Meet Our Facultyrockstar

Ashley B. Mondragon
STUDIO OWNER | VOICE | PIANO | SAXOPHONE | MUSIC THEORY
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Ashley, founder and instructor of Rockstar! Studios, has been playing and performing music for over 25 years. She earned her BA in Music from the Conservatory of Music from Kean University focusing on classical voice. Her primary instrument, in the beginning of her career, was saxophone, specializing in Jazz Improvisation.

Ashley has been teaching voice for over 12 years creating a niche with Musical Theater performers and singers as well as all vocal styles! She has been teaching at JP Stevens HS in Edison, NJ for their award winning Theatre Department as Musical Director and Pit Conductor. She has a unique and out-of-the-box way of teaching her students, regardless of their experience level.

Ashley specializes in Vocal Coaching and all of her vocal students are taught with the same classical technique focusing on posture, breathing, articulation, vowel placement and diaphragmatic support. Her students not only become well trained singers, they also build confidence, social and public speaking skills, as well as decreasing performance anxiety and nervousness.

Ashley brings a new edge to all of her lessons and individualizes each one to help bring out the Rockstar! in all of them!

  
David Mondragon
GUITAR | BASS | PIANO | UKULELE | DRUMS | MUSIC THEORY | COMPOSITION | ROCK BAND
David Mondragon

David has been playing music since he was 9 years old. He originally started on the clarinet and piano, then fell in love with the guitar at age 11. Since his teen years, David has been a member of the hard rock/heavy metal band E. Town Concrete, touring the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. The band's music videos were featured on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, several Playstation video games, and on a Budweiser commercial for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

David is also the newest member of long time friends and veteran rockers, 40 Below Summer, taking the country by storm with continuing tour dates. Additionally David performs with The Justin Lerner Band and The Rebel Noise Group as well as corporate and private events.

David received his bachelor's degree from Kean University in Classical Guitar Performance. He has been teaching Guitar, Bass, Piano and Music Theory/Composition for over 15 years.

 

Feggens Monbrun
GUITAR | BASS
 |  PIANO | DRUMS | BRASS
Feggens began his musical career singing in church at the age of 3. He soon moved to saxophone and piano at the age of 6 before settling on the trumpet in 4th grade. By the 7th grade, his musical prowess was furthered by obtaining a guitar. That was soon overshadowed when he was asked to play bass for a group in his church. From then on, he was mainly sought after for his skills as a bass player.
 
Feggens attended Kean University as a music education major with a focus in classical trumpet. He has been on multiple national and international tours with different bands. As a member of Sensory Hoverload, Feggens has been a featured artist at the Lancaster Music Festival in Lancaster, England from 2014-2016. He currently plays with The Have Some Hotel, a band which he fronts as the guitarist and singer. 
    
James Applegate
DRUMS 
James Applegate is a working musician born and raised in Dunellen, New Jersey. After graduating from Berklee College of Music James started performing full time in the New York City/New Jersey music scenes. He has toured extensively around the United States playing a wide variety of music including Pop, Metal, Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Dance, Afro Cuban, Reggae, and Rock. 

While off the road James discovered another passion of his; teaching. He has taught countless students of all ages, and many seminars at multiple Community Colleges.
Most recently James has been seen drumming for the metal groups Framework and Windfaerer, as well as working with The Mad Hat, and Funk Big Band.
 
  
Darlene Rich
ACTING | YOGA
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Darlene Rich is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, Thomas Edison State College, and The College of New Jersey. She began her yoga practice as a part of the acting training (movement for the performer) while attending AADA; continuing both yoga and acting studies through formal degrees and certification programs. Her philosophy follows the age old adage- when you teach something you then, and only then, begin to master it.

Darlene holds degrees in Literature, Theatre, and Masters in the Art: Teaching Secondary English as well as a Teaching Certification for K-8, Theatre and Speech and Communication. 

Darlene’s acting/performing credits - gratefully too many to list- includes Off-Broadway world premiere’s including Visions of Kerouac at the Lion Theatre, NYC, and The Hunting Scenes of Lower Bavaria at the Vandam Theatre NYC. Darlene was a resident member of the Shelter West Company under the Artistic Director and mentor, Judith Joseph.

While working as a professional actress Darlene continued her studies at HB Studios with Frances Chaney, Aaron Frankel. Austin Pendelton and William (Bill) Hickey. She studied voice with James Gassett and continues her vocal training with Ashley Mondragon. She also studied dialects with David Christopher.

Darlene was introduced to yoga in 1974 in Manhattan while attending the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Yoga has continued to be a integral part of her life moving from be a student of yoga to a teacher in 2004 with her 200 hour YTT. She has continued to become certified in many styles and practices including, Yin Yoga, Masala Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Trauma and Addiction and is currently completing her Kundalini Certfication.   She has studied with Shiva Rae, Angela Farmer and Emily Conrad as well as many other wonderful instructors throughout the years.

Darlene is thrilled to be leading the Acting and Yoga Programs at Rockstar! Studios, bringing to the private sector her teaching and directing skills of theatre, musical theatre, improvisational theatre, Shakespeare studies and yoga for the performer that she has honed at JP Stevens High School for the past 20 years.

 

Dani Sall
ACTING | OFFICE MANAGER

Dani Sall is a recent graduate from Montclair State Universities BFA acting program.
She has had extensive training in movement and voice for the actor, as well as being
trained in both contemporary and classical works. At the end of her senior year, she
participated in an acting showcase for talent agents in New York City. Dani was also apart of a late night comedy group on campus known as “The D9,” where she was a writer and improver. Dani has been improving for over 8 years, and has been apart of three different comedy groups. Just recently she assistant directed a new play that was performed at the “Pen to Paper Festival” in New York. Dani was introduced to theatre when she was a freshman in High school, and with the encouragement and coaching from Ashley Mondragon and Darlene Rich, she hasn’t stopped since. She can’t wait to share all of the things she has learned with her new students.

 

Samantha Tirone
LEAD DANCE INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER 

Sam is a pre-k teacher by day and "Rockstar" by night! She is a MSU theatre studies and Dance graduate. Sam has retired from 12 years of competitive Dance and 20 years of performing on stage and choreographed over a dozen shows for multiple community theatre companies throughout the state including Westfield players, EVP, Main Street and most recently Rockstars Studios.

She has choreographed for 8 years at WHS and recently found a new Home at JP. Sam has also choreographed award winning routines in the world of competitive Dance. Additionally she has worked with MAMS in Matawan and choreographed for their middle school productions as well as their summer theatre workshop program.

 

Vanessa Pais 
DANCE 
Vanessa has had a passion for dance since she put on her first pair of tap shoes. For nearly 20 years, she has spent countless hours in dance classes, including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop. In high school, Vanessa’s love of performing went from just dance to dance and theater.  She was cast in numerous musicals, including Graziella in West Side Story and Val in A Chorus Line.  

Vanessa continued her love of dance throughout college, graduating with a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. While at Montclair State, she had the privilege of performing in works choreographed by Jessica DiMauro, Jay T. Jenkins, Earl Mosley, Twyla Tharpe, Charles Weidman, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women).

 

Theresa Orth 
DANCE 

Theresa began dancing at the age of 2 and was invited to join a competition team at age 4. She trained in all genres of dance from Central Jersey Dance & Gymnastics including being on the Central Jersey Dance Company from age 2 to 18. She was also a member of the All Star ream, Jersey Girls Dance Team from age 11-18 and was co-captain for the 2012-2013 season. In 2013, Theresa won first place and overall high score for her ballet solo. She also trained in ballet at New Jersey Ballet throughout most of her college years. Theresa loves teaching ballet to her students because it is the foundation of dance and it especially helps with their technique in other genres of dance. It is a joy to see the smiles on their faces after accomplishing something they have worked toward on the dance floor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Deaf Studies from The College of New Jersey, in hopes of going to graduate school for her doctorate of Audiology Degree in 2019.

Barbara Fritze  
KUNDALINI YOGA

Barbara. Himat Kaur.  Has been a certified Kundalini yoga teacher  since 2004.  Her love for this yoga that changed her life has spanned 20 years.  She did her training in New York at kundalini yoga East.  Since then had attending many workshops and studied with direct students of Yogi  Bhajan  master of Kundalini  some recent level two certifications including.  Mind and meditation  at Rama Inst in Venice California . And stress and vitality. In Yardley Pa at Khalsa healing Arts.  She has studied extensively with Guru Singh from Los Angeles at the Kripalu inst in Lenox Mass.  in addition. She regularly attends many other retreats and workshops.    “My love for kundalini yoga and the incredible powerful technology has complete improved all aspects of my life. It’s because of this that I teach I would like as many people to experience.The  same joy  clarity peace and bliss I have found “
Barbara teaches beginners of all levels.  And specializes in modifications.  So all can experience the joy of this yoga.   
 

 

             
 
 
 
 

 

  

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