Sonia Lee Garber
Children’s Drama and Art Instructor
Sonia Lee Garber has many years of experience working with children ages 5-17.
She has been with Antonia Arts for 5+ years providing fun and educational programs for children and teens.
Garber has an A.A.S. from Westchester Community College in Visual and Performing Arts, and a B.S. in Communications with a Minor in Theater and Performance from SUNY Purchase, NY.
Garber has many years of additional training, with her latest studies in acting being at The Barrow Group in NYC. Garber has performed as an actor regionally as well as in Off-off Broadway productions.
She has also worked as an Assistant Director for the drama club at Peekskill Middle School.
Some of the drama classes she has taught for Antonia Arts include Shakespeare for Kids and The Stanislavski Acting Method for Kids.
Garber also enjoys doing Improvisation, and Drama Games and Activities with her students. Garber’s drama classes culminate in performances by the students for family and friends. Garber writes plays for her classes, and also uses written works and children’s books, both original and/or adapted for the stage.
Dance & Drama Instructor
Ms. MaryRose started Ballet at five years old. She has also studied Jazz, Tap and Modern Dance. In Highschool she began doing Shakespeare productions. While in College she earned a Bachelors in Art History and a minor in Performing Arts. She was also Vice President of her college Drama club and a member of the award winning Choir. After college she continued studying acting at HB studios in NYC, and dancing at various studios on Long island. She has performed in many productions with various Theatre companies including The Other Vic Theatre Company on Long Island and even Spotlight Theatre Company here in Westchester. Ms. MaryRose has been teaching the performing arts for 27 years. She has worked at various studios in Westchester and Putnam counties and Assistant Directed Various Youth Theatre productions in Westchester and New Jersey. She also Spent Five years as the Drama Specialist at Westchester’s Summer Trails Day Camp. She is excited to join the team at Antonia Arts and looks forward to lots of creative collaborations.
Tania Vallejo, from Quito Ecuador. Dance teacher, she began her studies in Dance 27 years ago, with Folklore Dances of Ecuador, then Latin Dances, later she began her studies in Belly Dance and Indian Dance. She has experience as a teacher for 15 years. 12 years ago she opened her dance studio in Ecuador, where she has taught classes to girls and adults. She has also ventured into yoga and Pilates studios.
Karen D, from Westchester, NY, fell in love with Yoga in the year 2005. Karen’s passion for Yoga has led her down the path of self discovery, self love, self kindness, & self acceptance. With over 200+ hours of
Vinyasa Training, her life was changed forever. Karen cannot wait to share this experience with all of you. Her classes are designed to connect the breath with movement, strengthen the physical body, and help quiet & ease the mind. All are welcome to join Karen D. on this journey through this thing called life.
Karen D is the lead yoga instructor in the Peekskill City School District, Peekskill Parks and Recreation and Self Direction Provider, Infusing Social Emotional Learning through Yoga & Mindfulness, while building “Awareness To Wellness”, One Breath at a time. This is our only Goal.
Karen is also certified to work with students with special needs through the New York State Education Department, and approved to work with families with special needs through OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities)
ELISE MAURINE MILNER
Acting/Creative Writing/Workshop Instructor
ELISE MAURINE MILNER, CEO/Founder of Hanging Cow Productions is first a writer, then a producer and a director, occasionally an actress, always a comedienne, and also a teacher and an artistic entrepreneur. She began her humble creative endeavors in small town, rural, Virginia City, Nevada with a population of just 600 people. After conquering small town community theater production in high school and college, Elise went on to study writing, acting, theatre/TV production, and broadcasting for 3 years in San Francisco and for 5 years in Los Angeles. She has worked diligently and ambitiously in every aspect of the entertainment industry from performing on stage and on television and film, to being a disc jockey and news producer for KGLE/KPTL Radio (West Coast) and helped launch and develop a television pilot for Universal Studios, Hollywood. When she came to New York City in 1999 she started her own production company (“Hanging Cow Productions”) and began writing and producing her own work full time. Elise is completely self-made and started her company with 22 cents in the bank, and with no investors or trust funds, she personally raises the funds for each and every one of her productions she produces. She is self-taught in graphic and web design and many other theatrical business skills so she could live her dream on a minimal budget! Her first full scale, Off Off Broadway, holiday parody production, was produced in 2002. After her first taste of production success, she then continued prolifically writing/producing/directing firstly, audience interactive, regional dinner theater shows. You may have heard of or seen the shows, “Who Killed Mama Souprano?” “Greased Lightning a 25 Year Comedy High School Reunion,” “My Big Fat Geek Wedding,” and “The Agagamy Award Show” performing around the NY/tri state area through 2010.
In 2014, Elise began writing/producing more traditionally staged work for Off Broadway. Her exciting and successfully all produced repertoire of plays include “The Sixth Session,” “The Answers to Apathy,” “Angels Among Us,” “All Because of Infidelity,” “An Awkward Inheritance,” “Ascension Underground,” “The Accidental Awakening,” and “12 Steps the Musical!” Elise has received critical acclaim from Tony award winning Broadway producer Hugh Hayes who called Elise “the real deal” and compared her to esteemed playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart.) Elise is also the founder of the Back Door to Broadway Bootcamp Production workshop series.
From rags to ramen and to one day riches, Elise is a true inspiration and community business leader whose passion and drive is unmatched by most, yet she is humbled and so grateful for every step and every person she has encountered along the way to help make her art a success.
Why the affection for livestock? Elise has also been an accomplished, 4-H leader and professional horsewoman since the age of 14, having ridden, trained, & shown horses for over 20 years in English & Western riding, jumping, and equitation. In her spare time she enjoys her amazing long time husband Chris Berlino, travel abroad, spirituality, and collecting 80’s memorabilia. She is currently an ice dancer in training, still horseback rides, and currently owns a horse named One Tall Sully she keeps in the Hudson Valley.