Education Staff

 

Meghan Hill, Producing Artistic Director of WCT & Youth Programs

Director, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Meghan graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Meghan also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance Director, Actress and coach, Meghan spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Currently Meghan works as a Director, Actress and Coach in the Boston area. Past directing credits include: Project Flux (an original production that debuted at Wheaton College), Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty Jr., Into The Woods Jr, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night.

 

Beth Dalal, Visual Arts Education Coordinator

Beth Dalal received her Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with subspecialties in Ceramic Art and English Literature from the University of Missouri. She has worked in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fuller Craft Museum, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and has taught in a wide range of media including ceramics and fiber arts. While Beth's artistic practice focuses primarily on ceramics, drawing, and printmaking, she maintains an avid interest in finding a way for all people to relate to art, regardless of their artistic inclinations. Beth is also the Visual Arts Education Coordinator here at the Mosesian Center for the Arts handling classes for both youth and adults.

 

Sophie Rich, WCT Education Coordinator

Director; Jr. Players

Sophie Rich is a drama educator, director, actress, and Boston native. Sophie graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, where she concentrated on theatre for young audiences and directing and was awarded the Winifred Ward Award for creative drama. Sophie is the Education Director of Boston Theater Company, where she designs and runs Shakespeare programming touring to schools around MA. She teaches students of all ages at The Atrium School in Watertown, The Winsor School, Wheelock Family Theater, Stoneham Theatre, and more. She can be seen performing on KidStage at the Boston Children’s Museum, and she is also a member of Theatre Espresso.

 

Deidre Purcell, WCT Productions & Communications Manager

Teaching Artist, Playwriting

Deidre Purcell received her BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She recently completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. Since beginning in 2004 as the Stage Manager for Bye Bye Birdie, she has been the stage manager, production manager, and public relations specialist for WCT at various times, as well as teaching playwriting, directing summer programs, and adapting scripts.

 

 

Kathi Tighe, Registration and Student Services Manager

Kathi has worked with WCT since 2006. In her non-WCT time, she is a self-employed studio potter working at the Harvard Ceramics Program. Her ceramic work has been represented in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She also sings with the Spectrum Singers choral ensemble and dances with Muddy River Morris dancers. In any remaining spare time, she is an avid bead crochet artist.

 

For General Class Registration and Information please call 617-926-ARTS (2787) or contact Kathi Tighe at kathitighe.wct@mosesianarts.org

 

 

Kat Alix-Gaudreau attended UMASS Amherst, earning a BA in Theater in 1999. In 2002, she earned a Masters degree in Sociology from University of Georgia, Athens, where she taught writing and sociology. Since then, she has directed over sixteen plays in Georgia, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including an improvisational cabaret, several musicals and six Shakespeare productions. Recently, Kat was an adjunct professor of theater at Framingham State University and also directed the winning show Members of the Public… as part of the Outdoor Theater Project’s 2015 Boston SLAM. Kat has been a judge for the Alternatives One-Act Festival for three years running and was recently admitted to study for an advanced degree at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the U.K.

 

Catherine Aquila da Silva

 

Colleen Barber is excited to be teaching at the Mosesian Center in visual arts. In 2015, she completed a masters program for visual arts education at Tufts University. She has been teaching art k-12 in the Waltham Public Schools for the past two years. Outside of the classroom, Colleen enjoys photography, music and spending time with her corgi, Ruby!

 

Cat Bennett is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal with a major in Art History. She worked for 5 years at The National Film Board of Canada in the animation department before moving to Boston. As a freelancer, she made short animations for CBC-Sesame Street, Nickelodeon-TV, WGBH-Nova and others. She was a successful illustrator for over 30 years. Her editorial work appeared in The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time Magazine and many other publications. She also did illustrations for children’s educational books for Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace, Scholastic and other publishers. Cat has written three books, The Confident CreativeMaking Art a Practice, and The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams, all published by Findhorn Press. She has written about art for the Huffington Post and given art workshops in London, Greece, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Cat is presently engaged in making small paintings and prints for her new online shop, Cat Bennett / Studio B. Cat believes drawing is good for the soul and has taught drawing exploration at the Center since it opened. 

 

Fran Betlyon is a theatre educator, director and voice teacher from Cambridge, MA. She is thrilled to join the WCT team, as she started doing theatre at her local children’s program at the age of 4! Fran served as the Associate Director and lead vocal coach of The Adderley School for the Performing Arts in southern California for 5 years. Fran taught musical theatre and voice as well as adapting popular musicals for children including premier workshops for the stage of “Lemonade Mouth”, “Teen Beach Movie” and “Grease Meets Star Wars.” Fran assistant directed and vocal coached The Adderley School Choir for their performance on PBS with Andrea Bocelli this fall. Recent directing credits at local regional high schools and in Los Angeles include Pippin, Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables and Footloose. Fran is also directing the Winton Club Cabaret to benefit Winchester Hospital January 2016. Fran is a professional singer/songwriter and musical theatre actress performing in the Boston and LA scenes. You can find her original music at franbetlyon.bandcamp.com. Favorite musical theatre roles in Boston include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Amy in Company, Carla in NINE, Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with Arlington Friends of the Drama (DASH award) and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Fran holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University in Religion and Theatre, and has been studying singing and vocal performance for over 20 years.

 

Katie Brobst Originally from Allentown, PA, Katie earned her B.A. in Musical Theatre from American University and has performed professionally in children’s theatre, regional theatre, tours, and on cruise ships. She earned her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and is currently the Theatre Teacher & Director at Canton High School. Locally, she has taught Dance and Drama in Cambridge, Boston, and Stoneham as well. Past directing and choreography credits include "Epic Proportions", "Hairspray", "Little Women", "Alice in Wonderland", “Legally Blonde”, “The Jungle Book”, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”, and “Dog Sees God". She absolutely loves working with children of all ages and is so happy to be a part of the WCT family! 

 

Devon Carter is a rising junior at Brown University, concentrating in music and comparative literature. He is a member of the board of Brown Opera Productions and an active actor and director in student theater. Devon also studies voice and organ and sings with both the Brown University Chorus and the Alef Beats a cappella group. As a WCT alum (The King and I, Joseph..., Beauty and the Beast, Tom Sawyer, and more recently Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd), Devon is thrilled to be returning this summer as an Education Apprentice!

 

Tyler Catanella is a proud graduate of the Theatre Education & Acting departments at Emerson College, and the Artistic Director of Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective. Tyler is a past recipient of the Emerging Choreographer’s Award from Green Street Studios, where his works "Nostalgia" and "Every Thursday Night" have been produced and performed. His work has also been shown at Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community, Third Life Choreographer's Series, Grant Jacoby & Dancers, ArtBeat, NACHMO Boston, Calamity Dance Co. and Luminarium Dance Company’s annual 24-Hour ChoreoFest. Paradise Lost recently mounted their second solo repertory show Replay this past March at the Multicultural Arts Center. Tyler also takes part in composing and performing all of the company's original music in collaboration with musicians all over the country. The heart of Tyler's work lies in his training and practice in theatre education. He currently directs, choreographs and teaches several K-12 programs with Watertown Children's Theatre. Tyler additionally remains an active performer within the Boston theatre scene. Recent performance credits include: Dance Captain and Vocalist in "The Shakespearean Jazz Show" (ArtsEmerson/New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Jonathan in the world premiere of "Academy Fight Song" (Centastage), Duke Orsino in "SexyBack [Or What You Will]" (toUch Performance Art, A.R.T's Oberon) and a Guest Artist with Luminarium Dance.

 

Anna Cohen is a graduate of Castleton University in Vermont, with a background in Art Education and Sculpture. She enjoys working with natural, recycled materials, with an interest in STEAM and ephemeral art. Anna has been an Instructor at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, a teacher at a Harvard University, Reggio-inspired Children's Center, as well taught at many other schools and community art centers throughout New England. Anna encourages all children to appreciate the process as much as the product of their own work, and to explore, ask questions, and find beauty in the world around them.

 

Nancy Crasco A BFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Nancy Crasco earned her Master’s degree at Lesley University and has been working in fiber since 1968, actively exhibiting her work nationally and internationally since 1975. Her work is often based on the intricacies of nature, and the effects that modern society has on the ecology of the earth. Nancy has extensive teaching experience in both public and private education, and teaches workshops and lectures on fiber arts in addition to her classes at the Arsenal Center. She is a member of the Studio Art Quilters Association and the Surface Design Association for which she is currently a representative for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter. 

  

Beth Dalal received her Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with subspecialties in Ceramic Art and English Literature from the University of Missouri. She has worked in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fuller Craft Museum, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and has taught in a wide range of media including ceramics and fiber arts. While Beth's artistic practice focuses primarily on ceramics, drawing, and printmaking, she maintains an avid interest in finding a way for all people to relate to art, regardless of their artistic inclinations. Beth is also the Visual Arts Education Coordinator here at the Mosesian Center for the Arts handling classes for both youth and adults.

 

Monica Daly is a graduate of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, where she earned a masters in collaborative piano and now works as a staff pianist. She is a piano teacher at the Keys for Kids school in Lexington, and has most recently served as music director for Boston College High School's productions of Elf, Jr. and The Addams Family. This is her second summer with WCT, and she is thrilled to be back to help the students feel confident and excited to sing in these fun and creative programs!

 

Susan Davies, soprano, is thrilled to join the WCT community as a private vocal instructor. A regular performer in the Boston and Metrowest area, Susan has strong classical, choral, and musical theater backgrounds. After graduating summa cum laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, she moved to Vienna, Austria, where she studied voice and taught at an English-speaking music school. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio, Susan teaches early childhood music classes and currently serves as Junior Choir Director at West Concord Union Church. Most recently, Susan performed the role of Lady Ella with MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of Patience. In October 2015, she gave a series of three solo recitals, featuring music by American composers in a variety of genres. At Ithaca College, Susan sang with the Women's Chorale and Chorus for four years under the direction of Janet Galván. Major works include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Haydn's Creation. Her most recent voice teachers include Sara Bielanski, Jennifer Davison, and Dawn Pierce. Previously, she studied piano for five years with Marilyn Roth, Piano Chair of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In her free time, Susan enjoys writing historical fiction, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

  

Rebecca Elowe is a drama educator, actor, and musician from Chicago. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre and a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences. In Chicago, Rebecca taught drama workshops at Lifeline Theatre and sensory-friendly fine arts classes with Chicago Children's Theatre's Camp Red Kite program, and she could not be more excited to teach in Boston-area schools with WCT this year! She also teaches drama at The Advent School's After-School Program.

 

Kendall Ferree (Thacker) has taught a wide variety of art media. Kendall is a trained photographer as well as a Teach for America alum. She utilizes these backgrounds to integrate different subjects into art in all of her teaching.

 

Karen Futral has taught pottery and directed the pottery studio at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education for eighteen years. She has exhibited and sold her work nationally and internationally, and ran her own gallery, Fresh Pond Clay Works, in Cambridge for several years. In addition to her ceramics work, Karen works with various 2-D media, including painting and printmaking, and has had a career as a consultant to design firms. She holds a MA in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University.

 

Catherine Garnett is a visual artist, primarily a painter and printmaker.  She recently graduated with a diploma in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She resides in Arlington, MA.  She has been selected to be an artist in residence at Acadia National Park, Schoodic Point in late Spring of 2017.  For as long as she can remember she has wanted to paint.  Recently, her work, “Tidal Creek”, an acrylic painting was selected as best in show at the Three Stones Gallery in West Concord’s emerging artist show.  Her primary mediums are in watermedia.  At Arcadia National Park here work will be primarily watercolor.  She is inspired by the abstract aspect of landscapes,, claiming “nature and landscape has been a constant source of inspiration for the many forms of art work I create – design for the land or for a painting.  I try to capture nature’s every day beauty with color, light and a sense of place.”  Cathy also has a Masters of Landscape Architecture and work as a professional landscape architect in the Boston Area before she retired to pursue work as an artist. 

 

Tina Gram is a ceramics teacher here at the Arsenal, as well as an art instructor at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA. She is currently a working potter at the Harvard Ceramics studios. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

 

Ruth Henry is a teaching artist whose own mixed media art stems from her love of color, texture, music, and justice. Created in ever evolving layers, her mixed media pieces tell stories of communities far and wide, of people coming together to support each other and to build what they need out of the rubble of all our outdated isms and divisions. In her teaching, she encourages all students, young and old, to enjoy their creativity, to stumble into serendipity and find the magic in mistakes, and to keep working at each piece until they love it.

 

Meghan Hill graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Meghan also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance Director, Actress and coach, Meghan spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Currently Meghan works as a Director, Actress and Coach in the Boston area. Past directing credits include: Project Flux(an original production that debuted at Wheaton College), Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty Jr., Into The Woods Jr, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night.

  

Maureen Hodge has been teaching children’s art classes and workshops for over 20 years. She’s eager to get back to teaching after taking a little break to be at home with her own two children. She has a BFA from Alfred University and studied art education at Lesley University. She has over 20 years of experience teaching children’s art classes and workshops. After living in Florence, Italy for 2 years, doing her post-bac art program, she discovered a passion for mosaic art and has been working with this medium ever since. Maureen emphasizes how truly impressed she is with the ability children have, to create such amazing results with mosaics! Most of all, they have a blast doing it!

 

Allison Honea is a choreographer, director, performer, and teaching artist originally from Georgia. She has been studying dance and theatre since the age of three and was a company member of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet. She holds a Master of Arts from Emerson College, where she focused on the use of theatre and dance for social change, and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education from Columbus State University. Allison has taught students of all ages, most recently at Stoneham Theatre, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Onstage Dance Company, and Cambridge Public Schools.

 

Vanessa Irzyk's vivid, precise, kinetic art has been seen in exhibits from Miami to Nashville and back to Greater Boston: at the Mayor’s Gallery at Boston City Hall, Boston Arts Festival, South Boston Open Studios, Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, in Jamaica Plain and Cambridge, in the Massachusetts Artists 2011 show at Brush Gallery in Lowell and through the DeCordova Museum Corporate Art Loan Program.

 

Nancy Ishihara is a Boston-based freelance costume designer. In the past twelve years, she has designed costumes for actors and singers from age 5 to 60 performing in operas, plays and musicals at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Chelsea High School, Watertown Children’s Theater and other local theater and opera groups. Her designs include many periods and places both real and imaginary. One of her favorite designs was argyle vests made out of argyle socks! She has also taught sewing classes for both children and adults.

 

Marta Kaemmer Born in Zimbabwe, Marta spent her teenage and college years in the Midwest before moving to Austria. She had numerous exhibitions in Austria before returning to the United States to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Boston University in 2011. Trained as a painter, her interest in materials keeps her moving between media and including printmaking, sculpture and textiles in her work. She currently has a studio in Waltham Mills in Waltham, MA.

 

Michele Lauriat makes oversized landscape drawings using mixed media on paper (primarily gouache, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and wax pencil). Her drawings have been in exhibited nationally, including solo shows in Chicago, Vermont, and Massachusetts. In 2012 Michele participated in Artist Residencies at Zion National Park, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki Point National Monuments, and Grand Canyon National Park. Michele was the 2014/15 Grant Wood Fellow in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa. Michele earned her BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This summer Michele’s drawings will be part of Sirens, a three-person exhibition at RSM Gallery in Charlestown, MA.

 

Meg Lacey graduated from Keene State College with a degree in Theatre and Education. Over the years she has worked with students of all ages in the performing arts, either as a director or a teacher. She has training in acting, singing and dancing. Meg herself has worked in all areas of theatre, on and off the stage, and takes what she’s learned from her experiences to help shape her classes.

 

Samantha Loos Originally from Northeast Connecticut, Sam earned a BFA in Ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is comprised of both large scale sculptural pieces and functional vessels. She has both taught and assisted in classes at The Fuller Craft Museum, MassArt, Feet of Clay, and Sawmill Pottery in Putnam, CT. Her work has been shown in various local exhibitions. Native to New England, Sam spends her free time cooking with friends and family and walking the shoreline of Northern Massachusetts. 

  

Rebecca Marsh is excited to be back at Watertown Children's Theatre again! Last season she designed the lights for Annie Jr. and mentored CYC lighting students. Other recent designs include Living Together (The Winnipesaukee Playhouse), Blinders (Flat Earth Theatre), and Goodnight Desdemona (Wellesley Repertory Theatre). Becky is a freelance lighting designer and technician based out of Boston. Her work has been seen throughout New England and occasionally further afield. She has designed for Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wellesley College Theater, Watertown Children's Theatre, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, LSU Opera, Flat Earth Theatre, Suffolk University, UMass Lowell, Concord Academy, Brookwood School, Riverside Theatre Works, The Tara Little Dance School, Terpsicore Dance, and New Edge Entertainment. www.beckymarshdesign.com

 

Alexa Mattes received her BFA in ceramics from MassArt in 2015. She has worked at Mudflat Studios in Somerville, as well as the Webster House in Brookline where she worked with with adults in an art therapy setting. Alexa enjoys creating functional and decorative ceramics with an emphasis on surface design. 

 

Allie Meek is an actor, director, theatre educator and teaching artist in the Boston area. She received her BA in English & Theatre from URI and her Master's Degree from Emerson College in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. Her training and interests range from Shakespeare for Youth, Theatre for Social Change, Theatre of the Oppressed, Devising/Playmaking. She has taught vacation camps at WCT and currently teaches the "Shakesperience" camp and the "Playmaking" class at WCT and after-school classes at the Hosmer School. Allie is currently the Music Theatre Program Director at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) where she directed "Elf JR." and "Seussical KIDS". She is also a Teaching Artist at the Huntington Theatre Company, co-teaching the 9th Grade Codman Academy for the Poetry Out Loud Contest and their Spring Showcase. She is the Middle School Theatre Arts teacher at the Amigos School in Cambridge. As an actor and director, Allie has worked at various theaters throughout Boston and RI (The Footlight Club, Hub Theatre Company, The Barker Playhouse, Wilbury Theatre Group, Open Theatre Project). Some of her favorite credits include "Pride & Prejudice", "Hedda Gabler", "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" & "Brighton Beach Memoirs" Allie is thrilled to be a part of the WCT Family! 

Asako Nagashima has a Masters Degree in Music, Major in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors Degree in Music, Musicology and Piano Performance from Osaka University of The Arts. She studied with Randy Hodgkinson, Svetla V. Protich,Jyungi Tatsuno, Yasuko Yamada, and Toshiko Kobayashi. Asako has performed for the 20th Century Composers Piano Festival at William Hall as well as the 35th Anniversary of ABC (Asahi Broadcasting Corporation)at Osaka Symphony Hall, which was broadcast, and The Osaka New Artist Concert at Piloti Hall. She performed as a special guest in summer 2015 & 2016 at Royal Horse in Osaka, and has performed Jazz, Classical and collaborated with a Gospel Choir Group and in a duo with another artist in Japan. Asako created the fashion show music for Japan festival Boston in 2016. Asako has been an accompanist for choruses at Hosmer, Lowell, and Cunniff Elementary Schools in Watertown and musicals for Watertown Children's theater and for many vocalists and strings players. She is an active Private Piano teacher for many years. WCT Musical Director for Seussical, Annie Jr., The Music Man Jr., Reigning Cats and Dogs, Grease School Version, The Pirates of Penzance, How to Eat like a Child, Dr. Doolittle, Disney's Aladdin Jr., The Hobbit, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Oliver, Damn Yankees, Singin' in the Rain, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Wiz, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pinocchio, Cats, The King and I, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Junior Players Music Director for Hats Off!, Moving Center Stage, The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, Annie Warbucks, and Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Evan Northrup is a magic creator and performer originally from Salem, MA. Beginning his performance career as a street performer, he traveled through Europe learning his skills and, upon his return, brought his unique style indoors. He has studied under masters in Las Vegas, and is constantly searching for new sources of magical inspiration. From designing illusions for theatrical productions to performing for companies and organizations around the country, Evan always puts his modern spin on some classics of magic.

 

Catherine Papayannopoulos is thrilled to be part of the WCT team as an Assistant Stage Manager. A current junior at Watertown High School, Catherine has participated at WCT both on and off stage since second grade. She has interned for Main Stage productions, Black Box productions, Page To Stage, Junior Players, and several Summer Programs. Outside of WCT, Catherine loves traveling and has had the opportunity to visit several countries in Europe as well as Canada and Costa Rica, and she hopes to expand that list very soon!

  

Deidre Purcell received her BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She recently completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. Since beginning in 2004 as the Stage Manager for Bye Bye Birdie, she has been the stage manager, production manager, and public relations specialist for WCT at various times, as well as teaching playwriting, directing summer programs, and adapting scripts.

 

Sophie Rich is a drama educator, director, actress, and Boston native. Sophie graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, where she concentrated on theatre for young audiences and directing and was awarded the Winifred Ward Award for creative drama. Sophie is the Education Director of Boston Theater Company, where she designs and runs Shakespeare programming touring to schools around MA. She teaches students of all ages at The Atrium School in Watertown, The Winsor School, Wheelock Family Theater, Stoneham Theatre, and more. She can be seen performing on KidStage at the Boston Children’s Museum, and she is also a member of Theatre Espresso.

 

Deb Robinson collaborates with “scientists, artists, writers and technologists in the making of experimental installation artwork using moving image and sound,” as her website explains. “She is interested in the use of strategies derived from surrealism to reveal fragments of a scientific  ‘underside’. Her artworks have explored data transposition, questions of agency (human/non human) and exploration of a dynamics of power that is implicit within disciplinary viewpoints.”

 

Ivy Ryan is a Boston-based actor and theatre educator. She proudly holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University’s School of Theatre and a diploma in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ivy has worked as a teaching artist with the Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, Boston University’s School of Theatre, Boston University’s Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI), Conservatory Theatre Ensemble, Agassiz Baldwin Community, The Throckmorton Theatre, Steve and Kate’s Camp and Camp Weequahic. Furthermore, last year she worked as a substitute kindergarten teacher in the Public Schools of Brookline. Ivy is first and foremost an actor, mover, and singer. Born and raised in the redwood trees north of San Francisco, Ivy moved to the East Coast to study acting, fell in love with the Boston theatre community, and the rest is history. Since graduating in 2016, Ivy has worked as an actor with several Boston area companies including New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Bridge Repertory Theater, Boston Theater Company, Theatre on Fire, New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company, and Roxbury Repertory Theater. Ivy spent most of 2016-2017 on tour with New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company as the company manager, a teaching artist, and an actor in The Scarlet Letter (Hester Prynne) and Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio, Lady Capulet). Ivy is the 2017-2018 Education Apprentice for the Huntington Theatre Company where she teaches across all the Education Department’s programs, working predominantly with high schoolers in Boston Public Schools.

 

Marina Sachs is an art educator and activist committed to empowering diverse young folks through art initiatives geared towards social change. Since receiving her Bachelors degree in Religious Studies and Government from Connecticut College, she has worked as an after-school educator and TEDx youth coordinator, and currently as an art educator in Boston Public Schools. In 2015, Marina received a Davis Projects for Peace Grant for her project "Lakota Youth Speak," a restorative justice initiative that collaborates with adolescents on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Marina is a painter, printmaker, and photographer. She is always looking for ways to pursue further realms of exploration as an artist and agent for social change.

 

Kirsten Salpini is a professional actor/musician in the Boston area, working in film & commercial, and for companies such as Lyric Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and New Repertory Theatre. In addition to an after-school class with WCT, Kirsten taught "Shakespeare Slam!" and "WCT Circus" at WCT Summer 2016. She has previously been a teaching artist with Merry-Go-Round Youth Tour, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and internationally with the US Embassy Pretoria. Kirsten is also a pianist and singer/songwriter, and has worked as a dueling pianist for Carnival Cruise Lines, Bobby McKey's, and Hershey Park. Kirsten holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. 

  

Dawn Scaltreto is a board member, teacher and artist here at the Arsenal. She is a professional fine artist, illustrator and muralist whose clients include Children’s Hospital Boston, the Boston Museum of Science and Illuminations, Inc. She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society. She has been a resident of Watertown for 26 years and is active in many local arts organizations. She teaches watercolor, acrylic and oil painting classes for all ages.

 

Dani Schechner is an interdisciplinary artist that has exhibited and published her work in various local and national shows, digital and print media, has produced for commissions, and collections including State-wide juried Exhibitions, the Zimmerli Museum, National Women’s Art Exhibition, Ocean Arts & Film Festival, Center for Visual Arts, Art Alliance Gallery, Shore Institute for Contemporary Arts, Newark School of Arts, Rutgers University Art Galleries, MassArt Galleries. Dani has 13 years combined experience in art educational leadership. She has served as a Special Education teacher and general education teacher, earning the 2013 Big Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. She’s also the Director of Children’s Rights & Educational Efficacy at the Greater Boston Practice for Educational Empowerment where she serves as an advocate for children, families, special education and as an organizational consultant on pragmatic means to increase positive, safe, inclusive, and effective education cultures. She has a Masters in Educational Studies from Tufts University with a focus on art pedagogy, educational policy, special education and multicultural praxis.  She has a postgraduate studies in General Elementary & Special Education, a BFA in Studio Arts from Mason Gross School of Arts, Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University, AA in Liberal Arts, Community Action Certificate, Certificate in Ethical Leadership, and varied professional trainings in the field of educational psychology.

 

Zoe Schein is a freelance illustrator, writer, and educator hailing from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017, and her BA in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012. Schein's artistic work emphasizes visual storytelling and narrative, with particular emphasis on comics, integrated graphic essays, pen-and-ink illustration, and printmaking. As a teacher, Schein has developed and taught courses in drawing, making comics, creative writing, and memoir writing, and has assisted in workshops centered on filmmaking and digital storytelling. She delights in teaching. 

 

Ana Scott is an Assistant Stage Manager at Watertown Children's Theatre. She is currently a senior at Watertown High School. Ana has been involved with WCT, on and offstage, since she was in kindergarten! Last year she became a company member after doing the CYC program. Ana has worked on many Main Stage and Black Box productions in the past few years. This year, she will Assistant Stage Manage How to Succeed, Willy Wonka Jr, and Shrek. Ana is excited for her last year at WCT!

 

Peter V. Secrest is a Boston-based director, educator, and theatre artist. He graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude and with highest thesis honors for his studies in Drama and Classical Studies. Peter teaches at theaters and private schools in the New Jersey and Boston areas.

 

Ethan Selby Originally from Peterborough, NH, Ethan earned his B.A. in Film & Theatre from Keene State College and has performed professionally in children’s theatre and regional theatre for over ten years. He has completed improv classes at Improv Boston & Improv Asylum as well as comedy sketch writing classes at IA. Locally, he has taught Theatre and Improv in Afterschool Programs in Somerville and Cambridge. He has performed with the IB Family Show, as well as other various sketch and improv shows at IB and IA. Currently he is on the major league team of ComedySportz Boston. He absolutely loves working with children of all ages and is so happy to be a part of the WCT family!

 

Luba Shapiro Grenader Luba holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA from the Art Institute of Boston.  Her primary work consists of mixed-media figurative drawings and small installations, incorporating various found fibers, papers and wood.  In her work, she explores such themes as politics of motherhood, women and war, and currently, the gender and nationality-based oppression she experienced growing up under Soviet regime in Russia.  Her work has been a part of various shows, locally and nationally. She has also been a part of the Mixed Media and Mothers/Artists Collectives.

 

Jill Strait (Curtis)

 

Renee Silva is an active artist and educator in Boston. She has received her BFA in painting from MassArt where she teaches year around in the youth program, while continuing her painting practice at Casablanc Market in Roxbury.

 

Eliza Solomon is a graduate of Emerson College, holding a B.A. in Theater Education with a concentration in Acting. Eliza is originally from Orlando, Florida, where she began her study of dance (ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, 13 years), drama and theater arts (15 years), and voice (10 years). Eliza has previously taught, choreographed, and directed at The Chestnut Hill Camp for Creative Arts and Sports and at Chelsea High School. Eliza is also a performer, and recently choreographed and performed in the original show, An Evening with Sarah Pettyfer at the International Orlando Fringe Festival, where the show was named “Best of the Orlando Fringe” by The Orlando Sentinel, and awarded “Fringe of the Fringe 2016.” Eliza currently teaches Dance, Drama, and Speech at Weston Middle and High School, lyrical and jazz dance at On Your Toes studio in Acton, and coordinates the dance program at Gardengate Academy.

 

Elizabeth Stubbs lives in Lexington, MA. She has been an artist all her life, having spent much of her childhood and teen years exploring a variety of media and materials, from silversmithing, photography, and printmaking, to ceramics, knitting, and sewing. She studied art at Boston University, where she earned a BFA in painting. Following graduation, she spent many years as an art teacher at the Winsor School in Boston. Later, she studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and became a freelance illustrator. She did not discover the ancient art of felt making until she encountered it during her training to become a Waldorf teacher and has been exploring it for nearly 20 years. She currently spends as much time in the studio as possible, and enjoys working with private students and teaching classes locally.

 

Julia Talcott is a printmaker, illustrator, teacher and owner of Studio 80, a printmaking studio. Creator of the 1996 Christmas stamp for the US Postal Service, she has received 4 certificates of design excellence from Print Magazine. She received her BFA from Williams College, and her MFA from the Cranbook Academy of Art. Most of her work is focused on experimental printmaking. “Shapes, patterns, color and an opportunistic eye for the natural world form the basis of my work.”

 

Kathi Tighe has worked with WCT since 2006. In her non-WCT time, she is a self-employed studio potter working at the Harvard Ceramics Program. Her ceramic work has been represented in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She also sings with the Spectrum Singers choral ensemble and dances with Muddy River Morris dancers. In any remaining spare time, she is an avid bead crochet artist.

 

Kim Tolleson is a visual arts educator from the Boston area. She recently finished her master's in Art Education from MassArt, and also has a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A life-long dabbler, she has done some of everything, from painting and drawing to mixed media and ceramics, and loves teaching at all age and skill levels.

 

Kai Tshikosi is a Boston-based Teaching Artist, Actor, and Fight Choreographer who grew up in Somerville and Maryland. He earned his BA from Emerson College in Acting and Stage Combat, and is a certified Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is incredibly excited to ring in the new year with slaps and organized mayhem!

 

Karen Vaughan earned her BSEd in Theatre at Columbus State University and has worked in several states across the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong. For the past four years, she has been teaching, directing performances, and light designing for several theatre companies and schools around the greater Boston area. She is currently working towards her MEd with a focus in Special Education at Curry College. She is grateful for her continuing opportunities with Watertown Children's Theatre!

 

Cesara Walters is a Boston based theatre practitioner of many hats! Though she specializes in directing, stage management, and props design, she is also an experienced choreographer and makeup artist. In addition to working with multiple theatrical companies in the states, she has also worked with companies in the UK where she received her B.A. from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Cesara is able to practice so many disciplines in theatre because of the incredible educational opportunities she had growing up, so she is very passionate about ensuring others have the same opportunities and has led theatrical workshops with the young company in Stoneham, Company One Theatre in Boston, Charles River School, and she served as the Director of Education for the Brazos Valley Players’ 2011-2012 season. In addition to her work as an educator, Cesara has worked in the roles of Director, Production Stage Manager, Props Designer, Make-up Artist, and Choreographer for productions with The Promenade Opera Project, Company One Theatre, The HUB Theatre, Arts After Hours, Boston Circus Guild, and Boston Children’s theatre all in Boston, The Royal Academy of Music and Bred in the Bone Theatre Company both in London, England, and The Theatre Company and The Brazos Valley Players both in Central Texas. Cesara is always looking for new projects and ways to utilize her skills in any of the disciplines listed above whether it’s a fullscale production, commission work, teaching, or consultation. For more information and portfolio images visit www.cesarawalters.com

 

Fran Weber is a theatre educator, director, voice teacher and proud mother from Cambridge, MA. She is thrilled be a part of the WCT team, as she started acting with her local children’s theatre program at the age of 4! Fran has directed several productions over the last 8 years. She most recently co-directed “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with Meghan Hill and directed “Charlotte’s Web” at WCT. Fran served as the Associate Director and lead vocal coach of The Adderley School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles for 5 years. She taught musical theatre and voice as well as adapting popular musicals for children including premier workshops for the stage of “Lemonade Mouth”, “Teen Beach Movie” and “Grease Meets Star Wars.” Fran assistant directed and vocal coached The Adderley School Choir for their performance on PBS with Andrea Bocelli in 2016. Fran is a professional singer/songwriter and musical theatre actress performing in the Boston and LA scenes. You can find her original music at franbetlyon.bandcamp.com. Favorite musical theatre roles in Boston include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Amy in Company, Carla in NINE, Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with Arlington Friends of the Drama (DASH award) and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Fran holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University in Religion and Theatre, and has been studying singing and vocal performance for over 20 years.

 

David S. Wright has been music directing in and around Boston since 2004. He began the first successful student-funded, student-ran musical theatre organization at Northeastern University and has gone on to music direct over 20 shows in the last 12 years. David is also an avid performer, receiving a DASH award (best supporting actor in a musical) for his performance as Rick Taylor in The Footlight Club's Bat Boy (2015). During the day, David is an Inclusion Facilitator with the Newton Public Schools and a four-time recipient of the PAC Special Educator Award. Many thanks to WCT for the opportunity to work with this well renowned organization!

 

Zoë Wyner is an artist and musician living in Cambridge, MA. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2016, and works as a studio art educator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as at Gateway Arts in Brookline, MA, and at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Zoë predominantly works as a 3D artist, creating sculptural works from fibers and porcelain.  

 

Dorie Zackin has been teaching ceramics for over a decade. She also does silversmithing and other 3-dimensional art. Dorie holds a degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.