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Our Instructors have a deep understanding of acting.
Director in Residence
Angelina Anello-Dennee (Production Coordinator/Teacher/Director) has been involved with BEAT for 9 years, most recently musically directing Oliver! and directing Oklahoma! and Elf Jr.. When she’s not directing or teaching classes with BEAT, Angelina owns and teaches private voice and piano lessons with Musical Impressions Studios. She’s had the joy of teaching young people for over 20 years and loves to get to share that passion for teaching with other young directors at BEAT.
Heidi Spiker is happy to be a part of Charlotte's Web this season. Her previous theater experience includes acting, casting assistant, assistant director, director, and producing artistic director in various places such as Mexico, Michigan, Virginia, New York City, Boston, and Portland (OR). She is currently a Broker with Keller Williams Central Oregon and happy to be taking on the role of volunteer with BEAT.
Michaela has degrees in Theatre and Vocal Performance from George Fox University, and has taught theatre in both high and middle schools. An advanced seamstress, sound designer, set designer and professional stage manager, she has developed multiple curriculums for teaching technical theatre. In addition to teaching and directing, Michaela enjoys performing in local musicals both at the Tower Theatre and at Cascades Theatre. She divides her time between the theatre and dance studio, and is the Production Manager for Cascades Theatrical Company.
Sierra Kincaid has been working with children as an instructor, a choreographer, and a youth theater program actor and member since 2015. She’s enjoyed being in theater and dance arts herself since her early childhood, and growing in her teens and early adulthood to instruct with these passions was a dream come true for her. In her life outside of theater, she’s a barista for Starbucks, and a lover of the outdoors.
Peggy Frede has taught music, dance, theater and business classes to all ages in several public schools around the world as she followed her Air Force husband in his career. She holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Bowie State University. She started her career teaching music and dance at Sheldon High School in Eugene and finished her career in Bend where she taught music at High Lakes, Miller and Elk Meadow Elementary schools. She loves bringing out creativity in children through music, movement and drama. She has enrolled her grandchildren in several BEAT programs and looks forward to working on the other side of the curtain.
Betsy Green is really excited to be working BEAT! She has been a part of the Bend theatre community for two years now. She has been in High School Musical Jr., 13 The Musical and Legally Blonde Jr.! Betsy has also done work backstage at Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins and West Side Story. She really enjoys working with kids and the theatre community of Bend! This job will combine theatre and kids education two of her passions! Some of her other endeavors include stage managing for “A Swingin’ Tower Christmas” this past holiday season. Betsy’s experience in the theatre has helped her create a stronger love for all things theatre!
Education Program Manager
Erin Maxon is proud to be instructing for BEAT, as well as leading the in-school education program as BEAT's Education Program Manager. Erin is a passionate educator with more than 15 years experience teaching students age 4 to 95, using theatre and ethical facilitation to create the safest place possible for people to try on different aspects of themselves. She has her Masters in Applied Drama: Theatre in Educational, Community and Social Contexts from the University of London at Goldsmiths, and a BA from UC Berkeley in Anthropology and Theatre and Performance Studies. Erin has spent time working with numerous educational organizations including but not limited to theatres, schools, refugee organizations, national historic organizations, and internationally-located school boards. She is so grateful to be spreading the love of theatre to the young people of beautiful Bend!
Bree is the lucky person who gets to be the Executive Director of BEAT. She joined BEAT in 2014 and has been having a wonderful time ever since. Bree has taught many classes for BEAT and directed 6 plays, as well as 4 recent radio plays. While she loves doing any type of theatre with young people, her particular loves are Shakespeare, puppetry and slapstick comedy.
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