Spotlight Camp Director
Rob Tessier, a former Ringling Brothers Clown and stage & TV actor, is founder/director of Upper Room Theatre Ministry, a private acting coach, and Director of Youth Ministry at All Saints Church. He holds a Theatre degree from Miami University, a Professional Clown Diploma from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a VA Department of Education Drama Teaching Certificate for K-12. Named a Best Director in the DC/MD/VA area by DC Metro Theater Arts, Rob has been directing & teaching theatre well over 20 years.
Mrs. Cathy Drummond (Singing, Camp Broadway Director) has over 30 years of teaching experience, recently received a Grammy Music Educator Award nomination, was the 2014 Teacher of the Year from Round Elementary, and has been named a Star Teacher by Hal Leonard Corporation. Currently the Music Director for Upper Room Theatre, Cathy holds a degree in Music Therapy.
Mrs. Christine Laird (Acting) is the Theatre Teacher and Director for Osbourn Park High School. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Theatre Education and holds her B.M. in Musical Theatre. A local performer and director, she has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and international venues in Budapest and Prague.
Ms. Maria Rose Davis (Dance) is a graduate of DeSales University with a degree in Dance. She has been involved in theatre throughout her life including several wonderful summers with Upper Room Theatre Ministry as a dancer and choreographer. She has worked under the artistic directors of the Coart Dance Co., Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and Madboots Dance Co., as well as studied under such dance legends as Trinette Singleton.
Ms. Karen Kelleher (Acting, Drama Bootcamp Director) is a professional singer and actor in the DC area. She is the music and theatre teacher for St. Joseph School in Herndon. Karen has previously worked at Arena Stage for American Theatre after graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Musical Theatre. This is her 9th year at Spotlight.
Ms. Esther Tennyson (Improvisational Comedy) is Theatre Director at Potomac High School. When she’s not teaching theatre, she performs comedy improvisations with FOOLS! and works on and off stage in local community theatres, including Castaways Repertory Theatre and Upper Room Theatre Ministry.
Mrs. Kirstin Weber (Theatre Games & Movement), a graduate of Franciscan University with a B.A. in Theatre & English, currently assists in directing theatre St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School where she is the Middle School English Teacher. Kirstin also performs onstage with FOOLS! Comedy Improv.
Arts and Crafts Fun & Art Explorer
Ms. Lilie Graybiel (All Saints Art Camps) is the Art Teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School and holds a B.F.A. in Art from Marymount University where she was honored with the Best Art & the Academic Excellence in Art awards upon graduating. A member of Women’s Youth Apostles focused on teaching young people, Lilie brings her experience in various mediums including painting, sculpture, sketch, and graphic design.
Mrs. Roberta Plumb (Church of the Nativity Art Camps) currently instructs Art at Nativity Catholic School where she has taught Art to K–8th grade students for 11 years. A graduate of Mt. Vernon College with a B.A. in Studio Arts, Roberta is an award-winning artist, formally recognized by the St. John Paul II Cultural Center and the Art League, among others. She also teaches children’s art workshops at the Art League of Alexandria.
Songwriting and Performance
Ms. Marie Miller is a Curb records recording artist and songwriter. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, the third of ten children, Miller began singing at the age of seven. Her song “You’re Not Alone” was played nationwide on pop radio, and her song “6’2” was featured on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. In 2015, her performance for Pope Francis and 750,000 attendees in Philadelphia was aired live on CNN and Fox News. Marie recently released her first full length album, “Letterbox” which was featured by Billboard Magazine, SiriusXM, and NPR. Her music is a unique blend of folk/pop. She has opened for The Backstreet Boys, Sara Evans, and Andy Grammar and she toured with Kris Allen and Five For Fighting.
Comedy & Improvisational Intensive
Mr. Matt Moore has worked as an award-winning creative director, event producer, theatrical director, and presenter for over 25 years. As founder of the Fools! Improv Troupe, he has led a successful improv team for over 20 years in front of hundreds of large audiences. Matt has been instructing young people in the arts of improv and theatre for almost a decade. He has also traveled the country producing commercials, multimedia, and staged events that have been featured during Superbowl XXXIV, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and on FOX.
All “Spotlight on the Arts” staff are approved to work with young people through the Child Protection & Safety Program sponsored by the Arlington Diocese. Our camps are fully licensed and insured.
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