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)



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Adrienne Oliver is pleased to return to Live Arts as an instructor having begun her work here over fifteen years ago! A performer with training from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and an accomplished educator, she delights in creative expression of all forms, and is glad for the opportunity to bring her focus and energy to students this summer.

Cee-Cee Swalling is a Costume Designer from the Washington, DC area. From Wig Maintenance and Prep, to stitching, crafts, and Wardrobe Supervisory Cee-Cee has done it all! Her favorite places to work have been Maine State Music Theatre where she was the Assistant Costume Shop Manager and her yearly pilgrimage to Sidwell Friends School where she designs, sews, and pulls the spring musical. When she is not crafting, sewing, or drawing Cee-Cee spends her time training for marathons and triathlons.

Claire McGurk Chandler is a veteran Live Arts actor, teacher, and artist and is passionate about art in all its myriad forms. She completed undergraduate work in illustration and design at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently finishing up her post Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at Mary Baldwin College. In her spare time, Claire plays producer/supporting actress to her 5-year old daughter’s role of director/lead actress in the award winning play, Life.

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.

Jack Walker is from Charlottesville, and his first project with Live Arts was Latte House. Through his experiences at Live Arts, Jack gained the skills and confidence to audition for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. He got an agent after graduating, and he has since worked in film, television, and theatre. After 12 years, he decided to adopt a dog and return to VA, where he is thrilled to be back in wings at Live Arts.

Joseph Bromfield is an actor and teaching artist. Originally from Tennessee, he completed his MFA at the University of Virginia, having earned his BA from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and a Postgraduate Diploma from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Joseph has performed professionally with The Cumberland Theatre, The Public Theatre of Maine, and The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. At the University of Virginia, Joseph has taught Acting 1, Improvisational Theatre (long-form and short-form), and served as a T.A. for Drama 1010: How Theatre Works. Other teaching stints span from Live Arts in Charlottesville, VA to MaineStage Shakespeare in Kennebunk, ME to the California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, CA. This summer Joseph will be performing with Quill Theatre’s 18th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall as Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice.

Julia Ruth Holland is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied Drama and Dance. On any given day she is an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, puppeteer, teaching artist, stage manageryou name it! Julia has worked as a teaching artist with Roanoke Children’s Theatre, The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Camp Arena Stage, and the University of Virginia Department of Drama.

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, The Producers, 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 the choir director at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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!

Lauren Elens is an actor, singer, and educator based in Richmond, VA. Originally from the Gulf Coast, she has since lived and performed all over the country in productions ranging from Shakespeare to Irving Berlin. Over the past year, she has worked with Quill Theatre’s Shakespeare Education Initiative, where eight actors/teaching artists presented a touring production of Hamlet and accompanying Shakespeare workshops throughout the Richmond Tri-City Public School System. Lauren received her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Virginia, where during that time she taught both acting and public speaking courses to undergraduate students. She also holds two bachelors degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans, and she has trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the British American Drama Academy at the University of Oxford. She can be seen onstage this summer in Company at Heritage Theatre Festival.

Miller Murray Susen is a teacher, writer, director, and actor. Her playwriting, acting, and directing work has been showcased locally at Live Arts, Four County Players, The Bridge PAI, and other venues. She has produced and directed the past two Live Arts Teen-ish Theater Workshops (auditions for the next one are in September 2017! Come on out!). Most recently she directed Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit for Four County Players.

Perry Medlin returned to Charlottesville this year following a six year hiatus. He is currently the drama teacher for Tandem Friends Upper School where he has directed productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. His work in Charlottesville has included performing in Guys and Dolls as well as Gypsy at Live Arts and many productions with the Heritage Theatre Festival. He has also choreographed the Live Arts Summer Theatre Camps several times over the past decade and will also be directing Pippin for Live Arts this summer. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University.

Steven P. Spera is a freelance Lighting Designer. His previous designs include Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Comedy of Errors, The Arctic Circle, Our Town, Wonderful Town (University of Virginia’s Department of Drama); West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, The Bridges of Madison County (Media Music Theatre Company); 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 will hold an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Virginia. He loves to draw, run, and drink coffee. He dislikes coconut.



Alexandra Pitman is thankful to be on both the Live Art’s Education Intern Team and Costuming Team for the summer. Originally from the Northern Neck, she has made a second home of Charlottesville. As a rising fourth year at the University of Virginia, Alexandra is trying to make the most of her time left at UVA by double majoring in Drama and Studio Art (Printmaking). Recently, she designed costumes in the inaugural New Works Festival at the Department of Drama and was elected to the Studio Arts Board. In the fall, she will be interning at the New City Arts Initiative.

Christina Layne Ramsey recently graduated from James Madison University Theatre with a concentration in Performance. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Christina has been performing her whole life. She grew up singing in church choir and then moved on to plays and musicals. Christina has always loved to sing and act, and has recently developed a love for dancing and movement, as well. Christina was most recently seen performing as Ariel in James Madison University’s Mainstage production of The Tempest.

Georgia Castleman grew up doing theater in Charlottesville and is now a student at the University of Virginia. She performed at Live Arts as a child in Gypsy (2009), Summer Shorts (2011), Gala (2011), and was most recently the Hair and Makeup Apprentice for Peter and the Starcatcher (2017). She was last seen on the Live Arts stage in Nice Work If You Can Get It (2016), and will be part of the cast of Pippin this summer. Last summer she enjoyed interning at Live Arts and helping as an assistant for the Mini Camps, and is very excited to be spending much of her summer here again!

Nicole Chaney is a rising Fourth Year at the University of Virginia studying Foreign Affairs and Spanish with a minor in Drama. She is a performer, dancer, and choreographer and became involved with Live Arts this past semester as an Education Intern. Her favorite credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy), Pride and Prejudice (Mary Bennet), and Oliver! (Nancy). When she finds a free moment, she likes to do yoga, watch The Office, and clean—oddly enough. She is thrilled to be staying in Charlottesville this summer, and looks forward to performing in Everything is P.R. next semester with UVA’s Drama Department.

Ryann Sheehy is an actor, singer, dancer, and incoming freshman in the theater department at James Madison University. She is happy to say that she has been a part of the Live Arts family since a young age, first as a camper herself and later as a performer, intern, and now camp counselor. Ryann has recently been a part of Western Albemarle High School’s production of Once Upon a Mattress and Live Art’s summer production of Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Savannah Maive Edwards is a rising second year at the University of Virginia where she is studying Drama and is a Miller Arts Scholar (Drama). 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 most recently performed in The Lookout and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and you will have the opportunity to catch her on stage this fall in Everything is P.R. (University of Virginia’s Department of Drama). When she is not on stage, you can find Savannah reading, writing, and laughing at her own jokes.


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