Performing Arts Department: Alumni

Nick Adams was the final actor to star as Fiyero in the First National Touring production of the Broadway hit Wicked. Most notably, He originated and starred as Adam/Felicia in the Tony winning Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (winner of two Broadway Audience Choice Awards, American Theater Hall of Fame Honoree, Astaire Award nominee) Also on Broadway: A Chorus Line (Larry), Guys and Dolls, Chicago (Mary Sunshine standby), La Cage Aux Folles (2010 Tony Winning Revival), and The Pirate Queen. TV and Film credits include: Sex and the City 2, An Englishman in New York, “Smash,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Rosie Live,” “It Could Be Worse,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Regis and Kelly,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” multiple telecasts of “The Tony Awards,” and currently Keith on season two of “Go-Go Boy Interrupted.” Concerts: New York Pops 30th Anniversary (Carnegie Hall), Songs For A New World (NYC, Director Jeff Calhoun), Naples Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Birdland, NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Feinstein’s 54 Below. Regional: Bucks County Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Starlight, The MUNY, & the Lyric of Oklahoma. Mr. Adams has instructed several master classes nationwide, has served on the guest faculty of The Boston Conservatory Musical Theatre Dance Intensive as well as The Broadway Dreams Foundation, and is regarded as a Capezio Dance Athlete. Nick has been featured in several national media outlets including Vanity Fair, DNA Magazine, Paper Magazines’ Beautiful People issue and the covers of Dance Spirit and Instinct Magazine. Recordings: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirate Queen, Dee Does Broadway, Crossroads Broadway compilation album. BFA Boston Conservatory. @thenickadams

After a childhood of over 60 Erie community theatre and school plays, Julie began her professional career in New York City while earning her degree in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She performed in NY City Center Encores productions of Bye Bye Birdie and The Apple Tree with Tony Award winning directors/actors including Kristin Chenoweth and Michael Cerveris. Also in NY, Julie did several musicals with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players at City Center, originated a musical on Theatre Row called The Black Monk (and recorded an original cast album) opposite Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Austin Pendelton, and played the lead in the world’s longest running musical The Fantasticks at its new Times Square theatre alongside writer Tom Jones. Other stage highlights include playing Maria in West Side Story on the Broadway world tour, acting with the Shakespeatre Theatre Co under the direction of Jonathan Munby of the Royal Shakespeare Co, and earning a Barrymore Award Nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her work as Cosette in Les Miserables. In Film/TV, Julie has appeared in television shows opposite actors such as Bobby Canavale, Sarah Paulson, Eric McCormack, and Taye Diggs.  She is currently a recurring character on TNT’s Murder in the First.  Her work also includes television commercials, voiceovers, soap operas, and films including the upcoming animated feature Rock Dog, starring Luke Wilson and J.K. Simmons, directed by Oscar nominee Ash Brannon.  Member of Women in Film.  Proud alumni of MPS!

Julie Woods-Robinson is thrilled to be back at MPS helping usher in a new era of theatre. After MPS, Julie received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (’07). Favorite professional credits include Walt Disney World: Finding Nemo: the Musical (Nemo & Squirt), Regional: Little Women (Beth), and Tour: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Favorite MPS credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), Into the Woods (Little Red Ridinghood), and The King and I (Anna). Julie is currently a Provost fellow at UCF in the MFA Theatre for Young Audiences track. She works as a teacher and director with Orlando Repertory Theatre and around the greater Orlando area. Last spring, Julie was awarded SETC’s Tom Behm Scholarship for excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences.

Mezzo soprano Ainsley Ryan has recently returned to the U.S. with her family from Zimbabwe where she was teaching and adjudicating with the National Institute of the Allied Arts Foundation’s Eisteddfod Festival and outreach. While in Zimbabwe, Ms. Ryan traveled extensively teaching voice and offering masterclasses throughout the country. Prior to her experience in Africa, Ms. Ryan performed Polina with the New York opera company, One World Symphony, in their production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame.  Other New York performances include the role of Erika in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, First Maid in Richard Strauss’s Elektra, Auntie in Britten’s Peter Grimes, the Page in Strauss’s Salomé, Sextus in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, the world premiere of Stan Grill’s In Flight and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; other performances include Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with the Natchez Opera and the Sandman in Liederkranz Opera Theater’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.  Solo oratorio engagements include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the Duruflé Requiem, the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Most recently, Ms. Ryan was the mezzo soloist in Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil performed in Erie, PA with Mercyhurst University’s Concert Choir.