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!

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

Angelic Hernandez - Director, Chrysos


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. At TU, she has taken voice and piano lessons as well as directed and assisted in summer camps and Nuggets of GOLD. She is also going into her fourth year with Vessels of G.O.L.D, taking part in the 2017-2018 production of Unleashed, 2018-2019 production of Perspective[s], 2019-2020 production of Loading…, and this year’s production of Reflections. Through her experience with Vessels of G.O.L.D. Angelic has been able to practice and study concepts such as scriptwriting, music reading, and choreography. She is so excited to now work with Chrysos, and cannot wait to watch as they share their talents with their friends, families, and community. 

Grace Colvin - Director, Nuggets of GOLD

Amy Castro - Assistant Director, Acts of GOLD

Emily Nunez - Studio Co-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. 

Michele Rothkopf - Director, Memories of GOLD

Michele Rothkopf is the director of Memories of GOLD. 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 - Director, Open Mic Nights

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. 

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!