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Phoenix Performing Arts was founded to provide accessible performing arts opportunities for Northeast Ohio youth. We aim to create an encouraging, inclusive arts community focused on the FUNdamentals of performing arts.

Phoenix Performing Arts is a non-profit corporation and shall be operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of the Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any Future tax code. 

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Amber Coughlin


Amber Coughlin is a Pittsburgh, PA native dancer and choreographer currently residing in Akron, Ohio. Her training includes intensives at Millenium Dance Complex Pittsburgh, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre’s Alloy Studios (formally Pittsburgh Dance Alloy Pittsburgh), and Point Park University. All supplementing her work at her home studio – Miss Holly’s Dance Studio.

Amber started performing in her school musicals from 6th grade on where she developed the passion she has for theatre today. Along with performing, Amber also began choreographing for musicals while still in High School. She was awarded the 1st Place Award for Choreography in the 2013 Gene Kelly Awards held in Pittsburgh, PA – for her work on ‘All Shook Up’ performed by Penn Hills HS. After graduating, she attended The University of Akron to train as a Dance Major and focus on her ballet (under Pauline Reilly-Howe) and modern technique (under Tom Smith – who trained under Martha Graham). Since that time, she has continued to dance and choreograph in the Akron/Cleveland area with companies such as Division Dance Company, Cleveland Dance Project, JAM Dance Academy, and of course – Phoenix Performing Arts.

Sadie Piper

VOCAL INSTRUCTION/Musical director

A classically trained vocalist from Pennsylvania, Sadie Piper studied vocal performance and music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There she performed in community theater and worked as a soloist in local churches and for many community events.
In 2011, she and her family relocated to Northeast Ohio where she continued to sing with Summit Choral Society and local community choirs.
Sadie provides private instruction to young students while continuing to expand her own musical knowledge and skill. A forever student eager to learn, she studies vocal pedagogy, piano, and bass guitar.
Sadie is excited to be a part of Phoenix Performing Arts and help grow Akron’s creative community.

Tess Hosler

VOCAL Director

Tess joined the Phoenix artistic team summer 2023. A Cleveland native, Tess has been an avid musician, performer, and educator in the area from a young age. She currently teaches music in the Lakewood City Schools, where she also assistant directs and choreographs their musicals! In addition to teaching, Tess enjoys dancing with the Cleveland Dance Project in her spare time. Starting dance from age three, acting at age six, and singing since birth, Tess has always been around the stage. She has performed in musicals at the Beck Center for the Arts, Olde Towne Hall Theater, Cleveland Opera, Playhouse Square, and Lakewood High School, receiving accolades for her performances as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and more. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Tess traveled to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA where she received a Junior Slam Outstanding Actor Award and was invited to New York City to film the latest Jr Musical Choreography DVD videos produced by iTheatrics. In addition to performing, Tess has choreographed over 20 musicals around the Northeast Ohio area since her freshman year of high school! Tess studied at Bowling Green State University, receiving a dual bachelors degree in Instrumental and Choral Music Education majoring on saxophone, voice, and organ. She currently resides in Lakewood with her husband, Drew, and Corgi, Sebastian.

Kara Ross

VOCAL INSTRUCTION/Musical director

Kara Ross is a 2014 graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she
studied classical music and majored in Vocal Performance. Right after graduation, Kara moved to the Akron/Cleveland area and joined the Opera scene, performing twice at Playhouse Square and getting plugged into the Trillium Schools of Music as a private vocal instructor.

Since then, she has performed with local bands, professional choirs and taught general music at private schools. Kara has always had a special love for Broadway and her favorite shows are Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, and Godspell.

Kara Ross

Board of Directors

Jailyn Harris

  • Head of Education

Emma Parker

  • Head of Community Engagement

Jennifer Rieger 

  • Head of Finances

Julie Yoe 

  • Secretary of the Board 

Carey Voigt

  • Head of Fundraising
  • Amber Coughlin

    • President of the Board

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