In support of our mission of student managed productions, our Artist-In-Residence Program was created to help facilitate mentorship and collaboration between student leaders and their professional counterparts on our productions.  These artists are available to student leaders and cast members as an integral part of the educational process.

Mamma Mia! Artists-In-Residence

Zachary Harris

Zachary Harris is a Senior Theatre major at the University of Maryland and is thrilled to be an Artist-In-Residence for the inaugural production of The Free Theatre! Most recently Zachary directed Into the Woods with The Fredericktowne Players, along with assistant directing productions of Hairspray, Grease, and Godspell. Previous acting credits include Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (Ragtime), Horton the Elephant (Seussical), and Judas (Godspell). He is incredibly excited to dive into this journey with The Free Theatre!

Marci Shegogue
Music Direction

Marci has served as music director for hundreds of professional, community and educational program productions in the D.C. area over the past 37 years. In addition to working with The Free Theater, she is currently the resident Music Director for Free Range Humans, a new professional immersive theater company based in Frederick, MD. She has worked extensively with most of the educational musical theater programs in the area including Act Two at Levine School of Music, Teen Angel Project, Bravo, Ovations, MC Summer Dinner Theater and Musical Theater Center. Favorite productions include Chicago, Oklahoma and Catch Me If You Can (Act Two at Levine), Murder Ballad and Always Patsy Cline (Free Range Humans), Double Trouble(Imagination Stage), Infinite Future: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein (Monumental Theater), Tommy (Kensington Arts Theater), Aida and In the Heights (Northwest High School), Spamalot, Shrek and Forever Plaid (Rockville Musical Theater), Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors (Damascus Theatre Company) and Seussical (Har Shalom Players). Marci taught general/instrumental and choral music in several private schools for 15 years, and is currently a music sub and collaborative accompanist for Montgomery County Public Schools. She is a University of Maryland theater department alumnus and has trained professionally with DC and NYC artists. She is also a mentor and audition coach for teens and adults, a freelance musician, and most importantly, a mom to her two musical daughters. 

Bryan Stopak

Bryan Stopak is currently studying Directing at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. He has choreographed many shows in the DC metro area including All Shook Up, Godspell, Chicago, Catch Me If You Can (Act Two @ Levine) Spelling Bee, The Wiz, Seussical The Musical (Magruder High School), as well as assistant Choreographing West Side Story this past summer at Summer Dinner Theatre in Rockville. He was also a featured choreographer in the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival for “LIFE! A comedic opera in three acts.” In the Fall of 2018 Bryan will be Choreographing Guys and Dolls at The University of The Arts.