Here at JPA it really does take a village!
Come and meet the team.
Nikki Dyba is the President and Creative Director of JPA. She has been immersed in Theater for most of her life. Nikki has performed in London, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Most Notably at the Royal Shakespeare Theater, Putney Arts Theater and The Old Vic. Nikki loves the arts and the benefits it gives to our youth and so founded the JPA Youth performers program in 2017. Recently Nikki has joined the world of Playwrights for a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Production and hopes to be published soon. Nikki believes that Community Theater is for the community and by the community. It is ageless and timeless and brings joy to many at any age, whether as a performer or a spectator.
"if you are going to make something.... make a difference"
Victoria Gibson is a Vocal Director for JPA. She is pursuing a degree in Theater Performance and has her eyes set on Broadway. We have no doubt she will get there as she has a string of accolades. Scoring as the #1 Alto 2 in the State of NC, performed in the NC Honors Choir, The Wingate All - Carolina Choir , the Onslow County All County Chorus, plus being TRI M President. She has also received specialized vocal training in New York to expand her horizons and to bring back to us here at JPA. Victoria has co -directed 4 productions with JPA to include" Lion King,Shrek, Madagascar, and Disney Under the Stars" ! She cannot wait for all the exciting plans ahead of her!
Nancy Biessener is a Vocal Director for JPA. She is a Soprano and is classically trained, specifically in Opera. Nancy has performed in a variety of different roles. Her most notable include "The Sour Kangaroo" Christine from "The Phantom of the Opera" and Geraldine in " A Hand of Bridge". Nancy studied vocal performance with a concentration in Opera under Dr. Perry at East Carolina University. Nancy has also placed in many vocal competitions, including the National Association of Students Teaching Competition. Nancy is thrilled to be able to bring her experience to JPA.
Patti Aultman is our "Grand Dame Costumier" . Patti has been with JPA since 2016 and has not looked back since. She is a wiz with a needle and thread and has an immense love for creativity . Patti also performs with the JPA cast and is always our fabulous comic relief. Patti is always our go to for repairs, fixes and solutions. She creates some amazing costumes and we can never wait to see what will be her next production!!
Nina Speranza is our "JPA STAGE MOM" , yes we know we said we are not fans of stage moms, but we are for this one!!!! Nina has been with JPA since the start and has been one of our most gracious and loving supporters. Nina has performed in many productions with JPA and is an all round actress, vocalist and dancer. Nina will be our "go to " for our youth performers that need a helping hand throughout the show . Plus she will make sure everyone has their scripts, pencils, water , costumes and all of the other fabulous stuff we need for rehearsals and show time! She has also been known to help some of us older performers when we hit tech week!!!!
Joseph Speranza is our Lighting guy for JPA. Joe has been with us since the start and has also been a huge supporter and cheerleader for us. Joseph has performed in many of our Productions and loves to sing, act and dance. You may recognize him best as his role in "Sister Act" and his Roger and Roger duo! Joseph runs all the lighting for every Production he is not in and has mastered the art of creating just the right ambiance.
Peter Dyba is 'The Sound Guy" for JPA. Yes, he even has a T-Shirt! Peter has been with JPA since day one and has been the backbone to it all! Designing sets, working on sound equipment and fixing any issues and troubleshooting anything we need. Pete is also the Roger part of Roger AND Roger and loves to interact with the audience and always makes sure everyone is having a great time. Peter also updates any technology, always adjusting our web site and dealing with Ascap, MTI and BMI for rights to production. He designs all tickets and has recently taken over the design of all programs. All in all Peter Dyba is in himself a one man show and we could not run as smoothly as we do without him!!