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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 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 2016 COURSES
Rising Stars
Star Wars: Padawan Training
Star Wars: Jedi Masters
Introduction to Theatre Design
Shake it Off!: Movement for Actors
Improv
Musical Theatre Repertoire
Play of the Week Club: Great Female Playwrights
Once Upon a Time
Basic Training
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.”

SUMMER 2016 COURSE
Triple Threat Boot Camp

Whitcomb, Nik (2016)

Nik Whitcomb (Guest Instructor)

is very excited to be joining the QCT family this summer as an artist in residence and thrilled to be starring in Sister Act: The Musical. Nik is a native of Omaha, NE and comes to QCT after spending a season at the Omaha Theater Company for Young People (The Rose) where he appeared in Honk TYA (The Cat) and the world premieres of Sherlock Holmes and the 1st Baker Street Irregulars (Duncan Ross) and Pete the Cat the Musical (Andrew). Other Omaha theatrical credits include A Christmas Story the Musical (Santa Claus), Hands on a Hardbody (Ronald McCowan), Little Nelly’s Naughty Noel (Little Nelly), and Caroline, or Change (Dryer/Bus). Nik made his Off-Broadway debut in No Name in the Street with the Riant Theatre Company and was the reciepient of the companies Youth Empowerment Award in the summer of 2014. Nik is also a theatrical director and educator and holds a BA in theatre with an emphasis in acting and directing from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

SUMMER 2016 COURSES
Diggin’ Dinosaurs
Kung Fu Panda
Star Wars: Padawan Training
Star Wars: Jedi Masters
Acting for Film
Once Upon a Time

Megan Miller

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, teaches in Normal, IL at Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School. and loves serving at Eastview Christian Church.

SUMMER 2016 COURSE
Triple Threat Boot Camp

Lauren Morgan (Guest Dance Instructor)

is so excited to join this team for her second Triple Threat Boot camp. She graduated from Wright State University with director, Kelsey Celek, with a BFA in Dance. Since then, she spent her time traveling across the United States performing, directing, and choreographing. Most recently, she performed at Arizona Broadway Theatre, based in Phoenix, Arizona in White Christmas (Rhoda) and The Producers (Usherette). Some of her other favorite professional credits include Chicago (Hunyak), Hairspray (LouAnn), Cats (Etcetera), Mary Poppins, and A Chorus Line (Vicki/Kristine&Val u/s). Lauren is a sought after choreographer and director based in southwestern Ohio. She has been the choreographer for Stivers School for the Arts’ productions of Anything Goes and Singin’ In The Rain in Dayton, Ohio, as well as the director of the regional premier of Nevermore, an Edgar Allan Poe Musical with the Muse Machine School Tour through the Human Race Theatre Company–Dayton’s only equity theater company. She works with the Indian Hill Performing Arts Academy and choreographed their summer production of Aladdin Kids. Favorite directing credits include Rent, Altar Boyz and Footloose.

SUMMER 2016 COURSE
Triple Threat Boot Camp