2018 Educational staff
Camps and Classes for students
Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca, Ph.D.: Spring and Summer Camps Coordinator
Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca, Ph.D. is a teaching artist, director, and performer having appeared on stage and run youth education programs in New York and Washington. Kaelyn brings a blended expertise to her teaching: helping students explore their innate ability to imagine, play, and create characters while supporting their social skills and emotional intelligence. She believes in the powerful effects of art and creativity, which cultivate relationship and inspire strong community connection. Kaelyn recently directed Honk Jr. at Cedar Way Elementary School and Mighty a production she wrote for Edmonds Youth Program last summer. She is incredibly excited about her role as the spring and summer camps coordinator and looks forward to bringing wonderful programing and teachers into the community.
____Teen Troupe Production Staff___
Mark Press – Orchestra Director and Conductor for both Teen Troupe Shrek and Teen Troupe Mermaid
Born into a musical family, music has always been an essential part of Mark’s life. He believes Musical Theater presents a unique integrative arts experience for all. He has been an arts educator at every level from Kindergarten through University and has taught in the Edmonds School District since 1990. He is a very busy singer, trombone player, vocal coach and conductor.
He has Music Directed and conducted dozens of shows at many venues including Shorecrest High, Seattle Musical Theater, Woodinville Repertory, and Madrona Children’s Theater – that he also founded in 1993. He has been Music Director with Edmonds Driftwood Players since 2010 starting with Annie and will be MD once more for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which runs April 20-May 12.
Jordyn Meeker – Vocal Music Director for Teen Troupe Shrek and Teen Troupe Mermaid
Jordyn Meeker, a firm believer in performing arts education, is a voice teacher and music director in the Seattle area. She owns and operates EDGE Performing Arts & Dance in Shoreline which provides drama programs and classes to Greater Seattle area schools. Jordyn music directs for the University of Washington Musical Theatre program, including Pippin (2017), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2016), and Anything Goes (2018).
She has also served as adjunct faculty for UW in the School of Dance. A certified teacher through the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Jordyn sits on the board as the director of student adjudications.
Norma Kvarda – Director for Teen Troupe Shrek
Norma Kvarda has been either on stage or backstage for about 40 years! She received her BFA in Scenography from Texas State University and her MFA from California State University at Long Beach. Various aspects of her work have been honored and awarded by The American College Theatre Festival, Drama-logue/Back Stage West, L.A. Theatre Critic’s awards and locally by The 5th Avenue HS Theatre awards for excellence. She has experience as a performer, designer, technician, educator, director and most importantly, as a parent. She is an advocate for youth in the arts in particular. Favorite theatrical collaborations have included California Repertory Company, Shakespeare Orange County, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney Entertainment services, The Center for the Arts @ Ithaca N.Y, Seattle Musical Theatre, as well as several local public and private schools. Current projects include being a founding member of 4th Floor Studios, a non-profit group located in the Snohomish/Mill Creek area which offers our community opportunities to express themselves through the arts.
Dorothy Pierce – Director for Teen Troupe Mermaid
Dorothy Pierce is an artist, teacher, and performer – a proud Teaching Artist. She has been teaching theatre in Puget Sound schools for over 15 years. She is happy to be returning to Driftwood for a third summer – directing Thoroughly Modern Millie and Honk! was so fun! As an actor, Dorothy has played roles ranging from Annie in Annie Get Your Gun to the Witch in Into the Woods. She has performed for over 10 years with interactive improv company Events on the Edge and is a proud member of the cabaret group, Broads of Broadway. Dorothy currently directs at several local schools and teaches drama and musical theatre at Edmonds Heights K-12.
Julie Nuno – Production Manager for Teen Troupe Shrek (picture coming soon!)
Julie Nuno has been involved in youth theater for the last 11 years. She is “Drama Mama” to two talented thespians who are both active in high school drama and have enjoyed performing here with Driftwood Players and around the community. She started volunteering with Madrona Children’s Theatre and quickly became immersed in the magic. Julie was part of the production team for the last 4 years until her youngest moved to high school and is now she is very excited to join the Driftwood team. In her spare time, she is a Project Manager and loves spending time with family and friends.
Jessica Guthrie – Production Manager for Teen Troupe Mermaid (picture coming soon!)
Jessica Guthrie has loved musical theater since she was very young. She got involved with youth theater when her oldest daughter joined the Madrona Children’s Theatre in the 5th grade and fell in love with the entire process. Before she started producing, she spent three years working in costumes. She is currently producing Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach with Dorothy Pierce at Madrona. Jessica is currently a full time student at Shoreline Community College working toward becoming a Registered Nurse and is very excited to join the Driftwood family!