Meet the ArtStream Actors
ArtStream believes in Theatre for an Inclusive World. Here are the amazing actors, directors, designers, and volunteer mentors who perfrom, learn and belong.
Claire Alrich is a freelance dance artist, costume designer, and educator in Washington, DC. In addition to working with the lovely folks at ArtStream, Claire is a dancer with Darling Dance company, a teacher with Local Motion Project, and the Program and Outreach Manager for the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden. Claire is also a 2017 recipient of an artist fellowship grant through the DC Council of the Arts and Humanities.
Julie Bain Miller
Julie Bain Miller (Director) is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC where she focused on Musical Theater Performance. After graduation, she spent five years creating, producing and performing in productions with the Rising Sun Performance Company in lower Manhattan. Here in Maryland, Julie has performed with Rockville Musical Theatre as Gladys in The Pajama Game and Pam in Baby. She can currently be seen performing all over the region as part of the acapella group, Drop The Mic. A proud member of the ArtStream community since 2008, Julie has worked as an actor, assistant director, choreographer, Inclusive Theater Company Director, class instructor and now a cabaret director! Julie’s favorite role is that of wife and mother. “Many thanks to Chas, Emily, Aurora and baby Charlie for all their love and support!” Julie Bain Miller (Director) Julie is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC where she focused on Musical Theater Performance. After graduation, she spent five years creating, producing and performing in productions with the Rising Sun Performance Company in lower Manhattan. Here in Maryland, Julie has performed with Rockville Musical Theatre as Gladys in The Pajama Game and Pam in Baby. She can currently be seen performing all over the region as part of the acapella group, Drop The Mic. A proud member of the ArtStream community since 2008, Julie has worked as an Actor, Assistant Director, Choreographer, Inclusive Theater Company Director, Class Instructor and now a Cabaret Director! Julie’s favorite role is that of wife and mother. “Many thanks to Chas, Emily, Aurora and baby Charlie for all their love and support!”
Ian Bannon (Mentor) began as a mentor at ArtStream in 2017. He is a Senior Docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library and works in various Folger education programs including Shakespeare School Festivals, Shakespeare-Steps-Out (with DC Public Schools) and Shakespeare-in-Action Workshops. He also volunteers at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. “Our ArtStream actors are truly amazing, especially their incredible talent and spirit.” Ian Bannon (Mentor) Ian Bannon began as a mentor at ArtStream in 2017. He is a Senior Docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library and works in various Folger education programs including Shakespeare School Festivals, Shakespeare-Steps-Out (with DC Public Schools) and Shakespeare-in-Action Workshops. He also volunteers at the Shakespeare Theatre Company inWashington DC. “Our ArtStream actors are truly amazing, especially their incredible talent and spirit.”
Suzan Basoglu (Inspector Watts) is a 34-year-old actor from Clifton, VA. She has been with ArtStream for 11 years. Suzan also performed at George Mason University as Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ and as a Lion in The Lion King. Suzan volunteers at the Fairfax Department of Parks and Recreation. She enjoys bowling, swimming and tennis as well as the 2 book clubs that she participates. “Best of luck to all my cast mates in this year’s production.”
Caitlin M Caplinger
Caitlin M Caplinger (Assistant Director, Winnifred Harrington) is a freelance director, playwright, and theatre practitioner in Washington, DC. They have assistant directed with ArtStream’s ITC for the past three seasons, and teaches classes such as Shakespeare, Improv, and Super Social Saturdays. Caplinger serves full time as the External Engagement Associate for CulturalDC, a DC arts non-profit. Caitlin was proud to present their first full- length play, Riot Brrrain, at Capital Fringe last summer. caitlincaplinger.com “I am endlessly grateful for the energy and wit of all the company members of Arlington Company B!”
Merry Jayne Casillas
Merry Jayne Casillas (Priscilla Harrington) is a 36-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. Since joining ArtStream in 2007, Merry appeared in 13 ArtStream musicals and invited other actors to join the company, many of whom are still company members. She is happiest when the group is writing plays, rehearsing, and performing. Merry fell in love with acting while performing with the Phoenix Company at Imagination Stage. She has also appeared in church Roadshows, The Order is Love with McLean Stage, and The Music Man at Stratford High School. Merry is a graduate of The Stratford Program. She likes to write poetry, paint, make jewelry, and have fun with her 32 nieces and nephews. She works at Zinga Frozen Yogurt in Arlington. “My big family and lots of friends are my cheering fans every year and I love them!”
Annie Coffman (Assistant Director, Mrs. Emma Potter) has worked in the Arlington Inclusive Theater Companies for eight years as an assistant director, choreographer, and mentor. She’s also participated in ArtStream’s various social clubs and musical theater classes over the years. Outside of ArtStream, Annie performs with a number of local opera and musical theater companies in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She’s sung with the National Philharmonic Chorale and is currently a staff singer at St. John’s Episcopal in Washington, DC. Annie works at Buckley Sandler LLP, a proud sponsor of ArtStream. “Congrats Company B, we’ve got a great show! I can’t wait to watch you shine out there today!!”
Elizabeth Cronin (Director) got involved with ArtStream in 2009 as a choreographer, then assistant director, and now is lucky enough to direct Company B. She studied Vocal Performance at Indiana University and moved to NYC after graduating to work at a talent agency representing TV, film, theatre and musical theatre actors. Shortly after moving to DC, she was introduced to ArtStream by her then roommate. She feels fortunate to be able to combine her love of Musical Theatre and her love for this community.
Joanne D’Eugenio is thrilled to be joining the ArtStream Team as Stage Manager! She recently moved from CT, where she spent many years involved in community theatre as stage manager, director, and set designer. Her real love is writing and she is currently working on several books and plays, which she hopes to get published. When she isn’t writing, Jo loves to sing, swim, hike, and camp. She would like to thank the entire ArtStream team for all their love and support! She would especially like to thank her daughter, Emily, and son, Billy, for making the move to VA worthwhile! J
Caitlin Davies is an educator from Arlington, VA. She is thrilled to be returning to ArtStream for her fourth show as an assistant director. Caitlin studied theatre at Grinnell College and is currently a Special Education teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington Public Schools. She recently completed a Masters in School Administration. “Thanks to my fellow artists for their inspiring work!”
Kelly DeRoy is a 34-year-old actor from Arlington, VA, and has been with ArtStream for nine years. She loved performing in elementary school and with the Rainbow Company when she was younger. Kelly works at the Fairfax Government Employee Day Care Center. She loves going out with her friends at L’Arche and traveling with her parents. Her hobbies include bowling, softball, and working on the computer. “Thanks to my family, friends, and neighbors for their support and coming to my performances. I remember every flower I have received from you.”
Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Annetta Dexter Sawyer (Assistant Director/Choreographer) has taught for ArtStream off and on since its inception. She’s been a movement and voice coach, taught poetry, drama, and even yoga! Much of her teaching has been with ArtStream community partner programs at Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), the Forbush School, and The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC). Previous ArtStream performance credits include Choreographer for the 2008 Silver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company musical Mission: Environment. She is proud to assistant direct the Cabaret. “Thank you maaarvelous ArtStreamers for all your hard work, the fun, and your talents!”
Christie DiPlacido is a 36-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. She is a graduate of the Mason LIFE Program at George Mason University. Christie started taking classes with ArtStream in 2008 and is appearing in her fourth show with the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company! She works at Wildflour Catering & Bakery and at Safeway. Christie is a very creative artist. She creates paintings that are often sold at auction to benefit various charities. “Love to all my ArtStream friends and thanks to my mom for always helping me.”
Christopher Famme is a 58-year-old actor from San Diego, CA, currently living in Arlington, VA. He has been acting with the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company for 10 years. Christopher works as a janitor and is a life-long performer. He played drums with San Diego Center’s singing group “The Sparrows,” and now plays drums with the “Spirit Band” at his church. He performs each year with The Woodmont Players at ServiceSource and attends regular music and dance therapy sessions. Christopher is also an artist. His art has been published on Christmas cards and calendars with The Arc. He loves Special Olympics (swimming, basketball, and soccer), Harry Potter, and Disney! “Thanks to all the wonderful directors at ArtStream!”
Jonathan Feifer (Actor) is a 22-year-old from Rockville, MD who performed in ArtStream’s Cabaret last year and acted in the Inclusive Theater Companies for two years. He has sung solo and in duets in private recitals with other aspiring performers. He was a member of the chorus in his high school production of Les Miserables. Jonathan is currently a Project Search Intern at the National Institute of Health. He enjoys musicals, movies and getting together with friends. “Hope everyone who comes to Cabaret loves our show!”
Jonathan Frederick (Chef Gaston) Jonathan Frederick is a 35-year-old actor from Fairfax, VA. This is his fifth year performing with ArtStream. During the day, he works full time as a chef with WildFlour Catering in Chantilly, VA. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys swimming, horseback riding, and hanging out with family and friends. His favorite part about ArtStream is acting alongside his friends, and taking part in the production of the show! “Break a leg Company B!!”
Jon Paul Frederick
Jon Paul Frederick (Inspector Bailey) is an 18-year-old volunteer mentor from Fairfax, VA. This is his fifth year volunteering with ArtStream. Jon Paul is a senior at Centreville High School. He works part time as a lifeguard and Spanish tutor. In his free time, Jon Paul enjoys volunteering and hanging out with friends and family. His favorite part about ArtStream is spending time with his uncle (Jonathan Frederick) and helping actors with their lines during the performance. “ArtStream is the coolest thing I’ve ever been involved with and I hope to continue to volunteer as long as possible. Cheers to the Best Company Ever: Comp. B!”
Mikayla Goetz (Assistant Director/Choreographer) is thrilled to be making her ArtStream debut! By day, Mikayla works as a company member of Boots on the Ground Theater as well as a dance instructor with Studio One Dance. Having recently moved to this area, Mikayla feels blessed to have been so warmly welcomed into the ArtStream family. She wants to thank her company members for inspiring and empowering her both on and off stage.
Denise M. Green
Denise M. Green (Actor) is a 62-year-old (62 years young!) actor from Washington, DC. This is her first performance with ArtStream! Denise has performed at the Inwood Coffee House for 12 years. She attended Sharpe Health School and sang at church from ages 10 to 18. Denise is active in her church, especially the group Handicap Encounter Christ (HEC). Denise has many hobbies, including oil painting, crocheting, cooking, bingo, bowling, and karaoke. But most of all, Denise loves helping others and making people laugh. “I want to give all my thanks to God and everyone who supported me along the way! My mother Mrs. Corrinne Green, my brother Vernon Butler, Ruth Iverson, Leslie and Ken Moore for introducing me to ArtStream, and Julie, Annetta, and Stephen at ArtStream for being amazing teachers.”
Stephen Hildebrandt (Music Director/Accompanist) has found it to be truly gratifying to work with these talented actors and help develop their musical talents. This is Stephen’s first ArtStream production. Stephen is a retired attorney with CBS where he worked as Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs negotiating talent, concert, and music rights deals for CBS Radio and its internet music services. Music has been a big part of his life since he began studying piano at age eight. Stephen has been music director for high school musical productions, directed adult and teenage church choirs, served as church organist, sang in choruses, and spent many hours with family and friends around the piano singing favorite Broadway and pop tunes. “Working with ArtStream has renewed my belief that music can positively impact people’s lives. Congratulations to a great cast on their hard work and splendid performance.”
Jennifer Holden (Mary Bustle) is a 30-year-old actress from Springfield, VA, who has been in ArtStream since 2009 and in the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company since 2013. She loves musicals and performed in Anything Goes and The Boyfriend at Paul VI Catholic High School. Jenny attended George Mason University’s LIFE Program and now works as a preschool teacher’s aide. In her free time, Jenny advocates for people with disabilities at the local and state level with the Arc of Northern VA; in 2018, she even spoke to officials in Congress. She loves sports and hiking, drawing and reading, and getting together with friends, her brother and sister, and other family members. “Thanks to Elizabeth and the mentors for believing in me and to Mom and Dad for helping me take part in ArtStream.”
Greg Hoppe (Inspector Wilfred) is a 28-year0old actor who lives in Fairfax and has been acting since he joined a small theatre group at age seven. His first mainstage production was in 8th grade at Lake Braddock Secondary School. He later received the 8th grade Outstanding Drama Student Award. At Paul VI High School, he acted in musicals all four years, earning a Director’s Commendation for the Cappies and membership in International Thespians Society, and returned for seven more musicals as a guest alumni actor. Greg took Artstream classes on the GMU campus for several years, and later joined Company B Arlington in 2013. He works at a cafeteria on the GMU campus and is active in yoga, dance, biking and Special Olympics basketball and baseball. He loves music, movies, and live theatre, and plays a mean game of checkers. “On with the show!”
Addison Janney is a 25-year-old from Arlington, VA. This is his second season with ArtStream, having previously served as Company A’s Stage Manager. Addison is a writer, director, and actor. He also enjoys painting. “Thank you to the cast and crew. Break a leg!”
Dunham is a mentor with Arlington Company A and will be playing the parts of King Reginald, The Gatekeeper’s Sentry, and an evil spirit in the company’s 2019 production.
Mark Jones is a 32-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. His first acting experience was performing with his twin sister Emily and older brother Evan for their parents and grandparents. He joined ArtStream in 2008 and has played characters from a soccer player, to an evil prince, to a police chief. Mark is active in Special Olympics soccer and basketball. Mark works at the Blossom Café in Oakton, and on Saturdays he volunteers at the Arlington Central Library children’s room. Watching classic movies is his favorite hobby, but he really enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and eating in restaurants. “Thank you to my friends and family who came to see our play.”
Stella Rose Kalb
Stella Rose Kalb (Actor) is a 21-year-old actor from Georgetown. Cabaret is her first performance with ArtStream after previously taking classes. Stella Rose has performed at Sense Theatre in Nashville, where she also took voice lessons. She just started working with Project Most. She enjoys art, music, and movies, especially The Muppets. “Peace out, Stella Rose.”
Pat Kearns-Michaelsen (Mentor) first volunteered at ArtStream in 2015, working front of house for the Silver Spring productions. This is her second year as an onstage mentor with Maryland’s Cabaret. Pat also acted at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL. “The person that you will spend the most time with is yourself, so be nice to them.”
Laurie Ann Kehoe
Laurie Ann Kehoe (Chrystal Harrington) is appearing in her 11th ArtStream musical. Her characters have ranged from being a singing “Alleycat” to a “we-are-bad” alien to a trusty sidekick, through which she brought her quiet joy to each production. Weekends for Laurie Ann are frequently filled with Special Olympics practices and tournaments, in snow- shoeing, basketball, soccer, softball, and golf skills. A highlight for her and her family was being included on the Virginia Special Olympics golf team in 2010 for the Special Olympics National Games in Lincoln, NE, at which she won a silver medal in the golf skills competition. Laurie Ann attended school in Arlington, VA and now spends her work days at MVLE in Springfield, VA.
Peter Kehoe (Mentor, Mr. Higginbotham) is the proud parent of actor Laurie Ann Kehoe and was thrilled to be asked to join Company B a few years ago.
Alexx Kipp (Actor) is a 24-year-old actor and life-long resident of Arlington, VA. This is his fourth time acting with ArtStream! Before ArtStream, Alexx performed with the Honors’ Chorus, in the Reflections contest at the Old North Church, and at the Ivy Street School Extravaganza. Alexx is a member of the MOST Program at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH). Through this program, he volunteers at the Humane Society socializing the cats. Alexx enjoys walking, listening to music, and going to museums. “I want to thank my dad, Old Charlie, for introducing me to ArtStream and for practicing with me. I want to thank my mom, Yally, for getting me to practice. Lastly, I want to thank everyone at ArtStream for supporting me in acting.”
Leah Kocsis (Music Director, Movement Director) is a pianist, conductor, and music teacher. This is her second show with ArtStream! Leah previously worked as a music director with Kensington Arts Theatre, The Arlington Players, The Little Theater of Alexandria and Rockville Musical Theater. She received her B. A. in music from the University of Rochester and her M. A. in music education from the Peabody Conservatory. Leah is passionate about sharing music with children. As an educator, she founded multiple ensembles in beginning strings, choral music, and handbells. She also works with local youth orchestras as a music director, assistant conductor and pianist. Leah has three young music makers – Alexandra, Charlotte, and Elizabeth – who can often be found singing, dancing, and making music of their own.
Nick Kramp (Alfred Wright) is a 31-year-old actor from Vienna, VA. He began acting in Art- Stream productions in 2011. Participating in each year’s play is very important to him. He enjoys being dramatic and funny. Even before joining ArtStream, Nick enjoyed doing imitations of Simpson characters (“Homer, no-o-o”) and other famous people. Nick works at Wildflour Bakery, making dog treats. He’s become a master dough roller and always rolls out dough when the family makes pizza at home. Nick is into movies, video games, and loves music. “Thanks for 8 years of getting to ham it up with ArtStream!”
Katrina Kubik (Costume Coordinator) is a 29-year-old Creative Artist and Costume Designer. Katrina has shared a wonderful relationship with ArtStream for the past two years. Katrina has volunteered to act on stage as a stage mentor during last year’s performance of Must Love Music, as well as serving as a teaching artist in various ArtStream classes. Katrina has also served as an ArtStream event and performance photographer. Katrina would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the most charming and creative little muses, Moira and Nevin, with whom she spends her days. When away from the stage, Katrina can be found at the local library, enjoying walks in the park with her husband Tyler, and playing women’s soccer in Arlington County. “A special thank you to the ArtStream team and directors, Elizabeth and Patti, for the opportunity to bring your creative visions and my costume design ideas to life. Enjoy the heartfelt performances! Break a leg dear friends!”
Ricky Kuron is a 27-year-old actor living in Falls Church, VA. This is Ricky’s first show with ArtStream having previously taken classes. Ricky is a laborer at Fort Belvoir North Post Express. He recently won Service Source’s Job Placement Employee of the Year Award. Ricky also volunteers at Mount Vernon. He enjoys playing video games and spending time with family. “Thanks to my family for supporting my dreams. Thanks to my fellow cast members, it was an honor to star in the play with you.”
Jesse Lyles (Production Assistant) is a 25-year-old professional from Washington, DC. During the day Jesse works in television and film production as a production assistant. He enjoys creating playlists and mixes, watching a good movie or TV show, hanging out with friends, and eating. “Much love to the actors and the many helping hands who made this show a success!”
Abby Madden (Music Director, Accompanist) is a musician, teacher and collaborator from Alexandria, VA. Abby works as the Programs Coordinator at ArtStream and is an active freelance musician. Abby also teaches piano, guitar, and percussion at her studio in Northern Virginia. She holds a BA in Music Composition from Messiah College and an MA in Theology and the Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary. “Thank you to all of the Cabaret performers for your hard work and positive attitudes. It’s been a joy making music together!”
Domino Mannheim (Lighting Designer) recently graduated from the University of Arizona, with a degree in BFA Theatre Production Design and Technology, with an emphasis in Lighting Design and a minor in Business Administration. She was born in Tucson, AZ and currently lives in NYC! Although this is her first time in Virginia and working with ArtStream, she has done work in Arizona, Colorado, Washington, California, Chicago, Maine, and New York City. In her spare time she loves to read, paint, and do anything involving the outdoors.
Xandra Martel (Duchess Anita Harrington) is a 42-year-old who has been acting since she was 15. Xandra has been an ArtStream actor since the very beginning at Imagination Stage. This is her 13th show with ArtStream. During the day, she attends the Challenge Program at Montgomery College. She has a dog named Maisy, two brothers and her niece just turned 1! Xandra is a poet and a dog-lover. “Thanks to my boyfriend Andrew, and my whole family for their support — my brothers Peter and Michael, my sister-in-law Katie, my mom and step-dad, and my dad!”
RJ Martin (Duke Martin Harrington) Richard James Martin, better known to all of us as RJ, is one of the original members of the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company. He is 39 years old and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended H.B. Woodlawn. RJ is retired from working at the Arlington Central Library and enjoys spending time with his family, especially with his little nephew Augie. He is a Special Olympics athlete, specializing in basketball and softball. Leisure activities include listening to music, playing pool, and watching local sports teams. RJ is a Facebook aficionado – keeping in touch! “GOOD LUCK TO MY FELLOW ACTORS!”
Lukas Anthony McCormick
Lukas Anthony McCormick (Inspector Franklin) is a native of Alexandria, VA. This is his eighth year with ArtStream. One day, at the dinner table, Lukas announced about his brother and sister, “Jesse is a drummer, Kayla plays the violin; I will be the actor in the family.” Lukas performed in Fiddler On The Roof and Chicago at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. He was nominated for an award from the Cappies of the National Capital Area for his 2009 role in Fiddler on the Roof. Lukas is dedicated to ArtStream and all the directors, actors and mentors. “Singing, dancing, and acting will always be a part of my life.”
Amy Merrell (Myrtle Mal) is a 25-year-old actor from Vienna, VA. This is her first season with Arlington Company B. Amy has previously taken improv and Shakespeare calsses with ArtSTream. She also does ballroom dancing with the Dancing Stars of Northern Virginia. They performed at a TedTalk at the University of Maryland in College Park and at Elegant Dancing. Amy works at Wildflour Caterers, enjoys ballroom dancing, basketball, cooking, baking, and swimming. “Thanks to my parents and friends for their support and to my new ArtStream friends for their acceptance and friendship.”
Leslie E. Moore
Leslie E. Moore (Actor), 54, has been acting with ArtStream since its beginning. Before ArtStream, she was one of the founding cast members of the acting troupe that would become Pegasus at Imagination Stage. She fondly remembers these early shows with Sally Bailey, including the BAPA Love Hour. Leslie has played roles ranging from the Ghost of Lady Macbeth to a world famous chef who doesn’t know how to cook. She works out at Spirit Club, does adaptive yoga, and likes to play Christmas carols on the piano. “I love Cabaret because I’m good at it. I feel happy when my friends see my shows and cheer me on.”
Chelsea Murray is a 31-year-old actor from Alexandria, VA. She has been acting with the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company since 2010. Medusa’s Mystical Journey is her eighth show with ArtStream. Chelsea has always loved the theatre. When she is not acting, singing, dancing or listening to music, she is attending a live performance. She began her career at age five with Chris Collins Dance Studio where she performed for 12 years. She acted in school plays in middle school and at Paul VI High School. Chelsea currently works at “Charming Concepts” in The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. In her spare time she spends time with her brother Brady, her cat Misty, and her dog Raffi. “Thanks ArtStream, the directors, the mentors and my fellow actors for the opportunity to live my dream.”
Bailey Nassetta is a 25-year-old actress from Arlington, VA. She has worked with ArtStream for two and a half years. Bailey is a teaching artist for ArtStream and Educational Theatre Company. She is currently directing two new works in New York City. Bailey enjoys singing while playing the piano and watching The Office. “Love to the cast and crew! Can’t wait to rock out all together!”
Josef Newton is a 30-year-old actor from Springfield, VA who has been with ArtStream for five years. Josef is a “Motivated Valuable Loyal Employee” in a community business building on Fullerton Rd. and a part of Mobile Crew 9 which picks up trash. He enjoys playing the banjo and listening to bluegrass and country music. “I want to thank my friends for rehearsing and performing with me. I’d like to especially thank Barbara for rehearsing my banjo parts with me.”
Eric Niedringhaus (Benjamin) is a 42-year-old actor living in McLean, VA and started acting in school musicals while a student at McLean High School. He has been an ArtStream actor since 2007. He works for a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office contractor assembling patent grant documents. He has participated in Special Olympics since 1997 (currently as a swimmer) and also enjoys Family Bowling. He is active with his church where he sings with the music group and serves as a sacristan. He also loves spending time with his little nephew and niece. “Thank you to all my family and friends who support us by coming to our plays, and to Elizabeth, the actors, mentors and others who help us make the plays so fun.”
Kerry O’Brien is a 27-year-old actor born in Bethesda, MD. After living in California, Massachusetts, and Italy, she has called Annandale, VA home for the last 19 years. Kerry started acting at Annandale HS and has been part of Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company A since 2009. Medusa’s Mystical Journey is her 10th show with ArtStream. Kerry loves her job at Wildflour Catering & Bakery. She also enjoys singing, acting, and sports. “Thank you to my parents, two sisters, Jules and Erin, brother-in-law Chris, niece Annabelle, and my friends for all their support in life and acting.”
Emilia O’Connor (Director) is a 39-year-old actor, co-founder of ArtStream, co-assistant director for Gaithersburg ITC A, and Virginia’s Cabaret Company Director.. She is from Chevy Chase, MD. Emilia often performs with the British Players and with Hexagon companies in the DC area. She studied Theatre at NYU, and eventually earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University with a focus in Transition Special Education. She works as a special education teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. She loves being a new momma. “Thanks to baby Iella and Joel for letting me run off to join the show!”
Tom O’Reilly (Scenic Coordinator) is excited to work with the ArtStream cast and team! He is semi retired and spends much of his time building sets and production managing for local community theaters. He has been active with The Arlington Players and Little Theater of Alexandria and has also designed and built many productions for the multigenerational Chalice Theatre. In a prior life he worked with local and international government real estate operations.
Charles Outlaw (Actor) is a 31-year-old actor from Washington, DC. He previously acted with the ArtStream Inclusive Theatre Company from 2005 until 2009. Charles performed at the Lincoln Theatre with the Art and Drama Therapy Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble from 2011 – 2016. In December 2016, he performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama. Charles currently attends Bridgeway Community Services and is a member of the Bridgeway Choir. He enjoys singing, performing, and recording. He performs at Republic Takoma Park’s Open Mic every Sunday with Zander Baldwin. “Peace!”
Matthew Palacios (Mentor, a palace guest, an evil spirit) is an 18-year-old mentor from Arlington, VA. This is his first year with ArtStream. He has previously performed at Washington Lee high School, Synetic theatre, and Signature Theatre. Matthew enjoys theatre, art, and guitar. “Thanks to the cast and crew for their hard work.”
Laurie will be celebrating her 43rd birthday on March 29. Her hometown is Virginia Beach, but she have lived in Arlington for many years. This is her first year as an actor with ArtStream. Laurie did do some singing and acting when she lived in Holland and Norway. During the day, Laurie works at Arlington Weaves, making placemats, table runners, soap, candles, and many more fabulous things. Her hobbies are taking photos, playing games, having fun with friends, cooking, and of course, acting! Laurie loves her family for supporting her and L’Arche who has helped a lot!
Anne Reamer (Mentor) has been an onstage mentor for Arlington Company A since 2016, and has supported ArtStream since 2011. Her first theatre experience was to direct, cast, and perform in her high school plays. Anne has a strong professional background in working with people with special needs and their families as a counselor, coach, advocate, and teacher. She has her MEd in Community Counseling from The George Washington University. “I’m so impressed with how everyone at ArtStream works hard to make the other actors look their best and express their hearts. This care and compassion is a truly rare and valuable find today!”
Cassie Rennie is a 24-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. She is performing in her fifth show with ArtStream. Cassie is a student at Northern Virginia Community College and also volunteers at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. She enjoys reading, writing stories, juggling, and ventriloquism. She is an active member of Cool Aspies and Best Buddies Citizens. “Thanks to ArtStream for giving me the chance to perform my art out.”
Pete Scampavia is a 30-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. He has acted with ArtStream since 2014, and appeared in his first show with the Arlington Inclusive Theatre Company last spring as Dan De Miser in Must Love Music. Pete attended George Mason University in Fairfax. He works at Safeway and lives in his own apartment. When he’s not working or acting he likes to hang out with his friends and play with his matchbox cars. “Acting is my passion!”
Barbara Schelstrate has directed music for numerous shows and cabarets in the area, including Gilbert & Sullivan productions, the annual CHAWbarets at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) in D.C., and dozens of productions at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Her on-stage experience includes several operas with the Washington National Opera chorus and William Inge’s Picnic with Dominion Stage. Perhaps her favorite activity is composing music. She’s written a one-act opera, Frigga & the Mistletoe, and a musical version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed in 2017 at CHAW. She’s happy to be writing for Arlington Company A!
Nancy Shockro is a 56-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. Nancy has been with ArtStream for 11 years. Nancy previously performed at MLS in Troy, PA. She enjoys hanging out at home, arts and crafts, singing, and hanging out with Kitt. “Going to LA!”
Ariel Cadby Spicer
Ariel Cadby Spicer (Mentor, a palace guest, Gift Giver) is a 22-year-old mentor from Arlington, VA. This is her first year acting with ArtStream. Ariel has performed in shows at Wakefield high School, Signature Theatre, Chalice Theatre, Keagan Theatre, and Yorktown High School. During the day she works as a business consultant at The Educe Group. Ariel enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and yoga. “Thanks so much to the rest of Company A for welcoming me to ArtStream.”
Laura Sullivan is a 27-year-old actress from Alexandria, VA. She made her ArtStream debut in 2011 as a time-traveling archaeologist in Oh My, An Invasion! Laura is a summa cum laude graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts. She enjoys art, music, theater, and she is fairly fluent in Spanish. For many years, she sang with the Arlington Children’s Chorus, including two productions with the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Laura is currently working two volunteer positions at UpCycle Creative Reuse Center and at a local dentist’s office. “Thanks to everyone in the cast for making this such a great experience!”
Allie Welch (Actor) is a 21-year-old actor from Fairfax, VA. She has been participating in ArtStream for three years, and previously performed with Ms. Kubley’s Drama Productions, at Fairview Elementary, Ivymount, and Imagination Stage. Allie is a student at Ivymount, she manages the George Mason basketball team, enjoys swimming, and listening to music. “Thanks to my family, friends, and staff at ArtStream for supporting me!”
Patti is a Co-founder and the Founding Executive Director for ArtStream. She now serves as a Master Teacher and consultant for ArtStream. Patti wears several hats during the day. She currently teaches drama and directs for ETC and Theatre Lab. As a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), she works privately with clients, and also works as a professional organizer for Basic Organization. She loves directing again and is very thankful for everyone on the team in Arlington Company A!