Studio 48


Studio Owner and Executive Director

Voice, Violin & Piano Instructor.    Musical Theater/Film/Pageant Coach/Song-writing

Rebecca Beck is the proud owner of Studio 48 and the main instructor for our Department of Musical Education.

Rebecca Beck attended Boston University, University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, New England Conservatory and private study at Juilliard School of Music with Eleanor Steber.  Vocal Performance with a minor in Violin.  She has studied with: Phyllis Curtin, Eileen Farrell, Eleanor Steber, Mark Pearson, Rhonda Martin, Ludlow Hallman, and Ellen Chickering. In her youth, she was selected as the first vocalist from Maine to attend Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony. 


She has performed with the Boston Symphony as soprano soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C, and highly achieved opera roles  performed are: Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti, Baby Doe in the Ballad of Baby Doe, Musetta and Mimi in Puccini's Opera, La Boheme;  Operetta Roles: Josephine in G&S HMS Pinafore; Aline in the Sorcerer; and recently at Monmouth Theater as Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer.   Her most memorable musical theater roles; Nellie Furbish in South Pacific; Acid Queen in the rock opera, TOMMY, Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof; and most recent: Grey Gardens as Edith Bouvier Beale at Monmouth Theater, and Mrs. Bixby in MSMT "Seven Brides".  


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Ballet Instuctor/Master

 workshops, masterclasses & private lessons


Originally from Maine (USA), Russell Hewey trained under Lynne Penn-Davison and Cosmin Marculescu while performing with Portland Ballet, Ballet New England, Konservatoriet Dance Ensemble, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. 


In 2010 Mr. Hewey joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu (TBS), where he performed throughout Europe in notable contemporary and classical works such as Mihai Babuşka’s Don Quixote; Pavel Rotaru’s Carmen and Romeo and Juliet; The Miraculous Mandarin; The Nutcracker; The Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake; Giselle; 

Raymonda; La Fille Mal Gardee; Anna Karenina; Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Scheherazade, and Four Seasons.


In 2014, he made his international debut as a choreographer premiering: Concert en Bleu, a ballet symphonic.  Since, he has continued his choreographic pursuits, premiering works in Europe and in the United States including Intermezzo; Cityscape; Nichita; Taste; Land of the Misfit Toys; La Dance: Degas, Delaunay and Matisse; and Eve of Monday.

In 2017, he returned to the U.S. where he joined the faculties of Studio 48 and Portland Ballet.  He is currently still performing with Portland Ballet, acting as Ballet Master and their Professor of Academics.


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Studio 48 Dance Director

Dance Instructor

Carlyn Adams is the Artistic Director of Studio 48 for the Dance Department.  Carlyn teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop at our Brunswick Location, bringing years of experience as an instructor and performer in the New York and New Jersey dance scene.


Carlyn Adams received her B.A. in American Studies with a Minor in Dance from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. There she was a dancer in their professional Summer Production of “42nd Street”. She began dancing when she was four years old. She has trained with various professional faculty members from Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She worked for New York City Dance Alliance in an administrative capacity for 15 years.  Carlyn has taught everything from Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Swing dance for all ages in several NJ studios.  She also has a fitness background teaching classes such as Barre, POP Pilates and Zumba.  She moved to Maine almost three years ago and she has been teaching at Studio 48 since January 2019.  She wishes all of her dancers to have a positive and educational experience while also having fun!



Artistic Director

Artist in Residence.  Acting Coach & Workshops. Voice & Dance

Rick Faugno has performed across the country, from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, from the Chicago theater to San Francisco’s Curran.

He was recently seen in Kiss Me Kate, his 7th Broadway show, for which he was nominated for a Chita Rivera Award. He is also the recipient of a Fred Astaire Award, for Roundabout’s On The 20th Century, and a Best Singer Award for the role of Frankie Valli, in the original Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys.


 He has performed and worked with some of the greatest names in Broadway history, including: Tommy Tune, Cy Coleman, Comden and Green, Herb Gardner, Daniel Sullivan, Ann Reinking, Gwen Verdon, Graciela Daniele, Kathleen Marshall, Julie Andrews, Jack O'Brien, Jerry Mitchell, Des McAnuff, Donna McKechnie, Wayne Cilento, Warren Carlyle and many others.


Rick has been seen on TV in: FBI, The Newsroom, The Following, America’s Got Talent, Conan O’Brien and more. He also received the Best Performance award, at the Orlando Film Festival, for the title role in the film Virgin Alexander. Currently, he can be seen in this film on Amazon Prime. He can also be seen in the A Chorus Line documentary Every Little Step, also now on Amazon Prime.

Last year, he choreographed A Chorus Line, at the Cape Playhouse. He is scheduled to return there to choreograph the musical Grease, next year.

Rick also performs his one man show on cruise ships and at various cabaret venues. Follow him on Instagram at: @rickfaugno. You can also watch him on YouTube or find him at


Katie Ackerson, New Dance Instructor

Katie Ackerson, a former student of Studio 48 joins Studio 48 as new dance instructor. 

Katie continued her education for Dance and Physical Fitness in North Carolina.  She returns to Studio 48 PAC to teach ballet, Modern Contemporary, Acro-Dance and Lyrical Dance.