Artists-In-Residence and Student Leadership

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), 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 many educational musical theater programs in the area including Act Two at Levine School of Music, Teen Angel Project, MC Summer Dinner Theater and Musical Theater Center. Favorite productions include Chicago, Oklahoma and Catch Me If You Can (Act Two at Levine), Jekyll and Hyde (immersive), Murder Ballad, Always Patsy Cline, Striking 12, 35mm (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 private schools for 20 years, and is currently a music sub and collaborative accompanist for Montgomery County Public Schools. She is a University of Maryland theater and music 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. 


Hope Villaneuva
Production Management

Before becoming an Equity Stage Manager, Hope was a credentialed teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she started a high school theatre program, as well as being the Artistic Director for a youth musical theatre program in the Palisaides. DC stage manager credits include BLKS, Lights Rise on Grace (Woolly Mammoth, workshop), Hand to God, Choir Boy, and The Big Meal (Studio Theatre), Marie and Rosetta, The Vagrant Trilogy, Paper Dolls, Queens Girl in Africa, Milk Like Sugar, and The Gospel of Lovingkindness (Mosaic), A House of Glass (Arena Stage), Awake and Sing and Our Town (Olney Theatre Center), Endgame (Baltimore CenterStage), as well as PSM on the National Tours of Rock of Ages (National and International), My Fair Ladyand Young Frankenstein. NYC credits include Who’s Your Baghdaddy (Off-Broadway) and Once Upon a Pastime(WPPAC). She was previously Resident and Touring Stage Manager for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Associate Production Manager on Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey’s Bellobration. She is also a sound designer and produced playwright, whose work can be found on The New Play Exchange.


Megan Behm
Directing Mentor

Megan Behm is a director based in Washington DC who has worked at WSC Avant Bard, The Welders, NextStop Theatre, Pinky Swear Productions, Lean & Hungry Theater, The Source Festival, InterAct Story Theatre, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and many other theatres in the area. She is a proud graduate of The College of William & Mary.




“SWEENEY TODD” Leadership Team

Director: Lindsay Kaplan
Asst. Director: Anna Well
Assistant Music Directors: Andre Lewis, Kiley Dollymore
Choreographers: Ella Ryan, Hannah Nguyen
Company Manager: Christopher Gresh
Assistant Company Manager: Gillian Gravatt
Production Stage Manager: Porter Orvetti
ASM/Sound Designer: Bri Kelly
ASM/Lighting: Alissa Coates
Costume Design Team: Hana O’Looney, Beth Brady, Uma Fox
Public Relations & Marketing:  Claire Gellilo

“FAME” Leadership Team

Director: Gillian Gravatt
Asst. Director: Kat Gorlenko
Assistant Music Directors: Nathan Weisbrod, Andre Lewis, Ari Rubenstein
Choreographers: Paloma Boccasam and Ella Ryan
Company Manager: Christopher Gresh
Production Stage Manager: Aidan Moorehead
Assistant Stage Manager/Sound: Bri Kelly
Assistant Stage Manager/Lighting: Porter Orvetti
Costume Designer: Simone Arrington
Public Relations & Marketing:  Christina Williams and Michelle Williams