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Dennis Moench

Vice President of Education

As the Senior Director of Education at SPAC, Dennis has worked for the past 6 years to enhance and expand SPAC’s arts education offerings throughout the Saratoga, Adirondack, and Capital Regions. In his first 3 years as director, the program grew from reaching approximately 5,000 students annually to reaching approximately 49,000 annually, and it now reaches countless more through the addition of two new virtual learning platforms in 2020.


Prior to his arrival at SPAC, Dennis worked for more than 12 years in New York City as an AEA actor, and he performed on Broadway as well as in theatres across North America with the companies of Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, All Shook Up, and Fame. He studied theatre, music, and dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and he holds a BFA in Drama from NYU.


As an educator, Dennis has worked for nearly two decades as a teaching artist in New York City and throughout the greater Capital Region and has developed and taught various courses in dance, theatre, and vocal performance. His passion for education comes from his belief in the power of the arts to transform lives, and he therefore strives to ensure that all students receive ample opportunities to appreciate, create, and celebrate the arts firsthand.

Meet The Team

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Jacqueline Raymond Wegman

Director of Theatre

Originally from Malta, NY Jacqueline has spent more than 13 years working as a professional actor and theatre maker in New York City, Romania, Italy, Thailand, and Cambodia. As an actor Jacqueline is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association and has credits in television,

film, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. As a theatre educator and teaching artist, Jacqueline has taught in conservatory settings, including AMDA in NYC, as well as at several cultural and nonprofit organizations and in NYC public schools. Jacqueline holds an MSEd in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University at Buffalo and is an Arthur Miller Foundation Scholar.


Jacqueline is an arts education advocate and Co-Founder of the nonprofit International Girls Ensemble where she has created and facilitated theatre programs in migrant communities in Southeast Asia since 2016, as well as programs and workshops in the Bronx, Harlem, and Queens for identifying girls and women of all ages. Her work and interest is specifically in using theatre as a tool for social justice, anti-racism, and gender equity. Jacqueline’s goal

as an educator is to guide her students to find their own voice; empowering themselves not only as artists, but as informed critical thinkers and global citizens.

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Erin E. Strong

Director of Dance

Erin has performed and taught for over two decades throughout New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. She has developed and taught dance curriculum in a variety of dance genres including, but not limited to, creative movement, contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, and musical theater.


She has led students of all ages through a variety of collaborative dance making experiences. Additionally, she has developed interdisciplinary offerings, global education experiences, and social-emotional programming for teens. She graduated from Skidmore College as the first recipient of

the Margaret Paulding Award for Excellence in dance and went on to earn her masters with PK-12 certification in Dance Education from NYU as a Susan Hersh Scholar.


Erin has completed additional training with the 92nd St Y Dance Educational Laboratory as well as the National Dance Institute Collaborative. She has performed with the Ellen Sinopoli Company, Deborah Damast and Dancers, Renata Celichowska, and Ipswich Moving Company. Erin studied for many years with the renowned jazz master, Luigi. A seasoned performer, teacher, and administrator, Erin believes in the

power of the arts to transform, ignite, and build community. She strives, through the joy of moving, to guide students of all ages and abilities to discover, develop, and use their unique creative voices.

Adjunct Faculty

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John Alecci

Choir Director and Ukulele Instructor

John is an educator and active performer originally from Briarcliff Manor, NY. Holding a BM in Music Education (Voice), BA in Psychology, and MM in Music Education from The Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, John now teaches 7-12 choral music at Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School. Within reach ensemble, he strives to co-create with ensemble members a consciously inclusive, creative, loving, energetic, and democratic environment in which all are able to be seen and heard. His philosophy is centered around both the physical and metaphorical ways in which one uses their voice, and uses it well.

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Mary Anne Fantauzzi

Ballet Barre and Balance Instructor

Mary Anne has been a fitness professional since 1981 with certifications through AFAA, ESA and Balletone, eventually establishing Total Body Trifecta Fitness Studio in 1997. She was a New York City Ballet Workout instructor from 2001 until the program ended in 2011. Mary Anne is the president of the Capital Region’s Dance Alliance and the founding artistic advisor of its teen outreach program MOVE Dance. Her association with the National Museum of Dance was as a longtime volunteer. Thirty-two years later she was hired as its Docent Coordinator after retiring in 2018 as a mathematics teacher in the Saratoga Springs City School District.

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JP Hubbs

Accompanist and Piano Instructor

JP Hubbs is a Queensbury native who has been fostering a passion for piano, singing, and music for years. He graduated from the State University of

New York at Fredonia in 2015 where he studied piano, and participated in a variety of vocal and musical ensembles. JP stays connected with the community by accompanying local choirs and theater shows, as well as playing in a variety of bands and teaching piano lessons.

Johnny Martinez was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, moving up to Saratoga Springs almost 18 years ago.  He began his dance career in concert dance, performing with the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater and the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater.  Johnny then found himself performing in musicals both regional and touring, performing in national and European tours of West Side Story and Damn Yankees.  Locally he has performed, choreographed and directed with the Homemade Theater, Glens Falls Community Theater, Capital Rep in Albany, Opera Saratoga, Adirondack Children's Troupe, the Schenectady Theater for Children, the Lake Ave Elementary Drama Club, Nacre Dance Group, Saratoga City Ballet, Tango Fusion, MLK Saratoga and some featured commercials.  With wife and partner Diane Lachtrupp, Johnny co-directs Tango Fusion Dance Company and Studios teaching all forms of ballroom and partner dance to children and adults.

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Dance Explorers Instructor

Aaron Moore

Acting Instructor

Aaron Moore is an actor, director, playwright and acting instructor. Aaron comes from Albany NY and always had a heart for the stage and screen. He trained in the Drama Program at SUNY Potsdam (2014), where he earned a degree in Theatre with a concentration in African American Theatre.  He continued his education at The Alvin and Ally Dance Company, and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Aaron has performed and worked with companies such as Pendragon Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Proctors Theatre, the Roundtable Theatre Company. He has appeared on NBC, Showtime, The History Channel, and much more. In 2014 Aaron created his performance art education company Acting with Aaron. Its mission has been to provide acting experiences to underserved communities. 


Erika Pujič

Dance Collective Instructor

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Erika Pujič was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet and the Cleveland School of the Arts. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Martha Hill Award. Upon graduation, Ms. Pujič danced with Gloria Marina’s Spanish Dance Ensemble performing in New Jersey Opera’s “Carmen”. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Henning Rubsam’s SENSEDANCE for seven years. Ms. Pujič was a founding member and rehearsal director for Battleworks Dance Company during it’s 10-year span (2000-2010). She has been an integral part of the creation of many works for Robert Battle and she has been dancing and setting his works for 30 years. She was a Visiting Guest Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the fall 2013 and fall 2014 semesters and a Visiting Guest Artist at George Mason University for the spring 2014 semester. Ms. Pujič is currently a Senior Lecturer at Skidmore College and she has been an adjunct at Queensborough Community College since 2008. She has created works for The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, University of New Mexico, Skidmore College, ABT’s Summer Intensives, Summer Arts Institute, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and New York State Summer School of the Arts. Ms. Pujič is also an Ensemble Member of Dancing Legacy.

Alex Grandy

Ukulele Instructor

Alex is a local musician, born and raised in Saratoga Springs. He holds a B.A. in Music Industry with an emphasis on Audio Arts Production from SUNY Oneonta. After getting his degree in 2015, Alex began giving private guitar and ukulele instruction as well as managing the Saratoga Guitar Store. He went on to teach ukulele and chorus at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Currently, Alex teaches guitar and ukulele at Rural Soul Music Studio in Schuylerville. He enjoys being an active member in the music community as he continues his passion for teaching.