Staff Profiles

Inter-Arts I

Theatre

Theatre Staff

Rachel Gammon Holbrook, MA Department Head
Rachel enters her ninth season at Laurel and sixth as our Theatre Director. She’s worked with theatres in the Boston area for more than a decade, including roles as an actor, director, choreographer, costumer and stage manager. A talented singer to boot, it’s so great to have Rachel directing our Laurel thespians. Welcome home!

Robert Bassler New Orleans, LA Tech. Theatre Department Head
“Bass” earned his undergrad at James Madison University and his master’s at John Hopkins. A camp favorite in 2018, Bass returns ready for another incredible season. Currently teaches middle and high school stage craft in New Orleans. His technical theatre experience includes working with the Santa Fe Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Signature Theatre in New York and Second Stage Theatre in New York. Bass is in the house!

Zach Duncan Tallahassee, FL
A Florida State University sophomore double majoring in cyber criminology and theatre, Zach’s previously helped direct at a musical theatre camp. Performed in the nation’s largest outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony. Zach’s passion for the stage will shine in Laurel’s Playhouse!

Acacia Peterson Port Clinton, OH
An art education major, Acacia is the primary costumer at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. A talented dancer with 14 years’ experience, she’s also been a youth swim instructor. Can’t wait to see what Acacia has in store for the stage this summer!

Ashley McGlathery Atlanta, GA
Ashley graduated Georgia College and currently teaches middle school theatre at a Montessori school. Previously worked as an overnight camp counselor and day camp counselor. We’re thrilled to have Ashley at camp and on the stage!

Dance

Dance Staff

Lexi DiFilippo Wayne, PA Department Head
Lexi graduated Chapman University with a BFA in dance performance. Proficient in teaching and choreographing hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet. She worked as the director’s personal assistant for World Dance Movement, Europe’s largest international dance festival. We know our Dance Program is in great hands with Lexi at the helm!

Meghan Schneider Centreville, VA
After an amazing summer in 2018, Meghan returns for summer #2. Her storied dance career includes a national championship with James Madison University, captaining her high school dance team and choreographing for several years. Welcome back, Meghan!

Alice Croom Levittown, PA
A standout 2018 Laurel counselor, Alice earned the prestigious international baccalaureate diploma in higher level dance. Selected as an Artist in Residence at Guilford College, Alice has experience choreographing children, teenagers and adults.

Marisa Johnson Hartford, CT
An Indiana University sophomore, Marisa has been dancing since she could walk. She’s taught and choreographed at her hometown studio. A babysitter and day camp counselor, we’re eager to see what moves Marisa has in store for Laurel dancers.

Rockport & Radio

Rockport and Radio Staff

Evan Frank West Palm Beach, FL Department Head
Evan returns for his second summer with over 20 years of experience playing music, performing live and songwriting. He graduated Rollins College with a master’s of business, and currently teaches instrumental instruction in south Florida schools. Evan also has a sought-after private lessons business. He has a decade of experience in music production and recording and is in several bands. So happy to have Evan back in our studio.

Sarah Bryant Orlando, FL Department Head
Sarah returns for summer #2 after a stellar season in 2018. A Rollins College graduate, she currently teaches English and songwriting at Circle Christian School in Florida. She’s won multiple awards for songwriting and is proficient on guitar and piano. Can’t wait for Sarah to be back in Rockport!

Ben Dietch Surfside, FL
A Loyola New Orleans freshman jazz major, Ben is proficient in drums, guitar, bass and piano. Previously worked as a sailing and windsurfing instructor. Ben lettered in high school football and, despite his Florida roots, loves New England’s sports teams. Welcome Ben!

Kristen Lienhart Gordonsville, VA
Kristen is a George Mason freshman music education major. A pianist and drummer for eight years, Kristen also has years of private teaching experience. She’s worked as a youth swim instructor and is a member of George Mason’s wakesurfing club. Welcome to Laurel, Kristen.

Sam Taylor Cheltenham, UK
Sam found Laurel through his cousin and four-year veteran Matt Butler. A talented musician, he’s been playing trumpet, piano and guitar for 12 years with four years teaching experience. Majoring in sound engineering. So excited to have Sam on the Rockport team!

Monty Daniel Durango, CO
A Colorado State junior, Monty hosts two shows each week for CSU’s radio station. She’s also KCSU’s external music director with two years of DJ experience. An avid kayaker, Monty’s ready to pump up the jams on WCLM, The Echo!

Daniel Martinez Santa Cruz, CA
Daniel’s a UC Santa Cruz junior and talk director for the university radio station. He’s been a reporter, DJ’d his own radio show and served as president for his high school comedy improv club. Excited to hear what Daniel has in store for Laurel’s radio waves.

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