Meet the talented and compassionate teaching artists who provide high quality instruction to fuel imagination and inspire transformation.
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 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.
Jennie Bissell is an actor, singer, teaching artist, and acting/public speaking coach. She has performed locally at 1st Stage, Annapolis Shakespeare, and across the country—from The Actor's Studio (NYC) to the Fireside Theater (WI). Jennie has taught ages 4-90 with Imagination Stage, Educational Theatre Company, and many others. She received her MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University/ The Shakespeare Theatre, and her BFA from NYU-Tisch (with a focus on Musical Theater at CAP 21). Jennie is also a certified yoga teacher.
Abigail Cady was 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.
Zach Campion is a born and bred Texan that relocated to the Mid-Atlantic area in 2010. He works with a wide range of clients from actors and business professionals to theatre companies and universities. He is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and is a member of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory faculty in Washington, DC. His classroom teaching style is rather eclectic and draws upon the pedagogies of Catherine Fitzmaurice, Kristin Linklater, Arthur Lessac, Patsy Rodenberg, Cicely Berry, Janet Rodgers, Dudley Knight, Phil Thompson and many others. Zach puts a strong emphasis on the intersection of technology and experiential classroom learning to draw students closer to natural, supported vocal presence. Training: BFA, Performance and Production, Texas State University-San Marcos; MFA, Voice and Speech Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth 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.
Desiree Chappelle is an actor, teaching artist, and a Linklater Teacher-Trainee based in Washington DC. As a teaching artist she has worked with Round House Theatre. Desiree received her MFA in Acting from The Catholic University of America and a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. She performs professionally in the area; most recently with We Happy Few and Rorschach Theatre.
Angelica Chéri is a playwright, bookwriter/lyricist and screenwriter. Angelica and her collaborator Ross Baum received the Richard Rodgers Award for their musical Gun & Powder, which had its World Premiere at Signature Theatre, directed by Robert O’Hara. Plays include Berta, Berta (CATF, Everyman Theatre), The Wiring & The Switches (Inaugural Geffen Writer’s Group), The Seeds of Abraham (mentored by Lynn Nottage) The Sting of White Roses (North Carolina Black Repertory Company) and Crowndation (National Black Theatre). She was the Master Playwright and Instructor in the Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop 3in3 Festival. Angelica holds a BA in Theater from UCLA, MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU.
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.
Over the past ten years, Liz has worked as a Teaching Artist for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Wingspan Arts, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Moorestown Theatre Company. In addition, she has served as the Director of Education at an educational theatre company in Silver Spring and was a teacher at New York Kids Club, an arts-based pre-school in New York City. Liz holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting and is currently pursuing her MA in Theatre Education at Catholic University.
Karim Darwish is the 2018-2019 Education Apprentice at Everyman Theatre. He is a film and stage actor, born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and now based in Baltimore, Maryland. Karim holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Towson University where he was also the teaching assistant for the Honors Acting classes, and an Associate’s of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Montgomery College where he received an Excellence in Performance in Theatre and Film award. Karim’s stage experience includes but not limited to Mask, Commedia, Shakespeare, Puppeteering, Stage Combat, Dialects, and Musicals. Karim is excited to join Everyman Theatre—a place where storytelling is not just for entertainment but also for inspiring, engaging, educating, and crossing culture barriers to enrich people’s lives and build strong communities.
Victoria Donnelly is a Philadelphia native and was the 2020/21 Education Apprentice at Everyman Theatre. With a passion for the power of social-emotional learning in early childhood, Victoria is a designer marrying the world of teaching with a myriad of artistic disciplines. As a teaching artist, she has taught for Everyman Theatre, Upper Darby Summer Stage, Wolf Performing Arts Center, Round House Theatre, and Arts on the Horizon.
Danielle A. Drakes is equal parts artist and educator. She has been a professional theater practitioner in the DC area for more than 15 years. Her work includes acting, directing, and community engagement. Most recently, she directed at York College of Pennsylvania, Howard University; Bowie State University, and Catholic University of America. Professional directing work can and has been seen at Rep Stage and Theatre Alliance. As the founder and producing artistic director of theHegira for three seasons, she produced staged readings of new plays by Jacqueline Lawton, Kara Lee Corthron, and Nandita Shenoy. She also directed Helen Hayes Recommended productions of Lawton's Deep Belly Beautiful and Paige in Full written and performed by Everyman Theatre Company Member, Paige Hernandez. In its last season, Danielle produced and performed the role of Hester in Suzan-Lori Parks' In the Blood. She led the development and production of Havana Hop, another Henandez project, commissioned by Cleveland PlayhouseSquare in Ohio. Both of Paige's solo productions continue to tour nationally. Ms. Drakes is a two-time Theatre Communications Group, Young Leaders of Color award recipient. Her local professional credits include Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, and originating the role of Elizabeth Keckley in Ford's Theatre's History on Foot and new play, Papa Day, both written by Jennifer Nelson. Ms. Drakes is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She received her BA from Goucher College and MFA from The Catholic University of America.
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.
Liz Galuardi is a classroom teacher, actor and teaching artist from Baltimore. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Theatre Education from Catholic University and working as a middle school Spanish teacher in Baltimore County. Liz is a teaching artist with Imagination Stage in Bethesda where she teaches Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and Scene Study. She has also taught drama and arts-integrated reading and math at Young Audiences’ Summer Arts & Learning Academy, bilingual theatre for children and adults with the Education-Based Latino Outreach, and scene creation with an Annapolis homeschool group. In 2009, Liz co-founded the Glass Mind Theater Company in Baltimore, which she co-managed until 2015. As an actor, she has worked with a number of local companies, including Glass Mind, Single Carrot Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Pumpkin Theatre and The Stillpointe Initiative.
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.
Tyler Herman is an actor, director, and teacher, born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. TEACHING: Brown University, Montgomery College, The Actors' Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, Round House Theatre, Faction of Fools, Young Playwrights' Theater, Young Shakespeareans, Compass Rose Theatre, American Dance Institute. ACTING: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, Faction of Fools, Adventure Theatre-MTC, and more. DIRECTING: Avant Bard, American Century Theatre, Compass Rose, Brown University/Trinity Rep. TRAINING: Faction of Fools Theatre Company (also a founding company member), Shakespeare & Company, Acrobatics of the Heart. Tyler received his BA from Cornell University in Theatre, Dance, and Music. He holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
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).
Caitlyn Hooper holds a BFA in Acting from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Passionate about the intersection of acting, movement, and intimacy choreography, she has trained as a singer and dancer for over ten years. She was the President of the Theatre Council of Majors at UMBC, published research on consent-based practices and anti-racism in the UMBC Review and presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day. Caitlyn is passionate about creating work that promotes empathy and connectivity in the classroom and onstage..She believes in the goodness of people and wants to live a life of love and joy that she shares through her art. She is elated to be the 2021-2022 Education Apprentice with Everyman Theatre.
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 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 an 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.
LAUREN ERICA JACKSON
Lauren Erica Jackson is an actor, director, songstress, and storyteller based out of Baltimore, MD. She holds a BFA in Acting and a BS in English from Towson University and is a recent graduate of Young Audiences' Teaching Artist Institute. Lauren is an ensemble member and teaching artist at Single Carrot Theatre, and a founding member of Two Strikes Theatre Collective (set to launch in early 2020). Her first foray into the Baltimore theatre scene was in SCT's production of Phoebe in Winter, where she played the eponymous character. Her performance as the eponymous character in Pheobe in Winter for Single Carrot garnered her the City Paper Best Actor award for 2016. Since then she has also been nominated for a Regional BroadwayWorld Best Actress Award for her performance in Blue Tick Hound (RapidLemon Productions). Most recently, Lauren made her equity debut in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s summer 2018 production of Romeo & Juliet.
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.
ALISON SAMANTHA JOHNSON
SIGNATURE: Simply Sondheim (Digital- Hair & Makeup Consultant), Escaped Alone, Heisenberg, Assassins (Wig Design) & Costume Design Mentor for Signature in the Schools since 2014. SYNETIC: Cyrano De Bergerac (*2019 Helen Hayes Nominee, Best Costume Design-Helen), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Mark of Cain. KEEGAN (Selected:) Legally Blonde, Boy, Ripcord, Bridges of Madison County, Chicago, Top Girls and Next to Normal. STUDIO THEATRE: Until the Flood (Digital, Hair and Makeup Consultant) FACTORY 449: Agnes of God. ARTSCENTRIC: The Last Five Years (Digital) & The Little Shop of Horrors. LEVINE MUSIC SCHOOL: Les Miserables (Digital) ANACOSTIA PLAYHOUSE: Black Nativity & Nite at the Dew Drop Inn. CREATIVE CAULDRON: On Air, Witch, Kaleidoscope and Monsters of the Villa Diodati. AVANT BARD: Ada and the Engine & A Misanthrope. NEXTSTOP: 45 Plays for 45 Presidents. IG & Twitter: @alisonsamantha. Website: www.alisonsamantha.com
Monica Joseph is an actress, college student in the DC Metro Area, and an Everyman Theatre Childcare Supervisor. She has previously served as a volunteer for Theatre Lab’s youth summer camp after-school program and has five years of childcare experience, including nanny experience for a delightful 2-year-old. She was a proud participant of Signature In the School’s 20th anniversary production at Signature Theatre, a member of Round House Theatre’s Teen Performance Program, and Everyman Theatre Actor's Craft alum.
Katie Keddell is a director, actor, dramaturg and theatre educator who has worked in educational, non-profit, community and professional theatre settings for over 10 years. Currently, Katie is the Middle School Theatre Director and Teacher for St. Paul’s School for Girls. Katie is an artist specializing in original theatre works, accessibility, Viewpoints and classical texts. Her recent directing credits include Chesapeake Shakespeare’s “moveable” Romeo and Juliet and Men on Boats for Cohesion Theatre Company. She is also the Director of Audience Programming for Ally Theatre Company. Katie has an MA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University which included the production of a youth-theatre piece Broad Canvas, in Casablanca Morocco.
Anna Kurtz is a Pennsylvania based actress, fight choreographer, and educator. She has taught at a variety of venues, including school residencies with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, workshops at Gettysburg College, Mount Saint Marys, and Hagerstown Community, and after-school/enrichment programs in the US and UK. Anna loves the moment when students emotionally and mentally connect to the material--they often surprise themselves with the richness they discover! Anna trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK (MA in Professional Acting), LAMDA (Certificate in Classical Acting), and Belhaven University (BA in Theatre). She is a certified actor-combatant with BADC, (British Academy of Dramatic Combat). You can learn more about her here: www.annamariekurtz.com.
Sean Laraway is an 2019/20 Everyman Education Apprentice and is an aspiring theatre artist. Born in Virginia Beach, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre and Media Performance with a minor in English from Stevenson University. As an actor, he was active in the department performing in five productions and he has Stage Managed for The Quarry Theatre. He was a Technical Assistant in the production department at Stevenson University as well. Having studied theatre since high school, Sean is thrilled to continue his journey as a part of the Everyman family. .
Jenny Male (SAFD Certified Teacher) is a director, fight and dance choreographer, and vocal coach in the DC/Baltimore area. She is also Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. Favorite directing credits include How I Became a Pirate (Adventure Theatre), Spring Awakening, Evil Dead, The Secret Garden, Avenue Q, and Into the Woods (Red Branch Theatre Company), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), A Chorus Line, Noises Off, and Urinetown (Arts Collective), Tecumseh!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth (Tecumseh Outdoor Drama), and As You Like It, She Kills Monsters, and Argonautika (Howard Community College). Jenny also serves as Resident Fight Director for Rep Stage (AEA). Fight and movement choreography credits for Rep Stage include True West, H20, Yellowman, Dorian’s Closet, Stones in His Pockets, Kimberly Akimbo, The Butterfinger’s Angel…, A Lie of the Mind, The Tempermentals, T Bone N Weasel, Hysteria, Intelligence, and Hamlet. Jenny has taught at several regional fight workshops including the Virginia Beach Bash, Carnage in the Corn, Philadelphia Cheesesteak Workshop, and Summer Sling.
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 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 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.
Jesse Miller 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.
Mary Naden is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She brings over 30 years of voice and movement teaching experience to her practice. She holds an MFA from Ohio University Professional Actor Training Program and continued her studies at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique and ATNYC. She has taught at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, The University of Maryland, Catholic University, and the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington 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.
Matthew Pauli is an actor, clown, and puppeteer. In the DC area, he has performed with Faction of Fools, Constellation Theatre, Flying V, and The Shakespeare Theatre, among others. He is also one of the founders of Clown Cabaret, a performance laboratory for developing clown work. He toured for six seasons with Big Apple Circus and is a Red Nose Doc for Healthy Humor Inc, performing clown rounds at Johns Hopkins Hospital and National Children’s Medical Center. He is a graduate Georgetown University, as well as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College, and has an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University.
Steve is a professional actor based in the Baltimore/DC area. He graduated with a BFA degree from Towson University where he majored in Theatre and was a teachers aid for Voice I and II classes. After college, he then lived in Los Angeles, CA for eight years where he worked consistently in film (Warner Brothers, Lionsgate), theatre, television, commercials, and print. During that time he spent a year in China filming as the lead in a yet to be released international 3D adventure fantasy film. There he worked with a Hong Kong stunt team doing many of his own stunts including horseback riding, wirework, fight choreography (hand to hand, sword/staff), and underwater filming. Since moving back to the Baltimore/DC he has continued to work in film (Universal Pictures), national commercials and theatre with The Annapolis Shakespeare Company and most recently with Everyman Theatre.
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.
BRIANA GIBSON REEVES
Briana Gibson Reeves is an award-winning actress, singer, and mover with a theatre and film resume that spans over ten years of professional performing credits gathered all over the country. She is no stranger to the classroom as a former high school mathematics teacher who was named one of the top 10 teachers in her school district. As a teaching artist, Briana has taught diverse student populations of varying ages across the DMV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Hampton University and a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting from the Academy of Classical Acting at George Washington University in conjunction with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, where she is also an affiliated artist. Briana is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union for professional stage actors.
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.
MELODIA MAE RINALDI
Melodia Mae Rinaldi, is a Music Educator from Baltimore, MD. She received her bachelor's degree in PreK-12 General/Vocal Music Education from Towson University. Mimi is currently a masters student at Ithaca College studying Choral Conducting with add. Janet Galván. She has taught drama, dance, design, and music to students of all ages in the Baltimore/D.C. area, and Ithaca New York at the Community Center of Music and Arts. In Ithaca, she co-directs many levels of ensembles from college groups, to children’s choirs, to the Intergenerational Choir of Ithaca, NY. As a performer, Mimi has sung in musicals, operas, recitals, and voice competitions along the East Coast. Most recent achievements include first place prize at the Civic Morning Musicals competition, place holder for the NY Figerlakes NATS competition, and had her Ithaca Premier in the Menotti opera, The Old Maid and the Thief, as Ms. Pinkerton.
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.
Lucius Robinson is a Princess Grace-award winning performer, director, writer, and teacher who received his MFA from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland. He has taught for the Raleigh Little Theatre Education Program, at Central Washington University and University of Wyoming, as well as for high schools and middle schools around the country. His work onstage has been seen most recently at the Copeland Theater, Charm City Fringe Festival, Venture Shakespeare, and the Del''Arte Company Players. Additionally, he has trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.
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 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.
Stephanie Shade is currently a teacher in Baltimore City Schools where she has taught Pre-K and Special Education. She served her school as an Arts Every Day coach for five years, leading professional development for teachers and arranging Teaching Artist Residencies for Pre-K through 5th-grade students. She holds an MFA in Theater from Towson University, where she focused on voice and movement integration and devised theater, creating her one-woman clown and apparatus performance: Chatter vs. Ladder (in a pitter-patter matter). Before moving to Baltimore, she worked in the Philadelphia-Wilmington, DE community for ten years, performing in plays, musicals and dramatic readings with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, InterAct Theater, The Wilma Theatre, OperaDelaware, City Theater Company (company member) and Distant Voices Touring Theatre (company member). As a singer, she taught voice at the Grand School of Music and performed regionally in opera with OperaDelaware, Wissahickon Woods Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey and Opera Memphis. She currently resides in Baltimore with her writer-director husband, Tom Shade and their two sons.
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).
Jake Sheffer is a Middle School Theatre teacher as well as a Musical Theatre composer, lyricist, writer, and performer. He has taught Theatre for 4 years at Smith Middle School and Phillips Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC. In more recent years, Jake has served as a teaching artist with both with both Drama Kids International and Imagination Stage where he has led classes in Acting, Musical Theatre Performance, and AuditionTechnique. He currently teaches 5th-8th grade Theatre at The St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville, MD. Jake received his B.A. in Theatre Arts Education (K-12) from Lees-McRae College.
Quae Simpson is a native of Baltimore with over 20 years experience in teaching, directing, choreographer and musical directing nationally and internationally. His most recent venture as director/choreographer landed him back in the Catskills at the acclaimed Stage door Manor Training Institute. During the year Quae holds the position of CEO/Executive Artistic Director of Q Entertainment, a manufactured entertainment company and as a teaching artist and resident choreographer at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology. This fall Quae will take on a new role as the Dance and Choreography College Preparatory Specialist at Stage door Manor Studios in New York City.
Ayo has vast experience as a dancer, actor, and educator. She has danced and taught with companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Irie Dance Theatre, Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble and ACE Dance and Music. She has acted and facilitated workshops for Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, Primary Colours, Interplay Theatre Company and Fittings Multi Media Productions. Ayo was also Co-Director of Mango Creative Arts, where she headed the Education Company and wrote a Carnival teaching pack, published by Primary Colours. She is currently working for Hannah More Type II School, Sheppard Pratt Health System while undertaking her special education teaching certificate. Ayo continues to be enthused about the arts, education, and coaching, believing they have the potential to transform lives. Her personal mission, is to continue working with children, young people, individuals, and organizations to allow them to develop a deep understanding of themselves and realize their full potential. Ayo Smith trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and graduated with an MA in Advanced Performing Arts from the University of Leeds, UK.
Andy Stoffel has been teaching drama to students in grades 5-12 for 5 years at BASIS DC, a charter school in the heart of Washington, DC. He also performs with District Community Playback in improvising and performing real life stories as told by audience members. As a teaching artist he has led classes and workshops for Everyman Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Georgetown University.
Genna Styles is the Education Program Manager at Everyman Theatre and a professional teaching artist. Genna served as the Director of Education and Outreach with Staycee Pearl Dance Project and Pearl Arts Studio in Pittsburgh, she was also the Lead Teaching Artist choreographing and teaching dance to students K-8 grades with the Propel Schools. Genna choreographed for Alumni Theatre Company in Pittsburgh. She is the former Theatre Department Chair at Hill Dance Academy Theatre, as well as a teaching artist focused on acting and dance for Gateway to the Artist and Schenley Height A-STEP. She holds a BFA in Acting, has completed her M. ED in Early Childhood education, and is a Doctoral Candidate at University of Pittsburgh focusing on Out of School Learning.
Off Broadway: Ange’s in The House That Will Not Stand, Spring 2017 (Reading at Manhattan Theatre Workshop); The Narrator in A Season to Unravel (Signature Theatre's workshop production). Regional Highlights: Chelle in Detroit ’67 (McCarter Theatre and Hartford Stage); Cass in Well Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage); Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun (Arkansas Rep), Fannie Lou Hamer/Coretta Scott King in All The Way (St. Louis Rep); and as Camae in The Mountaintop (Vermont Stage and Baltimore Center Stage).Television: Season 6 Homeland (Showtime), Season 3 of I am Homicide (Discovery ID). Voice over and commercially she has been involved with campaigns for Reckitt Benckiser, Golden Corral, Mercedes Benz, and Pandora. Teaching: Lincoln Center Education, Harlem School of the Arts, The Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts of Film and Television, and The Acting Studio. She is a Hermitage Artists Fellow and a Michael Bradford Writing Fellow with QuickSilver Theatre. In 2020 she premiered her first written play production of Freebird: The Early Life of Sarah Vaughan for NJPAC Education Assemblies Program. In 2021 she is set to star as Berta in Everyman Theatre’s world premiere of Angelica Cherie’s new play Berta, Berta!
TJ Young is a Texas-born playwright and dramaturg based in Pittsburgh where he serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild - Pittsburgh Region. His plays include NO. 6 (2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award Winner – KCACTF), LYON’S DEN (2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Play Winner), DARK SKINNED PAVEMENT (2020 Inkslinger Playwriting Award Winner), RUBY’S BABY BLUE (2016 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection- KCACTF), HELL IS EMPTY (2017 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection - KCACTF), HALLMARK (TETA Playfest 10-minute Winner), CUPID, and THE FRONTLINES. His 10 minute plays are : BEFORE THE FIRE (Fade to Black 2018 Festival Selection), EFFIE, ROCK THE CRADLE, LILIES, and STUFFED. He was the recipient of the 2017 Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. He has had productions at Texas State University as part of their New Works Festival, Director/Designer Collaboration Project, and as part of their 2016-2017 Mainstage Season. He was the 2019 Spotlight Artist of Throughline Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University. He has been a Teaching Artist with City Theatre in Pittsburgh and worked with Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. He is also the NPP Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a Partner at subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy Group and with the groundbreaking Entertainment Engineering Collective.