Meet Your Camp StaffSpotlight Camp Director

Rob Tessier, a former Ringling Brothers Clown and stage & TV actor, is founder/director of Upper Room Theatre Ministry and Director of Youth Ministry at All Saints Church. He holds a Miami University Theatre degree, a Professional Clown Diploma from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a Virginia Teaching License for K-12 Theatre.

Recently named Best Director of the Decade in the DC/MD/VA area by BroadwayWorld, Rob has been directing & teaching theatre nearly 30 years. With a passion for helping young people to develop their own talents and discover their own artistic voice, Rob always sets the bar high and looks to encourage and teach in a way that brings out the best in his students.

Broadway Spotlight

Mrs. Cathy Drummond (Singing, Broadway Spotlight 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 a Music Director for Upper Room Theatre, Cathy holds a degree in Music Therapy.

Mr. Chris Zavadowski (Acting) has over 20 years of experience performing, directing, and music directing, and was recently the Resident Director of the Broadway musical Amazing Grace at the Museum of the Bible. He has worked professionally at The Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, Signature Theatre, and more. Chris holds degrees in Theatre Arts and Music (Vocal Performance) and is a Music Director with Upper Room Theatre, recently co-creating Upper Room’s award-winning No One is Alone.

Mrs. Vickie Taylor (Dance) earned her B.A. in Dance at St. Leo University and has since toured with performance and education programs and directed a dance studio. Vickie’s dance experience includes teaching choreography, movement, and dance to students of all ages. She also has choreographed numerous local and regional stage productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, and Peter Pan.

Drama Bootcamp

Mrs. Esther Wells (Improvisational Comedy, Drama Bootcamp Camp Director) has 8 years experience as after school 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 Upper Room Theatre and Prince William Little Theatre.

Ms. Gabrielle Buonocore (Acting) has a passion for sharing the arts with youth. She has taught theatre through Spotlight Dance Studio and Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre. Directing credits include Willy, Wonka, Tom Sawyer, The Inspector General, and Mary Poppins (Assistant Director). She has performed leading roles with Upper Room Theatre and most recently with Fauquier Community Theatre.

Mrs. Kirstin Weber (Character Development), 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 Troupe.

Arts and Crafts Fun & Art Explorer

Mrs. Roberta Plumb (Church of the Nativity Art Camps) has taught Art to K–8th grade students for 12 years at Nativity School. Holding a B.A. in Studio Arts from Mt. Vernon College, Roberta is an award-winning artist, formally recognized by the St. John Paul II Cultural Center and the Art League. She also teaches children’s art workshops at the Art League of Alexandria and is passionate about showcasing her students’ pieces.

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. Focused on teaching young people, Lilie brings her experience in various mediums including painting, sculpture, sketch, and graphic design.

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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