Instructors and Staff

Lisa Villamaria Casia - Voice, Piano

Lisa is the Artistic and Executive Director of Theater Steps and Theater Steps Theatrical Society. She is a proud member of the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) former Music Education National Conference (MENC), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Music Teachers' Association (MTNA), and a board member of the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild (MAMTG). Lisa serves as the current recording secretary of the Music Educators Association and Vice President and member of the board of directors of the New Jersey chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). Lisa also serves as the New Jersey representative for the national NFMC and currently heads the online presence committee for the NJFMC. Lisa is also NPM Cantor Colleague Certified by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. She serves as the Musical Director at Saint Nicholas Church in Jersey City, NJ. Lisa holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts with a concentration in Vocal Performance and Music Education.

Lisa is a public school certified music teacher for Grades K-12 where her teaching expertise ranges from Kodaly and Orff general music activities to advance music theory in voice and piano. Lisa has had experience in teaching general music, choir music, choir ensembles, and hand bell ensembles at the Murray A. Chittick Elementary School, East Brunswick High School, North Brunswick High School and St. Peter’s College’s 4R Program in Jersey City, NJ. Lisa has also been the Musical Director for the musical Tommy at St. Peter’s Preparatory High School. More recently, Lisa was teaching Stages Junior at Art House under Christine Goodman. Lisa was recognized with the Certificate of Music Excellence award given by Governor McGreevy for her record of excellence as one of the New Jersey’s top 100 music teachers in music education .

Alongside Lisa’s teaching career, she is an accomplished performer being a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). She recently performed in the New York City premiere of Noli Me Tangere the Opera and continued on tour with them at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2014. She has traveled throughout North America and New Zealand performing with various shows ranging from Miss Saigon, CATS, Cinderella, Godspell, South Pacific, Viet Rock, Junie B. Jones, and Disney’s Aladdin. She is no stranger to New York City’s Off-Broadway scene performing as the title role in Naughty Marietta and more recently as Peony in Shanghai Lil’s. She has sung classically in concerts at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Gospel singer, Sandi Patty and Broadway star, Ann Hampton Callaway. On T.V. she played multiple characters on CBS’s Guiding Light, Blue Bloods, and WB’s Gossip Girl.

Currently, Lisa is enjoying teaching her private students the techniques of voice and piano and watching their successes as they grow. Lisa promotes vocal health with innovative pedagogy exercises to keep each individual engaged. She not only stresses the importance of a proper foundation but also provides the service of a coach to bring out the total performer in everyone. Her coaching techniques assist even the youngest performer in focusing their energy and delivering the message within each musical selection.

Portrait of Lisa Villamaria Casia

Lisa Villamaria Casia