About Triple Threat Studio

About Triple Threat Studio

Triple Threat Studio is made for and by 'theatre kids' of all ages! Inspired by the Footlights Summer Theatre program that emphasizes an "Arts for All" mission, this studio is dedicated to all those kids who are searching for a place to belong; a place where they can be themselves; a place where they can learn and grow and go out and perform at all of our local theaters and schools and share their talents with the world!  At Triple Threat Studio, students can learn to act, learn to sing, learn to dance and learn to perform.

Rachel Rudd, Owner

Let me begin by saying that this is truly a labor of love as it involves my most favorite things; theatre, music, performance and children. When I became involved in performing 25 years ago, a whole new world appeared before my eyes; a world where anything was possible. Beginning in what was then the Student Summer program, I not only learned the values of teamwork and respect, I also built life long friendships and found my passion for working with children. I remember clearly the first time I watched the kids who came in shy and unsure develop into happy, confident kids. Nope, not all of those kids were going to be Broadway stars, but all of them took skills away from their experiences that they could never have learned in school.

Kids are capable of achieving anything when given the tools to succeed. Our mission is to help our students become the most well rounded performers they can be in a comfortable, supportive environment.

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Jenn Blair, Acting

Jenn began performing in theatrical productions when she was in high school and once she graduated, she moved to NYC to attend The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Manhattan. While there, she studied acting as well as had training in stage combat, voice production & speech, film, Shakespeare and voice lessons. Since she returned, she's been involved in many of the local theaters both on and off stage including All An Act and The Erie Playhouse. She was last seen in Jane Austin's Sense & Sensibility at the Erie Playhouse.

Ashley Michelle Lauria, Musical Theatre Jazz, Jazz and Hip Hop for Teens and Adults

Ashley Michelle (Simmons) Lauria has been an avid dancer for 15+ years and has been an instructor for 10+ years. Ashley has studied tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, Irish and is also a registered kickboxing and pilates instructor.  Ashely is a graduate of Gannon University where she became a registered dietician. When she's not working or teaching she is the proud mom to her sons, Noah and Jackson and wife to Frank. Ashley is thrilled to teach at Triple Threat and is always blown away by the talented students she gets to work with. 

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Alex Slaughter, Voice

Alex is a graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Music Education- specializing in voice and piano. An Erie native, Alex attended Collegiate Academy and was highly involved in the music and theatre programs in addition to performing in many productions at the Erie Playhouse.

Alex has specialized in piano accompaniment and vocal pedagogy with particular focus in choral and solo singing. These skills led him to Pittsburgh last year where he was invited to music direct a production at the University of Pittsburgh as well as accompany area high schools and music direct a high school production of Disney's High School Musical.

With his strong background in Musical Theatre, Alex has focused on Voice production including: breathing, vowel formation, tongue placement, vibrato use, and timbre.

Brandon Vogt, Voice and Piano

Brandon Vogt is thrilled to be joining Triple Threat Studio.  He studied at the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, where he majored in Music and Arts Management.   During college, he was active in the Opera Program, College and Motet Choirs, served as the Executive Director of the Arts Management Association, and worked as an Admissions Representative in the Conservatory.  Brandon has studied a wide variety of genres of music and specializes in teaching life-long vocal skills for the versatile singer.   During his years at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, he travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland where he played the male lead in Little Mary Sunshine.  Brandon has been a soloist throughout the Greater Erie area, has performed for the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts, and on the Erie Playhouse stage.  He is currently the Director of Music at Saint John Church in Girard, PA.

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Karen Tech, Creative Movement and Ballet

Karen Tech holds a Master's Degree in Education from Mercyhurst University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Lake Erie College. At Lake Erie College, she studied the techniques of ballet and modern intensely and immediately fell in love with the art of modern dance. She, also, had the opportunity to study with many choreographers from the East coast to Midwest. Upon graduation she began teaching classes at the Little Dance Studio under the direction of Sandra Little. She was given the opportunity in 2011 to dance a solo piece in New York City's Project Dance, a free dance festival for the New York community. In her spare time she enjoys reading and baking. Her favorite food to bake and decorate are cupcakes.

Siobhan Peterson-Walsh, Combo I, Tap, Ballet Conditioning and Yoga

Siobhan thrilled to be a part of Triple Threat Studio. Dance has been a lifelong passion and pursuit since age 5, beginning at a studio in Meadville PA and training between this studio and Lake Erie Ballet Theater until she went away to Cranbrook Kingswood School in Michigan for high school. At Cranbrook, a performing arts high school, she continued to hone her skills in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern and lyrical and added yoga and musical theater to her repertoire. During her time at Cranbrook, Siobhan was asked to choreograph and perform in two school musicals, Pippin and Leader of the Pack, and even won two choreographic awards for a jazz and modern pieces. She then went on to attend and graduate from Allegheny College where she earned her BS in cognitive psychology and minor in dance studies. For the past 3 years, she has partnered with ArtsErie in their grant work to bring the arts into classrooms in schools in the area by conducting workshops and classes in elementary schools, after school programs, summer programs and day care centers. In addition to her work with ArtsErie, Siobhan is also a Group Supervisor at Creative Learning Child Care where she has also worked for more than 3 years. While at the day care, she has brought her love for movement to the center by conducting regular movement classes in the JR Preschool, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. 


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Danielle Carlson, Group Voice

Danielle is currently a senior at Mercyhurst University in Erie PA studying Music Education. While her concentration is in percussion, she also has a strong background in piano, trumpet, and voice. Originally from Ridgway PA, Danielle graduated from Ridgway Area High School in 2011 where she was active in band, choir, show choir, theatre, and PMEA events. After graduation, Danielle moved to Erie PA where she became involved in shows at the Erie Playhouse, Dramashop, and the Keystone Repertory Theatre in Indiana, PA. Performing as a pit musician in over 17 productions in the past three years, Danielle has displayed her talents as a pianist, drummer, trumpeter, keyboardist, or whatever instrument was needed. She also serves as a substitute church pianist in Erie, as well as the Assistant Music Director for the Footlights of Erie alongside voice instructor Alex Slaughter. For the past two years, Danielle has also taught private voice and piano lessons, and currently works as the drumline instructor at Fort LeBoeuf High School, where her teaching techniques have been put to the test with proven success.

With four years of teaching experience under her belt, Danielle is excited to return to Triple Threat for her second semester of teaching the basics of voice to young people.