Teaching Artists

Laura Gallagher Byrne, Director of Theatre Education

 Director of High School Musical Jr. 

Laura Gallagher Byrne is an actor, director, and teaching artist.  She is a passionate advocate for the arts, and is committed to bringing live theatre to young people and their families. She is the Director of Theatre Education with The Nantucket Dreamland.   Laura is a graduate of  Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music with a  Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater, and Emerson College, Master of Arts, Theatre Education.   She studied Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox MA.   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 for “We Are Nantucket”

Caleb BeidelmanCaleb 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 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) and has been Dreamland’s Educational Programming Coordinator since March 2017. This Fall, Caleb will be moving to Cleveland, Ohio to pursue his Master’s in Theatrical Studies at Case Western Reserve University. In his spare time he enjoys cooking; making his own candles, and is a connoisseur of Cardigans and Goodwill Sweaters.

Carolyn Butler,  Musical Director of High School Musical Jr. 

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.   She has been teaching piano with Nantucket Music Center for the past 11 years and currently serves as Director of Student Services.   Combining her love for music with working with kids, she has created programs designed to strengthen musicianship and collaboration in young players such as Keyboard Orchestra with NMC, and Praise Team Development at Summer Street Church.   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!)  Past Dreamland Musical Direction includes School House Rock, James and The Giant Peach, Goosebumps, and Doctor Dolittle Jr. Nantucket Dreamland.

Samantha Tirrell, Stage Manager for High School Musical Jr.

Samantha Tirrell is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and writer. She holds BA degrees in Theatre and English from Russell Sage College, and is currently attending the Yale School of Drama, pursuing an MFA in Stage Management. Samantha has worked with organizations like the New York Musical Festival (Backbeard: A New Musical), Yale School of Drama (Sweat, Much Ado About Nothing), Yale Cabaret (For Your Eyes Only, The Guadalupes), Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (Annie Get Your Gun), Nantucket Historical Association (Moby Dick Rehearsed), and the Theatre Institute at Sage (Spring Awakening, Romeo & Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, Wait Until Dark).

Drew McNeil, Stage Management Intern of High School Musical Jr.

Drew is 18 years old and is graduating St. John’s High School this May. Both his mom and dad have recently starting working on island year round, his dad as the DPW director and his mom as the principal of Nantucket Intermediate School.  He has been doing Theatre since 8th grade and currently serves as the president of his high school’s Stage Crew. He plans to continue working in theatrical production in college and beyond. He has served as stage manager for Damn Yankees, Little Shop of Horrors, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. His favorite production has been White Christmas where he served as flyman.

Sierra Cowell, Choreographer of High School Musical Jr.

Sierra Cowell  is from Los Angeles, California and is so excited to join Dreamland this summer. Recently she was in a collegiate production of Cats the Musical (Rumpleteazer) at ACU. Sierra had the pleasure of training at the American Ballet Theatre 2017 Summer Intensive. Other credits include Steadfast Tin Solider (Olivia) and Carnival (Dancer). Both of these were performed with the Summer Stock Austin 2016 Theater Company. Additional ACU credits include Man of La Mancha (Dance Captain/ Moorish Girl) and James and the Giant Peach (Assistant Choreographer). Sierra graduates in 2019 with a B.F.A in musical theatre.

Nicole LeBlanc-Choreography Intern of High School Musical Jr.

Nicole is so excited to be a part of High School Musical, a show she grew up watching. A rising senior at Nantucket High School, Nicole has been very involved with theatre on the island, and plans on going to college in New York City to pursue theatre education. On island, she has appeared in roles such as Violet Imbry in Play On!, Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker, Kitty in the Drowsy Chaperone, Dione in HAIR, Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, and  most recently Zaneeta Shinn in the Music Man. Apart from theatre, her passions include caffeine, vintage clothing, and watching I Love Lucy reruns (in that order)

Tori Mittelman, Teaching Artist for Dreamland Youth

Tori is a Philadelphia-based director, actor, and teaching artist. She is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point’s BFA Acting Program. She has toured with the National Theatre for Children and worked with various theaters around the Greater Philadelphia Region including: The Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Artist Collective, Resident Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre Company. She has studied with the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, Frantic Assembly (Curious Incident and Cursed Child on Broadway), and The Wilma Theatre Hothouse. She is highly interested in Physical Theatre that comes from an ensemble approach. She is a Teaching Artist with Dancing with the Students (a non-profit organization that brings ballroom dance to inner city schools in Philadelphia), Theatre Horizon, and the Wilma Theatre. She is so excited to join the Nantucket Dreamland family this summer and have an incredible theatrical journey with all the amazing students!

Kalie Jennings, Teaching Artist for Dreamland Youth

Kalie Jennings is thrilled to join the Dreamland Theatre this summer. Kalie, a theatre veteran since she was just six years old, has performed roles as Herma in “A Mid Summers Night Dream” Brooke Wyndham in “Legally Blonde” Penny in “Hairspray” and Éponine in Les Misérables. Kalie has also performed in multiple state choir competitions and has studied Jazz performance for the past six years. This fall Kalie will attend the New England Conservatory of music majoring in Jazz voice. Kalie is a talented musician who loves to share her passion with kids!

Madeline Mojallali, Teaching Artist for Dreamland Kids

Madeline Mojallali is so excited to be a part of the team at Nantucket Dreamland Theatre. She has just graduated from James Madison University where she received a double major in Musical Theatre and Theatre for Social Change, Healing, and Education. Madeline has a passion for social justice and loves working with young people; she is inspired by their creativity and insight. Madeline has experience teaching students ages 6 to 18 in fields such as applied theatre, creative drama, and theatre pedagogy and can’t wait to get started working with Dreamland Kids.

Johannah Johnson, Teaching Artist for Dreamland Kids

Johannah Johnson is a sophomore Theatre Arts major at Sacred Heart University. As a native Nantucketer, this is her fourth year as a member of the teaching team at the Dreamland Foundation Nantucket. She has worked with the summer camps for two summers, as well as one year working on the mainstage children’s musical. She is so excited to be back for another wonderful season! A huge thank you to Laura and Mr. Hale for the amazing opportunity!

Andrew Cromartie, Teaching Artist for We Are Nantucket 

Andrew Cromartie is a video-production instructor, producer and station manager at Nantucket Community Television and is thrilled to be working alongside Nantucket Dreamland. Cromartie grew up on Nantucket, where he dabbled in music, acting and filmmaking. He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, received his degree from the New York School for Film and Television and has acted, produced and directed for theatre and film in Boston and New York.

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