CHOREOGRAPHY: Melanie Barber
Melanie is a DC-area dance instructor and choreographer. She was trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop, from childhood through college. For the past 18 years, she has worked with educational and community theatre groups in the area. Currently, Melanie teaches and choreographs at HST Cultural Arts, Inc., and District Dance Company. She also has the privilege of choreographing the musical productions at Quince Orchard High School.
DIRECTING: TJ Lukacsina
CHOREO THEORY, DRAMATURGY: Rikki Howie Lacewell
Rikki Howie Lacewell (she/her) 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. Rikki has been teaching workshops with The Free Theatre since the beginning!
ACTING A SONG: Jimmy Mavrikes
Jimmy (he/him) is the Co-Artistic Director of Monumental Theatre Company. For MTC, Jimmy has directed Head Over Heels, and Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, known for having “the best gross-out laughs of the season” according to The Washington Post. He’s also directed many other cabarets, including our annual fundraiser Flip Flop, and the Pre-Marital Cabaret featuring Caroline Bowman and Austin Colby. Jimmy can also be seen acting on the stages of other DC theaters. He is a three time Helen Hayes nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, with one Best Leading Actor win for his role of Will in Girlfriend at Signature Theatre. Other credits include Rent, Assassins, and Cabaret at Signature Theatre, The Wild Party at Constellation Theatre Company, Bat Boy at 1st Stage, Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver at Arena Stage, My Fair Lady at Olney Theatre, as well as many TYA productions at Imagination Stage and Adventure Theatre. He holds a bachelor of music degree in Musical Theatre from Catholic University. Currently you can see him in Sweeney Todd at Signature Theatre. This is Jimmy’s second summer intensive with The Free Theatre!
LIGHTING DESIGN: Hailey LaRoe
MUSIC DIRECTING: Marci Shegogue
Marci (she/her) 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 since its inception, 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 in the DMV, including Montgomery County Public Schools drama programs. Some favorite productions include Once (American University), Little Women (Univ of MD and Montgomery College), Newsies and Anastasia (Quince Orchard HS Theater), 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), Aida and In the Heights (Northwest High School), Spamalot and Forever Plaid (Rockville Musical Theater). She is a University of Maryland theater and music department alumnus. Marci is also a collaborative accompanist, mentor, audition coach and freelance musician.
COSTUME DESIGN: Kristina Martin
Kristina (she/her) is excited to be working with The Free Theatre this summer! She has 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. This is her second summer teaching for The Free Theatre!
SCENIC DESIGN WORKSHOP: Megan Holden
PROPS DESIGN WORKSHOP: Rooster Skylar Sultan
IMPROV & THEATER GAMES: Jessica Vogel
STAGE MANAGEMENT: Brittany Huffman and Lauren Markovich
AUDITION WORKSHOP – August 13th!:
Rikki Howie Lacewell and Marci Shegogue