Chris will be returning for his 14th season with Weston Drama Workshop after serving as Executive Producer last season and 9 years serving as Producer. Chris is an active director, producer, and performer in the Boston area. He received his BA in Theatre Education/Acting from Emerson College. Previous President and Producing Director of RareWorks Theatre Co., a member of the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College, and Chair of the Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids Board. Selected previous directing credits include: Evita, The Wizard of Oz, Chicago, Blood Brothers, James and the Giant Peach, Les Miserables, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Children of Eden, Charlotte’s Web (Weston DramaWorkshop); Legally Blonde, Sideways Stories from Wayside School (State Champion), Pippin, Vieux Carre, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Diviners, Sweeney Todd, Dark of the Moon (Framingham High School Drama Company); Grease!, Rick Lomardo’s A Christmas Carol, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, West Side Story, James and the Giant Peach, The Chronicles of Jane: Book Seven (Belmont High School Performing Arts Company); Children of Eden – EMACT Nomination for Best Production (The Wellesley Players); Godspell (Emerson College). During the school year, Chris serves on the Fine and Performing Arts Faculty at Framingham High School as a full time theatre teacher and Producer of the Middle School Theatre programs. Chris also worked for three years as Theatre Director of Belmont High School. Chris serves as 2nd Vice President of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Executive Council. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Arts Administration at Boston University. Chris would like to thank Sue Ryan for the years of guidance, support, trust, and the fun! He looks forward to working with Aidan to continue the long-standing tradition of Weston Drama Workshop.
Aidan O’Hara (Producer and Director, School of Rock)
Aidan is thrilled to be returning for his eleventh summer on the staff. Previous directing credits at WDW include Bat Boy: The Musical, A Chorus Line, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Who’s Tommy, 42nd Street, Almost, Maine, the inaugural Staged Reading seriesFridays @ 3, Godspell, Urinetown, and last year’s Cinderella. Aidan has been a Drama Teacher/Director at Weston Middle School since 2002, where he had also spent the last seven years as the Grade 7 House Director. Just over a year ago, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Education award from the Goldin Foundation. In 2008, he received the Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award from Facing History and Ourselves. He currently sits on their Teacher Advisory Board. He has staged and directed over 40 plays and musicals, including Peter and the Starcatcher, All Shook Up, Disney’s Aladdin DLE (MET Award – Best Production/Stage Direction), Once On This Island, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Fiddler On The Roof, Fools, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Barnum, The Lottery, Wonderful Town, Epic Proportions, The Wiz, Emma!, and Beauty and the Beast. He currently resides in Framingham with his remarkably amazing wife, Beth, and their three children, Dermot, Róisín, and Maeve. A big thank you to Chris, Chris and Sue, for their friendship, camaraderie, vision, and support here at Weston Drama Workshop over the years.
Rebecca Bradshaw (Director, The Children’s Hour)
Rebecca excitedly returns to WDW for her third season! Previous WDW directing credits include: William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST and Mary Zimmerman’s THE SECRET IN THE WINGS. Rebecca is a full-time director and producer in Boston. This fall she has directed George Bernard Shaw’s MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (Emerson College) and Charles L. Mee’s BIG LOVE (Brandeis University). Other directing credits include:Rebecca Gilman’s LUNA GALE (Stoneham Theatre), Joshua Harmon’s BAD JEWS (SpeakEasy Stage), Stephen Karam’s SPEECH AND DEBATE (Bad Habit Productions), David Mamet’s OLEANNA and John Logan’s RED (The Umbrella), Obehi Janice’s FUFU & OREOS and MJ Halberstadt’s NOT JENNY (Bridge Rep), Timberlake Wertenbaker’s THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE (Hub Theatre of Boston), MJ Halberstadt’s THE DA VINCI COMMISSION (Can’t Wait Productions), Patrick Gabridge’s FIRE ON EARTH (Fresh Ink Theatre), and Mark Mazzenga’s A FEEBLE MIND (Brown Box Theatre Project). She has directed for other local institutions, including Huntington Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Boston University, New England Conservatory, and Harvard University. Rebecca holds a BA from Emerson College in Theatre Studies. rebeccalynnbradshaw.