About Us

What We Are

Musical Theatrix offers classes in the Performing Arts to nurture self-esteem and build confidence in a safe and trusting environment. We teach techniques of acting for onstage and in front of a camera, vocal and dance with an emphasis on the Art of Performing. We believe each child is a *STAR* and promote his or her individual talents to shine while giving them a positive opportunity for performance. We share our passion for Musical Theatre and believe in the synergy of teamwork as we mount a performance!

Who We Are

We are a team of professional teachers and performers. We have over 40 years of experience in theatre, education and directing. We love watching children’s transformation through the power of Performing Arts!

Our Experienced Staff

JudyJudy Templeton (Ms. Judy)

Ms. Judy has been singing, dancing, acting and performing since she was 5 years old. She began her career in the Performing Arts in Columbia in 1972 and has been teaching ever since. She has taught Jazz, Modern and Tap classes as well as Acting, Auditioning Skills, Acting for Television and Musical Theatre. She was the Founding Artistic Director, Producer and Choreographer for the Performing Arts Program at Patapsco Middle School for 25 years. She has hosted Television and Radio shows for both children and adults and continues to freelance in voice-over, radio, and television. She loves children and musical theatre and feels blessed to teach both in Musical Theatrix.

Claire Silberman

Claire Silberman joined the Musical Theatrix family in fourth grade and never left! She now attends Atholton high school and has a great time helping out every Wednesday, whether by choreographing, costuming, or making things run smoothly backstage. Claire enjoys singing with the Peabody Children’s Choir and currently participates in debate and theatre at school. You may have seen her recently in Atholton’s “Legally Blonde,” “Curtains,” or “The Wedding Singer.” She absolutely loves working with all the amazing kids and staff who make Musical Theatrix so wonderful.

Ed Myers

Ed Myers, known as the Piano Man, has been playing the keys since he was five years old. One of his special talents is playing for children’s theater. He is our Music Director and provides us with live accompaniment at rehearsals as well as our performances. Ed has played numerous Musicals over the years for Musical Theatrix. He has also played for Toby’s dinner theater, has his own Jazz trio Friday and Saturday nights at the Asean Bistro, plays at the Symphony Woods building every morning and plays for church on Sunday morning! Bravo, Maestro Ed Myers.

ToddTodd Hockkeppel

Todd is delighted to join the Musical Theatrix team and looks forward to teaching and working with Judy and all the students. Theatrically trained, Todd has performed in dozens of local musical productions. As a member of SAG, he has appeared in films, commercials and TV shows like America’s Most Wanted and Homicide Life on the Streets. Some of his favorite stage roles include Thenardier (Les Miz), Wilbur (Hairspray), Fagin (Oliver!), Harry the Horse (Guys and Dolls), Syliva (Ruthless). As an award-winning multimedia producer, Todd collaborates with many talented technicians and artists to produce documentaries, advocacy programs, biographies, PSAs and marketing videos. Through his work with Montgomery County Public Schools, he has worked and directed children, both behind and in front of the camera. He has a marketing communications degree from the University of Maryland, and he continues to take workshops to improve his crafts of acting and directing. Todd loves improvisation and Playback Theatre. In 2006, Todd founded the Ellicott Mills Middle School Drama Club where he recently staged a pilot production of Disney’s Aladdin, JR. He also serves on the board of Howard County Summer Theatre, where he often performs.

Jillianne CrescenziJillianne Crescenzi

Jillianne is currently a Children’s Instructor for Howard County Library System and a mother of two tots herself. Some of her favorite books to act out are A Monster at the End of the Book (Grover) and characters from Mo Willem books. Prior to working at the library, her experience includes working with children with special needs, community outreach, and directing an After-School program, Summer Camp, and camp performances.