Meet Our Staff

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Laura Monaco-Martino

CEO

With over two decades of experience in the music industry, Laura Monaco-Martino sees the business as an artist, songwriter, and music business insider. In her early career, she shared the stage with artists such as Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, and more.

Additionally, she is a certified music business professional and vocal styles specialist from Berklee College of Music. 

 

Her songwriting catalog contains over 300 songs in various genres with placements on networks such as E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Chelsea Lately,” “America’s Got Talent,” the “Hallmark Channel,” Oxygen Network’s “Bad Girls Club,” and more. Laura has guided and written for artists who have gone on to tour the world and land on major playlists and iTunes Charts. She has scouted and developed artists on shows such as “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “X Factor,” andt“America’s Got Talent.” Her strengths lie in coaching and inspiring artists to become confident and self-sufficient in the pursuit of their dreams. Laura continues to add many facets of positivity, creation, and art to her Emerging Talent brands. Together, along with her husband Joey Martino, they successfully opened ET Studio Productions in 2013, and have many plans for making a difference in the local youth and community. The recent launch of their integrative learning company ET Labz is only the beginning of the many opportunities underway.

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Alyssa Falcone

Office Manager, Free Your Voice

Alyssa Falcone holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from the College of Staten Island. She works as a substitute teacher for the Department of Education and a Direct Support Professional for the Community Habilitation Departments at Person Centered Care Services and Children at Play. Alyssa began her career as a substitute para, working in district 75 schools from the age of 18-23. After working with various students with disabilities, she knew teaching was her true calling. Helping students achieve their goals was always number one in her eyes and she continues to serve the community with her passion for teaching, while incorporating music. In her free time, Alyssa sings in the local band, Early A.M., performing at local bars and restaurants all over Staten Island. Alyssa is a singer/songwriter and has music available on all major platforms including: Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music and Youtube! She has a passion for music and helping her students learn and grow.

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Sara Damon

Staff- Dancercise, Act It Out

Sara Damon can be described as an Indie-Pop singer/ songwriter with a large span of musical influences. The entertainment world has been a pivotal part of Sara’s young life, which extended into her high school years as a Musical Theater major at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, New York. Today she is a student at the City College of New York obtaining her Bachelor’s of Arts in Popular Music Studies. She has received private vocal training for 11 years, 7 of which were with ET Studio Productions. Her enthusiasm, passion and willing personality allows her to connect with her students as she coaches them to properly use their voices.

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Gabe "St. Gabriel" Vasquez

Staff- A Moment of "Science", "Picture" Perfect, In The Beat, In The Mix (DJ Mixing)

Gabriel “Saint Gabirel” Vaquez is a Studio production and assistant engineer at ET Studio Productions. He graduated at the top of his class from SAE Institute in New York City, and because of his extensive knowledge base and talent, is able to produce and assist on various genres of music. Gabriel’s love for music was conceived in 2009 as a student of the nationally recognized P.S 22 chorus. The experiences and professionals he has met have molded his drive to pursue a career in musical production and engineering. Gabriel’s talents do not end with music production. His skillset extends into live sound, mixing, photography, and youth leadership. As an award winning YMCA counselor, he teaches children how to balance school work and fun by designing new kinesthetic activities. Gabe is continuously learning and striving to improve his skills on a technical level. His work ethic, creativity, and compassion for others  is what sets him apart from others in his craft.

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Heather Martino-Valente

Staff- Can't Stop "Yoga", "Video" Storytelling, "Picture" Perfect

Heather Martino-Valente is a yogi and filmmaker, and believes a healthy mind and body is key to unlocking creativity. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and has a background in dance, theater, and cheerleading. Heather's experience working with youth stems from her previous roles as a Children's Fitness Instructor at The Little Gym, a cheerleading coach, and as a counselor at CYO Youth Summer Camp in Staten Island, New York. When she's not practicing yoga, Heather works with the award-winning production company, Redglass Pictures. Having trained at the International Center for Photography (ICP) and the Newmark School of Journalism, Heather has taught numerous filmmaking workshops at CUNY and Downtown Community Television in New York City. Previously, Heather worked at Teen Vogue as the EP, producing high profile shoots with Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Maggie Rogers, Millie Bobby Brown, Camila Cabello, Kaia Gerber, Amandla Stenberg, and Hunter Schafer, to name a few. In her spare time, Heather enjoys gardening, photography, and going on long walks with her puppy, Gracie. 

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Andrea Damon

Staff- "Art" for the Smart

Andrea studied Media Arts at the Parsons School of Design where she trained her art skills to become a Stage Craft teacher with the NYC Department of Education. For 15 years she worked with students to create scenery for school plays and to paint murals across the school. Andrea then became a special education teacher, working with students who have dyslexia and processing delays. She is a strong supporter of fine arts education, and is excited to use her talents to allow her students  to build communication skills, creativity, problem solving, and promote a higher self esteem with ET Labz.

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Isaiah Gattas

Staff- Dancercise, Act It Out

Isaiah Gattas is currently a student at the Brooklyn on the road to becoming an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher. As the captain of Port Richmond High School’s football team and the lead of their main stage musical “In the Heights”, Isaiah has always displayed a love for both fitness and the arts. Born with a natural stage presence, Isaiah Gattas started performing at an early age. Isaiah discovered his love for performing when accepted into the infamous P.S.22 chorus and quickly moved his way up into commercials with the television series “The Electric Company”. For years after Isaiah continued to be apart of local productions all the way until his senior year of high school when he played Usnavi at Port Richmond High School. During his performance, Isaiah was noticed from members of the musical theatre community who then gave him the opportunity to take Usnavi to the Broadway stage through the Schubert Foundations High School Theatre Festival. Isaiah’s powerful performance shined through and led him to get picked up by Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. Isaiah played the lead Marco in their off-broadway production of Colored Lines in Manhattan, NY. During this time Isaiah received months of professional training from Roundabout Theatre Company on several acting and performance methods. Isaiah’s love and knowledge of performing went on to be used in the direction of Port Richmond High School’s theatre productions, music videos for local Staten Island talent and with artists from ET Studio Productions.  knows the importance of health and coordination and urges everyone to discover the joy of dancing. Isaiah is vibrant, optimistic and caring, making him a wonderful teacher for all students. 

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Meghan McGuire

Staff- Guitar, Piano

Meghan McGuire is well versed in acoustic guitar, piano, and the ukulele.  She began taking piano lessons at six years old and decided to use those skills to teach herself how to play pop and rock songs.  Meghan began playing the acoustic guitar at thirteen years old as well as the ukulele. She plays guitar for an acoustic duo called Early A.M. where they play at local bars, restaurants, and venues throughout Staten Island.  Meghan works as a social worker full-time for an outpatient clinic on Staten Island. She attended the College of Staten Island and received her Bachelors in Social Work in 2016 and went on to attend Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work to receive her Masters in Social Work in 2017.  In addition, Meghan has worked as a direct support professional for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Eden II Programs and The Self-Directed Program through A Very Special Place, Inc. on Staten Island. Her favorite artists include Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, The 1975, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, AC/DC, Tegan and Sara, King Princess, The Aces, Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, and many more.

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Olivia Centonza

Staff- Together In Tune

Olivia Centonza is a singer, musician, and songwriter from Staten Island, New York. Her family has always been big lovers of music and she decided to start singing in her elementary school, middle school, and high school choirs. She started writing her own songs and playing piano when she was 14 years old and then began taking voice and piano lessons at ET Studio Productions when she was 16. She started to realize that music was something she couldn’t live without and she wanted it to be a part of her career and life forever. Olivia saw how powerful songwriting could be for expressing your emotions and feelings. She became the recording artist known as Liv C and has recorded and released 9 original songs since 2018. As she began college, she knew music was something she couldn’t give up and she graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a BA in Music and two minors in Music Industry and Psychology. She excelled in music theory (I, II, and III), music history, music composition, and various branches of psychology course work, earning her a 3.95 GPA. Her love for children and spending time with her family is extremely important to her which is why this coming Fall (2020), she will begin the Masters of Music Therapy Program at NYU. Helping children and individuals through the gift of music combines both of Liv’s passions. She cannot wait to become a certified Music Therapist and is excited to see what the future holds.

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Brendan Oliveri

Staff- Piano, Guitar

Brendan began playing the guitar at the age of 10 and has been defining his musical style ever since. He has played in multiple bands, composed music for films, and worked in many recording studios. Since he began learning the piano at age 15 his musical immersion has doubled. With a fantastic ear for pitch, rhythm, and melody Brendan can tune into just about any style of music and find his place within it. Amongst his skills are reading music, sight-singing, and songwriting. You can typically find Brendan teaching a lesson, playing on stage, or recording at the studio. He has even toured the country twice! Brendan welcomes anyone to the studio who wants to improve themselves musically and can’t wait to have his first session with you!

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Laura Sacco

Staff- I AM Light, Socially Talkward

Laura Sacco is a Kundalini Reasearch Institute (KRI) certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher. After feeling the calming effects of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, she immediately signed up for Teacher Training where she dove deep into this unique and profound technology. Laura is a Special Education teacher who incorporates the teachings of Kundalini Yoga into her classroom where she has witnessed the astonishing effects of Kundalini Yoga on her students with autism. She is also a singer who enjoys inspiring others withpowerful messages as well as mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. She attributes Kundalini Yoga & Meditation to help awaken her true potential and has made it her mission to help empower women through yoga, Breathework, meditation and mindset work. 

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Santo Rizzolo

Staff- Drums

Santo Rizzolo is a touring and session drummer based in Asbury Park, New Jersey specializing in R&B, funk, jazz, and rock. Hailing from the Jersey Shore, Santo has been performing and teaching professionally for over decade, backing artists including Dana Fuchs, Kings of Disco (founding members of The Village People), Matt O'Ree Band, Brielle Von Hugel (American Idol, Postmodern Jukebox) and Remember Jones. In addition to performing for sold-out crowds at legendary venues including Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony, Convention Hall, and House of Independents, Santo regularly tours and performs around the country and internationally.  Santo has instructed hundreds of kids and adults of all ages, abilities, and musical preferences as a drum teacher at Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park since 2013. Santo looks forward to continuing his drumming journey with new players and artists in the years to come.

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Noji Wijerante

Staff- "Art" for the Smart

Noji Wijerante graduated with honors from the College of Staten Island and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She finds joy in several artistic outlets including painting, drawing, photography, sewing clothes, and make up. Her paintings are greatly inspired by her love for animals, vibrant colors, and film. Noji’s love for the arts allows her to teach others to see the beauty in what surrounds them. 

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Michele Knight

Staff- American Sign Language

Michele Knight is an Undergraduate student at the College of Staten Island. She is an Education Major and is also minoring in American Sign Language. She has learned so much in the sign language culture from words, sentences, stories, and even expressions just by using different types of hand motions and has learned how to communicate with deaf individuals. She is looking towards becoming an American Sign Language Interpreter for the deaf community. Her passion is to be able to make a difference and connecting with her students by teaching them something that they can use wherever they go.

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Joshua Sottile

Staff- Piano

Joshua Sottile is a versatile artist, actor, and multi-instrumentalist. For seventeen years, he has studied sight reading, music transcription, theory, and piano technique in various styles. As a graduate of Wagner College’s theatre program, Joshua has played lead roles in various productions amongst his community and beyond including Carousel, Merrily We Roll Along, Les Misérables, and The Last Five Years, among others.

Josh was a member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2016-2017 Season, performing in and understudying for eight productions including Duncan Sheik and Nell Benjamin’s new musical, Because of Winn-Dixie. Now a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Josh is in the fray of the New York theatre scene. His passion for growth, storytelling, and honing his skills have pushed him to form an acting troupe with some peers, working in various venues including the United Palace Theater. Josh is extremely passionate about pursuing a career in the arts, and helping others achieve their goals in the field!