Meet the Staff
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Shannon Lanier, WIZARD OF OZ DIRECTOR
Originally from Virginia and now “quietly” residing in small town Hanover, PA this independent film juggernaut, Shannon started his love for acting with theatre. Starting in High school participating in several shows and then college and after where he has performed, directed, and produced dozens of shows. Shannon is the President and CEO of the award winning Dark Ronin Media Group located in Hanover, PA. Shannon himself is the Winner of 5 awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Cinematographer, and Best Supporting Actor from multiple film Festivals from all around the country. His company, as a whole, has won multiple audience choice awards, best film, and best original song to name a few. 7 years ago, after making the difficult decision to move away from theatre and into film, the theatre itch is back and Shannon is excited to direct Wizard of Oz and eager to work with ACT!
Kristen Davis, WIZARD OF OZ CHOREOGRAPHER
Kristen Davis has been dancing for 18 years and fell in love with musical theatre while studying dance at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. She graduated this past spring from Hagerstown Community College and was very active in their theatre and dance departments. Kristen was a member of HCC’s Dance Company for 2 years, and served as the dance captain for several of their musicals. Kristen won Miss Washington County in 2017. Kristen currently serves as our Dancing in Character instructor for ACT Jr and teaches dance classes at Ballet and All That Jazz, directing their Junior Company for 3 years. Her most recent theatre credits include: Babette in Beauty and the Beast (CCT), Witch #1/Lady Macduff in Macbeth (HCC), Meg in Little Women: The Musical (HCC), Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest (MEG), Wednesday in The Addams Family: The Musical (HCC), and Maggie in A Chorus Line (HCC).
Juneau Daggs, WIZARD OF OZ MUSIC DIRECTOR
Juneau Daggs is a recent graduate of Spring Mills High School. He really enjoys theater and music, but enjoys them even more when combined! Some of his previous experiences with ACT include the past three years of ACT’s Storytelling program, ACT’s performance of Annie as an ensemble member, and the past six SIFTA events in the summers. Juneau co-music directed the ACTjr production of Lion King during our last semester. This is his first show as our main music director and he is super excited and ready for the experience as he prepares for college!
Britney Soto, WIZARD OF OZ COSTUME DESIGNER
Britney Soto has performed in local community shows such as Oklahoma, Oliver, and Our Town and has helped costume and make-up everything from Variety Shows to Seussical! She loves to work with creative arts and is currently serving as the administrator for ACT. Britney has been a member of the ACT Board of Directors since 2016. She attended college for Art Education at Shippensburg University and is a Certified Drawing and Painting Instructor through Grumbacher Arts teaching classes locally in Hagerstown.
Michelle Steshoski, WIZARD OF OZ COSTUME DESIGNER
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.
Tiffany Vinson, WIZARD OF OZ CO-PRODUCER
Tiffany was born and raised in the Hagerstown area. She has a very diverse background in employment opportunities; such as customer service, behavioral consultant, management and sales to name a few. She graduated from HCC with an Associates degree in Psychology and is continuing her education to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Tiffany has also enjoyed working in the film industry for many years. Tiffany was introduced to the film industry by working with Rags 2 Riches Productions on the film Greencastle. She then came on board with Dark Ronin Media Group to participate in producing the films Reminisce, November Lies, Love Between the Sheets and a Very Hanover Christmas, to name a few. She has worn many different hats in these productions behind the scenes, as well as on set; some of which were Production Manager, Production Coordinator, Line Producer, and Assistant Director. Tiffany is very excited to begin her new adventure with ACT as the Stage Manager!
Robbie Soto, COMMUNITY THEATRE PROGRAM MANAGER
Robbie Soto has been involved in the theater community in Washington County for over a decade. After attending college at Full Sail University for film, he made the switch from stage to screen. Robbie wrote and directed his first film REMINISCE which is now set for national and international distribution. He moved up the ranks with the multi award winning film studio called Dark Ronin Media Group from Hanover, PA and is now the Co-Owner and is in charge of Ronin Talent Management and offers talent representation for actors and models all over the area. Robbie made the return to theater 2 years ago when his late uncle (Ralph Mauriello) was in need of some actors for a show he was directing and has loved every minute of it. He joined the board of ACT in 2015 and currently serves as the Program Manager for our Community Theatre!