Teaching Artists

Laura Gallagher Byrne- Director of Education.   Director of To Kill a Mockingbird and Goosebumps, The Musical.

Laura Gallagher Byrne

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,  Stage Manager of To Kill a Mockingbird and Goosebumps

Caleb Beidelman

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.

Wendy Rouillard- Author of Barnaby Bear series for Dreamland Kids.  

Wendy Rouillard

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.

 Carolyn Butler- Musical Director of Goosebumps


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 Kids’ Praise Teams. She has been teaching piano with Nantucket Music Center for the past 10 years. 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!)  Past Dreamland Musical Direction includes School House Rock, and James and The Giant Peach, Nantucket Dreamland.

Enriching the cultural and intellectual life of Nantucket