2019 Education Team
Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca, Ph.D. (Youth Education Coordinator) is a teaching artist, director, and performer having appeared on stage and run youth education programs in New York and Washington States. She 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 relationships and inspire strong community connection. Kaelyn recently directed Willy Wonka, Jr. at Brookside Elementary and currently serves as the Vice President of Edmonds Driftwood Players Board of Directors. She is incredibly excited and grateful for her roles at EDP and looks forward to bringing wonderful teachers and programming into the community.
Katie Powell-Mitchell (Director, Tarzan) is thrilled to be directing at Edmonds Driftwood Players for the first time. She has worked at The 5th Avenue Theater, The Moore, and interned at The Seattle Repertory Theater. While working in the Seattle Theater Industry, she attended Seattle Pacific University where she received her Masters in Teaching. She taught at Roosevelt High School, Redmond High School, and has taught at Meadowdale High School for the last five years. She has directed and choreographed for several schools in the area, and is honored to join the Driftwood community.
Heather Kamer (Music Director, Tarzan) has spent her entire life as a student of music. With her singing roots based in choral music, Heather brings a unique ability to help train young performers in blend and harmonies. As a vocal director, she has had the pleasure of directing productions including The Little Mermaid, Seussical the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, as well as an all female cast of Les Miserables. While her students have ranged in age from five through adulthood, her true joy is in working with teenagers. Taking part in their journey of exploration, joy, challenge, and growth is a gift to both foster and witness. Heather is an early transplant to the Pacific Northwest, having moved to Puyallup at age ten. It was there, in high school choir, that she met her husband, Don (one of those highly coveted tenors!) They have been married for almost 21 years and have three children
Jessica Guthrie (Production Manager, Tarzan) 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 most recently produced Honk! at Madrona, and The Little Mermaid with Driftwood Teen Troupe last summer. Jessica will be starting Nursing School at Shoreline Community College in the Fall, and is very excited to start her second summer with the Driftwood family!
TEEN TROUPE MATILDA TEAM
Norma Kvarda (Director, Matilda) holds a BFA in scenography from Texas State University & a MFA from California State University at Long Beach. Aspects of her work have been honored & awarded by ACTF, Drama-logue/BackStage West, L.A. theatre critics award & locally by the 5th Avenue HS Theatre awards for excellence. Collaborations include California Rep, Shakespeare Orange County, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney Entertainment, The Center for the Arts @ Ithaca N.Y.
Pamela Weaver (Music Director, Matilda) Pamela is excited for her first show at Driftwood Theatre, and to work again with Norma! She is a seasoned performer and Director, with some of her favorite shows being Sweeney Todd (VD), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (MD), Seussical (MD), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Twelfth Night (Feste), and Hansel and Gretel (Witch). She’s ready to take a new group of students, and teach them how to shine onstage!
Julie Nuno (Production Manager, Matilda) has been “Drama Mama” to her 2 daughters for the last 11 years and started producing with Madrona Children’s Theatre 6 years ago. She is excited to be producing her 3rd show at Driftwood and is so appreciative of all the support from EDP and this incredible production team and cast.
Riley Kvarda (Asst. Director, Matilda Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back this summer at EDP collaborating with brilliant individuals! Riley recently received her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree from Gonzaga University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in music. Riley has enjoyed the magic of theatre & various Performing Arts on, off & back stage ever since she can remember! She would like to thank her beautiful momma for never failing to teach by example endless passion, grace & humility.
Mark Press (Orchestra Director and Conductor for both Teen Troupe Tarzan and Teen Troupe Matilda) 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.