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."
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 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 1st grade and a son in Kindergarten.
John is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is also the Technical Director at Bala Cynwyd Middle School, and Lighting Designer for schools in the Upper Darby School District. He enjoys teaching tech theater to students, as well as keeping up with current trends and technology. His interest in theater began with the school musical when he was in eighth grade. He spent 8 years as Lighting Designer/Crew Chief with Upper Darby Summer Stage. John has worked with a number of local groups, including Penn Players, Delaware Valley Opera Company, Valley Forge Chorus, Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, Springton Dance Academy, and the Performing Arts Complex of Delaware County. He is the owner of First Stage Lighting, and provides equipment to Wolf PAC and the various schools he works with.
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.
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). 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!
Angela Costigan has a bachelor's degree in Theater from Temple University. She focuses on directing and design, freelancing around the state. Angela was a Jumpstart Corps Member for three years, working with AmeriCorps to close the Kindergarten readiness gap in inner-city Philadelphia preschools. Angela has also worked with the Peace and Justice Center as a camp counselor, and later the Camp Coordinator of the scholarship-based Peace Camp for Kids. Recently, Angela has worked with InterAct Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, and 11th Hour Theatre Company in technical and front of house positions. Angela is thrilled to be joining the Wolf PAC team!
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 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.
Marie received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Philadelphia University. She works as a scenic designer and architect. Her inspiration is the art of storytelling and the power of imagination. She is excited to be able to share her love of theatre and creativity with Wolf PAC! marielasterdesign.com.
Britt graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater, and has been joyfully pursuing her passions in Philadelphia! Since finishing school, she's continued to train in all aspects of theater, and has worked at 11th Hour Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theater Company and Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. Before joining Wolf PAC's all-star family, she spent time teaching and assisting at the Center for Theater Arts in Pittsburgh, PA where she grew up, cultivating her love of theater! Warm & fuzzy hugs to all! xo
Elizabeth Meisenzahl is super excited to join Wolf Performing Arts Center as Stage Manager for their production of The Addams Family. Elizabeth is a Philadelphia area Actor and Stage Manager, currently Stage Managing once again for the Philadelphia Artist’s Collective as well as working as a Production Assistant at The Lantern Theatre Company. Other 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 in Manaynk Theatre Company’s 2018 Fringe production of ShakesBeer Rolette, playing many roles, such as Romeo, Beatrice, Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, and Lady Macbeth, just to name a few. Elizabeth has also performed in Villanova Theatre Department’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), The Gambler (Baroness), Translations (Bridget), The Evaluation Room (Gabe), Macbeth (Macduff), and Eurydice (Little Stone). 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.
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 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!
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 ('13) 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 ('15) and a Post Graduate Degree in Music ('16) 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 with her husband; classical guitarist Kevin Robinson.
Music and theater have been a part of Siobhan’s life since she was born. She began taking piano and voice lessons at age 7 and acting lessons at age 10. Her love for the theater has never waned and she can’t wait to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students.
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.
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.
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.
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. She trained for many years in singing and dancing while growing up. She later earned her B.A. Degree in Theatre – Acting/Directing Track from DeSales University. After college she performed and choreographed professionally in and around 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 throughout the Philadelphia and surrounding regions. Angela currently teaches dance for Twirl, Fireworks Dance Center, and Kicks Academy of Dance, she has taught private voice and acting lessons, and most recently was the Head of Theatre and Dance for Moorestown Friends School where she directed and choreographed over 10 MS and US productions. 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 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!. Feel free to take a look at her website: https://www.alexawilder.net