Artists-In-Residence, Mentors, and Student Leadership

2022-23 Student Leadership Team


Naomi Conteh, Company Manager
Naomi is a senior at Clarksburg High School and is so excited to be the Free Theatre’s company manager! She has been a part of the company since the 2020 fall intensive and has participated as a cast member in Pippin and Urinetown, as well as the Special Events Coordinator for Chicago and Urinetown. She has been involved with community theatre for several years in addition to being a part of CHStage. She is so excited to personally grow in the Free Theatre and help the company improve. 




Chase Pasekoff, Marketing Co-Director 
Chase is a junior 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. This is his second season being the marketing director, and he has also been a member of the company since August of 2020. He has participated in the 2020 fall intensive, Pippin, Chicago, and Urinetown, and is so excited for this upcoming season! Outside of the Free Theatre, Chase is involved with school newspaper, cross country, and several local organizations. 




Grace Awono, Marketing Co-Director

Grace is a senior at Northwest High School. She has been with the Free Theatre since August of 2020. She was a Featured Dancer in Pippin, the Asst. Choreographer for Chicago, and the Choreographer for Urinetown. At school, Grace is on the Poms team and a part of the Minority Scholars Program. She is so excited to be one of the marketing directors this season! 
Molly Carson, Dramaturg
Molly is a homeschooled junior and is pursuing an A.A. in music at Frederick Community College. Their first show with the Free Theatre was Urinetown and this is their first season as the company dramaturg. Molly is active in community theatre in the area, both onstage and offstage as a dramaturg or music director. Outside of theatre, Molly enjoys screenwriting, baking, and playing piano. They are so excited for this upcoming season!





2022-23 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 Free Range Kids (both based in Frederick, MD). Marci has worked extensively with educational musical theater programs in the DMV, including Montgomery County Public Schools drama programs. Favorite productions include Little Women (University of Maryland, and MC Summer Dinner Theatre productions) 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), Newsies (Quince Orchard HS Drama), Aida and In the Heights (Northwest HS Drama), 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, Directing 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, Choreography 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.


Megan Holden, Scenic Design Mentor

Megan Holden is a scenic designer, scenic painter, and theatre artist. She graduated from James Madison University in 2017 and has been freelancing in the DMV area since 2019. Her first production scenic designing with the Free Theatre was Fame in 2019.



Hailey LaRoe, Lighting Design Mentor

Hailey is a Lighting and Projection Designer, who has been working in the DC area since 2018, and has worked with The Free Theatre since December 2018. She grew up in Bethesda Maryland and returned to the area after attending Ohio Wesleyan university studying History and Theatre. Theatre has been a central part of Hailey’s life ever since she started doing tech work in middle school. She believes that student leadership and technical/ design knowledge is so important for any young artist and she is so thrill to have the opportunity with The Free Theatre to pass down some theatre know-how. You can find some of her recent work at




Kristina Martin, Costume Design Mentor

Kristina ihas a Theatre degree from The College of William and Mary, where she worked as the Wardrobe Supervisor. Her DMV Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor credits include: Virginia Shakespeare Festival, NextStop Theatre Company, Infinity Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Silver Spring Stage, Studio Theatre, Theatre Prometheus, bel Cantanti Opera Company, Urban Arias, Keegan Theatre, Washington National Opera, Brave Spirits Theatre, Land and Hungry Theatre Company, 4615 Theatre, Catholic University, Towson University, and Forum Theatre Company.  As the Resident Designer and Shop Manager of Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, CA, Kristina won awards for 2019 Best Costume Design from Broadway World Bay Area, as well as Costume Designer of the Decade. Recent local work includes multiple productions with Imagination Stage and Montgomery College


TJ Lukacsina, Artistic Mentor

TJ has been working with community theatre in the DMV area since 2014. He is currently the Artistic Director for Silhouette Stages and sits as the Chair for the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (W.A.T.C.H.) organization. Directing: Hairspray – Rockville Musical Theatre; Cinderella, Big Fish, Legally Blonde – Silhouette Stages; Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie – Heritage Players; Sweeney Todd, High School Musical, White Christmas – Laurel Mill Playhouse. Lighting Design: Jekyll & Hyde: An Immersive Experience, Striking 12, Always Patsy Cline, Murder Ballad – Free Range Humans; Cabaret – Silhouette Stages. Music Direction: 14 shows with Hammond High School.


Ginger Ager (Gene’s Costumes), Costume Design Mentor