Who We Are

Administrative Staff                       Artistic Staff                                  WCT Council

Dinah Lane, Founding Artistic Director

Since its inception in 1983, Dinah has taught countless classes and workshops and directed 35 musical productions for the company, including its inaugural Arsenal Center production of The Music Man. Before founding WCT, she toured as a professional actress, director, and teacher throughout the Northeast bringing classical and contemporary plays and theatre workshops to thousands of people of all ages through state Arts Council grants. She holds an MA in psychology and also works as a family therapist for the Town of Burlington.

Administrative Staff

Meghan Hill

Meghan graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Meghan also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance Director, Actress and coach, Meghan spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Currently Meghan works as a Director, Actress and Coach in the Boston area. Past directing credits include: Project Flux (an original production that debuted at Wheaton College), Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty Jr., Into The Woods Jr, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night.

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich is a drama educator, director, actress, and Boston native. Sophie graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, where she concentrated on theatre for young audiences and directing and was awarded the Winifred Ward Award for creative drama. Sophie is the Education Director of Boston Theater Company. She teaches at The Atrium School in Watertown, Wheelock Family Theater, Stoneham Theatre, and more. Favorite directing credits include Piggy Nation for Stoneham Theatre Young Company’s Winter Festival 2015, The Secret Garden, a community production with the youth of Somerville, and The Snow Queen, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Haven Middle School. She can be seen performing on KidStage at the Boston Children’s Museum, and she is also a member of Theatre Espresso.

Megan Otteson

Megan Otteson is excited to be part of WCT! She grew up performing at WCT from 1st-8th grade and then was an ASM intern from 2004-2008. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 with her BA in Theatre with concentrations in Musical Theatre, and Youth Drama Education. She worked as an ASM at Lyric Stage Company’s for their production of Rich Girl, and as the Stage Manager on Stoneham Youth Company’s Winter Festival 2013 production of Charlotte’s Web: The Musical. Also in 2013 she worked as the Stage Manager on two shows with Zero Point Theater Company and was on Crew for Hairspray and The Hobbit at Wheelock Family Theatre. For the 2012-13 season she was an Education/Theater for Kids intern at Portland Stage Company in Maine where she was on run crew for A Christmas Carol and Love/Sick, a world premiere written by John Cariani. She can’t wait to see what the upcoming years will bring and is excited to be the Production Stage Manager of WCT!

Deidre Purcell

Deidre Purcell received her BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She recently completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. She currently works as a psychotherapist for Volunteers of America in Quincy Center. Since beginning in 2004 as the Stage Manager for Bye Bye Birdie, she has been the stage manager, production manager, and public relations specialist for WCT at various times, as well as teaching playwriting, directing summer programs, and adapting scripts. For the 2014-2015 season, she will be teaching Playwriting and adapting the script for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Kathi Tighe

Kathi has worked with WCT since 2006. In her non-WCT time, she is a self-employed studio potter working at the Harvard Ceramics Program. Her ceramic work has been represented in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She also sings with the Spectrum Singers choral ensemble and dances with Muddy River Morris dancers. In any remaining spare time, she is an avid bead crochet artist.

Artistic Staff

Steven Bergman

Among Steven’s many credits include, as musical director: “[title of show]” (ACME – DASH Award),“Spring Awakening” (FUDGE – IRNE award), “The Add1ng Mach1ne” (Speakeasy – IRNE nom), “Annie,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” (Wheelock Family Theatre), “Das Barbecü” (New Repertory Theatre), “The Gig,” “When Pigs Fly,” “The Curse of the Bambino” (Lyric Stage Company), “Dames at Sea,” “A Funny Thing…Forum” (American Stage Festival), “Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill,” “The Fantasticks,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” “Something’s Afoot,” “Pirates of Penzance” (Worcester Foothills Theatre), “The Orphan Queen” (Jewish Theatre of New England), “Personals,” “A…My Name is Alice,” “Tomfoolery” (Actors Playhouse) and at least 100 more. As a composer / lyricist, his shows include: “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” (to be premiered at WCT in 2015!), “Animal Farm,” “The Curse of the Bambino” (CD available through www.bambinomusical.com), “Four Kisses,” “Jack the Ripper: the Whitechapel Musical,” and “Comedy of Errors.” Steven is currently working on “The Trial of Madeline Gee,” a modern song-cycle based on the Medea story, and two new children’s shows. As a keyboardist, his touring credits include “Nunsense Jamboree” (with Georgia Engel, CD/DVD with Vicki Lawrence), “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Dreamgirls,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Les Miserables.” His published plays include “History,” “At the Buzzer “and “Rosie, the Teddy Bear” (with Brooklyn Publishers), “Have a Seat, Please” and “Marvin and Julius” (with Heuer Publishing). Steven is also a public school Chorus and Drama teacher.

Tyler Catanella

Tyler Catanella is a graduate of the Theatre Education & Acting departments at Emerson College, and the Artistic Director of Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective. He currently directs, choreographs and teaches in K-12 programs at Watertown Children’s Theatre, Heath School and the Fayerweather Street School. Tyler also works as a team leader and actor/facilitator with True to Life Training, a company that focuses on teaching interpersonal skills and communication skills using professional actors to provide participants with “true-to-life” hands-on training. Tyler additionally remains an active performer within the Boston theatre scene.

Emily Faith

Emily Faith is an actor, educator, stage manager and all around theatre lover. She recently moved to Boston from Nashville, TN where she received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance at Lipscomb University. While in Nashville, Emily had the pleasure of working as a teaching artist in the Disney Musicals in Schools program funded by Disney Theatricals and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center where she was able to direct The Lion King kids and The Jungle Book kids. She also has a passion for performance and has been seen on stages across the South, favorites including: Rabbit Hole, Hairspray, 100 Saints You Should Know, Ragtime and 13 the Musical.

Cassandra Lovering

Cassandra Lovering is a Boston based dramaturg, director, stage manager and educator and is thrilled to be teaching and directing at WCT. She’s passionate about theatre for young audiences and loved directing Macbeth and Pirates of Penzance for WCT earlier this year. She also works as a professional director and dramaturg in Boston and recently directed MetroWestOpera’s Hansel and Gretel in May! She attained her B.A. in Theatre Performance with a minor in Vocal Performance from Susquehanna University which was shortly followed by an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova. She’s overwhelmed by how the WCT students, staff and parents have enfolded her into their community. Here’s to an exciting next season!

Carter Miller

Carter is most pleased to be returning for another season with Watertown Children’s Theatre as a Lighting and Sound Designer and Teaching Artist. Carter works through-out Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire as a designer, technician, and teacher, and recently accepted a full time position as Lighting and Sound Supervisor at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA.

Asako Nagashima

Asako has a Master Degree in Music, Major in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors Degree in Music, Musicology and Piano Performance from Osaka University of Arts. She studied with Randy Hodgkinson, Svetla V Protich, Jyungi Tatsuno, Yasuko Yamada, and Toshiko
Kobayashi. Asako has performed for the 20th Century Composers Piano Festival at William Hall as well as the 35th Anniversary of ABC(Asahi Broadcasting Corporation) at Osaka Symphony Hall, which was broadcasted, and The Osaka New Artist Concert at Piloti Hall. This summer at Royal Horse in Osaka, she performed Jazz, Classical and collaborated with Gospel Choir Group and duo with another artist in Japan. Asako has been an accompanist for choruses at Hosmer, Lowell, and Cunniff Elementary Schools in Watertown and Musicals for Watertown Children’s Theatre and for many vocalists and strings players. She is an active Private Piano teacher for many years.

Rebecca Rapoport-Cole

Canadian Mezzo Soprano, Rebecca Rapoport-Cole, is a performer, educator and arts administrator living in Boston, MA. A few of Rebecca’s operatic highlights include, Mercédès (Carmen), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Bradamante (Alcina), and Sesto (Giulio Cesare). Recent performances include Songs of the Gilded Age with New England Light Opera and The New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Paul Madore Chorale (Alto soloist) as well several concerts with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, including, Bella Notte- Italian Opera Favorites, and a Shakespeare Celebration. Recently, Rebecca has been named a 2014 semi-finalist for the Chicago Oratorio award, a 2014 semi-finalist for the American Prize in voice and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition. In addition to her academic training, Rebecca has been a participant in several young artist programs including, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, The Banff Center for the Arts, Songfest Malibu, Toronto Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and the Bay Area Summer Operatic Theatre Institute. Rebecca’s European training includes Centro Studi Lirica in Italy and The American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria. Rebecca’s teaching highlights includes serving as Music Director for StageCraft Theatre Victoria, as well as teaching voice and piano for ABC Academy of music and the Snider School of Music, both in Toronto, Canada. Currently, she is on faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and Watertown Children’s Theater as a voice and piano instructor. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts, specialty in music), The Longy Opera Center (Master of Opera- Bard College) and the Victoria Conservatory of Music- Opera Studio program. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of the NEMPAC opera project, currently entering its third season. www.rebeccarapoportcole.com

WCT Council

Jeannette Belcher-Schepis
Marcia Haines

Meg Macri


Madolyn Allison
Lisa Gabel
Louise Harrison Lepera
Michelle Munroe
Nic Pepe
Alison Roberts
Karen Young

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