OUR MISSION:  Serving Scottsdale and surrounding communities, Greasepaint Youtheatre programming is designed to develop the life skills and aesthetic knowledge that Youth will carry with them both as Artists and Audiences of Tomorrow.  Our mission is to provide unique and compelling theatre experiences that educate and challenge young people to stretch the boundaries of imagination and awareness and achieve a positive sense of self. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY:  Greasepaint Youtheatre's philosophy is to provide child-centered programming, founded in arts curriculum and national standards for the performing arts. This professionally-designed programming, taught by expert teaching artists, creates an environment which provides a safe and open forum for each student interested in experiencing the Arts to personally explore new and exciting forms, while at the same time, building life skills they will display in the community.

OUR PROGRAMS:  Each program will have a purpose, a focus, and serve the community as a whole, while also providing Greasepaint with a population of eager and talented student-performers who will demonstrate those skills by helping create a piece of live theatre.


Producing Artistic Director
Maureen Dias-Watson

7020 E. 2nd Street,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 949-7529

Board of Directors:

Maureen Dias-Watson, Producing Artistic Director

Anna Lock, President

Anna Lock, Vice President

Anna graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BA in Education. She taught middle school at the Tesseract School in Paradise Valley and has designed and led many creative writing workshops at various schools in the valley.

Anna is currently enjoying her time at home with her two wonderful children, Berkeley and Reno, both happy "Greasepaint kids". Anna is currently serving as Greasepaint's Volunteer Coordinator, a job she loves and looks forward to continuing next season!

Ellon Spear, Vice President

Tracy Bailey, Treasurer

Tracy Bailey, President

Tracy joined Greasepaint's Board of Directors during the 2010-11 Season. Tracy has 12 years experience in nonprofit management, marketing, communications and event planning. She has served the nonprofit community in a variety of roles such as Director of Development for BASIS Schools Inc., program Coordinator for the Joe Foss Institute and Director of Communications at the Dream Foundation.

She is currently doing freelance work in communications and design and spending as much time as possible at Greasepaint Youtheatre.

Tracy received her bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara and spent the following five years performing in Los Angeles and working as a Production Coordinator at Universal Studios Hollywood. Tracy enjoys acting, directing and writing for theatre and other creative projects.

Roxanne Smyer, Secretary

Kristen Stewart

Penny Dyer, PhD

Penny Dyer, PhD
Penny Dyer, PhD

Penny Dyer is the founder and director of University by Design. She coaches high school students through the application and essay process using insider information to help them get into the university of their dreams! Dr. Dyer is an author, curriculum writer, and professional educator, who has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels, including the University of California Berkeley, California State University Fresno, and currently ASU. She worked for major educational publishers and technology companies, including Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, and Apple Computer. Dr. Dyer has a life-long commitment to improving education for middle school, high school, and university students. 

Dr. Mary Karlsson

Dr. Mary Karlsson
Dr. Mary Riordan Karlsson

Mary has over twenty years experience as a teacher, reading specialist, curriculum developer, researcher, technology coordinator, educational technology specialist, television host, and author. She began her career teaching kindergarten through eighth grade in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area and Silicone Valley. She received her B.A from Boston College and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from University of California, Berkeley.

As owner of Karlsson Consulting she has provided educational consulting services to school districts, state departments, ministries of education and high tech companies nationally and internationally. She has sat on many advisory boards for various companies and nonprofit entities.

Dr. Riordan Karlsson has presented at national and international education and technology conferences. She has published in the National Reading Conference Yearbook and authored many professional books, which are used in classrooms nationwide, including one for the International Reading Association.

Lance Ross

Pam Kirby

Advisory Board:

Kurt Bloeser

Dr. Anne Marie Cosijns

Christine & Luis Gonzalez

Lance Ross

Dr. Henri Sanel

Heidi Scott

Shannon & Chip Scutari

Barry Smith

Ellon & Scott Spear

In Memory of our supporter, friend and fellow board member, David Strang:

David passed in 2012. In addition to Greasepaint, he was active in community affairs. He served on the City of Tempe Transportation Commission and was a board member for the Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau. David served on boards for Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Tempe Community Council and the Tempe Human Relations Commission.

Along with Greasepaint, David and his wife, Ellie supported the Arizona Theater Company, Arizona Opera and Childsplay. All of us at Greasepaint will miss David and his wonderful work on behalf of the young people of our community.