summer @ Live Arts
Theater Camps & Productions

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Summer Teaching Staff and Employment


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, Nice Work if You Can Get it), Four County Players (among them The Fantasticks, Chicago, 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Miller Murray Susen teaches drama and playwriting at Live Arts, and she has produced and directed the past two Live Arts Teenish Theater Workshops (auditions for the next one are in September 2017! Come on out!) She is currently directing Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit for Four County Players, opening May 5.

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.



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 manager–you 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.


More bios of our upcoming professional teaching artists coming soon!


Professional teaching artists in previous years include:

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


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

Our Applications for Summer Camp Counselors are now closed and will reopen for next summer in January.

If you are a High School or College Student or Recent College Graduate interested in Interning during the summer or academic year with Live Arts please contact Director of Education Mike Long at mikeatlivearts.org



  • Q: How do I register?
    A: Click the camp or production's title and follow the 2-step registration process. You can give Mike, our Education Director, a call at 434.977.4177 ext. 100 for help with the online registration process.

  • Q: Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
    A: YES! Click here to fill out the need-based financial aid application.

  • Q: Am I eligible for a discount?
    A: Possibly! We offer a sibling and multiple camp 10% discount on each camp when processing two or more enrollments in a single transaction. Use discount code: MULTIPLES when checking out. NOTE: Discounts cannot be combined.

  • Q: Do Friends of Live Arts get a discount?
    A: Yes! Friends of Live Arts receive a 10% discount on camps. Find out more about becoming a friend of Live Arts here. If you are already a Friend of Live Arts, use discount code: FRIENDS when checking out. NOTE: Discounts cannot be combined.

  • Q: My student has some specific needs (diet, physical limitations, medical conditions). Can you accommodate them?
    A: We’ll work with you to make it work, just give us a call.