Sharon Alberson, Music Director
Sharon is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Music, The University of Akron School of Law, Harvard Divinity School and Oxford University. She was a Blossom Music Scholar with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. As a musician, minister and lawyer, Sharon's life's work has been devoted to integrating issues of faith and justice with community-oriented artistic endeavors. Since 1992, she has written and produced eight faith-based musicals (The Law of Love, The Trial of Job, Found & Forgiven, A Star for Freedom, Forever Love, The Chaplain, The Peace Table and Fair Trade) that have been performed for the benefit of local and national charities. Most recently, her original production of A Star for Freedom was performed at the Akron Civic Theater for the benefit of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program. In February of 2016, Sharon was delighted to work as musical director for the Rubber City Shakespeare Company’s production of Aida. Since 2009, she has been a part of Weathervane's musical productions as musical director for Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Peter Pan, Oklahoma! (Best Production Chanticleer Winner), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man (Best Production Chanticleer Winner), Honk!, Annie, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Seussical the Musical.
Sarah Bailey, Voice Instruction, Musical Theatre & Dance
Sarah is a professional voice instructor, director, choreographer and our Director of Education. She received her bachelors degree in music from Ohio Northern University and her masters degree in music and pedagogy from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She has sung at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic and was a grand finalist in the Guangdong, China International Vocal Competition and performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Her directing credits at Weathervane include 13 years of reinventing our holiday tradtion - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Peter Pan, Oklahoma! (Best Production Chanticleer Winner), The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man (Best Production Chanticleer Winner), Honk!, Annie, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Seussical the Musical, Madeline and the Gypsies, Madeline’s Rescue and Go, Dog. Go!
Jennifer Black, Dance Instructor
Jennifer began her dance education in New Jersey, training with the prestigious choreographers of today such as Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli and Emmy Award-winner Tyce Diorio. While in New York, she studied at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center with teachers such as Finis Jung, Mia Michaels and Sheila Barker. She was the first title winner of Miss Dance Educators of America and received scholarships at David Howard and Alvin Ailey. Jennifer earned her B.F.A degree and finished as a cum laude from The University of Akron. As a performer, Jennifer has had several years of professional experience in a variety of venues such as Miss Saigon (Yvette), and The King and I (Topsy) on Broadway, ballet companies (The Illya Gaft Dance Theater in NYC and Ballet Theater of Ohio), jazz companies (Danceworks and Off Center Dance Theater), theme parks, industrials and many other theaters around the country. Other great experiences include television (Star Search and the Rosie O’Donell Show) and performing with Whoopi Goldberg, Marie Osmond, Andy Williams, Yakov Smirnoff and Bette Midler. As a teacher, Jennifer has over 20 years of experience, teaching dance in every style, age group and level, and has taught for schools and studios all over the country including The University of Akron, Tallmadge High School and Walsh Jesuit High School. Currently, she is a faculty member for the Turn it Around dance competition and is the owner and director of Fitness Fun For All, a program designed to go to preschools in the area to teach children about exercise, gymnastics, sport skills and dance. Jennifer has been blessed to teach at the Christine Jones Meneer School of Dance for the last 12 years while still performing for the Ballet Theater of Ohio. She also choreographs for their award winning competition team, Dance Kraze, where she recently received the award for “Best Choreographer” at competition. She is also a happy wife and is the mother of three beautiful dancers.
Natalie Blalock, Theater Instructor
Natalie, a central Florida native, is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Soon after college, Natalie received her Actors' Equity card at Akron’s Carousel Dinner Theatre in its production of Fiddler on the Roof. Most recently, Natalie played Ursula in The Little Mermaid at Beck Center for the Arts. Natalie made her Broadway debut in The Scarlet Pimpernel at The Minskoff Theater in New York City. Her favorite roles include Paper Moon (Miss Trixie Delight) at Ford’s Theater, Houdini (Madame Tolka/Wilma) at Goodspeed Opera House, Annie (Miss Hannigan) at Bucks County Playhouse and Ladies and Gentlemen, Natalie Blalock (Herself) at Joe’s Pub, NYC. Other wonderful experiences include the TV shows Strangers with Candy (Edie Harley) “The Bully” epidsode, The O.C. (Gail VanDeepen) and Eve (Mrs. Garris). Natalie is excited to make her home here in Northeast Ohio after traveling the globe with Cirque du Soleil for 10 years.
Bronwyn Craven, Theater Instructor
Bronwyn just finished her 25th year as a math teacher at Hudson Middle School and her 9th year as Program Director for Royal Family Kids Camp run by Northampton United Methodist Church. She is an active member of her Worship Team at NUMC as both a singer and as a member of the drama team. She has been involved in the theater since the age of 10. She has been on stage with Aurora Community Theater, Weathervane Playhouse and with Mysteries by Moushey, to name a few, but most recently she can be found working backstage in a variety of roles at Weathervane Playhouse and at Firestone Theatre.
Russ Craven, Guitar Instructor
Russ Craven has been playing guitar and bass for nearly 50 years. He began at an early age with years of guitar instruction, then quickly continued his Eduatio through professional experience in various performing groups. He has been serving on the Worship Team for Northampton United Methodist Church as both a guitar and bass player since 1998. Russ has spent the last three years teaching private lessons in the Cuyahoga Falls and Akron area. Lessons are tailored to suit beginners or experienced players and curriculum is provided.
Rob Eubank, Piano Instructor
Rob Eubank is a proud 1985 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and after teaching English for 20 years at Archbishop Hoban High School, returned to his alma mater in 2010 where he currently serves as Walsh Jesuit High School’s Director of Admissions. He earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Akron and a M.L.S. from Kent State University. Throughout his 24 year teaching and administrative career, Mr. Eubank has found various ways to pursue his passion for music by serving as piano instructor for St. Matthew Parish School, pianist for the Northampton United Methodist praise band, and lead keyboard and acoustic guitarist for the Northeastern Ohio Children’s entertainment musical group, Zobapago.
Krsnaa Fitch, Theater Instructor
Krsnaa is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has been acting in plays since before she could read, and loves to bring the excitement of self-expression to new generations of children! She has been teaching acting for all ages the past five years in Gainesville, Florida and is excited to begin her classes in her new home of Ohio! Krsnaa has performed in shows Off-Off Broadway, regionally, and internationally (that time she was flown to Bengal, India for a role!), and has been directing plays since the age of fourteen. Her love of G.B. Shaw inspired her creation of the Gainesville Shaw Society under which she directed two full productions of Shaw's work, to great acclaim ("St. Joan" forever!). She is currently assistant directing a film by L'America Productions in Cleveland, and is working as a producer on a very promising new musical in Kent!
Jeffrey Lyn Hall, Comedy Improv
Jeffrey Lyn Hall started his career in Commedia dell'arte at the Teatro Arsenale in Milan, Italy, and has spent the last 32 years in professional study. Jeffrey has degrees in theatre from Geneva College, the University of Akron and as a member of the Professional Actors Program at the University of Louisville in affiliation with Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has worked as an actor, director, tight-rope walker, clown and stand-up comic. In 1979, Jeffrey had the rare opportunity to study Improvisation in Chicago with the legendary Del Close and performed under the direction of Betty Thomas in the Improv Olympic group Orphaned Babies. As a solo stand-up comic or teamed with his brother George Frederick as The DeVille Brothers, has opened for such notables as Robert Goulet, Florence Henderson, Tim Allen, Bill Hicks, America, Bobby Vinton and Jackie Martling from The Howard Stern Show. As a writer, Jeffrey's work has been seen on Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater and Second City. Having directed over 50 plays in his career, Jeffrey is currently the Artistic Director of Beatnik Lingo Entertainment, an improv comedy company that has staged the immensely popular improv/sketch comedy shows Beatnik and Vine and the short-form improv show Beat Off-Beat!
Jen Klika, Theater Instructor
Jen is happy to be sharing her love of acting with the children of Weathervane Playhouse. She has acted all over northeast Ohio including the stages of Weathervane, Ohio Shakespeare Festival and none too fragile to name a few. Many years ago she taught high school science, which involved its own brand of theatrics! She loves her Saturday mornings teaching these Weathervane classes and sharing the many benefits of theater education!
Kevin Lambes, Dance Instructor
Kevin is happy to be teaching dance at Weathervane. He has many years of experience as a professional performer and choreographer. Some of his favorite choreography credits include Dames at Sea, A Chorus Line, Mame and Gypsy. At Weathervane, his recent performance credits include Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore) and The Music Man (Charlie Cowell) as well as choreogrphing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Dane CT Leasure, Theater Instructor
Dane is excited to return to Weathervane for his sixth year teaching! He serves as the Producing Artistic Director for the Rubber City Shakespeare Company where he has directed more than 10 shows. He has worked on several productions at Weathervane Playhouse as an Assistant Director, actor, and dramaturg. While in graduate school, he worked at the American Shakespeare Center, the home to the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse. He is trained in Stage Combat and is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Dane holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College.
Marissa Leenaarts (AEA), Theater Instructor
Marissa grew up performing in the Akron-Cleveland area. She is happy to be back in Ohio after performing as an equity singer/dancer at Walt Disney World for a number of years. At Disney, she was contracted in several shows including The Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Disney’s Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and My Disney Girls Perfectly Princess Tea Party. Marissa has choreographed Firestone High school’s productions of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and Ghost the Musical. Most recently, she choreographed Akron’s All City Musical’s Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Other Choreography credits include productions at the Akron Civic Theatre/All City Musical (Shrek the Musical, Bye Bye Birdie) , Weathervane Playhouse (Willy Wonka, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma!) as well as Ohio University (Mary Poppins). Marissa is the owner of Spotlight School of the Arts. She lives happily in Akron, Ohio with her husband, Jason. Marissa is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Nate Miller, Theater Instructor
Nate is a Cleveland based actor. He has worked at numerous theatres in Northeast Ohio, including: Actor's Summit, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, Ensemble Theatre, Mamai Theatre Co., none too fragile and Talespinner Children's Theatre. You may remember seeing him in the role of Leo in 4000 Miles, or Brian in The Lyons, both at Weathervane Playhouse. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Cleveland State University's Department of Theatre & Dance, where he was a Directing Scholarship recipient. He also has additional training in long form improv at Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center-NYC.
Erin Moore, Theater Instructor
Erin is thrilled to be joining the teaching staff at Weathervane Playhouse. She graduated from Malone University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, concentrating in theater. Erin has performed in several productions at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Coach House Theatre, Rubber City Shakespeare Company and Weathervane Playhouse.