Meet the
Frank Root
BBC Founder - Artistic Director, Advanced Acting

Also known as "The Big Cheese" at Broadway Bootcamp, Frank has been a member of the professional acting community for 45 years as a proud member of Actors Equity.  He has performed in every aspect of professional theatre, playing in theatres across the country including the Broadway stage.  The revival of 42ND STREET was his last show on Broadway, in which he played the role of Bert Barry with the legendary Shirley Jones.  He also appeared in three episodes of the HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE and an episode of the HBO series Veep. Most recently Frank was featured in the World Premier of HELLO, MY BABY at the Goodspeed Opera house. 

Performing is not Frank’s only passion.  Directing, choreographing, and teaching are his others. In 2001 Frank began Broadway Bootcamp with his late wife, Marianne Challis, before leaving town on tour with 42ND STREET.  He has also directed and choreographed several shows including 42nd STREET, INTO THE WOODS, SHE LOVES ME, and FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM.  Locally he has choreographed shows at Trumbull High School and Fairfield Follies.  Recently, Frank won the State of Connecticut High School Music Theatre Award for best choreographer for THE WIZ at Trumbull High.  As a teacher he taught for the BFA Music Theatre programs at the Hartt School and at NYU. He has also staged production numbers for the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade seen nationally on NBC.
Phillip Bettencourt
BBC Founder - Musical Director & Choreography
Phillip is a director, music director, choreographer, teacher and actor based in New York City. Phillip has performed off-Broadway and at Boston Symphony Hall, and worked in regional theaters across the Northeast. A seasoned theater educator, Phillip builds successful programs that provide young actors with an authentic theatrical experience in a supportive environment. Phillip's current and former students work on Broadway, off-Broadway, television, major motion pictures, New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus; many of them attend top college theater programs across the country. Phillip joined Broadway Bootcamp in 2003.

Currently, Phillip serves as the music and theater teacher at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (New York, NY), the Youth Choir Director at Southport Congregational Church (Southport, CT) and on the Board of Directors for New Camerata Opera (New York, NY). Previously, he served as the Theatre Arts Director at Metropolitan Montessori School (New York, NY), and commissioned two original works for the students. Other educational credits include the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York, NY) and the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (New York, NY) where he directed, music-directed and choreographed the company's Youth Theatre Program and music directed its Teen Theatre Program.Phillip owns his private voice studio, teaching both in New York City and Southport, CT.
Abby Root Mulgrew
Assistant Artistic Director & Choreographer
Abigail was awarded a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with honors. A Broadway Bootcamp veteran, she attended camp until 2004, and has since been a counselor, choreographer, and assistant director.  Abigail has recently appeared in Illinois Wesleyan's productions of PROMENADE, A CHILDREN’S HOUR, and THE COUNTRY CLUB. She has choreographed Illinois Wesleyan’s HELLO AGAIN, Trumbull High School’s CRAZY FOR YOU, as well as many student dance concerts. She has studied with many of the top voice, acting, and dance teachers in New York City. Abby will be attending Northwestern in the fall to receive an MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises.
Julia Lennon
Senior Acting Teacher
Julia is an actor, educator, and recent graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Drama and English. Julia studied predominantly in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she worked intensively on classical texts like Shakespeare and Moliere just as much as she did on contemporary plays -however, her love of the stage was born in musical theatre. Having trained for almost a ten years with BBC's own Phillip Bettencourt, Julia is a skilled singer, musician, and instructor. Some of her favorite credits include Shakespeare on the Sound's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Stella Adler Studio's THE WOMEN, and Smith Street Stage's ENEMY. A long time lover of all things Broadway Bootcamp, Julia has spent over a decade as a camper, counselor, and senior acting teacher.
Jonathan Bauerfeld
Associate Musical Director
Jon is a New York based musical theater composer, orchestrator, music director, and copyist with a BM in composition from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. Selected music assistant credits: Chicago productions of HAMILTON, WAR PAINT, and THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, La Jolla production of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE. National tour: HAMILTON. NYC readings: THE STING (Mark Hollmann, Gregg Kotis, Warren Carlyle) THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN, (Daniel Green, Lezlie Wade) HOLLYWOOD ROMANCE (Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler,) and THE WONDER YEARS. Selected orchestration credits: Jagermeister Blaskapelle (US), 2017 annual Actors Fund Gala. Selected copyist credits: The 89th Academy Awards, EMPIRE: THE MUSICAL, COMPANY (Writer's Theater,) RESIDENT ALIEN, A DOG STORY (Off-Broadway). Keyboardist: JEKYLL AND HYDE (Engemen Theater,) PHARMABRO (Off-Broadway), and BONNIE AND CLYDE (Second Stage, Merrick).
Trey Coates-Mitchell
Senior Acting & Choreography Teacher

Trey is a New York City based Writer, Director/Choreographer, Clown, and Teacher. A Virginia native, he graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts before receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University. As an educator, he served as a guest artist at Troy University, teaching and setting pieces for their Dance and Theatre Departments. For four years, Trey was the Master Musical Theatre Instructor and Acting for Dancers Teacher at the Joffrey Ballet School's Summer South Dance Intensive. Currently, Trey is a company member and teaching artist for Treehouse Shakers Dance and Theatre Company, and under their leadership teaches classes and residencies for pre-school to college age students. His performance career began on the road portraying Frank Lippencott in the National Tour of "Wonderful Town" and as The Cat in The Hat in "Seussical." Regionally, he was seen as L.A. in "Gypsy" at North Shore Music Theatre (starring Vicki Lewis) and as Posner in the regional premiere of "The History Boys" at Northern Stage Company. Director/Choreographer credits: Sam's Room at The Cell Theatre, Product Test at 7 Stages Theatre, and "SW7P" for SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta, GA. As a Choreographer Trey’s credits include: The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray, and Mamma Mia at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Wonderful Town at The Gallery Players, Harold Pinter's "The Lover" at Gamut Theatre, Goodnight Moon, and Nine at Hollins University. Associate Choreographer credits include: A Little Night Music at The Gallery Players (NYIT Nominee for Outstanding Production of a Musical), Rent, Dreamgirls, and Evita (The Gallery Players). Additional choreographer credits include: Oklahoma! (Burton Center for the Performing Arts), Into The Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Annie Get Your Gun (Byrd Players), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Jefferson Center). Recently he premiered two new pieces for SIDEWAYS, a contemporary dance/theatre company based in Atlanta and did interactive workshops with the Foster Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome. Trey is one of the creators of the new musical Sam’s Room. Sam’s Room was part of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre’s (NAMT) 2017 Festival of New Musicals, was the inaugural recipient of New York Theatre Barn's IMPACT Award, proudly participated in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s first Human Rights New Works Festival, and played an extended sold out developmental production at The Cell Theatre, presented with New York Theatre Barn. Trey is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and The Dramatists Guild of America.
Dylan Tonken
ZOOMCAMP Associate

Dylan has been with Broadway Bootcamp for over 10 years as a camper, counselor and photographer. Bootcamp means the world to Dylan, as it is one of the first places where he truly felt comfortable being himself and he hopes to pass on that same wonderful experience to new and returning campers. Dylan is currently a senior at Emerson College studying film production and plans to graduate in the the fall of 2020.
Julie Spillane
ZOOMCAMP Associate

Julie Spillane is a rising junior at UCONN pursuing a dual degree BA in Digital Media and Design and English. Julie has been involved in musical theater for over 15 years and trained in ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance since she was 3 years old. She has assistant choreographed and served as a dance captain for many productions including a recent collegiate production of GREASE and Broadway Bootcamp's production of SEUSSICAL JR. Julie head choreographed her first production, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, in the Spring 2020 semester through her theater company at UCONN. In addition to creative team credits Julie has also performed in numerous high school, recreational and collegiate productions recently including CURTAINS, HEATHERS and GREASE. Julie was a camper at Broadway Bootcamp for three years and has truly loved being a counselor since 2018.
Joshua Metchick
ZOOMCAMP Associate

Joshua Metchick is a rising senior at Tulane University in New Orleans and aiming to complete his English Major with a Film Theory Minor.  While in high school at Weston, Josh participated in every theatrical production from acting to assistant directing. He has worked teaching with BBC for 5 years and before that he was a camper himself.
Brenna Conroy
ZOOMCAMP Associate

Brenna is a Fairfield native and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory where she was the Vice President of their national championship-winning improv comedy troupe, The Loaf. Her college performances include URINETOWN and GODSPELL, and she was the assistant director of the collegiate premier of SOMETHING ROTTEN during her senior year. A lover of performing arts, comedy, and kpop, Brenna loves teaching children of all ages and is very excited to improvise with this year’s creative bunch at Broadway ZOOMCAMP.