Wellesley Theatre Project's Cast of Characters are made up of Teaching Artists- theatre professionals and degreed educators; along with experts in theatre operations, design and technical direction.
With decades of experience on stage and behind the scenes, our talented and friendly teachers will provide exceptional instruction, and win over students with their infectious enthusiasm and clear direction.
WTP has a growing and committed board of directors who volunteer their expertise in financing, fund development, marketing and theatre management.
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With a BA in Theatre from University of Central Florida, Hillary has a decade of experience working professionally as a teaching artist, director, producer, and youth theatre program director in Colorado and Florida. In these capacities, Hillary took a leadership role in her community as an arts advocate and was instrumental in growing existing programs both artistically and administratively. Her work with community outreach, marketing efforts and grant preparation, was critical to both the organizational impact on the community, but also its ability to be sustainable.
Hillary began her love for theatre at the age of three. Knowing the positive impact it brought into her life, her passions grew into a desire to share this art and her skills with the next generation. Hillary is very excited to begin a new journey at WTP, and becoming a part of the Wellesley Community.
“I believe that the theatre arts further one’s character, understanding, and growth as an individual. My goal as an educator is to inspire students to create, explore, think critically, have an understanding of what’s going on around them and enjoy every minute of it!”
For over 20 years, Ben has worked in all aspects of the theatre as a performer, director, designer, technician, carpenter, and youth educator. Ben attended Florida School of the Arts majoring in Acting and pursuing his Associate in Science degree. Later, he formally expanded his knowledge in Technical Direction with a B.F.A. from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
As a performer, Ben grew into such roles as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Cervantes/Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Harold Hill (The Music man), James Leeds (Children of a Lesser God - Best Actor, SETC 2007), and the title role in Shakespeare's Macbeth (Best Actor, District V Thespians 2007). Ben was honored to be a part of the nationally cast World Premiere of RAGTIME: School Edition, and featured on the Original Cast Recording of that production.
Ben worked professionally in Orlando as a stunt performer at Universal Studios Orlando as well as an actor with regional houses such as Florida Children's Repertory Theatre, Orlando Rep, and Mad Cow Theatre. As a child of educators, Ben followed his own desire and dream to teach.
Ben began by working with high school students as a technical design consultant. Then, he directed and taught both youth and adults through performance camps, classes and productions with various Orlando organizations. Ben furthered his practical experience with the commercial technical side of the performing arts while working with PRG. Ben co-founded Wellesley Theatre Project to pursue his passion for teaching and he looks forward to training the next generation of artists. www.benjamindrush.com
"Life is all about choices, and so is art. By playing a character, creating a dance, or designing a world; an artist can and will affect themselves as well as others. My goal is to allow our students to take ownership over the art and the world it exists in. By doing so, they hone a craft and learn valuable life skills- all while gaining the courage to find their voice, make their choice, as a Citizen Artist."
Hannah found her love for the theatre at the age of three when she would introduce herself to strangers as “Dorothy” after her favorite character in the ruby red slippers. With a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont (2010), she has established herself as a Choreographer/Director, Actor, and Zumba Instructor! She is an employee of the American Repertory Theater and has worked with various other Boston companies. Hannah has studied Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Latin Dance for 11 years. After undergrad, Hannah traveled to Rome to study Commedia dell'arte, and performed in an orginal piece in front of an Italian audience. Learning about other cultures through theatre and teaching others is why she is so passionate about her craft. She is currently choreographing a production of La Cage Aux Folles at The Umbrella in Concord, which debuts in April 2015!
Her professional credits include, The Donkey Show (A.R.T. Diane Paulus), Acoustica Electronica (ToUch Performance Art), Sexyback: Or What You Will (ToUch), Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera (Club Oberon), A Chorus Line (Reagle Music Theatre with Lorenzo Lamas), Beauty and the Beast (Reagle Music Theatre), Joseph and the ...(Reagle Music Theatre), Annie (Reagle Music Theatre with Sally Struthers), Jesus Christ Superstar (Emerson Umbrella), Godspell (Turtle Lane Playhouse), West Side Story (Turtle Lane Playhouse), Guys and Dolls (Woodland Theatre Company), Cabaret (Woodland Theatre Company), Legally Blonde (Colonial Chorus Players).
Hannah has been with WTP since the very beginning. She feels so fortunate to come to work everyday doing something she loves to do with a great group of kids!