Linda Novak grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Her love for performing landed her a spot on Center Stage’s Dance Team, a top-level dance company in Cleveland. Linda competed there for 10 years, and received training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. She won numerous awards and top overalls for her groups and solos. She went on to earn a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Linda has performed across the country at several professional theatres and has appeared in television shows, most notably Pan Am; film (The English Teacher), commercials and ads for Disney Water Parks, Beef O’Brady’s, Olive Garden, and many more. She performed at a Kinect: Xbox 360 event in Times Square with Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo and English rapper Lady Sovereign. She moved to Orlando in the fall of 2012, and has been performing at Sea World and Universal, including shows such as O’ Wondrous Night directed by Broadway director B.T. McNicholl, Bands Brew & BBQ, Just for Kids, Surprise Squad, and Spooktacular. Linda teaches dance and musical theatre in the Orlando area. She loves being able to share her passion of performing with all ages.
Danielle is excited to join the Circle Theatre team, as it will combine two of her passions: Theatre and Middle/High School Students. With a BFA in Acting from Elon University, Danielle knew God would one day use her talent and passion for acting in a creative way. While at Elon, Danielle became proficient in the craft in both the classroom and on the stage. Having been the Youth Pastor at Acts Two Church for over two years, Danielle is passionate about seeing young people recognize their potential for full, abundant, and effective lives in Jesus! Combining her professional training in a wide range of acting techniques, enthusiasm for the craft, and excitement for encouraging and activating young people, Danielle believes Circle Theatre Program is the perfect fit!
Jake Theriault // Studio Players Director
Born and raised in the warming rays of Southern California, Jake was born with a song in his heart and stars in his eyes. While the song and the stars have yet to be correctly diagnosed as arrhythmia and cataracts, he has continued to pursue his lifelong dream of acting on the silver screen. The director of a number of award-winning short films, Jake returned to Florida after an unfortunate stint at a midwestern university. Using his experience as both a student of acting and a director of acting, Jake came on board as the Studio Players Director in the Fall of 2015. From a historical perspective, stepping into the role of Studio Players Director was a natural step in Jake’s life, since he was in the inaugural group of Studio Players in the Fall of 2007. Jake hopes to pass on the knowledge and experience that he gained at Circle to the next generation of actors. There’s no creative team he’d rather be a part of. Unless Warner Brothers decided to team him up with Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins to make Jake’s science-fiction-magnus-opus The Hollow Sun. Then he’d totally be a part of that creative team instead.
Erin Theriault is thrilled to be serving as Circle School of the Arts Interim Arts Director. She has been a part of Circle Theatre Company since 2007, serving in a variety of capacities. She is currently also the CTC Vocal Director and has musically directed many CTC shows including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Through the Looking Glass, The Marvelous Wonderettes ’58, and Sasquatched! The Musical. Erin also spent many years as a performer, and has appeared on television, in musical theatre, and in concerts throughout the United States, Japan, and South America with Ray Conniff and the Singers. In addition to live performances, Erin has a variety of recordings to her credit as both a singer and songwriter, and has worked with such artists as Richard Carpenter and Glenn Frey. As a performer herself, she loves being a part of helping students find their own passion and love for the arts. She currently resides in Sorrento, FL, where she performs her favorite role of wife to David and mom to Jake (CTC alum and current CSP Director) and Sam (CTC alum and Palm Beach Atlantic University, Class of 2019).