Instructors

Theater for Kids works with professional equity actors and qualified educators to instruct, educate and illuminate young minds about the theater arts. Our theater camp workshops include improvisation, learning to work with texts, becoming an actor, developing a stage presence, stage combat, movement excercises, theater games, playwriting & story telling, understanding drama, mask making, scenic design plus much more. Additionally, all campers will experience a unique, behind the scenes look at a working, professional theater.

Our instructors:

Dustin Tucker. A native of Amarillo, TX, Dustin has performed on Broadway, regional theaters and children's theaters across the country for the past 10 years. Having recently moved to Portland in the past year, Dustin is very excited to be a part of Portland Stage’s Theater for Kids program, where he has been acting and leading workshops for the past year. He enjoys acting, reading and playing with his dog Minnie.

Moira Driscoll has been a professional actress and theater educator for over 20 years.  Her first big role was as Henny Penny in “Chicken Little Revisited” (4th grade), and she’s been busy on the stage ever since, both off-Broadway—for 15 years in NYC—and here at Portland Stage for the past 10 years. She loves her work teaching theater to students of all ages—from elementary-school age to adults, and everyone in between.

Sally Wood started acting when she was eight. Her first role was Lucy in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Sally loves fighting (stage combat) and chocolate cake. She is an actor, director, and fight director and has spent many summers with the Theatre at Monmouth and across the country. She has trained in New York, Russia, Germany, England, and Italy.

Ron Botting is an actor and director who has worked regionally and in NY. Last seen Portland Stage's productions of Syncopation and Much Ado About Nothing. Trained with Shakespeare & Company and worked extensively on their Shakespeare school residency program in the Berkshire and Boston regions.
Bess Welden is an actor, playwright, teacher and mom. She has worked with theater students of all ages, most recently at Breakwater Creative Arts . She has taught voice and speech at Vassar College, School for Film and Television, USM, and Colby College. She especially loves solo performance and creating new plays, like her one-woman show The Passion of the Hausfrau which premiered at Portland Stage in 2009.
Andrew Harris. Has worked extensively as an Actor, Director, Theatre Educator and Education Associate for a number of arts organizations and theatres on both sides of the Atlantic. Born and raised in England Andrew trained in London as an Actor/Educator, and has been active in the shaping of theatre and drama curriculum as well as, the composition of a national Theatre Arts Syllabus in the UK.  He frequently works as a solo artist presenting performances and workshops on a wide range of topics.

Abbie Killeen. Abigail Killeen has acted off-Broadway and regionally. She toured in plays all around the country and carried everything she owned in a red suitcase. One time she did a movie and she was also on TV, but she thinks being onstage is more fun. She trained at NYU (Tisch) and Brandeis University. She considers it a great privilege to be part of the wonderful communities that make theater in Portland and Boston. Abigail is also an Assistant Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College.
  Anita Stewart - Executive & Artistic Director has worked with Susie Konkel to develop the Theater for Kids program at Portland Stage.  Anita graduated from Yale School of Drama and is one of the few designers running a regional theater in this country.  In addition to teaching master classes and workshops for students from the age of four to 84, she has, she has taught at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and University of Iowa, Iowa City.
Hans Indigo Spencer (composer) Career stretches over 20 years of supporting stories for theater directors, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers. Composing credits include plays at Portland Stage – Iron Kisses (2007), Magnetic North (2008), Passion of the Hausfrau (2009) – as well as music for TV shows, education, and underscoring improv comedy.
 
 

 
 


   
 


 


   

2013-2014
SEASON

 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
SEP 24 - OCT 20, 2013


Vigil
by Morris Panych
OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013


Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris
Dec 3 - DEC 22, 2013
In the Studio Theater

A Christmas Carol
by Hans Christian Andersen
NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013


Trouble Is My Business

by Joseph Vass
JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

Veils
WORLD PREMIERE
by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014


Tribes
by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith
APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014