Many of Fred’s students have gone on to successful careers on the Broadway stage, film and TV.

Fred Sternfeld has always been such an incredible mentor and director. Through FPAC, he has helped me cultivate my craft as a young actor and has always been so supportive throughout my career. He is such a smart director and really creates such a safe space for young actors to grow. I have him to thank for believing in me and helping me become the actor I am today.”

Hillary Elk

Hillary appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning MEMPHIS, THE MUSICAL.

There are few educational theatre programs really dedicated to teaching youth the “real deal” and preparing them for what may lie ahead. I’ve done many day camp programs, none offer the acting training that Fred’s FPAC does. The professional atmosphere alone sets the conservatory apart from others.

Halle Morse

Halle appeared on Broadway in MAMA MIA!, on HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and more!

The level of professionalism and talent that Fred Sternfeld inspires in young performers is incredible. At the age of thirteen, I had the great pleasure of performing in The Bad Seed and The Sound of Music under Fred’s direction. That year I was cast in The Crucible, my first Broadway show. More than ten years later, I am lucky enough to be working on Broadway again in Peter and the Starcatcher, and I still count my experiences with Fred as some of the most valuable learning opportunities I’ve had.”

Betsy Hogg

Betsy has appeared on Broadway in THE CRUCIBLE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Off Broadway in THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, and on TV in shows like Law and Order: SVU

Fred is incredibly encouraging to young performers in the arts. He is supportive and patient, and most importantly professional. Fred helped to ignite my passion for live performance at a young age, and I am grateful to have had such a positive experience to look back on.

Hannah DelMonte

Hannah performed in the Broadway revival and national tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

I had the privilege of training at FPAC in 2004. It was an invaluable experience that gave me a toolbox of technique that proved valuable in my college training, and continues to serve me in my career today. FPAC offers excellent training in a supportive, playful, positive environment that nurtures talent and invites each student to discover their full potential.

Kelly Pekar

Kelly has an impressive resume that includes film, TV, New York stage and national tours.

I had the privilege of working with Fred in the show of Les Miz in the Summer of 2011 just before I headed to New York City.  Working under his direction was the top of my Musical Theatre training in Cleveland.  Everything that I knew and learned before training with Fred was perfected and mastered before I went forth.   I have since worked with many Broadway directors, and everything that Fred taught me correlated well with what I have learned here in NY.  Fred  believes in you and he always knows how to bring the best out of you.  Thanks for your dedication to developing young artists and helping them reach their Broadway dreams!

Isabela Moner

Isabela has appeared on Broadway in EVITA and at the Dallas Theatre Center in FLY. She is about to appear in the 2017 film TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

I’m very grateful to have grown up in such a wonderful community with great theatrical opportunities like FPAC.  The training I received at a young age helped prepare me for college training, and now the real world of NYC.  I feel blessed to have worked with so many professionals and talented students throughout the Cleveland area.  They have all helped me get where I am today.

Anne Markt

Anne recently appeared in the Broadway tour of HAIR and Off-Broadway as standby for Luisa and The Mute in THE FANTASTICS



Executive Artistic Director, Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute, 2013-2014

Summer Performing Arts program for students Grades 1-3, and Grades 4-college.
Created a challenging curriculum of drama, dance and voice with instruction from working professionals.


Artistic Director, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, ’04-’11

Summer Performing Arts programs 1-12th graders, and college students.
Created and implemented a conservatory approach to the training of young people.

Beck Center Teen Conservatory, ‘04

Teacher of Musical Theatre:  Led workshop with 9-12th graders that culminated in a recital of Musical Theatre scenes.

Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle, ’89-’92

Director of “Theatre Camp”:  Summer day camp for 1-12th graders that combines rehearsal and performance of a production with theatre arts classes.

Jewish Community Center of Dallas, ’85-’86

Director of “Performing Arts Camp”:  Summer day camp for 4-9th graders that combines rehearsal and performance of a production with theatre arts classes.

Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute
Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio

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