Youth Builders Summer (YBS) Camp

2020 Staff


Akela Franklin

Theatre & Improv Instructor

YBS Camp Manager

Akela Franklin is a classical soprano, teaching artist, children’s theatre director, and arts administrator based in Boston, MA. She has appeared in numerous operatic and musical theatre stage productions in the last 10 years and has received extensive dramatic training from distinguished directors throughout the United States. While attending Longy School of Music for her M.M. in voice performance, Akela studied acting techniques for singers under the tutelage of Greg Smucker, artistic director of Boston Opera Collaborative. 


Akela first began teaching children’s theater in 2019 at Children’s Music Center of Jamaica Plain, where she directed musical adaptations of Stone Soup and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She recently taught an online musical theatre course for Community Music Center of Boston’s (CMCB) Elementary Music department in which students participated in a fabulous virtual musical revue finale. This summer at YoFES, Akela is excited to dive into her first experience teaching theatrical improvisation and looks forward to helping her students explore the power and brilliance of their own imaginations.


In addition to teaching theatre for YoFES, Akela serves the organization through her work as an executive assistant, private voice teacher, and as the manager of Youth Builders Summer Camp 2020.

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Jordan Eade

Rhythm Section Instructor

Jordan Eade is a classical soprano, performing arts instructor and arts administrator based in Washington State. Jordan earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she studied with Carol Mastrodomenico. Jordan has performed operatic repertoire, chamber music, and choral music for both national and international audiences.

As an educator, Jordan has completed advanced vocal pedagogy courses at Longy School of Music of Bard College and Early Childhood Music Education classes at the University of Puget Sound. Jordan has also completed a teaching practicum with Judith Herrington, the director of Tacoma Youth Chorus and music instructor at Charles Wright Academy. During the 2018-2019 school year, Jordan worked with YoFES as a music instructor and site coordinator at Mattahunt Elementary School. Additionally, Jordan has experience as a vocal coach, vocal instructor, and general music instructor for individuals and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and New England areas.

Jordan is thrilled to be working with YoFES again this summer and is very excited to facilitate musical learning and help camp participants create original rhythmic compositions using instruments they made from household objects.


Leo Balkovetz

Voice Instructor

Leo Balkovetz has a masters degree in Early Music Performance with a concentration in voice. He performs with groups throughout the state. He has been working for YoFES for two years in both the Hyde Park and Boston areas. 


The voice class will be performing Swae Lee and Post Malone’s song “Sunflower” which was popularized in the 2018 movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”. 

Shallen James

Dance Instructor

Marie Nunes

Virtual Adventure Time Instructor

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