Elizabeth Trotta
Co-Director of Dance

All Styles dance, Special Needs dance certified, Musical Theatre, Improv, Acting, Head of the Starlight Performing All-Stars Dance Division

Lisa Carlson

Founder/Artistic Director


Private Voice, Acting, Dance

Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, College Prep/Specialty Classes

Jenny Stodd

Co-Director Theatre/Instrumental


Private Voice, Acting, Piano

Musical Theatre, Group Voice, Acting, College Prep, SpaCappella Director, Starlight All-Stars Vocal Director  

James Patton

Tap, Acting, Musical Theatre,  Private Voice/Piano, College Prep, Rep. building, Specialty Classes

Elizabeth Troxler

Ballet, Jazz, Tap (Tuesdays)

Ty Mares

Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Beginning Piano. 

Dara Kawka

Pre-MT, Combo, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop

Alyjah Decker

Pop Vocal Coach, Song Writing, 

Pop Career Coach

Dylan Pearce

Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Jim McCabe


Paula Sloan

Ballet, Tap, Dance History

Andrew Wright

Music Theory

Meet our TA's

Liz, Adina, Henry, Emily and Aly

Teaching Assistants assist our Instructors in many of our group classes!  They are 9th-12th grade students who have been training with Starlight PAC for many years and are excited to help the next generation learn and grow! 

As most fairy tales begin, there was a little girl with a dream.  From the moment LISA CARLSON started singing and dancing in her hometown of Manahawkin, NJ, she knew that one day, she wanted to open a performing arts studio as a way to give back to her community.

A dream in the works for 10 years, Starlight Performing Arts continues to grow and thrive.  We are pleased to provide high quality professional training, similar to what is offered in NYC or LA, in beautiful southern New Jersey.

Our instructors all have college degrees or professional certificates in Theatre, Music, Dance, or Music Education.  Each have professional performing credits ranging from National Tours, Regional credits, and even huge venues like Radio City Music Hall!

Please explore our website and view the wide variety of training and opportunities Starlight has to offer.  From private lessons (in person or via skype) to wonderful group classes, we shoot for the stars and celebrate success at every turn!  When you enroll here, you're not just joining a studio--you're joining a family. Our instructors are dedicated not only to the professional training of our students, but to providing emotional support and guidance throughout their lifetime.  Whether young or young at heart, we promise Starlight PAC is the place you've been hoping for!

If you have a question regarding anything you read or see here, or simply wish to get in touch with us, please contact us today!  We want to hear from you!

With Love and Gratitude,

The Starlight Team

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