Betsy Wolf Regn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in English Education and has since received her Master's in Education. When Wolf PAC began in 2005, Betsy joined the newly founded organization as a Teaching Artist, Choreographer and Camp Director while also teaching English and Drama full-time in Abington School District. After teaching for 11 years, she retired from public school education to join Wolf PAC as a full-time staff member in 2011. Betsy has been our Camp Director for many years, began Wolf PAC's Visiting Artist Program, presently directs and choreographs the oldest performers and oversees all of Wolf PAC's mainstage productions. Her love of education and passion for theater are beautifully entwined in her role as Artistic Director at Wolf PAC. She lives in Havertown with her husband and two budding performers of her own: a daughter in 3rd grade and a son in 2nd grade.
Sarah attended Franklin and Marshall College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with her BA in Theatre. After graduation, Sarah worked in the theatre arts as a professional actor and stage manager in the Philadelphia area as well as began her tenure at Wolf Performing Arts Center, focusing in education and programs, later migrating to operations and business. Sarah received her certificate in nonprofit leadership from LaSalle University and is a strong advocate for the arts and culture as an agent for change in our community. 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 her drama student at Bala Cynwyd Middle School, soon returning as one of the inaugural Wolf PAC students in 2005. Sarah is thrilled to be at Wolf PAC to further education and growth through the incredible power of theatre.
Jamie has loved theatre and the performing arts her whole life and is honored to join this creative and talented team as Marketing Director! Jamie has worked as a Graphic Designer, Creative Director and Marketing Director for over 25 years in the Philadelphia area after graduating with a BS in Graphic Design and Illustration from Harcum College and Moore College of Art & Design. She has been part of the Wolf PAC family for over 10 years, working on various creative projects, and she is most proud to have had her now college-aged daughters, participate in camp, performances, lessons and workshops at Wolf PAC. Jamie is thrilled to be working with such amazing and talented artists in such an energized and creative environment!
Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hill University with a BA in Music Theatre. After graduation, Laura spent time in NYC at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, moved to Philly for a short stint, and then spent four years touring the country and overseas with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Villanova University brought her back to the Philadelphia area, and she graduated from VU with an MA in Theatre. Laura also loves to sew and perform, but finds the most joy in bringing theatre education to students of all ages, and is thrilled to be part of the full-time staff at Wolf PAC.
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 Lit.. Before coming to Wolf PAC, Janine was a Philadelphia-based teaching artist with many theatre arts institutions, including: Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Theatre Horizon, Walnut St Theatre and First Person Arts. Janine joined Wolf PAC as a freelance director in 2014 and became full time in August of 2016. As Education Director with Wolf PAC, she held fast to the notion that theatre education be at the forefront of everything Wolf PAC creates. Now, in her new role of Associate Artistic Director, she is excited to build on our artistic programming and keep working with the multitude of talented young people in the Wolf PAC community!
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 need for a place where educational theatre is the focus, and her belief that "children who create do not destroy" led her to open Wolf Performing Arts Center in 2005.
Courtney graduated with an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and a B.S. in Television-Radio and Screenwriting from Ithaca College. As a costume designer, she has worked with Azuka Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Project, Act II Playhouse, Villanova Theatre, New York Musical Festival, Firebird Theatre, and many college and high school programs. She also had an incredible internship with Tony-winner William Ivey Long in NYC and works as an assistant designer in Philadelphia. As a teaching artist, she works with students age seven through college and has directed over 25 musicals and plays with this age group. Onstage, favorite credits include Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley), Gypsy (Mazeppa), The Children's Hour (Karen), The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier), and Dorian Gray (Amelia Vane, Off-Broadway, New York Musical Festival).
Linnea Bond is a transplant to Philadelphia, having graduated with her MFA in Acting with an emphasis on new work and devising from Ohio State University, where she also taught undergraduate theatre courses. She specializes in physical, devised, and applied theatre, as well as traditional actor training. Locally, she has worked with the Arden and Renegade Theatre as an actor, with PhillyASAP and the Arden as a teaching artist, and as a director at UPenn. She can also be seen in the film Carol and Dark Waters.
Amy is so excited to be part of 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, and certification in Music Education from West Chester University. She performed regionally and nationally with the Prather Family of Theaters and Rainbow Dinner Theatre, and taught piano and voice lessons with the Meridee Winters School of Music. Amy is thrilled to make outstanding theater with these wonderful young people!
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 Wolf PAC, 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. 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!
Will Connell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Theatre Arts after four years of performing and interning at many of the theaters in the Philadelphia area. Since graduation, he has worked extensively throughout the area at theaters such as the Walnut Street Theatre (where he recently appeared in Saturday Night Fever!), the Eagle Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and more! He has also worked for several years as a classroom actor for Philadelphia Young Playwrights. He cannot wait to explore the wonderful traditions of music and theatre with the students and staff at Wolf PAC!
Dakota Demato graduated with a MAT in Theatre Education from the University of South Carolina and has her BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of the Arts. She is a certified teacher for PK-12 in both theatre and dance. She has been teaching dance and theatre and choreographing full scale musicals for nearly a decade. Before returning to Philadelphia, Dakota was an elementary dance and theatre teacher at an arts magnet school in South Carolina. In her hometown of South Florida, she co-directed a musical theatre summer camp for seven years. In Philadelphia, she has taught for NEST Center City, ZoomDance and Living Arts Dance Studio. Currently, she is also a teaching artist for the Kimmel Center and Theatre Horizon.
Lydia Hassell is an actor, singer, and educator from Harrisburg, PA. She has a degree in Musical Theatre from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College, and has been touring and travelling since she graduated. She just finished her third tour with Missoula Children’s Theater, and also recently spent 8 months performing shows written by children at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. She is the co-founder of the HCPAC Players in her hometown, where kids put together a show in just two weeks over the summer. Lydia is a recent transplant to the city of brotherly love and is excited to start her work with Wolf PAC!
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. Recent roles include: Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys, Violet in Suddenly Last Summer, and Amelia in The Children’s Hour. She has also directed over forty operas for The Delaware Valley Opera Company, Center City Opera, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Gabrielle (Gaby) is an actor, dancer, and teaching artist from Bucks County, PA. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Communication Science & Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh, and has performed regionally in theaters such as City Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Cincinnati LAB Theatre. As a Philly-area native who recently found herself inching further and further west, Gaby is absolutely thrilled to return to the east coast by joining the Wolf PAC team! Her theatrical passions lie in new play development, voice & articulation, and movement theatre. She cannot wait to share these passions with Wolf PAC's talented students, and guide them in exploring their own.
Lauren Krigel is very excited to join the Wolf PAC family! She is a musical actress, vocalist, piano & voice teacher and music director in Philadelphia. Lauren graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in Vocal Performance, and ranked highly in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. Upon graduating, she furthered her voice and piano studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Since moving back to Philadelphia, Lauren has performed at the Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, and the Eagle Theatre. Lauren offers singing lessons, vocal coachings and piano lessons to all ages and skill levels as well as music directs in the area at local high schools.
Tess attended the University of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Acting. She is a Philadelphia based theatre artist, teaching artist, and designer. After losing her teen sister to suicide in 2019, she co-founded The LIV Project, a creative collective determined to turn the tide of youth suicide where she serves as the Chief Impact Officer. She is honored to be a member of the Wolf PAC community where she has worked as a teaching artist, director, stage manager, and designer since 2015.
Michael Macri recently graduated from Temple University with a BA in Theater with an Acting Concentration. In the past view years, he’s worked with Delaware Theatre Company with their “Summer on Stage” camp, made his professional debut with 1812 Productions (in Broken Biscuits), and produced and directed a full-length musical with the help of some friends. He just returned from Florida where he performed with some of his favorite characters at Walt Disney World. Michael is very excited to start working with Wolf PAC and so many amazing kids.
Kennedy McAlister, soprano and conductor, graduated with her M.M. from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Originally from Oklahoma, Kennedy graduated an Honors Fellow with B.A. degrees in both Vocal Performance and English in 2014. She has spent the vast majority of her life devoted to musical excellence, whether performing or teaching, and has loved the community she's met and created along the way. Her teaching philosophy holds that musical theater teaches several important foundational life lessons and helps young people grow into the well-rounded and life-giving leaders of tomorrow. She's looking forward to making music with you!
Elizabeth Meisenzahl is super excited to join Wolf Performing Arts Center. Elizabeth is a Philadelphia area Actor and Stage Manager. Recent Stage Management credits include Juniper Production’s ROI Plays, EgoPo’s production of A Human Being Died that Night, Philadelphia Artists Collective’s production of Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn, Revolution Shakespeare’s production of Cymbeline, and Villanova Theatre’s production of Marisol. As an actor, Elizabeth has been seen on stage at Manaynk Theatre Company and Villanova Theatre Department. Elizabeth has previously been a member of the award-winning Rockland Shakespeare Company out of Suffern, NY for eleven seasons as both actor and Stage Manager. Elizabeth is also an accomplished stage combatant, ranked as an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, having passed her Skills Proficiency Tests in all eight weapon sets. Elizabeth received her MA from Villanova University’s Theatre Department in 2018.
Chris graduated from Temple University with a BA in Musical Theatre. He then went straight on to Villanova University, where he obtained an MA in Theatre as an Acting Scholar. Chris has been working as an actor/director in the Drexel Hill area ever since. Onstage, he has worked with such regional theatres as Act II Playhouse, The Arden, People's Light and Theatre, and many others. As a director and acting coach, Chris has worked with Upper Darby Summer Stage for the past decade. He also directs the plays at Upper Darby High School, most recently a virtual production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Lizzy has been an educator and theatre artist for over ten years. She has taught in a variety of disciplines – acting, dance, music, playwriting, and devised work – to students of all ages. She is passionate about empowering young people to explore creativity, community, and compassion through theatrical processes. She has worked with numerous theatres including: City Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Simpatico Theatre, and Wilma Theater. When she's not working with the incredible young artists of Wolf PAC, Lizzy spends her time as a project manager at Penn's Graduate School of Education and as a freelance theatre artist. Lizzy holds a B.A. in Theatre from Allegheny College and an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University.
Tim Popp is a theater director, choreographer and educator. After graduating from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Theater and Communications, he started performing and creating with theater and dance companies throughout Philadelphia including Tribe of Fools, Dance Theatre X, Movement Brigade and Plays and Players. With Wolf Performing Arts Center, Tim directed and choreographed 15 mainstage productions including Pippin, Children of Eden, Shrek: the Musical, Seussical Kids, Aristocats Kids and The Butterfly Project to name a few! Currently, Tim is the Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at University of the Arts building lifelong relationships between the university and the creative artists and makers who studied there.
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!
Sara Anne Rabatin is a theatre artist and educator based in Philadelphia. Her goal is to create work that is collaborative, accessible, and asks questions. She has worked with various theatre companies in the area as an actress, director, and teaching artist, and with community outreach. Her original TYA play Under the Moon premiered in 2019 at the Shoebox Theatre Festival, and had a run at the Jersey Fringe Festival. Sara absolutely loves working with her Wolf PAC students, and helping them become more confident and creative! When not performing, teaching, or writing, you can find Sara hiking with her dog, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with friends and family.
Siobhan Raupach is so excited to be a part of the Wolf PAC team. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Siobhan received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she graduated with an honorary distinction of Outstanding Performance in Voice. She also holds both a Master of Music and a Post Graduate Degree in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Siobhan loves performing a wide variety of repertoire, she has performed lead roles in operas such as The Magic Flute, Cosi fan Tutte and The Turn of Screw. Some of her musical theater credits include Into the Woods, Peter Pan and Singin’ in the Rain. She is currently a soprano soloist at the Unitarian Society of Germantown and is also a member of Duo Promessa.
Music and theater have been a part of Siobhan’s life since she was born. Her love for the theater has never waned and she can’t wait to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.
Lexi Schreiber has a Master of Art in Theatre from Villanova University (2017). She completed her undergrad at University of the Arts to receive a Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Musical Theatre (2014). She has been teaching voice lessons in the greater Philadelphia area since 2014. She uses a classical vocal technique foundation to work with her students on all genres on music. Lexi’s experience studying theatre puts performance and presence of the song is at the forefront. She challenges students to be singers and actors as one! Lexi has been seen in productions in the greater Philadelphia area in such roles as “Mama Morton” (Chicago), “Case Study 11” (Siren Songs), and “Marmee” (Little Women). Lexi is a music director as well and has worked on a multitude of musicals. Her favorites include: Cinderella, High School Musical, Jr, Tuck Everkasting, and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Lexi is a ballet, tap, and jazz trained dancer who began dancing at the age of 2! Lexi loves wearing these many hats. You may just have to ask - or remind- her which hat she’s wearing any given day!
Hunter graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theater (Concentrations in Stage Management and Light Design) from Rutgers University - Camden last year with honors in Athenaeum and Omega Delta Kappa. Through his academic career he worked on 15+ productions and some of his work there has been featured in new outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Courier Post. Hunter’s most recent positions outside of academics come from Live Virtual Play Readings (Director), the newly formed Strides Collective (Board Member), Philadelphia Artist Collective (Stage Manager), The Walnut Street Theater (Development Apprentice), Woodstock Playhouse (Production Stage Manager), Opera Philadelphia (Costume Shop Assistant), and Wilma Theater (Marketing Intern).
Abhi Taranath is a musician based in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a graduate of Villanova University with a concentration in Media and Technology. Abhi has recently worked in programming at the University of the Arts Summer Music Studies program and has spent 20 years instructing children and adults at all levels of proficiency in guitar, bass, ukulele, music production, and home recording techniques. He has introduced his students to improvisation, ear training, music reading, songwriting, music theory, and music composition. Abhi is excited to share his passion for music with the Wolf PAC community!
Angela is very excited to join the Wolf PAC teaching artist team! From a very young age Angela had a strong passion for singing, dancing, acting and teaching. Growing up, she trained in singing and dancing and later earned her B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University. After college she performed and choreographed professionally in the Philadelphia area with such theatre companies as The Walnut Street Theatre, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, The Media Theatre, The Ritz Theatre, and The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Angela has been creating and teaching performing arts curriculum to children of all ages and levels for over 15 years and currently teaches dance for Twirl, Fireworks Dance Center, and Kicks Academy of Dance, has taught private voice and acting lessons, and most recently was the Head of Theatre and Dance for Moorestown Friends School. Angela’s greatest professional passion in life is helping her students find a love for performing arts and she looks forward to continuing this journey at Wolf PAC.
Alexa has been a part of the WolfPAC family since 2018! She graduated from University of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and has been performing and teaching professionally ever since. She is an actor/singer based largely in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware region at many different theatres. Some of her most recent performance highlights include understudying Mamma Mia! at The Walnut Street Theatre and understudying Ragtime at The Arden Theatre Company. Alexa has taught private voice and acting lessons, instructed musical theatre-based group classes, music directed, and choreographed to children, teens, and adults for the past 6 years. She focuses her lessons on confidence-building, vocal and acting techniques, storytelling, and goal-setting. Alexa is so thrilled to have a home at Wolf PAC!