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

 

 

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!

 

Elissa Barr began learning calligraphy in the 1970’s for her job and then began teaching lettering classes the 1980's. She has since taken numerous classes, and workshops and has attended more than 15 annual calligraphy conferences. Elissa has written articles for Bound and Lettered magazine and has had her calligraphy work exhibited both locally and nationally. To see examples of her artwork please visit www.elissabarr.com

 

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. 

 

Nina Berinstein is a maker, drawer and observer of things. Curious by the organic forms around her, she is compelled to create in order to digest her surroundings and further understand them. Her ventures in clay began with functional forms on the potters wheel and have since traveled through varying methods of hand building until landing in coiled forms. Nina studied ceramics and art-based education at Bennington College, and since then has continued her studio art studies around the world in places like Buenos Aires and Barcelona. She continues her studio practice wherever she may be!

 

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! 

 

Donna Calleja has worked as a teaching artist in the Boston area for 35 years. Her artwork is including in public and private collections including The Boston Public Library, Worcester Art Museum and Cambridge Savings Bank, Watertown. She earned her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and her M.Ed from Cambridge College.

 

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.

  

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.

 

Rebecca Davidson is a prolific fine artist from Boston, Massachusetts. She currently works in ceramics at the Feet of Clay Studios in Brookline. Her portfolio also includes extensive work in painting, printmaking and drawing as well as installation art and short films. Her educational work includes special projects throughout the Boston area. She has been taught audiences ranging from primary school to the college level and beyond. Rebecca received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

 

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 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.

 

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, performer, director, and teaching artist originally from Atlanta, GA. She graduated as the top BSEd Theatre Education major from Columbus State University and studied Theatre History and Commedia dell’arte in Florence, Italy on a full scholarship. Allison moved to the Boston area in 2014 to earn her MA in Theatre Education at Emerson College, where she focused on the use of Theatre and Dance for social change. She was a workshop presenter at the American Alliance for Theatre Education’s 2016 conference. Allison has worked with Cambridge Public Schools, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Onstage Dance Company, and more. Some of her favorite choreography credits include Once on This Island, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and the Beast, and Shrek the Musical.

 

Silvina Ibanez Silvina Ibañez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  In 1996 she obtained a Teachers Degree from the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon, in Argentina. In 2003, she got a University Degree in Visual Arts specializing in Painting- at the I.U.N.A. In 2011 she obtained the Master Degree in Visual Arts at the San Carlos Academy of the UNAM, in Mexico City. During 2004 and 2005, she participated in the workshop of Luis Felipe Noé and in 2004 and Guillermo Roux.  From 1996 until 2006, she taught painting to adults and children in her studio in Buenos Aires. 

 

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.

 

Jeein Jeon has an M.A. in Art Education from New York University and a B.A. in Art History from Pennsylvania State University. She believes in the process of making meaningful art that brings more attention to social issues and helps students develop a vision of what our world could be. She also loves getting students to explore various mediums and giving them the choice to express their ideas in art the way they intend.

 

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.

 

Angela Kelly

 

Talia Lefton teaches a variety of fiber arts techniques including: sewing, knitting, weaving, felting, and dyeing. She has been making things for as long as she can remember and recently has been creating mixed media sculptures and interactive installations. Her artwork is heavily influenced by connection through community, collaboration, and cycles of nature. She is also a co-founder of Fiber Arts Boston Resource and Innovation Center (FABRIC), a community makerspace, classroom, and tool library for anyone working with fibers or textiles or looking to learn.

 

Sami Martasian is a teaching artist and musician Living in Allston MA. They work as a freelance illustrator often making album artwork and posters. Sami also leads and creates after school and art education  programming focusing on providing spaces for children to experiment, learn and connect with each other.

 

Alexa Mattes received her BFA in ceramics from MassArt in 2015. She has worked with children and adults at art centers throughout the Boston area. She also worked at the Webster House in Brookline where she worked with adults in an art therapy setting. Alexa enjoys creating functional and decorative ceramics with an emphasis on surface design. 

 

Annette McCarty discovered freedom in drawing, painting, and rag doll making. Her grandmother encouraged and taught Annette on how to build rag dolls from outdated outfits. As a child, Annette’s inspiration and love for the arts came from graffiti artwork, cartooning and the African American lifestyle. She applied her talents by sponsoring public artistic events.  In 1992, Annette graduated with a BFA from Westfield State University. That same year, she began her art education career as an Art Teacher in the Boston Public School District. Before 2004, Annette’s dedication to studying art education helped her to receive an M.A. Ed, an M. Ed, and an M.S. Ed. As well as, Annette has three teaching certifications from the state of Massachusetts. Her certifications are Art Education K-5, Art Education 6-12, and Special Education K-5. Through her career, Annette continuously exhibited her artwork at museums and art festivals including; the Harlem Fine Art Show in Washington DC and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, The National Center for African-American Artists Museum in Roxbury, MA, The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA, Billie’s Black Gallery, New York, NY. Her works are in private collections thought America. She is dedicated to creating works with acrylics, pen, and ink, watercolors, colored pencils, graphite, markers, and paper collages. Annette enjoys working with black lines, blue, and purple colors, and depth. Even now, Annette makes the rag dolls her grandmother taught her as a child. “The Black is Beautiful Collection” are multicultural handmade dolls.  Annette is a retired Department Chair and Professor of Art. Currently, she is the CEO of The Annette McCarty Art Studio, LLC. Annette’s greatest accomplishment is her daughter Choice Justine McCarty.

 

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! 

 

Maeve Mueller grew up in Salem, NH and now resides in Cambridge, MA. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she concentrated in ceramics and light metals. Maeve is currently a resident artist at the Harvard Ceramics Program at Harvard University. Her body of work includes thrown porcelain vessels, carved sculptures and a line of porcelain jewelry called The Lusterbone Collection.

 

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.

 

Allison O’Brien

 

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art. While primarily focusing on pen and ink drawing over the last few years, Portman has also done some mural work. He currently lives in Boston and displays his work in galleries, offices and other venues, while also teaching art to children and adults. Website: www.eliportman.com

 

Samantha Prindiville, Private Voice Instructor, is excited to be back at Watertown Children's Theatre! She's worked with the theatre for the last seven years in various capacities, including music workshop instructor for vacation camps, voice teacher for summer sessions and as Music Director for Mainstage and Black Box productions. She works as choral director/music teacher at Wilmington Middle School and received her Bachelors of Science in K-12 Music Education-Vocal Option from Plymouth State University, and Masters in Music Education from SUNY-Buffalo State College. Samantha is trained to teach voice in musical theater (classical/modern), classical and pop/rock genres and has had former students get into all-state and regional choirs and community/professional musical theater shows.

 

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.

 

Corinne Rhodes runs Cherry Press printmaking workshop in Rutland, MA.  Corinne trained as a professional fine art printer at Tamarind Institute and specializes in teaching new, non-toxic Century Plate lithography and other printmaking techniques. Corinne teaches printmaking classes at multiple locations, including museum schools, art centers, printmaking workshops, colleges and universities. Prior to opening Cherry Press, Corinne worked in various capacities at several printmaking workshops including: Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, the Lower Eastside Printshop, ABC NO RIO, West Yorkshire Print Workshop and at the School of Museum of Fine Arts.  She has exhibited her artwork across the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico and the U.K.  Corinne is a recipient of ArtsWorcester’s Material Needs grant program, the British Arts Council’s Professional Development Grant Scheme, Brigit Skiold Memorial Trust and the Lower East Side Printshop’s Key Holder Residency Program.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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!

   

Ailish Shea

 

Missy Shay’s mother taught her to sew as a young child.  She started with clothing and accessories for dolls, then for herself.  In the mid 80’s, Missy took her first quilt class and was hooked.  She has used many different techniques to produce quilts and other items.  Missy works part time in a fabric store and has been teaching quilt classes there for many years. Missy’s quilts can also frequently be seen as part of Mosesian Center for the Arts exhbitions.

 

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.

 

Jill Strait (Curtis)

 

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.

 

Kevin Williams strives with every ensemble to develop and strengthen a community of critical thinkers. Currently he chooses to pursue these ambitions by further developing his own skills through the Masters Program in Theatre Education at Emerson College while also working as a Theatre Teaching Artist and performer in and around the city of Boston. Born and raised in Nashville, Kevin chose to move to the suburbs of Chicago where he earned Bachelor Degrees in both Musical Theatre and Psychology from North Central College. Upon completion of these degrees, a few years were spent performing with the kid focused musical improv troupe Storytown Improv and also working as an Americorps volunteer with Playworks Illinois strengthening social emotional skills in elementary school students. The past seven summers have been spent with the middle school Camp Bernstein at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan where he has been a Cabin Counselor, Theatre Educator, and the Camp Bernstein Director. In calling Boston his new home, Kevin is thoroughly excited to assist individuals in the use of theater as an outlet of creativity, self-expression, and the development of key life skills!

 

Sarah Winters teaches both visual and performing arts for students K-12 throughout the Boston area. Recent collaborations include working with Watertown Children’s Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Boston Ballet, Brimmer & May School, Laura Jean Floral & Event Design, and Femme Nouveau; a local women's art collective and fundraising gallery. Theater design credits include 'Marjorie Prime' (props, Central Square Theatre), 'Dry Land' (props, Company One), 'The Secret Garden', 'The Sound of Music', 'Charlotte's Web' (costumes, Brimmer & May), 'The Clytemnestriad' (Fresh Ink Theater Co)., 'Shiver' (Project: Project at Boston Playwright's Theater), Stoneham Theatre and the Oxford Street Players, Lesley University's Shakespeare company.

 

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!

 

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.