About Us

Avery Gomez

Fine arts, Youth theatre, Design


Avery is an artist and certified art educator in CT. Her MA from Boston University has prepared her to engage with students and the larger community in art-based activities and experiences. She has over 10 years experience working with students from K to 12. Youth theatre has been an interest of hers since acting and working on stage crew in small productions as a teenager and she’s continued to work with local youth productions in a variety of ways over the years. She is especially passionate about bringing out creativity and individual expression in her students.


As a co-founder of Upstage Arts Academy, she is excited to share her love of the arts with young people and the local community.



Katie Carriero

Performing arts, Youth theatre, Music


Katie is an ESL, English, and performing arts educator. She spent 8 years in Korea teaching English and running a production company that helped get young students performing onstage in their second language. Additionally, she has taught various theatre classes and camps of all ages for almost 13 years. She’s experienced in all aspects of the stage and loves bringing the passion and creativity of the theatre to others.


As a co-founder of Upstage Arts Academy, Katie is so excited to work with the community and with students of all ages to bring together the aspects of fine arts and performing arts. She hopes to create a stronger connection between the community and our studio.