Associate teachers have studied extensively with Mike, share his philosophy and methodology for voice training, and undergone a rigorous training / observation process. Each brings a wealth of individual experiences and vocology interests to MRVS. They also happen to be extraordinary human beings.
Chris Citera is a professional actor, singer, and voice teacher. As a performer he has appeared in concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below, (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Metropolitan Room, and The Astor Room. He graduated from Ithaca College, summa cum laude with a BM in Voice in Combination w/ Acting, a specialized, devised degree requiring advanced coursework in acting technique, literature, and movement, in addition to the complete curriculum required to receive a performance degree. He has trained extensively as an actor at the Michael Howard Studios and The Barrow Group here in NYC.
A lifelong learner and self-professed voice nerd, he continues his training with Mike while pursuing his graduate degree at Columbia University, where his studies are focused on comparative vocal pedagogy and assessment of effective studio instruction.
Samantha Joy Pearlman was most recently seen as Mary Jane Gumm in the pre-Broadway lab of Chasing Rainbows, a new musical about Judy Garland's early years. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Kimmel Center, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She recently performed her sold-out original show Summer in the City: The Music of Regina Spektor at Feinstein's/54 Below. Her other original show, Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO, has now been performed at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at UPenn, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Forestburgh Playhouse.
Her first voice teacher was the late Victoria Mallory and Samantha hopes to honor her generous and graceful legacy in her own teaching. BA: Wesleyan University. Proud AEA member.
Wayne Shuker has always wanted to be a teacher. While in college, he caught the Musical Theatre bug accompanying for the school’s department. After chasing that bug to New York, he decided to further his education in both passions, performance and teaching. Now, after a few years at the grind, Wayne is a proud AEA member with performing highlights ranging from Sam in GHOST the Musical to Carl in GHOST the Musical (not to mention a few other favorite roles).
Wayne is thrilled to be part of MRVS and the philosophy of singing, pedagogy, and artistry it upholds. BM: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music / MM: New York University, advanced certificate in Vocal Pedagogy.
Heather Arney is a professional actor who’s Regional credits include: Our Town (Emily Webb) at Cortland Repertory Theatre, Sense and Sensibility (Anne Steele) & A Christmas Carol (Sister) at The Dallas Theater Center, and The Winter's Tale (Camillo/Emilia) & The Marriage of Figaro (Suzanne) at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Heather earned her MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University.
She is thrilled to be joining the Mike Ruckles Voice Studio as the virtual/scheduling assistant. Heather aims to make the lives of others that much easier through her organizational skills. You focus on you and let her handle the rest! Inquiries should reach out to www.heatherarney.com.