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Meet Our Team

Ashley Morgan Bloom: Founder & CEO

Ashley Morgan Bloom is a professional actress, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and the founder and CEO of Bloom Performing Arts. She has taught improvisation, acting, public speaking, movement, and debate in New York City’s top private schools for the past ten years. Ashley played a supporting role in a Sundance official selection film, was a New York Times top ten show leading actress, and most recently played Reporter Ainsley Neil in the feature film "The Final Hour," starring Eric Roberts, Clifton Powell, and Manny Perez. Ashley made her Co-Star debut on Law & Order SVU, Season 21. To learn more about her acting work, visit


Candaceia Charles: Chief Operating Officer

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Candaceia Charles is thrilled to be joining the BPA family. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she grew up with the city as her playground. Some of her favorite credits have been Melody in Addy & Uno and Celie in The Color Purple. Believing in the power of giving back to the community and servicing our future leaders, she’s been a teaching artist for several years. She can’t wait to create incredible art with her students and encourage them to bloom into their beautiful authentic selves.


Olivia Baker: Social Media Director

Olivia was lucky enough to find the amazing BPA team while living in Los Angeles. She loves being able to bring her creativity and love for art and performance into her work here. Olivia currently works in tech sales while pursuing a career in acting. She strongly believes in the importance of fostering young minds in the arts and in the importance of performance starting at a young age.

Maddie Booth: Senior Advisory Board Member

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An Illinois native, Maddie Booth brings her passion for the arts all the way to New York City.
With a degree in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College, Maddie is excited to share her variety of knowledge with Bloom Performing Arts’ young artists. She believes in empowering her students to express themselves in creative and compelling ways. The original team member, Maddie has been working with Ashley since day one, serving as both a teaching artist and the social media director to help Bloom Performing Arts bloom and grow.


Hope Dyra: Creative Brand and Outreach Manager

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Hope is originally from Nashville, but her love of performance has taken her far from home — in 2020, Hope graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2019, she received a certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Growing up learning from incredible theatre artists has inspired Hope to share and nurture the love she has for performing with her students through Bloom Performing Arts. Let’s bloom together!


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Sydney Tennant: Director of New Works

Sydney is so excited to be joining the Bloom team! Originally from Los Angeles, she relocated to New York in 2014. She has degrees in International Affairs and Theater from Skidmore College. Additionally, she studied Shakespearean acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She has previously worked with SITI Company, the Geffen Playhouse, and the Los Angeles Drama Club in their community outreach and educational programing departments. She is a working actor, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. 


Sadie Prenda

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Sadie grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where she did speech, choir, theater, and cello. She recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in performing arts. Now, she is an avid writer and all around creative. She can't wait to work with the next generation of storytellers and creatives!

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Tyra Medina

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Tyra Medina, An Actor, Dancer, Model and Teacher born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Tyra started her acting journey at the age of 16 by attending a media program called Urban Arts Partnership. After graduating High School she attended LaGuardia Community College where is obtained her BA in Theater then her BFA in Acting at Pace University. In her free time she enjoys reading, working out and traveling. 


Zora Umeadi

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Zora Umeadi is originally from Enugu, Nigeria. She recently graduated with her MFA in Performing Arts at Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD). Zora is an actor, director, and educator. This past year she landed her first Co-starring role on the Amazon Prime TV series “Clean Slate”, Starring George Wallace and Laverne Cox. She is beyond excited to see what God has in store for her future and blessed to be able to help young aspiring artists bloom into their craft. Zora leaves us with her foundational quote, “You are the light of the world like a city set on a hilltop.”


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Marie Zaccagnino

Marie Zaccagnino was born and raised in Buffalo, NY! She moved to NYC when she was 18 years old to attend Pace University, where she graduated with a BFA in Film, Television, Voice-Overs & Commercials. She has performed in plays with the Alpha NYC Theatre Company. She will be performing her first lead role in The Postman Always Rings Twice at the Producers Club in NYC this fall. She is an actress who strives to make audiences feel inspired and happy. The arts and storytelling are in need in our world more than ever. She is so grateful to be able to pass on what she has learned throughout her artistic career to the younger generation of artists, with Bloom Performing Arts!


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Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith was born and raised in Orlando FL. With a devoted passion for performing arts, she found herself studying for a BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design. While she is working to achieve her own credits, she found another love for teaching and helping others reach their own dreams. She is more than thrilled to be a part of the BPA family and to help it expand and flourish in Savannah, GA.

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Rose Messenger

Rose Messenger is a twenty-two year old singer, actor, writer, and teaching artist. Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, Rose is newly based in New York City after graduating from the BFA Musical Theatre program at The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She continues to perform and share her love of theatre through education in both the United States and Canada, and is thrilled to be joining the BPA team! Rose prides herself on creating the same fun, positive, and accepting atmosphere that was created for her as a young theatre student. 


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Hannah V. Boyens

Hannah V. Boyens moved from Spencer, Iowa to New York City in 2022 to pursue the arts of film, music and theatre. Before this she attendended Oklahoma City University and obtained a BFA in film production and wrote and directed several short films and plays, she also has a BA in Music and has performed in operas, short films, musicals, and plays. Hannah is grateful to be joining Bloom, as she believes helping others create art is one of the most wonderful experiences in the world.


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Janine Mills

Born and raised in Northern Vermont, Janine has spent the majority of her adult life in NY. Favorite theater credits include Annie in Round and Round the Garden (Dragonfly Multicultural Arts, NJ), Prudence in Beyond Therapy (Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse, LA), Wanda in The Baby Dance (Phantom Theater, VT), and Sarah in Time Stands Still (Players Theatre, NYC). She has acted in several independent films and numerous Columbia University Theater and Film MFA student projects. She received training at Grace Kiley Acting, Stella Adler, AMAW, John Rosenfeld Studios, and Groundlings. Janine participated in the Gaga Intensive with the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv and the Juilliard Extension Division 2023 Summer Drama Intensive. She couldn’t be happier to join the Bloom team and—having been blessed with extraordinary teachers in acting, singing and dance throughout her life—is delighted to now encourage her own students toward the most truthful expressions of themselves.

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Maya Bracha

Maya is originally from Israel and moved to NYC to study acting. She graduated from the two year conservatory program at the Stella Adler studio. She directed a solo show called “The Living Room”. With enthusiasm about storytelling and personal growth, she is excited to share the magic with bloom performing arts. 

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Molly Hargrave

Originally from Florida, Molly recently finished school in Georgia where she got her BFA in the performing arts! She started doing musical theater when she was eleven, and through school transitioned to film and TV. She loves movies, music, poetry, meditation and is thrilled to join the Bloom team & share her passions with the students!

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Brianna Roberts

Brianna Roberts, a native of Greensboro, NC, has dedicated 14 years to honing her craft as an actress. She recently earned her BFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Outside of acting, Brianna is a passionate writer who enjoys spending quality time with her family and being a foodie. 


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Sanai Johnson

Sanai Johnson recently earned her BFA in Professional Theatre in her hometown in North Carolina. She gained her love for the arts when she started dancing at the age of 6. Now she loves exploring other ways to express her emotions through acting, poetry, art. If she’s not in the studio then you can find her somewhere out in nature soaking in the sun! 


Fun Facts:
She loves to go hiking with friends.

She was a competitive swimmer growing up. 

She always keeps hula hoops and bubbles in her car in case of a fun time! 

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