Staff Profiles

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Theatre

Theatre Staff

Rachel Gammon Holbrook, MA Department Head
Seventh season at the helm of Laurel Theatre. Member of the Randolph Theater Company for 12 years; having worked in directing, costuming, acting and tech theatre. Experienced in multiple theatre settings including college, camp, community and abroad. Fitchburg State University graduate. Works as a librarian throughout the year. So great to have Rachel again directing Laurel thespians.

Jimmy Boynton Madison, AL
Junior at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Dual major in theatre and mathematics. Technical theatre director for Montevallo’s extensive theatre program. Years of experience in lighting, sound engineering and installing sets. Can’t wait for Jimmy to oversee our tech theatre department and assist in all-things Laurel theatre!

Chelsea Cook Phoenix, AZ
Pre-Med student at the University of Arizona. An accomplished singer, participated in high school choir and glee club. Previously worked at a day camp where she taught chorus and musical theatre. Can’t wait for this Arizona Wildcat to hit the Laurel stage as a director this summer.

Amy McKay Wiltshire, UK
Graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth where she received her degree in fashion design and technology. Has been making clothes and costumes since childhood and can’t wait to share her passion with the Laurel Theatre program. Ready for the summer of a lifetime!

Mikyah Mott Philadelphia, PA
Musical theatre major at Rowan University. An accomplished dancer, singer and puppeteer. Experienced behind the scenes in stage craft and set design. Has volunteered in community theatre in her hometown of Philadelphia – “the city of brotherly love.” A graduate of the prestigious Walnut Street Summer Theatre Program!

Jessica Walters Lutz, FL
Returning for second summer working in Theatre, Jess is back to wow us again with her outstanding voice! Junior at University of Central Florida working toward a BFA in musical theatre. Has done it all when it comes to theatre including sound board operator, stage hand, and actress. In addition to her studies, Jess works at Disney World.

Dance

Dance Staff

Heather Merritt Charleston, SC Department Head
Seasoned Dance teacher with more than 20 years of experience. Owns and directs her own dance studio in Charleston, SC: Steps Ahead Dance. Received her degree in ballet performance from the University of Utah. From there Heather went on to dance 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 to have Heather leading Laurel dance!

Brittney Blankenship Tuscon, AZ
Expert dancer with 15 years of extensive dance training in ballet, jazz and pointe. Also, a dance instructor for the past six years at the Young Artists’ Community Ballet Studio. Education major at Grand Canyon University where she spends her free time tutoring at her local elementary school. Excited to bring her dance experience and passion to Laurel.

Sabrina Canas Fanwood, NJ
Summer #2 for all-star dance counselor, Bri! Junior at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and attendee of the Union County Academy of Performing Arts for high school; specializing in dance. Experienced instructor, has been teaching her own dance class for four years. Beyond thrilled to have Bri back on the Laurel dance team!

Adriana DiVecchia Waldwick, NJ
Current dance major at Chapman University. Several years teaching experience having lead numerous classes for younger dancers. Not just a talented teacher, also a celebrated dancer and choreographer winning the Fred and Adele Astaire Award and Young Choreographers Award in New York City. Adriana is back in Laurel dance for her second summer and we couldn’t be happier!

Liv Mendez Greenwood, IN
Junior at Ramapo College of New Jersey studying communication arts. Heard about Laurel through Acadia ACL, AG Cherry. Was an elite protégé for the Pulse on Tour Dance convention; a student leader who helped choreograph and train dancers. Also studied at the Broadway Dance center and was recently featured as a company member in Jimmy Fallon’s “EW!” music video.

Rockport & Radio

Rockport and Radio Staff

Timmi Gammon Hallowell, ME Department Head
Returns for his sixth Laurel summer in Rockport! Avid pianist since age 10. Plays with several bands and in several theaters. Has performed in more than 30 musicals. Plays trombone, guitar, flute, trumpet and harmonica. All-star instrumental instructor and even better performer. We’re so excited to have Timmi G back in Rockport!

Robbie Keane Bradley, ME Department Head
Attended a four-year school for audio engineering before working in a recording studio with professional musicians. Multi-instrument musician specializing in guitar, piano and saxophone. An experienced sailor – spent last summer leading a youth sailing program in Bar Harbor, Maine. After hearing how much fun sister, Poppy Keane, was having at Laurel - Rob jumped on the bandwagon and is excited to be co-leading Rockport!

Max Boyle Toledo, OH
Previous contestant on the NBC show “The Voice”; made it all the way to the blind auditions. Has been singing all his life and has taken lessons for more than 5 years. Heard the Laurel buzz from Sequoia ACL Brad Wolfred and couldn’t stay away. University of Dayton junior. Volunteer group leader through the “Toledo YES Project” where he led a group of kids to restore community buildings.

Kate Warner Portland, TX
Freshman at Point Loma Nazarene University studying music and political science. Spent last summer in Uganda teaching music and running various fine arts programs. Has received formal training in piano, guitar and vocals. Winner of the Prodigy Awards for composition and vocal performance; also is a member of her school’s vocal jazz ensemble and chamber choir.

Derek Wertz Raleigh, NC
Sophomore at North Carolina State University studying communications. Currently the director for his school’s student radio station. Responsible for overseeing everything coming through the station; from interviews with local bands to streaming sports games and being an on-air DJ. Has been building a school in Uganda for the past three years and was a peer mentor for the leadership program RYLA. Pumped to bring his skills to WCLM, Laurel’s FM radio station.

Clara Wolfe Palo Alto, CA
Freshman at Oberlin College studying neuroscience. Has been working for local radio station for three years and now has a show on her college’s station. Classically trained clarinet player, teaches lessons in her community. Attended Camp Newman and volunteered at various day camps in California. Can’t wait to spend her summer on the opposite coast rockin’ and rollin’ in radio!

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