Meet Our Team

Meet our incredible team of talented teaching artists,

equipped to bring BPA programs to your school!

Ashley Morgan Bloom

Ashley Morgan Bloom, the founder, has been a professional SAG actress in New York City for the past eleven years. She has taught improv, dance, musical theatre, acting, and speech in New York City’s top private schools for the past seven years. Ashley made her Guest Star debut on Law & Order SVU, Season 21, in February 2020. Check it out!

Maddie Booth

An Illinois native, Maddie Booth brings her passion for the arts all the way to New York City. With a degree in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College, Maddie is excited to share her variety of knowledge with Bloom Performing Arts’ young artists. She believes in empowering her students to express themselves in creative and compelling ways. The original team member, Maddie has been working with Ashley since day 1, serving as both a teaching artist and the social media director to help Bloom Performing Arts bloom and grow.

Hope Dyra

Hope is originally from Nashville, but her love of performance has taken her far from home — in 2020, Hope graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2019, she received a certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Growing up learning from incredible theatre artists has inspired Hope to share and nurture the love she has for performing with her students through Bloom Performing Arts. Let’s bloom together!

Conner Hefner

Conner Hefner was born and raised in Macon, Georgia but found her voice in New York City! She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2020 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and recently became a part of the BPA family earlier this year! She’s a big goofball who combines her love of humans and acting with being silly — that way the classroom environment is always exciting and safe, and everyone knows it’s alright to make a mistake and keep going!

Rachel Zonia Castañeda

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Rachel Castañeda had always dreamed of making it across the river to the city. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College after four years living in the Big Apple. Throughout college, she performed in various shows and cabarets in New York City and worked at a couple theme parks for RWS Entertainment Group with the eagerness to make kids smile. Her whole life she’s had a strong desire to make everyone around her happy. When not performing, you can most likely find her at a NY Mets game or taking a Zumba class. Rachel is so excited to bloom with you and hopes to put a smile on your face soon!