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About Starlight Theatricals

Starlight Theatricals is a private enterprise dedicated to providing high quality theatre experiences, services and educational opportunities for participants ages 12 - 18. Our studio provides 9-week classes, summer camps and intensive workshops for aspiring performers as well as backstage technicians. Classes offered cover acting, vocal performance, dance and technical theatre. In addition, students will have the opportunity to perform in musicals and plays produced throughout each season.

Our Mission

Starlight Theatricals is dedicated to the development of individuals who are aesthetically aware, artistically disciplined, and devoted to a lifelong association with the performing arts.

 

It is our aim to provide a positive outlet and creative artistic involvement for students in order for them to develop artistic competence, sensitivity and purpose. We attempt to invigorate our students with intellectual and creative challenges and to assist them in developing critical thinking skills.

Meet The Team

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Chuck is a faculty member at Bel Air High School where he has taught both English and Drama for the past 20 years. A graduate of West Virginia University with a BFA in Theatre and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a Masters in Education, Chuck worked with the theatre program at Bel Air for over 25 years serving as the Artistic Director, Technical Director and Scenic Designer as well as performing in the pit band for the musicals since 1994. He is the co-founder of the North East Theatre Festival, and has served as the Co-Executive Director for the past 12 years. Chuck is currently the Chair of the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, a Board member of the Scottfield Theatre Company and continues to work as a Technical Director and Designer for several community theatres around the region. 

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Ben is a faculty member at Bel Air High School where he has taught both Government and Economics for the past 21 years. Prior, he taught Social Studies at Chariton High School in Chariton, Iowa. He is a graduate of Peru State College in Nebraska with a BA in Secondary Education and Towson University with a Masters in Education. For 24 years, Ben has been involved with High School Theatre serving both as a Director and Choreographer for numerous productions. He is the co-founder of the North East Theatre Festival, and has served as the Co-Executive Director for the past 12 years. 

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Katie Hamrick

Katie is a member of the Contracts and Finance Team at a private government contracting firm by day and nurtures her love of the arts in her free time. After becoming more involved in the performing arts in high school, Katie went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Vocal Music Performance from Towson University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Johns Hopkins. In addition to her love of theater, Katie serves as one of the choir section leaders and resident soloists at Towson Presbyterian Church, and sings with Parkside Melody, the treble ensemble of the Hershey Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, where she also serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Vice President of Philanthropy. Katie’s theater background also includes stage management, and she serves regularly on Scottfield Theatre Company’s show production teams. 

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Jasmine L Mays-Robinson is a vocalist and music educator from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Her music school, the Bel Air Arts Academy, fosters the talents of students of all ages with a focus on well-rounded musicianship that leads to tangible results. Students have seen success in auditioning for schools and productions of their choice, sharpening their skills for music exams, and putting together performances with confidence. Her studio hosts a thriving culture of dedicated young musicians who are prepared to take their musical aspirations head-on. 

 

Jasmine holds a Master of Music degree from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland. As a lifelong musician and active performer, she has a passion for engaging with her community through music and has collaborated with various ensembles around the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions including the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Annapolis Opera, Lumina Theatre Company, Opus Concert Theatre, Prince George’s Summer Teen Theatre, Pallas Theatre Collective, and more. Jasmine is a principal cantor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Long Green Valley, and a soloist with Sopranessence, a professional ensemble of vocalists specializing in song from classical to musical theatre and jazz styles. 

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Suzanne Bowden

Suzanne is a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Visual Arts and Performing Arts.  After graduation Suzanne worked in NYC at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, NY Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte in  Central Park, NY Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, and Richard Frankel Productions as part of their Stage Management Team. Suzanne was a member of Actor's Equity while in NY until moving to Maryland to work at Center Stage in Baltimore.  For the past 20 years, Suzanne has been the Drama Director at Trinity Lutheran Christian School where she has been blessed  to work in educational theater with young people.  

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Mayra Pappaterra

Mayra is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama with a minor in Languages and Corporal Movement. She was a member of the Rolling Theater of the University of PR, where she studied classical, experimental and contemporary theater. Mayra went to the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival Chamizal in El Paso, Texas. She worked giving theater workshops to High School students.

Mayra did professional theater in Puerto Rico as a stage manager, assistant director, actress, as well as designing and running lights, and props.  She worked for Cuarzo Blanco Inc., participated in the XIX Festival Internacional de Teatro de Oriente in Barcelona Pto. La Cruz, Venezuela with José Vega also known as Remi the Clown and designed the props for the play “Salvemos el Planeta con Remi”. She traveled the island participating in a play based on the TV show for kids “La casa de María Chuzema”.

Since 2012 she has been the Production Stage Manager at Trinity Lutheran Christian School. Mayra is very excited to be a part of the Starlight Team and to bring her talents as the Back-Stage Manager. When she is not backstage Mayra works as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at the Anne Arundel County WIC program (Woman Infants and Children) coordinating The Breastfeeding/Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.

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