Director of Education
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Allison Honea is an educator, director/choreographer, classically trained dancer, and performer from Atlanta, GA. She joined the WCT family in 2016 and has had the joy of teaching hundreds of students both onsite and offsite, as well as choreographing and directing numerous productions. In her role as the WCT Education Director, she strives to foster community while inspiring confidence in youth and their ability to enact change through the arts. Allison’s favorite past production is Chicago: School Edition!
WCT Production Manager
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Deidre Purcell received her BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Since beginning in 2004 as the Stage Manager for Bye Bye Birdie, she has been a part of the WCT team as a stage manager, director, communications manager, and teaching artist in playwriting and technical theatre. She has also worked as a freelance stage manager and director in the Greater Boston area.
Rose Antonuccio is a former elementary school teacher who has enjoyed doing all types of fiber crafts since she was a child. Recently, she has focused on knitting, embroidery and applique but is always excited to learn new ways to make art out of fiber and thread.
Shawn Baker is a sculptor and ceramic artist with a passion for education. He received his bachelors in printmaking and painting from Alfred University. Shawn has taught throughout Massachusetts and also runs his own business as an arborist.
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 five 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 Creative, Making 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.
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!
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.
Isabella Ehrlich is a graduate of Princeton University, where she was awarded the Grace May Tilton prize for Fine Arts and is also a classically trained pianist. While at Princeton, she was a member of the Tigressions for four years, an all-women, selective and professional a cappella group that traveled internationally for performances. Isabella directed the group for two years as well as composed extensive song arrangements, her greatest passion. She continues to arrange a cappella professionally. Isabella joined WCT as an educator in a cappella singing and performance because she not only loves sharing this exciting musical medium with youth but also because of WCT's commitment to nurturing and supporting children of all artistic abilities and development. Currently her two sons participate in WCT’s theater companies, and her daughter (4) is excited to follow in their footsteps.
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.
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. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to paint. 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 everyday 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 has taught ceramics at the Mosesian for over a decade. She is also 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.
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.
Samantha Italiano - goes by Sam- was born and raised in Colorado. She grew up dancing at Barbie Graham Meir, which became Peak Academy of Dance with a change of ownership. She is grateful to have grown up in a studio that emphasized artistic expression, exploration, and the opportunity to perform on a variety of platforms. Studying with Danielle Heller (student of Ellie Sciarra), Sam’s passion for tap evolved and she explored the artform with the utmost enthusiasm. Participating as the youngest dancer at the International Tap Festival in Colorado, Sam fell in love with the tap dance community- specifically taking kind to Bril Barrett and Ira Bernstein. The tap community brought together people from all different backgrounds, from around the world, opening her young mountain town eyes to what the world had to offer. While acquiring a B.A. in Human Services at Elon University, she studied with Gene Medler, founder of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. She worked with Gene to co-direct, choreograph and perform in the university’s annual tap dance showcase, Tapped Out, for three years. Additionally, Sam studied ballet, jazz, modern, and some ballroom from a young age. These technique styles inform her dancing everyday. Sam has continued to keep dance in her life throughout the years. Sometimes that has been taking a class here or there, sometimes completely immersed, and other times dance has come in the capacity of teaching. Most recently Sam has studied under Siobhan Alexis, performing in Tapestry Dance Company’s nonprofessional company, Visions in Motion.
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.
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.
Katherine Logan graduated from Emerson College in 2018 with a BFA in Theatre & Performance and has been working as a freelance teaching artist ever since. She served as resident music director for The Palace Theatre youth program in Manchester, NH last year and is delighted to be returning to Boston to continue her work as a theatre educator/mentor. Her favorite thing about teaching theatre is discovering all the amazing, artistic things an ensemble can do when they work together.
Sean Lutz is a Boston based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Sean has recently earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from Lesley Art + Design. Through the ceramic vessel and installation, Sean explores the passage of time, the perception of performance, and the construction of desire through vernacular histories.
Rachel Maddox is a non-binary playwright, storyteller, teaching artist, and critical educator who has been based out of Providence, Rhode Island for almost four years. A New Jersey native, Rachel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater with a Playwriting concentration, and an Elementary Education Teaching Credential from Connecticut College in New London, CT. Rachel’s work has brought them across the country and back, and up the northeastern coast before landing in Providence to begin work with the Rhode Island Black Storytellers as Funda Festival Managing Director. Rachel currently works as a storyteller, teaching artist, and technology manager for RIBS in addition to other teaching work for various artistic and academic programs. They continue to develop new work and workshop their existing play, Destructive Behaviors.
Joe Madres has always been interested in experimenting and process. He earned a BA in Art and Art History from Colgate University with a minor in Biology during which he explored both of these areas. He continued studying the intersection of art with other areas as he worked toward an MFA at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He worked as a full-time art teacher for a K-12 independent school in Sarasota, Florida. After this, he began working for a nonprofit arts-based education organization in West Palm Beach as a Program Manager and later as the Director of Grants & Research. While in the Boston area, Joe is working toward a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College. He continues to explore process and experimentation in learning through the arts, particularly the impact of arts integration among at-risk student populations. Joe’s hope is to empower low-performing public schools to affordably reintegrate the arts into their curriculum and culture in an interdisciplinary approach. When he is not teaching or studying, Joe can often be found creating work in our own ceramics studio, singing in a cappella groups, cross fit training, swim coaching, and exploring new places, especially in nature.
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.
Eva Murray (she/her and they/them) is a theater artist, educator/director, choreographer, and performer dedicated to serving and supporting the magic of young people! Eva believes that we are all students of life and is honored to be able to share in collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and imagination with her students. Eva keeps their dedication to the growth, agency, and expression of young people as their driving force in their classes. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2017, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in both Theater (with a performance concentration) and Gender and Women's Studies - Now Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies). They also work as a teaching artist at CityStage Spotlit Program and Wheelock Family Theater, a part-time teacher at the preschool Lemberg Children’s Center, the Volunteer Coordinator for The Rhode Island Black Storytellers’ Funda Festival, and a Counselor at the Silver Lake Conference Center. Eva is extremely excited about the work and discovery that is championed at WCT!
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 - What draws me to ceramics is the endless versatility of clay as a medium. Ceramic sculpture is something that I found by accident during my time at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and it quickly became a daily obsession. I tend to get bored easily but find that ceramics is a never ending adventure. It is ancient and simultaneously new and ever evolving. Some days I make simple pots with a focus on durability, longevity and a penchant for craftsmanship. Other days I’m obsessed with sculptural experiments, an act of intuitive improv, trying to capture something fleeting. Although I never expected to be a full time teaching artist, my love for teaching ceramics has grown since leading my first class in 2016. I believe that mediums like clay are the answer to an overly technology focused world and I love seeing what ceramics can bring to an individual's life.
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
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.
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.
Dawn Scaltreto 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 years and is active in many local arts organizations.
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.
Jill Strait is an artist from Leominster, MA. Her work is inspired by her love of Bluegrass, Old Time and traditional country music. She paints and prints acoustic instruments with a variety of vintage fabric patterns from her collection of square dance dresses and western memorabilia. She plays banjo, guitar and mandolin. Jill has been teaching art to young people for over 20 years in various local museums and art centers. She instructs Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Birthday Parties and Girl Scout Workshops. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and Art History.
Kevin Williams is an educator and playmaker striving to develop and strengthen a community of critical thinkers and empathetic individuals through theatrical experiences. He is a licensed theater teacher in the state of Massachusetts and holds a master's degree in theatre education from Emerson College and bachelor's degrees in both musical theatre and psychology from North Central College. Previous collaborations include developing and facilitating curriculum in playmaking, playwriting, improv, and acting through organizations including Watertown Children's Theatre, Central Square Theater, Endicott College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Boch Center. In 2019 through the Mass Cultural Council, Kevin participated in the Creative Youth Development Teaching Artist Fellowship to further enhance the support system for teaching artists and students alike across the greater Boston community.
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.
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.