Who We Are

Administrative Staff                       Artistic Staff                                  WCT Council


Dinah Lane, Founding Artistic Director

Since its inception in 1983, Dinah has taught countless classes and workshops and directed 35 musical productions for the company, including its inaugural Arsenal Center production of The Music Man. Before founding WCT, she toured as a professional actress, director, and teacher throughout the Northeast bringing classical and contemporary plays and theatre workshops to thousands of people of all ages through state Arts Council grants. She holds an MA in psychology and also works as a family therapist for the Town of Burlington.

Administrative Staff


Meghan Hill

Meghan graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Meghan also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance Director, Actress and coach, Meghan spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Currently Meghan works as a Director, Actress and Coach in the Boston area. Past directing credits include: Project Flux (an original production that debuted at Wheaton College), Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty Jr., Into The Woods Jr, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night.

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich is a drama educator, director, actress, and Boston native. Sophie graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, where she concentrated on theatre for young audiences and directing and was awarded the Winifred Ward Award for creative drama. Sophie is the Education Director of Boston Theater Company. She teaches at The Atrium School in Watertown, Wheelock Family Theater, Stoneham Theatre, and more. Favorite directing credits include Piggy Nation for Stoneham Theatre Young Company’s Winter Festival 2015, The Secret Garden, a community production with the youth of Somerville, and The Snow Queen, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Haven Middle School. She can be seen performing on KidStage at the Boston Children’s Museum, and she is also a member of Theatre Espresso.

Deidre Purcell

Deidre Purcell received her BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She recently completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. Since beginning in 2004 as the Stage Manager for Bye Bye Birdie, she has been the stage manager, production manager, and public relations specialist for WCT at various times, as well as teaching playwriting, directing summer programs, and adapting scripts.

Kathi Tighe

Kathi has worked with WCT since 2006. In her non-WCT time, she is a self-employed studio potter working at the Harvard Ceramics Program. Her ceramic work has been represented in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She also sings with the Spectrum Singers choral ensemble and dances with Muddy River Morris dancers. In any remaining spare time, she is an avid bead crochet artist.

Artistic Staff


Fran Betlyon

Fran Betlyon is a theatre educator, director and voice teacher from Cambridge, MA. She is thrilled to join the WCT team, as she started doing theatre at her local children’s program at the age of 4! Fran served as the Associate Director and lead vocal coach of The Adderley School for the Performing Arts in southern California for 5 years. Fran taught musical theatre and voice as well as adapting popular musicals for children including premier workshops for the stage of “Lemonade Mouth”, “Teen Beach Movie” and “Grease Meets Star Wars.” Fran assistant directed and vocal coached The Adderley School Choir for their performance on PBS with Andrea Bocelli this fall. Recent directing credits at local regional high schools and in Los Angeles include Pippin, Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables and Footloose. Fran is also directing the Winton Club Cabaret to benefit Winchester Hospital January 2016. Fran is a professional singer/songwriter and musical theatre actress performing in the Boston and LA scenes. You can find her original music at franbetlyon.bandcamp.com. Favorite musical theatre roles in Boston include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Amy in Company, Carla in NINE, Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with Arlington Friends of the Drama (DASH award) and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Fran holds a BA from The Pennsylvania State University in Religion and Theatre, and has been studying singing and vocal performance for over 20 years.

Josie Bray

JosieBrayclipJosie Bray received a Masters Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College and has been teaching at WCT for over 10 years.  Josie has had the opportunity to work on several plays off broadway as well as the recent Broadway revival of Ragtime.  In Boston, Josie was the Co-Artistic director of the Animus Ensemble, and is now working with that same creative team in NYC to producenew musicals.  Josie teaches movement to professional actors and dancers and lives with her husband Jack and their son, Redd.

Katie Brobst

unnamed-4Originally from Allentown, PA, Katie earned her B.A. in Musical Theatre from American University and has performed professionally in children’s theatre, tours, and on cruise ships. She recently earned her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and teaches Dance & Drama in Cambridge and Stoneham as well. Past directing and choreography credits include “Legally Blonde”, “The Jungle Book”, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”, and “Dog Sees God”. She absolutely loves working with children of all ages and is so excited to be spending her first summer here with WCT!

Tyler Catanella

unnamedTYLER CATANELLA is a proud graduate of the Theatre Education & Acting departments at Emerson College, and the Artistic Director of Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective. Tyler is a past recipient of the Emerging Choreographer’s Award from Green Street Studios, where his works “Nostalgia” and “Every Thursday Night” have been produced and performed. His work has also been shown at Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community, Third Life Choreographer’s Series, Grant Jacoby & Dancers, ArtBeat, NACHMO Boston, Calamity Dance Co. and Luminarium Dance Company’s annual 24-Hour ChoreoFest. Paradise Lost recently mounted their second solo repertory show Replay this past March at the Multicultural Arts Center. Tyler also takes part in composing and performing all of the company’s original music in collaboration with musicians all over the country. The heart of Tyler’s work lies in his training and practice in theatre education. He currently directs, choreographs and teaches several K-12 programs with Watertown Children’s Theatre. Tyler additionally remains an active performer within the Boston theatre scene. Recent performance credits include: Dance Captain and Vocalist in “The Shakespearean Jazz Show” (ArtsEmerson/New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Jonathan in the world premiere of “Academy Fight Song” (Centastage), Duke Orsino in “SexyBack [Or What You Will]” (toUch Performance Art, A.R.T’s Oberon) and a Guest Artist with Luminarium Dance.

Monica Daly

monicadalyMonica Daly received a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a minor in Organ Performance. Recently, Monica has accompanied a middle school production of Into the Woods, Jr. and Longy’s production of Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position. She is currently employed as a staff pianist at Longy and teaches piano at the Keys for Kids music school in Lexington, MA.

Susan Davies

SusanDaviesSusan Davies, soprano, is thrilled to join the WCT community as a private vocal instructor. A regular performer in the Boston and Metrowest area, Susan has strong classical, choral, and musical theater backgrounds. After graduating summa cum laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, she moved to Vienna, Austria, where she studied voice and taught at an English-speaking music school. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio, Susan teaches early childhood music classes and currently serves as Junior Choir Director at West Concord Union Church.

Most recently, Susan performed the role of Lady Ella with MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ production of Patience. In October 2015, she gave a series of three solo recitals, featuring music by American composers in a variety of genres. At Ithaca College, Susan sang with the Women’s Chorale and Chorus for four years under the direction of Janet Galván. Major works include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Haydn’s Creation. Her most recent voice teachers include Sara Bielanski, Jennifer Davison, and Dawn Pierce. Previously, she studied piano for five years with Marilyn Roth, Piano Chair of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

In her free time, Susan enjoys writing historical fiction, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Molly Gilbert

MollyGilbertHSMolly is a Teaching Artist, Actor, Singer, Director, and loves playing the Ukulele. Molly received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she both taught and performed. Molly has a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College, has trained extensively with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA, and is pursuing a Linklater Voice designation.

Abby Gower

abbygowerAbigail Gower, began studying piano at the age of 7 and accordion at 12. Her teachers have included Chiharu Naruse, Baycka Voronietsky, Dr. Phillip Silver, and Robert Merfeld. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and a Minor in Theater from the University of Maine. While at the university she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, participating in a selective, intensive program for vocalists and collaborative pianists. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at Longy School of Music. She has worked with children at Pineland Suzuki School, Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University and Heifetz International Music Institute as well as teaching private lessons. Abigail is also the music director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough, and teaches at Forte Piano Music School.

Allison Honea

allisonhoneaAllison Honea is a choreographer, director, performer, and teaching artist originally from Georgia. She has been studying dance and theatre since the age of three and was a company member of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet. She holds a Master of Arts from Emerson College, where she focused on the use of theatre and dance for social change, and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education from Columbus State University. Allison has taught students of all ages, most recently at Stoneham Theatre, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Onstage Dance Company, and Cambridge Public Schools.

Zachary Infante

13165939_1156226211074279_3385972159988082889_nZach is thrilled to be returning to Watertown Children’s Theater’s K-3rd program to develop another batch of brilliantly gifted minds in the craft of theater. He received his BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has gone on to work with Tony, Grammy and Oscar award winning collaborators. This past winter he was featured as an actor in the Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” directed by Tony winner Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Miserables). His relationship with Katie Miller, the Director of Education at Off-Broadway’s Theatre for A New Audience, has allowed him to serve as a guest teaching artist at schools from Madison Square to the South Bronx. His approach to developing work with young artists begins with self-scripting, where the student is encouraged to express themselves with visual and aural story telling. This invitation and openness to an individual’s voice then leads to casting, and direction that is aimed at providing a class with material that showcases the group’s unique abilities. Zach gained this model from the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Conservatory under program director Lisa Conney and has evolved over the years to serve the diverse communities he’s been welcomed to. WCT is a leader in arts education, and Zach is thrilled to rejoin this excellent community of arts educators for a summer of magic, learning and pure imagination. Find out more at zacharyinfante.com

Kathryn Maslak

Kathryn Maslak is a recent graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Arts in Education Cohort. Kathryn is an actor, singer, director, and passionate theatre educator. Kathryn recently relocated from New York City, where in addition to her professional acting work she was a Teaching Artist and Director at the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre and Stage Right Theatre Productions. Kathryn has also had the privilege to serve as the Performing Arts Department Head at Camp Weekela in Hartford, ME for the past three summers. Kathryn feels deeply about the value of theatre education as a navigational tool for young people and is excited to continue her work with Watertown Children’s Theatre!

Taylor McMahon

IMG_0704Born and raised in the north shore of MA, Taylor has been dancing since the age of 3! Trained in a myriad of styles, Taylor has performed for national and international companies — including Samsung in NYC and Pilobolus at MIT. Taylor has toured with professional dance company West Coast Dance Explosion to 15 US cities, reaching performers of all ages. Since moving to Boston in 2012 to attend Emerson College’s Communication Disorders program, Taylor has involved herself in the Boston dance and theatre communities. While she continues to take class and learn new perspectives of performance, Taylor’s favorite type of dance is contemporary. Credits in and around Boston include OBERON’s Cyclops: A Satyr Play, A.R.T and ToUch Performance Art’s Searching for Signal and Acoustica Electronica, a collective member of Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, and assistant choreographer for WCT’s Seussical! She cannot wait to meet more students in the WCT family and get creating!

Maria Alejandra Montero Olivares

13009742_1006193606131569_1125851438_oBorn in Caracas, Venezuela, Maria Alejandra Montero started her musical studies at the age of seven taking private piano lessons at school and singing in the choir. At the age of fifteen she became part of the “Fundación Schola Cantorum de Venezuela” singing in its different choirs and touring around the world. As a choir member Maria has had the opportunity to work with world class conductors, composers and stage directors like: Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, John Adams, Krzysztof Penderecki, Osvaldo Golijov, Peter Sellars, among others. In 2008 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the National Experimental University of the Arts in Caracas. In 2013, Maria started Vocal Performance studies with Soprano Jayne West at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where she received a Masters Degree (2015) and a Graduate Performance Diploma (2016). Maria is currently the Supporting Teaching Artist of the Children’s Choir at Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. She also teaches private piano and voice lessons in the Boston area and works for ABC Spanish in Motion as a Spanish teacher. Maria has a big passion for teaching and singing!

Evan Northrup

Evan is a magic creator and performer originally from Salem, MA. Beginning his performance career as a street performer, he traveled through Europe learning his skills and, upon his return, brought his unique style indoors. He has studied under masters in Las Vegas, and is constantly searching for new sources of magical inspiration. From designing illusions for theatrical productions to performing for companies and organizations around the country, Evan always puts his modern spin on some classics of magic.

Samantha Prindiville

Samantha is a music teacher with an emphasis in choral and theater education in the Greater Boston Area. She has worked with Watertown Children’s Theatre in various capacities, such as music director for Sweeney Todd: School Edition, music instructor for vacations camps/workshops and a voice teach during various summer sessions. She is thrilled to work with WCT whenever she can!

Christin Rills

ChristinRIlls Christin Rills is a Baton Rouge native and graduate of LSUs theater department where she studied acting, dance, improv and musical theater. Before moving to Boston she worked for Playmakers of Baton Rouge for over ten years as an actress, teacher, director and choreographer. She was the Drama and Musical Theatre teacher at McKinley Middle Visual and Performing Arts School and taught dance at Jete Dance Co. She is currently teaching drama at Cambridge Friends School and working with Beyond the Fourth Wall on their production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. She can be seen performing regularly with ComedySportz Boston and Total Feltdown. She is very excited to join Watertown Children’s Theatre as one of their instructors this summer!

Kirsten Salpini

Salpini_Kirsten_238ret2-FP copy-1 Kirsten is excited to join the team at WCT for a summer of fun! Kirsten holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Her passion for teaching started with The Boys & Girls Club in her home state of Virginia, and grew in her time as a Teaching Artist at Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. Recent acting credits include The Donkey Show with American Repertory Theatre and The Snow Queen at New Repertory Theatre. She will be appearing in Murder for Two at Lyric Stage this winter, and her second album as a singer/songwriter is in the works. More at www.kirstensalpini.com

WCT Council


Chair
Jeannette Belcher-Schepis

Secretary
Meg Macri

Members

Madolyn Allison
Lisa Gabel
Marcia Haines
Louise Harrison Lepera
Michelle Munroe
Nic Pepe
Kristen Petersen
Alison Roberts
Karen Young


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