Instructors

Instructors and Staff

Debra Arce-Carr - Director, Founder of Talents Unleashed, Piano and Music Theory

 Debra Arce-Carr has participated in music and performance almost her entire life! Beginning as a pianist, then accompanist, she received her AA in music from St. Petersburg College and her BA in Music Education from the University of Central Florida.  

Her years of experience include music church work in English and Spanish-speaking churches, 40+ years of piano teaching, 20+ years of homeschooling and creator and director of Vessels of G.O.L.D. in 2001.  Growth Opportunities for Learning and Development (GOLD) was followed by summer camps and the Talents Unleashed studio. Since that time, Aureus, Chrysos, Vessels Vault, Nuggets of GOLD, GOLD in Harmony, Memories of GOLD and now Acts of GOLD have been added to the list. She is also now approved to take Gardiner Scholarship students.

She loves the creativity and always-changing canvas of talents and ideas that pass her way. Her desire is to provide wholesome, creative environments, outlets and experiences for performers, teachers and audiences in the performing arts.  

Soli Deo Gloria!

Angelic Hernandez, Director - Nuggets of GOLD

 

Angelic has been a part of Talents Unleashed since 2017. She has always enjoyed the arts and is so thankful for all she has learned through the studio.  She has studied music theory for the past 2 years while also taking piano and voice lessons. She has volunteered with TU Summer Camps in the past; working with the 6-10 and 8-12 age groups. She is also going into her third year with Vessels of G.O.L.D, taking part in the 2017-2018 production of Unleashed and the 2018-2019 production of Perspective[s]. Through her experience with Vessels of G.O.L.D. Angelic has been able to practice and study concepts such as scriptwriting, She is so excited to share all that she has learned while directing Nuggets this upcoming year, and cannot wait to watch as they share their talents with their friends, families, and community. 




Kayla Fernandez - Co-Director, Nuggets of GOLD, guitar instructor

Kayla is seventeen years old and is a junior in highschool. This is her first year performing with Vessels Of Gold, but she has been acting with Talents Unleashed for four years. She has had the privilege to participate in many other groups with Talents Unleashed, she is a founding member of Vessels Vault, has performed in Memories Of Gold, and has directed Nuggets of Gold. When Kayla is not in rehearsal or on stage, some of her favorite pastimes include playing the guitar, singing worship songs, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends and family. Her goal is to use the gifts God has given her to glorify His name, and she hopes that you are blessed by the show!

Abella Prieto, Director, Acts of GOLD and GOLD in Motion

Amanda Gonzalez - Assistant Director, Vessels Vault

 

Amanda Gonzalez is seventeen years old and is entering her senior year of high school this upcoming fall. She has been a part of Talents Unleashed since 2018, and performed in the Vessels Vault production of Hope this past year, as well as being a founding member of Acts of GOLD. She is excited to continue at the studio, both as a member of the 2020-2021 Vessels of G.O.L.D. cast and as an assistant director in Vessels Vault. Her time in Talents Unleashed has opened doors into two things she now loves: scriptwriting and directing, along with the collaboration and leadership abilities that are developed in those processes. She is excited to keep learning and working with the Vault cast as assistant director this year!

Emily Nunez - Studio Co-Director, Chrysos Director, Voice, Choreography


Emily Nuñez was a performing member of Vessels of G.O.L.D. for 10 years before taking up the position of Assistant Director.  She then helped to found  Aureus Theater Group and has performed with them in five original productions.  She is currently the Co-Director and Head of Choreography for Vessels of G.O.L.D. and Vessels Vault; she also had the honor of directing Chrysos in five wonderful productions over the past few years.

Emily performed at the 2011 Miami Music Teachers Foundation Jazz Festival and 2011 MMTF Jazz Festival Honors recital and has received awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing for her vocal performance.  She has taken vocal lessons for the past 10 years and continues her vocal study with Colleen Amaya. 

She is currently the Co-Director of Talents Unleashed as well as a private vocal instructor herself. 

Abigail Braniff, Director - GOLD in Harmony

 

Abigail Braniff has been dancing for over twelve years. She has experience in tap, jazz, flamenco, waltz and swing dancing. She is entering her first competitive Irish dance season in Spring 2018, and is a Senior  Contemporary Company member at her studio. Though she loves all styles of dance, Ballet is her passion, and this year she has had the opportunity to study Ballet at Miami Dade College. She has helped choreograph for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Chrysos, and Vessels in the past. Abigail loves performing, trying new styles and techniques, choreographing, and teaching. She has been part of Talents Unleashed since 2013, taking classes, participating as a Vessels member, and as a volunteer.  She is excited to return as a performer and teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

Michele Rothkopf - Director, Memories of GOLD

 
Michele Rothkopf is beginning her second year as director of Memories of GOLD, though she has been a member for 4 years. She grew up in NY playing the flute in orchestras, bands, pit orchestras and the high school marching band. Music makes her very happy, and being a part of Memories of GOLD is deeply special to her. She loves how much joy it brings to the people in the audience and how it fosters connection BETWEEN people. Michele is a health and life coach and a former teacher and homeschooling mom who loves to hike in the mountains and waterfalls.

Kaciah Jung - Co-Director, Chrysos

Kaciah Jung has been a part of Talents Unleashed since 2015 and has loved every minute of it. Throughout the years, she has participated in guitar, piano, and voice lessons, Chrysos, Vessels Vault, and Vessels of GOLD, along with several summer camps. Kaciah has also been assistant director for Chrysos, Nuggets of GOLD, and some summer camps. This year, she has also been emceeing Open Mic Night every month at Talents Unleashed. Her experience at Talents Unleashed has taught her many skills including scriptwriting, music reading, and several administration tasks. She is very excited to share everything she learned with the upcoming cast of Chrysos this year!