Meet the Staff
Douglas Sumi, M.M.
American pianist and vocal coach, Douglas Sumi, has served on music staff under such conductors as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. In addition, he has been répétiteur for main stage productions at LA Opera and frequently works with the singers in the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. He has toured Russia with the young artists in a cultural exchange, giving concerts and master classes at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Mr. Sumi enjoys cooking, exercise, reading, experiencing other cultures, and searching out quality restaurants. He holds a Master of Music degree in Classical Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under the guidance of Warren Jones.
Dennis Baker, M.M.
Baker is originally from Los Angeles and has performed in New York City and regional theaters across the country. He has worked as a teaching artist with The New Victory Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, George Street Playhouse and Cape May Stage. He received his B.A. in Communication/Theatre at Azusa Pacific University, M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU, and studied with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Sojourn Theatre.
Baker’s acting credits include Hamlet, Joan of Arc (Gorilla Rep), Twelfth Night, The Giver (NYU), Picasso and the Lapin Agile, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Two River Theatre Co.), The Country Wife, Measure for Measure, Romeo and Juliet, Moon Over Buffalo, Diary of Anne Frank, I Hate Hamlet, Our Town, Arsenic and Old Lace, You Can’t Take It With You, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Merchant of Venice, Edward III, and The Ruling Class.
Fisher grew up in England where she trained with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), becoming a certified and registered teacher with this prestigious organization. In addition to dance, she has also had extensive training in mime from Todd Farley and Marcel Marceau and was an original member of the Mimeistry Company. She has performed and choreographed many theatrical productions, both local and professional, and runs her own dance studio where she annually enters students for RAD exams and produces two shows a year.
Fisher codirects “Showlights,” a Children’s Theatrical Company, and also is currently the director of dance for the International Worship Symposium. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, South America, and Europe performing, teaching technique and biblical foundations, and sharing how the arts can be used to further the Kingdom of God. She is married to Paul Fischer and together they have four young children.
Mahaffey is a highly creative and qualified fight director, actor, and teacher of stage combat who works in all avenues of the entertainment industry—film, stage and television. He is recognized as a certified teacher and fight director by The Society of American Fight Directors, and is also a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, Revenge Arts, and the Los Angeles Fight Academy. His credits include Chronicles of Narnia, Resident Evil: Degeneration, The Gold Retrievers, The Last Stand of the 300, and The Three Musketeers.
Leonardo Schiolis, M.M.
Italian Diction/Music Coach
Born in Italy, Sciolis studied at the Udine Italy Conservatory of Music for five years. He completed his studies in the United States where he received a bachelor’s degree in music composition from UCLA. He continued his studies at APU where he received a master’s degree in piano performance. He is working towards earning an artist certificate from APU while studying with Roza K. Yoder. He currently also works as a piano teacher, accompanist, and apprentice opera coach under the guidance of Melanie Galloway, DMA.