Christopher J. Tisdale is a Middle School English Teacher, Adjunct Writing Professor, and Doctoral Student. He enjoys shopping, reading and creative writing, going to the theater, traveling, cooking and baking, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends. When asked about his experience in the entertainment field, he says “I modeled in high school and performed in theater too.” He participated in the Christmas Carol, as the Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and Man 3. He was Pastor Rocky in When Doves Fly, a gospel musical, all performed at Newark Symphony Hall. When asked about what it takes to be successful in the entertainment business he says, “One needs to have a strong character and have a true commitment to success. By living and breathing whatever it is one believes in, makes an individual successful.” He admires a lot of people, but doesn’t have any idols. He thinks it’s important to look at what other have done to inspire one’s own path, but says that to idolize someone means to desire to be someone else. He does not wish to walk in another’s shadow. Although he does admire Thurgood Marshall for his work in Law and his ability to inspire others. He feels that community support and involvement with the scholarship fund is important to a community’s commitment to the future of the children within it. He says, “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that will determine your altitude. Best wishes to all the Idols.
Alexander Diaz is the Director of Arts Education and Outreach at bergenPAC. In his free time, Alexander enjoys producing, directing, being involved in theater, singing, and acting. His “idol” is Andrea Bocelli because the ability to sing and play piano despite being blind is inspiring. Alexander has been performing since he was in 8th grade. He has performed at NJPAC, Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theater, Kimmel Center, and at bergenPAC. Alexander’s greatest accomplishment is his daughter, Delilah. He supports the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund because it gives students opportunities while simultaneously inspiring other students along the way. Alexander believes the involvement and work of so many young people is what makes Englewood Idol “the most electrifying show produced at the bergenPAC!”
Kelli Rabke Agresta is an actress and singer who has worked in plays and musicals such as THE WIZARD OF OZ, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNI-COLOR DREAMCOAT, LES MISERABLES, MACK AND MABEL, PHANTOM, and CHILDREN OF EDEN. She has been a part of numerous TV commercials and voice-overs, and has been the voice of several animated characters. After a while, she left performing and turned her attention to her family. Five years ago, she joined the Board of the BergenPAC, where she helped to develop the Kidz Cabaret series; the beyondMusic program of instrumental lessons in guitar, drums, keyboard and voice; and her personal favorite, MUSIC SPEAKS – an early childhood music education class for kids aged 2 months to 4 ½ years old. She also co-chairs the PAC’s annual fundraising galas and serves on their Executive Committee. Last December, she put together the BEYOND THE STORM concert in order to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy victims. She has been active on the PA at the Elisabeth Morrow School, and lends her time as a Rising Star Evaluator for Paper Mill Playhouse, evaluating high school productions throughout NJ for their annual Rising Star Awards. Kelli is thrilled and humbled to be honored here tonight with these other wonderful stars.