ArtStream creates Theatre for an Inclusive World. Here are the amazing Teaching Artists who help lead classes, create and direct original musicals, and produce Cabaret performances. Visit our calendar to see what classes and performances our Teaching Artists are leading.
Amy Sheff Neumann
Amy Sheff NeumannTeaching Artist
Andrew Stainer is a guitarist and composer from Crownsville, Maryland. He has been the Music Director with Silver Spring Company A for many years! He enjoys composing music, traveling, and performing live with his theatrical musical group, Night Watch Paradox.
Andrew StainerMusic Director
Barbara Schelstrate began her career with ArtStream’s inclusive theater program in 2014 and has been with it ever since. It’s like home now! Her other music direction experience includes Gilbert & Sullivan productions and annual CHAWbarets at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) in D.C., as well as a dozen productions at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Her onstage 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 2011 at UUCA and in 2017 at CHAW. “Last year’s virtual show was an eye-opening creative experience, but it’s great to be back in person this year!”
Barbara SchelstrateMusic Director
Becky is from Huntington Beach, California. She is excited to be back this year with the Silver Spring Company B family. Becky earned her bachelor’s degree in Theater from UC, San Diego and is currently earning a master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Maryland. Besides working on theater shows, she also loves to travel and watch TV. “I am impressed by the dedication, flexibility, and perseverance of our actors. It is a blessing to work with this extraordinary team. Thank you for providing the best job ever!”
Becky WebbTeaching Artist
Brigid Wallace (she/her/hers) graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America, and has stayed in the DMV pursuing performance and teaching. Most recently she has performed with The Keegan Theatre, Grassroots Shakespeare DC, and The Puppet Co. She loves being a teaching artist with ArtStream and other theatre companies in the DC area because the performing arts are for everyone! Brigid loves using tools from acting and music to promote personal growth in her students in the development of confidence, communication skills, and empathy, and in fostering a sense of play at any age.
Brigid WallaceTeaching Artist
Diana Metzger is a playwright, screenwriter, essayist, theatre critic, and creative writer from Silver Spring, Maryland. Diana has been a teaching artist with Round House Theatre since high school. Round House commissioned and produced Diana’s play “Beach Week” with their teen performance company. Diana wrote for the MTV scripted series “Faking It” and worked on the ABC Family show “Greek.” Diana was a finalist for the Humanitas New Voices writing award two years in a row for both comedy and drama writing. Diana received her MFA in Creative Writing at American University and her BS in Communication (Theatre Major with a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media) from Northwestern University.
Diana MetzgerAssistant Director
Elizabeth is a graduate of Indiana University with a major of Music/Vocal Performance with an Outside Field in Theatre. After a few years in the world of NYC theatre, she moved to the DC area where she was introduced to ArtStream by her then roommate in 2009. She now resides in Maryland but, thanks to Zoom, is thrilled for the opportunity to direct the Virtual Alexandria Company. She feels blessed to be able to combine her love of Musical Theatre and her love for this community. She is proud to call our ArtStreamers not only friends, but family as well!
Elizabeth CroninTeaching Artist
Emilia has worn practically every theatre “hat”: actor, director, assistant director, teaching artist, stage manager, vocal coach, and stage technician. She started her theatre career at an early age with BAPA’s Imagination Stage. She began her theatre studies at NYU with the Playwrights Horizons Studio where she completed her two-year primary studio training. Emilia earned a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland. Eventually, Emilia would return to Imagination Stage as an employee and discover a love for working with students who have special needs.
Since then, Emilia has earned a MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University with a focus in Transition Special Education and works as a special education teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools.
Emilia has a conversational ability in ASL and fluency in Spanish. With ArtStream, she teaches classes in voice, music and movement, drama, musical theatre, and directs the Virginia Cabaret Companies.
Emilia O’ConnorTeaching Artist/Co-Founder
Heather Newhouse has been stage managing with ArtStream for five years and loves the creative, collaborative atmosphere of Company A–as well as the interesting props she gets to make from year to year! She currently works at Folger Shakespeare Library as the Patron Services Manager. Heather would like to thank everyone in ArtStream for being so supportive and inspirational. Break a (virtual) leg, friends!
Heather NewhouseStage Manager
Janeni Nathan is a stage manager from Laurel, Maryland. She is excited to be part of ArtStream and Silver Spring Company A. Janeni is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelors in Theater with a concentration in Stage Management. She is grateful to have this opportunity to work with Silver Spring A and enjoyed every moment of it.
Janeni NathanStage Manager
Kailey Azure Green
Kailey Azure Green (they/them) moved to the DMV area around a year ago but has been working as a choreographer and fight director for the past several years. Their choreography credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (An Other Theatre Company), Men I’m Not Married To (Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company), and Cabaret (UVU). Their previous fight director credits include Newsies (Scera Theater), Julius Caesar (UVU), and Romeo and Juliet (Grassroots Shakespeare Company). Kailey has been seen onstage as Anybodys in West Side Story (The Grand Theatre), Ophelia in Hamlet (Grassroots Shakespeare DC), and Chorus in Henry V (Grassroots Shakespeare Company). Kailey also works as the Executive Assistant for Theatrical Intimacy Education.
Kailey Azure GreenAssistant Director and Choerographer
Kathryn Lodge is a co-director and teaching artist at ArtStream. When Kathryn isn’t working or volunteering within Artstream, she is working her two other less exciting jobs or hanging out with her animals and her fiancé. “A huge thank you to Robbie for helping with props, Chris for driving to rehearsals sometimes, and Ravi for always treating her like family.”
Kathryn LodgeTeaching Artist
Kristen is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in theatre and psychology. She began teaching with ArtStream in 2012, directing the George Mason ArtStream group. Since then she has also taught Shakespeare and improv classes at Oakton and is excited to be directing the Gaithersburg Company A for the second year! Kristen is a local director, actor, and fight choreographer in the DMV region and is an advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She is a teaching artist with several other companies including Educational Theatre Company and Traveling Players Ensemble. She was inspired by her work in theatre education and by ArtStream to become a drama therapist; she is completing her master’s degree in drama therapy at Lesley University. Big thanks to everyone in Company A, GMU, and the whole ArtStream team!
Kristen PilgrimTeaching Artist
Liv Dinter is a Baltimore based creative with backgrounds in theatre and communications. They graduated from Stevenson University in 2021 with a degree in Theatre Performance and have since collaborated with The Everyman Theatre, Skylight Theatre Labs, and now ArtStream in various roles. They are positively thrilled to expand their repertoire and continue to work with ArtStream’s incredible team and actors!
Liv DinterAssistant Director
Luke Scaros is so excited to be part of the Alexandria In-Person Company! Luke earned his B.A. in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Regent University. He has spent four years in the DMV area directing, with highlights being Hamlet (Organic Studio of Performing Arts) Taming of the Shrew (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), and the upcoming production of Dear Edwina Jr. (Mark Twain MS Theatre). He would like to thank ArtStream for the many opportunities to grow as a teacher, actor, and now director. Thank you and enjoy the show!
Luke ScarosTeaching Artist
Madeleine Regina is a DC Based Director, Performance Artist, and Educator, whose work primarily focuses on issues of social equity. Her most recent projects include “Body.”, a devised production about the stories our physical forms carry, which she directed for the DC Fringe Festival. In addition, she was an assistant director for Flying V’s recent devised production, “Crystal Creek Motel”. She is currently directing an acting showcase with Matthew Corzine Studio and is working on a small production with the Center for Adoption Support and Education, helping to tell the stories of adopted children and their families. She also teaches with Imagination Stage and Theatre Lab in addition to her directing work with ArtStream. She absolutely loves sharing a creative space with people of all backgrounds and abilities!
Madeleine ReginaTeaching Artist
Maria O’ConnorTeaching Artist
Mark Andrist has been a professional working musician since he was fourteen years old, and he is grateful for the opportunities he has had to perform, write, teach, and direct all over the world. His younger sister is the inspiration for his commitment to ArtStream, an individual who has lived her life refusing to allow her disabilities to steal her joy.
Mark AndristMusic Director
Mary Beth Levrio
Mary Beth Levrio has been with ArtStream since 2015 as a teacher, assistant director, and director. Mary Beth has an M.A. in Theatre from The American University with a focus on directing and education. She has has worked as a director and teacher for companies in the DMV area including Montgomery Playhouse, Upcounty Theatre, Kentlands Community Players, Children’s Theatre of Arlington, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, Potomac Community Theatre, The City of Gaithersburg, The City of Rockville, and Thomas Wootton High School. Pittsburgh is her new home, but thanks to Zoom she is still with ArtStream. She would like to thank the wonderful people at ArtStream , especially everyone with Alexandria Company B, for giving her the opportunity to stay connected. “ArtStream is my happy place.”
Mary Beth LevrioTeaching Artist
Megan Jones is from Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Virginia a few years ago. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with her B.A. in Communications-Theatre and from Villanova University with her Masters in Theatre-Directing. Overall, she has worked in almost every area of theatre including directing, stage management, properties design and construction, set design and construction, costumes, lighting, spotlight, and acting. Meg Jones is a teaching artist for Artstream classes in the Northern Virginia area and works for Lopez Studios Inc. as the After School Program Director, Speciality Class Instructor, and Private Acting Coach.
Megan JonesTeaching Artist
Melanie Zehner (She/Her) is an actor (AEA/SAG-AFTRA), writer, and teaching artist from upstate NY and is currently teaching virtually in Chicago. She graduated with her Bachelors in Theatre from SUNY Potsdam and received her Masters in Physical Acting from the University of Kent Canterbury. Recently, Melanie graduated from the Second City Conservatory. Melanie has worked as an actor with multiple theatre groups, as well as participated in different film projects. Melanie has written theatrical works for Laugh Index Theatre and the Museum of the Bible. Melanie has been a teaching artist since the age of fifteen. She has taught with the Syracuse Children’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, Sitar Arts, ArtStream Inc, Museum of the Bible, Wellness4Every1, and Bear Book Club. With Bear Book Club, Melanie created the curriculum for the first online Korean improv classes. “Defy Gravity.”
Melanie ZehnerTeaching Artist
Mike Morton is a musician, teacher, and producer from Glenelg, MD. He has been with ArtStream since 2015 (and loves every minute of it). Mike teaches private music lessons and performs with a variety of local groups. He has a BA in Art History from the University of Maryland and has taught at Music & Arts and the Damon Foreman Music Academy. In his free time he enjoys playing chess, reading sci-fi, and hanging out with all his pets.
Mike MortonMusic Director
Natalie is a writer, director, actor. She has been thrilled to be the director of Silver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company A since 2010. She began teaching classes for Artstream in 2006. In 2009, Natalie created an original inclusive show for the Glebe Elementary S.M.A.R.T. program based on a classic children’s story. She developed the Cabaret Program for Artstream in 2017 and directed the first Maryland Cabaret in 2018. In 2011, Natalie performed in the original Artstream touring show “Pursuing the Runes” which toured area hospitals and bereavement camps.
Outside of Artstream she is a licensed tour guide and a tour developer and 2001 she launched Historic Strolls, a company that combines historical walking tours with theatre to create a unique experience. She is the author and director of The Ghost Story Tour of Washington. She has been a guest expert for C-SPAN3 American History TV, The History Channel, Travel Channel and Canadian and French television, WAMU The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WUSA9 and NPR, CNN Radio and in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Politico, Roll Call, DCist and others.
Natalie researches and writes original historical theater pieces. She trains and costumes actors for museum events such as: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and for the National Archives Sleepover at the Archives. She created an historical three-character drama for the hip-hop theatre artist, Holly Bass.
Natalie ZaninTeaching Artist
Norah Juzenas is an Assistant Director from Silver Spring, Maryland. She has been with ArtStream for five years! Norah is finishing her junior year and looking forward to her senior year at Sandy Spring Friends School. In addition to working at ArtStream, Norah runs cross country and track and works at Meadowbrook Stables!
Norah JuzenasAssistant Director
Pamela, a veteran educator (Drama, English, Chorus, Special Education), holds B.A. magna cum laude from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Communication Arts and Theatre from The University of Maryland. An international Gilbert and Sullivan director, Pamela is a founder and stage director of PB Theatricals, which offers performance and technical theatre opportunities for young people in the U.K. Pamela sends her love and thanks to the actors, staff, and crew in the Cabaret family.
Pam BilikTeaching Artist
Pamela Freedy is a theatre director, performer, and teacher with a keen curiosity for exploring intersections of civic dialogue and fantastic community imaginations through the arts. She is happiest in the theatre classroom, having spent nine years as a theatre educator in schools and as a teaching artist in a variety of community settings. Pam holds her BA in Theatre Education from the University of New Hampshire, her graduate teaching certificate in K-12 Theatre Arts from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and a Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. Pam is an Assistant Director in ArtStream’s Gaithersburg A Theatre Company.
Pam FreedyAssistant Director
Penny is a teaching artist and performer based in the DC/Baltimore area. She has worked as a writer, director and performer with the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre since 1994, and performs with Good Life Theatre, where she just completed a three year run at Wolf Trap. Other favorite performing companies include Bread and Puppet Theater, The Other Opera Company, Adventure Theatre, and The Puppet Company at Glen Echo.
Penny teaches puppetry workshops throughout the DC/Baltimore region and beyond, including workshops as far away as Scotland. She is a regular teaching artist for the Wolf Trap Institute and also sings with the Swing Set Trio and the Roland Cumberland Orchestra.
With ArtStream, Penny has teaches classes in schools and other provider organizations for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). She also leads workshops in self-advocacy.
Penny RussellTeaching Artist
Rye EllisTeaching Artist/Board Liaison
Sandra has a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory of Music and an MA in dance from American University. She taught dance and creative movement in the Greater Washington DC area for 25 years, working with Imagination Stage, The Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, Iona Senior Services, and Arts for the Aging teaching creative movement to older adults. She also works with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) teaching music and movement.
Sandra is currently working with Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group. She has had previous performances with DPG in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; and New York, NY.
With ArtStream, Sandra teaches classes in schools and other provider organizations for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). This work is highlighted in the Stone Soup Films production “DC Hero — Sandy Roachford.” She also works as a choreographer with Inclusive Theatre Companies.
Sandra RoachfordTeaching Artist
Shelley Fisher is a choreographer and performer. She teaches dance classes, performs, and manages events. Some of her most rewarding moments come from serving as the choreographer for Gaithersburg Company A. “Now everyone put your hands to your mouth and yell out loud, ‘Go Gaithersburg Company A!!’”
Shelley FisherTeaching Artist
Valerie Segal has been the choreographer for Silver Spring B for the last three years and has been in ArtStream for six years in all. She was with Silver Spring B through high school as a mentor (2013-2016) and then was able to return as a teaching artist after graduating from University of Maryland with dual B.S. degrees in psychology and kinesiology. Valerie works as a therapeutic aid at MOCO movement center, an inclusive pediatric therapy practice. She is currently studying in Towson’s occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program.
Wendy is a Washington area teaching artist and arts in health practitioner. She is Musician in Residence at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and provides programming through several agencies including Arts for the Aging and Washington Performing Arts. Wendy is also a music director with Lumina Studio Theatre, plays bass with the band Wendy & the Lost Boys, and volunteers in hospital settings through Musicians on Call. She received a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Florida. Wendy is thrilled to be working with such wonderful actors at ArtStream!