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Quincy Community Theatre Instructors

At Quincy Community Theatre, we’re proud to employ trained theatre professionals with years of classroom experience to lead our workshops and classes.

Energetic, friendly, and knowledgable, our staff has an excellent reputation across the region as professional theatre educators who are passionate about instruction in the theatrical arts.

Whether they’re visiting a service organization or business, leading workshops in a local school or university, or teaching backstage on the QCT campus, our instructors ensure that every class participant feels safe to explore and create, is respected as individuals, and receive the personal attention they deserve.

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Meet Our Instructors

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Kelsey Celek (QCT Head of Education)

is a teaching artist from Dayton, Ohio, who has had the pleasure of working with students across the country. Memorable teaching experiences have included time with the Missoula Children’s Theater, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, and the Omaha Theater Company. Kelsey is also an actor, most recently appearing in QCT’s production of Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). Professionally, Kelsey last acted with the Omaha Theater Company at the Rose Theater, where she performed in A Year with Frog and Toad, Knuffle Bunny, Tarzan, and the world premiere of The Grocer’s Goblin and the Little Mermaid.  Other favorite credits include Crimes of the Heart (Babe) on the Showboat Majestic, I Love You Because (Diana) with Encore Theatre Company and The Light in the Piazza (Margaret) at Wright State University – for which she was named Best Leading Actress in a Musical by the Dayton City Paper. This proud graduate of Wright State University became Quincy Community Theatre’s Head of Education/Director of Student Theatre in January 2015.

SUMMER 2017 COURSES
Rising Stars
Zootopia
Trolls
Moana
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Script Analysis
The Physical Actor
Monologue Prep
Play of the Week Club: Musicals by Stephen Sondheim
Time Travel
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Intro to Theatre Design

Shelby Rees

Shelby Rees (Guest Acting Instructor)

is a 2016 graduate of Culver-Stockton College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. A long-time volunteer at Quincy Community Theatre, Shelby’s love for the performing arts encompasses acting, directing, writing, and designing, with a special place in her heart for education. Her favorite QCT classes have been “Play of the Week Club” and “Triple Threat Boot Camp.” In the future, she seeks to direct and write her own plays and work with theatre students as a professional teaching artist. Shelby is thrilled to be teaching classes at QCT and hopes to inspire a new generation of theatre lovers to pay it forward.

SUMMER 2017 COURSES
Down on the Funny Farm
Oh! The Thinks You Can Think!
The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl
No Fear Shakespeare

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Julia Mackenzie Wiegert (Guest Choreographer)

was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Wiegert completed her BFA in musical theatre at Missouri State University. She has performed at several major St. Louis venues, including The Muny and Stages St. Louis. She also toured for a year as Kay/Ernie in Sesame Street Live’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes. Wiegert has also served as a teaching artist for The Rose Theater (Omaha). She currently works as an Associate Director for BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition and choreographs at various St. Louis high schools.

SUMMER 2017 COURSES
Triple Threat Boot Camp

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Megan Miller-Masterman (Guest Voice Instructor)

grew up in Quincy and graduated from QHS. She double majored in Music Education and Acting at Illinois State University. Previously, Megan taught at Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School. She is currently the education program manager for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

SUMMER 2017 COURSES
Triple Threat Boot Camp

Brandon Thomsen (CHET)

Brandon Thomsen (QCT Artistic Director)

a native of Watertown, WI, was first bitten by the theatre bug while in kindergarten after seeing a community theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He went on to a career in theatre, acting, directing, and teaching. In June 2006, Brandon became the Director of Student Theatre for Quincy Community Theatre and was appointed its new Artistic Director in 2014.

“Every day is a joy to go to work.  The people of this community are tremendously committed to seeing their theatre succeed.  It is inspiring to know that the work of a community theatre may cause someone from the next generation to fall in love with the performing arts, just as it did to me.”