TU Instructors and Staff

Debra Arce-Carr - Director, Founder of Talents Unleashed, Piano and Music Theory

Debra Arce-Carr has participated in music and performance almost her entire life! Beginning as a pianist, then accompanist, she received her AA in music from St. Petersburg College and her BA in Music Education from the University of Central Florida.  

Her years of experience include church music work in English and Spanish, 40+ years of piano teaching, 20+ years of homeschooling and creator and director of Vessels of G.O.L.D. in 2001.  Growth Opportunities for Learning and Development (GOLD) was followed by summer camps and the Talents Unleashed studio. Since that time, Aureus, Chrysos, Vessels Vault, Nuggets of GOLD, GOLD in Harmony, Memories of GOLD, Acts of GOLD  and now GOLD in Motion and GOLD Miners have been added to the list. She is also now approved to take Gardiner Scholarship students.

She loves the creativity and the always-changing canvas of talents and ideas that pass her way. Her desire is to provide wholesome, creative environments, outlets and experiences for performers, teachers and audiences in the performing arts.  

Soli Deo Gloria!

Amanda Gonzalez - Director, Vessels Vault


Amanda Gonzalez is eighteen years old and a 2021 homeschool graduate. She has been a part of Talents Unleashed since 2018, and performed in the Vessels Vault production of Hope, as well as being a founding member of Acts of GOLD. She was a 2020-2021 Vessels of G.O.L.D.performing cast member while simultaneously acting as assistant director to Vessels Vault. Her time in Talents Unleashed has opened doors into two things she now loves: scriptwriting and directing, along with the collaboration and leadership abilities that are developed in those processes. She is excited to keep learning and working with the Vault cast as  director this year!

Kayla Fernandez - Director, Chrysos

Grace Colvin - Director, Nuggets of GOLD

Owen Braniff - Assistant Director, Nuggets of GOLD

Michael Paredes - Manager

Emily Nunez Nelson - Studio Co-Director, Voice, Choreography

Emily Nuñez was a performing member of Vessels of G.O.L.D. for 10 years before taking up the position of Assistant Director.  She then helped to found  Aureus Theater Group and has performed with them in five original productions.  She is currently the Co-Director and Head of Choreography for Vessels of G.O.L.D.  Vessels Vault, and GOLD in Harmony; she also had the honor of directing Chrysos in five wonderful productions over the past few years.

Emily performed at the 2011 Miami Music Teachers Foundation Jazz Festival and 2011 MMTF Jazz Festival Honors recital and has received awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing for her vocal performance.

She is currently the Co-Director of Talents Unleashed as well as a private vocal instructor herself. 

Michele Rothkopf - Director, Memories of GOLD

Michele Rothkopf is the director of Memories of GOLD. She grew up in NY playing the flute in orchestras, bands, pit orchestras and the high school marching band. Music makes her very happy, and being a part of Memories of GOLD is deeply special to her. She loves how much joy it brings to the people in the audience and how it fosters connection BETWEEN people. Michele is a health and life coach and a former teacher and homeschooling mom who loves to hike in the mountains and waterfalls.

Kaciah Jung - Director, Open Mic Nights

Kaciah Jung has been a part of Talents Unleashed since 2015 and has loved every minute of it. Throughout the years, she has participated in guitar, piano, and voice lessons, Chrysos, Vessels Vault, and Vessels of GOLD, along with several summer camps. Kaciah has also been both assistant director and director for Chrysos, as well as assistant directing Nuggets of GOLD, and some summer camps. The past few years, she has also been emceeing Open Mic Night every month at Talents Unleashed. Her experience at Talents Unleashed has taught her many skills including scriptwriting, music reading, and several administration tasks. 

Rebecca Gonzalez - REV+FLOW Instructor

Rebecca Gonzalez is better known as Becky, and has been a Talents Unleashed parent of performers since 2018. She was part of the 2021 cast of Aureus. Becky has been a certified fitness instructor for over six years. She is a fitness enthusiast that LOVES to encourage others to move our bodies mindfully. Becky believes that fitness is for everybody, and every body.

Abigail Braniff, Irish Dance

Abigail Braniff is a competitive Irish dancer and has been involved with the TU studio since 2013. Her dance experience began with a ballet base, and has since expanded to include contemporary, swing dance, musical theater, tap, jazz, and Irish. At the studio, she has had the opportunity to perform, learn, grow, teach, and direct as part of Vessels, Aureus, Chrysos, MOG, GIH, and TU Summer Camps. Abi is currently studying at FIU to receive her BS in Nutrition Science, and dances for the Miami branch of Niall O’Leary Irish Dance.