Meet The Team

Ashley Dana Pines

Founder & Executive Director

Ever since Ashley saw her first musical at the age of five, she knew that she would pursue a career in theatre. She started out singing, dancing and participating in local theatre, but her interests soon expanded to include production and management. A 2009 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Production, Ashley received their first ever "Young Alumni Award" in 2014 for her work with Take A Bow post-graduation. Ashley isn't a stranger to the Broadway community either. Through a series of internships and employment, she has been involved with a number of shows including Brooklyn The Musical, Once Around the Sun, Tarzan, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Cry Baby, The Country Girl and Ever After. Ashley’s second love has always been working with children so she decided to combine her two passions and launched Take A Bow in January 2009!

We employ experienced staff in the field of dance, voice and acting. Our teachers are chosen not only for their talent, but also for their love of working with children. Introducing our students to the wonderful world of musical theatre is the motivation behind our success.

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Aly Larizza

Manager & Sr. Acting Instructor

Aly began acting in her hometown of Plano, Texas at the age of 3 and fell in love with the stage. She graduated from Adelphi University with a  B.F.A. in Acting in 2011 and is currently back at Adelphi getting her Masters in Educational Theatre. Aly loves teaching and wants to bring a very positive and fun experience for everyone! She looks forward to working with such an incredibly talented staff and students who are just as passionate about the stage as she is!

Trevor Alberts-Pearson

Trevor Alberts-Pearson is so excited to dive into the wonderful work going on at Take a Bow. A recent graduate (2018) of SUNY Fredonia’s B.F.A. Musical Theatre program Trevor is eager to continue his work as a theatre educator. Past credits include; Georg (Spring Awakening), Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), Earnest Stanley (The Man Who Came to Dinner), and Sancho (Man of La Mancha)

Gina Arfi

Gina grew up on Long Island dancing competitively as a soloist and company team member at Dance Centre of the Hamptons and Manorville, where she fell in love with the art of dance.  By the time she was in high school, Gina began sharing her love of dance with others as a dance teacher and choreographer at Dance Centre, STAGES- A Children's Theatre Workshop Inc., and the Musical Theater Program at Westhampton Beach High School.  She then went on to pursue Drama and Musical Theatre at Hofstra University where she earned several stage performance and choreographer credits and awards.  After graduation Gina headed down to Disney World where she completed two performing contracts at the Orlando Parks and Resorts and another on Disney's largest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy.  After so many magical performing experiences, Gina is excited to once again be back on Long Island and share her love of performing and storytelling through movement with kids and young adults of all ages!  For credits and more visit www.ginaarfi.net

Samantha Fanning

Samantha began performing on stage at the age of eleven and has been in love with the world of theatre and the stage ever since. Samantha is a graduate from LIU Post, earning her Bachelors in Adolescent English Education. She is currently earning her Masters in Educational Theatre from Adelphi University. Some of her credits include: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: the Musical (2016), Heather Chandler in Heathers: the Musical (2017), and served as Co-Director of Elmont Memorial High School’s spring musical Aida (2019). Samantha is ecstatic to work with the incredibly talented team and students at Take a Bow who are just as passionate and inspired by the theatre as she is!

Hannah Hirayama

Hannah is thrilled to be joining the Take a Bow team! Originally from Washington state, Hannah graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in K-12 music education, with an emphasis in elementary general music. She taught for 4 years in the Puyallup School District in Washington teaching K-6 music, movement, and choir. Now she is moving to New York to attend grad school at Hofstra University to get a Master’s Degree in Elementary Music Education. Her favorite thing about teaching music is the joy students get from experiencing music

Alanna Kramer

Alanna grew up in Orange County, NY. She has over 18 years of experience in professional dance training from styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern contemporary, African and more. Alanna graduated from Hofstra University in 2014 with a B.A. in dance performance and is looking to pursue her Masters in Dance Education. Alanna has taught a variety of different age groups and dance genres ranging from pre-kinder to elementary school, high school and college level students. Her favorite thing about teaching dance is watching students learn and grown all while having fun in the process. She is delighted to be returning to work for Take A Bow where she first started with the team back in 2013 teaching dance during the summer camp program.

Bridgette Lord

Bridgette Lord studied at Keene State College where she studied Theatre and Dance with a specialization in Acting.  She loves children and currently teaches at a preschool in addition to working with the youngest students at Take A Bow.  She has directed multiple student run productions at school.  She was nominated for an Irene Ryan award through KCACTF for her performance as Amy in the musical Company.  

Camilla Montoya

Camilla is thrilled to work alongside the team at Take A Bow! She began dancing at the age of 3 and immediately found her passion for the theater. She began acting at the age of 9 and has continued since. Camilla is currently studying Childhood Education and is very much looking forward to teaching and bringing energy and positivity for all around her to share. Over the past few years, she has since choreographed for several community theaters as well as her prior middle and high school productions. Aside from being on the teaching side, her own past credits include; Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Nina (In The Heights), and Natalie Goodman (Next to Normal). Camilla is excited to be here on Long Island where she can continue her love for theater, and is even more excited to share this love with children of all ages! 

Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela's love for music is eloquently consuming and endearing. Throughout her life in music, she has come to fully understand how delicate the voice is and how to embrace the most pure form of expression that comes from your own being. She's been an instrumentalist in concert and marching band, playing the flute and piccolo since 3rd grade and all throughout high school. Joining her high school select chorale changed her life. Touring and competing in different choral competitions in Europe broadened her knowledge of music and sparked an interest in teaching. From there, she began her own children's choir at her church, conducting and coordinating several choral performances and biblical story reenactments. Earning her B.A. in Communications at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH, Gabriela furthered her knowledge in digital media, radio, stage production and advertising. Not only was she a member of the internationally acclaimed Central State University Chorus, touring with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and being featured at the Proms Festival in 2015, she also worked with the institution's opera workshop as assistant stage manager for productions like Horwitz's Ain't Misbehavin' and Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. Currently, Gabriela continues her classical vocal training at Nassau Community College pursuing a career in opera as a coloratura soprano and completing musical courses that will lead her into earning a M.A. in Music Performance. Gabriela's delighted to be teaching voice and joining the team at Take A Bow. "It is truly an honor and exciting to be working with a team that is passionate about their craft and passing it down to future generations."

Brii Russo

Brii is a professional Stuntwoman who works primarily on shows in New York. Some of her television credits include, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Blacklist Redemption, Orange is the New Black, Gotham, and Blue Bloods, to name a few. She loves being active in a variety of ways but has always had a special passion for dance! Brii has training in hip-hop, jazz, modern, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, palm, kickline and flags. She danced throughout her middle school, high school, and college career, being her Dance team's Color Guard captain in grades 11 and 12. Brii believes that kids can become whatever they want to be, but they might as well dance along the way! 

Alan Stentiford

Alan Stentiford graduated from Hofstra University with a B.F.A. in Drama in 2014. Since then he has had the honor of continuing his musical theatre studies with Broadway Star Robert Cuccioli. Alan has been fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with so many unbelievable artists that have inspired and pushed him over the course of work in regional theatre, recording, and independent film. He is also a private vocal teacher.  https://www.alanstentiford.com/

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