Staff Profiles

Inter-Arts I

Theatre

Theatre Staff

Rachel Gammon Holbrook, MA Department Head
Rachel enters her eighth season at Laurel and fifth as our Theatre Director. She’s worked with theatres in the Boston area for over 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.

Robert Bassler New Orleans, LA Tech. Theatre Department Head
“Bass” earned his undergrad at James Madison University and his master’s at John Hopkins. 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. Welcome to the Laurel family, Bass!

Wren Dohrer Northfield, IL
University of California Santa Cruz sophomore and theatre major, Wren has been in multiple theatre productions. She has experience acting, directing, costuming and in stagecraft. We can’t wait for her personality to shine under the Laurel Theatre lights.

Dan Jinkerson Cambridge, United Kingdom
A member of the national youth theatre of Great Britain, Dan is studying drama at the University of Essex. Off the stage, he loves soccer, skiing and music. Dan’s charisma is the perfect fit for the stage and cabin.

Evan Williams La Mirada, CA
Evan is a Biola University senior studying music education. Currently the assistant director for musical theatre at Biola, his long-term goal is to teach choir. Evan’s ready to wow us with his voice and we know he’s destined to be a Laurel star.

Dance

Dance Staff

Heather Merritt Charleston, SC Department Head
Heather returns for summer #2 at Laurel with more than 20 years of dance experience. She received her BFA in dance from University of Utah and currently owns and directs her own studio in Charleston, South Carolina. Heather has danced professionally with the Charleston Ballet Theatre, the Maryland Ballet, the National Ballet, and the International Ballet at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We’re thrilled she’s back to lead all our Laurel dancers.

Sabrina Canas Fanwood, NJ
All-star dance counselor Bri is back for her third Laurel summer. A University of the Arts senior and member of Union County’s Academy of Performing Arts in high school, she’s been teaching dance classes for over five years. Bri is the perfect fit in the dance studio and cabin.

Alice Croom Levittown, PA
Alice has been dancing her whole life. She earned the prestigious international baccalaureate diploma in higher level dance and was an honors college artist in residence at Guilford College. Alice teaches dance at her hometown studio. We’re eager to see what moves she has for Laurel dancers.

Adrianna DiVecchia Waldwick, NJ
A Chapman University dance major, Adriana joins us for summer number #3. She is a celebrated dancer, winning the Fred and Adele Astaire Award and Young Choreographers Award in New York City. Adriana has years of experience choreographing and leading dance classes. We’re so excited to have her back.

Meghan Schneider Centreville, VA
Meghan’s storied dance career includes a national championship with James Madison University, captaining her high school dance team and choreographing for several years. She found Laurel through third-year standout Adrianna DiVecchia. Welcome to the Laurel family, Meghan.

Rockport & Radio

Rockport and Radio Staff

Evan Frank West Palm Beach, FL Department Head
Evan joins us 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 schools in south Florida and has a private lessons business. Evan has a decade of experience in music production and recording, and is in a number of bands in his native Florida. So happy to have Evan in our studio!!

Sarah Bryant Orlando, FL Department Head
A Rollins College graduate, Sarah currently teaches English and songwriting at a private school in Florida. She’s won multiple awards for songwriting, and is proficient on guitar and piano. A member of two bands, Sarah joins our team with a passion for helping kids “mine for melodies.”

Luc Kharey Baton Rouge, LA
Luc is a Dartmouth College sophomore who has played cello in nine orchestras. His performance lineup includes Carnegie Hall, Northwestern State University, the Louisiana Film Festival and many more. Luc is skilled playing guitar and piano to boot. We’re ready for some sweet tunes, Luc.

Josh Martinez Passaic, NJ
A William Paterson University senior, Josh has been playing piano, drums and singing for over a decade. He starred as the male lead for the William Paterson opera. Josh is a fun and talented addition to our Rockport staff.

Billy Carleton Danvers, MA
A University of New Hampshire senior music education major, Billy joins the Laurel team with a strong background in voice, guitar, piano, saxophone and classical percussion. He’s also an avid golfer. So excited to rock out in Rockport with you, Billy.

Jessica Celella West Hartford, CT
A Skidmore College sophomore, Jessica hosts a two-hour radio show each week. She’s a board member of two Skidmore entertainment committees that book bands and run concerts on campus.

Jack Henry O’Neill Cleveland, OH
A Cleveland State University junior, Jack Henry runs a twice-weekly radio show. He’s a gifted musician, specializing in trumpet and audio engineering. Jack Henry’s ready to turn up the volume on WCLM The Echo this summer.

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