Amas Staff Biographies

DONNA TRINKOFF – Producer - is currently the artistic producer of Amas Musical Theatre, a non-profit performing arts organization in New York City devoted the creation, development and production of new musicals and to the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Since 1994, Donna has produced the original musicals Broadway and the Bard, starring Len Cariou, The Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Triassic Parq! Wanda’s World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, Magpie, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Zanna, Don’t!, Latin Heat, From My Hometown, Langston Hughes’ Little Ham, 4 Guys Named José, Rollin’ on the T.O.B.A., among others, and she has presented over 90 original musicals in the Amas Musical Theatre Lab. As Starry Night Productions, Donna presented the Off-Broadway premiere of SILENCE! The Musical (Christopher Gattelli, Hunter Bell, Jon & Al Kaplan), the unauthorized parody of the iconic film “The Silence of the Lambs” to critical acclaim, sold-out houses and a two-year run. SILENCE! won the Off Broadway Alliance Award and the Obie Award for Best Musical and was named as one of the 'Top 10 Plays of the Year' by TIME Magazine. The original cast album has been released on Sh-K-Book Records. Donna was an associate artistic director at the Cabaret and Performance Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center in CT and worked with Aruba Productions on new and upcoming musicals. She holds a BA in English and Theatre from SUNY Binghamton, is a graduate of the National Theatre Institute, and she received a Certificate of Merit from the Drama Studio in London. Donna is a member of the League for Professional Theatre Women. She is a recipient of the New York Municipal Art Society Award of Merit and the Galaxy Award from the NY Women’s Association.  

JAN HACHA – Managing Director - is responsible for infrastructure, institutional development, strategic planning, corporate sponsorship, and integrated marketing and communications planning. Prior to joining Amas he headed an integrated marketing communications and advertising agency, TRIO Communications, that offered strategic marketing planning, launch planning, branding, integrated communications, training, advertising, direct marketing and tactical creative services across all media. Hacha's background includes business-to-business, business-to-consumer, channel communications, media relations, and research services provided to a diverse client base including automotive, non-profit, health insurance, financial, technology, government, automotive aftermarket, insurance, food products, and retail. He's been responsible for numerous successful market- and customer-building campaigns, public relations campaigns, and business theatre events. Early in his career he was founder, principal performer and Producing Artistic Director of the Starry Night Puppet Theatre where he won a prestigious UNIMA Award. He has served on the Theatre Panels of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the JPMorganChase Fund for Small Theatres (administered by the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York).  

ALEXANDRA GERDTS – Academy Administrator. Alexandra is a proud graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A creative through and through, she is an actor, singer, writer and overall storyteller and wouldn’t have it any other way. As well as in her various projects throughout NYC, you can catch her weekly on her YouTube channel "Fascimation." She is thrilled to be a part of Amas’s Rosetta LeNoire Theatre Academy.  

Artistic Associates  

CHRISTOPHER SCOTT – Director/Acting Instructor. Artistic Associate with Amas Musical Theatre where he has directed Academy shows for 22 years. Artistic Director Masterworks Theater Company. In NYC: The Glass Menagerie, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, Sophocles’ and Anouilh’s Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story, The Mother***er with the Hat and In the Blood (Baruch), The Morons by Dan McCormick (Jury Award nomination Best Director, First Irish Festival), Years of Sky (59E59), and Barbara Suter's Best Night Ever, among others. Member Playwright/Director's Workshop at The Actors Studio where he directed A Mother’s Love by Michael Watson and The Gardner by Lanie Robertson. Other NYC shows: Lorenzo (NYMF) Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, For Lovers Only, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, Gold the Musical, and shows for Theatreworks/USA. As a teacher Christopher has been on the faculty of NYU/CAP21, Baruch College and the Michael Howard Studio. Graduate of Boston Conservatory.  

MONICA CELESTE JOHNSON – Choreographer/Dance Instructor - celebrates her 22nd year with The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, where she recently established the Fred Benjamin Leadership Award in honor of her long time teacher. At Amas: Choreography Bobos workshop. Monica presently serves as dance instructor for the Mount Vernon City School District and is helping to develop a premiere dance program for the Visual and Performing Arts Middle and High School in Mount Vernon. She is the ballet instructor for ages 7-14 at Artistry Performing Arts Center at her family's dance studio in West Hempstead. Monica also choreographs for Mindbuilders pre-professional dance company. She choreographed The Wiz and Dreamgirls for high school students in Mount Vernon. As a performer she as performed at the Apollo as co-host and choreographer for Amateur Night "Live" and completed a 25 city tour. She performed in Forum with Nypsey Russell, Off-Broadway in The Wiz and Long Tongues and has been on tour with many recording artists and on television, film, videos and "live" performance, including Cabaret shows internationally and nationally. Monica’s background is in concert dance and she has performed with numerous dance companies and choreographic projects. She also serves as Clinical Wellness Stress Reduction Consultant for Human Resources Administration for the City of New York. Monica is a graduate of City College New York earning her BFA studying in the esteemed Leonard Davis Performing Arts Program in Harlem.  


EVAN ALPARONE - Academy Instructor/Music Director – is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a music director, accompanist and teacher currently living in New York City. After graduating from UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theater program Evan studied choral conducting at San Francisco State University and from 2007-2010 directed the choral program at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California. From a few music classes he grew the program to a touring and competing choir of over one hundred students. After three years of teaching Evan embarked on the adventure of being a freelance musician, working with all sorts of ensembles, companies, schools and choirs and eventually found his way to New York. After serving as music director at the Open Door United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California for seven years he continued this work at Valhalla United Methodist Church in Westchester County. As a music director, conductor, and accompanist Evan has worked on over 50 musicals and looks forward to the next 50. He enjoys working with students of all ages and looks forward to helping them find their passion and confidence in music.


Artistic Associates
Christopher Scott
Phillip George
Lynne Taylor-Corbett