Cristina Elena Guzman

Owner of Philadelphia's most reputable performing arts studios called "CEG Performing Arts Academy" located on the Avenue of the Arts North Broad street. CEG Performing Arts Academy is a unique youth development program committed to providing high-quality performing arts education, community entertainment and an appreciation for the cultural diversity of our world. CEG Performing Arts Academy offers Acting, Modeling, Singing, Dancing, Music classes for all ages. She teaches both private and group Vocal, Acting, Dancing, Piano, Video and Music Production and Modeling classes. Cristina is an experienced performing arts educator whose main motivation for serving as a teacher is in having the opportunity to assist a diverse population of students in gaining the confidence, self-esteem, collaboration, creativity, conflict resolution, communication, citizenship, and reasoning skills that will enable them to be productive and successful contributors in a changing society.

Many of Cristina's students have been successful in the Recording Industry, Pageants and Nationally Televised Talent Competitions, Acting & Modeling industry as well as tour the country with lead roles in Broadway Musicals. For over 15 years, Cristina has helped train her students to become successful leaders in our community and is proud to say that majority have followed in her foot steps and became excellent performing arts teachers as well.

Cristina Elena Guzman has been competing in numerous pageants, talent contests and has appeared in numerous print work, movies and television shows, since she was 4 years old. She was a television host on Fox 29’s Emmy awarded show called “School is Cool Report” in 1996, and was a print model on a major print ad for Community College of Philadelphia that was on the back of every Septa Bus in the city. She was formally Miss Philadelphia 1999 in the Miss America Scholarship organization and the first Hispanic to ever hold the title. In 1999, she competed in the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, which is the official preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Organization, and was selected to be Top Ten Semifinalist and won over $14,000 in educational scholarships. Cristina also won the Overall Community Service Award for her role as a well known public official for performing arts education in the community and because of her strong efforts in promoting her platform - ACE: Arts Cultural Enrichment Programs for the Learning Disabled. She continues to be a strong advocate for arts education and is well known in the community as a talented entrepreneurial woman that has been honored by numerous awards including the ABC Channel 6 Community Advisory Board Award for Outstanding Community Service.

She has traveled extremely throughout the United States and Europe and is fluent in English and Spanish. She has performed and volunteered for many Events, Charities, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Foster Care Children's Homes. Cristina is talented singer and has performed with many well known artists such as Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, the late Luther Vandross, Bebe & CeCe Wynens, Faith Evans, Boyz 2 Men, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and many more.

One of her most recent accomplishments is giving birth to her pretty little messenger from God, her one and only daughter named Angelina Jolie Torres-Guzman, who was born October 3rd 2005. The birth of Angelina only inspired her to achieve more for her new family; that is why she decided to continue to pursue to open up the first Charter high school for the Arts in Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts North Broad street. In August of 2006, Cristina Elena Guzman wrote a proposal and received a planning grant for her non-profit charter school from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and was one of the 8 selected for the grant out of 42 applicants in State of Pennsylvania. She was approved but deferred to open until May 2008, when the application was denied due to the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) budget cuts. She is now a Performing Arts teacher at Austin Meehan Middle School.

Cristina Elena Guzman is of Puerto Rican decent and was born and raised in Center City Philadelphia Graduating from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in 1996 as a vocal major and a drama and dance minor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Temple University, where she majored in Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media with a minor in Vocal Music. She also has a certification in Non-Profit Management from LaSalle University. Cristina is currently attending Eastern University to further her studies in Secondary Education teaching certification in Communications and to eventually receive a Master’s degree on December 2013. Her future educational plans are to recieve a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration at Drexel University.