Meet Our Teaching Artists

Bridget Anderson
Teaching Artist

Bridget Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at UW-Madison and a Madison-area director and dramaturg. She’s most recently collaborated with University Theatre, Forward Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, and Renaissance Theatreworks.

Colin Anderson
Colin Anderson
Teaching Artist

Originally hailing from the Intermountain West, Colin now lives in Madison and teaches English and Theatre Arts at Waunakee High School. He loves working with young performers in all areas of theatre as they grow into confident, accomplished storytellers. Some of his favorite topics to teach are Fashion History as well as Costume Design. Colin received his BA in History Education and BFA in Theatre Education from Utah State University. He is thrilled to be teaching at CTM!

Abigail Arkley
Abigail Arkley
Teaching Artist

Abigail Arkley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.M. in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Taylor. She has had the honor of performing in Aqui Terme, Italy on a 2-week artist residency, and performed on NPR’s From The Top as the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship. Abigail is an avid arranger and composer, performing original music for the UW Division of the Arts, the Chazen Museum of Art’s ‘Southern Rites’ exhibition, the UW School of Human Ecology ‘THREADS’ fashion show, and the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Community Performance Showcases. Abigail now works as a teaching artist, and seeks to foster a self-motivated love for music and learning, where students are heard and given space to express themselves and explore their love of music in a goal-oriented, inclusive and encouraging environment.

Alexa Bartschat
Alexa Bartschat
Teaching Artist

Alexa Bartschat (she/her) is a rising senior at Northwestern majoring in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education. In her time at Northwestern, she has performed in La bohème and The Magic Flute, conducted research about how COVID has affected choirs in school, and music directed a student production of “In the Heights.” Alexa continues to teach piano at the elementary level, and is super excited to be teaching at CTM this summer as a Musical Director! She enjoys rock climbing, baking, and being outside.

Bella Becker
Bella Becker
Teaching Artist

Bella Becker (she/her) is so excited to be back for another summer with CTM! Bella has studied dance at various studios throughout the greater Madison area, including Ballet U and West Side Performing Arts. She has been involved in musical theater since she was young and has been singing and playing piano for over a decade. Currently, Bella attends the University of Minnesota where she is studying Sociology and Public Health

Lydia Benz
Teaching Artist

Lydia Benz is elated to be returning to CTM for another great summer! Lydia is a choreographer, director, and educator who grew up in the Madison area. She attends The Ohio State University where she is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Education as a Child and Youth Studies major, with a focus on Creative Pedagogies in Education as well as a minor in Dance. Lydia strives to nurture a classroom community that encourages students to explore the performing arts. She specializes in activities based in movement and imagination which help foster a brave space for learners. 

Giana Blazquez Bultman
Teaching Artist
Giana Blazquez Bultman is a director, choreographer and teaching artist from Orlando, FL. As a Theatre for Young Audiences professional and advocate for young voices, Giana strives to empower young people through theatre that challenges them artistically, fosters justice and inclusion and cultivates artistic agency. Giana holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked professionally for Pink Umbrella Theater Company, ZACH Theater, First Stage and the Orlando Repertory Theater.
Grant Borcherding
Grant Borcherding
Teaching Artist

Grant Borcherding is currently studying Theatre and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is originally from Madison and has worked with professional, community, and high school theaters in the city as an actor and assistant director. A former actor, student, and intern at CTM, Grant is thrilled to be able to teach with the organization he’s grown up with most of his life.

Kristina Bryan
Kristina Bryan
Teaching Artist

Kristina Bryan (Choreographer) is a performer, choreographer, and writer from Madison, WI. After participating in CTM productions and summer camps growing up, she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Minor from Ball State University. With over ten years’ professional performance experience, Kristina loves to share her passion with the next generation of creators. You can also find her training and instructing at Barrio Dance and Madison Ballroom Company. Keep an eye out for Kristina in A Time To Die, an indie horror film set to release this fall.

Danielle Bullock
Danielle Bullock
Teaching Artist

Danielle Bullock is a musician, actor, and aspiring educator graduating in Spring 2024 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Music and Theatre. As a former intern, Danielle is so excited to join the CTM Community as a Teaching Artist! She strives to foster a brave space where students of all ages feel comfortable and confident exploring their passion for the arts, and she’s looking forward to incorporating her love of music and theatre into a collaborative classroom setting.

Nick Chiaverini
Nick Chiaverini
Teaching Artist

Nick Chiaverini is an Actor and Theatre Educator originally from Madison. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Theatrical Performance and Communication Studies. Nick has performed with Sod House Theatre in Minneapolis and with local theaters in the Madison area.

Shannon Coltrane
Shannon Coltrane
Teaching Artist

Hailing from the left coast, Shannon is a theatre maker, teacher, and devoted artist with a passion for nature and the wonders of our human world. In addition to acting and directing, Shannon loves to teach young artists. Before moving to the midwest for my acting MFA and falling in love with Madison, she received an MA in drama therapy from NYU. Shannon loves to teach folks interested in theatrical techniques to enact social and personal change for health and happiness. Let’s enjoy this journey of life! ShannonColtrane.com

Katelyn Curtin
Teaching Artist

Katelyn has worked with CTM since high school and always loves the opportunity to come back and teach! Katelyn recently moved to Chicago with her lovely husband Brett. Since moving, she has taught and performed throughout the Chicagoland area. Katelyn currently teaches at Merit School of Music, Peoples Music School, and Great Lakes Academy Charter School. She also sings weekly at Old Saint Patrick’s Church in downtown Chicago and performed in Broadway on Adams this Spring. Katelyn is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy with an emphasis in musical theater voice. Katelyn continues to teach private voice to students in Madison virtually. For inquiries please see Katelyn’s Instagram: @Katelyncurtinvoicestudio

Laurin Dodge
Laurin Dodge
Teaching Artist

Laurin Dodge is a local educator with a passion for arts integration, world folkdance and creative movement. Her vocational journey has involved teaching music in the K-12 schools and working in higher education in the area of spiritual life, as well as directing choirs and teaching voice and piano. Laurin received her B.M. in Music Education from UW-Madison and completed her Master’s in Education at Edgewood College. She delights in accompanying students in their meaning-making and exploration of artistic gifts. Laurin is excited to join the CTM community as a music director and teaching artist!

Karen Ebert
Karen Ebert
Teaching Artist

Karen Ebert has most recently worked for CTM as props master and scenic painter. She has been involved in all aspects of theatre in Milwaukee, La Crosse, Italy and Madison. Karen is also an ESL tutor and an avid reader who loves the power of stories onstage and off. She enjoys sharing her love for theater.

Moe Freesemann
Teaching Artist

Moe Freesemann has directed 15 musicals, most recently Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast (Outstanding Musical–2023 Jerry Awards) with Monona Grove HS. She was Director of Algoma HS Musical/Community Theater. Moe holds a Masters in Library Information Science from UW-Madison and Bachelor’s in English & Education. She teaches English with WI Virtual School and enjoys spending time with toddler Charlotte, 3 chickens, 2 dogs, and very patient husband.

Parnassus Funk
Teaching Artist

Parnassus (she/her) is thrilled to be returning to CTM this summer! Born and raised in Madison,
she grew up with CTM, taking various classes, summer stages, and Actor’s Academy. While
CTM gave Parnassus her start as a performer, it has also fostered her education journey; she
got a taste of teaching as a High School Intern and has loved it since! She’ll be a senior at
Webster Conservatory in the fall, where she is working towards her BFA in Musical Theatre.
Parnassus loves all things art, enjoys being with family, and finding the best coffee Madison has
to offer!

Stacey Garbarski
Stacey Garbarski
Teaching Artist

Stacey Garbarski is an actor, writer, improvisational performer, director and Co Artistic Director and owner for local theatre company “Are We Delicious?” They obtained their undergrad degree in Theatre Performance from Edgewood College in 2016. She was the recipient of the KCACTF Irene Ryan Award for “Best Performance in a New Play or Musical” and previously received three Irene Ryan Nominations. Along with a 20+ year career in the arts, Stacey is a veterinary professional working in ER and Oncology and is on the path to becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Kelly Garrow
Kelly Garrow
Teaching Artist

Kelly Garrow has directed, choreographed, and accompanied theatrical performances for over 10 years. Her primary experience has been with youth and she has worked with age groups varying from 5-18 years old. Kelly teaches voice, piano, and band instrument lessons to people of all ages. She attended UW-Whitewater where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music with a focus in Music History and Theory. She is excited to share her passion with the wonderful people at CTM.

Trevin Gay
Trevin Gay
Teaching Artist

Trevin Gay has directed and performed around the globe for 30+ years. He is a teaching artist, director, actor and arts administrator. He holds an MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University in conjunction with the London International School of Performing Arts. Trevin is thrilled to serve as the Artist Relations Manager for CTM, Core Ensemble Member of Are We Delicious? and as a teaching artist for Whoopensocker, Theatre Lila, Forward Theatre, and CTM.

Lindsay Gleason
Lindsay Gleason
Teaching Artist

Lindsay Gleason (she/her) is thrilled to join CTM’s Team of Teaching Artists! In addition to her role as a teaching artist, Lindsay is CTM’s new Associate Education Director! Before CTM, Lindsay worked as a Lead Teaching Artist and K4-4th Grade Academy Director at First Stage Children’s Theater, teaching both in-house in First Stage’s Theatre Academy as well as in dozens of schools and community centers across the Milwaukee area. Lindsay is also a freelance director, dramaturg, and choreographer, an avid Human Centered Designer, and currently a Design Education Fellow with Design for America. Lindsay graduated with B.A. ‘s in Theatre: Directing and Dramaturgy and Social Entrepreneurship from North Central College in 2022.

Eliav Goldman
Eliav Goldman
Teaching Artist

Eliav teaches at Toki Middle School, where he is the Choir, Music Technology, and Musical Theater teacher. Eliav also runs the Drama Club at Toki, which produces a junior musical each year. He serves primarily as director and music director for the musical and oversees choreography, costume design, prop design, stage crew, and sound for the productions. A longtime staff member of Madison Youth Choirs, Eliav is excited to get to work with the wonderful folks at CTM, who have been lovely neighbors for many years.

Gina Gomez
Teaching Artist
Gina is a Wisconsin artist (Director, Actor, Playwright, Choreographer) with over 20 years of theatrical experience. They have worked with numerous professional theaters, including Freshwater Theater and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN and Whoopensocker, Music Theatre of Madison, Theatre Lila, and others in Madison. Currently, Gina is also a Teaching Artist with the Overture Center for the Arts, focusing on building a new theater program at a local Middle School.
Trinity Gordon
Trinity Gordon
Teaching Artist

Trinity Gordon is a Director and Theatre educator based out of Dallas, Texas. She teaches Theatre Arts at Hill Middle School where she strives to ignite the creative spark within her students. Trinity received her BFA in Theatre Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Trinity is excited to experience a cool summer and teach at CTM!

Josh Harper
Josh Harper
Teaching Artist

Originally from Geneva Illinois, Josh Harper moved to the Madison area in 2018 to continue pursuing his passions of education and theatre. Josh has been involved in professional, community, and children’s theatre productions around the Midwest, with a focus on acting and directing. He is so grateful to have joined the team at CTM where he can help foster the love of theatre and acting that was instilled in him by his teachers.

Lindsey Hoel-Neds
Lindsey Hoel-Neds
Teaching Artist

Lindsey Hoel-Neds is a Madison-based teaching artist, director, designer, and dramaturge. She holds a BA in English and Theatre Education from Ripon College and an MA in Theatre Research with an emphasis on Theatre for Youth from UW-Madison. Lindsey has taught and directed drama programs at several public schools in southern Wisconsin, but now enjoys the variety of freelance life. She works with CTM, Overture Center, Milwaukee Rep, Badger Pre-College, Prairie Music and Arts, and several Madison-area community theatres and schools.

Renita James
Renita James
Teaching Artist

Renita (she/they) is a director, teaching artist, and creator. She is currently a 3rd year MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending grad school Renita served as Director of Education for Aurora Theatre and Teaching Artist Fellow for Metro Theatre Company in Saint Louis Missouri where they taught a variety of ages and subject matters. They are really interested in play creation with youth, and is very excited about her first summer with Children’s Theatre of Madison. You can learn more about her work at renitajames.com.

Summer Kleppek
Summer Kleppek
Teaching Artist

Summer Kleppek is a Wisconsin based singer, actor, and teaching artist. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Theatre and Drama and Music Education. In college and in the community, she has worked as an actor, director, choreographer, and producer. Summer is particularly passionate about educational theatre and has worked at several children’s theatre organizations, including CTM and First Stage Children’s Theatre. Summer is looking forward to meeting students this summer and exploring all the fun that acting can be with them!

Brad Knight
Brad Knight
Teaching Artist

Brad Knight runs Monkey Business Institute – Madison’s best improv comedy company, teaches improv (at CTM and beyond), performs improv, and acts in several podcasts and livestreams by day. But by night he has been playing Dungeons and Dragons and other roleplaying games since he was a young boy in the 1840’s. It’s been the one passion that has lasted his whole life (so far – he does plan to live well into the 2140’s). He is an experienced player and DM, and has taught improv and roleplaying classes for Monkey Business Institute and at gaming conventions such as GenCon and GaryCon. He is super excited to be teaching Dungeons and Drama for CTM for the first time.

Noah Kohn-Dumbuya
Noah Kohn-Dumbuya
Teaching Artist

Noah Kohn-Dumbuya is a 5th-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Theatre and Creative Writing. He is also pursuing certificates in Korean and TESOL. Noah has previously participated in Sister Act: The Musical, as well as UW-Madison’s productions of Peter and the Starcatcher (Teacher/Captain Scott), August Wilson’s Fences (Lyons), and Twelfth Night (Sebastian). Thrilled to be a teacher at Children’s Theater Madison which he will instruct Movers and Shakers. Noah will draw upon his past experiences as a dancer, competitive cheerleader, and actor to create a brave and colorful environment for students to express themselves through movement.

Jen Lennon
Teaching Artist
Jen Lennon recently moved to Madison from Colorado. In her 30 year education career, Jen has served as a teaching artist, director and choreographer in the US and Canada. She is certified in K-12 Theatre Arts with an endorsement in Music. Jen is a proponent and practitioner of arts integration and has been fortunate to work with students from preschool through college encouraging curiosity and inviting students to explore their own story and artistic voice. Jen holds a BS in Performance Studies and an MS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and continues to pursue her own performing in the musical theatre world. She is thrilled to be a part of CTM!
Ashley Malafronte
Ashley Malafronte
Teaching Artist

Ashley Malafronte is Brooklyn-based director, dramaturg, and educator. Most recently, she directed The Emancipation of Sugar & Baby at The Brick in New York and was the SDCF Noël Coward Fellow for Private Lives at Arizona Theatre Company. Other directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, [app]arition, And the Trees Fall Down, and The Last Blueberry on Earth. Malafronte has created site-specific work in Inis Mór, Ireland; New Haven, CT (with A Broken Umbrella Theatre), and in her kitchen/cyberspace. She is Head of Theater Studies in the Waterwell Drama Program at and Content Editor for HowlRound Theatre Commons. ashleymalafronte.com

Joe Matyas
Joe Matyas
Teaching Artist

Joe Matyas is a teaching artist, movement director, and fight choreographer from New Jersey by way of Philadelphia, where he graduated with a BFA from the University of the Arts. He is a Certified Teacher of the Williamson Technique (working for over a decade with Loyd Williamson) and member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. Joe has taught classes and retreats all over Chicagoland and beyond from youth to adults. He has crafted movement curriculum for the Gately/Poole Conservatory as well as B.F.A. actors at Northern Illinois University, where he regularly coached for the School of Theatre and Dance production season.

Justin McDermott
Justin McDermott
Teaching Artist

Justin McDermott is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa where he received his degree in Theatre for Youth. Throughout Justin’s time at UNI he was involved with; TheatreUNI, UNI Interpreters Theatre, UNI Student Theatre Association, and Orchesis Dance Company. Justin has performed/worked for several theatre companies in the Midwest including; Theatre Cedar Rapids, Dobbins Conservatory, The Grand Opera House, and Verona Area Community Theatre. Recently, Justin sailed the seas while performing onboard Disney Cruise Line. Justin is currently a choreographer in Madison, WI and is thrilled to be working on Summer Stage camps with CTM.

Karen Polnitz
Karen Polnitz
Teaching Artist

Karen Polnitz (she/her) is over the moon to be adventuring with new friends at Children’s Theater of Madison! Karen is a playwright, performer, choreographer, and educator who enjoys growing alongside each new group of students she is able to guide in exploration. She holds a B.A. in Playwriting from UC Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Teaching from Fresno State University. She co-owned and taught at Community Dance and Theater, taught high school Spanish and Dance for five years, and practices open mic and spoken word performances around town.

Jody Reiss
Jody Reiss
Teaching Artist

Jody Reiss is a professional actress who worked for many years with a small theater company in NYC. She has toured Russia as Sonya in Uncle Vanya with the company & taught theater as well as done residencies in the NYC & tri state area. She’s also worked with the Madison Repertory Theater and done community theater as well in Madison. Jody’s taught acting and improvisation classes to children & adults of all ages & abilities.

Sarah Rhoads
Sarah Rhoads
Teaching Artist

Sarah Rhoads is a performer, director, and choreographer based out of the Madison area who is thrilled to be a part of the CTM community! Though she has only recently gotten her start with CTM, she has worked extensively throughout the Madison area, being constantly inspired by her colleagues and students. When Sarah is not teaching, she is studying English and Theatre & Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sarah has been so grateful for her time at CTM and looks forward all the projects and adventures to come!

Deonn Ritchie Hunt
Teaching Artist

Deonn recently moved from Seattle where she spent the last 20 years, teaching, directing, and playwriting. Her original children’s musicals have been performed all over the Seattle area. As a children’s theatre performer, she has entertained thousands of kids over the years as various mothers, godmothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, witches and the occasional Sea Slug. She can’t wait to share her theatre passion with CTM!

Laura Rogers
Teaching Artist

Laura Rogers has worked with a wide range of students at after school programs including Red Caboose, MSCR, and Boys and Girls Club. She has been on professional backstage crews before as well as worked as a stage manager. As a member of the Peace Corps, Laura taught high school theater camp in Romania.

Kristin Roling
Teaching Artist

Kristin Roling, (choreographer) is thrilled to be joining CTM. Other area credits include choreographing for Edgewood College, and The Savoyards. She holds dancing in “Brigadoon” (Lees McRae College, NC), and “The Music Man” (Starlight Theatre, IL) as favorite projects. Other adventures include touring the US as a Puppeteer/Dancer with Famous People Players and working in the costume running crew for a stage show at Walt Disney World, FL.

Kaya Sarajian
Kaya Sarajian
Teaching Artist

Kaya is excited to be working with CTM again. They have worked in a variety of positions, from Properties Director to Lead Usher to Teaching Artist. Notable credits include Properties Director for CTM’s The Wiz, Assistant Stage Manager for UW Madison Opera’s Sweeney Todd, and Master Carpenter for UW Madison Theater’s Holmes and Watson.

John Scoville
John Scoville
Teaching Artist

John Scoville, DMA, is equally at home teaching piano through his private studio and at Stoughton Center for the Arts, collaborating with instrumentalists and singers, as organist-pianist at McFarland Lutheran Church, and on the board of Madison Area Music Educators. Dr. Scoville has held positions with Interlochen Arts Camp, Opera Santa Barbara, Ojai Youth Opera, San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto, Ensemble Theatre Company, and UW-Madison. He has performed in master classes for Tara Helen O’Connor, Denis Bouriakov, Gil Shaham, and Anne Epperson and in recital with Julie Davies, soprano, and flutist Taylor Irelan among many others.

Audrey Standish
Audrey Standish
Teaching Artist

Audrey Lauren Standish (Wax), M.F.A. Is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Department of Theatre and Drama (6 years) and a Senior Lecturer at Edgewood College in the Theatre Arts Department (13 years). She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in New Works Play Direction from the University of Idaho. Audrey has directed plays all over the Pacific Northwest as well as locally in Madison, WI. She served as the Artistic Director for StageQ, INC., Morgue Theatre, and has produced over 30 plays. Her Areas of expertise are directing, acting, musical theatre, stage management, box office management, script analysis, and new play development.

Michael Stanek
Michael Stanek
Teaching Artist

Michael is a freelance Director/Choreographer and proud Arts Educator who currently serves as Artistic Director, Wisconsin Singers (University of Wisconsin- Madison), Guest Choreographer, Kids from Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Fair) and Resident Choreographer for Parker Arts Academy (Janesville, Wisconsin). He continually serves as a Guest Teaching Artist/Choreographer for The Broward Center of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL as well as various theater companies, high schools and dance studios in the Madison area. Director/choreographer highlights: The RIDE NYC!, (Drama Desk Nominee) 70, Girls, 70, (City Center Encores), Broadway Kids With Heart (New York City). He is a proud 30-year Member of Actors’ Equity Association and an Associate Member of The Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Mak Strohmeyer
Mak Strohmeyer
Teaching Artist

Mak Strohmeyer is an actor, director, and writer in her senior year at UW-Madison. She is majoring in Theatre and Drama and Communication Arts: Radio, TV, Film. Mak has previously acted in shows such as Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder, The Abortionist, Hush The Waves, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Twelfth Night: The Musical. Mak adores working at CTM, and is so excited for future classes! Peace!

Abby Stupar
Teaching Artist

Abby Stupar is a local educator who has performed in theatrical productions for most of her life, but discovered her true passion in teaching others the joy of theater. Abby recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Elementary Education and Communication Arts. After serving as a Teaching Assistant Intern last summer, she is thrilled to return to the inspiring CTM community as a Teaching Artist. Abby is looking forward to creating a space where young people are able to discover their love for the arts!

Stephen G. Tabor
Teaching Artist

Stephen G. Tabor (Director) is a Madison transplant with Kentucky roots. He holds an MFA in Theater (Directing) from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre, Directing) from Western Kentucky University. In the Madison area, he has directed with First Act Children’s Theatre, Prairie Music & Arts, and Edgewood College, and he currently lectures in Acting at UW-Madison and Edgewood College. Recent TYA directing credits: The Princess BrideLemonade and LiesThe Emperor’s New Clothes; and 101 Dalmatians.

Amy L. Welk
Amy L. Welk
Teaching Artist

Amy L. Welk has taught many classes for younger children at CTM, including Movers and Shakers, Sing Out, and Sing Out in Summer. She continues to marvel at children’s ability to tell stories in many ways. Amy is the Director of Bernie’s Place Inc., a childcare center for the University. Amy has a BFA in Theatre Performance from UW-Whitewater and attended Graduate School at the University of London: RHC. Favorite acting roles include: National tour: Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider); Regional: Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), White Christmas (Martha), Oliver (Nancy), Showboat (Julie), 1776 (Ben Franklin), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde), Anne of Green Gables (Marilla), Follies (Hattie), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers).

Tessa Wolfe
Tessa Wolfe
Teaching Artist

Tessa, a Madison-native, is a director and Teaching artist, who has recently moved back to the area. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. Most recently she was the Education Manager for Boston Children’s Theatre. She is also an Elementary School teacher in the Sun Prairie School District. Outside of her Theatre life, she enjoys playing with her puppy and kayaking. She is thrilled to be part of the fantastic team at Children’s Theatre of Madison!

Natalie Wooden
Teaching Artist

Natalie has been involved with theatre for over 12 years. She actively directs, musically directs, choreographs and works with several schools and non-profits. She loves working with students on bringing their passions out on the stage.

Mark Wurzelbacher
Mark Wurzelbacher
Teaching Artist

CTM mainstage music directing credits: A Christmas Carol (composer), The Lightning Thief, Peter Pan, The Laramie Project (composer), Stella Luna (orchestrator, actor), Freaky Friday (music supervisor), Matilda, Willy Wonka, How I Became A Pirate, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, Madagascar, and Seussical, along with countless summer camps! Mark has worked with numerous Madison-area organizations as a music director, accompanist, teacher, arranger, orchestrator, and composer, including Music Theatre of Madison (Artistic Associate), Forward Theater, Theatre Lila, Whoopensocker, UW-Madison University Theater, Madison Savoyards, and Fresco Opera. He teaches private piano lessons and middle-school general music. markwurzelbacher.com