Teaching Artists

Meet the talented and compassionate teaching artists who provide high quality instruction to fuel imagination and inspire transformation.

LAURIE ASCOLI

Laurie has over a decade of experience in teaching, education program management, arts administration, community outreach, and educational research. She is currently completing a Master's Degree in Education at John Hopkins University and is part of Dr. Mariale Hardiman's research team focusing on the impact of arts education on student learning. Before coming to Hopkins, Laurie spent six years at Young Playwrights' Theater in Washington DC, a non-profit which won the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2014 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management. In her role as Program Manager, she taught YPT's curriculum throughout the DC area and coordinated partnerships with dozens of schools and community organizations. Laurie has taught theater all over the country for organizations such as Arena Stage, Roundhouse Theater, Imagination Stage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Trinity Repertory Company. When not in the classroom (as a student or a teacher), Laurie enjoys yoga, reading, bad reality TV, and hanging out in Charles Village with her husband and cat.

SANDRA C. ATKINSON

Sandra C. Atkinson is the Founder/Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre, a site-specific modern dance company, and Co- Founder of the Jazz Is....Dance Project. As a teacher, Sandra works at Montgomery College, Black Rock Center fort he Arts, City Ballet and has previously taught at American University, Goucher College , Community College Baltimore County, American College Dance Festival, Washington Ballet School, Dance Place, and Equinox Dance Company. As a teaching artist and choreographer she has worked with Round House Theatre and Imagination Stage. As a choreographer, her work as been seen with Glass Mind Theatre Company, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Strand Theatre, Montgomery College,  and Notre Dame of Maryland University.  She holds a B.A. in Dance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Performing Arts: Dance from American University.

WYCKHAM AVERY

Wyckham Avery is an actor, director and playwright based in Washington DC. She was a founding member of dog & pony dc, a Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre for Best New Play in 2011. Her directing work can be seen regularly at Andy's Summer Playhouse in New Hampshire. She specializes in devised theatre, improvisation, clowning, and playwriting across the country. Wyckham received her MFA in Acting from The catholic University of America and trained at the Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

AUDREY BERTAUX 

Audrey Bertaux is a professional actor and teaching artist based in Washington DC.  Audrey teaches playwriting, acting, and literacy through the arts to students of all ages with the Young Playwrights Theatre, Round House Theatre, Educational Theatre Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. As an actor, Audrey has performed with The Shakespeare Theatre, Lincoln Center Education, Olney Theatre Center, Theatre J, Mosaic Theatre, Adventure Theatre, The Welders, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company among others. Audrey received her MFA in Acting from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University.

ABIGAIL CADY

Abigail Cady joins Everyman Theatre as the 2017-2018 Education Apprentice. She is a freelance dramaturg and stage manager based in the Baltimore/DC area. She has worked with Single Carrot Theatre, Interrobang Theatre Company, Iron Crow Theatre, The Strand Theatre Company, Annex Theatre, and Cohesion Theatre. Abigail has interned in the literary departments of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh. She holds a Master’s Degree in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Miami University.

TARA CARIASO

Tara Cariaso is a Baltimore-based performer, founder of Waxing Moon Masks, and an Everyman Theatre (Baltimore) Teaching Artist. A fervent believer in the power of mask play for transformation, Waxing Moon Masks builds original mask sets for educational curricula to address age- specific developmental needs, as well the company provides masks and physical theater training for professional/community/higher-learning theatre settings. Tara's ongoing work with non-profit B4 Youth Theatre, using masks for social justice play-making, has led to the development of a new drama pedagogy in use in West Africa for the last 3 years. Tara received her MFA from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, her BA from the University of Maryland, and a certificate from the Sartori Institute, Abano, Italy.

REENIE CODELKA

Maureen "Reenie" Codelka is a Music Director, Conductor, Stage Director, Voice Teacher, Coach, Accompanist and Singer who has worked in  Opera, Musical Theatre, Chorus, Choir and Cabaret for many years in the Washington, D. C., New York and International areas. She has been music director/pianist and or conductor for over 125 musicals and 25 operas throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, New York, and Massachusetts. She is currently working with the Young Artists of America, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, The In-Series, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre, and The Kennedy Center TYA.

AMANDA FORSTROM

Amanda is an actor and teaching artist in the DC Metro Area. As a teaching artist she has worked with Arts on the Horizon, Round House Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre Company, and more. Her performance credits include: NYC: Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar, Color Between The Lines (Irondale Ensemble). DC: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Round House Theatre); Timon of Athens, Sense and Sensibility (Winner of 4 HHA including Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Production), Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, (Folger Theatre); Tartuffe (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Trevor (1st Stage Theatre); Picasso at the Lapin Agile,Top Girls (Keegan Theatre); The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, Bloody Poetry, Charm (Taffety Punk Theatre Company); Very Still & Hard To See, (Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Outstanding Production), Regional: Cymbeline (Virginia Shakespeare Festival). The Lost Colony. Television: Bennie’s (with Ed Asner), NewsWatch. Film: Redemption, UNION.

BRIAN FRANCOISE

Brian Francoise recently served as a 2014 Open Society Institute—Baltimore, Community Fellow and is Co-Artistic Director of Sister Neighborhood Arts Program (SNAP!). He has performed, directed, and taught at regional theatres such as The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Arena Stage (DC), Center Stage, and Baltimore Theatre Project. He is Co-founder of Theatre Action Group, a community performance company whose theatre projects intersect with activism, popular education, and community building in greater Baltimore. Brian has recently been awarded the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award administered by the Creative Baltimore Fund as well as the Ruby’s Artist Project Grant—a program of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and funded by Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

KELSEY HALL

Kelsey Hall is a professional teaching artist based in Washington, DC. Kelsey has taught storytelling through playwriting, improvisation, musical theatre, and creative drama to students of all ages and abilities at Young Playwrights' Theater, Imagination Stage, and Round House Theatre. She has also been seen on stage and in the rehearsal room as an assistant director at Young Playwrights' Theater and Flying V Theatre. Kelsey graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota where she majored in Theatre and Educational Studies.

DEBORAH HAZLETT

Deborah Hazlett is a Resident Company Member, read her full bio here.

 

 

 

 

EMMA HEBERT

Emma Hebert is a professional actor, dancer, and teaching artist. She began working in theatre education at the age of 17! Since graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in Theatre she has taught at Imagination Stage, Encore Performing Arts, and School For Tomorrow. She completed the Education Apprenticeship at Round House Theatre. She has also performed professionally at several theatre companies in the area, most recently at Mosaic Theatre in DC and Synetic Theatre in Virgina. 

MITCHELL HÉBERT

Mitchell Hébert has worked at many of the area’s theatres including Everyman, (Uncle Vanya, Under the Skin), Round House Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Forum, Rep Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre J, and Olney Theatre. He has received two Helen Hayes Awards; one for acting, one for directing, along with several more nominations. He is on the faculty of Theatre Lab in DC, and is a professor of theatre at The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland where he teaches acting, directing, and the business of theatre.

JOHN HENDERSON

John Henderson is a collaborative pianist, composer, and conductor based in Washington D.C. His compositions, ranging from sacred to musical theater, have been performed across the country and abroad at venues including Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, the Washington International Piano Series, and the International Double Reed Society Convention. He has performed extensively with soloist and ensembles in a variety of styles including baroque continuo, musical theater, opera, and art song. He has music directed five productions at Montgomery College, as well as with the Red Branch Theatre Company in Columbia, and at  the Catholic University of America. He currently serves as organist and music director at Saint Bernadette Church in Silver Spring.

DONALD HICKEN

Everyman Theatre (Director): Wait Until DarkOutside MullingarGhostsRedHeroesFifty WordsShooting StarOur TownI Am My Own WifeThe Turn of the ScrewBetrayalThe Cripple of InishmaanThe Children’s Hour, Jacques Brel...My Children! My Africa!Watch on the RhineThe Road to MeccaThe Glass MenagerieThe Lion in Winter. Regional: The Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Midsummer Night’s DreamThree Sisters; The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Kenyon Festival, Round House Theatre: The Belle of Amherst; Round House Theatre and Everyman Theatre: The Glass Menagerie (Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Director Resident Production and Outstanding Resident Production 2000); Rep Stage: The Children’s Hour; Pennsylvania Stage Company: A Moon for the Misbegotten; The Columbia Festival of the Arts (Artistic Director 1989-1998). Education: BA Speech and Theatre, MacMurray College; MFA Acting and Directing, The Catholic University of America. Teaching: The Baltimore School for the Arts (Dept. Head of Theatre 1979-2016), Everyman Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Center Stage (Director of Training 1976-1981), The Actors’ Conservatory, (Finalist 2015 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education).

BRENNA HORNER

Brenna Horner is Everyman Theatre's Lead Teaching Artist and teaches in our High School Matinee, Youth On-Site, Summer Camp, and In-School Residency programs. With a background in creative dramatics and original play creation, she has also taught with The Drama Learning Center and Round House Theatre. Brenna attended The University of Maryland, College Park, and is also an actor and a Registered Yoga Teacher.
 

BETH HYLTON

Beth Hylton is a Resident Company Member and has taught a variety of classes at Everyman. Read her full bio here.

 

 

 

RACHEL HYNES

Rachel Hynes is a Lecoq-trained devisor and actress who believes in the power of sharing stories and empowering others to frame their own personal narratives. Rachel creates original physical theatre with Collective Eleven, banished? productions. She has also performed/devised with Emma Jaster, Natsu Onoda Power, Brave Spirits and Babel Theatre. Rachel was trained at the London International School of Performing Arts and  is a proud Producing Playwright with The Welders and Everyman Theatre Teaching Artist.

ROB JANSEN

Rob Jansen is an actor, director, playwright, and theater educator based in Washington, D.C. He performed Adam in Dot at Everyman Theatre. He has taught for several years at the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies where he graduated with an MFA in Performance. He served as Associate Director for the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University for the two-year Myriad Voices Festival. In addition, Rob has taught at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Seattle Public Theater. As a resident artist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company he performed in 26 productions of classic plays. He has also worked at Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theater, 1st Stage, Synetic Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, New Stage Collective, and the Diorama Theatre of London. His plays have been performed at Arena Stage, Manbites Dog Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Mead Theatre Lab, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 

JOE MALLON

DC credits: UPCOMING: Translations: Studio Theatre; Death of a Salesman: Fords Theatre; Elephant and Piggie: Kennedy Center TYA, 1st and 2nd National Tour; KISS: Woolly Mammoth; No Rules SKETCH!: No Rules Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof: Arena Stage; Romeo and Juliet: Folger Theatre; Beauty Queen of Leenane: Round House Theatre; Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Wallenstein: Shakespeare Theatre Company; Shear Madness: Kennedy Center. Regional credits: Hamlet: Virginia Shakespeare Festival; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: New Candlelight Theatre; Working, Honk!: Theatre Horizon; Picnic, The Last Night of Ballyhoo: Montgomery Theater; Little Shop of Horrors: Devon Theater; The Fantasticks: Kimmel Center; Macbeth, Present Laughter, Comedy of Errors, A Streetcar Named Desire: Theatre South Carolina. Television: Hack, House of Cards. Training: BFA from New York University; MFA from University of South Carolina.

BRANDON MCCOY

Brandon McCoy is a professional actor, director, and playwright living based in Washington, DC. His work has been featured at numerous area theaters including Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, Theatre J, Rep Stage, Studio Theatre, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Center, No Rules, The Bay Theatre, Forum Theatre,Theatre Alliance, and The Keegan Theatre where he is a proud company member. Brandon is also a college professor and teaches at Catholic University, American University, George Washington University, Howard and Harford Community College, and Montgomery College. He holds an MFA in Acting from the Catholic University of America and a BFA in Acting/Directing from Marshall University.

BRIANNA MCCOY

Brianna McCoy brings over a decade’s worth of experience in theatre education to Everyman. As a teaching artist, Brianna has taught diverse student populations at many DC-area theaters including Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, The Bay Theatre, and Round House Theatre, where she served as the Director of Education for three years. Managing twelve programs serving over 4,000 students per year between the ages of one and 92, Brianna holds a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America and is a resident company member of The Keegan Theatre in Washington DC.

BRUCE RANDOLPH NELSON

Bruce Randolph Nelson is a Resident Company Member and has been teaching classes at Everyman for many years. Read his full bio here.

 

 

JACK NOVAK

Jack Novak is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist teaching drama to students of all ages through organizations like Imagination Stage, Washington Improv Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Round House Theatre. As an actor, he has worked with Imagination Stage, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Faction of Fools, Nu Sass Productions, and numerous others, as well as performing improv, stand-up comedy, Clown, and Mime acts at various venues. His plays have received several awards and have been produced nationally. He holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University, where he studied acting, playwriting, and Mime, and has studied improv at the Second City and the Annoyance Theatre. 

JESSE PALMER

Jesse Palmer is a proud graduate of the School of Music at Catholic University & a Maryland native. She started dancing at age 2 ½ and teaching at age 16 under the training of Donna Grim at Dance Unlimited in Frederick, MD, where she was also a 10+ year member of the Dance Unlimited Repertory Company. Jesse continued to hone her artistic eye and skill at Catholic, as Jesse choreographed over 20 recitals and 5 main-stage shows. She has been seen onstage at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, The National Tour of Spamalot, Washington Savoyards, and Toby's Dinner Theatre. As a choreographer, she has worked with Mongtomery College Summer Dinner Theatre, Chalice Theater Company, Arena Stage, and Catholic University. Off stage, Jesse is a judge and workshop/master class teacher for competitions and is proudly on the roster for Impact Dance Adjudicators. Jesse is also the co-founder of Motivated Movers, a mind/body beginner advanced beginner dance class (currently in NYC) geared towards professional actors wishing to grow as artists. Join their community at Motivatedmoversnyc.com or check out her website at www.jessekpalmer.com.

FATIMA QUANDER

Fatima Quander (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) has performed with FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company, DC Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre, Centerstage Education, Theater of the First Amendment, the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Discovery Theater; she has also performed in house and on tour with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fatima is a Senior Adjunct Instructor at Howard Community College and is a company member with Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT). Additionally, she serves as a teaching artist with a number of schools and programs throughout the DC area including Poetry Out Loud, Folger’s Secondary School Shakespeare Festival, Sitar Arts Center, and YPT. A native Washingtonian, she received her MFA from Actors Studio Drama School in NYC and her BA from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.  

DAWN THOMAS REIDY

Dawn Thomas Reidy is an actor and teaching artist in Maryland and DC. She received a BFA in Acting from UMBC and MFA from Indiana University. She is a Teaching Artist at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, MD where she has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students. Passionate about arts education and arts integration, Dawn also works with Creativity First, a literature based drama program. She is a company member and former teaching artist with Young Playwrights’ Theatre and a former actor and Teaching Artist with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Bill’s Buddies program. As an actor Dawn has performed with Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Forum Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Unexpected Stage Company, and the Intersections Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Shakespeare for the Young.

JOSEPH W. RITSCH

Joseph W. Ritsch is the Producing Artistic Director of Rep Stage, the Award Winning Professional Equity Theatre in Howard County. In addition to directing the Rep Stage productions of Venus in Fur, Sunset Baby, Technicolor Life, Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts, The Other Place, Dorian's Closet, and All She Must Posses, Joseph's recent directing credits include Machinal (UMBC), The Amish Project (UMBC), Pride & Prejudice (Catholic University), the multiple Helen Hayes nominated production of OLIVER! (Adventure Theatre) and The Understudy (Everyman Theatre). Joseph holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University, a BA in acting (with a dance composition minor) from The School of Performing Arts at The University of Maine, and completed his initial graduate studies in the acting track of the Professional Program at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Joseph is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Joseph is also a member of Theatre Washington's Board of Governors.

JONATHAN M. RIZZARDI

Jonathan M. Rizzardi is a Washington D.C./Baltimore area actor, vocalist, and teaching artist. After earning his B.A. and Masters of Arts in Teaching at St. Mary's College of Maryland, he has made developing innovative arts education programs for at-risk and undeserved students his focus as an artist and educator. He has worked as a public high school theatre teacher, as well as a literacy and arts integration consultant for grades 5-12 in public and private schools across the DMV area. Currently, he teaches with Round House Theatre, Young Playwrights’ Theater, as a guest artist in Maryland public schools, and is the Founding Artistic Director of The Bell Tower Theatre, which houses a teen intensive theatre program in Southern Maryland focused on fusing classical acting and devised theatre in performance. On stage, he has worked with Theatre Prometheus, Kensington Arts Theatre, Watermelon Inc., Round House Theatre, and other Washington D.C. metro area theatres. 

KENYATTA ROGERS

KenYatta Rogers is director and actor with over 50 professional productions of theatre experience. Directing credits include productions with Mosaic Theatre, African Continuum Theatre Company, The IN Series, Theatre J, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park College, South Carolina State University, and Howard University. Acting credits include productions with the Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Forum Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre, Folger Theatre, Trustus Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Washington Shakespeare Company, and African Continuum Theatre Company. KenYatta received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a faculty member and Theatre Coordinator for Montgomery College’s Performing Arts Department. He was the recipient of the 2014 Maryland Professor of the Year Award.

STEVEN J. SATTA

Steven J. Satta has taught acting and voice/speech at Towson University in the Department of Theatre Arts for the past 18 years, and helped to create the current BFA in Acting. He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Acting from York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. He also works as an actor, director, and dialect coach for professional theatres in the DC/Baltimore area, including Everyman Theatre, Center Stage, Olney Theatre, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, and Iron Crow Theatre which he helped to found and served as Artistic Director for six years. He was a long-time faculty member at Northwestern University’s National High School Institute for Theatre Arts, and worked extensively with young people as a Teaching Artist in his native New York City for many theatres and arts-in-education organizations.

SHIRLEY SEROTSKY

Shirley Serotsky has been a freelance director in the DC area since 2002. She has directed at Theatre J, Round House Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Keegan Theatre, Constellation Theatre, The Hub Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Theatre Alliance, Catalyst Theater, The Humana Festival of New Plays,  and Rorschach Theatre for which she received a 2007 Helen Hayes nominated for Outstanding Direction. She holds a BFA from North Carolina School for the Arts and is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing from The Catholic University of America.

LEWIS SHAW

Everyman Theatre (Resident Fight Choreographer): Noises Off, Great ExpectationsWait Until DarkDeath of A SalesmanA Streetcar Named DesireBlithe SpiritRuinedDeathtrapThe DresserThe Beaux’ StratagemTopdog/UnderdogGod of CarnageAugust: Osage CountyYou Can’t Take It With YouFifty WordsPrivate LivesA Raisin in the SunStick FlyAll My SonsBlackbirdThe Mystery of Irma VepThe Cherry OrchardThe Cripple of InishmaanRed HerringThe Lion in WinterMuch Ado About Nothing. Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre, Baltimore Opera, Rep Stage, Studio Theatre; Performed at The Shakespeare Project, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Broadway: Weapons Creator for Addams FamilyShrekA Life In The TheatreAidaInto the WoodsThe Scarlet PimpernelThe Pirate Queen. International: The Globe Theatre, London. TV/Film: America’s Most Wanted. Other: Vulcan’s Forge Fine Dueling Supplies (Owner).

SABRINA SIKES THORNTON

Sabrina Sikes Thornton has over 10 years of experience in teaching, producing, directing, arts administrating, and acting in theater. She is currently the Associate Director of Development at Baltimore Center Stage has taught with Everyman Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Imagination Stage. Sabrina has acted in theater and film projects all over the US, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. She graduated with honors from the Florida State University School of Theatre with a Concentration in Acting, and minor in Creative Writing.

ANN TURIANO

Ann Turiano is an actor, director, dramaturg, and playwright. As an actor, she has worked with Baltimore Center Stage, Single Carrot Theatre, Iron Crow Theatre, The Collaborative Theatre, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and Submersive Productions. As a direcotr her work has been seen at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Iron Crow Theatre, and Glass Mind Theatre. Ann holds a BA in Acting from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

RICK WESTERKAMP

Rick Westerkamp is an actor/singer/dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist in the DC area. As an actor he has been seen onstage with Adventure Theatre,Constellation Theatre company, The Keegan Theatre, Rep Stag, Red Branch Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Landless Theatre, and the Capital Fringe Festival.  TEACHING: The Creative Difference, Drama Learning Center, GC Marshall High School, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Northwood High School, Round House Theatre, Stone Ridge Summer CampUs, Washington International School. TRAINING: The George Washington University, BA with a double major in Dance and Theatre, with special departmental honors. Rick is currently the Middle School Drama Teacher at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, in Bethesda, Maryland, a post he has held since 2014, where he directs and choreographs the middle school musicals and plays, and choreographs the upper school musicals.