New MoCo Arts staff to support expanded class schedule

  • Bridget Beirne Courtesy Photo

  • Tom Frey Courtesy

Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:17PM

MoCo Arts is delighted to welcome nine new arts educators to its high-quality staff, as the organization gears up for an exciting year in its new arts education facility at 40 Roxbury St. in Keene.

These new teachers will bring experience and excitement to MoCo’s studios in support of an expanded class schedule, which now offers students opportunities to participate in straight theatre and technical theatre, as well as the already popular Musical Theatre and Improv Theatre. They will also help support the new program structure for Musical and Straight Theatre.

Joining MoCo Arts to teach and direct the new High School Straight Theatre classes are popular Peterborough Players actors Bridget Beirne and Tom Frey. Beirne is a professional actor who has performed on well-known stages in NYC and across the country. Frey has had an extensive career as both an actor and a director throughout the U.S. and Canada. Straight Theatre students will rehearse once a week, working together to perform a fully produced play. This class differs from musical theatre as it doesn’t contain any singing or dancing. All students are cast in a role and are encouraged (but not required) to practice and audition for specific roles.

Also joining the teaching staff in the Theatre program is Laura Carbonneau who will teach and direct the middle school play; Abigail Gill who will be directing the elementary school musical; Ashley Morse who will be the music director for the middle school musical; and Amanda Watson who will be teaching the technical theatre workshop.

Carbonneau is a Keene native who grew up through MoCo’s theatre program and C.A.K.E. Summer Camp and has a passion for acting and directing. Gill is also a MoCo alumna, and has directed or assisted with directing five different shows with MoCo Arts. Morse has worked as a professional pianist for 21 years and has served as accompanist for many local groups throughout the years. Watson is a recent graduate of UVM in technical theatre, and will be giving students hands on training in MoCo’s black box space, The Founder’s Theatre.

Joining the staff in the Dance program is Robin Blais, who will teach the new Dance Conditioning class, Audrey Douglass-Fish who will teach a Tap Dance class, and Taylor Remy who will teach a Hip Hop Dance class.