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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

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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. 

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

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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

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

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!

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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.

Doing things

is always more interesting than talking about doing things.

It's called a "play"

for a reason.

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!

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