Director of Artistic Programming
Laurie Riffe is proud to join DreamWrights as the Director of Artistic Programming. She brings 23 years of professional experience as a Director, Teacher, Mentor, Coach, and Performer to this position and the York community. Laurie has worked for Shakespeare & Company, American Shakespeare Center, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The Young Actor’s Ensemble, and Westridge School. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Laurie holds a MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University and a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University.
Kevin Allen earned a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts at Villanova University. He is a veteran of over 100 productions at the community, college, university, regional, and professional theatre levels. Kevin is currently a 4th grade teacher with Conestoga Valley School District and an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania in Human Communication/Public Speaking.
As a theatre educator, his career includes teaching over the years at York Little Theatre (Belmont), DreamWrights, Lincoln IU12 Summer Academy, Harrisburg Community Theatre School, Hersheypark, Building Bridges through ArtSmart, etc.
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.
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 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 be returning again this summer!
As the award winning fourth Poet Laureate of York, PA and a cultural educator and diversity trainer for multiple local school districts and Martin Library, among others, Carla Christopher is a stirring advocate for the importance of the human story and the ability for everyone to change what is possible in their communities. She has published 3 collections of poetry, a memoir, and 2 children’s books and is a highly engaging storyteller and performance poet.
Sue Leyland is a local Artist in York, PA that primarily likes to create abstract collage pieces from repurposed materials including glass windows, cardboard, wood, and hardware. Many of Sue’s art pieces reflect her love of Nature, and by using repurposed materials, she is also conscious protecting our planet. Sue is also part owner of “Artist Eye” Art Studio and Gallery in Downtown York.
Rita Whitney is a local York artist and owner of Prime Art Supply. She was awarded the first Appell Fellowship in 2012 and has attended intensive artist residencies including The Chautauqua Institute and the Vermont Studio Center. Through her work at Prime Art Supply she has had the opportunity to teach art at the local Salvation Army, the York JCC, York Academy and of course, DreamWrights summer programming.
Michelle Joyce grew up in Maryland where she began her dance training at the Edna Lee School of Dance. She began her competitive dance training at the age of 9 under the direction of Kathleen Keith. At the age of 18, Michelle was accepted to Dance Caravan where she traveled to 16 cities in eight weeks assisting in ballet master classes and performing. Michelle holds master classes in ballet for studios throughout southern Pennsylvania and Maryland. She is also the choreographer for Susquehannock High School and Stewartstown Summer Theatre.
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.
Crone & Crone
Ken and Carol Crone teach ballroom dance lessons at a number of local venues. Both are professional dance instructors and Ken is a member of the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and is certified in American style ballroom dancing.
Renée Morth holds a BFA in Acting and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She toured as an actor in both the European Tours of Grease and The Rocky Horror Show, as well as several children’s theatre tours throughout the U.S. She acted as the Theatre Director at Lancaster Country Day School for seven years. Renée was named a Swortzell Scholar at NYU in 2012 and was awarded the Marcia L. Hubbard Endowed Faculty Chair for Excellence in Teaching from Lancaster Country Day School, also in 2012.
Dawn States started dancing at the age of five when she was enrolled in her first ballet class. Dawn danced for twelve years and during that time she learned hip hop, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and pointe. She participated in Royal Academy of Dance days and testing, danced in several performances including the Nutcracker in the role of the Sugar Plum fairy, and took classes with Chen-Yu Tsuei.
Dawn thought her passion for dance was over when at age eighteen she had to have two major spinal surgeries and then was involved in a car accident that fractured her hip in three places. She began work on her Bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Clarion University and worked in local libraries upon the completion of her degree. She continued to miss dance and when she learned of the integrated movement through Axis Dance Company, she felt empowered to dance again.
Dawn has since studied with Axis Dance Company, the company Spoke N’ Motion, participated in the Mid-Atlantic Convening on Inclusive Dance at Rutgers University, and will be attending a Symposium in conjunction with Dance NYC.
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, and, currently, as a teacher at Northeastern Middle School.
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.
Amy (AK) Mullen
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, Mullen-Johnson 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 Mullen works with the PCA/Arts stARTSomething, a regional program of Cultural Alliance of York that integrates cross curriculum through the arts. Mullen-Johnson implements dance residencies that are custom-designed and integrated into the classroom curriculum.
Marie Hyson has a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural and Science Education from Penn State and a Masters in Education from Troy State University. She has been an educator for over 24 years and has taught in North Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Okinawa Japan, and Iwakuni Japan. Marie first became involved with the theater in high school with Stewartstown United Methodist Church’s Summer Theater. She was involved first on the stage but later found her passion for costuming and crafts. She also volunteered to sew and design costumes for the Pacific Okinawa Players- local community theater group on Okinawa, Japan. Marie currently teaches 1st grade at Logos Academy in York.
Abigail Kirkpatrick is the Spring Grove Area High School Choir and Orchestra Director. Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s prior musical theater experience includes music directing Cinderella, Seussical, and Oklahoma!, performing in Annie Get Your Gun, and playing violin in pit orchestras for The King and I, Hello, Dolly!, Cinderella, and many other shows.
Pauline comes from a very musical family, and has been participating in musical theatre since her early childhood. She received her Music Therapy degree from Elizabethtown College in 2012. She completed her internship at the Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester, where she assisted in the creation and direction of an original musical, written specifically to match the developmental, cognitive, and physical functioning levels of each individual student. She received her board certification in 2013. All throughout her training, she maintained her love of theatre.
Pauline opened York Music Therapy LLC in 2014, where she works primarily with children and young adults with special needs. She provides group and individual music therapy sessions, as well as adapted music lessons. Pauline has been hoping to combine her love music therapy and theatre for years, knowing first hand what a meaningful experience participating in theatre can be, and she is thrilled to be working with Dreamwrights to create its inaugural special needs theatre program!
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.