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Judges.

To be announced soon!

Tania Ortega-Cowan

Tania Ortega-Cowan grew up in Vero Beach, graduated from Saint Edward’s School and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The Florida State University where she also studied theatre, dance and music. As the daughter of Vero Beach Opera’s Artistic Director Román Ortega-Cowan and its President Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan, Tania grew up performing in musical theatre at Riverside Children’s Theatre and Riverside Theatre in roles that included Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Winnifred in “Once Upon a Mattress” and Mary Magdelene in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Later she developed a love of singing jazz as well as singing sacred music in Vero Beach church services for 25 years. Tania is well-known in Vero Beach as the owner of Chunky Monkey Advertising, Inc., as a graphic artist, designer, writer and photographer, as a special assignments writer/photographer for TCPalm/Press Journal, a blogger for Indian River County law enforcement and emergency services and the author/publisher of “My Adventures with Indian River County Fire Rescue.” Tania is a private vocal performance coach and can be seen performing in local shows or singing the national anthem for a variety of sporting events.

 

Chris Foster

A Native of Vero Beach, Mr. Foster began his love affair with the performing arts as a gospel singer at age of seven.  He majored in voice and dance at Brevard College in North Carolina and began his career in theme parks and has performed lead roles on various cruise lines including the Norwegian Cruise Line SS Norway, The Crown Monarch and The Crown Jewel.  His talent received the attention of casting directors casting him in both principle and featured roles in productions in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Europe and Asia.  Scouted by top modeling agencies in USA and Europe, he has appeared in television commercials, billboard advertising and print media for such prestigious clients as Levi’s, Coca Cola, Miller Genuine Draft and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger among others.  Mr. Foster has also choreographed world tours for celebrity artists.  In 2003 he established FW Productions as the culmination of his years in performing and promotional venues and has created a company with fresh and innovative entertainment concepts featuring world-class performers and cutting-edge style.

 

Dee Rose-Imbro

A hearty welcome back to well-known, Vero Beach High School award-winning drama teacher of 29 years, well-seasoned actress, choreographer, director, and mentor to many hopeful thespians, “Miss” Dee Rose-Imbro! Dee landed in Vero Beach in 1983 as a professional performer, and has remained in the area for 32 years.  Bitten by the “theatre bug” at the tender age of 4, she received her degree in Theatre/Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University. Once in Vero Beach, Dee professionally performed, choreographed and directed becoming the first recipient of the Riverside Theatre C. Carroll Otto award. Her acting credits and other achievements include Mama Rose in Gypsy at Riverside Theatre, and at Indian State College she performed as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. Dee established the Annual VB High School Summer Drama Camp held each summer at Vero Beach High School and served as a District Chair on the Florida State Thespian Theatre board for 8 years. What Dee impresses upon her students is… no matter what level of performance they are, if it doesn’t come from the heart, it doesn’t mean a thing.

Ross Cotherman

The fourth chair at the Judge’s dais is for Vero Beach’s version of Price Waterhouse…and that is local CPA, Ross Cotherman of Rehmann, who happily returns to oversee and authorize the voting tabulations. With over 30 years of accounting experience, Ross is in charge of Rehmann’s auditing services for the State of Florida, as well as a major supporter of local non-profit organizations.  He is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County and to that end was named the Unsung Hero for his work with them, as voted by the National Philanthropy Day.