Our Play Me a Story program, camps, and after school classes cover many elements of the theater arts, including: improvisation, text work, stage combat, movement, play writing, mask making, puppetry, scenic design, Shakespeare, devised theater and much more!

The Education Program at Portland Stage works with professional actors, designers, and composers to inspire, educate and illuminate the theater arts. Our dynamic teaching artists are excited to provide their students with high-quality, immersive, and FUN theatrical experiences!

Hannah Cordes (Education Manager) is an educator, actor, director, and native New Englander who moved to Portland in 2015. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Concentration in Literary Studies) and Theater. Hannah believes that theatre can be an avenue for social change and that it inspires young people to be creative thinkers, playful individuals, and confident learners.




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 taught at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and University of Iowa, Iowa City.



Moira Driscoll 2010Moira 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.




BessWeldenBW_08Bess 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 shows The Passion of the Hausfrau (2009) and Big Mouth Thunder Thighs (2013) both of which premiered at Portland Stage.


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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.


Grace Bauer

A Portland newcomer, Grace Bauer is a Canadian-American actress whose recent projects include Other Desert Cities (Mad Horse), Love and Information (Lorem Ipsum), As It Is In Heaven (Everyman Repertory Theatre) and Our Town (Theater at Monmouth). Film/TV favorites: Tell Me No Lies, Boot Camp, Masters of Horror, Psych, The 4400. Grace has an MFA from USC.



Keith Powell Beyland currently serves as Artistic Director of Dramatic Repertory Company, where he recently directed premiere productions of The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Equivocation and A Bright New Boise among others. He spent the last two decades working on and off broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theater Club. He is a graduate with honors of the Dramatic Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and lives in Portland with his wife, Vanessa, and their daughter, Keely.

Buxtonheadshot2014 (2)Catherine Buxton is an actor/educator who believes in storytelling above all else. You may have seen her on stage around town, but she most enjoys working with young adults on issues of social justice through performance as she has done with Boston’s The Theater Offensive and Speak About It.



Meredythe Dehne Lindsey is a local actor, model, and taiko drummer.  Meredythe thoroughly enjoys exploring creativity and imagination through play and is excited to be involved with Play Me a Story.  Oh, and Meredythe absolutely adores cats.



AdamAdam Ferguson (actor) Has acted with multiple Theatre Companies in Portland and Maine. He received a Reader’s Theater certification from University of Southern Maine while in London, England.




coreyCorey Gagne hails from Fort Kent, Maine. He loves dogs, Shakespeare, ice cream, and The Replacements. Corey was most recently seen in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Richard III at Portland Stage.



Newly settled in Maine from ‘away’, Tracey Hall spent 15 years working as an Actor/Educator in Oregon, Utah, New York, Texas, Ireland, and England before becoming a Special Education teacher and raising a family. She has an MA in Theatre Education from NYU and specializes in play building, literacy through drama, and accessing curriculum through drama in education. She is honored to be a member of the Portland Stage Company’s educational team.

Andrew Harris headshotAndrew Harris has worked extensively as an Actor, Director, Theater 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.


Lisa (3)Lisa Boucher Hartman (formerly van Oosterum) has performed all over the world, most notably as Columbia in Rocky Horror Show and Yitzak in Hedwig and the Angry. Recent shows include A Celtic Christmas with AIRE, Love and Information with Lorem Ipsum, title of show with DRC and November with Mad Horse Theater. She currently resides in Portland, teaches Acting at SMCC and is a proud founding committee member of Portfringe.


nemMnemosyne “Nem” Heileman attended Marlboro College for theater performance and directing, and cofounded The Monarch Theater- a 75 seat black box theater still in use at the college today. She pioneered Fort Collins Children’s Theater’s Apprentice Program, taught numerous acting courses with Mountain Kids, and has performed with multiple companies throughout Colorado. Since moving to Portland she has spent much of her time working behind the scenes, and is happy to be reunited with teaching and the stage.


HeatherHeadshotHeather Elizabeth Irish Recent credits: “Casca” in Julius Caesar (PSC’s Bare Bard), and “Natalie/Nate” in Koalas (PSC’s Little Festival). Up next, she will be touring schools with Portland Stage Director’s Lab as “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet.





Bridgette Kelly is a local Portland actress who has been educating and coaching for over 10 years. She got her first taste of Play Me a Story during the Spring 2015 season and is looking forward to extending her role within the Portland Stage Education program. She is excited to combine her love acting with her passion for educating youth.



Abbie Killeen headshot 02Abbie 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. Abbie is also an Assistant Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College.




Carmen-maria Mandley is a teacher, actor, director, and playwright. She loves Shakespeare, poetry, baseball, puppets, and her cat Frances. She is really, really grateful to be living in Portland and working with all the fine folks at Portland Stage. She attended National-Louis University in Chicago Illinois and continued her training at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires and at the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre.



Allison McCall

Allison McCall graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a BA in Theatre and Art History, and studied Performance Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2009. She is a proud member of Mad Horse Theatre Co and MTWTFSS Theatre Co, and works extensively with other companies around Portland including Good Theatre, Fenix Theatre Co, and PortFringe. She worked as a Guest Artist at Camp Susan Curtis in 2010, developing original theatre with economically underprivileged Maine youth; and has lead Boal-based outreach through Learning Works and Boys and Girls Club with several schools in the greater  Portland area. Allison is a Theatre Educator and resident stage manager with the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine.




Deirdre Fulton McDonough is a founding member of the Lorem Ipsum theater collective and the PortFringe theater festival. She is a full-time journalist, the author of the Fury series for young adults (as Elizabeth Miles), and an occasional teaching artist for the Telling Room.

Bob Petee

Bob Pettee has been a teacher/actor/manager for many years. He relocated to Portland a little over two years ago from the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York.





Steph RossSteph Ross– graduate of NYU-TSOA, has been professionally, acting, directing and teaching for over 20 years. For the last 12, she was the drama director at both Massabesic High/Middle Schools, and on the faculty for Acorn Productions since 2006. She is the co-founder of Pie Man Theatre Company.




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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 –The Snow Queen (2011, 2013), Iron Kisses (2007), Magnetic North(2008), Passion of the Hausfrau (2009) – as well as music for TV shows, education, and underscoring improv comedy.



Mark BWHeadshotMark Rubin is a member of Mad Horse Theater Company, and has worked with various theater companies and collaborations around Portland over the last decade including Good Theater, Lorem Ipsum, and AIRE.  He studied at HB Studio and Woolly Mammoth Theatre and previously worked in the Washington, DC area at Arena Stage, Round House Theater, Project Y, Cherry Red Productions, and Olney Stage. He can’t wait to participate in projects his two sons can actually see without traumatizing them.


Linda_SharyLinda Shary is a theatre graduate of Ohio State University, Linda Shary worked in NYC in the 80s. She met her husband, Jeff Logan, as a member of the avant-garde American Shakespeare Repertory and also appeared in over 50 films as an extra and stand-in before taking a hiatus from acting and directing to raise their daughter, Maddie.  She recently founded the local site-specific performance collaborative, Guerrilla Downtown, and is enjoying performing and directing again.



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. Dustin moved to Portland in 2008 and 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 six years. He enjoys acting, reading, and playing with his dog Minnie.



Megan_TMegan E. Tripaldi is an actress/playwright/educator in the greater Portland area. She’s had several of her plays produced both locally and out of state (on both coasts!). She looks forward to the upcoming theatre season and is excited to join the Play Me a Story team at PSC!




MarjoWheadshotMarjolaine Whittlesey is an actor and educator who, despite having roots on both sides of the Atlantic, calls Maine home.  She loves to juggle the verbal thrills of Shakespeare with the embodied storytelling of physical theater. She teaches writing at the Telling Room, directs Little Red Rug, a Portland based physical theater ensemble, and enjoys acting with several local companies including the Celebration Barn Ensemble, Dramatic Repertoire Company, Ziggurat Theater Ensemble, Lorem Ipsum and Theater At Monmouth.



Dana Wieluns Legawiec is a professional actress, mask and movement director and theatre arts educator who has worked all over Maine, Los Angeles, New York and internationally.  She is an original founding member and co-Artistic Director of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, based in Bowdoinham. Dana is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and Princeton University.