BRUCE EARNEST JR.
Founder of IPAI Germany, IPAI Thailand, and the IPAI New York Showcase
Bruce has produced, directed or music directed over 100 productions throughout Europe and the United States. An internationally renown specialist in musical theatre belting, he has conducted masterclasses and workshops on musical theatre and commercial singing, casting, international careers in musical theatre, opera, acting, and directing in the United States, Europe and Thailand. Bruce and has current or past students working in major productions in the UK, Europe, off Broadway, on Broadway and in national tours in the United States. He is the founder and former Program Director of Music Theatre at the University of Central Florida, Director of Musical Theatre at the University of South Dakota, Interim Associate Professor of Voice at Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Associate Guest Professor of Music Theatre at the Bavarian Theatre Academy/Hochschule in Munich, and served as Voice and Artistic Consultant for Stage Entertainment.
Currently Vice President of Advancement at the University of Mobile, Dr. Earnest consults regularly with international casting director Ralf Schaedler, is co-founder of the Ever Blue Festival, and serves as President of Mobile Opera. Dr. Earnest remains passionate about the development of young artists and their success. He is collaborating with Kirstin Chavez on a book entitled Entrepreneurship in the Arts and is the co-author of A Beginner's Acting Companion with the late Lani Harris published by Kendal Hunt.
Artistic Director, IPAI Germany
Singer and Artistepreneur, Stacey Trenteseaux, is a performer, opera singer, coach, and creative expression consultant from Florida, currently living in Dresden, Germany. Her passion is helping people discover their WHY, embrace it, express it, and manifest it in their daily lives by bringing imagination, wisdom, creativity, and ingenuity into their job, family, cultural, artistic, and community endeavors. She currently works as a professional opera singer, Artistic Manager for the International Performing Arts Institute, Creative Consultant for Opera Mississippi and the Natchez Festival of Music, and private coach/teacher/mentor for professional artists, business owners, and young professionals. She works with organizations and individuals on concept design, artistic expression, innovative programming, production design, and creating their written artistic voice. Stacey’s passion is collaborating with artists to discover, create, and manifest creative projects. With deep enthusiasm for helping artists develop a unique platform for their vision, legacy, and unique expression, her mission is to empower people to create meaningful and authentic artistic experiences.
As a professional singer, Stacey has sung with various companies in the US and Germany. Recent appearances include her German debut in the 2018-2019 season as Luisa in Verdi’s Luisa Miller with Münchens Kleinstes Opernhaus at Pasinger Fabrik in Munich, Germany and at SemperZwei of the Dresden Semperoper in American composer Liam Wade’s opera “Eine Oktoberfest Oper.” Her other operatic roles have included: Juliette from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Hanna in Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe, Angelica in Pucinni’s Suor Angelica, and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Stacey strives to present unique concerts that tell a story and express her own artistic voice. One of her greatest joys is collaborating with friends, family, and other artists to create poignant experiences that move, touch, and empower people.
IPAI has been an integral part of Ms. Trenteseaux’s career development. She first participated as a student artist in 2013. In 2016 she returned as an Opera Fellowship Artist and chose to stay and pursue a performance career in Germany and Europe. She currently studies with renowned teacher and vocal coach, Gudrun Bär (Weimar, Germany) and has also studied with internationally renowned soprano Barbara Daniels, master vocal coach Ellen Rissinger (Semperoper Dresden), Priya Pelakar (Berlin, Germany), and master teacher and pedagogue, Dr. Maryann Kyle (Mobile, Alabama). She has participated in masterclasses with Barbara Bonney, Sherrill Milnes, Richard Zeller, Alan Glassman, and Michael Sturm. Ms. Trenteseaux holds a Master’s degree in Voice Performance under Dr. Maryann Kyle from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Florida.
Artistic Producer, IPAI Germany
Anica Binder graduated from the University of Mobile in 2010 with a BA in Theatre. Some of her show credits include, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Joseph and the Technicoler Dreamcoat, Lend Me a Tnor, Oklahoma, etc. Following graduation she attended The International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany for Musical Theatre and then returned in 2011 for the Stage Management Program. Upon completing the program, she returned to her Alma Mater and took the position of Assistant to Dr. Bruce Earnest in the Theatre Department. In the summer of 2012 she had the opportunity once again to return to IPAI and work alongside Dr. Earnest as his assistant. It was during this program that Anica met a local by the name of Andreas Binder. On January 26, 2013, the two of them were married in Mobile, Alabama. After the wedding Anica moved to Oberaudorf, Germany where she now lives with husband Andreas and her daughter Skyler.
Since living in Germany Anica has had the privilege of continuing her work alongside Dr. Bruce Earnest with the International Performing Arts Institute as the Associate Artistic Producer, started working for Dr. Maryann Kyle, and is the Assistant Artistic Director for Everblue Social Media and Promotions.