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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 2018 COURSES
Rising Stars
Rising Stars: The Musical
Mo Willems
Puppetry
Finding Your Voice
Sketch Comedy
Beginner Acting
Advanced Acting
Intro to Theatre Design
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Triple Threat Boot Camp

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Marion Dye (Guest Instructor)

Although Marion is technically a Colorado native, she grew up and has lived in Quincy the majority of her life. Marion has been actively involved in theatre for almost her entire life. She has been teaching and working with artists of all ages for over 15 years. She especially enjoys working with children and seeing them blossom through their theatrical experiences. Over the years, she has worked in the theatrical community in many capacities, including: acting, directing, teaching, developing and teaching workshops, acting coaching, technical theatre, and play writing. One of her favorite experiences was directing and teaching children at Stage Door Theatre in Conifer, Colorado. Marion has also worked around Quincy teaching classes and doing creative dramatics workshops in area schools as a Free Artist with QSOFA. Her experience includes Director for JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, GREEN EGGS AND HAM, CINDERELLA, PETER PAN, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS. Marion’s performance credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, CYMBELINE, THE BAKER’S WIFE, AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON, CARMEN, EVITA, JEKYLL AND HYDE, and THE DINOSAUR PLAY. Marion believes deeply in the power that the arts have to transform lives, open minds, break down barriers, and change the world. Marion earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

SUMMER 2018 COURSES

Beauty and the Beast
Fairy Tale Adventures

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Dakotta Hagar (Guest Instructor)

Dakotta Hagar is a native of the Tri-State area from Edina, Missouri. A recent graduate of Culver-Stockton College with degrees in Theatre and Music Education, he loves sharing his love of the performing arts with others. Dakotta is especially excited to be teaching theatre at QCT for the first time this summer. He is looking forward to exploring the world of theatre this summer and hoping to learn many wonderful things right alongside the students themselves.

SUMMER 2018 COURSES

Mo Willems
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Erin Lafferty (Guest Instructor)

Theatre Company); Syracuse, New York (Redhouse Arts Center); Middletown, Connecticut (Goodspeed Musicals & Oddfellows Playhouse); and Monteverde, Costa Rica (Far Corners Community Musical Theatre). From 2014 to 2016, Erin was the Resident Choreographer at Redhouse Arts Center; some of her favorite Redhouse credits include: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE*, SEUSSICAL, 13, BIG FISH, DREAMGIRLS*, and RAGTIME. Other favorite choreography credits include: OLIVER!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (FCCMT – Central American/Bilingual World Premieres). Favorite performance credits include: CRIMES OF THE HEART* (Meg), ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS, AND RAGING QUEENS (Joanne), CABARET (Rosie), and CAROUSEL (Featured Soloist). Currently, Erin lives in Connecticut with her fiancé Chris and their two dogs, D’artagnan and Bombay, where she is the Education & Outreach Manager at Goodspeed Musicals. (*Indicates SALT Award Nomination) www.erinlafferty.net

SUMMER 2018 COURSES

Triple Threat Boot Camp

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Paige Mueller (Guest Instructor)

Paige Mueller is a music and drama teacher in the Camp Point School district. She has been a part of Quincy Community Theatre for six years as a performer, vocal director, stage manager, costumer, and guest instructor. In addition to teaching classes, she serves as the instructor for Basic Training.

SUMMER 2018 COURSES

Rising Stars
Rising Stars: The Musical
Basic Training