Our Staff

Bobbi Wolf

Founding Executive Director

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.

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Sarah Braverman

Operations Director

Sarah attended Franklin and Marshall College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with her BA in Theatre.  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. After acting professionally in Philadelphia and the surrounding area for several years, she received her certificate in nonprofit leadership and is thrilled to be back at Wolf PAC as an adult and helping to educate through the incredible power of theatre.

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Cheryl Carson

Development Director

Cheryl Carson is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Education. Ms. Carson has over 18 years of experience in the non-profit world, which includes a diverse fundraising background in support of arts education, performing arts, youth services and unstructured play.  She has worked for many Philadelphia non-profits such as Young Audiences, Koresh Dance Company, Painted Bride Art Center, The Kimmel Center and most recently, Smith Memorial Playground.

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Tess Kunik

Education and Outreach Manager

Tess attended the University of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Acting. She is a Philadelphia based teaching artist, actor, and designer who works with Ninth Planet, a feminist performance platform where womxn come together with allies and supporters to develop high quality performance experiences for people of all ages, backgrounds and socio-economic means. She is currently working with Ninth Planet on “Homeworld”, a performance installation for babies 3-18 months. Tess believes that theatre is a powerful tool in developing creativity and confidence for children of all ages. She has worked with Wolf PAC as a teaching artist, director, and designer since 2015, and is overjoyed to be running the Visiting Artist Program, and bringing the incredible Wolf PAC programs to surrounding schools. 

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Janine Merolla

Education Director

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 Street Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Music Training Center and First Person Arts. She previously worked as the Education and Programs Coordinator with Philadelphia Young Playwrights. 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! 

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Jessica Nicolao

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

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!

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Betsy Wolf Regn

Artistic Director

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. She taught English and Drama for 11 years in Abington School District, then retired to join Wolf PAC as a full-time staff member. Betsy is our Camp Director, directs and choreographs our 6th-12th grade performers, and oversees all of Wolf PAC's mainstage productions. She is married to an amazing man and has two budding performers of her own: a daughter in 2nd grade and a son in 1st grade.

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Marissa Barnathan

Teaching Artist

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! 

Carrie Barnthouse

Teaching Artist

Carrie is a brand new PA resident hailing from New York City! She is thrilled to join the Wolf PAC team and can’t wait to get to know all the wonderful students here in Philadelphia. While in New York she worked as a TA with Wingspan Arts, Truthbase Theatricals, and Four Corners Creative and was constantly inspired by the creativity of her students. She is delighted to join the Philly arts community and is #PUMPED to work with the incredible Wolf PAC students. 

Laura Barron

Teaching Artist

Laura is thrilled to be part of the Wolf PAC team. She recently graduated with an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and loves being a teaching artist and performer in the Philly area. Laura hails from Western Pennsylvania where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hill University with a BA in Music Theatre. 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, dabbles in stage management, and loves to perform, but overall hopes to continue teaching theatre to kids and is grateful for the opportunity to do so at Wolf Performing Arts Center.

Courtney Boches

Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager
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).

Amy Brower

Teaching Artist

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

Teaching Artist

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.

Caroline Butcher

Teaching Artist

Caroline graduated from Eastern University in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Psychology.  Currently she is a company member for Philadelphia based SHARP Dance Company and Dancefusion.  She is an adjunct professor in Eastern University’s Dance Department, helping students foster a mind-body-spirit connection through the study of dance.  When she is not teaching at Eastern she can be found sharing ballroom dance with fifth graders through Dancing Classrooms Philadelphia, and choreographing musicals at various schools throughout the greater Philadelphia area. 

Nicole Calabrese

Teaching Artist

Nicole is so excited to be joining the teaching team at Wolf PAC! Nicole has previously taught at Music Theatre Philly, Haddonfield Theatre Arts Center, The Mill Ballet School, Stuart Country Day School, Downtown Performing Arts Center, Roxey Ballet, and Ballet Academy East. She is currently the resident choreographer for Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, PA and has choreographed previously at Bucks County Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Eagle Theatre, Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Downtown PAC, Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre, Stuart Country Day School, and Town and Country Players. As well as being a teacher/choreographer, Nicole has appeared onstage at Bristol Riverside Theatre, The Media Theatre, Jenny Wiley Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, and Resident Theatre Company.

Dorothy Cardella

Teaching Artist

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!

Sean Close

Teaching Artist

Sean is an actor, teaching artist, writer, director and improviser, working in the Philadelphia area. He holds a B.A. in Theatre & Sociology from the College of William & Mary. He teaches improv at Germantown Friends School as well as teaching for Theatre Horizon’s Autism Drama & Playwriting programs, Walnut Street Theatre, and Arden Theatre Company. He has performed as an actor/ writer at 1812 Productions, the Walnut, the Arden, Quintessence Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Montgomery Theater and more. Sean is ecstatic to join the fantastic team here at Wolf PAC!

Will Connell

Teaching Artist

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!

Matthew Dotzman

Teaching Artist

Matt is so excited to join the Wolf PAC team! He earned his BA in Theatre from Temple University and his Masters in Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum (PK-4 Certification) from Drexel University. Favorite past performing credits include a year in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, To Kill a Mockingbird (Walnut Street Theatre), West Side Story (Prince Music Theater), Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, A Flea in Her Ear (Temple University), Avenue Q (Drexel University), and Rent (Bridge Players Theatre Company). Matt has previously taught drama, improvisation, and directed musicals for Moorestown Theater Company in addition to privately coaching students on monologues, scenes, and songs for auditions. Most recently, Matt has been an educator within the School District of Philadelphia having taught general education in both second and fourth grades where he also started his own after-school drama program.   Matt is eager to share his passion for theatre education this summer as well as learn and grow alongside a talented staff and company of young actors!

Kate Fischer

Teaching Artist

Kate is thrilled to join Wolf PAC and make art with the most creative students around! She trained in musical theater performance and worked as an assistant teacher/stage manager for Singing OnStage Studios in Stars College, PA for 10 years. She holds a BA in Theater and minor in History from Penn State University, where she focused her studies on theater history, acting, and movement. Favorite roles include: The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Charity Barnum (Barnum), Dunyazade (Arabian Nights), Lucina (Metamorphoses), Witch (Macbeth), Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), and Berdine (Psycho Beach Party).

Lydia Hassell

Teaching Artist

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

Teaching Artist

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, Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys. 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.

Lauren Krigel

Teaching Artist

Lauren Krigel is very excited to join the WolfPAC 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.

Lizzy Pecora

Teaching Artist

Lizzy has been an educator for ten years and has enjoyed every moment of it! She has taught in a variety of disciplines – acting, dance, music, literacy, playwriting, and devised work – to students ranging from ages 2 to 22. She is passionate about sharing theatrical processes with young people and instilling an appreciation for self-expression in the artists and audiences of tomorrow. Lizzy holds a B.A. in Theatre from Allegheny College and an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University.

Ahren Potratz

Teaching Artist

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

Sara Anne Rabatin is a theatre artist and educator based in Philadelphia. Her goal is to create work that is communicative, accessible, and asks questions. She has worked with various companies in the area. Recent credits include directing her original TYA piece Under the Moon at the Shoebox Theatre Festival and performing in It's Happening at Home with UltraV Theatre in the Philly Fringe. In addition to performing and directing, Sara teaches music and theatre in various capacities around the Greater Philadelphia Area. Next up: Under the Moon heads to the Jersey Fringe in August, and in September performing in 9 to 5 at Theatre Non-conforming!  Sara is a proud graduate of Rowan University, BA in Theatre '18. 

Vincent Raspa

Set Designer

Vincent Raspa is thrilled to be a part of Wolf PAC. He is an alumnus of Villanova University where he gained experience as a set designer, director, and choreographer. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and works as an account executive at Brian Communications in Conshohocken. In recent years, Vincent has been seen in community productions at Players Club of Swarthmore and Footlighters Theatre.

Siobhan Raupach

Teaching Artist

Siobhan Raupach is so excited to be a part of the WolfPAC 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.

Joshua Schnetzer

Teaching Artist

Joshua Schnetzer is a freelance director, choreographer, and educator. Regional credits: McCarter Theatre’s Bathing in Moonlight, A Christmas Carol, and Intimate Apparel (Asst. Director); New Jersey Fringe Festival’s Flash Float Fall (Director), Paper Mill Playhouse’s New Voices Concert Series: Oh, What a Night, Hooray for Hollywood, Everything Old Is New Again, and Everyone Loves An Underdog (Choreographer). Committed to the integration of dance and theatre, Joshua has created original devised plays for Kean University, Dienos Theatre, coLAB Arts and Oak Knoll School. He served as Dance Director of the award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir and teaches theatre and dance for Paper Mill Playhouse and McCarter Theatre Center. Joshua graduated summa cum laude from Kean University holding a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Dance.

Lexi Schreiber

Teaching Artist

Lexi Schreiber recently obtained her Master of Art in Theatre from Villanova University (2017). During her time there, she had the opportunity to assistant music direct as well as be seen onstage at Villanova Theatre in productions of Electra (chorus) and Little Women (Marmee). Lexi has her Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts (2014). At UArts, she was a featured soloists in many vocal department concerts and shows and had the honor of assistant directing two of the musical theatre revue shows produced by the School of Music. Lexi has been working at Mainstage Center for the Arts as the Children’s Theatre vocal music director during Summer Stage. She has been teaching voice lessons in the greater Philadelphia area since her graduation from UArts. She is trained classically and uses that foundation of technique to work with her students on all genres on music. She also works with students to make sure the performance and presence of the song is at the forefront. 

Caroline Shackelford

Teaching Artist

Caroline is thrilled to be a part of Wolf PAC summer camp.  After graduating from the University of Arkansas with two BAs in French and Philosophy, and a minor in Arabic, she worked in early childhood education for two years.  But having been in productions as a kid with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and Arkansas Repertory Theatre, she never gave up on her love for the performing arts.  This past year she combined her passions for teaching and dance at The Movement Dance Studio, instructing ballet, hip hop, creative movement and acro. Caroline recently moved to northwest Philadelphia with her husband and English cream golden retriever, Monty Python. She hopes to continue dance instruction and involvement in children’s theatre.

David T. Snyder

Teaching Artist/Music Director

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 Solderitsch

Stage Manager

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.

Kylie Stetler

Costume Designer

Kylie started her Wolf Pac journey back in 2008 when she was in the cast of Seussical. Since her first show, she has participated in five other productions at Wolf PAC including her favorite role in Cats. She is a recent graduate of Drexel University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. During her time at Drexel, Kylie costumed a number of independent films as well as The Butterfly Project: The Time We Give Each Other. As a young dancer and performer, Kylie has always had an interest in costume design. Through costume design, she has been able to combine her love of fashion and performance art and immerse herself into the two worlds.

Grant Uhle

Teaching Artist

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.

Angela Wertner

Teaching Artist and Technical Director

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 Wilder

Teaching Artist

Alexa attended University of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is an actor/singer based largely in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware region. Alexa has privately taught voice to children for the past 5 years and has music directed children's theatre during this time, as well, at the Young Performers' Theatre Camp. She has most recently performed at the Walnut Street Theatre as an understudy in Mamma Mia!.