Conservatory Outreach

 

Instructor Bios

Sheila James Ludwig
Director, Triple Threat Music Theatre Program

 Sheila has been teaching voice for more than 30 years, working with intermediate and advanced voice students. She teaches many styles of music (from Classical to Broadway), always with vocal health and longevity as the focus.

In addition to being a Voice Instructor at BW Conservatory Outreach Department, she is an Adjunct Faculty member at Ashland University and the Assistant Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.  She is also the Secretary/Treasurer of Buckeye NATS, the State Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Sheila is a frequent workshop presenter and clinician, including at the state OMEA Conference. She is also an Adjudicator for OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association).

She has been music, vocal or director for many music theatre productions.  Recently, Sheila was Music Director for the CAMEO productions of Oliver!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Oklahoma!. She teaches private voice to many students involved in music theatre productions.

 Sheila has a Bachelor's of Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance/Vocal Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University.  She has been a soloist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Summit Masterworks Chorale, and frequent soloist in the Cleveland/Akron area

 Professional Organizations include NATS, OMEA, MENC

 

Carli Taylor Miluk
Instructor, Triple Threat Music Theatre Program

Carli is thrilled to be working with the BW Triple Threat Program! Her Cleveland performance credits include Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland Public Theater, Fourth Wall Productions, Meg Louise Dance, Morrison Dance, and the Magic Mike Productions magic shows. International credits include a European tour for Armed Forces Entertainment as the host of a puppet show with Natural Bridges Puppet Production Company. She is currently in the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival's free outdoor summer production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Carli holds a BA in Theater and Dance from Baldwin Wallace University.

 

Lisa Ortenzi
Instructor, Triple Threat Theatre Program

Lisa Ortenzi is currently the Supervisor of the Great Lakes Theater Festival School Residency Program where she directs and trains young professional actors and develops programming for the school outreach programs. While at Great Lakes Theater Festival, Ms. Ortenzi has had the privilege to direct the outreach tour Ten in One and was a recipient of the 2006-2007 President's award from the board of trustees. Ms. Ortenzi first came to Great Lakes Theater Festival in 1993 where she served as an actor/teacher in the Festival's school residency program for three years. In 1997 Ms. Ortenzi studied and performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and continued to work for the company in the education department as an actor/teacher/director. Ms. Ortenzi toured New England in The Merchant of Venice, directed in the Fall/Spring Festivals of Shakespeare in Springfield and Boston, MA, and designed/built scenery for the summer repertory season. In 1999, she returned to Cleveland as the Education Director/Artistic Associate of the Cleveland Youth Theatre. She directed the summer teen studio, the school residency programs and Me & Abe, a new children's play by local playwright Eric Schmiedl. Lisa holds two BAC degrees in theatre and radio/TV/film from Bowling Green State University. She has been drama director for Westlake High School (9 awards CTC), Willoughby South High School, Magnificat High School and project director for Cleveland Public Theatre's summer STEP program. In summer 2001, Ms. Ortenzi received excellent reviews for Much Ado About Nothing which she directed for The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. In winter 2003 Ms. Ortenzi directed the All-Ohio Thespian Production of The Tempest for the Ohio Education Theater Association and in 2008 she was chosen as one of the directors for the Marilyn Bianchi Children's Playwriting Festival. In Spring 2009, Ms. Ortenzi was fortunate enough to direct No Child - at Cleveland Public Theatre which opened to rave reviews and was extended twice during the production's run. Currently Ms. Ortenzi is working on her Master's Degree in Directing from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. She continues to work professionally as a director/actress/teaching artist in the Cleveland area.

 
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