Bobbi was an educator in Lower Merion School District for 20 years, taught Gifted and Talented students, and created an after-school theatre program which changed the impact of theatre in middle schools. Her productions at Bala Cynwyd Middle School were widely acclaimed, and she received several "Best Director" awards at theatre competitions. Bobbi has been the recipient of numerous awards for her dedication to educational theatre and community service. She received the President's Award from Montgomery County Association for Retarded Citizens, the Award of Appreciation from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Friend of Education Award from the Lower Merion Education Association, and a Senatorial Commendation from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. The Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund established the Bobbi Wolf Performing Arts Scholarship to honor her "creation of theatre magic in our community."
Nikki Battestilli graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drexel University (M.S. Arts Administration) and Summa Cum Laude from Robert E. Cook Honors College at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A. Theater, Dance minor). She has had the honor of working with many organizations including: SHARP Dance Company, Brian Sanders JUNK, Footlight Players theater for youth camp, and Kids Across America. Nikki currently performs with Unraveled Artists.
Sarah attended Franklin and Marshall College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with her BA in Theatre. In addition to working at Wolf PAC, she is an actress in the Philadelphia area. For more information about Sarah's performance credits, please visit www.sarahbraverman.com. Sarah believes strongly that theatre has the power to help build confidence, character, and creativity in young performers and gives them tools that will help in countless aspects of their lives. Sarah first met Bobbi Wolf as a drama student at Bala Cynwyd Middle School, soon returning as one of the inaugural Wolf PAC students in 2005. She is now is thrilled to be back at Wolf PAC as an adult and helping to educate through the incredible power of theatre.
Janine Merolla graduated with an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, MA and went to undergrad at Bucknell University for Theatre and English Literature. She has been a teaching artist with the Walnut St Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Music Training Center and First Person Arts. She previously worked as the Education and Programs Coordinator with Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Janine occasionally teaches ballroom dance. As an actor, Janine has worked with the Ritz Theatre Company in NJ, The Candlelight Theatre in DE and Resident Theatre Company in West Chester, PA. She recently won a Barny Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray!
Tim Popp graduated cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Theatre and Media & Communications. In addition to Wolf PAC, Tim is a resident company member of Tribe of Fools, a Philadelphia based physical theatre troupe. He has also performed with Dance Theatre X (based in Austin, TX), Plays and Player's Theater, Ellie Gouding-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab, Ha Ha Productions, and the Movement Brigade. For six years, Tim played some of the most beloved children's characters of all time at Sesame Place: Cookie Monster, Bert, and Mr. Noodle.
Betsy Wolf Regn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in English Education and has since received her M.Ed. She taught English and Drama for 11 years in Abington School District, then retired to come on full-time at Wolf PAC. Betsy has choreographed a myriad of shows throughout the Delaware Valley and continues to choreograph all Main Stage Wolf PAC productions.
Marissa is a Havertown native who now works in the Philly area as a performer, teaching artist, and choreographer. She holds a B.A. in both Drama and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, with a minor in Ballet. In addition to Wolf PAC, Marissa also teaches with the Walnut Street Theatre and the Lantern Theatre Company and has performed with local companies including the Walnut, Arden Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, The Eagle Theatre, The Candlelight Theatre, and Theatre Ariel. Marissa joined the Wolf PAC family in 2008 and feels honored to continue to share in this special place! For updates, check out www.marissabarnathan.com
Laura is thrilled to be part of the Wolf PAC team. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania with a BA in Music Theatre. She is currently working toward a master’s in Theatre from Villanova University with the hopes to gain a certification in teaching as well. Laura spent four years touring the country and overseas with Missoula Children’s Theatre where she was able to share her love of singing, acting, and dancing with students of all ages. She also specializes in costume construction and dabbles in stage management, but overall hopes to continue teaching theatre to kids and is grateful for the opportunity to do so at Wolf Performing Arts Center.
Sarah Biddle is very excited to teach at Wolf Performing Arts Center! Sarah is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington DC with dual degrees in Music and Marketing. Sarah has performed at many regional theatres throughout the area including The Walnut Street Theatre, Signature Theatre, Fulton Theatre, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and many more. Sarah completed the Dorothy Haas Acting Apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre in Center City Philadelphia. Through the apprenticeship, she was able to play a dream role on the mainstage, Pinkalicious! She currently teaches drama classes through the Walnut Street Theatre and loves exposing theatre to young boys and girls! Sarah is excited to continue her work as a Teaching Artist here at Wolf PAC!
Courtney Boches is a director, teaching artist, performer, and costume designer in the Philadelphia suburbs. She has an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and a B.S. in Television-Radio from Ithaca College. As a costume designer and assistant designer, Courtney has worked with Azuka Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Project, Act II Playhouse, Villanova Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, local colleges and high schools, and had an incredible internship with Tony-winning designer William Ivey Long in NYC. She is currently a director, designer, teacher, and Board Member at Firebird Theatre in Phoenixville and the Director of Theatre at Lansdale Catholic High School. She has also directed for the Skippack Fringe Festival and her play Sure As A Star received a staged reading in the second annual Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. She loves working with children's theatre programs and thrilled to be back at WolfPAC this fall. Follow her adventures at www.courtneyboches.com.
Amy is so excited to be back working with the Wolf PAC family! She has been teaching at Wolf PAC as a Vocal Director, Music Director and teacher since 2008. Amy earned a BA in Music at Franklin and Marshall College. She performed regionally and nationally with the Prather Family of Theaters and Rainbow Dinner Theatre. She taught piano and voice lessons with Meridee Winters School of Music before earning her certification in Music Education from West Chester University. Amy has been in and out of teaching at Wolf PAC since the birth of her son in 2011, and is happy to be teaching at Wolf PAC!
Jael Brown is an actor, writer, and teaching artist born and raised in Philadelphia. Growing up in the city of brotherly love, Jael garnared an immediate and passionate love for theatre and performance, which prompted her to pursue acting professionally and at a scholarly level. Throughout her endeavors, she has been blessed enough to train at the University of the Arts, Ithaca College, and is now pursing her BFA in Acting (for the Screen & Stage) from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Jael's heart beats for acting, which she believes can change and heal the world. Her love for theatre and performance have led her to work with children, serving as a camp counselor for a number of years before being introduced to the Wolf Center, where she is ecstatic to join the team and help to create beautiful performances, hoping inspire the children that she works with to discover the spark of creativity, drive, and talent within themselves.
Dorothy Cardella is a singer/actor who has performed extensively in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theatre throughout the United States and abroad. Companies she has performed with include Lake George Opera, Berkshire Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Four Corners Opera, Opera Delaware, Rome Festival Opera, Concert Operetta, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Bristol Riverside Theatre and Media Theatre. Having been a member of the Philadelphia Singers’ Chorale, Dorothy is a soloist at two churches in the Philadelphia area, and performs regularly in concert venues, having made solo debuts at Carnegie Hall and with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center. She is Co-Founder of Touch of Classics! Vocal Entertainment, (www.touchofclassics.com), offering Victorian Carolers during the holiday season, and producing staged Operas, Operettas, and Musical Revues ranging from “The Swinging Forties” to “The Best of Broadway”, including the most recently performed “Benjamin Franklin and Friends!” In addition to teaching voice, Dorothy teaches piano and has stage directed and choreographed numerous Philadelphia area musical productions. She is delighted to be part of the creative team at Wolf Performing Arts Center!
Zachary Chiero graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2009 with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Psychology. He then spent four years touring nationally with Philadelphia’s own Enchantment Theatre Company, performing original works and teaching classes and workshops for families across the nation. As a performer he has worked at Act 2 Playhouse, Simpatico Theatre Project, The Media Theatre, The Candlelight Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, BRAT Productions, Quince Productions, and others. He is a company member of Tribe of Fools, a physical theatre company that has created Philly Fringe hits such as Antihero and Two Street. Zachary believes that the transformative and collaborative power of theatre is invaluable to our community and is thrilled to be teaching with Wolf PAC!
Kevin is a recent transplant to Philadelphia. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Theatre, his designs lit the Ohio theatrical scene and gained notice of the Columbus Arts Council leading to his years with the Highland West Players company until his move to New York City in 2013. Specializing in chandeliering, Kevin recently completed his ten year masterpiece, Lumenotica, and continues to design fixtures with Pure Illumination Lighting company. During his years with Pure Illumination, Kevin has lit West Elm product proposals, a Macy’s runway show, and worked with the team at ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, as well as numerous private functions. Kevin is ecstatic to be joining Wolf PAC.
Eliana is a freelance actress and sound designer in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a 2015 graduate of the Arden Theatre's Arden Professional Apprentice program, and attended Case Western Reserve University, from which she graduated cum laude with a BA in Theatre Performance and Medical Anthropology. Most recently she devised and performed with Simpatico Theatre in their production of <*i am on the internet*> and with Pig Iron Theatre Company for their production of Swamp is On. She also recently appeared in The Mechanics Theatre’s production of The Gravedigger’s Daughter, a new interactive play at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Eliana is thrilled to be a part of the Wolf PAC team and to embark on this adventure!
JOSHUA E. GALLAGHER is a Philadelphia based scenic designer, scenic artist, and properties artisan. His work has been featured in productions for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Millbrook Playhouse, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Keystone Repertory Theater, Footlight Players, and IUP's Theater-by-the-Grove. His design for the premier production of IN QUIETNESS was awarded the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region II Scenic Design Award. In July 2013, Joshua participated as a Design Fellow at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Sandra Hartman studied music at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She lived in Berlin, Germany for seven years where she was engaged at Theater des Westens, performing extensively in Musicals and Operetta. In the U.S., she toured nationally with Man of La Mancha (Aldonza) and Carousel (Mrs. Mullin), and appeared in the Off Broadway musical Mamaleh. Sandra has also performed in many regional theaters. Favorite roles include: Desiree in A Little Night Music, Nettie in Carousel, and Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Most recently, she performed the role of Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys at Old Academy Players, and will be performing in the musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at the Steel River Playhouse. She also does on-camera commercial work, and has directed opera for The Delaware Valley Opera Company, Center City Opera, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Ensemble.
Julia Kershetsky has a MM - Musical Theatre Voice with an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University (where she is also an adjunct professor) and has a BM in Classical Voice from Penn State. She has been teaching voice privately in Philadelphia and New York for six years. In addition to running her private studio, Julia is also a working actress -- for updates please follow juliakershetsky.com.
Tess Kunik is a Philadelphia based actor, teaching artist, filmmaker, and painter. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Tess moved to Philadelphia where she graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in acting. As a teaching artist, Tess focuses on cultivating enthusiasm and confidence through story telling, imaginative play, and ensemble building. She is a company member of the "She is a Problem" collective and the artistic designer for the Philadelphia Women’s Film Festival. She is overjoyed to be a part of the Wolf PAC family!
Heather Lemos is a graduate student at Villanova University studying theatre whose passion lies with theatre education. Heather received her Bachelor’s in Theatre at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where she was also actively working in the youth theatre community. Some of her previous work includes after-school enrichment instructor of Vicious Vocals and Acting Up clubs offered through South Tampa Center of the Arts and Summer Camp Director at Arts in Motion, Inc. in Pasco County, FL. Heather will also serve as an Educational Dramaturg in her final year of graduate school at Villanova.
Joseph Robert Moser has served as Musical Director, Vocal Coach and Pianist for over 20 full-length youth theatre productions across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, working with age groups ranging from 9 to adult. He has taught after school and summer theatre programs for a number of organizations in New York City, most notably TADA! Youth Theatre. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Joe is the Creative Director of ModernBend Studios (www.ModernBendMusic.com) and carries a long list of film credits and original music commissions for contemporary ballet. Joe is excited to bring his musical energy and passion for educational theatre to WolfPAC!
Jess graduated from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park with concentrations in Classical Literature and Art History. She worked in radio and broadcast television during school and transitioned to non-profits upon graduation. She has a love for writing and believes in the importance of creativity in education. Jess enjoys running, has a passion for fashion, and hopes to publish a novel one day. She is excited to be a part of the Wolf PAC family!
Tinuke Oyefule has been involved as an actress, teaching artist and singer with many vibrant performance communities across the globe. She earned a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, apprenticed at the Walnut Street Theatre, and sang throughout Philadelphia at venues such as the Dell Music Center and WarmDaddy’s.
Shortly thereafter Tinuke ventured to Los Angeles where she joined SAG-AFTRA, appeared on Fox’s “X-Factor”, sang in Duke Ellington’s “Queenie Pie” at Long Beach Opera, and performed at the House of Blues. She has taught extensively with Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Broadway Under the Stars” Kid’s Camp, which recently received the “Theater of the Year” title from BroadwayWorld.com.
After studying for a year in Paris, France, singing in a funk-rock band, and eating as many flaky pastries as possible, Tinuke is returning home to Philly! She is glad to be working with an incredible group such as Wolf PAC and believes that cultivating creativity is essential to helping young artists grow.
Ahren is a performer, movement artist, and teacher who has worked in the Philadelphia area for the past fifteen years. He holds a BFA in acting from the University of The Arts and a Masters from Villanova University. Ahren has performed at many regional theatres including People’s Light & Theatre Co., The Lantern Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Project, and The McCarter and is a long time member of the Enchantment Theatre Co where he spent ten years creating and performing in symphonic mask and puppetry shows across the country. He currently teaches Movement for the Stage at Rutgers University and is delighted to be a part of the Wolf PAC team!
Morgan is a singer, actress, and music educator from State College, PA. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she holds a Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal Performance Certificate, and Theatre Minor. In Central Pennsylvania, she has performed in numerous productions with Millbrook Playhouse, Nittany Theatre at the Barn, Penn State Thespians, and No Refund Theatre. Morgan has a passion for teaching music and theatre, and is thrilled to join the Wolf PAC family! For more information, check out www.morgansichler.weebly.com
David T. Snyder is an Actor, Singer, Music Director and Teaching Artist from Ridley Park, PA. He is a graduate of Syracuse University Drama where he earned the 2009 Jerry Shaw Award for Best Comedic Actor. He has performed regularly in the Philadelphia area, including 14 productions at The Candlelight Theatre in Arden, DE and understudy roles at The Walnut Street Theatre and the Arden Theatre. He has traveled the globe performing shows in Beijing and Edinburgh. David has music directed with Delaware All-State Theatre, Wilmington Drama League, Abington Friends School, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Dave joined WolfPAC in 2013 and has been working ever since as a teacher, music director, and counselor for Wolf PAC.
Ellen has lived in Havertown and been involved in local theater and dance programs for her whole life. In addition to Wolf PAC she choreographs and runs sound for St. Genesius Theatre Society and Camp Curtain Call. She has performed in numerous shows with Narberth Community Theater, Upper Darby Summer Stage and Archbishop Carroll High School. When she isn't at rehearsal Ellen works as a HR Generalist at Delaware County Community College.
Grant Uhle, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, holds both Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from Temple University. Grant is currently employed as Artist in Residence on the voice faculty in the Boyer College of Music at Temple, as well as Music Director at the Walnut Street Supper Club. Since moving to Philadelphia ten years ago, Grant has performed with various theater and opera companies as well as professional choruses. Highlights include A Little Night Music at the Arden Theatre Co., giving the world premiere of an aria at the Opera America Conference, The Marriage of Figaro with Temple Opera, and Sweeney Todd with Temple Theaters.
Meredith holds a BA in Psychology and an MSW from The University of Pennsylvania, but her heart has always belonged to art, theatre and working with children. At Penn, she was a board member of the student run theatre group Quadramics and served as either property master or costume designer for three shows each year. She was also costume designer for the inaugural season for Penn’s Stimulus Children’s Theater. Meredith’s mom taught her to sew and knit in elementary school and Meredith filled her electives in high school and college with art, theatre, communications and music classes. She was the costume designer for Bala Cynwyd Middle School for three years and has been Wolf PAC’s costume designer since 2007.
Marissa Wolner is a graduate of the musical theater program at Temple University, summa cum laude. As a Philadelphia native, she has performed professionally in and around the Philly area at the Walnut Street Theatre, Act II Playhouse, the Fulton Theatre, and the Media Theatre. She is a proud member of AEA and is excited to be teaching her passions at Wolf PAC!