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!
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!
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 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.
Sarah Biddle loves teaching at Wolf PAC and has been teaching here for many years! Sarah is a member of Actor's Equity and 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 graduated from CUA in Washington DC with dual degrees in Music and Marketing for undergrad and is currently in the MBA program at Saint Joseph's University. 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 and has also directed for the Skippack Fringe 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 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!
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). 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!
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!
Amanda is currently pursuing her PhD in Dance Studies at Temple University. In addition to being an eternal student, she also teaches courses in the Dance department. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Amanda received her MA in Performance Studies from New York University and graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Dance and English Literature. She has taught all styles of dance to children and adults throughout New York and New Jersey. Amanda is also certified in Autism Movement Therapy. She is elated to be a part of the Wolf PAC community!
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!
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, 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.
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 graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts. In addition to Wolf PAC she is a Philadelphia based performer, filmmaker, and designer. Tess is a resident company member of the interdisciplinary art collective, Plant Me Here. She performs with Sam Tower & Ensemble, where she was recently seen in "Strange Tenants," and "Nowhere Fast: a Rock Noir Cabaret."
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.
Ryan P. McMullen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University and was awarded The Excellence in Performance Award and The Excellence in Choreography Award. Ryan received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, a three-time recipient of the Men’s Provost Scholarship. In 2016, Ryan and his collaborator, Tara Madsen Robbins, commissioned a new piece, FIRM, with Portico Dance Theatre in Oklahoma. Ryan presented work at Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Festival, Slippery Rock University, Gibney Dance Center, NewGrounds Dance Festival, and Florida State University. Ryan was on faculty at Cab Calloway School of the Arts Summer Program, Suzanne Farrell’s Young Dancers Workshop, DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive, and The American College Dance Association, and The Tallahassee Ballet. Ryan is proud to announce that he will be the new Director of Dance at Louisburg College in the Fall 2018.
Chris Monaco is a local theatre artist with an MA in Theatre Studies from Villanova University and a BA in Musical Theatre from Temple University. Chris has worked with many theatres in the Philly area, including the Walnut Street Theatre, the Arden Theatre, and People's Light. Chris has also been a longtime director and teacher with Upper Darby Summer Stage. When not acting or directing, Chris can be found dabbling in playwriting, novel writing, or just curled up with a battered copy of a Harry Potter book for the 46th time.
Lynn is excited to be working with Wolf PAC! Originally from Minnesota, she is a teaching artist with a background in acting, directing, producing, creative writing, and vocal performance. For over eight years, she has taught with a variety of organizations around the country (and in India!) and recently completed her MA in Theatre Education and Community at Emerson College in Boston. She enjoys working with students of all ages, and specializes in using theatre instruction to build literacy skills, self confidence, and empathy.
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. 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. 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!
Bailey Roper is a Philadelphia based actor, performer, and movement artist. Bailey moved to Philly from Dallas, Texas to attend University of the Arts where they received their BFA in Acting (Class of 2016). Bailey is a core ensemble member of the Philadelphia performance collective, Plant Me Here, which focuses on experimental theatre and dance work. Since graduating, Bailey has worked with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Arden Theater Company, InterAct Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival. They are thrilled to be joining the Wolf team! www.baileyroper.com
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 recently obtained her Master of Art in Theatre from Villanova University (2017). During her time there, she had the opportunity to assistant music director a brand new musical (A Wonderful Noise) written by Michael Hollinger. She also was 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.
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.
Katie Stahl is a central-PA native who now lives and works in the Philadelphia-area as a performer and teaching artist. She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from West Chester University, with a minor in Communication Studies. She has performed with local companies such as Act II Playhouse, Inis Nua, Eagle Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, People’s Light and more! In addition to Wolf PAC, she also teaches at Act II Playhouse. Katie is thrilled to be a new addition to Wolf PAC! For updates, check out www.katiestahl.com
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 is currently in his ninth year teaching at Meridee Winters School of Music, instructing children and adults at all levels of proficiency in guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and home recording techniques. He has led students from rote learning to improvisation, taught ear training and music reading, put together student rock bands, and prepared many of his students for the end-of-year recitals.
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.
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY and Hartford, CT, Katie comes to Wolf PAC as a recent Philadelphia transplant. She has a BS in Drama and a minor in Communications from Syracuse University. As an artist and an educator Katie has pursued theatre because of its capacity to foster empathy and promote collaboration in the next generation. In addition to her work with Wolf PAC, Katie can also be found teaching for The Germantown Friends School, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center.
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!
Hannah is a Philadelphia-based performer and teacher, originally from Staunton, Virginia. Hannah earned her BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts in 2016, and is currently working towards her MS in Education at Drexel University. She has been teaching in regular and special education classes through the School District of Philadelphia for two years. Hannah is also a supporting artist with Co/Lab Theater Group in NYC – a theatrical collective for adults with developmental disabilities. She’s so pumped to be joining the Wolf PAC team! www.hannahrwoodrum.com