Meet Our Artistic Team
Nora Paine, originally from North Carolina, discovered the world of theatre in college at Erskine College, in Due West, SC. Over her four years there, she stage managed and technically directed 16 productions. She also directed two productions and minored in theatre. After graduating from Loyola College of Maryland with a Masters of Education, Nora came to Tampa and joined New Tampa Players in 2008. In the past ten years, she has participated in over 25 New Tampa Players' productions, including Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Annie, twice. She served on New Tampa Players' Board of Directors as Director of Production for 6 years and is now President of New Tampa Players.
Through her experience, not only in theatre, but also as a Montessori teacher and a mother of special needs children, Nora is eager to create a successful, accepting environment for our young artists and peer mentors to grow and shine.
Nora Paine, Director
Working in the entertainment industry since 2009, Chelsie has experience in many sides of the industry. Along with many freelance works including large concert productions she was also honored to be a Children’s Ministry Technical Manager. She trained and raised the next generation of youth technicians for the highly technical and interactive services. Which in turn led her to be one of the lead sound technicians for the many main stage shows at Busch Gardens Tampa for 4 successful years. Chelsie is now a successful actress and known set designer in the community and is thrilled to be involved in any project that makes a difference and unlocks the magic in eyes of the future.
Brad Roberts, 23, is an actor from the Tampa area and is honored to be a part of The Penguin Project at NTP. While he has years of experience with music and on-stage (recent credits: Warner, Legally Blonde; Riff Raff, The Rocky Horror Show; Jean Valjean, Les Miserables,) this will be his first production on the creative team, and he’s incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such an influential program. After working at the Disney Store and developing an affinity for working with kids, he got the chance to be more involved in their development while working with Shining Stars Tampa Bay. As he was born epileptic himself, Brad has always had an interest in working with those with special needs, and to do so in an environment that fosters such creativity and growth is inspiring. He cannot wait to help Aladdin Jr. bring real magic to the stage and show the cast a whole new world. Special thanks to Bernard; Mom, Dad and Sabrina; Kristen; and to every single person who continues to support him and artists everywhere.
Alexis Jones is so excited to be part of the production team of Aladdin Jr! At a early age she began her journey with gymnastics, clogging and figure skating from there caught the performing “bug”. Being a competitive figure skater for over a decade she found a love for coaching & teaching the next generation of performers as she became a certified coach & national judge for Ice Skating International. Continuing in passing on the love of the arts she taught group and private lessons at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in Ballet, Hip Hop, & Acrobatics. Working backstage has been apart of her life for the past 11 years including sound tech, set building, props, costuming & made her debut as Assistant Choreographer for NTP’s Addams Family. Her latest work will be shown in Willy Wonka with Arts in Motion of Dade City!
Charis just recently graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Leo University. She has been dancing since she was ten and worked as an assistant choreographer in middle school. She has been working in community theater all over Tampa Bay since she was seventeen and has been working with New Tampa Players for the past two years. She currently works in a TaeKwonDo afterschool care and leads their demo team in addition to running the classroom. Her most recent work as a choreographer can be seen this coming November in Willy Wonka with Arts in Motion in Dade City. She is very excited to participate in Penguin Project and looks forward to guiding the participants to foster a love for the arts.