can also be seen in New Shepherd Film’s “Footprints”. Sal is a KC/ACTF Ryan Acting Scholarship semi-finalist.
Instructor of BrassGrant Davis received a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance (Hartt School of Music) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education (Ohio University). He comes to FSPA with extensive private instruction and performance experience throughout Midwest and Northeast. Grant joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2017.
Instructor of Dance, Musical Theater
has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance Performance and Communications from Rhode Island College. Her musical theater performance credits include Godspell
, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
and It’s All Your Parents’ Fault!
Dance performance credits include Triptych
, Arms of Justice
, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
, La Giornata Omicida
and A Long Memory
. Amanda joined the FSPA Drama and Dance Faculty in 2016.
Instructor of ViolinIrina Fainkichen
studied at the Rachmaninoff Music College and Leningrad State Conservatory in Russia and at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She is a busy freelance violinist in the Greater Boston area. She was concertmaster of San Francisco’s Russian Chamber Orchestra for many years, appearing as soloist numerous times. Currently, Irina is a member of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and a co-founder of “Flying Hearts” duo, which performs in a number of musical genres including Jazz, Klezmer and classic American tunes. Irina joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2009.
Instructor of Ballet
Julie Fajardo danced with Boston Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal and studied with Lynn Winslow, Tatiana Baboushkina, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has taught for Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill High School of Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow and was School Principal for the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Director of Dance for the Performing Arts School of
Worcester and founder/director of the Berkshire Foothills Ballet in Connecticut.