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Rachael Androski

Shop Supervisor, Scenic Designer, Instructor: Technical Academy

Rachael Androski is so excited to be teaching technical theater again. Rachael began painting sets at the University of Iowa where upon graduation she made the exciting move to New York, NY. She has painted for Off Broadway shows in NYC, as well as off off Broadway shows in Austin, TX, Honolulu, HI, and now Anchorage, AK. Her most recent pre-pandemic set designs include Summerland(Cyrano’s), It’s a Wonderful Life and If(TBA Theater).

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Patty Carreras

Director: A Mother Goose Miracle, Instructor: Mime & Movement

Patricia Carreras has been coming to Alaska and working with the world famous TBA Theatre for many summers! She has written several plays produced at TBA including Last Story Standing, Great Jade Emperor, Mark Twain’s Notebook and this year’s A Mother Goose Miracle. A seasoned Teaching Artist in Theatre Arts, Patricia Carreras uses puppetry, pantomime, and rhythmic stories to excite, engage, and inspire confidence in children of all ages. She has expansive experience working with Pre K – 12 bringing puppetry arts, storytelling, poetry, mask and movement into the classroom. Currently residing in Mississippi, Carreras has extensive training in Imaginative Learning with the NYC Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education and Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts She uses her diverse background as a professional actor, storyteller, puppeteer, and teaching artist in everything she does.

Jessica Tullius

Stage Manager: Thornridge Manor, Scene Shop Assistant

Jessica Tullius started off her theatre education as an Academy student! She is a graduate of UAA's psychology program and works in a special education classroom. Recently she played harp for TBA’s production of For the Love of Shakespeare and was invited to the Valdez Theatre Conference as a musician.  During the mainstage season, she assistant stage managed for TBA’s production of Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music and Babes in Toyland. She also appeared onstage in TBA’s productions of Deamon of Darby Castle, Christmas Carol, and Shadow Hour.  

Sienza Chandler

Stage Manager: The Great Cross-Country Race, Instructor: Dance

Sienza Chandler is an up and coming teacher and choreographer. She is a beautiful Jazz and Contemporary technician who is delighted to share her innovative choreography. She is originally from Ketchikan, Alaska where she began dancing at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet and was a member of one of their top competitive dance teams. She is a strong leader and loves to develop the concept of team spirit in her classroom. She has choreographed for the University of Alaska Anchorage, has been a featured soloist numerous times throughout Anchorage, she has performed with Sunlight Collaboration and trained with dance educators like Betsy Pritchard, Katherine Kramer, Brian Jeffrey, Katie O'Laughlin, Melissa Jabaay, Dani Eustice, Evelyn Rice, Holly Dayton, and many others.

Seth Eggleston

Stage Manager: A Mother Goose Miracle, Instructor: Circus Skills, Advanced Voice

Seth is a stage-manager, live-stream technician, sound designer, and music director from Anchorage. He holds a BA degree from Willamette University (Salem, OR) with a double major in Music and Psychology, where he studied music composition, piano performance, and cognitive neuroscience. His technical theatre career spans over a decade and has seen him with many companies, including TBA Theatre, Cyrano’s Theatre Company, Anchorage Opera, Perseverance Theatre, and Willamette University Theatre. In Anchorage, he holds positions as the Associate Director of Music at TBA Theatre and the Production Manager at Cyrano’s Theatre Company. Seth has toured two productions to the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, most recently as an ASM and cast member in TBA Theatre’s The Death of Edgar Allan Poe. In his circus skills class for Actor’s Academy, students learn how to juggle and hone their coordination skills. His voice class for Advanced Academy focuses on healthy vocal technique for the stage, focussed on the singing voice. He is thrilled this summer to stage manage with Patty for a second time!

Jordan Wood

Summer Office Administrator

Jordan Wood is back for her 10th summer with TBA Theatre. Previous Summer Academy jobs included stage managing and teaching dance or acrobatics. In 2013 Jordan performed with her high school theatre group at the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jordan spends the mainstage season volunteering as a stage manager, at the box office, and onstage. When not at TBA she can be found at home caring for her almost 2 year old son, Jaxon. 

Giselle Nisonger

Costume Shop Manager, Costume Designer

Giselle holds her BS degree in theatre education and has directed four shows at local high schools. She is a middle school teacher in the Anchorage School District. She has worked on many shows around the community for many years, including serving as frequent costume designer for many TBA shows and several Cyrano’s productions. She has worn many hats in that process. She has worked as director, costume designer, stage manager, and from time to time she will get on stage and act. In her latest project this past spring Giselle served as the assistant stage manager for TBA's IF which performed at the Valdez Theatre Conference. 

Brigette Hoffman

Costume Designer

Brigette Hofmann is an award winning costume designer who happily juggles designing for TBA, ACT, Sobrosol Productions, and Kokopelli Theatre. She’s costumed (and thoroughly MacGyvered) everything from A Christmas Knight, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and If (TBA), Don’t Dress for Dinner, Karloff, Sleuth, and parts of After the Rain King (ACT), to Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sobrosol), and most of Jesus Christ Superstar (Kokopelli), averaging between 15 to 31 shows per year. During 2020 to the present day, with lots of supplies help from all of her friends, and especially TBA, she has sewn and mailed over 13,100+ reusable face masks, all for free, and has sent them to all of the continents, except for Antarctica. She’s a proud Hufflepuff Pirate, and dresses like an eccentric wizard

Jackelyn Lozano

Sound Engineer/Instructor, Stage Manager: Long Joan Silver

Jackelyn Lozano attended The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN for her associates degree in applied science, emphases on audio production and engineering. After finishing college, she produced, toured, and managed Rock Garden Tour including working on a book release and tv specials. In the last ten years she has worked for touring acts ranging from rock, (Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold), top 40 (Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix), country (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton) to memorable acts like Paul McCartney and Elton John, while also holding a position as a sound and light engineer for The Orpheum Theatre in SD. 

After moving to Alaska in 2018, she has been volunteering her tech skills to TBA Theatre’s season shows and this will be her first year working in Summer Academy. 

Rebecca Padrick

Director: Long Joan Silver, Instructor: Advanced Devised Theatre, Scenic Painter

Becca Padrick is an Alaskan-based playwright, director, actor, and painter. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BA in Theatre, focusing in Performance. Two of her plays, Flytrap and CLING, have been read and workshopped at the Valdez Theatre Conference, as well as one of her 10 minute plays, Punchline, at the Mid America Theatre Conference. As someone who values multidisciplinary artists, she hopes to inspire that value to the 2021 TBA Academy students. Her upcoming plans include finding a graduate school, and eventually pursuing her doctorate. Though her goals now lead to upper academia in a theatrical sense, when she was younger, past Becca didn’t care what the doctorate was in; in a diary entry, she once wrote, “I want to be able to say, ‘It’s not Miss, it’s Doctor Padrick.’” Here’s to the next steps of making Past-Becca proud!

David Block

Director: The Great Cross-Country Race

Block is super excited to be Directing this Summer with alllll the TBA kids!  In addition to working with TBA he can be found working on shows all over Anchorage, but especially with West High and Midnight Sun Theatre.  He loves soup.  

Stacey Konkler

Stitcher

This will be Stacey’s first year with TBA’s summer academy. She has been costuming for the last seven years and recently graduated (magna cum laude) with her BFA in Costume Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has helped with TBA shows in the past, and spent the spring of 2020 as a Costume Shop intern and working wardrobe on Frieda for the Anchorage Opera. Stacey is excited to be part of TBA’s Summer Academy and is very much looking forward to designing this year’s Halloween show!

Ryan Buen

Education Director

Ryan serves as company Education Director year round. He is responsible for the scheduling of  all educational classes in which the academy students participate. See the "Staff" page for his full bio!

Jeremey Bryan

Director: Thornridge Manor

Jeremy Bryan is a long time veteran of teaching theater who is returning to Alaska after a 15 year hiatus in Seattle. Jeremy has directed over 75 plays over the course of his career along with acting, playwriting and working as a designer and technician. Jeremy’s first year working with TBA theater 1995, and he worked regularly with the company until striking out for Seattle in 2006. Jeremy is incredibly excited to bring an updated script by Wane and Shane Mitchell to life, and is also thrilled to introduce his own children to the TBA program that was so formative to his own work as an artist. It’s good to be home!

Joseph Cruz

Scene Shop Assistant

Joseph has worked with TBA for several years now as a music and voice teacher, stage manager and onstage as a featured vocalist in West Side Story.

Joseph recently graduated from UAA with a Bachelors in Music where he regularly performed with UAA Glee Club. This summer he's been working with the Technical Academy students as they 

build and paint the scenery for all four Academy productions.

Erin Mitchell

Academy Administrator, Instructor: Makeup Design

In addition to her duties as head administrator, Erin had the opportunity to teach a special effects makeup workshop to the Technical Academy and Play Production groups as well as Theatre Games in the Actors Academy.

Erin serves as the company Associate Artistic Director year round. See the "Staff" page for her full bio!

Shane Mitchell

Director: Rising Star Intensive “The Adventurer’s Club” 

The Adventurers Club is a safari full of laughs when a group of fresh faced youngsters seek to join the exclusive organization. To do so they must impress a panel of veteran explorers with tales of high adventure. In the tradition of Mad Magazine, Shel Silverstein, and Monty Python's Flying Circus participants will learn techniques in poetry, joke telling, singing, and the oral tradition. 

"When in danger or in doubt run in circles, scream and shout!"

Shane serves as the company Artistic Director year round. See the "Staff" page for his full bio!

Wayne Mitchell

Technical Director

In partnership with our staff painters and carpenters Wayne is working to help create fun and functional sets that meet this summer’s unique requirements.

Wayne serves as the company technical director year round. See the "Staff" tab for his full bio!

Marissa Garrigues

Instructor: Theatre Games, Props Master

Marisa or Mo is an Alaskan storyteller, actor, and prop builder. She has studied theater at UAA as well as learned many skills “on the job” at TBA. She is passionate about encouraging students to be silly and to discover their inner goofball. In class students practiced a variety of skills including focus, energy, and physical expression through a variety of activities. 

Colby Bleicher

Instructor: Directing

Colby Bleicher hails from Anchorage and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a focus in directing. She is the co-founder of Blue Chair Productions, an independent theatrical production company focused on bringing contemporary work to Alaskan audiences at an accessible price. As an actor she has been featured in Broadway World Anchorage's "Best Professional Play 2019" She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (Cyrano's Theatre Co.), as well as David Ives' Venus in Fur (CTC), Theresa Rebeck's Seminar (Blue Chair/CTC), and Lindsey Ferrentino's Ugly Lies the Bone (Blue Chair/TBA). Favorite directing credits: Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds (Blue Chair/TBA), Joseph Robinette’s Anne of Green Gables (TBA), Nick Payne's Constellations (Blue Chair). 

Matthew Hays

Instructor: Improvisational Theatre

This is Matthew’s first year being an instructor at TBA since he started out as an academy kid himself. Matthew performed frequently with TBA, and was also seen in numerous productions at East Anchorage High School as well as on their Improvaganza improv team. He is currently attending Utah Tech University and is undeclared for his major. Theatre has always been one of his passions and was thrilled to work at TBA this summer!

Madelyn Cassens

Performance Intern, Teaching Assistant: Circus Skills

Madelyn is very excited to be interning for TBA after attending Summer Academy for the past few years! This summer she has been helping with Play Production and assisting in teaching Circus class. Along with interning, she is also part of the cast of this year's Advanced Academy show Thornridge Manor. Recent acting credits with TBA include Peter Quince in Something Witty This Way Comes and Adriana in For the Love of Shakespeare and a recent playwriting credit is Brain Storm which was featured at the Valdez Theatre Conference. Madelyn will be attending Gonzaga University this fall to study engineering and hopes to participate in their music and theatre programs.