Matthew Kossack

Matthew Kossack

Executive Co-Director

Matthew Kossack

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

Chloe Lara-Russack

Executive Co-Director

Chloe Lara-Russack

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.

Jackie Borck

Jackie Borck

Founding Director

Jackie Borck

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.

Adam Brooks

Adam Brooks

Music Director

Adam Brooks

Adam Brooks

Music Director

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. Never stop playing.

Laura Cohen

Business Manager

Laura Cohen

Business Manager

Rebecca Elowe

Director / Storybook Theater

Rebecca Elowe

Director / Storybook Theater

Rebecca Elowe is a drama educator, actor, and musician from Chicago. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre and a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences. In Chicago, Rebecca taught drama workshops at Lifeline Theatre and sensory-friendly fine arts classes with Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Camp Red Kite program, and she could not be more excited to be exploring stories with the Sprouts this year! Rebecca also works with Watertown Children’s Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, and The Advent School’s After School Program.

Melissa Ennulat

Melissa Ennulat

Designer / Choreographer

Melissa Ennulat

Melissa Ennulat

Designer / Choreographer

Melissa Ennulat is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  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).

Florrie Ives

Designer

Florrie Ives

Designer

Florrie Ives is an artist with a Masters degree in Art Education from the University of Georgia. For 10 years she taught elementary art in the public schools in both Atlanta, GA and Chelsea, MA.  Florrie lives in Brookline with her husband Joel, their three children and dog, Pancakes.  She currently teaches after-school art classes at the Lawrence School and is delighted to also be a part of the Artbarn team!

Jeff Kimball

Music Director

Jeff Kimball

Music Director

Jeff Kimball is a music director, performer, and improviser, and joined the Artbarn family in 2018. He’s active in community theatre, and is a resident music director and instructor at ImprovBoston. If you play your cards right, you might see him playing banjo and accordion un-ironically in public. To find out what inadvisable adventures Jeff is up to, check out jeffkimballmusic.com

Taylor Kirkwood

Taylor Kirkwood

Music Director

Taylor Kirkwood

Taylor Kirkwood

Music Director

Taylor Kirkwood is a passionate Boston based Musical Theatre Music Director, educator, pianist and composer. Taylor has MD’d for Stoneham theatre (now Greater Boston Stage Company), Boston Theatre Company, Watertown Children’s Theatre, The Driscoll School’s annual play, UMass Dartmouth’s Theatre company 20centFiction, and The Umbrella Theater, to name a few. Taylor has MD’d more than 60+ shows for Artbarn Community Theatre, where he’s had the pleasure of working with the Barncats Ensemble, Out of the Box Productions, Duck Soup Troupe, Traveling Geese Touring Co., Winterstock, and the Summer at the Barn Lower Barn ensemble. Taylor also has his own private piano lesson practice, plays the organ for the Pilgrim congregational Church in North Weymouth, where he also serves as a music director and choir director. “I love this company and what we stand for! So happy to be here and always looking ahead to how we can help each young actor grow and take risks in a safe supportive environment. We make it a priority to ensure every actor is seen and making their own individual contributions to the process, and has the best experience possible. Artbarn is a magical program that really knows how to encourage young actors to explore their own creativity in safe space.”

Adina Kruskal

Music Director

Adina Kruskal

Music Director

Adina Kruskal is a writer, composer, and music director from Newton, MA. She graduated in 2019 after studying at Skidmore College and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She loves teaching music to actors of all ages and experience levels, having worked on everything from children’s theater to the Late-Night Cabaret series at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her first full-length musical, Unison, premiered in 2019 at the Chicago Musical Theater Festival. You can find more info about Adina and her work atwww.adinakruskal.com.

MacMillan Leslie

Director

MacMillan Leslie joined the Artbarn family in 2016, and it is one of the most fun and inspiring opportunities he has ever had. He currently assistant directs for Field Mice and Duck Soup Winterstock. An alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he is a director, actor, improvisor, and performance coach. He has performed all over the greater Boston area with fringe and equity companies. He can be seen consistently performing with Catalyst Comedy in B.U.M.P an hour long fully improvised musical.

Katherine Logan

Choreographer

Katherine Logan

Choreographer

Katherine Logan is a Boston-based actor, writer, and educator who is so honored and excited to be a part of the Artbarn family! She graduated from Emerson College in 2018 with a BFA in Theatre & Performance and a passion for using creative spaces to empower young people. Most recently, she served as the resident teaching artist and music director for the Palace Youth Theatre program in Manchester, NH. Nowadays, she is proud to serve as a choreographer at Artbarn and as a teaching artist at Watertown Children’s Theatre. Outside of her work in education, Katherine is an actor, a produced playwright, and a poet. She also enjoys knitting, petting dogs, and singing along to Carole King. You can learn more about her and her work at www.katherine-logan.com.

Katie Madden

Katelyn Madden

Choreographer

Katie Madden

Katelyn Madden

Choreographer

Katie is so excited to be joining the Artbarn team! 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.

Olivia Painchaud

Designer / Storybook Theater

Olivia Painchaud

Designer / Storybook Theater

A recent graduate of Boston College with a degree in Theater, Olivia is delighted to be joining the Artbarn season staff. She served as the Technical Director for Summer At The Barn in 2018 and was the Director for Upper Barn in the summer of 2019. Olivia is currently a Technical Director for Field Mice and a co-teacher for Sprouts. At Boston College, Olivia was assistant director on a production of Pride and Prejudice as well as stage-managed four full productions over her four years. She also directed musicals at the Pierce School for two years. Olivia is excited about this opportunity to work with the other amazing members of the Artbarn staff as well as the brilliant and creative children that are part of the community.

Katrina Pavao

Choreographer

Katrina Pavao

Choreographer

Katrina Z Pavao is a recent graduate from the MFA Musical Theatre Program at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and has been working as a local actor in the city for the past three years. She has been choreographing for over 10 years in the RI and MA areas. She is thrilled to work with the Artbarn community and all the wonderful students and faculty involved. Katrina has worked with all age groups and truly believes in bringing out the strongest and most confident parts of each student into her work. www.katrinazpavao.com.

Euridice Rivas

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. www.euridicerivas.com

Brit Reese

Choreographer

Brit Reese

Choreographer

Brit Reese is a Boston-based creative with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Dance from Belmont University. She has also participated in the Powerhouse Apprenticeship Program and done workshops with Frantic Assembly and RADA. She has studied dance and choreography in various cities, including London and New York. These experiences have led Brit to find a strength and passion for performance and choreography in movement theatre. Recent credits include Picnic at Hanging Rock (Sara), originating the role of Ismene in Antigone by Ara Vito, and Lungs (W). She is thrilled to join the Artbarn family!

Meghan Rose

Choreographer

Meghan Rose

Choreographer

Meghan Rose is a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer who is over-the-moon to be part of the Artbarn team. She performed in the Broadway National Tour of Annie as the Star To Be and Lily St. Regis, and can be seen on TV in Law and Order: SVU, CBS’ Elementary and Hulu’s The Path. With 15 years of dance training and a BFA from The University of the Arts, Meghan loves creating expressive choreography for kids. When not teaching or performing, she speaks at schools and non-profits about building confidence, being different, and finding positivity. She recently moved from New York City to Wayland and is so very happy to be home!

Allison Russell

Allison Russell

'Summer At The Barn' Director

Allison Russell

Allison Russell

'Summer At The Barn' Director

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

Steve Sarro

Music Director

Steve Sarro

Steve Sarro

Music Director

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.

Hannah Shihdanian

Hannah Shihdanian

Choreographer

Hannah Shihdanian

Hannah Shihdanian

Choreographer

Daniel Forrest Sullivan

Designer

Set designer, costume designer, choreographer and director, Daniel’s work has been seen on the stages of numerous Boston-area theaters and a couple high schools. Holding a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, he has worked onstage and backstage with companies such as Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Moonbox Productions, and Goodspeed Opera House. He is also currently the Artistic Director of Weston Friendly Society and choreographer for Lasell College.

Alissa Voth

Music Director

Alissa Voth

Music Director

Alissa Voth is a Boston based composer, performer, and music educator. She graduated with her masters of music from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she was the 2019 recipient of the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award. She is soprano with the Nightingale vocal ensemble and a co-founder and composer in residence with Sparkhaven theater company, with whom she has premiered two theatrical productions, “Nosferatu” and “The Wrath of the Swampy Thing.” She is also a teaching artist with VSA Mass where she facilitates music classes for students with disabilities at Charlestown High School.

Alyssa Weathersby

Choreographer

Alyssa Weathersby

Choreographer

Alyssa is a Boston-based performer who teaches healthy vocal technique when she isn’t choreographing. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston and was recently awarded her MM in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music. Recent roles include Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Morgana in Alcina with Opera del West, Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, and Fury 1 in New England Conservatory’s workshop production of REV. 23 in conjunction with Cerise Jacob’s White Snake Projects. With intensive study in ballet, jazz, and ballroom dance styles, Alyssa has taught at dance studios and in college seminars, and has choreographed for universities, festivals, and galas.