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John Wilkerson and Margaret Shafer Wilkerson

John Wilkerson received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University.) He completed his graduate work in vocal performance at the State University of New York and placed third in the Metropolitan Opera competition. At the college, high school, and grade school levels, he taught voice classes, private voice, music theory, music appreciation, choir and band. He wrote curriculum, served as head of the Music Dept., and directed many theatrical productions. As an athlete who also coached tennis and football, he instills in all of his students the discipline and drive to attain their personal best. In professional theatre, he has produced, directed and designed numerous musicals and plays.  As a performer, John is not only known for his vocal prowess, but for his acting skills and ability to convey the emotion and meaning of a piece with amazing subtlety. Broadway: a starring role in "Abby's Song," "State Fair" with John Davidson, Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, and "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby. National tours: "Brigadoon" with John Schneider, "Man of La Mancha" with Ed Ames, "State Fair", and "Peter Pan." In the national tour of "South Pacific" he understudied Michael Nouri, and then Robert Goulet in the role of "Emile" and was privileged to play the role many times, receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim. John was also noted for his portrayal of the President of the United States in the political drama "Conflict of Interest" at the much-honored New Federal Theatre in Manhattan.  He has enjoyed starring roles in several world premieres and in many regional productions including "Don Quixote" in "Man of La Mancha." "Frederick" in "A Little Night Music," "Daddy Warbucks" in "Annie," "Henry Higgins" in "My Fair Lady," "Ben Stone" in "Follies," and "Tevye" in "Fiddler on the Roof." He is very proud to have played "Emile" in the Dallas Theatre Center production of "South Pacific" which was nationally acclaimed. He has appeared in numerous operas and operettas, with philharmonics and chamber orchestras and in the City Center Encores! Series. He has founded successful theatre companies and has guided students to fulfillment in the arts for many years. 

 Margaret Shafer is originally from Dallas. She appeared in the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" with Richard Chamberlain (and was fortunate to meet several of the real Von Trapp children!) She was in the First National Touring company of  "Kiss Me, Kate" with Rex Smith in which she played the title role many times and in the recent national tour of "South Pacific," with husband John Wilkerson. New York credits include City Centers prestigious "Encores! Series" productions of "Out of This World," "Sweet Adeline" and "New Moon," under the supervision of renowned conductor, Rob Fisher. She was invited by Mr. Fisher to sing on Prairie Home Companion's Salute to Broadway, performed live on NPR. Some favorite regional roles include "Lalume" in "Kismet," "Elsa" in "The Sound of Music," "Betty Blake" in "Will Rogers Follies," "Christine" in "Phantom," "Lady Jaquie" in "Me and My Girl," "Dolly" in "Hello, Dolly," "Margaret" in "Oh, Coward!"  "Emily" in "State Fair," and "Pamela" in the British farce "Out of Order." She has been thrilled to work with Tony and Emmy award-winning directors and choreographers and with many of the most talented American and British theatre performers from whom she learned so much. Margaret has appeared in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, Tokyo a Republican National Convention and with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She can be heard on the cast recordings of The Sound of Music (Broadway Revival), Out of This World (City Center), Tip-Toes (Gershwin Trust) and Simple Gifts, a holiday CD by the Broadway Nuns. She has guided students to fulfilling and prestigious performance programs, and to finding the best application of their talent, skills and desire. 

John and Margaret are the proud parents of Shafer Wilkerson, and of John's son , Michael. Michael is husband to Marcia and father to Jack, Payton and Lily.

Corinne Tighe is a proud member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. She began touring nationally at as a  Rockette at the age of 18 and in 2005, was honored to become a member of the Gold Cast of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular! Corinne has appeared in national corporate industrials and has performed in regional production of hello dolly, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Crazy For You and The King and I. Some favorite credits include the 2004 Tony Awards Opening Number with Hugh Jackman, the WNBA New York Liberty half-time performance, the Regis and Kelly show and the 2007 and 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Corinne has been a dance educator in New Jersey for 8 years, teaching tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and kinder dance. She trained at Broadway Dance Theatre and Chez Renee in New Jersey. In Manhattan, she trained with Sheila Barker, Michele Assaf and others at Broadway Dance Center and at Steps on Broadway. Corinne is a gifted dancer and teacher, able to reach each student “where they are.” With her combination of humor, high energy, sensitivity and professionalism, she inspires her students to attain their personal best.

In her “spare time,” Corinne received her B.S. degree in Business Management Science from Kean University.

Rudy Roberson  has enjoyed a long and varied international career and is now settled in Austin, Texas with his own company, RudyToons, LTD. He is currently director of Triple Threat Academy at the Dance Institute. He recently finished touring with Lion King. The award-winning singer/dancer/actor/musician made his Broadway debut in Cy Coleman’s The Life, creating the role of Silky. Other Broadway Credits include Rollin’ on the T.O.B.A., and Kat and the Kings. Off-Broadway work includes Floyd Collins, The Middle of Nowhere, and Lullaby and Goodnight. In the world premiere of A House Divided, he played Moses, across from his ‘father,’ John Wilkerson. Regional theatre credits include five guys named Moe, Woody Guthrie’s American song, Cyrano de Bergerac, Joe Turner’s come and Gone, Pippin, Stormy Weather, Georgia, Mandela, and Roscoe in Avenue X at the Dallas Theatre Center, for which he was awarded the 1995 Dallas Theatre Critic’s Forum Award. Rudy directed the premiere of collision of Worlds, a rock opera by composer Michael Levine. He has directed and choreographed rap musicals, rap video and one-man act and has served as fight coordinator, dance captain, and musical director on various productions.  Rudy was on faculty at Kean University, Western Carolina University, Queens College and was faculty director for the WCU Black Theatre Ensemble. Classes included Modern Drama, Acting, Dance, Movement for Actors, Into to the theatre, Public Speaking, Voice, Diction and Phonetics, Accent Reduction and Black Theatre History. He teaches and coaches all ages in voice, acting, techniques and dance movement. He has been consultant, musical director/coordinator and performer for a number of children’s concert and has performed in children’s theatre for many years, including writing the theme song for Fabulous Folktales in You, and portraying all the voices for the animated Gallimoto children’s video.  As a singer/songwriter, Rudy has sung in many Northeastern U.S. venues, including NYC. He has also performed in clubs in Paris, Nice and Monaco, performing his eclectic repertoire of more than 400 pop, Broadway, Calypso, original, folk, jazz standards, rock and roll, and novelty songs. He has been an opening act for Pete Seeger, Kenny Rankin, John Sebastian, David Bromberg, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal and other famous artists. Rudy received his BFA degree in Drama/Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory of Music and MFA degree in Acting from Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts.

















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