Faculty

Deborah Loffredi Metzger

Artistic Director/Instructor

Deborah Metzger has built an extensive repertoire of directing, stage, TV, and movie credits.  At the age of 15, she founded a musical theater showchoir, Musically Yours, which she led for the next five years, and over 500 performances, at

Nicole Stefonek

Vocal Instructor, Level 1 & 2, PB

Nicole comes to Paragon from St. Mary’s University where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, graduating magna cum laude. She also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, the country’s premier training facility for actors. Ms.

Parry Adams

Vocal Instructor

Parry Adams holds a BA in Theater Arts with a concentration in Musical Theater from Point Park University. During the course of her career, Parry has had the opportunity to work with many artists as a vocal coach, backup singer,

Lindsay Shaffer

Vocal Instructor

Lindsay obtained her undergrad in music education, with a vocal concentration, from Geneva College and recently graduated from Messiah College with a Master of Music. She is the current director of New Song, an acapella group who spends their summer

Scott Metzger

Rehearsal Assistant

Scott  Metzger’s vocal training has led him to hundreds of solo, a capella ensemble, and choral performances throughout twenty-five of the United States, Canada and Europe. Mr. Metzger is also a trained dancer, having studied under such teachers as Svetlana

Guest Artist

Laura Haley Karner

Guest Artist - Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting

Laura Karner is a graduate of  the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts. She has an extensive performance history both in the United States and Canada. Favorite roles include: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, April in Company and Maria in

Kevin Delaney

Guest Artist - Voiceover

Alex Manalo

Guest Artist - Dance/Musical Theatre

Jeffrey Chips

Guest Artist - Shakespeare

Jeffrey is a local actor and director and is the artistic director of Steel City Shakespeare Center. He earned both a Master’s of Letters and an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University while training at the American Shakespeare

Missy Moreno

Guest Artist - Improvisation

Missy Moreno, an actor/ singer/improviser/comedian and teaching artist specializing in improvisation. She has a B.A. in Acting from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts graduation and spent time studying comedy in Chicago at Missy the legendary Second City Training Center,

Jaime Slavinsky

Guest Artist - Advanced Acting

Jaime has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer,and educator for the past 20 years in Pittsburgh and New York City. Most recently, Jaime has taught acting for film & television, scene study, and audition technique at Donna Belajac Casting. She

Thomas Mirth

Guest Artist - Stage Combat, Film Acting

Pittsburgh-based actor Tom Mirth is a member of the Steel Legion Stunt Team and choreographs both armed and unarmed fight scenes for theatres throughout the region. He is well known in the film community, having acted in countless independent and feature films

Brian Anthony Knoebel

Guest Artist - Movement