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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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Cat Bennett 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.
Fran Betlyon 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!
Tyler Catanella 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.
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.
Susan Davies 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.
Beth Dalal 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.
Catherine Garnett A Resident Studio Artist here at the Arsenal Center, Cathy has received numerous awards for her work. She participates in the Mount Auburn Hospital Rotating Art Gallery Program and has exhibited at the Arsenal Center, Bromfield Gallery, Arlington Center for the Arts, Logan Airport, Forbes House Museum, Cambridge Art Association, Newburyport Art Association and Concord Art Association where she also teaches. Cathy is also a registered landscape architect.
Tina Gram 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 Ruth K. 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 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.
Allison Honea 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 Vanessa’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.
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.
Rebecca Marsh Becky 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
Allie Meek Allie Meek has been an independent actor, director, theatre educator and teaching artist for the past 6 years, first in her native Rhode Island and now in Boston. Allie taught the "Shakespeare Slam!" class this summer at Watertown Children's Theatre and is happy to be back teaching a couple of classes along with the "Theatre for Social Change" intensive this Fall. She is currently the Music Theatre Program Director for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. Allie is a 2012 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre. This past May, Allie received her Master's Degree from Emerson College in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. Her studies ranged from Shakespeare education, theatre for social change, theatre education outreach, curriculum design and program design.Allie completed her practicum at the Boston Arts Academy in the Theatre Arts Department in the Fall of 2015. She has taught theatre at the Advent School, Barrington Arts Alive!, Barrington Enrichment Summer Theatre, the Wilbury Theatre Group and All Children's Theatre in Rhode Island. As an actor and director, Allie has worked at various theatres throughout RI and Boston such as the Hub Theatre Company of Boston, the Wilbury Theatre Group, Barker Playhouse, Epic Theatre Company, Mixed Magic Theatre, and the Contemporary Theater Company. She was accepted as 1 of 11 international students to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Schools' Masters in Acting Program, though her path led her to pursue graduate studies at Emerson instead!
Asako Nagashima Asako 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 Evan 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 Catherine 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!
Ruth Plaster Ruth works in lowfire clay to make textured 3D paintings and other works.“Whether I’m creating a vessel, an object or a wall piece,” she explains, “my works reflect a fascination with aerial views…reinterpreted through sculpture, ornament and fire. I credit my style, methods, muse and passion…to my interest and training in graphic design, merged with my 20-plus year career as an art teacher.”
Deidre Purcell Deidre 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 Sophie 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 Deborah 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.”
Dawn Scaltreto 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 Dani 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.
Ana Scott Ana is one of the assistant stage managers at Watertown Childrens Theatre. She is currently a junior at Watertown High School. Ana has been involved with WCT, on and offstage, since she was in kindergarten. WCT has been a huge part of Ana's life and she is happy that she is a part of the WCT community. When she is not at WCT, school, or her part-time job, she likes to travel and spend time with friends. She recently got to go to Peru and spent three weeks volunteering at a home for teen mothers and their babies. Her trip opened her eyes to the challenges girls in developing countries face. Ana hopes to volunteer more in the future and would love to travel all around South America. Ana is looking forward to Beauty and the Beast and is happy to officially be a staff member at WCT!
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!
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Renee Silva Renee 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.
Julia Talcott 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 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.
Kai Tshikosi Kai 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 Karen is a Theatre Educator who spent half the first half of her childhood in Georgia and the second half on the South Shore. She has taught and directed students of all ages through companies in Hong Kong, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education at Columbus State University. She is looking forward to her first season teaching with Watertown Children’s Theater!