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Artistic Mission & Vision

"I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training - training that prepares them to become confident young men and women." - Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education.

Artistic Mission

Terry Fyke founded Terry Fyke Studio of Dance in 1995 in Scottsville, N.Y. In 2001, she established Main Street Players as a way to expand her visual and performing arts curriculum to musical theater. Terry's inclusive and nurturing style promotes creativity, builds confidence and improves theatrical skills in many areas. Students not only showcase their talents but also participate in a shared learning experience; they gain self-confidence, learn to trust their ideas and abilities, learn to work as a team, cooperate and collaborate with one another, learn to take risks and to trust themselves, others and the process... life skills that transcend time.

Experiencing different genres of acting, vocal and dance curriculum, students learn and master technical skills that translate into a culminating performance to showcase their talent. Celebrating the diversity of individual talent, harnessing and integrating the talent into an ensemble that becomes a memorable work of art are cornerstones of the program.

Vision

Our goal is to promote and build confidence, self-esteem and awareness for the performing arts. Embrace and harness individual talent which leads to ensembles that integrate and become memorable works of art.

Staff Biographies

Terry Fyke

Founder and Artistic Director

Terry Fyke is a dancer, choreographer, and theatrical educator, who envisions her work in the humanities and performing arts field as a "call to action". She is the Artistic Director of Main Street Players Theater Company, committed to incorporating artistic excellence within children and young adults. With more than 20 years' experience in the performing arts industry, Terry has collaborated and created works across many genres. In early 1995, she founded a performing arts school incorporating theater, dance and theatrical education under the names of Earthen Vessels, Terry Fyke Dance of the Arts and Main Street Players. For over 11 years, she taught various dance programs at the Wellness Center of the Rochester Institute of Technology and is now currently teaching theatre classes at Stages Theatre Company. Throughout the year, she can be found producing and directing high school and community productions. Recent productions include Fame, The Musical, Shrek Jr., The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and The Wizard of Oz. Other credits include Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theater where she choreographed, Guys & Dolls, Oklahoma!, The King & I and My Fair Lady. Terry is the Artistic Director of the Norman Howard School Drama program, Home School Academy Drama and directs several productions at STAGES. Terry embraces the theatrical process. She creates an environment for her students to learn and grow, gain self-confidence and trust their ideas and abilities. She embraces the individuality of each student, fosters cooperation and collaboration and instills confidence to take risks as the production unfolds. Her students begin each production as individuals and leave as an ensemble that has told a story and connected to an audience. Terry has worked with such artists as Thomas Warfield, Elizabeth Clark, Garth Fagan and the Botsford School of Dance. She has studied dance at SUNY Brockport and holds a B.A. in Dance and Musical Theater from SUNY Empire State College.

Kim Kleps

Administrative Director

Kim is a senior leader in talent management, organizational performance and global human resources management, with more than 20 years' experience demonstrating continuous innovation, communication and commitment to building strategies that produce business results. Beginning her career with Global Crossing while it was still Frontier Communications (formerly Rochester Telephone), Kim was responsible for directing numerous sales, training and marketing functions. Building on her growing expertise in employee development, in 1999 she took on a leadership role as Global Vice President of Learning and Development responsible for training across multiple functions and regions globally. That role expanded in 2004 to include responsibility for the company's global business partner model and organizational effectiveness team in North America for sales and marketing. In this role, she focused on helping the company's leaders define and implement people initiatives that benefited the company's transforming business environment - resulting in goal attainment, enhanced team expertise and improved customer engagement. While at Level 3 Communications (acquired Global Crossing in 2011), Kim drove key initiatives on performance management and talent strategies, and helped build a culture of reward for performance. This included the launch of a global performance management system to capture evaluations, objectives and feedback for all employees. She continued to focus on development at all levels of the organization, including leadership, manager, organizational and functional development programs. These efforts, along with core HR management and planning responsibilities, aligned organizational goals, talent and performance to achieve corporate strategic objectives and financial targets. In her most recent engagement with Xerox Corporation, Kim is responsible for transformational change initiatives on an enterprise-wide basis. Kim has published content relating to organizational performance, including High Performance Sales Organizations, 2nd edition-1998; How to Build a Coaching Culture, Sales & Marketing Management, June 1999; and Virtual Sales Training Scores A Hit, Training & Development Magazine, December 2006. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing and Personnel Industrial Relations from Syracuse University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, William E Simon Graduate School of Business.

Kayla Yeng

Assistant Director, Technical Director

Kayla Yeng is the Assistant/Technical Director for Main Street Players Theater Company. She has been involved in the performing arts since 2003, participating in shows under Main Street Players and Roberts Wesleyan Community Theater. In 2009, she began interning under Terry Fyke on the production of 'Jungle Book' and continues to work with her today. She has progressively expanding experience in teaching theater in a variety of educational settings and a diverse set of productions. She implements various techniques and encourages teamwork among students where they learn to learn to encourage and support one another. These tenets stem from her strong beliefs and the foundational principles that she applies in all aspects of her life. In addition to 'A Year with Frog and Toad', Kayla is currently working with Terry on 'Seussical the Musical', 'Once Upon a Mattress' and 'Annie Kids'. She is exhilarated about the opportunity to work with students in the arts, helping them to become more confident and realize their potential.