Mike & Liz Dimirsky have been providing arts through education programs for schools, universities, youth organizations, churches, and community organizations nationwide since 1996.
They believe in the power of art to transform young people and believe the benefits of the musical and theatrical arts disciplines provide; self-esteem, positive group relationships and exposure to the educational benefits of the arts.
Mike & Liz trust in the “parents are the first teachers” concept and makes every effort to integrate the family into the arts program. The residual effects of parental and guardian involvement helps to validate the purpose of the arts program and becomes a cherished learning experience for all.
The audition process for shows is merely an identifier of the skills and ability of the cast/crew. Actors, singers, dancers, musicians, stage personnel, wardrobe, make-up, lighting and production assistants are all identified through the audition phase. Thus everyone in the cast/crew is slated to do what he/she either elects to do or can do best. This process often awakens hidden talents in the student.
Through the Actor/Tech Mentor program, young thespians will work closely with local and national highly skilled theatre professionals in all aspects of theatrical production on and back stage.
Mike & Liz are committed to sharing their gifts and knowledge of the performing arts to create a safe and nurturing environment for kids to “Discover and Develop the Artist Within!”
Mike Dimirsky has been involved in the performing arts since age 8. He has worked professionally as an actor/director/producer in theatre, film and television. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s he developed & produced national tours covering 38 states performing for over 200,000 K-12 students and teachers. He oversaw logistics for auditions, casting, rehearsals and 102 performance venues. During this time he mentored such talented people as Matt Caplan (Broadway casts of Rent and South Pacific) national recording artist Shea Seger, and worked closely with Broadway choreographer Dan Knechtges (Xanadu and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
Mike is Virginia Musical Theatre’s Director of Education & Community Outreach and is also a current faculty member at The Governor’s School for the Arts. Previously, he was Director of Theatre Arts at St Patrick Catholic School from 2010-2015 where he created a financially self-sufficient, quality theatre arts based program to benefit the STPCS family and the Hampton Roads community.
Mike still enjoys performing onstage for professional theatre companies including Hampton Roads’ own Virginia Musical Theatre and the Virginia Stage Company.
Liz Meenan Dimirsky grew up in the Hampton Roads area and has been performing professionally since she was 16. She studied dance, voice and acting before attending the Catholic University of America for Musical Theatre in Washington, D.C. She is a faculty member at the Governor’s School for the Arts and a private acting and vocal coach, mentoring many young aspiring artists and loving every moment! She also assistant directed productions at Saint Patrick Catholic School’s Fine Arts Theatre from 2010-2015. She has been a company member of Virginia Musical Theatre for the past 24 years and has performed at many other theatres including West Virginia Public Theatre and the Virginia Opera.
Allan Decipulo received his Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Piano Performance from Radford University. Allan started accompanying for private voice studios, auditions, rehearsals and vocal classes upon moving to New York City. He has worked as an accompanist for many arts educational institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, City College of New York, and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. While living in northern Virginia, Allan was staff accompanist for the Children’s Chorus of Washington’s Treble Chorus, the Maret School in Washington D.C., and Arlington County Public Schools, primarily at HB-Woodlawn. Allan has had the great pleasure of serving as Musical Director, vocal coach, and accompanist with other Broadway artists in Take It From the Top, a New York City based organization which presents performance workshops for aspiring teens around the country (2013, 2014). Since moving back to the Hampton Roads area, Allan is currently a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Virginia, staff accompanist and vocal coach for the Musical Theater Department at the Governor’s School for the Arts, Music teacher at the Stratford School, and contract keyboardist for Virginia Musical Theater. Allan is the pianist/organist at Virginia Beach Christian Church, has also served as an accompanist to the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus, and the Virginia Children’s Chorus’ Training Choir & Choristers.