Amy D. Teal Owner/Director
Bachelor of Music- Eastman School of Music
Master of Music- Eastman School of Music
Vocal Studies with Rita Shane and Marcia Baldwin
A graduate of the esteemed Eastman School of Music, Soprano Amy Teal has been described as "delightful in her absolutely-rock-solid performance " (Buffalo Rising), and "perfect in voice and comic timing," (Buffalo News). Amy enjoys a busy and diverse teaching and performing career in the WNY region. As a classical artist, Ms. Teal has performed with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Lytes, Opera Sacra, Cheektowaga Symphony, Amherst Chamber Ensemble, Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund Concert Series, Opera Buffs Concert Series, and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. Some of her operatic roles include Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Madame Warblewell in The Impresario, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel , Gianetta in The Elixir of Love, and Cunnegonde in Candide.
A crossover artist, equally at home on the musical theatre stage, Amy has performed roles with Coop's Spotlight Productions, Artpark, Rocking Horse Productions, Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, Theatre in The Mist, and O'Connell & Company. Some of her favorite musical theatre roles include The Narrator, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, for which she won a TANYS award for Excellence in Vocal Performance, Mary Magdalyn, in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jenny in Company, Gilmer in Godspell, Sister Amnesia and Sister Leo in Nunsense, and Julie Jordan in Carousel.
A passionate educator, Amy has taught voice class and private studio voice at Niagara University, and is on the voice faculty of Buffalo State College. Amy's students have won contests, and placed in competitions such as, Classical Singer Magazine's Competition, Golden Voices of America, where her student won first place and sang at Carnegie Hall, BPO Idol, with the late Marvin Hamlisch, The
10,000 Maniacs tour and NBC's The Voice. Amy believes in creating strong relationships with her students and in fostering mutual trust and respect. She was honored to be nominated by a student and included in "Who's Who Among Americas Teachers" music honors edition, as a "teacher who made a difference".
Throughout her career, Amy has taught music at all levels from early childhood (Kindermusik) to adult. Some of her past work and training includes: Certified Kindermusik Educator, NY State Certified Music Teacher, Orff Level 1 Certification, General Music Teacher K-6 Hilton and Niagara Wheatfield CSD, Vocal and Stage director for Lewiston Porter MS and HS Drama Program, Vocal Director for Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville, Theatre In The Mist Trustee, and Lecturer of Voice for Niagara County Community College.
Chris Teal Co-Director TNT
Chris Teal is a co-owner/director of TNT and also does our set design and other technical work. He teaches 4th grade in the Amherst Central School District. He holds a degree from SUNY Brockport in Interdisciplinary Arts For Children with a theatre emphasis. Chris is an award winning actor, having received an award by TANYS (Theatre Association of NY State) for Outstanding Performance in the role of Motel in Fiddler on The Roof and was also nominated as Best Actor In a Musical (American Idiot-Johnny) for an Artie Award in 2017. Chris has several performing credits with Theatre In The Mist, O'Connell and Company, Buffalo Opera and American Repertory Theatre. CHris has been the stage director and set and lighting designer for several productions at Lew-Port CSD. He looks forward to sharing his passion for theatre with all of his students.
Chris Teal-American Idiot at ART Buffalo
David Graf- Production Tech
Dave is our go to guy. He is retired from Dupont but spends his days coming up with design ideas for amazing sets and lighting. He is a man of many talents and truly believes in the power of music and theatre to boost self-esteem in young people and to build community.