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. She currently works as a psychotherapist for Volunteers of America in Quincy Center. 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. For the 2014-2015 season, she will be teaching Playwriting and adapting the script for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Stage Managing the Winter and Spring Productions.

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.

Tyler Catanella

Tyler Catanella is a graduate of the Theatre Education & Acting departments at Emerson College, and the Artistic Director of Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective. He currently directs, choreographs and teaches in K-12 programs at Watertown Children’s Theatre, Heath School and the Fayerweather Street School. Tyler also works as a team leader and actor/facilitator with True to Life Training, a company that focuses on teaching interpersonal skills and communication skills using professional actors to provide participants with “true-to-life” hands-on training. Tyler additionally remains an active performer within the Boston theatre scene.

Emily Faith

Emily Faith is an actor, educator, stage manager and all around theatre lover. She recently moved to Boston from Nashville, TN where she received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance at Lipscomb University. While in Nashville, Emily had the pleasure of working as a teaching artist in the Disney Musicals in Schools program funded by Disney Theatricals and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center where she was able to direct The Lion King kids and The Jungle Book kids. She also has a passion for performance and has been seen on stages across the South, favorites including: Rabbit Hole, Hairspray, 100 Saints You Should Know, Ragtime and 13 the Musical.

Molly Gilbert

Bio Coming Soon!

Asako Nagashima

Asako has a Master Degree in Music, Major in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors Degree in Music, Musicology and Piano Performance from Osaka University of Arts. She studied with Randy Hodgkinson, Svetla V Protich, Jyungi Tatsuno, Yasuko Yamada, and Toshiko Kobayashi. Asako has performed for the 20th Century Composers Piano Festival at William Hall as well as the 35th Anniversary of ABC(Asahi Broadcasting Corporation) at Osaka Symphony Hall, which was broadcasted, and The Osaka New Artist Concert at Piloti Hall. This summer at Royal Horse in Osaka, she performed Jazz, Classical and collaborated with Gospel Choir Group and duo with another artist in Japan. Asako has been an accompanist for choruses at Hosmer, Lowell, and Cunniff Elementary Schools in Watertown and Musicals for Watertown Children’s Theatre and for many vocalists and strings players. She is an active Private Piano teacher for many years.

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.

Rebecca Rapoport-Cole

Canadian Mezzo Soprano, Rebecca Rapoport-Cole, is a performer, educator and arts administrator living in Boston, MA. A few of Rebecca’s operatic highlights include, Mercédès (Carmen), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Bradamante (Alcina), and Sesto (Giulio Cesare). Recent performances include Songs of the Gilded Age with New England Light Opera and The New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Paul Madore Chorale (Alto soloist) as well several concerts with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, including, Bella Notte- Italian Opera Favorites, and a Shakespeare Celebration. Recently, Rebecca has been named a 2014 semi-finalist for the Chicago Oratorio award, a 2014 semi-finalist for the American Prize in voice and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition. In addition to her academic training, Rebecca has been a participant in several young artist programs including, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, The Banff Center for the Arts, Songfest Malibu, Toronto Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and the Bay Area Summer Operatic Theatre Institute. Rebecca’s European training includes Centro Studi Lirica in Italy and The American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria. Rebecca’s teaching highlights includes serving as Music Director for StageCraft Theatre Victoria, as well as teaching voice and piano for ABC Academy of music and the Snider School of Music, both in Toronto, Canada. Currently, she is on faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and Watertown Children’s Theater as a voice and piano instructor. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts, specialty in music), The Longy Opera Center (Master of Opera- Bard College) and the Victoria Conservatory of Music- Opera Studio program. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of the NEMPAC opera project, currently entering its third season. www.rebeccarapoportcole.com

WCT Council

Jeannette Belcher-Schepis

Meg Macri


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

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