Meet the talented and compassionate teaching artists who provide high quality instruction to fuel imagination and inspire transformation.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Nan has worked in the theater business for more than 20 years in all areas of management and technical theater, and continues to work as a producer (SAG/AFTRA) and casting director with occasional forays into stage management and lighting and props design.
Ray is the President of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC. He has been acting professionally for more than 25 years, appearing in over 150 productions on regional stages nationwide. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
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.
Everyman Theatre (Director): Wait Until Dark, Outside Mullingar, Ghosts, Red, Heroes, Fifty Words, Shooting Star, Our Town, I Am My Own Wife, The Turn of the Screw, Betrayal, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Children’s Hour, Jacques Brel..., My Children! My Africa!, Watch on the Rhine, The Road to Mecca, The Glass Menagerie, The Lion in Winter. Regional: The Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three 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).
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 is a Resident Company Member, read her full bio here.
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.
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.
Brenna Horner is Everyman Theatre's Education Program Assistant and teaches in our High School Matinee 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.
Beth Hylton is a Resident Company Member and has taught a variety of classes at Everyman. Read her full bio here.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Everyman Theatre (Resident Fight Choreographer): Noises Off, Great Expectations, Wait Until Dark, Death of A Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Blithe Spirit, Ruined, Deathtrap, The Dresser, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Topdog/Underdog, God of Carnage, August: Osage County, You Can’t Take It With You, Fifty Words, Private Lives, A Raisin in the Sun, Stick Fly, All My Sons, Blackbird, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Cherry Orchard, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Red Herring, The Lion in Winter, Much 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 Family, Shrek, A Life In The Theatre, Aida, Into the Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The 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 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.