Artists-In-Residence and Student Leadership

2021-22 Student Leadership Team

 

Anna Well, Company Manager

Anna Well is so excited to be company manager for the Free Theatre. She has been here since the beginning of the company, and has participated in Mamma Mia!, In the Heights, Fame, Sweeney Todd, and Pippin. She is a senior at the Berman Hebrew Academy. Anna is so excited to help lead the Free Theatre and continue to make it an amazing community.

 

 

 

 

Chase Pasekoff, Marketing Director (Chicago & Urinetown)
Chase is a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School. He has been involved with community theatre for several years in addition to being an active member of his school’s theatre group. Chase is currently the Marketing Director for the Free Theatre, and he has also been a member of the company since 2020. Outside of the Free Theatre, Chase is involved with student government and runs cross country.

Fiona Rizvi, Marketing Director (Urinetown)

Fiona, a rising Senior from Clarksburg High School, is thrilled to be taking on the role of Marketing Director. She’s been a part of the Marketing Committee since the Free’s production of Sweeney Todd (2020), taking on the role of graphic designer. In the past, she has performed in several shows including Dear Edwina Jr (2016), Honk Jr (2017), Mamma Mia (2020), Sweeney Todd (2020), It’s a Wonderful Life (2020/2021), and Pippin (2021). She’s additionally played the French horn for the pit orchestra in The Wiz (2019) and has been playing several brass instruments for 8 years. She is currently taking on leadership positions this year as the Mellophone Section leader in her school’s marching band and as the Captain of her school’s competitive forensics team. She is also passionate about art and is currently striving to continue her studies of animation in the future.

 

 

 

 

2021-22 Artists in Residence

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.

 

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 40 years. In addition to working with The Free Theater (Fame, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, Sweeney Todd, Pippin, Chicago), she is the resident Music Director for Free Range Humans, a professional immersive theater company, and serves on the Board for the brand new Free Range Kids program (both based in Frederick, MD). Marci has worked extensively with various educational musical theater programs in the DMV, including Montgomery County Public Schools drama programs. Favorite productions include Little Women (University of Maryland) Jekyll and HydeMurder Ballad, Always Patsy Cline, Striking 12, 35mm (Free Range Humans), Double Trouble (Imagination Stage), Infinite Future: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein (Monumental Theater), Catch Me If You Can (Act Two at Levine), Tommy (Kensington Arts Theater), Aida and In the Heights (Northwest High School), Spamalot and Forever Plaid (Rockville Musical Theater), and Beauty and the Beast (Damascus Theatre Company). She is a University of Maryland theater and music department alumnus and has trained professionally with DC and NYC artists. Marci is also a collaborative accompanist, mentor and audition coach and freelance musician.

Seoyoung Kim, Production Management

Seoyoung has worked professionally around the DMV area as a production manager, designer, and all around tech since 2017. They worked with The Free Theatre as the Production Manager for “Fame” tech week and performance in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Chase Bryer, Artistic Mentor

Kathryn Chase Bryer is the Assoc. Artistic Director of Imagination Stage.  She is a theatre artist with a background in directing, acting, dramaturgy, teaching, and administration and holds a B.S. from Northwestern University. For Imagination Stage, Kathryn has directed over 50 productions in the last 25 years and has helped to develop and commission over a dozen scripts, In 2014, she directed The BFG which won the 2014 Helen Hayes for Best Scenic Design and Best Production, Theatre for Young Audiences, and in 2015 her production of  Wiley and the Hairy Man won the 2015 Best Production, Theatre for Young Audiences.  In 2018, Kate won the Helen Hayes for Best Director of a Musical for her production of Wonderland, Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventures which also won Best Production Theatre for Young Audiences.   In addition to her duties at Imagination Stage, she has directed Scapin (2014) and Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of Helen Hayes 2018 Best Ensemble, Musical) at Constellation Theatre Company, The Late Wedding (2017) at the Hub Theatre and Fly By Night (2018) at 1st Stage, VA (nominated for 11 Helen Hayes Awards winning 5 including Best Director of a Musical, Hayes).   In 2019, she directed The Wolves at Next Stop Theatre in Herndon, Va., The Oldest Boy at Spooky Action Theatre , American Spies and other Homegrown Fables at the Hub Theatre and A Doll’s House at Tawes UMD.   She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Theatre Washington and the Helen Hayes Committee.

 

Rikki Howie Lacewell, Artistic Mentor

Rikki Howie Lacewell is a WATCH nominated choreographer, director and performer based in the Washington DC area. She has worked extensively in the Professional and Community Theater community over the past 20 plus years.