Summer Showtime Camp

Our Instructors

Storm Burks

instructorYoung Performers Institute, Musical Theatre Skills Intensive Week #2, Summer Showtime/The Little Mermaid Jr.

Storm is very excited to be returning as a Music Instructor and Director for several of Virginia Rep’s summer camp programming. He worked last year as the music director for Seussical Jr. as well as an instructor for the Musical Theatre Skills Intensive. Storm is the full time choral director at Prince George High School and teaches private voice lessons on the side. When Storm is not teaching young musicians he loves to perform on his own. His most recent on stage credit was portraying the character Jinx in Plaid Tidings at Swift Creek Mill. He is very excited for another great summer with the education staff at Virginia Repertory Theatre!

Rachel Dilliplane

instructorJune Stage Explorers, Young Performers Institute

Rachel is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, MD where she earned degrees in Drama and Behavioral Neuroscience.During her undergraduate career, she was fortunate enough to study many forms of theatre around the world. She has studied Physical and Applied theatre during a semester abroad in South Africa, trained in the art of Commedia dell’Arte in Italy, and conducted research on theatre festivals in Scotland and Canada. After graduating in 2015, Rachel moved to Richmond to work for Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Education Department and has loved every minute of it. She has served as a counselor and instructor for the past two years and is looking forward to this summer. You may have seen her around town performing with Firehouse Radio Players or ComedySportz Richmond. Look for Rachel this summer as the Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost with Quill Theatre at Agecroft Hall.

Tim Fitz-Gerald

instructorJune Stage Explorers

Tim just completed his MFA in Theater Pedagogy and Performance at VCU.  He has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 1997.  On Broadway, Tim created the role of “Chris Bell” in The Boy from Oz, opposite Hugh Jackman, and can be heard on the original cast recording.  He has toured Nationally with Joseph…(covering Patrick Cassidy in the title role), and Titanic the Musical, (Fleet).  Off-Broadway, Tim was seen in Reefer Madness, (understudying “Jimmy”), and originated the role of “Rat” in The Wind in the Willows at the New Victory Theater, and can be heard on the original cast recording.  He played “Brad” in the 25th anniversary cast of The Rocky Horror Show in Los Angeles, opposite David Arquette.  Most recently, Tim was a member of the first National tour of Wicked, where he understudied the role of “Fiyero”. While on tour with Wicked, Tim taught master classes at schools all over the country. He has served as Director of Musical Theater for Proctors Theater’s summer workshop for high school performers. He was camp director and senior educator for Encore Entertainers in Torrance California during the summer of 2015.  At VCU, Tim has taught Freshman Acting, Voice and Speech, Directing, Intro to Musical Theater Performance, Public Speaking as well as Actors Going Viral.  In addition, he served as associate director for Urintetown and portrayed “Gomez” in VCU’s production of The Addams Family, directed by Patti DBeck.Tim is looking forward to his second summer working with Virginia Rep’s educational camp programming.

Kita Grayson

instructorKita is a Los Angeles native, and a 2015 graduate of Howard University’s Musical Theater Program. Her Regional Theatre credits include: Woolly Mammoth: Black Side of the Moon, Theatre Alliance: brownsville song: b-side for tray; ArtsCentric: The Color Purple; Kennedy Center: Four Little Girls. Kita began teaching in 2012, and has led classes in various styles of theatre including jazz, tap, musical theatre, acting, and playwriting. She is excited to make her Virginia Rep debut as Carla in this summer's In the Heights!

Young Performers Institute, Musical Theatre Skills Intensive Week #3

Brenda Hamilton

instructorBrenda is a performer/choreographer who most recently appeared in the national tour of Wicked, as a swing/ Nessarose understudy. She has performed the role of Nessarose over a dozen times and has also appeared in the Broadway company. Other credits include the national tours of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Brenda was hired out of high school to be a Radio City Rockette and has been performing professionally since the age of 18. She is now working toward her Bachelor’s degree through St. Mary’s College of California. Brenda’s teaching philosophy is based on helping children reach their full potential in the performing arts.

Musical Theatre Skills Intensive Week #2, Summer Showtime/ The Little Mermaid Jr.,

Josh Marin

instructorMusical Theatre Skills Intensive Week #1

Josh is over the moon with excitement to be an acting instructor for Virginia Rep this summer! He currently lives in New York. Credits include:  local commercials, Spielberg’s Lincoln, Georg in Spring Awakening, Tamino in The Magic Flute (adaptation), Tommy Dijilas in The Music Man, Mr. Black in The Wild Party,  Chad Diety in The Elaborate Entrance do Chad Diety, Harpo in The Color Purple and most recently Flick in Violet. He is currently playing the role of Benny in In the Heights at Virginia Rep. He would like to thank his family for their prayers and support, his friends for their encouragement and God for the blessing us with such a vital art form in theatre, that we get to enjoy!

Laine Satterfield

instructorYoung Performers Institute

Laine has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has taught at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Center for the Arts, Artspower, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts, Centerstage, Company of Fools, Cadence Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theatre, private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. Favorite acting roles include: Ariel in The Tempest,  Eurydice in Eurydice, (RTCC Best Play), Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Best Actress nomination, RTCC), and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Best Actress Award, RTCC). In addition to teaching theatre to all ages in the Richmond area, she is also adjunct faculty at VCU, serves as Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater, and Director of Education for Cadence Theatre Company. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Alana Smith

instructorJune Stage Explorers, Musical Theatre Skills Intensive Weeks #2 & #3, Dramatic Adventures

Alana is thrilled to teach in Virginia Rep’s summer camps again this summer. She is originally from Petersburg, Virginia and is grateful for the opportunity to help bring the arts to kids all over the tri-cities area. She is a local Actor, Teaching Artist, and Director with over ten years of experience teaching kids of all ages. She attended Virginia Tech and studied Theater arts before returning to Richmond in 2008. She teaches and directs locally with CharacterWorks Christian Theater for Youth and Bard Unbound. She has been seen on the local stage with Virginia Rep, Quill Theater, and Bard Unbound. In addition to acting, Alana has a background in dance and has a passion for all the performing arts. She is excited to meet and work with all the campers this summer!

Anthony Smith

instructorJune Stage Explorers, Musical Theatre Skills Intensive Weeks #3 & #4

Anthony Smith is Musical Director in Residence at the University of Richmond, providing musical direction and vocal coaching for musicals and plays presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Anthony holds similar positions at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, and the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts (Williamsburg, VA). Outside of the theatre, Anthony is on the music staff at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and a member of the Virginia Chorale, a professional choral ensemble based in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Smith is also the Director of Bands, Choirs, and Theory for Soundscapes, a program providing music education to underserved communities in Newport News, Virginia. He is also the conductor of the Peninsula Youth Winds, an extension of the Peninsula Youth Orchestras, also based in Newport News, Virginia.

Megan Tatum

instructorMusical Theatre Skills Intensive Weeks #1 & #4, Summer Showtime/ The Little Mermaid Jr.

Megan is so excited to be joining The Little Mermaid creative team! She was recently seen on the Virginia Rep stage in A Christmas Story (Dance Captain/Featured Ensemble) and Junie B. Jones the Musical (Associate Choreographer/May/Mommy/Grace).  Megan grew up in Chester, Virginia having trained at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Richmond Ballet, and Chesterfield School of Ballet.  She is a kid at heart and loves working and dancing with children of all ages and abilities.  Megan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy and a B.A. in Integration of Dance, Music, and Theatre Performance.  Megan has choreographed all over Virginia and assists physical therapists with Broadway and ballet companies as well as kids with diverse abilities.  She has also performed professionally all over the country with Midtown Arts Center (Mary Poppins), Compass Rose Theater (Brigadoon), Alluvion Stage Company (Beauty and the Beast), Riverside Dinner Theatre (West Side Story), Virginia Musical Theatre (Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Children of Eden, Mame), and at Busch Gardens (Christmas Town).

Emily Turner

instructorYoung Performers Institute

Emily is delighted to be back at the Young Performer’s Institute this summer working with so many talented young artists! Emily is the lead instructor with the Virginia Stage Combat School, and has been teaching, choreographing, and practicing stage combat for more than ten years. Her local work has been seen most recently in John Tyler Community College’s productions of She Kills Monsters and Extremities, as well as Free Jambalaya’s production of Sadie’s Last Painting. She is a regular player with ComedySportz Richmond Improv Theatre, and a teacher with Henrico County Public Schools.

Trent Williams

instructorDramatic Adventures

Trent Williams is excited to be spending another summer working with the Virginia Rep camps. He has been working in Richmond as an actor at Virginia Rep on their main stage as well as appearing in Goodnight Moon at the Children's theatre. He has a B.F.A. in theatre from Longwood university and will be attending NYU this fall to begin working on his M.F.A in Acting.

Gabby Wolfe

instructorMusical Theatre Skills Intensive Week #1, August Stage Explorers

Gabby is an Actor who grew up just 20 min away from Richmond. She's ecstatic to be joining the Va Rep Camp team again. She graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Theater and since then has worked professionally as an actor in Richmond for Virginia Rep on Tour, Cherokee, NC in Unto These Hills, and other projects around the DMV. She's looking forward to teaching music to the kids this summer, and cannot wait to see how they inspire the community with their voices!

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Instructors by Camp Program

June Stage Explorers:
Drama - Rachel Dilliplane
Dance - Tim Fitz-Gerald
Music - Anthony Smith
Theatre Crafts - Alana Smith

Young Performers Institute:
Acting/Showcase Director - Rachel Dilliplane
Acting - Laine Satterfield
Stage Combat - Emily Turner
Music - Storm Burks

Musical Theatre Skills Intensive:
Week #1 - Josh Marin (acting), Megan Tatum (dance), Gabby Wolfe (voice)
Week #2 - Alana Smith (acting), Brenda Hamilton (dance), Storm Burks (voice)
Week #3 - Alana Smith (acting), Kita Grason (dance), Anthony Smith (voice)
Week #4 - Irene Kuykendall (acting), Megan Tatum (dance), Anthony Smith (voice)

Summer Showtime/The Little Mermaid Jr:
Director – Brenda Hamilton
Music Director - Storm Burks
Choreographer - Megan Tatum

Dramatic Adventures:
Story Drama - Alana Smith
Music & Movement – Joy Weaver

August Stage Explorers:
Drama – Irene Kuykendall
Dance - Heather Rhea
Music - Gabby Wolfe
Theatre Crafts – Frances Neylan-Moore

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