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Joseph Zapata

Executive Director

Joe has spent over two decades in managerial duties in the retail world. His desire to be close to family led him to the Youth Performing Arts Training Center. Joe has a vision that the YPATC is and always will be a place where people can learn and build their character. He believes every child should have the opportunity to find their passion. Whether it be in acting, dance, or music. He wants to help provide the opportunity to all of them so they can chose to do what makes them happiest and helps them to succeed. The YPATC isn’t just for learning, it is for bringing out the hidden talents our kids hold.



Email: j.zapata@ypatc.org

Phone: (386) 848-3232

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Hannah Renee Crawford

Director of Acting & Instructor

Hannah is a graduate from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Performance Studies. She has spent her time over the years volunteering in Juvenile Detention Centers, Community Theater’s, and doing international work in Siberia. Hannah has worked with multiple productions in fields from directing, lighting, audio, teaching, acting, stage management, and much more. Working in all variations of the theater has given her insight as to what it truly takes to put on a production as a whole. Hannah is passionate to teach students how things work, rather than just ordering actors around.



Email: h.crawford@ypatc.org

Phone: (352) 217-4406


Ryan Aceituno

Director of Music & Instructor

Ryan is a Stetson University Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Ryan has worked in almost every aspect of music. From performing in multiple venues, experimenting with audio recording, and teaching a variety of music classes. Ryan’s true passion for music lies in extending the experience of music to others.



Email: r.aceituno@ypatc.org

Phone: (386) 574-3021


Austin Kessler

Operations Supervisor & Music Instructor

Austin loves teaching others, and loves music. He has spent years teaching a variety of students. Studying with a professor at Stetson’s University of Music, while also networking with several longtime instructors to learn how to better convey the information he is teaching. He has knowledge in guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele. While also having a strong basis in music theory. Austin wants to create a fun and exciting learning experience!


Email a.kessler@ypatc.org

Phone: (386) 589-9497

Acting Instructors


Carrie Holliman

Show Director

Carrie Mae Holliman has a degree in Theatre and studied Musical Theatre at the Florida School of the Arts. She has directed Multiple children’s shows. The most popular being Willy Wonka JR. and The Jungle Book JR. Carrie is a local performer and has been in numerous shows around Central Florida including Company as Jenny, 9-5 as Judy and most recently in Jekyll & Hyde at the Athens Theatre. We are pleased to have her expertise on board as one of our Show Director’s.


Alice Moskola

Improv Instructor

Alice Moskola is a lifelong resident of Central Florida with a passion for all forms of creative expression. From an early age, she was drawn to stage production which later translated into video production. A techie since age ten, Alice both stage managed and acted her way through adolescence. Today, she carries on that lifestyle studio directing local news broadcasts by day and jumping into her love of theatre by night. Improvised comedy is her favorite! Utilizing this style on and offstage; improv serves as an expressive platform and judgment free zone in Alice’s life. She believes that improvisational acting helps build a solid foundation and muscle memory for all levels of stage training. Alice attended the Nicholson School of Communication at The University of Central Florida. She is so excited to train students as they unleash their theatrical side and have a blast in the process.

Sarah Smith

Show Director


Art Instructors


Art Instructor

Hannah Watkins

Hannah studied Art Education at University of Central Florida and has been teaching art to children for over 18 years. She has the talent in bringing out the inspiration in each and every student by giving them the tools and knowledge necessary to explore the art world! Not only does Hannah teach art, but she also is a fabulous Children’s Entertainer for parties and company events for over 21 years throughout Central Florida.
She is excited to share her special talents with the YPAT

Dance Instructors

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Joseph Hernandez

Hip-Hop Instructor

Joseph Hernandez is a Hip Hop dancer who specializes in the dance style of Animation. He performs locally and competes in battles throughout the southeast. Joseph has also performed in music videos for local artists while also teaching at various studios and schools. He is also one of the founders and current captain of Soul Stasis dance crew. He joins YPATC’s commitment in helping our students reach their highest potential.


Ashley Liedlich

Dance Instructor

Ashley Liedlich comes to us from South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration a Minor in Dance, and lots of hands on experience in Musical Theatre. Ashley has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and began teaching at the age of 12 in her home studio. As she grew she started to teach around her hometown locally at different studios and even for special events. Ashley has been trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Lyrical, Baton, Cheerleading, Pomp Pageantry and Musical Theater . She has competed in many competitions around the state of South Carolina and North Carolina as well as out of state championships and trained many young dancers and helped them bring home many first and first overall awards and trophies. During her young adult years Ashley  studied with Prima Ballerina Janice Barringer, as well as Jazz and contemporary mogul Frank Hatchett and continues to get feedback from Thomas Alexander who is a world renowned dancer and Judge. Her mentor, Susie Pennington and dance teacher for 30 years who was taught by Debbie Allen is one of her all time inspirations. Ashley worked on the Board of Directors at Susies Academy of Dance where they also performed Musicals.

Music Instructors


Ana Caban

Cello & Violin Instructor

Ana has 7 years of college training in musical performance, and she has been teaching string instruments over 18 years. She currently performs with Maitland Symphony Orchestra. Ana loves to see her students succeed.

Darious Wilson

Guitar Instructor

Darious has earned his Associate of Arts degree from Daytona State College. He has been playing guitar for over eight years, while taking private guitar lessons for two years. He has a strong focus in improvising, playing in genres such as funk, jazz, and metal. He has a strong passion for expressing his creativity in music and sharing that with his students.

Jonah Dujanovic

Piano Instructor

Jonah has been playing the piano for ten years. He has privately studied with profound local instructors, and looks forward to taking his experience to the next level by educating. He performs solo and collaboratively in various venues. Jonah helps his students to enjoy and love the sharing of music with others!
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Jonathan Anderson

Voice Instructor

Jonathan is a Stetson University School of Music graduate with skills in guitar and classical singing. He is also the Choir Director of Deltona Middle School. Jonathan takes teaching very seriously adapting to his kids to make the learning experience helpful, and exciting for them.
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Jonathan Frost

Brass & Woodwind Instructor

Jonathan is an experienced performer, arranger/orchestrator, and multi-instrumentalist. Jonathan’s current music endeavors include directing the Ensemble Ut Mi Sol. Jonathan has had eight years of teaching experience to students of all ages. He can teach flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, beginner trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and beginner tuba.

Valentine Agranovsky

Piano Instructor

Valentine has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. She is a certified teacher and has been teaching piano for 5 years. Valentine strives to teach her students the beauty and elegance of piano so that they may excel with the instrument.

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