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 Kenny

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. Her next production is Twelfth Night at Newton North High School in Newton, MA.

Caitlin Inglis

Caitlin is delighted to join the WCT family as the Education Coordinator. She graduated cum laude with her BA in Theatre and Dance Studies from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she received departmental honors. As a freelance Director, Actress and coach Caitlin has spent the last 8 years working in the Boston area, with work ranging from personal acting coaching to helping produce new works festivals with Roxbury Repertory Theatre. Currently Caitlin works as a Director, Actress and Coach, and is a member of Roxbury Repertory Theatre. Previous directing credits include: Godspell, Twilight Los Angeles:1992, Hansel and Gretel, and The Princess and the Pea.

Megan Otteson

Megan Otteson is excited to be part of WCT again! She grew up performing at WCT from 1st-8th grade and then was the 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. Recently, she worked as the ASM on Lyric Stage Company’s production of Rich Girl, and the Stage Manager on Stoneham Youth Company’s Winter Festival production of Charlotte’s Web: The Musical. Earlier this season she worked as the Stage Manager on two shows with Zero Point Theater Company. Last 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 new 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 has been with WCT in various roles since 2004.

Jessica Stansfield

Jessica is thrilled to be joining WCT after working on the 2011/12 season’s Charlotte’s Web. She received her BFA in Stage Management from Boston University. Locally, she has worked with several theaters including Boston Children’s Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, and American Repertory Theater. She also spent time in Ithaca, NY, working as Asst. Production Manager and Stage Manager for the Hangar Theatre. When not at WCT, Jessica spends her time at the aquarium watching the penguins.

Kathi Tighe

Kathi has worked with WCT since 2006. In her non-WCT time, she is a self-employed studio potter 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. She and her husband Jerry live in Cambridge, while their son Joel studies at Vassar College.

Artistic Staff


Hallie Blitzman

Hallie Blitzman, 15, is currently a sophomore at Watertown High school and has been involved in Watertown Children’s Theatre since the age of 6 when she made her debut as a “Little” in Bye Bye Birdie. Some of her favorite roles include Little Ruthie in Pirates of Penzance, Jim Hollis in Tom Sawyer, Furwell in Pinocchio, and Prince Christopher in Cinderella. Besides being involved in theater she sings with the Boston Children’s Chorus, plays the violin in the string ensemble at her high school, and has recently taken up the guitar. She enjoys working with children and apprenticed under Meghan Kenny in the show Dr. Dolittle. She is very excited about being a part of the first high school production at WCT and is enjoying working with the entire cast and crew of Into the Woods.

Catherine Buxton

Bio coming soon!

Tyler Catanella

Bio coming soon!

Tiana Chase

Tiana was raised in the jungle! (okay, maybe not, but she has had some strange pets and spent too much time in the trees) But what she does have is a lifetime of experience in the arts. This half clown girl half super hero has been painting since she was old enough to hold a brush and working on sets since she could walk. After graduating solitarian in 2009 with a focus in Illustration and large scale acrylic painting Tiana began work in the field immediately. With mural painting, comic book character design, story boarding, scenic painting, hair and make-up, props design, costuming, and then some, there is very little this comic shop owner doesn’t have in her utility belt. Recently she has been the set painter for the Sudbury Savoyards production of The Pirates of Penzance (gone steam punk), a lead artist on a massive animation, and teaches superhero illustration at her comic shop. Did I mention stippling…she stipples.

Karissa Coady,

Karissa, a senior at BB&N and an alumna of CITYterm, has been involved with Watertown Children’s Theatre since fifth grade as the Neverbird in Peter Pan. She has continued to remain involved through many a main stage and black box productions most notably as Jennyanydots in Cats, Tessie in Annie Warbucks, and the Yellow Brick Road in The Wiz. After “aging out” Karissa continued to be involved with WCT behind the scenes as a member of the tech crew on several productions. Throughout high school, Karissa worked both on and off stage at her school, in productions such as The Cherry Orchard, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Assassins, Our Country’s Good, and The Taming of The Shrew. She returned to the WCT stage one final time this winter as Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into The Woods. Delighted to be more involved this spring, Karissa will be working as an intern as well as assistant stage managing for The Jungle Book and Grease: School Version productions.

Julie Dauber

Julie is excited to be a part of the WCT team. Originally from Maryland, she has spent most of her career in the Boston area as a performer, choreographer, and costume designer. She received her BA in Theatre and Dance at the University of Richmond where she was a recipient of the John D. Welsh Theatre Scholarship, won awards in acting and costuming, and traveled to London to study Theatre and Art History. She also studied Theatre Education at Emerson College. She has worked at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Modlin Center for the Arts in Virginia, and local companies including Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Apollinaire Theatre Company, and South Shore School of Theatre. She is currently the resident Costume Designer at Eastern Nazarene College. Favorite past productions include Gypsy starring Lorna Luft (Dolores), West Side Story (Velma/Dance Captain), and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero).

Shayna Farmelant

Shayna has been an active member of The Watertown Children’s Theatre since starting out as a lost girl in Peter Pan (2006) when she was in fourth grade. Since then she has been in many shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2007), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008), and The Wiz (2010). Shayna’s most recent show was Singin’ In the Rain (2011) where she played an enthusiastic radio announcer and one of four featured tango dancers. Along with performing in many WCT productions she was also a part of the “Techie” crew for Alice in Wonderland (2010) and assistant stage manager for The Prince and the Pauper and The Hobbit (2011). Now that she is at Watertown High School, too old to be a cast member, she is very excited to join the backstage crew and help out in many shows to come!

Claire Gabel

Claire (assisting on percussion in Aladdin Jr, Spring 2013) has been an enthusiastic member of the Watertown Children’s Theatre community since 4th grade when she played Charlotte Braun in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2009). Her continuous involvement with WCT has encompassed 6 musicals, 3 Play Factory, and several Summer Stage productions. Favorites include Fantastic Mr. Fox (2010), Singin’ in the Rain (2011), Poe! Poe! Poe! (2011), Oliver! (2012), and playing Alice (small) in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2010). In addition to being on stage, Claire loves learning about sound and lighting and other “behind the scenes” aspects of putting on a show. Outside of WCT she plays the flute and djembe and is involved in theater productions at Watertown Middle School. Claire is excited to expand her horizons and give back to WCT as a Page to Stage intern, helping to inspire and encourage a new group of young actors.

Rachel Harmon

Rachel Harmon is thrilled to be joining the Watertown Children’s Theatre as a Costume Designer for the 2013-2014 season. Rachel has a BFA in Fashion Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Having grown up with an older sister who is a classically trained singer, she has been drawn to the performing arts since she was very young. She has worked in various Costume Technician roles for companies such as Williamstown Theatre Festival, North Shore Music Theatre, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Rachel has also completed an internship with the Huntington Theatre Company through their Professional Internship Program. She has designed costumes for a number of productions at the JCC’s Kaleidoscope Creative Arts and Science Camp in Newton, MA. Design credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof.

Jennifer Lester

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College, 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, 1994. She began her dance career with The Boston Ballet at age 5, and danced in their production of The Nutcracker Suite. Jennifer has been teaching dance to preschoolers since 1994 in several nursery schools and dance studios in the Boston Area including: The Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, and Creative Steps Dance Studio in Newton. Jennifer also enjoys performing for the Reagle Players in Waltham and takes ballroom dance lessons with her husband, David, at The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Belmont.

Cassandra Lovering

Bio coming soon!

Carter Miller

Carter is thrilled to be back with the dedicated and wonderful team at WCT. Carter works as a technician and designer in theatres throughout Massachusettes and Southern New Hampshire, and has recently taken the position of Master Electrician with the New Repertory Theatre. Although currently plying his trade in professional technical theatre, Carter feels very strongly that his future lies in theatre education, and believes that WCT is the perfect place to combine these passions!

Asako Nagashima

Asako has a Bachelors degree in Music from Osaka University of Arts with majors in piano performance and musicology and a Masters Degree in Music from New England Conservatory of Music in piano performance. She studied with Randall Hodgkingson, 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 Festival at Osaka Symphony Hall, which was broadcasted. At Piloti Hall, she performed in the Osaka New Artists Concert. Asako has been accompanist for choruses and string ensembles at the Hosmer, Lowell and Cunniff elementary schools in Watertown; for musicals at the Watertown Childrens Theatre and for many local vocalists and string players. She is an active private piano teacher for many years. WCT Musical Director: Singin’ in the Rain, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Wiz, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pinocchio, Cats, The King and I,and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Littes’ Musical Director/Instrumentalist: The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, Annie Warbucks, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Catherine Papayannopoulos

(pictured as Body of the Caterpillar, “E,” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Fall 2010) Since her first role in third grade as a Dish in Beauty and the Beast, Catherine has been delighted to be a part of the WCT community. Her other performances include Alice in Wonderland, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella, and the Summer Stage productions of Fantastic Mr. Fox and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Catherine is thrilled to add a new role to her involvement at WCT, as a Junior Players intern. She thoroughly enjoyed her first experience working with WCT’s youngest actors in Oliver! and looks forward to many more productions in the future. Catherine is a student at the Watertown Middle School, and her interests outside of WCT include tennis, track & field, and softball.

Rebecca Rapoport-Cole

Rebecca is an active teacher in Boston, where she has had the pleasure of teaching both private and group music classes to children and adults alike. Areas of teaching include: beginner and intermediate piano, classical voice, musical theater voice, pop, jazz, and vocal audition preparation- including high school and university vocal exams. As a performer, Rebecca has performed operatic roles in Canada, the USA, as well as Europe. Highlights from 2011-2012 include performing the roles of Cherubino in Mozart’s, Le Nozze di Figaro, Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and a residency with the Banff- Opera as Theatre program. Upcoming performances include the role of Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, singing the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, as well as performing with Dell’Arte Opera in New York City. Rebecca is a graduate of the Longy Conservatory of Music of Bard College (MM- Opera), the University of Western Ontario, as well as the Opera Studio program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Jackie Theoharis

Jackie is thrilled to join Watertown Children’s Theatre! She has performed with various leading theaters in the area, including New Repertory Theater, Wheelock Family Theater, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Turtle Lane Playhouse, Blue Spruce Theater, Hanover Theater, and the FUDGE Theatre Company. Favorite credits include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (IRNE nominee), Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone (IRNE nominee), Ilse in Spring Awakening (MyTheatre nominee), Yonah in Children of Eden (EMACT nominee), Val in A Chorus Line, Natalie in Next to Normal, Susan/Karessa in Tick, Tick…BOOM! (MyTheatre nominee), among others. Jackie graduated from Brandeis University as a double major in Theater and Education, and began teaching and choreographing in 2010. She has taught performing arts classes through Stoneham Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, the Paige Conservatory, ACTS, The Performing Arts Connection, among others. She has also studied with the Circle in the Square Theater School and Broadway Artists Alliance, both in New York City.

Peter Waldron

Peter Waldron has designed scenery for over 150 productions for theaters across the country, including over 25 operas and musicals at the Boston Conservatory. He currently is designing at several Boston area theaters and is thrilled to be working with the wonderful people at WCT.

WCT Council


Co-Chairs
Jeannette Belcher-Schepis
Marcia Haines

Secretary
Meg Macri

Members

Madolyn Allison
Mike Denneen
Lisa Gabel
Louise Harrison Lepera
Gretchen Neeley
Alison Roberts
Jessica Wright
Karen Young

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