Field of Dreams
Our Mission. Our Vision.
Field of Dreams Performing Arts offers professional and high quality classes in all performing arts disciplines - all with measurable success for thousands of students in Wake Forest and the Greater-Raleigh area.
At FODPA we strive not only for excellence but for “exceptionalism.” We define this approach to the arts this way: The act of going above and beyond earthly capabilities to enjoy God’s artistry in His creation.
Field of Dreams Performing Arts stands ready to engage every student, young and old, with the opportunity to “OPEN THE DOORS TO THEIR DREAMS.” Our mission is to provide excellent, professional training in a supportive, Christian environment to those in the greater Raleigh area. Equipping all our students with the right tools to face our challenging world as Christian Artists, whether it be in a amateur, pre-professional, or professional level.
We offer dance, vocal, acting, and theater classes for all ages and levels from recreational to professional. FODPA has a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where the student can build self-esteem and a will to serve our Community.
The staff of Field of Dreams ranks amongst some of the best in the area. Collectively, our instructors bring many, many years of professional experience in dance, theater, and voice. Our students have thrived under the instructor’s expertise and values when it comes to their specific disciplines and their devotion to the Lord.
The philosophy that is embraced by our staff includes hard work, discipline, character, passion, integrity, and family.
Owner, Executive and Creative Director
Theatre, Voice, Dance Instructor
Trained singer, actress, dancer, musician, and choreographer. Makes her debut onstage when she was six with a lead role in the musical, THE MUSIC MACHINE (Nancy). Ever since then, she has performed and directed numerous musicals and plays, performing for national and international audiences alike. Studied music theory and violin in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico for eight years. Started her ballet and jazz training at Yoli Studio with Yolanda Muñoz in her native island of Puerto Rico. She became a professional choreographer when she was 17 years old. Lived in Spain and Italy for 11 years, where she continued her career as a professional Contemporary Modern dancer and choreographer, training and working closely with choreographer and mentor, Gilberto Nati in La Compagnia Dei Sogni Dance Company in Italy, performing in Rome and in Milan's top theatres and venues. Moved to North Carolina, in 2011, and after years of working as a Dance Instructor, choreographer, and drama teacher in the North Raleigh Area, she now works as Executive and Creative Director of Field of Dreams Performing Arts in Wake Forest, NC, where she has directed various stage performances. Some of them include: AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE MOUSETRAP, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, SHREK THE MUSICAL, SHE LOVES ME, and ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Professional actress and casting director in some projects like ANOTHER CHANCE (2013), FAT CHANCE (2016), CHRISTMAS WANDER (2017), THE BIG FIX (2018), MURDER DECODED (2019), IMPOSTER PASTOR (2022).
Trissa Finneran started her dance career 12 years ago at Field of Dreams Performing Arts. She fell in love with it, and has been working there ever since. She is classically trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, and Jazz. From summer intensives to weekly classes, she has gained so much knowledge from her amazing teachers and peers, and tries to instill that excellence in others. Trissa has been teaching dance to all ages for five years, three of those years, being with FODPA. She recently expanded her love for the Arts, and made her Theater debut in a production of LES MISERABLES as Eponine. Since then, she has performed in THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Schwartzy), SHE LOVES ME (Ilona Ritter), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Sugar Plum Fairy), and most recently ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Miss Honey). Trissa is excited to share her love for the stage with all her students, in hopes that they too will be able to share in their passion for the Arts.
Hope is honored to bring her 14 years of training and experience to the Field of Dreams family. She is a native to Columbus Ohio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, partnering, variations and modern at the BalletMet Dance Academy. She performed “Red Solider”, “Angel” and “Arabian” in BalletMet’s THE NUTCRACKER in 2004, 2005 and 2008. Hope was the dance choreographer for her high school senior variety show “Live In Color” in 2009. She continued her training at Otterbein University from 2009-2011, performing in both dance concerts for the school. She was an assistant choreographer for both ballet pieces in 2010 and 2011. She danced for Dayton Contemporary 2nd Dance Company for their 2011-2012 season. Most recently Hope danced and assisted in costumes for Faith Baptist Church’s Easter production “THE CROSSROADS OF A DAY” in 2019. She is very excited to be a part of the Field of Dreams teaching staff. Hope can’t wait to teach, inspire and education the children at the Field of Dreams Performing Arts!
Theatre, Voice, Dance Instructor
Bethany Corey is an Appalachian State University graduate with a degree in Physical Education/Health and Dance. She was a member of the ASU Dance Ensemble for four years. In addition to performing, Bethany was a student choreographer for three of those years. She spent her last few months in Boone as a Singer, Dancer, and Actor for Tweetsie Railroad. Bethany has a professional background in Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Contemporary. She performed in MATCHMAKER (Ms. Van Heusen), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Fiona), SHE LOVES ME (Amalia Balash). She also worked as Assistant Director in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, SHREK THE MUSICAL, SHE LOVES ME, ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSCAL. She also directed THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, all with FODPA. She has been working in our studio since 2014.
Hannah Elder is a senior at North Raleigh Christian Academy and has been a part of both her school's fine arts program and Field of Dreams Performing Arts for eleven years. She has been NRCA's student dance director for two years and has performed in various productions of the squire theatre, including WHITE CHRISTMAS, LITTLE MERMAID, MUSIC MAN, and PETER PAN. Throughout her years in dance, Hannah has found a special liking to hip hop and tap due to both styles’ musicality and rhythm. Transitioning from a student to a teacher has been an amazing experience for Hannah, and she cannot wait to incorporate all her favorite elements of dance class into her own.
Theatre and Dance Instructor
Born in Puerto Rico and having traveled the world, Julian grew up watching his mother perform. He officially began pursuing acting in 2015 at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Disney’s MARY POPPINS, and at Field of Dreams Performing Arts Conservatory on HAPPY DAYS. He has been doing shows ever since. Some credits include: LES MISERABLES (Jean Valjean), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Algernon Moncrieff), WEST SIDE STORY (Bernardo), Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ensemble), THE MATCHMAKER (Joe the Barber), AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP (Detective Sergeant Trotter), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Black Stache), 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Vice Principal Douglas Panch), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Shrek), SHE LOVES ME (Steven Kodaly), and MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Miss Trunchbull). He's also has starred in films like: FAT CHANCE (2016), in which was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film at the International Christian Film Festival in 2018, CHRISTMAS WANDER (2017), and just recently in THE BIG FIX (2018). Julian is excited to give back to the studio what was invested in him, and is looking forward to help inspire others through the Arts the way they have inspired him.
Ethan began his theatre journey at North Raleigh Christian Academy, where he had the privilege of training for and performing lead roles in many Squire Theatre works, including MARY POPPINS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and TARZAN. At Liberty University, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Theatre Arts, Studio Art, and Camp Outdoor Adventure Leadership (C.O.A.L.). While there, he performed with the Liberty theatre department to gain experience in areas such as voice acting, script writing, acting for film, and original works. He loves the creative process and the arts as a whole, and is super excited to share what he has learned with FODPA’s new and returning students!