Meet Our Instructors
And discover the amazing talents they bring to Metropolitan Performing Arts!
Deepa started performing since the age of 8 and the performing arts has been a part of her life ever since. She is trained in Indian classical dance form, Bharatnatyam and in jazz. Winning dance competitions, participating in musical theater and school plays, even scriptwriting and directing in college all led to her being named the principal dancer of National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.
After that, she joined Suyog Productions, a flagship theatre house in Mumbai as an actor and toured all over the country with several hit productions. She dabbled in a couple of short films by National Film Development Corporation before moving to United States. She has been teaching Bollywood dance in Portland for 8 years and has been an independent choreographer/dancer.
Her all-women dance troupe has performed at various platforms in the Northwest, including Power of One show in Seattle, and City of Beaverton’s summer events. Her dance academy recently won Portland’s first Bollywood competition.
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Because of her extensive time on stage, she is extremely passionate about arts education and has served on the board of Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Center Stage.
Having grown up in Vancouver, WA, Dylan attended VSAA before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with a degree in Directing/Playwriting. Since college, Dylan has worked all across the country, most recently as the Artistic Administrator for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Favorite credits include; ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA (Cornish), TWELFTH NIGHT (Bard and Bourbon Theatre Co.), and THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (Outskirts Theatre).
Jeffrey Puukka is curious and passionate about actor training, and joined Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy to teach Acting Fundamentals in 2017. Additionally, Jeffrey teaches the highly popular and successful Monday Night Acting Lab at Mt. Hood Community College, and is also a mentor and adjudicator for high school competitive speakers. Jeffrey has directed thirty-something theatre productions in the Portland metro area over the past 15 years. Favorites include “Women of Troy” which he adapted from Euripides and directed in 2015, “Elective Affinities” (Portland, the Edinburgh Fringe, and Cambodia), and “Dracula” (Portland, 2004).
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After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Will went on to get his bachelor's degree in Theater Education from Western Washington University. Since 2014 Will has been teaching Acting, Acrobatics, and Theater Technology in the Vancouver area having the opportunity to work in all aspects of the theater from play-writing to performance. Previous credits include: Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), Jack Sprat World Tour (Jack), Town of Gruff (Playwright), Madeline's Christmas (Director), and many more.
Pip Kennedy is an actor, director, vocalist, and dramaturg based in Portland, Or. Classically trained in Meisner Technique & Victorian Period Dramaturgy, he has over 8 years of study in these areas plus, stage direction, script analysis, new play development, musical theatre & Shakespeare. His professional training started at Concordia University, then to Portland State University & also NYU. He's traveled the country & Eastern Europe performing for various companies. He's been professionally working as an actor & director for about 20 years.
Jimmie is a musician and actor currently residing in New York City. Jimmie is a vocalist with locally beloved international superstars Pink Martini, for the Grammy-nominated ODESZA for their national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and recently debut his second solo album. After graduating Cornish with a degree in composition and performance, Herrod pursued a Master of Music in jazz studies from Portland State University and made a name for himself as a theater artist in Seattle. Authoritative Broadway World deemed his 2015, gender-bending performance as Tunny’s Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot by Seattle’s ArtsWest “a performance for the ages.” Jimmie has served as an adjunct professor of voice for the PSU jazz program and performed with the Oregon Symphony, 5th Avenue theater Seattle, NWCT, Staged!, Portland Opera and Seattle Rock Orchestra.
Jeanna Reed is excited for the opportunity to share her love of dance and musical
theater with MPA! Jeanna has over 20 years of experience as a dance instructor and
choreographer. She finds joy in working with beginners on up to professionals. Jeanna
is the owner of "Jeanna's Forever Dance, LLC" Her local musical theater work includes
choreography and performance in: Mary Poppins, Charlie Brown, Shrek, The Mikado, and tap choreography for Thoroughly Modern Millie. She also enjoys choreographing for youth productions, and some of her favorite credits include Singing; in the Rain, Aladdin,
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS. Choreography credits also include two original musicals written and directed by Steve Taylor with Theater Under the Stars in Lake Chelan. One of Jeanna's greatest thrills was performing in the opening dance for The New York Radio City Rockettes. In addition to
her passion for dance and theater, Jeanna has her teaching degree from Whitworth University. Jeanna taught first grade and middle school before becoming a mom of her four sons.
Sean began performing in the 5th grade with a community theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof. He attended Southern Oregon University as a BFA student with an emphasis in Performance. Sean's interests grew with his education, and he took a full course of Sound Design and Directing classes in addition to his acting, movement, speech, and dramatic literature courses. He also served as a guest lecturer for the Drama in the Western Culture class at SOU for two years, and performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before coming North to the Portland/Vancouver area. Sean received his Masters in Teaching at Concordia University, and has been the director of the drama department at Camas High School since 2011. Sean and his department have received state-wide recognition at the 5th Avenue Awards in Seattle earning dozens of nominations and honorable mentions for scene design, lighting, directing, performance, and choreography, including 3 nominations for Outstanding Overall Production, and wins for Outstanding Direction for 2013's Into the Woods, and Outstanding Overall Production for 2015's Cabaret. Two of his students have won Outstanding Leading Actor/Actress awards, and have been sent to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York. Sean also performed with Post5 Theater in Portland's 2015 performances of Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing.