We are professional directors, playwrights, musicians, students and artists ready to share our love of theatre, music and visual arts with kids.

Phil Schroeder • Program Director, Playwright and Composer brings his years of experience creating and producing music and theatre to BrightSpot. As Artistic Director of Pierce School Musical since 2017, Phil is dedicated to life-changing experiences for kids through the arts. He has a MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music from University of the Pacific, not to mention two fabulous kids of his own. He'll be focused on everyone's experience, so don't be surprised to see him drop in on your sessions. phil@brightspotonline.com

Cami Del Guercio • Director has served as lead director and choreographer for Pierce School Musical since 2017, directing Beauty and the Beast, Hannigan, The Little Mermaid, The Music Man and The Dreadful Dragon of Dartmouth. A graduate of Boston University (2018), she was the Technical Advisor of BU on Broadway, a student-run program that produces musicals open to all. Cami is a strong and compassionate leader who believes the kids come first! She'll be leading our 8th grade Playmaking experience this year, and can't wait to see you all!

Rachael Carnes • Director, Playwright has taught dance and drama for K-8 students for 25 years, as a teaching artist in the schools, in summer enrichment programs and online during Covid-19. Rachael received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship and a 2020 Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant, and had more than 50 productions in 2019, across the U.S., U.K., Canada, the Middle East and Asia. We are thrilled to welcome her to BrightSpot Theater, where she'll be sharing her expertise and love of theater with our middle school and junior high kids. www.rachaelcarnes.com

Olivia Painchaud • Director has directed theater and education programs at Pierce School Musical, Art Barn, and Freelance Players. A graduate of Boston College (2019), Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Malaysia beginning in January 2020. Her work was cut short by COVID-19, but she's home safe and committed to working with young people, building their confidence through the arts. She is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to make theatre in a new way with her students. Olivia will be working with our middle school and junior high classes, focusing on plays and acting techniques. 

Alyssa Click • Director, Vocal Coach is a professional operatic and musical theatre singer in the Boston are has performed the roles of Johanna Barker in Sweeny Todd, Lois Land/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate, and Roxie Hart in Chicago. she was music director for Pierce School Musical's The Little Mermaid and The Music Man. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Music in Opera Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and was the inagural Post-Graduate Fellow at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. www.alyssaclicksoprano.com

Harrison Bryan • Director is an award winning actor, playwright and puppeteer with a BFA from Boston University's College of Fine Arts. He has performed in NYC, off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane and Atlantic theaters, winning a New York Innovative Theatre award. His performance as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time earned him a prestigious Helen Hayes Award nomination. As a playwright, he is a two-time finalist at the Stephen Sondheim Young Playwright's Festival and his work has been featured at Fringe NYC and Broadway's Comedy Club, among others. Harrison uses theatre therapy to promote tolerance, peace and anti-bullying. www.HarrisonBryan.com / IG: @hahaharrisonbryan

Danielle Ibrahim • Visual Arts is a native of Orlando, Florida, and has been drawing and painting since childhood. She’s been a technical theatre artist for the last 6 years, now studying theatrical technical production at Boston University. She spends her summers working at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in upstate New York. She’s been the Set Director for Pierce School Musical since 2018, doing everything from painting murals, building props, and carpentry. She is excited to work with students who are ready to learn drawing, painting, and more!

Lauren Linn • Director, Dance and Movement began at an early age training under Rodney Robb at the Philadelphia Actors Center, Stina Smith at Jersey Cape Dance Studio, and Sal Dupree for vocal training. From there, she wrote, produced, and directed an original musical at age 13 for Stockton College. She has performed in, directed, and choreographed numerous shows on the collegiate, community, and professional level, including her most cherished time with Pierce School Musical from 2017-2018. Lauren now resides in New York City after receiving her MSW from Columbia University where she can be found training at House of Movement or laying out in Riverside Park.

Lilly Kelly • Director is a student at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, studying Chemistry and Theatre Arts. She's been acting since middle school and has led numerous workshops on skits, songs, and playwriting for younger girls at Girl Scout camps. She was in her high school’s spring musical every year and was also a section leader and president of the choir. Lilly’s favorite roles that she’s played are Babette in Beauty and the Beast and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Lilly joins us to share her love of theater with our 3rd and 4th graders.

We believe that drama and creative invention are superpowers that help to restore order and balance in all of our lives. 

Doing things

is always more interesting than talking about doing things.

It's called a "play"

for a reason.

Erin Thrush • Director has loved performing since she was a young girl. She's currently pursuing an Associate Arts degree at Las Positas College in CA, where she has performed the role of Judith Canfield in Stage Door. Other roles include Schwarzy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dotty Otley in Noises Off, and Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone. She has a deep love of singing and is a member of the Las Positas Chamber Choir as the vocal jazz ensemble, Vocal East. She can't wait to create awesome theatre with the 3rd and 4th graders.

Charlotte Kearns • Director is a student at Interlochen Arts Academy where she majors in Theatre Design and Production. Charlotte has had the privilege of performing notable roles in some of her favorite musicals including Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Young Vi in Violet, and Fredrika Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. In addition, Charlotte has been a director, stage manager, props and sets coordinator, and dramaturg for multiple productions both virtually and in person. Learn more about Charlotte at charlottekearns.com.

Agustin Maglione • Director is an actor from the Dominican Republic and currently a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He has played roles such as King Louis XIV in Moliere’s Tartuffe, Ali in Lizuka’s Anon(ymous), and Orlando in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. During quarantine, he assistant-directed The Show Must Go Online and tutored students through the Peninsula Bridge Program. He is committed to social justice causes and helping communities in need, volunteering regularly with service organizations in the US and the Dominican Republic. 

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