MEET THE TEAM
About the LMproject
The LMproject was founded in 2005 at the invitation of the International Children’s Festival, to perform at the Wolftrap performance theater in Virginia. After gaining overwhelmingly positive support and feedback from those performances, founder Alisa Claire decided to expand the scope of the group. Convincing her NY friends to join her, she set out to create a program of arts education for the surrounding communities, that included performances and masterclasses dedicated to fostering the love of the arts that is very much at risk in many communities. All of the shows and masterclasses are geared towards introducing students of every age to the creative and collaborative process through the fundamentals of theater and dance.
All of the artists in LMproject– whether performer, creative, or both — currently live in NYC. All of them are performers with experience at the highest levels of performance in New York. Our artists have performed on Broadway, with NYC based dance companies, or teach at the highest level studios, or choreograph and perform across the country at major regional theaters. And they all call NYC their home! These performers and artistic staff are in the business, know the business, and teach the business at all levels.
2021 Summer Intensive Instructors
ALISA CLAIRE (Founder, Artistic Director, Choreogprapher) A Washington, D.C. native, is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Choreographer for New York City’s LMproject, a dance and musical theatre performance company currently touring the U.S. She is also the resident choreographer for The American Globe Theatre. She earned her degree from Dean College School of Dance. Alisa has set and choreographed several shows including “A Chorus Line” Seacoast Rep. (asst. dir/choreo), “La Cage Aux Folles” Mac-Haydn Theatre (choreographed), “Mary Poppins” Merry Go Round Theatre (asst. choreo, original Broadway choreography), “Spring Awakening” at American University, “Big Fish” in Madison, WI., “The Rainbow Project in Barbados, W.I., The Mieko Fuji Contemporary Dance Company in Tokyo, Japan, and “Sandy the Dandy and Charlie McGee”, a musical. She has been teaching across America in multiple disciplines of dance and musical theatre, along with professional audition workshops in universities, conservatories, dance schools, workshops and camps. Her performance credits include dancing for Aszure Barton, Cherice Barton, Frank Augustyn, David Parsons, and several more including the filming of the choreography of the Disney’s Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Alisa currently resides in NYC and through LMproject continues to create and educate in the arts throughout the country.
BRIAN COLLIER (Associate Artistic Director) Brian most recently served as the Assistant Choreographer for the recent Broadway Revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close. Brian has also served as the Dance Supervisor and Associate Choreographer for the Broadway and US National Tour companies of Mary Poppins. He was the Assistant Choreographer for the Mexico City production of Mary Poppins. He also understudied/swung 24 ensemble and principal tracks, including the role of Bert, made famous in the movie incarnation by Dick Van Dyke. He was responsible for staging multiple National TV performances, including “Dancing wth the Stars”, “The Conan O’Brian Show”, “The View”, “Regis and Kelly”, and other national parades and events. He has choreographed and assisted at multiple regional theaters across the country. Other credits include, Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Doormat, Lefou u/s). National Tours: Cats (Dance Captain). Regional: Cats (Mistoffeles, Mungojerrie, others), Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), On the Town (Chip), Sweeney Todd(Tobias), Evita, My Favorite Year, and others.
RON DIZON (Acting and Improv) is a native NYer and a graduate of Baruch College and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory. Theatre credits include: Miss Saigon (Riverside Theatre); The Spanish Tragedy (Page / Genesis Repertory – Spotlight-On Awards Nominee: Best Supporting Actor); A Chorus Line (Paul/Broadhollow Regional Theater); The Choice (Charles/TNC’s Dream-Up Festival); Brecht in the Park (Elephant Run District, Central Park); Glass Menagerie (Tom/ButterflyTheatre Co.). As a TV/Film actor, Ron has worked on TV shows like Law & Order: SVU and Broad City. He also starred in the indie film Rooftop Heist, as well as the award-winning comedy short film A Box Came to Brooklyn. Commercial credits include Spectrum TV, Allstate, and Fox Business. Currently Ron can be seen hosting episodes of Week-N-Geek on the NYCBRIEFCASE channel on YouTube. You can follow Ron on IG or Facebook @TheRonDizon or visit his website at rondizon.com.
BRIAN VICTOR (Music, Direction/Accompanist) was assistant music director on national tours of The Producers and Beauty And The Beast. He has music directed shows at Red Mountain Theater Company (Young Frankenstein), Cohoes Music Hall (A Wonderful Life) and Bristol Valley Theater (Godspell, Oh Coward, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns). Prior to moving to New York, he music directed several shows in the DC metro area, including Guys And Dolls and Forever Plaid with the Reston Community Players, and Rent and The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Kensington Arts Theater.