If you are interested in employment in the Summer @ Live Arts Theater Camps as a Professional Teaching Artist or Technician, please email Director of Education, Mike Long, at [email protected].

Our Applications for Student Interns and Summer Camp Counselors are now open. Please use the following links to find more information and to apply.


Camp Counselor Information and Application (Minumum Age 18, Application Due March 26th)


Production Intern and Administrative Intern Information and Application (Minumum Age 14, Applications Due April 14th)



Adrienne Oliver is a performer, writer, and middle school educator. A member of the Live Arts Company for nearly 20 years, her roles have been varied and fulfilling. She always looks forward to the chance to engage with new performers and is excited to bring her focus and energy to students this year.

Claire Chandler is an educator, free-lance fine artist, and performer based in Charlottesville, VA. She has trained with MBU and the American Shakespeare Center, RADA, and VCU. She has performed locally, and with theatres in Richmond, Northern Virginia, New York City and London. She is passionate about creating and telling stories in any form that isn’t ordinary.

Emelie Whitmer is an actor and teaching artist native to Virginia.  Her work includes national tours, Off-Broadway shows, and work in various regional theatres, including several shows with Charlottesville’s Heritage Theatre Festival.  Her work in theatre education includes classes, workshops, and regional tours with the Barter Players of Barter Theatre, where she was a resident artist from 2009-2010.  Emelie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Kristin Baltes, B.Mus., is a performer, director, educator, and private instructor in flute, piano, and voice. She has music directed several shows at Live Arts (among them Les Mis, A Chorus Line, Fun Home, Legally Blonde, and Nice Work if You Can Get it), Four County Players (among them The Fantasticks, Chicago, and Into the Woods), and UVA (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). As a music director, Kristin enjoys vocal coaching actors of all ages and performing with the pit bands she puts together for each show. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Wheaton Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois, and is currently teaching 20 piano, voice, and flute students in her home studio and flute and voice classes at the Music Education Center.

Lainie Powell has graced many local stages and appeared in many shows. Lainie has trained as a dancer for many, many years (under the tutelage of her mother, the wonderful choreographer Heather Powell, whose work has been seen in many Live Arts shows), and she is currently studying musical theatre at Pace University in NYC. Lainie has appeared onstage at Live Arts in Nice Work if You Can Get It, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray. She is a wonderful performer and an even better teacher, and she can’t wait to get moving and grooving with all of you fabulous young people!

Leighton Brown Bryan is a human person who has acted in things in NYC and London, directed, choreographed, sung, designed, and danced in some other things in NYC and Providence, RI, and taught and coached some actory things at those places and others in between.  She learned from various smart humans at NYU Grad Acting, Brown University, and RADA, and was taught by, in large part, a sage contingency of dolphins in Pensacola, FL, where she grew up. She enjoys tirelessly trying to convince people that math and art are the same thing, and is THRILLED to trade wisdom and fun skills with all the young humans at Live Arts this summer!

Mary Dorsey Evans holds a degree in music education, and has taught music and movement in early childhood, elementary and middle school settings. She is also a pianist and piano teacher.  She has worked as music director and accompanist for elementary-aged kids in Peter Pan and Once Upon a Mattress in Boulder, Colorado, and as the entire pit for high school productions of Once Upon a Mattress and No, No, Nanette in Rifle, Colorado. Most recently, Mary could be found teaching music and movement to preschoolers at the International School of Charlottesville, and to music teachers at VCU’s summer teacher recertification courses.

Miller Murray Susen is a teacher, writer, director, and actor. She produced and directed the last three Live Arts Teen-ish Theater Workshops (look out for auditions for the next one, coming in August!) She teaches Drama at Village School, and she recently directed the musical Fun Home for Live Arts.

Nathan Whitmer is a professional actor and teaching artist currently living in Culpeper, VA. He is a member of AEA, the professional stage actors’ union, and holds an MFA from The Old Globe/University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Acting program in San Diego and a BFA in Theatre from Ohio University, where he studied Shakespeare with faculty from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. At The Old Globe Theatre, led by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Nathan acted in Shakespeare’s plays with many nationally and internationally renowned artists, including Tony-winning directors Kethleen Marshall, Scott Ellis, and Rebecca Teichman and actors Glenn Howerton, Stephen Spinella and Tom McGowen. Nathan has acted professionally all over the country —  from Off-Broadway in New York City, to Texas, to Fairbanks, Alaska — and was a member of Barter Theatre’s resident acting company where he appeared in over 25 productions and met his wife, fellow camp instructor Emelie Faith Thompson. He was also an actor and teaching artist with The Barter Players, with whom he toured productions and gave workshops to school children of all ages all over the South East and Mid-Atlantic. Nathan has also taught classes and workshops at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the park and Alaska Theatre for Youth in Anchorage. Last year he appeared at Heritage Theatre Festival as Robert in Company.

Perry Medlin is thrilled to be working with some of his favorite Young performers! He is currently the drama teacher for Tandem Friends Upper School where he has directed productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Little Women, Almost Maine and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. His work in Charlottesville has included directing Pippin along with performing in Guys and Dolls and Gypsy at Live Arts and many productions with the Heritage Theatre Festival as both an actor and choreographer. He is also directing this summer’s production of Young Frankenstein at Four County Players. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University.

Randy Risher is a third-year graduate student in Acting at UVA. He is from Charleston, SC where he earned a BA in Theatre Performance from the College of Charleston and acted in a thriving theatre community. Randy was a teaching artist with Musical Theater Center, where he was the director of MTC Players – a 23-member performance group of 5-9-year-olds – and taught acting to high school students. Acting credits in Virginia include Urinetown with UVA Department of Drama and Shakespeare in Love with Virginia Rep. Randy is excited about the opportunity to work with the Live Arts team this summer!

Steven Spera is a freelance Lighting Designer. His previous designs include Beauty and the Beast, Carousel, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, The Bridges of Madison County (Media Music Theatre Company); Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Comedy of Errors, The Arctic Circle, Our Town, Wonderful Town (University of Virginia’s Department of Drama); In The Heights, Memphis, West Side Story (Monticello High School); Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Other Place (Live Arts); Luv, Violet (Heritage Theater Festival); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Broadway World Chicago for Best Lighting Design (Resident Non-Equity), Beehive The 60s Musical (Williams Street Rep). He holds an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Virginia. Stevenpspera.com

Tovah Close moved to Charlottesville last summer with her husband and two little boys. This year at Live Arts, she coached the dialects for Top Girls and taught the spring break filmmaking camp, and she also taught as a guest artist at UVA Department of Drama. Tovah spent the past ten years in New York City, acting and teaching voice and speech at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater and a BFA from UC Santa Barbara, and is a member of Actors Equity and VASTA. More at tovahclose.com.



Abby Smith is a recent graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She plays many instruments, including the saxophone and piano. She has played in the pit orchestras for musicals including Hello, Dolly!, The Sound of Music, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, and Tarzan. Abby grew up in Charlottesville and is very happy to be back after college. This is her first time working with the Live Arts community and she is very excited for the summer to come!

Claire Netemeyer just finished her first year at the University of Virginia. A Charlottesville native, she has over 10 years of dance training from the Wilson School of Dance and the Orange School of Performing Arts. Her theatre credits here at Live Arts include Nice Work if You Can Get It, Pippin, Sweet Charity, and next, CryBaby. She can’t wait to dance this summer with the Live Arts campers.

Georgia Castleman grew up doing theater in Charlottesville and is now a rising 3rd year English major at the University of Virginia. As a child, she did the summer camps at Live Arts and performed here in Gypsy (2009), Summer Shorts (2011), and Gala (2011). She was last seen on the Live Arts stage in Nice Work If You Can Get It (2016), Pippin (2017), and Sweet Charity (2017), and she will be part of the cast of the teen musical, Cry-Baby, this summer. She was most recently an Assistant Stage Manager for Fun Home (2018). Last summer she enjoyed working as a camp counselor at Live Arts and is very excited to be spending her summer here again!  

Hannah Thompson is a rising second year at the University of Virginia studying Music.  Performing has always been a part of Hannah’s life, as she’s been singing and participating in plays at church since she was four years old.  Hannah most recently performed in UVA Drama Department’s Urinetown. She is also involved with a student a cappella group and the University Singers at the University of Virginia. Hannah is incredibly excited to get involved with the vibrant artistic community of Live Arts.

Ryann Sheehy is returning for her second year as a camp counselor this summer and cannot wait to be back at her home away from home, Live Arts. She is a Crozet native and a former Live Arts camper herself. You also may have seen her in Live Art’s 2016 summer production of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Ryann is studying theater and journalism at James Madison University and will be entering her second year there in the fall.

Saoirse Lee is a rising third-year at Northwestern majoring in Music Theory and Legal Studies with an ad-hoc major in “Music in the Theatre.” Growing up in Charlottesville, she was seen on the Live Arts stage in Nice Work if You Can Get It (2016) and played in Heritage’s production of Company last summer. This summer, she will be working on Northwestern’s production of the new musical: Something in the Game, participating in NYU’s Broadway Woodwind Doubling Camp, and working as a Music Assistant at the Marriott Theater.

Savannah Maive Edwards is a rising third year at the University of Virginia where she is studying Drama and Urban and Environmental Planning, and is the newly-elected president of the Miller Arts Scholars Program. Being a child of both the Adirondacks and the Blue Ridge Mountains, she is a storyteller by nature. However, most of her formal experience and training is with the art of acting. She has been very involved in the UVA Drama Department as an actor and a student, and is excited to broaden her skills this summer at Studio Theatre in D.C., where she will be taking acting classes as well as interning for the theatre’s education department. She is looking forward to taking these skills back with her to serve as a camp counselor for the second time at Live Arts this summer.

Tiff Ames is thrilled to be a part of the Live Arts Summer Counseling Team! Tiff grew up in Charlottesville and fostered a love for theater through Live Arts camps at the age of 9. Tiff is an upcoming senior at Oberlin College and studies Africana Studies and Theater. Tiff is a member of the Charlottesville Players Guild and is currently directing a production of Macbeth at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center opening this summer. Tiff is also a vocal and acting coach/consultant in the Charlottesville area. Recent credits include Dessa Rose, Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Oberlin College), and Jitney (Charlottesville Players Guild).



Professional teaching artists in previous years have included:

Ike Anderson                                       Mike Long                                 Geri Carlson Sauls

Kristin Budnikas Baltes                      Bree Luck                                 Mariko Schaper

Joseph Bromfield                                Kip McCharon                          Doug Schneider

Claire Chandler                                   Ray Nedzel                               Mendy St. Ours

John Davenport                                  Adrienne Oliver                        Denise Stewart

Lauren Elens                                        Carol Pedersen                        Miller Murray Susen

Julie Hamberg                                     Marija Reiff                               Betsy Tucker