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Esmeralda is the Co-Founder of Rising Stars Miami with her brother, Maximilian, and has taken on her leadership role quite naturally and effectively. She loves working with her Rising Stars Miami colleagues and using her talents to teach kids and inspire them to learn more about the arts. Esmeralda has been ...
performing and studying voice, dance, and acting since the age of six, and is also a pianist and student of Marina Berberian of Hi Key Piano Studio. She has performed in numerous musical theater leading roles at Area Stage Company including recent productions of The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) and Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella). She is one of 10 students selected to Area Stage Company’s Advanced Ensemble this year and was cast in the role of Mia in the recent full-length show, Prom Com, which was written, directed, and choreographed for the talented group by their Director, Rebecca Ashton. Esmeralda was the production Dance Captain while playing the lead as “Millie” and danced in the Advanced Musical Theater Dance group at ASC. She attended Bryn Mawr Dance Camp in Pennsylvania this past summer. For the second consecutive year, she has been awarded a prestigious Coral Gables Music Club Scholarship for voice and was accepted to study opera during the summer in Italy at the Cremona International Music Academy. She continues her vocal studies under acclaimed Miami and New York voice teacher, Manny Perez, of Manny Perez Vocal Studio. At ASC she studies voice with Conservatory Director and Vocal Instructor, Rebecca Ashton. Esmeralda is an 8th-grader at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Esmeralda is as passionate about her academic pursuits as she is about theater, especially science. She is the president of the Ecology Club Artistic Committee and Vice-President of the Botany Committee. She was one of Carrollton’s Academic Leaders and led her team to a first-place victory at the 2019 Columbus Scholastic Olympics. Esmeralda is grateful for the many positive learning experiences since founding Rising Stars Miami and is especially proud that they have been invited by the highly-respected organization, Breakthrough Miami, to teach the Arts & Culture class to 6th-graders on Saturdays at the Ransom Everglades Middle School campus. Esmeralda is also happy that in addition to the classes they will teach, Rising Stars Miami will sponsor an opera performance at Breakthrough Miami this Spring of the YPO (Young Patronesses of the Opera) In-School Opera Program performed by professional opera singers. She loves working with the kids at Breakthrough Miami and at the community centers that RSM visits and is happy to be able to give back to her community in this way. Her goals for 2020 are to expand the RSM scholarship and grants program with more donations and sponsorships and to increase Rising Stars Miami’s membership.