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Tyler Mount

Tyler Mount

Board Member

During his tenure as a producer, Tyler Mount has been the recipient of three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Drama League Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a GLAAD Media Award. His years of experience span Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater. His Tony Award for Once on This Island (Best Revival of a Musical) made Tyler one of the youngest Tony Award-winning producers in history. In October of 2020, Tyler received his third and fourth Tony Award nominations making him the youngest individual producer to be nominated for Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival of a Play, and Best Revival of a Musical.

As an industry-leading digital strategy expert and owner of Tyler Mount Ventures, a digital agency specializing in social media strategy for the world’s most influential thought leaders and celebrities, Tyler has managed digital campaigns for Biden for America, NBC, Playbill, IBM, Hilton Hotels, Sofitel, T-Mobile, the Tony Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Olivier Awards, and countless others.

Tyler’s digital strategy expertise can be seen throughout the nearly two hundred videos he created for Playbill’s The Tyler Mount Vlog, a web series that has been seen by over 25 million viewers in 168 different countries. Guests included Lin Manuel-Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Billy Porter, Perez Hilton, Jerry Mitchell, and Ali Stroker. Tyler has been profiled in dozens of esteemed publications including The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, and Out Magazine.

Tyler’s Broadway/West End credits include: Hadestown, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Inheritance, Once on This Island, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, An American in Paris, ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices: Gloria Estefan LIVE!, and The Acting Company’s 2014 benefit concert of The Cradle Will Rock, starring Patti Lupone. He is currently producing the United Kingdom tour of Dream Girls, which is scheduled to make its triumphant return to Broadway in 2023.

Tyler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and Arts Administration from St. Edward’s University, attended CAP21 in New York City, now the Molloy College/CAP21 Theatre Arts Program, and holds a postgraduate certificate from MIT in Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics

Emma Goldberg

Emma Goldberg

Musical Director

Emma began performing in musical groups at a very young age as she grew up in Sarasota, FL. She went on to earn a Bachelor's in Vocal Music Education from Hope College in Holland, MI. She was the musical theatre and chorus teacher at Booker Middle School for the VPA program for 5 years and then switched to Gulf Gate Elementary School for 4 years. She recently has taken a step back from being in the classroom full time due to her four-year-old son, Mason, and two year old daughter, Julianna. She has years of experience both in a classroom setting as well as in private lessons for voice and piano.

Ethan Fuhrmeister

Ethan Fuhrmeister

Lighting Designer

Ethan Fuhrmeister is a lighting designer for the local Sarasota area. He is a student at State College of Florida. He has been a lighting designer since 2016. He has been involved in Rise Above since Grease the Musical. His dream is to become a lighting designer and eventually create a business around lighting and sound. He is proud to have done over 15 shows with Rise Above alone and over 30 shows by the time he was 19. He is proud to be the lighting designer for Rise Above.

Toni Dentico

Toni Dentico

Choreographer

Toni Dentico is coming to us from Buffalo, NY, she is very excited to become a member of the Rise Above Family. Toni has been the Choreographer for the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute's Music Department for the last twelve years, while there she has choreographed twelve musicals and numerous musical numbers for their Swing Choir. As Co-Director, Toni ran the Artpark and Musicalfaire Summer Camps for the last eleven years. Prior to work at St. Joes Toni was the choreographer at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville, NY. She choreographed over twenty shows while with the Academy. Toni received her dance training at the David DeMarie Dance Studio where she was a student for many years. She performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. Toni was awarded the titles of Miss Junior Dance of WNY, Miss Dance of WNY and Miss Dance of America, she was crowned in Miami Florida!

Rachael Johnson

Rachael Johnson

Choreographer

Rachael discovered her love for dance and theatre at the age of 4. Since then, she has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and musical theatre at multiple studios. She is a graduate of Booker High School’s VPA Theatre program and the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has been seen in readings and productions o A (Funny) Imagination! At Dixon Place, Dramatists’ Guild and New York Theatre Winterfest originating the role of Dee’s Sister. She has also appeared in numerous local theater productions throughout her childhood in Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton. Her favorite roles include Into the Woods (Little Red), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Fools (Sophia), Annie Get Your Gun (Winnie Tate), and Grease (Frenchie). Rachael has choreographed for various schools and theatre companies including AMDA, Ashton Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Stage Door Studios, and Booker High School. She has trained with Broadway Artists Alliance and worked with Musical Theatre International as part of the choreography DVD for Lion King JR. She participated in the Junior Theater Festival for three years and received a national award for Excellence in Student Choreography.

Rachael has learned so much from these experiences and has made invaluable connections. Rachael is so proud to be a founding member of this amazing company and to work with so many sweet and insanely talented kids!

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