Laura Gallagher Byrne- Director of Education. Director of James and the Giant Peach Jr.
Laura Gallagher Byrne is an actor, director, and teaching artist. She is the Director of Education at Nantucket Dreamland. Laura is a graduate of Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music in Musical Theater holds a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She studied Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox MA. Nantucket acting credits include: White Heron Theatre Company/God of Carnage/Annette, Nantucket Theatre Workshop/Dinner with Friends/Karen, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee/Rona Lisa Perretti, Noises Off/Flavia. Nantucket directing credits include: Nantucket High School/ The Drowsy Chaperone, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brigadoon, The King and I, The Pajama Game. Cyrus Peirce Middle School/Elf, The Musical, The Lion King, Don’t Get Your Chickens Until the Cry Wolf, Stuart Little. Nantucket Theatre Workshop: Oliver, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Really Rosie, Captain Louie, Rounding Third, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Laura is a recipient of The 2011 Advocacy for Children Award. She is member of SDC; Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, AATE; American Alliance for Theatre in Education, NATS; National Association of Teachers of Singing, and The Organization of Theatre for Young Audiences.
Caleb Beidelman- Educational Programming Coordinator. Teaching Artist; Dreamland Kids, Stage Manager of James and the Giant Peach Jr.
Caleb Beidelman is an actor, stage manager, designer , playwright, and technician from Indianapolis, IN. He is a proud graduate of Hanover College (Madison, IN) holding a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a concentration in Technical Theatre and Theatre of the Absurd. While at Hanover, he studied Kabuki (classical Japanese dance-drama) with special instruction from Shozo Sato, an internationally renowned Japanese master of Zen arts. He recently was the Sets intern at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. He has traveled all across the country creating the magic of theatre in a variety of roles including: Technical Theatre Intern-Eau Claire Children’s Theatre (Eau Claire, WI), Assistant Technical Director-Hanover College, and Carpenter-Cortland Repertory Theatre (Cortland, NY). He founded the Alpha Eta Phi chapter of Alpha Psi Omega at Hanover College in 2015. In his spare time he enjoys cooking; making his own candles, and is a connoisseur of Cardigans and Goodwill Sweaters.
Karen Sklaire- Teaching Artist; Dreamland Kids and Broadway Musical Theatre Workshop.
Karen Sklaire is an actress, comedienne and theater teacher for the NYC DOE. She has toured the country with Theatreworks/USA and has been featured Off-Broadway at The Promenade Theatre, Town Hall, and The Soho Playhouse as well as featured in the premiere of Orson Welles Too Much Johnson at The Film Forum. She has performed standup comedy in clubs throughout NYC and hosted such comedians as Judah Freidlander( 30 Rock) and Colin Quinn as well as touring with comedian Rob Bartlett and the Bartletts. She has performed standup comedy in clubs throughout NYC and appeared on Saturday Night Live, In the Mix and on The Imus in the Morning show. Karen wrote and performed her her solo show Ripple of Hope: One Teacher’s Journey to Make an Impact directed by Award winning director Padraic Lillis which was named one of Best of Fringe*, and Best Performance* at The Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC( *DC Metro). Ripple of Hope (Twitter @ripplehopeshow @KarenSklaire) premiered in a sold out run at The New York In-ternational Fringe Festival where it was named Best of Fringe*( Broadway Blog). It also won the best of the festival and audience favorite at the Flying Solo Festival at the Secret Theater in Long Island City. In addition to being a full time drama teacher Karen created the first Speak Truth to Power summer theater camp which merged human rights education and theater. Karen is the re-cipient of the 2015 Robert F Kennedy Human Rights award for her work in theater and human rights. Currently a screenplay is being developed based on Ripple of Hope, as well as a new web series development.
Wendy Rouillard- Author of Barnaby Bear series for Dreamland Kids.
Wendy Rouillard is the author and illustrator of Nantucket’s Barnaby Bear children’s book series. Wendy’s artwork and stories have graced the covers and pages of many magazines, newspapers, and more than 25 children’s books. Wendy has also appeared on the Today Show, CBS News, and HGTV. Wendy has newly opened BARNABY’S PLACE at Nantucket Bookworks, a healthy children’s café and store. She is a long-time resident of Nantucket Island where she lives with her two young daughters.
Freda Mattea- Assistant Director of James and the Giant Peach Jr., Teaching Artist
Freda Mattea is a native New Yorker who has been coming to Nantucket since she was young. In 2014, she graduated from the Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theatre Institute where she studied theatre, music, dance, directing, stage managing, and more.
Over the past five years, she has worked with the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, and this year will be the Assistant Director of James and The Giant Peach. She is so excited to take this step in her life and to be back on the island!
Carolyn Butler- Musical Director of James and the Giant Peach
Carolyn Butler is an educator, musician, music director and proud member of the Nantucket community. A year-round resident, Carolyn has more than 20 years of experience teaching piano, serving as church music director/musician/ accompanist, and working with several children’s programs. She has been teaching with Nantucket Music Center for the past 10 years and is the director of educational programs. Combining her love for music with working with kids, she is currently working on developing a Keyboard Orchestra, just having finished a pilot program where they performed at NMC’s Spring Festival “Tempo di Tango.” Musical Theatre credits include: Performance on Viola for “Cinderella”, an On The Isle production, summer 2014. Piano for “A Christmas Carol” Theatre Workshop Nantucket, fall 2015, (after which she was hooked!) Musical Direction: “School House Rock, Jr.”, Dreamland Nantucket, winter 2017.
Laura Colleluori- Teaching Artist; Dreamland Youth
Laura Colleluori is a Texas-born, New York-based director, dramaturg, stage manager, and educator. She worked for two years as the Education and Community Engagement Fellow at Dallas Theater Center, managing and teaching in education programs like SummerStage and Project Discovery. She has also taught with Capers for Kids in Dallas, Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, and the Zola Predosa school district in Bologna, Italy. Laura has worked artistically as an assistant director and dramaturg with companies like Second Thought Theatre, Echo Theatre, and Dallas Theater Center, and as a stage manager/technician with The Drama League, MB Stage Productions, The Actors Co., Wingspan Theatre Co., Cara Mia Theatre Co., and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Laura holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Italian Studies from Dickinson College, with additional training from Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Bologna. She is a contributing writer for StageAgent.com.
Casey Boukus- Choreographer of James and the Giant Peach
Casey Sayre Boukus is a local mother of two theatrically-minded youth, massage therapist, artist, dancer, performer and choreographer with an eclectic range of artistic and teaching experience. She studied classical studies, dance, art and theater at Middlebury college and U-Penn, before going on to become a massage therapist full time, graduating from the Florida School of Massage. She choreographed the Nantucket High School musical productions: Brigadoon, King and I, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Drowsy Chaperone. She directed and choreographed the Dreamland’s production of School House Rock Jr. Stage credits with Theatre Workshop include: Oliver!/Mrs. Sowerbury, Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol x2/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Cinderella/Stepmother, All in the Timing, The Odd Couple/Mickey, A Christmas Story, Love Loss and What I Wore, and Mere Mortals. She is also a storyteller, fashion designer and artist member of the AAN.
Bianca Ilich – Teaching Artist; Dreamland Youth
Bianca Ilich is one of the most well known and versatile actresses in Bulgaria. After graduating from the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, she began her professional career in Theater and Television. Among her notable theatrical credits: Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, Look Back in Anger – John Osborne, The Seagull– Anton Chekhov, Dinner for Schmucks – Francis Weber , and Miss Julie- August Strindberg . She is also well-known to the Bulgarian audience from her popular character Super Bianka on the national television prime-time program – “Ivan & Andrey`s Show”. Before coming to the US, she was the TV host of “The Bachelor.”
Shortly after her arrival in New York, she became a student at the Two Year Conservatory Program at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She has since gone on to direct the musical Don Juan Around the World in 2013 produced by Nantucket Ballroom at The Dreamland Theater on Nantucket Island. Her production was such a success that she was invited back to direct the 2014 Dreamland production “Mystery on the Orient Express.” In 2015 she directed Nantucket ballroom most ambitious project “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in which the veteran actor John Shea plays the lead role.