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OUR TEAM

 

Kippy Dewey is the founding direstor of the Freelance Players/Urban Improv. She has taught and directed at the Charles Playhouse and the Next Move Theatre, and has held artist residences in schools throughout the metropolitan Boston area. Kippy is also the founder and director of Creative Arts at Park, a muti-arts summer program for young people ages 8 to 15.

 

Narcissa Campion, composer and music director, holds a B.A. in music composition from Wellesley College. She won a graduate fellowship from Wellesley for the study of music theatre and has been awarded several Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grants for composition. She has written more than 20 musicals for young people, many of which are published by the Freelance Press. Cissa is the Managing Director of Freelance Players / Urban Improv.

 

Tina Johnson, director,holds an MA from Emerson College in directing.  She has founded and directed several children’s musical theater companies, from the west coast of Florida to Portland, Maine.  In the Boston area Tina has directed musicals at Creative Arts at Park, Charles River Creative Arts Program, Emerson College Summer Theatre and Summer Arts at The Cambridge School of Weston.

 

Ann Brown Allen, choreographer, has performed as a principal dancer with Dance Collective and Peter Dimuro/Performance Associates. She has also performed with the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Danny Sloan, Susan Rose, Beth Soll, Miguel Lopez and the Opera Company of Boston. She is an instructor of jazz, ballet and Pilates at Boston University.

 

Faith Soloway, composer and music director, has been with the Freelance Players and Urban Improv for more than ten years. During the summer, she works at the Charles River Creative Arts Program, where she serves as a composer and music director. Prior to coming to Boston, Faith was the musical director for Second City Northwest in Chicago, and co-creator of the nationally acclaimed "Real Live Brady Bunch".

 

Zach Stuart, director and actor, has been teaching theater and movement in the Boston area for the past ten years. He has led workshops in hip-hop dance, experimental theater and process based theater exploration. He has been involved in the Freelance Players and Urban Improv for the last six years. He directs the Footlight Club Troupe and is the assistant director of the Freelance Players. Zach is also an actor/singer with Urban Improv.

 

Pamela Swift, director, choreographer, has a MED in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University. She has been directing and teaching children's theatre in the Boston area for the past twenty eight years. She is the Administrative Director for Creative Arts at Park.

 

Mary Torpey, Director, has been a music and movement coach, theatre educator and director in the Boston area for the past 8 years. In addition to assistant directing the Driscoll and Cambridge Freelance Troupes, Mary has worked as a musician and educator with Urban Improv, Creative Arts at Park, and The Actor's Workshop. She is currently directing with Bay Colony Productions and is thrilled to join the Needham troupe.

 

Peggy Wolman has been a director for the Freelance Players and Creative Arts at Park since 1991. She is a member of the faculty at the Winsor School in Boston, where she teaches drama and directs productions in both the lower and upper school. Peggy has been active on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves and Young Audiences of Massachusetts and has served as a mentor in Urban Improv.