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. This past summer he also produced the musical that was named Best Community Theatre Production in the DC Area by BroadwayWorld.
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.
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 Tom Sawyer, The Inspector General, and Mary Poppins. She has acted with Upper Room Theatre and was recently in Fauquier Comunity Theatre’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
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.
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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