Young Arts Conservatory

Welcome To Our Young Arts Conservatory

We are dedicated to working with the younger generation and creating an environment in which they will feel fully comfortable and accepted, so that they can express themselves through he beauty of the arts with acting, singing and dancing! We understand that growing up can be tough at times, so we want to give every child the ability to find there spotlight!

With a staff that has over 30 years of combined theater experience, especially working with young actors, we are focused on providing a safe and personalized environment for learning.

Through our Young Arts Conservatory (Ages 6-11) and our Teen Productions (Ages 12-16) we offer multiple opportunities every year for kids to be a star and learn all the new and exciting aspects of theater. We want to expose our kids to all aspects of theater not just one.

Meet the Staff of the Stage and Screen Series

Alec Ruiz

Acting for the Camera

As a South Florida native, Alec studied at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, participated and earned several awards in the State Thespian Festival, and received his BA in Theatre at The Florida State University. Since then, he’s worked in regional theaters, workshopped new musicals, sailed across Northern and Eastern Europe as a lead vocalist, and has been on multiple commercial, TV, and film sets. Aside from his passion for acting, Alec finds immense joy in teaching other young artists and watching them flourish in their work. 

While living as a professional actor in New York for the past few years, Alec has gathered all the tools he’s acquired from his training and experiences on stage and set to impart on those who want to learn the tips and tricks of honing their skills. He’s willing to dive into this wonderous craft and work one-on-one with artists no matter what level they’re at. His goal is to create an environment for artists to be challenged in a safe space while also having fun doing what we love. 

Sean Gogan

Theater Basics

Prior to the pandemic Sean Gogan worked at the Walt Disney World Company and Seaworld Parks And Entertainment in Orlando, where he hopes to return soon. He keeps very busy working remotely and traveling back and forth to run the theater.  This young actor graduated from Palm Beach Central High School. Sean has been an active performer in the arts since he was of the age of ten years old, since high school he has been cast in several Community Theater Productions around South Florida working and training hands on with multiple different directors. A few of his most recent credits include in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN As Linus/ US, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE As Leaf Coney Bear, GLORY DAYS As Will, TARZAN THE MUSICAL as Tarzan,  SHREK THE MUSICAL As Donkey, MARY POPPINS As Bert, THE ADDAMS FAMILY As Lucas and OLIVER THE MUSICAL as Bill Sykes. He also Played Jonathan in TICK…TICK…BOOM, Claude in HAIR, Bad Idea Bear in AVENUE Q, Sgt. Fogarty/ Harrison In CHICAGO and Rolf in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. His Directing Credits Include:  “Not-So-Grimm Tales”, “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs The Musical”, “The Cat In The Hat”, “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid Play”. This young artist is a long time part of the teaching staff on the Young Arts Conservatory and runs the Children’s Programming for Maplewood Playhouse. Sean has also been an adjudicator at district thespian festivals for both the middle school and high school levels.

Nicolette Quintero

Nicolette Quintero graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Floridawith a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and minor in BusinessAdministration. Having danced since she was three, Nicolette has trained in many styles of dance with some of her favorites being tap, musical theatre jazz, hip hop, and partner work tricks and flips.

Nicolette has worked regionally across the US at theatres such as Orlando Shakes, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Walt Disney World, and more.  Her recent credits include Evita (Tango Couple/Dance & Fight Captain), Shrek (Baby Bear/Blind Mouse), 9 to 5 (Maria), Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Claire DeLune), and West Side Story (Estella/Anita Cover).  

Along with performing, Nicolette has honed in on her love for choreographing over the years.  She can be found choreographing at different children’s theaters and schools around the Orlando, FL area as well as recently made her regional choreography debut with a tap number in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s A Christmas Story.

Nicolette is currently a full-time dance instructor and office manager at Destination Dance of Oviedo.  She has a great passion for teaching children of all ages and also offers private lessons in dance, audition prep, and musical theatre repertoire.  Whether on or off the stage, Nicolette believes that “dreams don’t work until you do” and strives to help her students tap into their fullest potential in every lesson!