Artistic Director | Teacher | Choreographer | Director
Vicki Smith is a professional choreographer, director, producer, teacher, and performer. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and her performing travels have taken her throughout the US, Europe, and South America. She has appeared in an HBO Special, National Tours, Regional theatre, TV series, Las Vegas, Atlantic City. Her Theatre performing credits include, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, The Music Man, The King and I, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof, and more.
Special Events - Choreography, Directing, and Production - USA Gymnastics Trials for Barcelona; Six Flags Corp; Towson University - Pendragon's Lords of Illusion; Cunard Cruise Ships; Recording Artists – Children’s Guild Kids Cabaret Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Industrials for McDonald's, DuPont, Anheuser Busch, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis, The Annapolis Chorale.
Vicki was the Group recipient of the Ruby Griffith Award for "Outstanding Achievement in a Musical" for Mame and Guys and Dolls. Numerous Platinum and Gold Awards for her choreography at local and National dance competitions. Direction, Choreography and Production credits include: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, The Mysteries of Edwin Drood, Bring it On, Drowsy Chaperone, The Pajama Game, The Wiz, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, The Music Man, Camp Hawayah!, Hooray for Hollywood, Me and My Girl, Annie, Holiday Magic, Once Upon a Mattress, Kiss Me Kate, Lil Abner, Singin' in the Rain, and Crazy for You, to name a few.
Locally, Vicki's work has been seen at TMC, Merely Players, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, and 2nd Star Productions. She has been active in the Anne Arundel County Public School system where she has choreographed and directed musicals for Crofton Middle School, Ridgeway Elementary, Severna Park Middle, South River High School's Dance team, Monarch Academy Baltimore City. Currently she is on staff at Anne Arundel Community College for continuing education, The Children’s Guild, Performing Arts Specialist.
Vicki is the Owner and Artistic director of StageWorkz Theatre Arts Project. Although she has trained with the best, the master of them all, Bobbi Smith, taught her everything she knows.
Teacher | Choreographer | Rhythm Tap | Acting | Musical Theatre Intensive
Bobby Smith has been teaching for over 15 years and and has directed and choreographed for colleges and regional theatres across the nation. He has received 9 Helen Hayes nominations for Excellence in Theatre for the Washington, DC area.
Credits include, Broadway: Crazy for You. Off Broadway: Forever Plaid (original cast), Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes ‘Round, and the revival of George Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing. National tours include Brigadoon and The World Goes ‘Round. In the DC-Metro area: The Studio Theatre: A Class Act (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical), The Long Christmas Ride Home, Caroline or Change, Grey Gardens; Studio 2ndStage: Reefer Madness, (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical), Jerry Springer: The Opera; Ford’s Theatre: Elmer Gantry, Liberty Smith, 1776; Round House Theatre: A Year with Frog and Toad (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical); MetroStage: Girl in a Goldfish Bowl, Musical of Musicals (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; The Kennedy Center: The Happy Prince, The Flea and the Professor; Signature Theatre: See What I Wanna See, Showboat, Company. Olney Theatre Center: Cinderella (Director), The Sound of Music (Max Detweiler, Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding supporting Actor), Grease (Director), Annie (Rooster Hannigan, Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical), and Forever Plaid (Director).
Bobby has also performed with The National Symphony Orchestra; The Richmond Symphony, under the direction of George Manahan, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Jack Everly and can be heard on recordings of Ben Bagley’s Rodgers and Hart Revisited and Resnais’ Gershwin.
Teacher | Ballet | Pointe
For over 20 years, Laura Snow has taught classical ballet to all levels and ages at various studios. Her primary training was with Ballet Theatre of Maryland with Edward Stewart, where she became a soloist dancer and instructor. Laura was a recipient of the Maryland Distinguished Scholarship for Dance, then continued her dance education as a scholarship student with Utah Ballet. In 2000, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ballet and Choreography from the University of Utah. She has danced major roles on stage including The Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux, Flower Festival Pas de Deux, Giselle Peasant Pas de Deux, as well as leading roles in Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Fille Mal Gardee, and The Four Seasons.
Laura's students have attended prestigious summer intensives such as Miami City Ballet, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Maryland Youth Ballet and are now performing in professional companies around the country. Laura joined the dance faculty at Stageworkz in 2020 and looks forward to inspiring a new generation of dancers.
Teacher | Ballet Technique
Vadim Bogomolov graduated in 1984 from the Vaganova Choreographic Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia, where he studied under Professor Yuri Omrikin. As a professional dancer with the National Ballet of Kazakhstan and the New Classical Ballet of Moscow, Vadim toured Europe and Asia dancing in ballets such as Paquita, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker After traveling the U.S. on "The Great Russian Nutcracker" tour, Vadim accepted positions as a principal dancer with Classical Ballet of California and Manassas Dance Theatre. In 2012 Vadim completed the program in ballet pedagogy (teaching) at the Moscow State Choreographic Institute and was granted the title of "Ballet Master." He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he is co-director of Classical Ballet of Fredericksburg.
Teacher | Show Tap
An electrical engineer by day, Andrew is the recipient of the WATCH Awards for Best Choreography in last Summer's Crazy For You with the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and Best Music Direction for Nine with Colonial Players, having received previous nominations for his choreography in Singin' in the Rain, The Music Man, Mary Poppins and Guys and Dolls. Also a classically trained pianist, Andrew's musical theatre compositions have premiered locally at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, and NYC's 54 Below.
Andrew is both a Stageworkz and Talent Machine Company alum, having studied under the incomparable Vicki Smith. Stage credits include Chicago, The Producers, Evita, Can-Can and West Side Story at New York University.
Andrew holds a BS in Mathematics and will be completing his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering this Fall.
Teacher | Choreographer | Ballet | Tap | Musical Theatre
Singing and dancing since childhood, Heather has dedicated herself to sharing her joy and love of all things theatrical with a new generation of performers. Heather has graced stages all over the DMV area and began work as a choreographer and director for area high schools and community theatres in 2010. She studied musical theatre, voice, and dance at Carnegie Mellon University and Anne Arundel Community College and is a graduate of Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Prince George’s County.
In addition to her work here at Stageworkz, Heather can be found teaching both dance and musical theatre throughout Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County.
Teacher | Voice
To Cyndi, music is as essential as breathing. Whether studying, performing, or teaching, it has been her lifelong passion from her early days of classical voice training at the Peabody Institute to the present. She has honed her skills and entertained audiences around the world.Through the years music has opened many doors. She has had the great honor of sharing the stage with great entertainers like Sammy Davis, Jr., Victor Borge, Johnny Cash, among others.
Cyndi and her husband, Roy, have been performing together for many years. Along with their group they toured the U.S. and abroad for quite a few years. Their onstage performances led to their first album release "Cyndi & Roy" "Feel It" released on the Casablanca label along with artists like Donna Summer, Cher, and Kiss. Many hours of studio experience has led to numerous local, regional and national commercials. Cyndi is also a long time member in good standing of AFTRA and ASCAP.
After traveling for so many years she decided to share her professional expertise with others, and over the past 11 years she has been instructing students of all ages and is currently the vocal coach for Stageworkz School of Performing Arts and musical director for the esteemed Talent Machine Company. Her main focus is to recognize and develop talent, all the while inspiring confidence. She believes in breathing life into the music.Cyndi considers sharing music one of her most rewarding contributions. And most of all wants everyone to have fun learning.
Teacher | Lyrical | Jazz Fusion
Niaja Diggs is a dancer who has found a special place within her for many genres of dance. Ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and commercial styles such as hip-hop and heels are the main genres she has trained in. She was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland to a family that did not know dance would be a major influence on her life. Her training started at Expressions Dance Company at the age of three and has not stopped since. Upon grade school, she completed training through Anne Arundel County’s Performing and Visual Arts program.
After completion of the Performing Arts program at Annapolis high school, Niaja attended Anne Arundel Community College, where she got her AA in Dance. During her time at the college, she became Anne Arundel Community College Dance Company’s president and an American College Dance Association Gala choreographer. As a dancer and performer, Niaja has gained knowledge from many. She finds pride in choreographing pieces and teaching technique for many different age groups and genres of dance.
Teacher | Acting
Katie Peacock is an educator and director based in the DMV. She started her acting career through the Talent Machine Co. and took classes at Stageworkz in middle school and high school. Katie went on to graduate from Washington College where she studied Theatre and Business Management. After graduating college, she briefly worked at Walt Disney World before the pandemic and has now returned to her roots.
Today, Katie teaches in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and has worked with various theaters including Talent Machine Co., Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Annapolis Shakespeare Co., Fringe Festival DC, Source Theatre, Potomac Playmakers, and Dean Productions.
Teacher | Choreographer | Hip Hop
Jason is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who has appeared in multiple seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, passing through numerous rounds of elimination each time. He brings us his considerable talents and unique experience from the competitive dance world, where he most recently placed 5th in the IDO Dance Championships for Electric Boogie (Popping) and 16th in the Freestyle Battle Category.
A Maryland native, Jason trained formally at Patapsco High School Center for the Arts, Baltimore Dance Center, and Jamz Dance Center in Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance. He is a Certified Ballroom Dance Instructor and was the first-place winner of Baltimore’s Got Talent in its inception (2009).
Teacher | Teen Beginner Tap | Partnering & Conditioning
Mackenzie Carroll is a rising senior in the acting PVA program at Annapolis High School. She is trained in voice, acting, and many styles of dance (tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, and more). She has experience teaching dance classes with Stageworkz, as well as experience assistant directing some of The Talent Machine Company’s youth productions: Willy Wonka (2020) and All Shook Up (2022).
You may have seen Katie onstage in many past productions, including Big Fish (Sandra Bloom) and Newsies (Specs), both with TMC. She most recently appeared as Little Red in Into The Woods (Churchill Theater).
Bella Van Bergen
Teacher | Hip Hop Tots
Bella Van Bergen is a rising senior at Spalding High School. Bella has been doing theater since the fourth grade and since then has been a part of 19 shows with the Talent Machine Company. She has also appeared in a hand full of school cabarets and musicals. Her favorite rolls include Mortician in “The Addams Family” and “Jenny Hill” in Big Fish.
Bella has been dancing for 7 years at Stageworkz in styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and pointe.
Teacher | Partnering & Conditioning
Reid Murphy is a rising senior at Crofton High School. He is trained in a range of styles of dance and is vocally trained. He has taken classes from Stageworkz for many years. He also has experience assisting with the production and choreography of musicals with The Talent Machine Company (TMC) and Crofton Middle School. Reid has also been in the cast of 25 shows, including features such as: Edward Bloom (Big Fish), Bobby Strong (Urinetown), and Emmet Forrest (Legally Blonde), with TMC.
Reid's Regional Theatre credits include - A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater, The Hippodrome in Baltimore with the Children’s Guild. Reid has also worked in productions at various children’s theatre companies and community theaters such as Colonial Players and Silhouette Stage.
Lucy Dennis is super exciting to be assisting Ms. Vicki this year! Lucy is 16 years old and will be attending 11th grade at Crofton High School. Lucy has been dancing since the age of 2 and has been a student at Stageworkz for the past 6 years. She has training in many different types of dance, but her favorite is tap dancing which she started at Stageworkz and now she is an advanced tap dancer.
In addition to dancing at Stageworkz, Lucy dances in the dance company at CrHS. Lucy has also been an avid member of the Talent Machine Company for the past 8 years where she has been exposed to singing, dancing, and acting. Again, she is so excited to help teach dancers and learn as an educator.