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Sharon-Alberson Sharon Alberson, Music Director

Sharon Alberson is a graduate of Kent State University School of Music and was a Blossom Music Scholar with the Cleveland Orchestra. A graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Harvard Divinity School and Oxford University, Sharon is also a lawyer, minister and the founder of Faith Musicals. Sharon has been the Musical Director for the 2009 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical and Cinderella at Weathervane.


Sarah-Bailey Sarah Bailey, Voice Instruction, Musical Theatre & Dance

Sarah Bailey is a professional voice instructor, director and choreographer. She is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and has her master's in music and pedagogy from the prestigious Westminster Choir College. Sarah has sung on stage at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic and was a grand finalist at the Guangdong International Vocal Competition in China. For the past several years, she has directed the Playhouse's annual production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


Kristin-Benner Kristin Benner, Theatre Instructor

Kristin has her teaching certification in theatre in New York and New Jersey. She is currently an elementary drama teacher for the Montclair Public Schools in Northern Jersey. Kristin grew up in North Eastern Ohio and received her Bachelors in Theatre from Kent State in 2007, but moved to NYC in 2010  to pursue her masters in Educational Theatre from NYU. While at NYU Kristin performed for the “Shakespeare To Go” company, which brings abridged versions of Shakespeare’s classic plays to the NYC school. Kristin is also a member of the honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi.


Sarah-Bailey Taylor Nicole Bryan, Theatre Instructor

Taylor Bryan is a junior at Kent State University, where she is pursuing a BFA in musical theatre and minoring in dance. She has been teaching for Weathervane for the past year and has performed on our stage as Maureen/Penny in our summer production of HONK! as well as choreographing the ballet numbers for the swans. She played The Butler and Levi’s Wife in our 2013 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also played Rumpleteazer in the Mercury Summer Stock production of Cats and Kristine in Kent tate's production of A Chorus Line. She will be performing at Weathervane again this fall in Xanadu, which opens Sept. 5.


Aubrey-Caldwell Aubrey Caldwell, Theatre Instructor

Aubrey Caldwell has a B.A. in Theatre and Music from Ashland University, and a M.F.A. in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory, Florida State University. studying with Jim Wise, Brant Pope, Ruby Allen and Scott Hayes. She has also studied with Broadway Vocal Coach, David Brunetti; former LAMDA and Julliard professor, Norman Ayrton; Producer, Pedagogue and O'Neill pioneer, Jose Quintero; and London's Globe Theatre Educational Director, Patrick Spottiswoode. Theatre credits include The "Witch" from Into the Woods, "Carol" from Oleanna, "Desdemona" from Shakespeare's Othello and "Suzanne" from Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile to name a few. In 2000, Aubrey moved to Los Angeles, where she appeared in independent films such as Monsieur Renaud and The Truth About Monkeys. In Austin, Texas she taught for TexARTS Academy in Lakeway, including Acting for the Camera, Acting for Stage and Acting for Musical Theatre. Aubrey has recently moved back to Ohio to teach Voice & Diction and Acting at The University of Akron and is fronting a new band called Buckle Down Band. She is also currently appearing at Actors' Summit Theater as a company member for the 2011-2012 season. Aubrey is a member of Actors' Equity Association and is Screen Actors' Guild eligible.


Joe-Cali Joe Cali, Voice Acting

Joe Cali (AFTRA, SAG) is a voice actor with one of the most distinctive sounds you may hear. He produces voiceovers for station imaging, television and radio spots, narrations and documentaries. Take a look at his client list and demos here: http://www.JoeCali.com/.


Russ Craven 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 Eduation 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. 


John-Davis John Davis, Stage Combat

John Davis has performed more than three thousand live stage combat shows in sixteen countries with his Comedy sword-fighting show Hack and Slash. As Oberlin College professor of Stage Combat and resident fight choreographer, John has choreographed hundreds of productions in the Cleveland, Ohio market and nationally. John currently directs productions for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and has taught and choreographed for Kent State University Stark, Malone College, Baldwin Wallace College, The Beck Center for the Arts and theaters across in Ohio. After the events of Sept 11th, John has traveled to sixteen countries including the most remote regions of Iraq and Afghanistan on six USO tours.  www.CorporateActionHero.com


Harriet-DeVeto Harriet DeVeto, Theatre Instructor

Harriet DeVeto is a retired professional actress with Actors' Equity Association. Her credits include performances at Bouwerie Lane Theatre, Belfry Repertory Company, American Theater of Actors, Lamplights Theater & Sweetooth Comedy Theater. Locally, she has performed at the Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cain Park, Dobama Theatre, Karamu Performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre, The Working Theater and Weathervane Playhouse (where her most recent production was Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge). In 1996, she toured as an understudy to Elizabeth Franz in the Elliot Martin production of Death of a Salesman. She is currently performing locally in theatrical productions, doing voice-overs, acting in industrial films and directing.


 Harriet-DeVeto 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.


Rachel-Galambos Rachel Galambos, Theatre Instructor

Rachel Galambos is an actress, dancer, choreographer, and director with over 16 years of experience. She has recently completed her bachelors in theatre education at Ashland University.


Jeff-Lyn-Hall 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!


Charles-Korecki Charles Korecki, Technical Theatre

Charles Korecki holds a BA in theater from Albion College in Missouri and spends his days and nights as the Theater Operations Coordinator for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. His lighting and sound designs have been experienced in many NE Ohio theaters and venues over the past decade. Charles also works as a freelance designer for audio, lighting and video tech. He has been teaching the technical aspects of Weathervane's Summer Stock Program for the past three years and is pleased to return for this intense summer theater experience.


 

Angel-Lawrie Dane C.T. Leasure, Theatre Instructor

Dane C.T. Leasure is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College's Shakespeare and Performance program.  He holds an MFA.  He has acted and directed around northeast Ohio and central Virginia.  He has worked on and offstage at Weathervane performing in Joseph... and The Sum of Us, and for education teaching classes onsite and for the Akron After School program. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Rubber City Shakespeare Company.  Dane is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and an Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. 


Lisa-Mansfield Lisa Mansfield, Theatre Instructor

Lisa Mansfield holds a bachelor of arts in secondary education with concentrations in English and history from The University of Akron. With stage credits in both high school and college, she has been working for Weathervane Playhouse since 2006 as its Patron Services Manager as well as serving on the education staff. For two summers, she supervised Weathervane's Neighborhood Playhouse Program, an off-site educational-outreach program in partnership with the city of Akron and Akron Public Schools.


Marissa-Montigney Marissa Montigney, Acting, Musical Theatre & Dance

Marissa Montigney, a member of Actors Equity Association, studied Musical Theatre in the BFA program at Kent State University, and comes to Weathervane after six years of working for Walt Disney World  She teaches for Weathervane's partnership program with the Cleveland Clinic, "Spotlight on Learning" and for Weathervane's Akron After School classes as well as on-site.


Larry-Nehring Larry Nehring, Stage Combat

Larry Nehring was Artistic Director of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival for nine seasons and has worked at most theaters in Northeast Ohio as an actor or director. Regional credits include Great Lakes Theater Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO), and Buffalo's Shakespeare in Delaware Park.  He starred in the PBS Miniseries The War That Made America as George Washington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the Dramatists Guild.  Larry has studied Stage Combat extensively, and choreographs stage fights in hand-to-hand, broadsword, small sword, rapier (& dagger, cloak, buckler), quarterstaff/pike, whip, bound duel, Zulu stick-fighting, stunts (high falls, jerk harness) and martial arts (aikido, taihojutsu, tai chi).  He has studied with Steve Vaughan, Drew Fracher, Brad Waller, Tony Wolf, Spencer Humm and David Boushey and attended both the Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and the International Stage Combat Workshop (Tucson, AZ).


Melissa-Owens Margaret Oliver, Social Skills Workshop

Margaret Oliver, MEd is an advocate for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is employed by Akron Public Schools in Ohio as a teacher for elementary schools students with autism. Margaret holds a Master’s of Education in Elementary Literacy. She works to merge knowledge of literacy and autism to create opportunities for young children to expand their reading skills. In addition, Margaret is the teacher to teacher columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest. As a parent, teacher, and writer, she is dedicated to supporting and learning from parents and professionals with the goal of helping children reach their full potential.


Bob-Putka Robert J. Putka, Theatre Instructor

Robert J. Putka, of Kent State University, received his B.F.A. in art education in 1975. As an art teacher with the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District for 34 years, he has been recognized by the district's P.T.A. as a recipient of an Outstanding Educator Award at both the building and district levels. He has also been awarded the L.R. Saltis Outstanding Educator Award (via nomination by his school's senior class) and has been a nominee for the ARTS ALIVE! Educator in the Arts Award. Robert has directed and designed sets for 51 class plays at Stow-Munroe Falls High, most recently producing The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Romeo and Juliet as well as performing the duties of Drama Club advisor and auditorium manager. He is most excited to be returning in 2010 for his fourth year as Director of the Summer Stock Program at Weathervane Community Playhouse, for which he has directed Spoon River Anthology, The Outsiders and 12 Angry Jurors. 


 Benjamin-Rexroad Benjamin Rexroad, Theatre Instructor

Benjamin Rexroad is the Artistic Director of Heads Up Productions, a newly formed theatre company based in Akron.  This summer Benjamin spent the summer studying Composition, Viewpoints and Suzuki Training with Anne Bogart and members of SITI Company in upstate New York.   He has taught for the Weathervane Education Department for the four years.  He is also actively involved in The Colorline Project, a community—and nationwide—initiative to collect stories about from the Civil Rights Movement and about race relations in Akron.  These stories are used to create works of art—from sculpture and mosaics to performance.


 Benjamin-Rexroad Bob Russell, Theatre Instructor

Currently, Bob is an adjunct faculty member with Kent State University; teaching the  Art of Acting and Art of Theatre for the School of Theatre & Dance and a faculty member with the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute (HBTI). For the past seven years, he has been committed to the education of students at the secondary and post-secondary levels.  Bob served as the Director of the Acting Program for the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory (FPAC) for the 2012 summer program and taught with the conservatory from 2010 - 2012.  Additionally, he has taught with Ashland University and Allegheny College’s respective theatre departments and the Akron Public School System. Bob has performed regionally with Porthouse Theatre, the Akron Symphony, the Beck Center for the Arts, the Factory Theatre, Cedar Point and Cain Park. Selected regional acting credits include: My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), Sweeney Todd (The Beadle), Peter Pan (Mr. Darling/Captain Hook), Oliver! (Bill Sykes), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nick Bottom) and Sweet Charity (Herman, et al.). As a director his work has been seen in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania.  Selected directing credits include: Jekyll & Hyde (HBTI), The Sound of Music (TrueNorth), Urinetown, the musical (FPAC), the revivals of No Mother to Guide and Bunco in Arizona (turn of the century melodramas), as well as productions of Comfort Me with Peaches (world premiere), My Fair Lady, Dead Man's Cell Phone and Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe. As an educator, Bob utilizes the Michael Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavski acting techniques.  With these techniques, he has discovered the freedom to truly play as an actor in his own work and that of his students.  These psycho-physical techniques allow the actor's imagination and body to play a vital role in the acting process and truly liberate the performer. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. BA (theatre), Bowling Green State University; MFA (acting), Kent State University.


Trishah Snowden Trishah Snowden, Musical Theatre

Trishah Snowden, fell in love with the performing arts 18 years ago when she appeared in her first professional production. Since then, she has continued performing, teaching, and choreographing in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas. Trishah, a Firestone High School VPA alum, received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Ashland University and is currently teaches music, choir, and musical theatre for Nordonia Hills City Schools. Her most recent theatre credits include Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Rona Lisa Peretti in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Trishah feels extremely fortunate to spend her career as an artist and arts educator. She would like to give credit to her family, friends, teachers, and mentors who have all played a vital role making this possible.


Jackson Sturkey Jackson Sturkey, Theatre Instructor

Jackson is a graduate of the New York Film Academy’s One Year Musical Theatre Conservatory. He works locally as an actor and singer with Weathervane Playhouse, and Faith in Action Musicals. He was most recently seen on stage as the Narrator in Weathervane Playhouse’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” or in the workshop of “Tuning in” at the University of Akron. He has worked with Barry Shapiro and won an award for commercial work in 2010 at the Arts Expo. He is a lifelong lover of theatre and film, and hopes to see you at one of his classes!


Laura Valendza Laura Valendza, Theatre Instructor & Social Skills Workshop

Laura's theatre experience includes performing in Chicago, Vermont and touring the country.  She has also been seen on the stages of Actor's Summit, Great Lakes Theatre Festival,  Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama, Cleveland Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse.  Some of her favorite roles include Lady McBeth, Blanche DuBois, Harper in Angels in America and Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa.

 

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