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 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’sCinderella. 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.
Alexandra Lutkevich is excited to return to WDW for her fifth production this summer. Outside of WDW, Allie also works as a music director at Belmont High School and Triboro Youth Theater in Attleboro. Recent credits include “Chicago”, “Urinetown”, and “The Wizard of Oz”. An accomplished collaborative pianist and vocal coach who plays with both singers and instrumentalists, Allie is the choral accompanist at Framingham State University, and in recent years accompanied groups for Handel and Haydn’s Youth Chorus, Boston Children’s Chorus, The Walnut Hill School, and the Belmont Public Schools. She has taught piano lessons for the past five years at the Chestnut Hill School for Music, as well as maintaining a private studio. Allie is a graduate of New England Conservatory, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She lives in Franklin with her husband and two young sons.
Ari Welch (Stage Manager) Ari received a BFA from The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago and is excited to return to Weston Drama Workshop for her 5th season on Staff. At WDW, Ari has stage managed Evita, The Wizard of Oz, and Chicago. She is also former participant in the evening program. Ari is also a freelance Stage Manager in the Boston area. Her recent Boston stage management works include The Convert with Central Square Theatre. Dry Land, Shelter of Last Resort (Xxplaylab), and The Flick with Company One Theatre. A Palpable Hit with Cambridge Historical Tours, The Little Blue One with Juventas New Music Ensemble. Her Chicago credits include Cloud Nine, the Grapes of Wrath, and a Streetcar Named Desire. In a Garden with A Red Orchard Theater. Loom with NWaC and The Whole World is Watching with Dog and Pony Theater Co. Ari would like to thank her family and friends for their support and encouragement.
Callie Llewellyn is a sophomore at NYU studying Educational Theatre. She has been doing various things in the theatrical world since elementary school. She loves teaching theatre, but also has a love for acting, stage managing, costuming, and stage lighting. She recently assistant stage managed Cabaret (NYU), played Helen in The Miracle Worker (NYU), and stage managed Stop Kiss (NYU). She is very excited for her second summer with Weston Drama Workshop!
Chelsea Kerl is pleased to be back with Weston Drama Workshop, having designed The Tempest last year. Chelsea has been a freelance costume designer in the Boston area since receiving her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University in 2014; she previously attended the University of Maryland, where she received degrees in both Theatre and English. Select recent credits include Grand Concourse (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Wellesley Repertory Theatre), Intimate Exchanges (Nora Theatre Company), Warrior Class (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre), Big Love (Brandeis University), and Assassins (Ne
Chris Holownia is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., Philosophy) and Simmons College (M.A., Teaching). While at Yale, Chris conducted the Spizzwinks and the Whiffenpoofs, regaling audiences all over the world with humor and song and producing five albums. More recently, he established the Mandarin Chinese program in the Wellesley Public Schools, and he currently teaches foreign languages and serves as the 9th Grade Dean at the Rivers School in Weston. He also directs music at St. John Church in Wellesley and works throughout the area as a freelance music director, voice teacher, piano teacher, and accompanist. He has worked for Emerson College, the Reagle Players, the Woodland Theatre, the Wellesley Players, and the Weston Friendly Society, in addition to numerous local school systems. In addition to being an avid actor and vocalist himself, Chris has directed the music for over 50 musicals over the last 13 years. Music directing credits include Urinetown: The Musical, Chicago, Les Misérables, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, How to Succeed in Business…, Bat Boy, The Last Five Years, Hairspray, Honk!, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Godspell, Children of Eden, Guys and Dolls, Joseph…, Pippin, Shrek, Bye Bye Birdie, Once On This Island, Seussical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hello, Dolly!, Songs for a New World, Pirates of Penzance, A Little Night Music, Street Scene, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Merrily We Roll Along, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Oliver, and Annie. He has been proudly involved with WDW since 1997 in various capacities, both on and off the stage, as a member of the Board of Directors, and as a director himself. He credits this organization with his success in the worlds of music, theatre, and education, and he is proud to carry forth Sue Ryan’s torch with Aidan and Chris.
Elias is beyond thrilled to be back at WDW for a second summer on staff after last year’s Pippin. During the school year, Elias has the distinct honor of being a high school music teacher at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Lynn, MA. This past academic year, Elias worked on In The Heights with his students at KIPP acting as a co-musical director with Javier Marquez, and The Producers with The Concord Players. A graduate of Boston University (College of Communications, 2016), Elias was very heavily involved in student-run theater groups such as On Broadway, Stage Troupe, and Wandering Minds. During his time at BU, he got his start with musical direction and proceeded to MD five shows (Songs for A New World, Follies in Concert, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Miscast: A Benefit Showcase). Elias has to thank all of his friends and family for their undying love and support, and in particular his family at WDW who turned him on to theater at the tender age of 4
Emily Craver hails from Framingham, Massachusetts and graduated with honors from Skidmore College. Emily is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer and can be found dancing for Shawnbibledanceco, Trainor Dance, Designated Movement & Company, and St. Fortune. She also dances with Chicago-based CabinFever and for her own performance group, The Little Streams. Her work has been shown at Chen Dance Center’s newsteps, Westfest’s All Over Westbeth, Built on Stilts, The Comedy in Dance Festival and was presented for the last two years at Triskelion Arts. She has performed at Joe’s Pub, Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Riverside Church and The Pit Underground. Emily teaches at Peridance and Cora Dance and has taught as a guest artist at Skidmore College, Manhattanville College, and Barnard College. She delights in choreographing for WDW and choreographed for 42nd Street, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Who’s Tommy, and Stoneham Theater’s Zanna Don’t.
Emily is thrilled to be back for her fourth season at Weston Drama Workshop. Previous stage managing/assistant directing credits at WDW include Godspell, Urinetown, and last year’s Cinderella. She also appeared as a participant in WDW 2014’s production of Chicago where she played Roxie Hart. After spending this academic year as the Lead K-2 AfterSchool Enrichment Teacher at the Arthur D. Healey School, Somerville, Emily is currently pursuing a dual masters degree in elementary education and mild special education at Simmons College. In addition, Emily is on staff of the Boch Performing Arts Center, serving as a Visiting Teaching Artist in the Boston Public Schools. She is also a choreographer and stage manager for the Showstoppers Youth Theatre Program at the JCC, Newton. Emily currently resides in Somerville but was born in raised in Newton. Endless thanks to Chris and Aidan for bringing her into this incredible WDW family and taking a chance on this young educator! Love to MDK&K.
Gabriella (Gabby) is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire studying Theater Design Technology with a focus in stage management and Psychology. She has been doing theater both on and off stage since middle school. She took her passion of theater into college and is now the Business Manager for the student run theater organization Mask and Dagger and a Technical Assistant for the Department of Theater and Dance at UNH. She has recently stage managed Assassins (Mask and Dagger UNH), the yearly Dance Concert (UNH), and the studio musical First Date (UNH). She has worked on productions including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (UNH), A Man’s World (UNH), and Oedipus at Colonus one of the three traveling Greek trilogies (USNH) in various elements including properties, sound design, and carpentry. Gabby is very excited for her second summer with Weston Drama Workshop!
This is Grace’s third year working with Weston Drama Workshop and she couldn’t be more thrilled to return! Last year she served as Hair/Makeup designer for WDW’s productions of Evita, The Tempest, Cinderella and Pippin. In the fall, Grace will be going into her sophomore year at Salem State University with a major in the Theater Performance BFA program. She has found her home at Salem State her freshman year and is thrilled to return in the fall. She is a proud alumna of the Framingham High School Drama Company and previous theatrical make-up credits include The Seagull (Salem State Theatre), The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown, Secret in the Wings, Into the Woods (Weston Drama Workshop), Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Pippin, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Framingham High School). Grace is also a recipient of the 2016 METG Hair and Makeup Design award for her work on Macbeth. She would like to thank all of the wonderful people at Weston Drama Workshop for giving her this amazing opportunity to do what she loves!
Grace is a rising senior at Framingham High School, and is so excited to be returning to WDW for her second season! Recent stage managing credits involve Urinetown, Evita, and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Other acting credits involve Legally Blonde (Delta Nu), Pippin (Ensemble), A Midsummer’s Nights Dream (Hermia), and Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula). She was also involved with makeup design for Legally Blonde, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, and Vieux Carre. She cannot wait to work alongside everyone, and can’t thank Chris and Ari enough!
Isabelle Goodman is thrilled to be back at Weston Drama for her third season. Isabelle is a recent graduate of Wayland High School where she participated in the theatre program for many years, and is excited to continue her theatre education next year at Boston University. Isabelle obviously loves painting, but she also does many other visual art forms and plays both violin and board games.
A native of Panama City, Florida, soprano Jan Zimmerman received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut. Some of Ms. Zimmerman favorite opera roles include the Grand Duchess in The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. An avid supporter of new music, Ms. Zimmerman originated the role of Various in the world premiere of Nicholas Vine’s Loose, Wet, Perforated with the Boston-based modern opera company Guerilla Opera and rejoined them to perform the role of the Housekeeper in Rudolf Rohan’s Heart of a Dog at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY. Ms. Zimmerman has premiered numerous works of contemporary composers, most recently Jonathan Blumhofer’s To Anacreon in Heaven and Italian Folksongs which were composed specifically for her. While Ms. Zimmerman performs opera, her first love was musical theater. She has been the music director for a number of musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, and Cinderella. In addition to her performance engagements, Ms. Zimmerman maintains a large vocal studio in Connecticut and Boston. Her students have gone on to attend schools such as The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emerson University, and Salem State University.
Jana returns to WDW after design costumes for last summer’s Evita. She has been designing costumes for award-winning shows, including drama dance and opera, since the late 1980’s. She has had the pleasure of working on costumes for performers as varied as Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil, Tim McGraw, and Mark Morris. Now in semi-retirement from the theatre business, she is pleased to be working again with Weston Drama Workshop for the fifteenth year and is proud to have been a part of the Moss Hart Award-winning production of Ragtime.
Jonathan is a rising Senior at Newton North High School, and he is proud to say that he is returning for his sixth consecutive season at WDW. After having an incredibly meaningful experience working last summer as a directing intern for WDW’s afternoon intensive program, Jonathan is thrilled to be assisting in the direction of this summer’s morning show, School of Rock. Jonathan has always wanted to be involved in performing, favorite credits include Macbeth (Macbeth), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Jack) and Assassins (John Wilkes Booth) at Newton North High School, and Evita (Juan Peron) and Godspell (Judas) at Weston Drama Workshop. He would like to thank Skylar for being an inspiring mentor, Chris & Aidan for giving him such amazing opportunities, and his family for their unending support.
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 has taught Dance & Drama at Imagination Stage, Watertown Children’s Theatre, Stoneham Theatre’s Young Company, and more. She is currently the Theatre Teacher & Director at Canton High School. Past directing and choreography credits include Hairspray, Epic Proportions, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, Legally Blonde, The Jungle Book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, andDog Sees God. She is so excited to be here at WDW and would like to thank Chris for the opportunity!
This season marks Kyle Stamm’s second year on staff at WDW as the Lighting and Sound Assistant. Kyle is excited to return for his fifth year at WDW after appearing in Shrek (Papa Ogre/Papa Bear – 2013), James and the Giant Peach (Father/Captain – 2013), Godspell (Dance Ensemble – 2014), Stuart Little (Ensemble – 2014), Into the Woods (Steward – 2015) and Pippin (ensemble – 2016). In addition, he has worked in the tech program (2014), was the production Intern for Pinocchio (2015) and the Lighting and Sound Assistant last year. This fall Kyle will be a Senior at Framingham High School where he has performed in numerous productions. Kyle also has worked behind the scenes on the technical crew for Sideways Stories From Wayside School (Assistant Stage Manager – 2016), electra (Sound Technician – 2017) and The Little Prince (Sound Designer – 2017). Kyle can often be found helping with all forms of tech at the Framingham Middle Schools including METG Middle School Festival Host Site (Student Technical Director – 2017), Little Shop of Horrors (Sound and Lighting Assistant – 2016), Hello Dolly (Lighting Assistant and Cuer – 2016), and Hairspray Jr. (Student Technical Director – 2017). Kyle has also contributed on the technical side for many theaters in the Metrowest area including Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lighting Designer – Metrowest Family Theater – 2017), Shrek Jr. (Sound Designer – The Performing Arts Connection – 2017), Schoolhouse Rock Jr. (Sound Designer – Blanchard Memorial School – 2017), Oliver (Lighting Designer – Metrowest Family Theater – 2016), and Peter Pan (Sound Designer – Open Door Theatre – 2016). Kyle thanks his Mom, Sister, and Nana for all of their support and is so excited to be part of the WDW team.
This is Liz’s 7th summer at WDW (Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Almost, MAINE, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Urinetown) Liz has spent almost a decade touring the US and internationally as the wardrobe supervisor for the Reduced Shakespeare Company. She has supervised wardrobe at Boston Ballet, and created some props that made it off-Broadway in the play Almost, MAINE in 2006. Liz’s costume design work has been seen at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, Opera Theatre of Weston (Vermont), Boston Celebrity Series, New York Stage and Film, Walnut Hill School, Newton Summer Stage, as well as on tour with the RSC. She has also designed more than 60 productions for Beaver Country Day School.
Nick is happy to return for another summer with WDW, having previously appeared on stage in several shows as a participant, including West Side Story and the title role in Bat Boy: the musical, as well as having served as director of summer 51’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona: the musical. He has scenic designed several past summer seasons (favorite credits include: Chicago, Les Miserables, TOMMY, and Blood Brothers). Primarily, Nick works as an actor with Boston-area credits that include: Sunday In the Park with George and A Little Night Music with the Huntington Theatre Company; New Repertory Theatre; Stoneham Theatre; the Boston cast of Shear Madness; The Nora Theatre Co.; Wheelock Family Theatre; and a second turn as the title role in Bat Boy: the musical, for which he earned an IRNE nomination for Best Actor. As a theatre instructor and director, Nick has worked primarily with Stoneham Theatre’s young company, where his directing credits include: Titanic; Zanna, Don’t!; Jane Eyre: the musical; and an original adaptation of Brothers Grimm fairytale, The Handless Maiden. He made his professional directing debut at Stoneham Theatre with their production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Nick is also part of the team at locally-based company, My College Audition, as their Acting for the Song coach. MCA specializes in private coaching for students from across the country (and the world!) applying to audition-based college theatre programs (mycollegeaudition.com). He is a graduate of Framingham High School and a former member of their award-winning Drama Company. He holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College, where he received the Performing Arts Departmental award for Excellence.
Skylar is honored to be returning for his sixth season with Weston Drama Workshop. Currently, Skylar is the theater teacher and director at Tygnsborough Middle School. Skylar’s most recent projects are the direction and choreography of Godspell (TMS), The Little Mermaid Jr. (TMS), and Lockdown (METG) Other directing and choreography credits include Chicago (THS), Guys and Dolls (TMS), Into the Woods Jr. (TMS), The Lottery (METG) Oliver!(TMS) Th
Stephanie is thrilled to be joining the Weston Drama Workshop this season. Stephanie is an educator and director on the North Shore. Previous directing credits include: Guards at the Taj, Annie, Eurydice (METG State Winner), Steel Magnolias, The Long Christmas Ride Home (METG State Winner), How I Learned to Drive, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s Blues (METG State Winner), and Gone (Manhattanville College). Stephanie currently teaches middle school history at Saint John the Baptist School in Peabody, MA, and has served as a guest director and designer for Stage One: The Drama Club of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School for the last seven years. She earned her B.A. in Theater Education from Manhattanville College, and her M.Ed. in Community Arts and Theater from Lesley University. Special thanks to my guys, Matt and Richard, for their unwavering guidance, love, and support.
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