Director of Performing Arts
Lisa Herbert is currently the Director of Performing Arts at The Cushman School. She is classically trained in theatre and holds a Masters Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. In addition to extensive performance credits in both theatre and musical theatre, Mrs. Herbert spent several years developing and teaching workshops for students and teachers in the United States and Europe. She has taught for The American School of Paris, Ecole Bilingue (Paris, France), ISTA (International Theatre Association) in London, England and Performers Theatre Workshop (NYC) where she taught acting to young professionals. In addition to teaching, directing and tutoring young actors, she is very proud to be one of the curators and the Director of Production for TEDxYouth@Miami.
Alexandra Woods is member of The Cushman School’s Performing Arts Team and works primarily with the Elementary School students. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Classical Voice Principal. She has worked with many children's choir organizations such as Miami Children's Chorus, Tampa Bay Children's Chorus and was on the founding team for the Miami Choral Academy. She is currently working as the Choral Director of the Coral Gables Congregational Church Children's Choir.
As a member of Cushman’s Performing Arts Team, Vinni Hamilton primarily works with our youngest Primary School students. Mr. Hamilton has been involved with music for most of his life. Born in London and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he got his start singing with school groups and individually, often participating in countywide and national competitions. He was awarded a scholarship to participate in a brass program at the Jamaica School of Music while at age 10. However, he didn't discover his flair for keyboards until years later through his participation in church bands and training choirs.
Now, as an adult, Mr. Hamilton plays the piano, electronic keyboard, drums and flute. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, and an educator, teaching music and directing bands at different levels, as well as teaching piano, drums and theatre at different studios. As a keyboardist, he has played for many different artists, including Arturo Tappin, Freddie McGregor, Nadine Sutherland, Pluto Shervington and Willie Stewart. He is currently a member of Wraps & Kush, a Miami-based reggae dancehall band, and recently started his production company, Vinni Hamilton Productions.