Teaching Artists 2018

Laurie Riffe

Laurie Riffe

Director of Artistic Programming

Laurie is the Director of Artistic Programming for DreamWrights.  She has 23 years of professional experience teaching ages 3-adult, and has directed 60 productions.  Favorite classes include Shakespeare, Directing, Acting, Linklater Voice, and Monologue Work.  A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Laurie holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University and a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University.

Andrea Unger

Andrea Unger

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps, Girl Scout Workshops

Andrea finds great joy in encouraging others to stretch and grow creatively. She has a Bachelor of Science in English and Communications Design and was a graphic designer before “retiring” to homeschool her children. She has spent the past two decades working in teaching roles: as a substitute teacher, in the development of after school programs, teaching high school graphic design, and instructing in homeschool co-ops.

While always an avid appreciator and participant of the performance arts, it was not until adulthood, with the arm twisting of her son, that she made her stage debut and fell in love with theater. She has since been involved in over 28 shows in the York area.

Amanda Nowell

Amanda Nowell

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Amanda came to DreamWrights in 2013, but has been involved in theater for most of her life, participating in over 20 shows at various theaters across York and Lancaster counties. When not at the theater, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, her family, and friends. She loves to travel and visit new places and learn about different cultures.

Rebecca Wolf

Rebecca Wolf

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Rebecca Wolf is no stranger to DreamWrights. She taught here several years ago and took a hiatus when she adopted her son, Malakai, who is now 3. She worked for William Penn, New Hope Charter School, several daycare programs other theaters as a theater/music teacher. Rebecca teaches private vocal, piano, and acting lessons. She is married to Jason, who she met while being a music director for The Full Monty, while he was a light designer. He has kept her in the spotlight since that day, almost 10 years later! Rebecca has music directed, directed, stage managed, and performed in several shows both through community theater and professionally. She supports the arts in every form and is really looking forward to teaching again at DreamWrights!

PJ Carbonell

PJ Carbonell

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

PJ Carbonell is a visual artist by trade. He fell in love with the theatre in 2015 and in 2017, PJ began focusing his business primarily on scenic artistry. Since then he has been involved in over 20 shows, 5 being with DreamWrights. He’s having lots of fun.

Amy (AK) Mullen-Johnson

Amy (AK) Mullen-Johnson

Teaching Artist, StAGEs, Summer Camps

Amy K. Mullen-Johnson is a Teaching Artist, Dancer and Choreographer. She earned her MFA in dance from University of Colorado, Boulder and her bachelors' degree in dance from Slippery Rock University. With goals to promote and support arts in education and dance in the community, Mullen-Johnson works with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts as an arts education teacher with stARTSomething, a regional program of the Cultural Alliance of York. In addition, she works with the Fulton Theatre's  education and outreach programs to promote critical literacy through the arts, engaging young people with storytelling, theatre, dance, and creative writing. Her aspirations as an artist are dedicated to teaching dance where she teaches at Greater York Dance, Silver Spring Dance Conservatory, Premiere Danse Studio and Dream Wrights Youth and Family Theatre . Mullen-Johnson is an adjunct faculty at York College in the Theatre and Communications Department. When she is not teaching, she rehearses and performs with NetCo Dance Company, and spends time in nature exploring site specific dance.

Randy Flaum

Randy Flaum

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Randy Flaum is a photojournalist, videographer with a passion for listening to people tell their life stories.
Since moving from Connecticut in 2000 Randy has made it his mission to learn about York and the families who live in the community. After 45 years working in the newspaper field in both New England and Pennsylvania he is retired and now teaches youngsters the craft of community storytelling through video and still photographs.
He believes that students who learn how to communicate their own ideas can shape and possibly influence their generation.

Julia Sowers

Julia Sowers

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Julia Sowers is a student at Spring Grove Area High School and is very involved with music inside and outside of school including, York County Senior Honors Choir, District Chorus, Expressions and Tri-M music honors society. She continues to study dance, voice and piano. Julia’s stage experience includes multiple DreamWrights shows, leads in her school musicals, Wizard of Oz the Tour, and multiple dance recitals over the past 12 years. Outside of music, Julia has many leadership roles within her church, school, and community.

Bob McCleary

Bob McCleary

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Bob has a varied life in theatre spanning 5 decades. Beginning with Adventures of Little Meuw performed on a stage converted from his parents’ basement bar; he quickly progressed to larger theatres during high school and college. He landed for a time as an apprentice at the Cleveland Play House. Bob worked at community, Barn Dinner, theme park and regional theatres in Virginia and DC until his big break – Audio-Visual Technician at the local community college! Actually, the AV job was just a ruse to get Bob on-board as the TD/Designer/Tech Teacher for the Drama Department. For 20 years, the program grew until there were shows almost every weekend and a summer theater festival to boot! Then Bob found a home for himself, his wife and two daughters, in York with a job at York Little Theatre where he worked for 9 years. He has been part of the DreamWrights team since 2013 designing, building, and teaching.

Priscilla Jarrell

Priscilla Jarrell

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Missy Taylor

Missy Taylor

Summer Camp Co-Coordinator

Missy was first introduced to DreamWrights when her daughter performed in her first play in 2012. Since then, she has served as Production Coordinator, Food Coordinator, Props Coordinator, Puppet Mistress, actor and adult Stage Manager.  Missy enjoys learning more and more about theater with each new show.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is currently a Title I Assistant at Hayshire Elementary School. Missy loves working with children of all ages and is excited about this new opportunity to serve as Camp Coordinator for DreamWrights.

Jan Dom

Jan Dom

Teaching Artist, A Wish and a Star and Jungle Jamboree

Jan Dom’s passion for the stage was ignited during her first solo vocal performance at the age of three. That passion continued to burn throughout her high school and college years as she performed in many plays and musicals. She achieved her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and went on to teach at several school districts in York County. Currently, she is a preschool and substitute teacher. She is delighted to be able to combine her love for the arts and children by teaching theater classes.

Vicki Schneider

Vicki Schneider

Teaching Artist, Shooting Stars and Young Performers

Vicki Schneider studied theater at WVU, and has been involved in a number of productions in various capacities since 1993. She has been doing theater locally since 2003. Some of her favorite productions include The Laramie Project, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Most recently (June 2016) she collaborated with United We Party, directing “A Parisian Cabaret” at a fundraising event for EqualityFest and Centro Hispano.

Vicki has been teaching theater since 2005. She has had the pleasure of working with students ages 3-17, teaching many different aspects of theater from mini musicals to improv, scene study to early creative arts. She has been teaching at DreamWrights since 2011, and is excited to return!

Sara Hricik

Sara Hricik

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Sara Hricik is a founding member of DreamWrights.  She earned her M.F.A. in Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature and Acting at Mary Baldwin College, and her B.A. at Arcadia University, where she studied in London and worked at the Battersea Arts Center.  She is also an alumna of the Eugene O’Neill Arts Center, where she studied with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She’s worked onstage and off for the Blackfriars Playhouse, Open Air Shakespeare, Tailgate Shakespeare, The June Bug Performing Arts Center, and DreamWrights!  She’s applied her passion for theatre education at the American Shakespeare Center, June Bug Performing Arts Center, Liberty High School, Floyd County High School, and, currently, as a teacher at Northeastern Middle School.  She is the proud mother of 1-year-old Helena, a future Shakespeare lover.

Shannon Hallisey

Shannon Hallisey

Teaching Artist

Shannon Hallisey  has been a part of DreamWrights as a teaching artist and volunteer since 1998.  Shannon holds a BS in Elementary Education from York College as well as seventeen post-graduate credits from Lebanon Valley College. She is a teacher at St. Joseph School Dallastown where she teaches computers and science. Shannon also serves as the fall play director for York Catholic High School.  Her hobbies include singing in the group “Sirens on the Rocks”,  reading, going to Renaissance Faires and ballroom dancing.  She also enjoys spending time with her three adorable nieces Kayleigh and Karina and Bayleigh.

Andi Cooper

Andi Cooper

Summer Camp Co-Coordinator

Andi has been involved with DreamWrights since 2013 when her daughter Makaela was cast in her first production. She’s been hooked ever since!  DreamWrights has become a second home and she has developed a true love of the theatre arts.  Andi enjoys the sense of family and community that DreamWrights provides.

Andi has been involved in several productions at DreamWrights in various capacities.  She has served as Production Coordinator, Props Coordinator and most recently as Production Stage Manager.  After a few pep talks and encouragement from her daughter, Andi made her stage debut when she played Fly in the production of Babe, the Sheep-Pig.  It was both a terrifying and exhilarating experience.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as camp coordinator.

Jessica Crowe

Jessica Crowe

Teaching Artist, Acting, Summer Camps

Her entire life, Jessica Crowe has had an extraordinary passion for the art of storytelling. In 2009, she finally got the opportunity to officially join the world of performance art. Her experience quickly grew as she began to study various forms of dance and theatre. She has certifications in a variety of dance methods. Her award winning work has been featured online and on television. You will always find her working on a variety of projects locally, as well as traveling throughout the United States to performing and teaching. Jessica hopes to open up whole new worlds of inspiration and creativity to those who study with her here at DreamWrights.

Rita Whitney

Rita Whitney

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Rita Whitney is a local professional artist who works primarily with oils to develop both abstract and representational work. She is be known for her newest lighthearted scenes of downtown York, both on commission and on her own. She has attended multiple residencies along the east coast, and was honored as the first Appell Fellow at Marketview Arts in 2012. She most recently opened Prime Art Supply Co. to better serve the growing arts community that is Downtown York.

Amalea Williams

Amalea Williams

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Amalea is currently studying theater at York College of Pennsylvania. She was recently seen in their productions of 10 out of 12 (Siget/Lucille), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Hippolyta) and Dog Sees God (Marcie). Originally from Hanover Pennsylvania, she attended Hanover High School and she won a Best Female Performer award at the 2015 Encore Award’s for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.
This is Amalea’s first year teaching at DreamWrights and she is excited to embark on this amazing theatrical journey.

Allen Brenner

Allen Brenner

Teaching Artist, Summer Camps

Allen is a York County native who spent 20 years as an Academic Director and instructor at the Art Institute of York. He is a founding member of DreamWrights and has been working as a scenic designer for more than 30 years, designing shows for DreamWrights, Belmont (YLT), TAFE, Theatre Harrisburg, Open Stage of Harrisburg, and local high schools, as well as working in summer stock theater in the Poconos. Allen occasionally also works as a costume designer and has designed costumes for productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Clumsy Custard Horror Show. In addition to his theater work, he is a musician and sculptor.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We offer 100% refund within 30 days of camp/class start date and 50% within 2 weeks of start date. If you choose to withdraw less than 2 weeks before (including during the camp), no refund will be offered. If DreamWrights cancels a class/camp due to low enrollment, a full refund will be given.