2017-18 Teaching Artists

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Hattie Claire Andres is an SCT Drama School alumna and Seattle-based director, choreographer, actor, producer, and educator. Locally, she has worked extensively with Seattle Repertory Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Seattle Theatre Group/Disney Musicals in Schools, One Coast Collaboration, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Project, ArtsWest Playhouse, and Playing in Progress. Hattie holds a B.A. in Theatre and Management Studies from St. Olaf College and is a proud co-founder of Seattle's Young Americans' Theatre Company, now in its 10th season.

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Meredith Berlin, lead teacher of the CAST program,  has enjoyed teaching SCT drama school students of every age and level for over twenty years.  She has performed as an actor and dancer on stages in Seattle and Washington DC.  She is also a director, choreographer, and is the author of The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked, an adventure inspired by her experiences behind the scenes at SCT and other theaters.  Meredith has received grants from both the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions.  She has two children, ages 18 and 21.

 Britt  Boyd

Britt Boyd grew up in the audience at Seattle Children's Theatre and is delighted to teach here as a grown-up!  She joined the faculty in 2004 as an apprentice after earning a BA from the University of Washington.  In addition to her work at SCT, she has served as a teaching artist for a number of theaters and schools in the Pacific Northwest.  Professionally, she has appeared on stages around the country, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  Britt loves swashbuckling, musical theatre, and exclamation points – all of which might appear during her classes!

 Ann  Marie  Caldwell

A teaching artist since 2005, Ann Marie Caldwell is passionate about arts education. After earning her BA in Theatre from the University of Puget Sound, Ann Marie completed the SCT Teaching Artist Summer Internship and School Year Apprenticeship and the WSAC-sponsored Teaching Artist Training Lab.  Ann Marie is the Education Director for Macha Theatre Works, and is the Education Programs Assistant and a teaching artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Community Education Programs.  

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Keni Cohen has over 35 years of experience in the theatre world, as a director, actor, mime, clown and educator. He has combined his love for the theatre with his curiosity of the world’s many cultures by creating his own ensembles in France, Portugal, Brazil, and New Mexico. For seven years Keni was the artistic director of the highly acclaimed teen ensemble “Theatre of Urgency”. While artist in residence in New Mexico, he taught over 70 residencies for all grade levels, and worked for the “Santa Fe Children’s Museum” where he created twelve original family shows. Keni has worked as an actor in classical, contemporary and experimental plays. Keni has worked for SCT as a teaching artist for the last 17 years and 8 years as a summer season play director.

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Megan Collins is delighted to play, act, dance and imagine with SCT Drama School students! Megan works as SCT’s full time teaching artist, teaching SCT’s CAST (Creative Arts for Small Thespians) preschool program during the school year, and teaching a wide array of camps & classes for all ages over the summer. Before moving to Seattle, Megan studied at Loyola University Chicago where she had the privilege of working with wonderful Chicago theatre companies such as Adventure Stage Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company.  A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Megan grew up performing and teaching at the Children’s Theatre Company and Stages Theatre Company.

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Kate Drummond completed the Seattle Children's Theatre Teaching Apprenticeship in May 2015, after a great summer as the Young Actor Institute Intern. She has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where she explored acting and directing, and developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Dacha, Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and several independent improv groups. Kate teaches for several organizations in and around Seattle, including Seattle Children's Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Youth Theatre Northwest, foundry10, Salmon Bay School, and Seattle Shakespeare Company's Short Shakes program. When not teaching or performing, Kate can be found working at Jet City Improv as the Education Coordinator. 

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Biz Freebairn is excited to join SCT as a Teaching Artist this year! She graduated from Western Washington University (2016) where she earned a BA in Theatre, concentrating her studies on theatre education, directing, and acting. A long admirer of SCT as a Seattle native, she is thrilled to become a part of SCT’s education program and share her love and joy of theatre with students and campers.  Elizabeth enjoys playing board games, immersing herself in a good book, and spending time with her pets.

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Karina Garcia graduated from Western Washington University in 2015 where she received her BA in Theatre with concentrations in acting and education. While at Western, she had the opportunity to teach with the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Summer Youth Theatre Institute (S.Y.T.I.), as well as perform at elementary schools throughout the Pacific Northwest as an ensemble member for the Multicultural Outreach Tour (M.O.T.ley). As a theatre artist, Karina has trained in Suzuki, viewpoints, Commedia dell’arte and Shakespeare. Karina now works as a teaching artist for the Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) and Foundry10; after completing the SCT apprenticeship last year.

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Matt Giles is a director, music director, actor, teacher, and producer in the Seattle area. His Seattle directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre), Into the Woods (STAGEright, Gregory Award-Outstanding Musical), The Last Five Years (SecondStory Repertory), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Seattle Musical Theatre) and others. He has also worked with 5th Avenue Theatre and Village Theatre and is the Associate Producing Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Prior to his move to Seattle, Matt was the Artistic and Education Director at Spartanburg Youth Theatre.

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Alex Hagen is delighted to be back for more theatrical adventures at SCT! He is a graduate of Whitman College and completed the SCT Teaching Apprenticeship in 2016, and currently teaches for SCT's Drama School and outreach programs. He has also worked with the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and Woodland Park Zoo's Discoveries Day Camps.

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Lauryn Hochberg is an artist and educator based out of the PNW. She has performed regionally with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Pirates of Penzance, Ghost Light, WILLful) and the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival (Peaseblossom). In Seattle she has toured her one woman show An Actress Vs. William Shakespeare and performed with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Theater Schmeater, Printer’s Devil Theater, Annex Theater, Parley Productions, and the 14/48 Theatre Festival. She is a teaching artist with the Seattle Repertory Theatre's Public Works Seattle, and also teaches regularly with SCT, Powerful Schools, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and runs an after school visual arts enrichment program at both West Mercer Elementary and Queen Anne Elementary. She specializes in early childhood development, creative drama, and creating curriculum for individual learning enrichment plans.

 Anita  Kuroiwa

Anita Kuroiwa has been part of the SCT family for the past 23 years.  In addition to teaching Musical Theatre, she has choreographed over ten SCT Summerstage Shows –  most recently ‘The Lion King”. Four of these shows were also written and directed by her. Ms. Kuroiwa founded the dance program at Seattle Academy and established two children’s dance companies (involving young performers - grades six through 12). She is currently on faculty at Seattle Academy and Seattle Central College.   Originally from Chicago, Ill., Ms. Kuroiwa began her training with the Chicago City Ballet.  Since then she has trained with Hubbard Street Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Pacific NorthWest Ballet.  Ms. Kuroiwa often travels to France where she does additional training with the Paris International School of Dance.  Ms. Kuroiwa's choreographic and teaching credits include working with such institutions as Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Group Theatre, Pacific Arts Center, Evergreen State College, Seattle Central College, NW Folklife, Seattle Contemporary Ballet, Paul Robeson Theatre, Langston Hughes Theatre, and Sphinx Dance Theatre. She has performed, choreographed and taught for over thirty five years in the greater Northwest.

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 Zeapoe Matalda is an aspiring theatre professional and is thrilled to join SCT Drama School as the Assistant Teacher to the CAST program. Zeapoe completed her undergraduate degree at Seattle Pacific University where she earned a B.A in music with composition emphasis. Post graduation, Zeapoe returned to her North Dakota home, where she spent a year as a literacy tutor with AmeriCorps. After returning to Seattle, Zeapoe completed the Musical Theatre Teaching Internship at Taproot Theater Company and is excited to begin her first professional assistant teaching position with SCT!

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Dave Quicksall received a BA in Theater at the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to receive an MFA in acting at UCLA. In Seattle, Dave has worked in the professional theater as an actor, director, and writer for ACT, Seattle Repertory Theater, the 5th Avenue, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. In 2015, Dave performed in Robin Hood (originally produced by the Seattle Children’s Theatre) at the New Victory Theater in New York City. This last year, Dave performed roles in three different plays on three different stages in Seattle:  Hamlet for the Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Man of La Mancha for the 5th Avenue Theatre, and The Cherry Orchard  for the Seagull Project at ACT. Most recently, Dave directed a critically acclaimed production of Titus Andronicus for the Seattle Shakespeare Company.  As a Teaching Artist, Dave has worked all over the country, including the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Wolftrap Institute, the Nashville Institute for the Arts, and the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Dave has been an Artist Mentor with Arts Impact since 2002.

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Lauren Rekhelman recently graduated from Whitman College with a degree in theatre. She is an actor, director, and playwright who loves teaching and working with children. This past summer, she worked as the theatre program director for Gwynn Valley Camp in Brevard, NC where she adapted and directed children’s musicals, which were performed by kids of all ages. Lauren is new to the Seattle area, and is thrilled to join the SCT team! 

 Angela  Rinaldi

Angela Rinaldi has been a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children's Theatre since 2003 and  directed Once on This Island for SCT’s summer season in 2009. She has taught theater classes at Youth Theatre Northwest, Stone Soup Theatre, The Evergreen School, Evergreen City Ballet and Whitman College Summer Dance programs. Angela has been Music Director and Choreographer for Bellevue High School’s Spring Musical Productions since 2003, performing with BHS students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2013 and just returned in August with Fiddler on the Roof!  She will be directing Dracula, the Musical in October at BHS, of which she wrote both the book and music, and has become an annual event. She has Choreographed and Music Directed Little Mermaid, Willy Wonka and Once Upon a Mattress for Chinook Middle School, and will be doing Suessical in March, as well. Angela is  the summer coordinator for Theater Works in Bellevue www.theaterworksinbellevue.com. As a writer and performer with Events on the Edge, Angela has composed over 200 songs for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded with her husband in 1995 www.varietyplus.org and will be perfoming in their brand new musical, The Odyssey to Excalibur in November at the Meydenbauer Center. Angela currently serves as Principal Accompanist at Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Musician at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department and Dance Fremont.  As a proud member of the Musician’s Association Local-76, she is also promoting her Music for Ballet Class compact discs and just released her New Age solo piano CD entitled In The Moment, available at: http://www.angelarinaldimusic.com.

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Gen Zoufal is thrilled to be back at Seattle Children's Theatre. She was born and raised in Chicago, where she received her BFA in Theatre Arts, concentrating in Theatre for Young Audiences, and developmental psychology from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Gen is returning to Seattle Children’s Theatre after spending the 2016-2017 season as the teaching artist fellow at Metro Theater Company in Saint Louis, where she taught arts integration and community building in schools across the city. Before moving to Saint Louis she worked as SCT as an education intern, apprentice, and teaching artist. 


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