Faculty

Matthew Kossack : Executive Co-Director

Matthew Kossack

Executive Co-Director

Since joining ‘The Barn’ in 2007, Matthew has directed, choreographed and produced numerous productions on the Artbarn stage, serving as Artistic Director for five seasons before taking on the Executive Co-Director role in 2012.  A graduate of Boston College (BA English/Theatre), Matthew has performed professionally with many regional theatres including the Lyric Stage Company, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Moonbox Productions, Wheelock Family Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre, as well as with many of Boston’s fine local and community theatres. He has taught dance and drama for a variety of organizations throughout the Boston area including Chelsea Youth Theatre, Creative Arts at Tufts University, The Performing Arts Connection, and Arlington Center for the Arts, and his choreography and direction have been seen on the stages of The Longwood Players, Open Door Theater, Newton Country Players and Apollinaire Theater Company. In addition to his work with Artbarn, Matthew is a regular performer with Theatre Espresso, a touring theatre-in-education company, and in his younger days was a competitive ice dancer and a member of Team USA Figure Skating. These days he is most often found dancing through the streets of Boston to the music in his own head. www.matthewkossack.com

Chloe Lara-Russack : Executive Co-Director

Chloe Lara-Russack

Executive Co-Director

Theater has always been a part of Chloe's life. Graduating from Bates College with a major in Theater and Education she soon found herself stumbling upon the magical stage of Artbarn Community Theater. In addition to her role as Artistic Director at the Barn, Chloe also worked in Brookline Public Schools developing theater curriculum. Chloe has always maintained a strong passion and belief that theater has the potential to heal, build relationships and strengthen personal self-esteem. To further pursue this dream, Chloe left Artbarn in 2007 to attend NYU's Drama Therapy Master's program. After graduating in 2010 Chloe returned to the Boston area and worked as a theater specialist in the Boston Public School System. In addition to her husband, Dan, and her daughters, Rowan and Hazel, Chloe's greatest passion has and always will be the "theater." In the words of a greeting card that Chloe has received time and again: "Given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world." Chloe never leaves home without her fairy wand safely tucked in her back pocket.

Ann Berman : Designer

Ann Berman

Designer

Ann Berman is a licensed art teacher and architect, she imagines in 3- dimensions and in color.  She loves working with young people and transforming small people into big actors. Ann has been part of Artbarn since its beginning as a member on the first board and now for the last seven years working as a tech director on various programs creating sets and costumes. She takes her inspirations from her students, used clothing stores and developing magical ideas with her co-directors.

Rachel Bertone : Choreographer

Rachel Bertone

Choreographer

Rachel Bertone is thrilled to be starting her fifth year at The Barn! In addition to directing and choreographing for various Artbarn troupes, she is an active and recognized choreographer, director, performer and teacher in the Boston area. Holding a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she has worked with prestigious companies such as Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Moonbox Productions, Fiddlehead, Liars & Believers, Boston Ballet, and Prometheus Dance. She is the Associate Director of Reagle Music Theatre’s Youth Programs and serves on faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Boston Ballet, and Jeannette Neill Dance Studio.

Jackie Borck : Founding Director

Jackie Borck

Founding Director

Jackie co-founded Artbarn Community Theater with Cathy Jacobs in 1999 and retired as Executive Director in 2012. She is thrilled to be returning to The Duck Soup Troupe where she’ll waddle about building the duck ensemble. Jackie graduated from Emerson College with a Master of Arts in Theater Education and has been teaching as a theater artist in residence for more than 25 years. Her skills in playwriting, directing, choreography, costume & scene design will help transform the page to the stage for these young actors. When she’s not dancing at the barn, she’s out back weeding the vegetable garden with her rabbit Lucky.

Beth Boucher : Choreographer

Beth Boucher

Choreographer

If Beth Boucher were a garment, she’d be a colorful holiday sweater. Beth’s creative background includes music, writing and comedy. As a singer-songwriter, Beth toured the U.S. and Canada, with an album Mess You Up available on iTunes. Her songs and voice have appeared in various animal forms inside First Act Discovery musical electronic toys. Beth is a former member of improv comedy troupe, Kitsch N Sync, and crafted musical comedy as a regular performer with Comedy with Wings. As a writer, she has worked on PBS Kids websites ZOOM and Between the Lions, and has written books, manuals, and video scripts that teach kids to play instruments.

Adam Brooks : Improv Instructor / Composer / Playwright

Adam Brooks

Improv Instructor / Composer / Playwright

Adam has been writing silly music for silly people, both for the young and for the young-at-heart, since 2002. After graduating from Oberlin, he worked extensively with Second City Cleveland, writing, directing, and performing for countless shows, as well as teaching classes and workshops in musical improv. Adam returned to Boston in May 2005 to study film scoring at the Berklee College of Music while continuing to compose and perform with artists from all across the city. Credits include the critically acclaimed "Paragon Park: The Musical (winner of the 2012 NETC Moss Hart Award for Best Production), "What The Dickens!?", "An Evening With Ladley & Craig", and "Burlesque Me If I Love You." Since joining in 2006, Adam has written extensively for Artbarn - many scripts and a great deal more songs - yet his greatest joy continues to be helping kids find their strength, confidence, and creativity on stage. Adam currently can be found making up crazy things as the Co-Director of Horsin' Around, Artbarn's improv program. Never stop playing.

Melissa Ennulat : Storybook Theater

Melissa Ennulat

Storybook Theater

Melissa Ennulat is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She is thrilled to join Artbarn this year as a co-teacher for Sprouts! Melissa has been working with children for the past nine years through care-taking and is very excited to combine her love of working with children and theater.  This past summer she worked as the Music Instructor for the Overture Program at Stoneham Theatre. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), and Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).

Taylor Kirkwood : Music Director / Composer

Taylor Kirkwood

Music Director / Composer

Taylor Kirkwood, graduate of Umass Dartmouth, has worked with the 20cent Fiction theatre company, and Stoneham theatre prior to working with Artbarn. An active musician in the Boston area, Taylor enjoys performing in nightclubs, accompanying singers, teaching, and collaborating with local composers/artists. To learn more about Taylor's work and what he’s currently up to, follow his journey at HereWeJustDream.com

Seungeun Lee : Designer

Seungeun Lee

Designer

Seungeun has been a part of the Artbarn family since 2009 as a parent and is thrilled to be serving as a tech director. She is an artist who concentrates on graphic and fine art while serving as an educator. She was raised and educated in Seoul, South Korea and holds a BFA and MFA in painting and minor in art education. She completed a graphic design program at MassArt when she moved to Boston. Visual art and education are her lifelong passions. She believes art can develop children’s creativity while helping to stimulate problem solving and social skills. She values children highly and loves the process that is involved in nurturing and developing their potential. She has several years of teaching experience in high school and art studios in Korea. She is involved in several community activities and teaches art in Brookline. Visit www.singin-art.com for more.

Andrea Lyons : Choreographer

Andrea Lyons

Choreographer

Andrea Lyons is a Boston based singer, dancer, and actress. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and has completed additional training with such programs as the renowned OperaWorks Advanced Artist Training Program in Los Angeles and the Crittenden Opera Workshop.  Andrea has most recently performed with such companies as Reagle Music Theater, Woodland Theater Company, Flyleaf Theater, Weston Friendly Society, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Riverside Theaterworks, Opera del West, and MetroWest Opera among others. Favorite roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Heidi in [title of show], Emily Arden in State Fair, and Bad Idea Bear/ Mrs. T in Avenue Q.  For additional information and upcoming performances please visit www.AndreaLyonsTheater.net

Katie Madden : Choreographer

Katie Madden

Choreographer

Katie is so excited to be joining the Artbarn team this year! Starting at a young age, dance has always played a significant role in her life. Katie received a degree in Communication with minors in Spanish and Dance from the University of New Hampshire, and was a member of the UNH Dance Company from 2008-2012. During her time at UNH, Katie studied a variety of styles and techniques, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and aerial dance. Upon graduating from UNH, Katie moved to Boston to pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University. She is currently working as a speech-language pathologist at the elementary level and continuing to pursue her love of dance through teaching and attending classes. More recently, Katie has taught classes at the Stoneham Theater and Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio in Somerville, MA, and choreographed for the Arts in Reach TheatreWorks program in Portsmouth, NH. She is overjoyed to be able to share her passion and love for dance with her students.

Carla Martinez : Choreographer

Carla Martinez

Choreographer

Carla is a performer, teacher, and choreographer currently residing in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music (Vocal Performance) and a minor in Drama. Carla is a classically trained dancer with over 15 years of experience. Her repertoire includes a wide range of skills, including choreographing large-scale productions and teaching private lessons.

In addition to Artbarn, she is on the teaching staff for the Boston Ballet, Wheelock Family Theater, and the Stoneham Theater. Carla is also involved with the Young Artists Awards, which is a non-profit, performing arts scholarship program for students throughout Southwest Florida. When she isn’t teaching, she can be seen on stage with prestigious companies including the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theater, and Moonbox Productions.

www.carla-martinez.com

Cameron McEachern : Designer

Cameron McEachern

Designer

Set designer, costume designer, properties master and scenic painter, Cameron's work has been seen on the stages of numerous Boston-area theaters including Moonbox Productions, Reagle Music Theatre, Wellesley Theatre Project and The Company Theater in addition to three seasons making visual magic at 'The Barn'.

Mica Richards Moellering : Music Director / Composer

Mica Richards Moellering

Music Director / Composer

Mica graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Jazz Piano Performance. She has taught music to children in a variety of camp and school settings including the Creative Arts at Park. Mica teaches piano privately and has two CD’s out entitled Properties of Motion and Mica Richards Live. Mica writes her best songs driving down the freeway, singing into her tape recorder.

Kerry O’Donnell : Designer

Kerry O’Donnell

Designer

Kerry's experience ranges from coordinating the scenery design for the Pirerce School theater program and developing a social studies curriculum incorporating multicultural folk tales and art history. Kerry loves the fact that she can see unusual patterns through her kitchen window, where the sunlight shines.

Euridice Rivas : Designer

Euridice Rivas

Designer

Euridice has been part of the Artbarn family since the beginning. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Euridice was professionally involved in music since her early teens, as vocalist of several ensembles, film scores and multimedia productions. She studied Liberal Arts at Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and then moved to Boston to complete a B.A. in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. In addition to working as a musician and a voice coach, she has attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and MassArt in Boston to further explore her life passion for visual arts. During the full time mom years, Euridice started building theatrical sets while volunteering at her daughters' school plays. Not too long after that, in 2001, she joined the staff at Artbarn Community Theater as a designer. Since then, Artbarn has been the creative ground for her vision as a visual artist. Euridice is very passionate about the arts overall and the undeniable power it has to heal and better humanity. She finds herself in a constant desire to learn, explore, and discover the many ways she can create, inspire, connect, and deliver. She feels incredibly enriched and grateful for her journey as an artist, and for all the people who have inspired her.

Allison Russell : Director / Storybook Theater / 'Summer At The Barn' Director

Allison Russell

Director / Storybook Theater / 'Summer At The Barn' Director

Allison Russell is THRILLED to be returning to Artbarn for her third year.  In addition to teaching, Allison is an actress in the Boston area, but she has found that instilling her passion of theatre into her students and watching them grow in confidence and understanding is her true calling. A graduate of Boston College, Allison has a B.A. in Theatre Arts as well as a degree in Business Management, and she hopes to return to school in the near future to pursue a Masters in Elementary Education. She is extremely grateful for Chloe and Matthew, who have not only created an incredible program for the kids, but have also established a fantastic work environment that keeps the teachers learning and growing alongside the students. Thank you both!

Steve Sarro : Music Director / Composer

Steve Sarro

Music Director / Composer

Steve Sarro joined the Artbarn family in 2013, and considers it one of the most fun and creatively rewarding experiences of his life. He currently music directs for the Field Mice, Duck Soup, and Rafters programs, and directs for Summer at the Barn. An alumni of Berklee School of Music, he is a pianist, guitarist, bassist, singer, and composer. He recently served as music director, keyboardist and background vocalist for WE’RE GONNA DIE (Company One & ART), and is a resident music director and instructor at ImprovBoston where he teaches musical improv and can regularly be seen music directing shows for their home and touring shows.

Sara Sexton : Choreographer

Sara Sexton

Choreographer

Sara is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance. After graduation Sara went on to perform as a dancer for various Dinner Theaters , co-coach a high school dance team, choreograph, and teach at various theatres and studios in Virginia, Florida, and Massachusetts. Sara's passion is teaching and choreographing for children of all ages. She is so pumped to be a part of the Artbarn community! WooWoo!

Hannah Shihdanian : Choreographer

Hannah Shihdanian

Choreographer

This is Hannah's third season with Duck Soup!  After graduating with a degree in Theatre from The University of Vermont, she traveled to Italy to study Commedia dell'arte with an Italian company.  She is the Resident Choreographer for Wellesley Theatre Project, as well as an actor, director, and Zumba instructor! Past and current credits include, The Donkey Show (A.R.T. with Diane Paulus), Acoustica Electronica (ToUch Performance Art), Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (Club Oberon), A Chorus Line (Reagle Music Theatre with Lorenzo Lamas), Annie (Reagle, with Sally Struthers), West Side Story (Turtle Lane), Godspell (Turtle Lane), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Emerson Umbrella).