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.
Meet Our Instructors
Brendan is QCT’s Head of Education and Director of Student Theatre. Previously, he created and led the Education and Community Programs department for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Brendan was also a resident playwright, dramaturg and assistant director at the A.R.T.; his plays Alice vs. Wonderland and Nutcracker Turbo played to sold-out crowds at the Moscow Art Theatre before making their North American debuts at the A.R.T. Alice vs. Wonderland is published through Playscripts, Inc. and continues to be produced around the world. His play I Speak Therefore I Am, a collaboration with director John Tiffany (National Theatre of Scotland, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway), premiered at the A.R.T. in 2011. Brendan is an experienced arts educator, as a faculty member of Harvard’s graduate theatre program, the Institute for Advanced Theater Training; as a teaching fellow at Harvard University and Harvard Extension School; and as adjunct faculty at Northeastern University. He has taught theatre classes, facilitated workshops and led residencies at many Boston-area public and private schools. Brendan is most proud of his work mentoring young artists, many of whom have gone on to top college arts programs including NYU/Tisch, Juilliard and Boston Conservatory. Brendan received his BA in Drama from Tufts University and his MFA in Dramaturgy from Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT).
Jillian Miller has been vocal directing adult and student musicals at QCT for fifteen years. With a master’s degree in vocal performance, she teaches private voice lessons, directs various choirs, sings and plays accordion with German band and will be teaching Music Theory at John Wood Community College in the fall.
Alison Shafer is a freelance Director/Choreographer who has worked on 100+ shows from New York to Seattle and points in between, most recently directing/choreographing Frozen Jr. for Market House Theatre (Paducah, KY) and choreographing Matilda for CMT (Bartlesville, OK). She directed Stuart Little and choreographed Elf the Musical and She Loves Me for QCT.
Mindy Holthaus fell in love with performing at the Quincy Community Little Theatre. She went on to receive a BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois. Before returning to Quincy in 2005, she worked in entertainment for Walt Disney World and as a theatre director/teacher for Alton Senior High School. Mindy has been involved with the QCT student theatre as an instructor, a choreographer, and most recently directed Frozen, Jr.
Jennafer White found her passion for performing on the QCT stage at seven years old which led her to an eleven-year career performing professionally at Walt Disney world! Jennafer currently works as the director of operations at Horizons Soup Kitchen, is an author (BE LOVE- on Amazon) enjoys renovating her 1970s home, teaching her new puppy tricks, finding treasures at thrift stores and learning new recipes on tik tok.
Drew Quintero is very excited to join the TTBC team as the dance captain. Drew grew up in the QCT Student Theatre program and has been active in Quincy theatre for over 30 years. Drew has choreographed for QCT Student Theatre, QCT Main Stage, Muddy River Opera Company, and Highland High School Drama Club. Some of his favorite onstage roles include Buddy the Elf (Elf: The Musical) Teddy (Peter and the Starcatcher) and Enjorlas (Les Miserables) Drew is thrilled to be a part of this amazing theatre camp and wants to thank all of his previous and current directors and mentors for all of the wisdom, faith, and encouragement they have given him over the years.