Meet the Staff
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ACT JR: SPRING SEMESTER CLASSES
Michelle Steshoski, Spring Musical Theatre
Michelle Steshoski is excited to be joining Authentic Community Theater as an Acting instructor. Michelle has been acting, singing and dancing since she was 10 years old. Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater for Youth from Shenandoah University Conservatory. After graduating college she went on to direct the fall plays and direct and choreograph the spring musicals at South Carroll High School. Michelle took a small break from theater to get married and started a family. Since her children are a little older, she is excited to get back into the theater world of teaching, directing and performing! For the past 3 years, Michelle has directed summer theater camps at a private school in Frederick, MD. Michelle also has her Master of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University and is currently a public school teacher for Berkeley County Public Schools.
Chelsea Bondarenko, Spring Musical Theatre
Chelsea Bondarenko is thrilled to be making her debut with Authentic Community Theatre. She is 27 years old & studies early childhood education & dance at HCC. She has performed at many local theatre companies including other Voices Theatre Company, Way off Broadway, Fredericktowne Players, & Washington County Playhouse. She thanks her mom for all the voice & dance lessons and loads of support.
Gerry McCarney, Spring ACTing
Gerry just completed his first performance with ACT as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray! He is excited to bring his knowledge of theatre to our Spring Semester acting class! He has participated in over 100 productions in the tri-state area over the past 30 years and is looking forward to working with ACT!
Sarah Miller, Spring ACTing
Sarah Nicole Miller has been performing since a young age and has a passion for acting. She is excited to be working with ACT and sharing the joy of acting with her students! Sarah interned with YROC Drama Ministry in Hagerstown, MD for two years. The past four years she has served as their Assistant Director. Sarah also trained with Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ in 2014, with a focus on acting for film. One of her biggest passions is young people. Whether working with the YROC teens, her drama students at church, or the 2 year-old she nannys, Sarah finds great joy in investing in the lives of youth. She’s thankful to have the opportunity to teach the ACT Jr. students and invest in their lives as well!
Jake Young, SPRING ACTUP! HIGH SCHOOL/YOUNG ADULT ACTING
Jake is a local director and teaching artist from Frederick, MD. He recently graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA is Theatre-Performance and German in May 2016. As well as directing with Authentic Community Theatre, he also works for a non-profit called Project Change teaching acting classes to Middle School students in Montgomery County. During the past three years he has directed with a variety of companies including Wildwood Summer Theatre, CulturalDC Source Festival and In The Wings.
Julia Cowles, Aladdin Jr Director
Julia is so excited to be making her directorial debut with ACT! Julia graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2012 with her BFA in Musical Theater, since graduation she has worked as a voice teacher, choreographer and music teacher with various companies throughout the DMV. In addition to teaching, Julia has done local productions including The Music Man, Julius Caesar, Into the Woods and Bells are Ringing and even played a victim on the Discovery ID show “Who the Bleep…”. Julia is currently a substitute for MCPS but plans on going to grad school to get her Masters degree and teaching certification. Other than theater Julia is most passionate about her two rescue dogs (Isabella and Chica) and cooking for her family.
Natasha Fields, Aladdin Jr Choreographer
Natasha recently joined ACT with an ensemble role in Hairspray and is continuing her community theatre performances with Pippin. She has years of experience in choreography and performing and has previously been seen on the Apollo Civic Theatre stage in Rock of Ages and Chicago.
Hannah Pickerall, Aladdin Jr Music Director
Hannah has been involved in music since she was a little kid. She went to Barbara Ingram School For the Arts for vocal performance which started her love of musical theater. She plays piano, sings, and band directs at Lifehouse Church. She recently Music Directed ACTs production of ELFjr and is excited to continue with this semesters production of Aladdin Jr!