Studio East Teaching Artists

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Alegra Batara


Alegra is a Filipino actor, director, and playwright born and raised in the PNW. They earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in 2021.…

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Emily Beckley


Emily is thrilled to be part of the teaching team at Studio East. She has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2005 and was a dance teacher for several years before that.…

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Marina Clever

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Marina is a choreographer and arts educator from the Pacific Northwest. She studied Theatre and Dance Education at Western Washington University and has worked with students of just about every age in schools and theatrical programs in the Bellingham and Seattle area.…

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Megan D Connell


Megan is a proud Studio Alum who you will rarely find without a coffee in her hands and junior mints somewhere. She earned her degree from UNLV in Stage and Screen Acting and spent a handful of years performing in Las Vegas on The Strip and in film projects around the area.…

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Kim Douthit


Kim was born and raised in Redmond, Washington. She relocated to New York for school, attending Hofstra University and receiving her BFA in Theatre Arts with a specialization in performance. After working professionally in NYC for a number of years as an actor, director and playwright, Kim attended LAMDA to study Classical Acting and Shakespeare.…

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David Dryfoos


David Dryfoos is a multi-faceted professional musician. He graduated from University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition. In addition to being a composer, he is a theatrical music director, piano accompanist for choir, solo voice, and solo instrument, sound designer, and Foley artist.

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Jillian Faulk


Jillian is Seattle based actor and teaching artist originally from Richland Washington. Jillian is Studio East and StoryBook Theater’s Ticketing Manager! She attended Central Washington University where she majored in Theatre Performance, and specialized in Neurodiverse Theatre Education.…

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Cassie Fitzgerald


Cassie is the Production Stage Manager at Studio East and loves working with students of all ages in the Mainstage and Education programs. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A.…

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Donny Gersonde


Donny Gersonde is a local teaching artist originally from San Diego! After attending Coronado School of the Arts he went to The Hartt School where he worked towards his BFA in Musical Theatre.…

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Julia Gorordo


A passionate Studio East kid of over a decade, Julia is thrilled to be working as a Teaching Artist! She was raised in Snohomish, WA, and now teaches Choir at Monroe High School and Park Place Middle School.…

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Rebecca Herivel


Rebecca Herivel is a musician, actor, and teaching artist. As a performer, she specializes in cross-genre work, particularly in using music to enhance storytelling in non-musical theater works. Rebecca lived for drama club in elementary and middle school and is passionate about bringing the same life-changing experience she had to her students.…

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Aimee Hong


Aimee is a Music Director, Accompanist, Conductor, and Voice and Piano Teacher. Some of her favorite musicals she’s Music Directed are “Into the Woods”, “Heathers the Musical”, “Godspell”, “Sweeney Todd”, and “Big Fish.” She has MD’d/worked at Bellevue College (where she is also an Adjunct Music Professor), Seattle Pacific University, Village Theatre, The Seattle Rep, Seattle Children’s Theater, Studio East, Reboot Theatre Company, Renton Civic Theater, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Lesser Known Players, Burien Actor’s Theatre, Second Story Repertory, and St.…

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Gilly Kelleher


Gilly Kelleher is a teaching artist, actor, director, designer, dialect coach, and writer: a thespian-of-many-hats. She graduated from the Foothill Theatre Conservatory before completing her BA degrees in Drama and English (with a Creative Writing Emphasis) at the University of California, Irvine.…

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Ashley Rose Klimper


As a Studio East Alum, Ashley is excited to be back at the Studio, this time as a teaching artist. Ashley graduated from Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City with a certificate in musical theater.…

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Mitch le Sage


Mitch is excited to continue having opportunities to teach accessible and positive performing arts to actors and performers of all ages. They come from the Shoreline Community College music department, is certified by UW in production and recording engineering, and has dedicated their life to learning performance arts thanks to two music teaching parents.…

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Richard Nava

Richard is a graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Arts in Los Angeles, where they studied Music theatre with an additional focus in commercial/pop music. Richard believes that to grow as an artist we have to stay curious about our craft and all the pieces that make it up.

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Hana Oh


Hana is an educator and theater enthusiast who is thrilled to be part of the Studio East team. She graduated from SUNY Brockport in Upstate New York with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children and has been a playwright, actor, and assistant stage manager.…

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Vincent J, Orduña


VJ did his post-graduate in Directing at The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City and is currently the Theatre Manager at the Mountlake Terrace High School Performing Arts Center. Before that, he was the Education Outreach Manager & Artreach Coordinator for Studio East.…

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Danielle Osterman


Danielle Osterman is a theater kid who grew up (a little)! She studied theater and dance at Oberlin College, majored in math and music at The Ohio State University, and studied musicology at the graduate level at the Eastman School of Music.…

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Kaysy Ostrom


Kaysy is an actor, playwright, director, and teaching artist from Seattle, Washington and she is the Education Director at Studio East! She is an alumni of Studio East, a graduate of SMU with a BFA in Theatre Studies (with an emphasis on acting, playwriting, and directing), and a graduate of Seattle Children’s Theatre’s TAT Lab: a teaching artist training program.…

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Joslynn Piper


Joslynn has been involved in the world of theater since 2012, and is excited to fulfill her role as a teaching artist for Studio East. Through her experience, she’s found that the stage is where anyone can find their voice and discover who they are.…

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Helen Roundhill


Helen is a multidisciplinary theater artist based in Seattle. As an actor, designer, playwright, and dancer, they have worked at theaters throughout the Pacific NW including Intiman, Seattle Public Theater, and The Seattle Rep.…

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Adrian Serrato


Adrian Cerrato is an actor, director and educator in the greater Seattle area. Some of his favorite roles include all four lovers (Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, and Hermia) in Off Road Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Beast from SecondStory Repertory’s production of Charles Way’s Beauty and the Beast, Lord De Winter and Jussac in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of The Three Musketeers.…

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Joey Sponseller


Joey Sponseller is an actor and teaching artist from Ventura, California. He graduated with an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Previously, he has enjoyed working with underprivileged students for several years in New York City.…

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Meg Thompson


Meg has been a “theater kid” her entire life. She grew up as a teen participant of Bellevue Youth Theatre (BYT) and then continued as a volunteer and staff member there for nearly 20 years, where she had the privilege of watching young people grow through the art of theater.…

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Abby Tincher


Abby is a Studio East alumna and two-time YAPI graduate, who started in camps and Mainstage productions several years ago and hasn’t left since. She has experience assisting and choreographing in camps at the Studio and has enjoyed every second of it!…

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Brad Walker


Seattle born and raised, Brad is a proud AAPI Actor, Director, Drama Teacher, and an alumnus of the University of Washington. He began working for Studio East in 2016 as an actor with their StoryBook Theater wing; Brad has also performed with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, Taproot Theatre, and Harlequin Productions, among many others.…

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Hannah White


Hannah is a performing and teaching artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts. Growing up, she was an assistant teacher at her dance studio for a variety of classes and ages, eventually teaching and choreographing for her own ballet, tap, and tumbling classes.…

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Chloe Williams


Chloe is a theater practitioner from Wilmington, Ohio. Her goal is to make theater accessible and enjoyable for thespians of all ages through the creation of inclusive environments. Her focus and passion lies in theater education and stage management, something she has been able to practice during her time at Ohio Wesleyan University.…

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Rylee Worth


Rylee is thrilled to join the Studio East Teaching Artist staff. A former student here himself, he found a sense of homage for the Studio, and is thrilled to offer that same feeling to new students.…