Faculty & Staff


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Jennifer Agbay

Jennifer Agbay (she/her/hers) is the director of dance for The Hanover Theatre Conservatory and celebrated founder of Ballet Arts Worcester, whose production of The Nutcracker graces the stage at The Hanover Theatre each November. She received a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Dance Education from New York University. While in New York City, Jennifer worked with several professional companies including The Washington Square Repertory Dance Company and the New York City based “Ballet for Young Audiences.” Agbay was the director of dance at the Performing Arts School of Worcester and directed/choreographed the Worcester Youth Ballet Company. While at PASOW, Agbay founded and directed Company X, created for professional dancers. The company made its debut in 2005 at the PASOW theatre. She was selected by Pulse Magazine as one of Worcester’s 25 to watch in 2005. In addition, Jennifer won both the 2016 and 2017 TAMY Award for “Best Choreographer” for her work with Shrewsbury High School.

Naomi Bailis, conservatory faculty

Naomi Bailis

Naomi Bailis (she/her/hers) is an award winning theater teacher, director and actor. She offers the wealth of over 30 years of experience at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. Committed to helping her students continue their acting training, Naomi’s students and coaching clients have been accepted to the top conservatories in the US and overseas, including, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, USC, NYU, Elon, Penn State, Syracuse, Ithaca, Point Park, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, RADA and others. 

Jake Berger, conservatory faculty

Jake Berger 

Jake Berger (he/him/his) is an artist with over thirty years of experience acting, directing and teaching theatre.  He received his B.S. in Theatre from Emerson College and his M.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also trained with Shakespeare & Company, The Barrow Group, The Sandra-Feinstein Gamm Theatre, Dody DiSanto and Patsy Rodenburg. Jake has acted with Advice to the Players, Saco River Theatre, New Century Theatre, The Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare & Company, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Zeitgeist Stage and Fort Point Theatre Channel. On screen, he has been seen in web series, independent films, commercials, and industrials throughout New England. He has directed for the education programs of The Maryland Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Shakespeare & Company. As an educator, he has taught on the faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and The Webster Conservatory in Saint Louis. Jake is currently in training to be certified as a PRA, an Associate in the voice/speech/presence methodology of master voice teacher Patsy Rodenburg. Jake is also a monologue/audition coach and an ESL teacher. He currently resides in Pawtucket, RI. 

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Kalee Burrows

Kalee Burrows (she/her/hers) is a theatre artist, writer, and educator residing in Boston, MA. She teaches and works with young people, adults, and older generations in schools, community centers, and theatre spaces across the globe. These participating organizations and artists include Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Boston Lyric Opera, Shakespeare & Company’s Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, Arlekin Players Theatre, Ko Festival, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community School, Voices Boston, We are London at Ovalhouse, Shanti Bhavan’s Children’s Project, Kingswood Children’s Summer Theatre, and Stonehill College. Kalee is a skilled practitioner in devised theatre, youth arts, creative writing, directing, production coordination, and arts administration. She holds a MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts from Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from Stonehill College. Kalee continues to collaborate with artists, drink copious amounts of coffee, and create meaningful work through interdisciplinary arts and performance. www.kaleeburrows.com

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Sarah Callinan

Sarah Callinan (she/her/hers) is an accomplished performer of opera, oratorio, musical theater, big band, and traditional jazz throughout the US and abroad. Some favorite performance highlights include: Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Carolina, Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Arizona Opera, Carmen with Michigan Opera Theater, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera (tour), Blondie in the “Star Trek” production of The Abduction from the Seraglio with Salt Marsh Opera, the Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca, The New Moon and Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York, and a recital tour of Sweden as the winner of the Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos. In addition to her extensive performance career, Sarah is a gifted teacher whose students have been accepted to collegiate music and theater programs, young artist programs, community theater productions, and district/all-state festivals. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Sarah was the Choral Director and Theatre Arts teacher at Holy Name High School from 2015-2020. Her teaching philosophy is: It’s not my students’ job to understand everything I say, it’s my job to figure out how to say things in a way my students understand.

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Issa Coulibaly

A master djembe drummer, originally from Mali, West Africa, Issa began studying the djembe and djun djun when he was 11 years old. Issa earned a reputation as a vocalist and mesmerizing performer while touring Africa and Europe before coming to the United States. He continues to travel from Maine to Puerto Rico facilitating retreats and performing as the lead drummer and musical director for a variety of African dance troupes, including Crocodile River Music’s troupe, Didakan. Issa’s performances, workshops, residencies, and drum circles are educational and fun for musicians of any age and range of experience.

Saharra Dixon, conservatory faculty

Saharra Dixon

Saharra Dixon, M.A., C.H.E.S. (she/her/hers) is an applied/community-engaged theatre artist, certified health education specialist, arts-based researcher and a Dean’s Ph.D. Fellow in the Department of Health Promotion & Policy at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally from southern New Jersey, Dixon began her artistic training at New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia, PA, one of the oldest standing Black/African American theaters on the East coast. There she studied Black acting methods, African dance and tap dance. She has performed in numerous productions across Philadelphia and New York City. Dixon received her M.A. in Educational Theatre – Applied Theatre at New York University (NYU) where she assisted in the Theatre and Health Lab, completed a study abroad in Dublin, Ireland focused on building meaning and community through drama, and directed several plays with young people. She has partnered with multiple organizations and institutions in applied theatre for health programming including Spellbound Theatre Company in Brooklyn, NY and Camba, Inc. She received her B.S. in Health Behavior Science from the University of Delaware. She’s developed her own artist-researcher-activist praxis incorporating health and wellness into her artistry. She loves working with youth to help them develop as artists and creatives through a community-based approach rooted in what Bell Hooks calls a “love ethic.”

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David DuBois

David DuBois (he/him/his) began his formal dance training in high school at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) in St. Petersburg, Florida. During that time David competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in Boca Raton, Florida and was awarded 1st place in modern dance. Upon graduation, David attended the Boston Conservatory where he studied with Luis Fuentes, Laszlo Berdo, Sean Curran and Daniel Pelzig. David began his professional career in 2003 with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There he had the opportunity to dance many roles including Cavalier in Mr. Mateo’s “Nutcracker” and many principal roles in Mr. Mateo’s original works. David joined the Island Moving Company in Newport, Rhode Island in the Spring of 2007, where he had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Colin Conner, Scott Putman, Colleen Cavanaugh, Kelly Ann Sloan and Monica Bill Barnes. He originated the title role in Miki Ohlsen’s critically- acclaimed “Dracula,” David has worked as a principal guest artist at Providence Ballet Theatre, Connecticut Concert Ballet, Spindle City Ballet and the Patrick Notaro Dance Project. He also participated in the 2010 and 2011 Sibiu International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition as a non-competing partner with his wife Kristy Anne DuBois. David joined American Repertory Ballet for its 2011-2012 season. While with American Repertory Ballet, David most notably danced the title role of “Romeo” in Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s realization of the ballet “Romeo & Juliet.” David re-joined Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre in the Fall of 2012, where he enjoyed dancing many principle roles along side his wife. David has been dancing in Rhode Island with Festival Ballet Providence since 2015 and has danced in a vast range of classical and contemporary works including Von Rothbart in Mihailo Djuric’s “Swan Lake” and Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante.” He has been teaching both ballet and modern for as long as he has been dancing professionally and finds great fulfillment in passing along his joy and knowledge of dancing to his students.

Robb Gibbs, conservatory faculty

Robb Gibbs

Robb Gibbs (he/him/his) is one of Worcester’s newest residents having lived in NYC for almost fifteen years.  Robb has been teaching around the country for over nineteen years for studios, schools, companies, conventions, and master classes.  He began his training in Arkansas with classical piano, private voice, and dance.  Robb is now a proud alumni of AMDA NY as well as a member of AEA and Impact Dance Adjudicators.  He has been seen Off-Broadway, around the country, and Canada in an extensive array of shows.  His favorites include A Chorus Line and 42nd Street, both directed by members of the original Broadway casts.  Robb is thrilled to be joining with The Hanover Theatre Conservatory to spread his love of the performing arts.  

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Mark A. Harootian

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Harootian received his early dance training at the Performing Arts School of Worcester and the Burncoat Senior High Dance Department. His main line of training was in classical ballet, but also had extensive training in Modern and Jazz dance as well as Musical Theater. He attended the University of Utah where he became a member of Utah Ballet and received his B.F.A. in ballet in 2004. From 2004-2012, Mr. Harootian performed a variety of works with Festival Ballet Providence as a company dancer as well as choreographed many premiered works there and at several other regional dance companies and universities. Mr. Harootian was also a guest artist for Hong Kong’s Academy for The Performing Arts, Orange County School of the Arts as well as an adjunct professor at Chapman University and taught at California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena Dance Theater. Mr. Harootian obtained his M.F.A. in dance from Montclair State University in 2020 and is currently an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University and Dean College.

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Sharon Hart

Sharon Hart(she/her/hers) has been involved in Theatre for most of her life. She is an actor, playwright, educator, and director. She has trained and performed in Los Angeles, Seattle, Northampton and Boston. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Art in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has taught at Wheelock Family Theatre, Brookline Adult & Community education as well as with various companies on the West and East Coast. She is very interested in using Theatre to promote social justice and to empower kids to be their unique selves.

Jilanne Hobson, conservatory faculty

Jilanne Hobson

Jilanne Hobson (she/her/hers) is a highly trained dance instructor in tap, jazz, musical theater, and ballet with over 25 years of experience teaching all levels of dancers. She received her Bachelor of Performing Arts at Oklahoma City University under the direction of Jo Rowan. Jilanne then went on to work professionally in various settings, including the Costa Classica cruise line, at Opryland USA in Nashville, and as a featured performer at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City for Anita Mann Productions. She trained at The Edge Dance Studio in Los Angeles and also assisted Tony Capolla on the Joe Tremaine Convention circuit. Besides being a dance instructor, Jilanne is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, who treats patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric in gross motor activity, balance, coordination, and strength training. Jilanne is also a Les Mills Certified fitness instructor, teaching classes in Body Combat and Body Flow.

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Jamie Irwin-Brown

Jamie received her training at the Allegheny Ballet Academy and Boston Ballet with several summers spent studying at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She was selected to perform corps de ballet roles in Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake and was invited to tour in BBII’s production of Snow White. She went on to dance with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and the Boston Dance Company where notable roles included the title role in Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Minkus pas de Trois. Over the past several years, Ms. Brown has enjoyed sharing her passion as a teacher, choreographer and rehearsal coach for studios throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Her students have established themselves with professional ballet companies, in television and on Broadway, as well as continuing on to major in dance at prestigious universities.

Caroline Jewell, conservatory faculty

Caroline Jewell

Caroline Jewell (she/her/hers) is a performing artist with a passion for dance education and community development. Jewell recently obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. While at the conservatory she explored dance training, performance, research and teaching alike. Specifically, her interests lie within contemporary and ballet performance, dance research regarding childhood development, and dance instruction for all ages and levels.  

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Nick Joyce

Nick’s over four decade long career in audio spans the globe as a touring house mixer/monitor engineer/production manager for such artists as Miles Davis, Doctor John, Joe Satriani, Donna Summer and John Scofield. In addition to his touring repertoire, add such special events as the 1990 Earth Day in Central Park (to an estimated audience over 750,000), the rededication of The Statue of Liberty (with the Boston Pops, July 4, 1986 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey), numerous studio recordings, sporting events and 5 seasons at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music as audio designer and mixer for their musical theatre program. He brings his in depth knowledge and expertise of all aspects of audio to The Hanover Theatre Conservatory while starting his 13th year with The Hanover Theatre as the Head of Audio. He is the audio designer and mixer annually for A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker, as well as the Youth Summer Programs.

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Sarah-Katarina (SKooJ Core-O)

SKooJ brings her knowledge and talents to the performing arts with experience in performance, choreography, instruction and adjudication. She created the Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a professional collective expressing their passion of storytelling through contemporary and fusion movements. BCDP’s work can be seen at NYC Dance Week, NYC Carnival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and their annual August show. SKooJ is the former Artistic Director of the Boston-based Static Noyze Dance Company (World Of Dance: NYC/NJ Champions and 5x Best Theme Winner), a theatrical hip hop company that has performed for Governor Devaul Patrick, Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition and colleges throughout the country. Her choreography and direction have been featured on HGTV, NESN, The Dr. Oz Show, WayFair.com commercials and MTV. She has collaborated with TedEX Boston/Philadelphia, New Balance, Broadway in Boston, LA’s own Club Jete, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Anniversary Show and Salty Bovine Films. In addition, SKooJ travels the country adjudicating for a variety of elite dance competitions. Most recently, SKooJ joined the faculty of Artistic Dance Exchange and assists Brian Friedman at his RADIX Dance Convention classes. SKooJ has choreographed for music videos and concert tours with such artists as Tamara Rodriguez, Erene, Lucia Marie, Makio, Bad Rabbits, Ari B and more! She recently showcased her acting talent in movies “Basic Math” starring Cameron Diaz, “TED2” with Mark Wahlberg and “Patriots Day.” SKooJ has inspired thousands of movers around the world, and she will continue to mentor the next generation.

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Erin Kearney

Erin Kearney (she/her/hers) is the education administrative assistant at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Erin is also a proud stage manager, working with THTC’s Youth Summer Program the last three summers. As a freelance stage manager and theatre artist for the last six years, she has worked at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston Theater Company, The Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at The American Repertory Theater, Playhouse on Park, Hartford Stage and The Ogunquit Playhouse. Favorite past productions include Cabaret (directed by Otis Sallid), Metamorphoses, And Speak I Will (directed by Tina Packer), first regional productions of both Billy Elliot and Million Dollar Quartet (Ogunquit Playhouse) and The Pirate Princess (American Repertory Theater). Erin holds a BA in both Mediated Communications and Spanish from Stonehill College.

Michelle Leibowitz, conservatory faculty

Michelle Leibowitz

Michelle Leibowitz (she/her/hers) is a theater artist, director, choreographer and teacher with over 30 years of experience.  Michelle attended the Long Island High School of the Performing Arts as a Dance Major and Musical Theater minor. She then attended Binghamton University where she received her BA in Theater. After moving to Massachusetts, Michelle had the opportunity to teach Drama at Wellesley Middle School, Holliston High School and Hopkinton Middle School. Michelle has Directed and Choreographed many productions at local schools as well as community theaters throughout MA. She has also had the opportunity to perform in community as well as regional theaters throughout MA. Recently, Michelle has begun working in film and television. She has done background work with major studios in MA and NYC. She has also had principal and featured roles in several independent films and TV series.

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Linnea Lyerly

Linnea holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance/Arts Administration from University of Maryland, College Park. Since moving to New England in 1998, Lyerly has worked in the Shrewsbury Public Schools as an Extended School Care teacher and Classroom Aide. She has been a Music Together parent at Pakachoag since 2004 and was so excited about the program and its benefits, that in 2005 she completed the Music Together teacher training. As the younger of her two children reached elementary school age, Lyerly was happy to be able to continue her involvement with Music Together by joining Pakachoag’s roster of Music Together teachers starting in the Fall of 2010.

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Charlotte McNutt

Charlotte began her studies of classical ballet in northern Virginia where she had the opportunity to study with many wonderful teachers including Thomas Russell, Edward Caton, Leon Folkine, and Oleg Tupine. She then went on to study and perform with the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., under Frederick Franklin and Ben Stevenson. In 1972, she moved to Annapolis, Maryland and became a founding member and dancer with the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, now Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Maryland’s only professional ballet company. While performing with BTM, she danced many roles including the DewDrop Fairy, Grandmother, Arabian, Snow, Flowers, and Mother Gigone in the Nutcracker, and created such roles as the lead Temptress in Artistic Director Edward Stewart’s 11th Commandment and the mother in Three Faces of Eve. Other roles include the Queen in Sleeping Beauty and the nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Charlotte served as School Administrator for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland School and taught there until 2006. She also worked as Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Assistant for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of the founding Artistic Director, Edward Stewart. In 2012, she moved to Massachusetts and was excited to be able to share her love for teaching with Ballet Arts Worcester, and now The Hanover Theatre Conservatory.

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Meghan Montaner

Meghan Montaner (she/her/hers) is the president of The Hanover Theatre’s Conservatory & Education Division. In addition to her role in helping to open The Hanover Theatre in 2008 and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory in 2017, Montaner is a trained dancer, singer and actress. For 13 years, she was the artistic director, producer and choreographer for the Grafton High School Theatre Department, where she made significant strides in production quality, student involvement and audience participation. She was the program director and intensives program coach for the Westborough Players Club Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop from 2003 to 2009 and previously taught classes for the Foothills Theatre Children’s Program. Her work with the Worcester Public Schools garnered a Community Partner Award in 2012 and the Goddard Scholars Community Partner Appreciation Award in 2014. Montaner’s ground-breaking Adopt-A-School Program, started in 2013, gained national attention for its achievements in incorporating arts into the core curriculum. In 2014, she was asked to present the program at the Broadway League’s Education and Engagement Forum in NYC. Montaner holds a master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College, where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship Award. She is also a 2017 Worcester Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award recipient.

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Mark Mummert

Mark Mummert (he/him/his) is cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester and assistant director / accompanist for the Worcester Chorus. As a professional singer, Mark has performed with the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, The Worcester Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Bach Choir Houston, Houston Chamber Choir, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and St. John’s Schola Cantorum. Mark has also appeared on stage in “Pirates of Penzance” (Frederick), “Oklahoma” (Will Parker), “Applause” (Dwayne), “Carousel” (Enoch Snow) and “Anything Goes” (Billy). As collaborative pianist, Mark has appeared in concerts with Arlene Auger, Pamela Cooper-White, Deborah Ford, and the vocal studios of Joan Patenaude Yarnell, Robert Grooters, and Jane Shivick. Mark studies voice with Jane Shivick. Artistic management for Mark is provided by Seven Eight Artists.

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Kim Pheymannicie

Kim Pheymannicie (she/her/hers) is a trained theatre technician and stage manager from the Boston theatre scene. She has worked on numerous productions and concerts with Stoneham Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Reagle Theatre as a stage manager and lighting technician. She has worked with theatre educational programs at Stoneham Theatre and Groton School as a production manager, stage management mentor, and has taught workshops in lighting, makeup, and design. Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Theatre from Fitchburg State University, and a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She was a two-time semi-finalist in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for stage management. She currently works at North High School in Worcester teaching mathematics.

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Olivia D’Ambrosio Scanlon

Olivia D’Ambrosio Scanlon (she/her/hers) or Livy Scanlon, is a Worcester-based playmaker: a versatile theatre professional working as a producer, director, actor, and teaching artist. She has served in these capacities with organizations including The Nora@CentralSquareTheatre, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Trinity Rep, Asolo Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, and Bridge Rep, which she founded and helmed for five years, and where she received a 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director and a 2018 IRNE Award for Best Actress. During her tenure at Bridge Rep, Olivia was featured in the Boston Globe and on WGBH, among other news outlets, and had a short essay published on the HowlRound Theatre Commons. Olivia teaches acting in the Department of Humanities + Arts at WPI, and the Department of Theater Arts at MIT, where students and faculty selected her for a 2018 Levitan Teaching Award. A transplant from Cambridge, Livy was appointed to that city’s Mayor’s Arts Task Force, and is a proud Board member emeritus of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. A current member of the board of StageSource, and a card-carrying member of Actors’ Equity, Livy earned her MFA from Brown University / Trinity Rep, and her BA from Amherst College (summa cum laude). She now lives in Worcester’s canal district with her wife, Rachel, and their rescue pup, Rusty, and serves as both Artistic Director of The Hanover Theatre Repertory and Managing Director of the Worcester BrickBox Theater in the Jean McDonough Arts Center.

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Brenda Shepard

Brenda has been the House Lighting Designer and Head Electrician at The Hanover Theatre since 2008. Having been bit by the lighting bug in college, Brenda earned her BA from UMass Amherst in Communications with a minor in English as well as an unofficial minor in Theatre. She obtained her masters in Broadcast Production at Boston University. Over the years, she’s created designs for corporate events in arenas and theatres across the region, designed for numerous dance concerts, busked more music shows than she can count and even did a play in a crazy barn with barely enough power to turn on 6 lights at any given time. Brenda has also taught for the Smith College Theatre Department as the Lighting Supervisor. After graduate school, still hooked on lights, she became a Systems Integrator for Barbizon. She designed the lighting and rigging systems for the new Boston Catholic Television studios, designed and installed an energy retrofit project for the Boston Opera House and created the lighting systems packages for MASS MOCA out in North Adams. After many years with Barbizon, the stage beckoned her back and she found her new home at Hanover Theatre. She looks forward to acting as a mentor to new students and helping them to develop their eye in the art of lighting.

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Meredith Stypinski

Meredith Stypinski (she/her/hers) is a Boston-area Equity actor known for her chameleon-like qualities, playing everything from power lesbians to shy bookworms! Meredith’s approach to teaching and coaching draws upon a combination of techniques she acquired while studying at the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, as well as those she picked up through years of performing. She works with her students to build a strong technical foundation with a wide variety of tools that actors can draw upon for inspiration and guidance. Meredith focuses on connecting the interstitial moments found in each piece to create specific, fully-realized, and truthful characters.

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Nicole Tetreault

Nicole Tetreault (she/her/hers) is a comedian, writer, and artist from Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comedy Arts and Theatre from Muhlenberg College, studied physical theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte, and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and Music Program, ImprovBoston, and The Annoyance Theatre. She has performed improv, stand-up, sketch, clown, and musical comedy around the northeast, Chicago of the midwest, and one town in Italy. Before the world shut down in 2020 her second one-woman show, Please Attend, was performed at The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. She is currently a performer on ComedySportz Chicago’s Virtual Rec League’s team, Unreal, and creates digital sketches that you can find on Cambridge Community Television. Nicole is the founder of the young adult summer theatre, On the Fence Players, where she served as the producer of five productions and has been working with children and young adults for the past twelve years as a teacher, director, camp counselor, tutor, and childcare provider.

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Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana Luisa graduated from the Maria Olenewa State School of Dance, the official School of the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. The Olenewa School is internationally recognized, with graduates performing in major Ballet Companies throughout the world. While a student there, Ms. Thompson-Konopka was chosen to perform in Coppelia and La Sylphide with the Company of Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. She also danced professionally with the Brazilian Modern Dance Company, Companhia de Danca Rio. Thompson-Konopka served on the faculty at the Performing Arts School of Worcester from 1998 until 2004 where she was a former Ballet Mistress, Assistant Director and Director of Curriculum working under the direction of several known names as Dierdre Miles-Burger and Richard Rein. She choreographed ballet, modern and contemporary pieces for the Worcester Youth Ballet Company and PASOW’s The Nutcracker. Thompson-Konopka has performed in numerous productions of The Nutcracker; she was guest artist with the Melrose Youth Ballet, Dance It Up and PASOW’s since 1997 dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Arabian Princess and Spanish Soloist. Thompson-Konopka has completed the DAVID HOWARD Intensive Dance Seminar for Teachers in 2000 and participated in Boston Ballet’s Adult Summer Camp. She has been the Ballet Mistress at Ballet Arts Worcester for many years.

Cameron Patrick Ward, conservatory faculty

Cameron Patrick Ward

Cameron Patrick Ward is an actor, director and teacher who couldn’t be more excited to rejoin The Hanover Theatre team after a brief hiatus. He has performed at a handful of venues including Universal Studios, Tropicana Field, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, the Jean McDonough Arts Center (for THT Rep’s 2022 production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth) and, of course, The Hanover Theatre itself where he portrayed Gaston in The Hanover Theatre Youth Summer Program’s 2018 production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. He has also helped direct several youth theatre productions at The Hanover Theatre (The Music Man and The Music Man Jr. in 2019) and the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire. Cameron is a recent graduate of Dean College, having earned a BA in Theatre with a concentration in Acting as well as a minor in History.

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