With the exception of the Artistic Director, Greasepaint Youtheatre and the Scottsdale Community Players are proud to hire their production staff on a per-show basis. A fluid team of directors, choreographers, music directors, and set, lighting, and costume designers brings innovative approaches and allows for fresh experiences for actors and patrons alike.

 

2016-2017 Staff

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Maureen Dias-Watson, Producing Artistic Director As Greasepaint Executive & Artistic Director in 2005-2006, Maureen also worked as an actor and Resident Artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Childsplay and Valley elementary, middle and high schools.Dias studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and holds a BLS from Arizona State University.

She is a member of Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix where she directs and performs when time allows. Working with Greasepaint allows Maureen to work with the two things she values most: creative, inquisitive kids and good theatre.

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Rebecca Courtney, Stage Manager Rebecca is very excited to be a part of the Greasepaint family! She has been a part of Greasepaint's production of Into the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing, Oliver, Heathers: The Musical, "Honk, and many others. She started performing in shows throughout the valley in 2001 after moving to Scottsdale from Rockaway Beach, NY. Rebecca has worked as both an actor and a member of the tech and production crew. Her most recent work as an actor was in the production of Cabaret as Kit Kat girl Helga at Desert Stages. Some of her favorite roles include Louise Lerman in Ruthless, Rizzo in Grease (NYA winner), and Snow White in Into the Woods. Rebecca is a graduate from Arizona State and earned her BA in History with a minor Political Science. She hopes to have a future in media & politics. Rebecca would like to thank her family for their support. A very big shout out to GC and AJ, "Thank you for everything you taught me - you got me here!" "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."

 

 Directors

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Damon Bolling is thrilled to be directing 13! This marks Damon's directorial debut with Greasepaint Youth Theatre, having last performed here when he was 16, as Bernardo in West Side Story. Previous Directing credits include Dreamgirls at Desert Foothills Theatre (for which he won an ariZoni award) Stephen Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George with Fountain Hills Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre's The Wiz, and Phoenix Theatre's annual 24 hour theatre project. As a performer, Damon has performed on Broadway, across the country, and appeared in over 50 productions in the valley including Parade and Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown.

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Dale Nakagawa has a long and checkered past in the performing arts. He studied at Southern Oregon University, interned with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and toured the state of Hawaii numerous times as an actor with the Maui Academy of Performing Arts. He's since traveled much of the west coast as a itinerant artists working on several films and many theatrical productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland.

Since arriving in the Phoenix, Dale has worked as an actor, director, choreographer, designer and teacher with many local theatres and arts organizations but has come to consider Greasepaint to be his home and is very excited to continue to work with the growing talented and dynamic group of young emerging artists that thrive here.

Elizabeth Reynolds

Elizabeth Ashley Reynolds.  Beth is an arts administrator and musical theatre actress, director and choreographer whose love for the arts began as a young dancer in her hometown of West Palm Beach, FL. She also trained in New York at BDC with Frank Hatchett before making the transition from dance to musical theatre and theatre arts management. She earned BA in Journalism from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School with a minor in Dance. 

During her career, she has worked in professional theatres on both coasts, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Locally, Beth has held arts leadership roles at Greasepaint Youtheatre as Managing and Artistic Director; Phoenix Theatre as Director of Development, performer and Fosse dance instructor; and currently for Arts and Design at ASU as Associate Director of Development. She worked for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and is a member of Actors Equity Association

 

Music Directors

Curtis Moeller

Curtis Moeller's recent work includes MD/keys on Next To Normal with Nearly Naked Theatre, Heathers at both Stray Cat Theatre and Greasepaint, and Now. Here. This. with A/C Theatre. A frequent collaborator with SMTC, he has served as MD for their productions of My Fair Lady, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Hello Dolly!, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Producers. During his music direction Master's studies at ASU, he music directed Anything Goes and Children of Eden (Zoni nom). He spent much of this last summer working at Childsplay's summer academy.

 

Choreographers

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Tasha Spear spent fifteen years performing in Arizona youth theatre and is thrilled to be back this summer to choreograph 13. This fall, she will be a senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles, earning a degree in Critical Theory and Social Justice as well as Theatre. She spent last semester participating in the National Music Theatre Institute’s semester program at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in Connecticut, where she trained, performed, directed and choreographed. Tasha spent most of her high school career both choreographing and performing and has continued that through college. Some credits include Dear Edwina (Choreographer), 2012’s production of 13 (Choreographer), How to Succeed in Bussiness… (Rosemary), and Les Mis: School Edition (Eponine).

Emily Starrett

Emily Starrett. After obtaining degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University, Emily moved back to Phoenix to start teaching both education and dance. She has choreographed and danced in commercials for the Arizona State Fair and Fort McDowell Casino, choreographed wedding routines, and helped pilot a program that teaches dance to kids with autism. She teaches dance workshops of various styles around the Valley, including Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Heels, Popping and Locking, Breaking, Broadway, and Dance Fitness. She currently teaches at Chaparral High School, where she has been choreographing musical productions since 2011. She has also been choreographing musical theater production for Greasepaint Youth Theater where her choreography was nominated for a National Youth Award in 2015.


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