META THEATER CAMP IS lead by experienced theater professionals, who love what they do.
Director: Torie Giesen
… has been involved with theatre in the valley for the last five years. She has taught in theatre camps for Bayview Elementary, Theatre Arts Guild, and META performing arts. She recently produced Redfoot Theatre Group's production of The Winter's Tale and assistant directed META's The Little Mermaid. She has also performed in several shows, including TAG's Willy Wonka, White Christmas, The Rocky Horror Show, SVC's Measure for Measure, and Redfoot Theatre Group's Taming of the Shrew and The Winters Tale. With plans of pursuing theatre at Western Washington University in the winter, Torie is thrilled to be making her directing debut in META's 2017 summer camp.
Assistant Director: Matt Riggins
… has been working as a theatre teacher for 8 years. He has directed and taught kids at such places as Burlington High School, TAG and META in Mount Vernon and Fidalgo dance works in Anacortes, as well as many others. He was the director of Once Upon A Mattress here at the Lincoln Theater for TAG in 2015 and has been a cast member in multiple META productions over the last 3 or so years, including his most recent META role being "King Triton" in The Little Mermaid.
Vocal Director: Mikalah Barem
… graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Vocal Performance focus. While there, she was a member of the top large choral ensemble and the pianist for The Willamette Singers, a Downbeat Magazine award winning jazz ensemble. Mikalah has taught at River City Rock Star Academy, as well as many summer theater camps, including 2016 TAG/META collaboration camp. She is a member of Music Teacher's National Association, Oregon Music Teacher's Association and Washington State Music Teacher’s Association. Mikalah is currently earning a second bachelor’s degree at Washington State University Spokane, where she has performed in productions of Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, and the upcoming production of First Date in July.
Choreographer: Annabelle Vergne
… professionally studied and trained in Paris in the Russian Vaganova school style of Ballet with masters Serge and Solange Golovine, Irina Grejbina, and Nelly Kolytcheff from the Bolshoi. Beyond ballet, her studies also included Modern, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, and Belly Dance. Following her studies, Annabelle worked as a ballet instructor, performer, and assistant choreographer at the Ecole de Danse de la SFP in Paris. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Annabelle has taught at Turning Pointe Dance Center, Pacific Dance Company and Northwest Ballet School. Currently, she is teaching at Fidalgo Danceworks, Premiere Studio NW and offers private workshops and coaching. Her teaching method prioritizes correct body alignment, the use of breathing to help with stretching, the importance of the mind-body connection, and communicating the joy of dancing.
Intern: Adia Sky Bowen
… has always known theatre. When she was 3 years old she made her first stage debut in 7 Brides for Seven Brothers. 11 years later she has been in over 16 local community theatre productions. Her most memorable and recent roles have included "Grizabella" in the musical CATS, and "Ariel" in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Her dreams are Broadway bound...look for her there :)
Intern: Adrian Lane
… has been with META for six years now. He has gotten to enjoy being a part of the musical CATS, The Little Mermaid, Oliver!, and many more. This year will be his second year of teaching for this theatre camp and he hopes it helps to kindle the kids’ spark of interest for theatre!
Intern: Claire Andrews
… has been performing since 2011 with Shakespeare Northwest, META Performing Arts, Skagit Valley College and Theater Arts Guild . Claire is currently working on Edward II and Hamlet. She has a passion for Shakespeare, Spanish and playing the piano.
Intern: Nate Wheeler
… got first involved in theatre with META's 2013 production of The Outsiders and since then gone on to take roles as "Tybalt" in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, "Gus the Theatre Cat" in the musical CATS, and has just recently played "Autolycus" in Red Foot Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. This summer will be his second year working as an intern for theatre camp and he looks forward to helping guide new kids into the world of theatre and sharing his skills along the way.
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