Teaching Artists 2018

Laurie Riffe

Laurie Riffe

Director of Artistic Programming, Shakespeare Teaching Artist

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.

Amy (AK) Mullen-Johnson

Amy (AK) Mullen-Johnson

Teaching Artist

Amy Mullen-Johnson (AK) - MFA in Dance and Pedagogy - University of Colorado, BA in Dance - Slippery Rock University. She works as an adjunct professor at York College, and a dance instructor at Greater York Dance and William Penn High School. With goals to promote and support arts in education and dance in the community, AK 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. In addition AK works with the PCA/Arts stARTSomething, a regional program of Cultural Alliance of York that integrates cross curriculum through the arts.  AK implements dance residencies that are custom-designed and integrated into the classroom curriculum.

Randy Flaum

Randy Flaum

Teaching Artist

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.

Robert Yacoviello

Robert Yacoviello

Teaching Artist, Musical Theatre Workshop

Robert Yacoviello is truly excited to be teaching the DreamWrights Musical Theatre Workshop.  He has had the unique opportunity of performing on stages throughout Italy, France, Germany, and Russia.  For his portrayal of Aeneas in a Washington D.C. production of Dido and Aeneas, the Washington Post declared Robert to be “a solid performer and singer,” and the DC Metro Arts described him as a “strong romantic lead.”  Although he loves performing, Robert’s main passion is directing.  He has directed Opera and Musical Theater workshops in Lancaster and York and is a stage director for Opera Lancaster. He has held the position of Director of Vocal Studies at Lancaster Bible College and currently teaches privately from his home studio in York.  Robert holds a Masters of Vocal Performance and is the Co-founder of Windham Music Studios in York, Pennsylvania.

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!

Andrea Unger

Andrea Unger

Teaching Artist, Acting Workshop

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.

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.

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