October 5, 2017  Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces the formation of a new educational initiative: the formation of a premiere performance group  entitled  Docs and Dellas. The performing troupe is comprised of an exceptional group of 12- to 19-year olds, representing Dr. Phillips Center on the stages within the arts center, and also throughout the Central Florida community. The group is named for Dr. Phillip Phillips and his wife, Della, who were committed to the arts in Central Florida.

Under the direction of Dr. Phillips Center’s Dana Brazil, senior director of education, and the musical direction of Tim Hanes, they perfect their performance skills in acting, singing and dancing throughout the season, performing at events, gatherings, meetings, conventions, parties or the like.

An audition-based selection process took place this summer for the group’s roster of talent that will perform through June 2018. Cast members rehearse once a week in addition to scheduled performances that provide valuable experience in a diverse selection of venues. Additionally, five industry professionals working in the New York City Broadway community and specializing in performance and technique will conduct workshops in Orlando for this premiere performance group including choreographing and staging numbers for the season.

“Musical theatre and performance is quickly showing itself as a center of excellence for the education department at the arts center,” says Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO of Dr. Phillips Center. “There is so much talent in this community, and we are committed to provide professional education and exposure for these emerging, talented performers. As importantly, we will have the opportunity to provide performance opportunities to further develop their talents. 

“I am continually inspired by the drive and work ethic of the young performers that develop their skill at the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts,” says Dana Brazil. “There is nothing more thrilling to me than providing the tools to an artist to discover their own brand and to collaborate with others in our community that share the same dreams. We’re creating the space to keep presenting shows in both traditional and unexpected environments, and we’re lucky to have the remarkable talent in Orlando and Central Florida.”

2017 – 2018 Docs and Dellas Company Members
Katerina Anamisis, St. James Cathedral School
Lyssi Antrim, Lake Mary High School
Aaron Banos, University High School
Sigourney Barnickel-Watson, Dr. Phillips High School
Jackson Boisvert, Dr. Phillips high School
Bryanna Buker, Hagerty High School
Henry Cartaya, Dr. Phillips High School
Macy Kramer, Howard Middle School
Bella Crider, Montverde Academy
Annabelle Davlov, Davenport School for the Arts
Sofia Deler, Boone High School
Tristan Flournoy, Florida Virtual School
Brady Foley, FLVS Honors Virtual School
Grace Gustino, West Orange High School
Brooke Herrera, FLVS Honors Virtual School
Joshua Houvouras, Lake Mary High School
Sarah Isola, Saint Mary Magdalen
Dalton Joseph, Trinity Preparatory School
Alec Lacher, Dr. Phillips High School
Anna Lehman, Smith Preparatory Academy
Ava Madara, Dr. Phillips High School
Abigail Marotta, West Orange High School
Scarlet Martinez, Cypress Creek High School
Sam Marzella, Windermere High School
Kennedy Mason, Lake Highland Preparatory School
Natalie Mastali, Celebration K-8 School
Erin McQueeney, University High School
Meghan McQueeney, University High School
Shina Mitchell, Dr. Phillips High School
Simi Moorjani, Blankner K-8 School
Brendan Morris, Lake Nona High School
Anyae Reed, Winter Park High School
Laela Rodriguez, Lake Minneola High School
Taylor Rotz, Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Brooklyn Schwetje, Windermere High School
Alex Sheffield, Windermere Preparatory School
Stuart Sheffield, Windermere Preparatory School
Brett Shelton, Lake Minneola High School
Anastasia Sims-Chin, Winter Park High School
Chaney Thornton, Lake Highland Preparatory School
Andre Torres, Dr. Phillips High School
Gabriela Torres, Dr. Phillips High School
Vangeli Tsompanidis, Hagerty High School
Madelynn Washburn, Seminole High School
Zachary Williams, Apopka High School

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.