Advanced Tap Instructor
Mini Me Instructor
Mini Me Instructor
Advanced Tap Instructor
Debbie Wilson has been choreographing and directing musical theater for decades. But her experience lies in myriad arenas, including large-scale choreography for events ranging from the Olympics and Superbowl to the World Cup, Pro Bowl, and San Francisco Black and White Balls.
Debbie’s first love, however, is musical theater where she has performed in, directed and/or choreographed hundreds of productions including: Newsies, The Music Man, Frozen Jr., Cinderella, SpongeBob Squarepants, Cinderella, Matilda, 42nd Street, Pippin, Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Peter Pan, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, Chicago, Follies, Les MisÃ©rables, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, and Anything Goes with Chita Rivera.
Debbie is the recipient of sixteen regional theatre awards for choreography, direction, and performance. She has been honored by the Interfaith Bureau of Sacramento and the California Assembly for her work with young people. Her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, in national tours, in international concert tap companies, modern dance companies, on cruise ships, and in TV and film.
Debbie taught for American Musical Theater of San Jose and was dance chairperson for the professional training and summer youth programs for twenty years. She also headed the dance department at Lincoln High Performing Arts Magnet. She has taught for many prestigious youth organizations and has been recognized repeatedly for her excellence and contributions to youth.
Debbie is proud to be a founder of El Dorado Musical Theatre and is its artistic director.
Tap Company Director
Christine Martorana has been a part of EDMT since 2001. She has been involved in the dance and performing world for many decades, teaching and guiding students of all ages. She began her teaching experience in the Bay Area at Hamilton Studio of dance and music, and following a career in sales and marketing, returned to teaching for over 12 years at Center Stage Dance Academy in El Dorado Hills. She created the tap performing companies FanTAPulous and SpecTAPular in 2008 and they now reside at EDMT. She currently teaches tap dance classes for ages 9 – adult at PAI in addition to being EDMT’s costume/prop rental manager.
She resides in El Dorado Hills with her husband Eric and is the proud mother of her three talented adult children; Megan, Emily, and Evan.
Dance Technique Instructor
Susan Daugherty enjoys sharing her love of dance with all levels and ages. Susan Daugherty has taught dance at U.C. Santa Cruz and numerous studios in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area. As a young dancer, she gained a solid technical background in ballet through her studies with Francisca and Dimitri Romanoff. Later, she had the opportunity to study extensively with some of the leaders in the modern and jazz dance world including, Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, Limon Company and Bill Evan’s Dance Theater.
While earning her B.A. at San Jose State University, Susan performed with the SJSU Resident Dance Company. She has also performed with various musical theater groups and dance companies in the S.F. Bay Area.
To help develop an appreciation for the arts among grade school students, Susan directed and performed with the “Dancing People.” This group was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring professional performing arts to the public schools. She is happy to be working with the students at EDMT!
Tech Theatre Instructor
Zachary Wilson is the “Swiss Army Knife” of El Dorado Musical Theatre. As his name suggests, he is indeed the son of Creative Director Debbie Wilson, and growing up surrounded by all things theater has given him plenty of opportunities to express his range of interest.
Zachary has been in over 40 shows, taking on increasingly challenging roles demanding all aspects of being a musical theater performer.
He has been taking on more roles to refine his expertise through Assistant Directing, through various workshops, and now as an instructor with the Performing Arts Institute.
But his ever-curious mind has led him into other ways of contributing to EDMT too, particularly in the area of projected-background design and operation. He has developed one of the premier background projection systems used in regional theater, and is constantly improving – and pushing the limits of – this artistic work. Zach has worked with Broadway-level technical staff and will undoubtedly continue to develop these skills to the delight of our audiences.
Also worth mentioning is Zach’s video work, which has been seen by thousands. Those videos both explain and promote EDMT’s shows.
Group Vocal Instructor
Theresa Swain enjoys sharing her passion for musical theatre with the future generations of young performers.
After earning a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory, Theresa went on to travel with various national Broadway tours including White Christmas, Wicked, and Crazy For You. She also performed in many regional productions.
In 2015, Theresa began working in the Bay Area teaching music and dance at numerous of elementary schools. Shortly after, she choreographed and musically directed middle school productions including Legally Blonde Jr., Peter Pan, and Seussical the Musical.
Theresa is thrilled to be working with EDMT as a jazz and vocal instructor, as well as the choreographer for EDMT’s Main Stage production of The Wizard of Oz.
Jazz Dance Instructor
Christine Jeanblanc hails from Belfort, France, where she started her 12-year long training in classical ballet at age 9.
After earning a BA in Ballet & Jazz from Sorbonne University in Paris, Christine continued her dancing career around the world with renowned choreographers Jean Ann Ryan and Tom Alexander on Cunard and Crystal Cruises, then with Jaymie Marshall, Greg Thompson Productions, and other Las Vegas based producers in multiple musical theater productions in the western United States, Thailand, Japan, and Europe.
After earning a B.S. and PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology, her passion for the art of dance prompted her to start teaching ballet and jazz to aspiring talents. She is honored to have been chosen to teach jazz at the prestigious EDMT and be part of the PAI teaching staff.