Meet Our Artistic Team - Senior Teaching Artists
Ahmad Maaty - Senior Teaching Artist, Resident Choreographer
Ahmad is an Egyptian-American actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer. He was born in Washington DC, grew up in northern Virginia, and graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. Ahmad has been part of the AFYP family for nine years. He is a resident actor, teaches afterschool classes, and is the musical theatre director at summer camp and for all showcase programs. He regularly performs as a guest artist for Silk Road Dance Company in DC, with whom he has performed in Doha, Qatar at the Asia Cup Games in January 2011 and New Orleans, LA in October 2015. Ahmad has danced and choreographed for the DC Metro area based modern dance company, Mayzsoul, Inc. and acted as Artistic Director for two of their concerts, Fresh and Le Monde Secret. Most Recently in NYC he has performed with Mayzsoul, Inc. in Sticky, and as part of the NYC10 Dance Week initiative. He has also taught at the Academy of Russian Ballet since 2007, and has performed with their resident ballet company since 2012. In May 2012, Ahmad received a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from the acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. Most recently, Ahmad has appeared in Prince William Little Theatre's productions of Tommy and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. He can next be seen in Fauquier Community Theatre's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (ahmadmaaty.com)
Lisa Nanni-Messegee - Senior Teaching Artist, Playwright in Residence
Lisa is the founder of Lucy 8 Productions, and has written and adapted several plays for young audiences. As the Playwright in residence, Lisa has written and directed all of AFYP’s current in-school touring shows; A Penny Saved, Street Smart: The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian, and The Fisherman and His Wife. Other recent AFYP original plays include The Value of x, Carol vs. Christmas (published by Eldridge), An American House (published, available on Amazon.), Just So, Mr. Kipling (published by Eldridge) and Radio Vega. Lisa, along with her husband Todd, also wrote Romantically Speaking, produced this year as a made for TV movie starring Heather Morris (Glee), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls.) Lisa and Todd were also script doctors on Matchmaker Santa which aired on The Hallmark Channel in 2012. Matchmaker Santa was ranked #2 best holiday movie for the network. They are currently on contract for a new romantic comedy with Larry Levinson Productions and in development on a romantic drama for Shalom Amigo Productions in LA.
Jacqueline Salvador - Senior Teaching Artist, Musical Director
Jacqueline is an actor and teacher in the Northern Virginia and DC areas. She is currently preparing to perform in Seasons of Light with Discovery Theater at the DC Smithsonian. Some of her favorite roles include “Carla” in The Little Theatre of Alexandria's production of In The Heights and her opera roles, “Zita” in Gianni Schicchi and “Mrs. Jones” in Street Scene, with the School of Music at George Mason University. She has also participated in the DC Fringe Festival and performed in her own cabaret. As a teacher, she is currently giving voice and piano lessons to students of all ages in Stafford, Virginia. Jacqueline joined the AFYP family in the Fall of 2012, working as the Musical Director for our fall and spring musicals, as well as part of the Musical Theater team for our Summer Acting Camp. As always, she is thankful to her family and friends for always encouraging her to dream BIG!
Alaina Talley - Senior Teaching Artist, Liaison to Potomac Arts Academy
Alaina is an alumni of George Mason University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Theater and a member of Mason's Theater Honor Fraternity Alpha Psi Omega. Alaina has represented Acting for Young people since 2010 as a Teaching Artist and Company Actor and now also serves as an Education Assistant. She currently is the Assistant Coordinator of Registration and Programs with our partner organization, Potomac Arts Academy, and focuses mainly on coordinating Potomac's 200+ weekly private lessons. Before joining forces with Potomac & AFYP, Alaina has previously worked with non-profit organizations, such as Cultural DC as an Assistant Producer for the annual Source Festival in Washington, DC. The arts have been a strong factor in Alaina's growth as a student, teacher, and working professional. She has always had a passion for community arts and is thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant, growing organization!
Rebecca Wahls - Senior Teaching Artist, Artistic Associate
Rebecca holds a BFA in Theater from George Mason University. She has worked with AFYP since Fall 2012 teaching for after school, summer camp, and showcase programs. She is currently appearing in AFYP's touring shows A Penny Saved and The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian and writes and directs the Advanced and Mini Actors' showcase programs. Some recent professional directing work includes Dark Times at Grimesville High (Official Extension Week Selection, Capital Fringe Festival 2016), The 3rd Annual One Minute Play Festival, and Mother Knows Best (Rabble Crew Productions) She also assistant directs at DC area theatre companies such as Forum, 1st Stage, and Constellation Theatre Company. (rebeccawahls.com)
Zachary Wilcox - Senior Teaching Artist, Logistics and Administrative Assistant
Zachary holds a BA in Theater from George Mason University with concentrations in performance, playwriting, and dramaturgy. He has been a teaching artist with AFYP since Fall 2013. He is a resident actor with the company, currently appearing in AFYP's touring shows A Penny Saved and The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian, and is the Logistics Coordinator for summer camp and showcase programs. While at Mason Zach's work as an actor, playwright, and dramaturg was seen twelve productions with the Mason Players; some favorite credits include Tom in An Experiment with an Air Pump, the Aristocrat in The Blue Room, and dramaturg for Dido, Queen of Carthage.