Vanguard Education Team
photo Janeece Freeman Clark

In addition to being the co-founder and Artistic Director of Vanguard Theater Company, Janeece is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the Musical Theater Education Department, where she has worked with Musical Director Ray Chew (American Idol) and Musical Director Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Big Fat Broadway.)  Through a partnership with the Johnny Mercer Foundation and NJPAC, Janeece assisted in writing and implementing the curriculum for a Musical Theater Writing program that takes place in Urban Neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.  Janeece runs a private vocal studio in South Orange, NJ, where she resides with her family. She is an active member of Midtown Direct Repertory Theater where she has presented (In the capacity of performer and more recently - director) over a dozen plays by contemporary playwrights.

Janeece is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Musical Theater, Voice Performance and Music Education). Directing credits include: Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not, which debuted at NY’s Fringe Festival to rave reviews, was a sold-out run, and the fastest selling show in NY’s Fringe Festival history; A Night In New Orleans (the story of a young Louis Armstrong), which premiered to critical acclaim at New Jersey Performing Arts Center;  A Portrait of Ray, a musical about the legendary Ray Charles, which had it’s Off Broadway debut in 2016 at Symphony Space, and was presented at Symphony Hall as a part of the 2016 Newark 350 Celebration. Other directing credits include: Oklahoma, Hairspray, West Side Story, The Wiz, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Annie, Into the Woods, Tarzan, Seussical, and the Music Man.

photo Terri Gorgone
Terri has been teaching music for over 25 years and presently teaches musical theater at the Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing Arts.  Terri has been the musical director for over 60 shows throughout New York and New Jersey.
photo Patrick Swailes Caldwell


Patrick is an actor, director, juggler, and professional magician, Shakespeare coach, stage combat instructor, Fordham College Lincoln Center BA in Theater Arts, London Dramatic Academy 2016, Bard College Berlin Experimental Theater Intensive 2016.