FACULTY BIOS 2014-2015


Dawn LovelandDAWN LOVELAND is the Director of Education at Playhouse on Park.  Aside from teaching their classes for grades K-8, she has directed of their several shows for young audiences, including GOODNIGHT MOON, GO, DOG. GO!, HOMEROOM, and IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE.  Dawn’s additional credits in arts education include teaching, directing, choreographing, and stage managing.  Locations include Surflight Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, The Bridge Family Center, Kingswood Oxford School, Hebrew High School of New England, Asylum Hill Learning Center, Middleground Theatre, Camp Acting Manitou, and The Hartt School Community Division.  Dawn is a graduate of Middlebury College with a B.A. in theatre, focused on directing.

is excited to be teaching theater for kindergarten-second grade at Playhouse on Park. Katie studied Acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and performed in, as well as produced, many Off-Off-Broadway shows during her time in NYC. She also designed and taught an after school acting class for several years at P.S.116 in Manhattan. Katie has directed her students in several original plays, each play unique to that semester's group. Katie has also taught theater after school at Smith STEM School here in West Hartford where her son attends. She's currently pursuing her master's in Early Childhood Education and loves being immersed in the early childhood world here at the playhouse, with her family, and in her studies.

is an actor, director and teaching artist. She has traveled the country as a touring actor with Hampstead Stage Company, performing everywhere from rural Montana to New York City. During her time with Hampstead, Amanda served as the company's Associate Artistic Director and had the honor of directing several of their summer mainstage and nationally touring productions including A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Currently, she is a guest artist and director at the University of Hartford where she most recently directed SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR. A passionate educator of all ages, Amanda has recently worked with the Arts Literacy Program through Hartford Performs, the Long Wharf Theatre's Educators' Laboratory, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and Arts in Reach and Majestic Theatre in New Hampshire. She is a proud member of DirectorsLabChicago and an alumna of the O'Neill National Theater Institute.

is a West Hartford native currently based in New York City pursuing a career in musical theatre. She is a graduate of Skidmore college with a degree in music and education. As an actor Hillary has been a part of the national touring productions of RAMONA QUIMBY and CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! and most recently performed in NYC as Angelina in ANGELINA BALLERINA A VERY MERRY HOLIDAY MUSICAL. She has been seen many times on the Playhouse stage including: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, COMPANY, SWINGING ON A STAR, I THINK I CAN, and with STOP/TIME DANCE THEATRE. She has taught for West Hartford Public schools as well as various theatre and science programs around CT. When not performing, Hillary is a movement and gymnastics coach in NYC! www.hillaryekwall.com

an accomplished educator, director, choreographer, actor, and dancer, has performed regionally, and internationally, including a successful concert tour of Australia.  She holds an A.A. degree in Music, Theatre, and dance, along with a Master of Education degree from UCONN in elementary education.  In addition to teaching 2nd grade at Wolcott School in West Hartford, Linda founded a children’s dance company, and was faculty at the HARTT School of Music and Hartford Ballet instructing tap. Linda is co-producer and founder of Hot Music, now in its 4th year, creating original Broadway reviews to benefit Manchester area ministries.  She leads worship at Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, is a featured vocalist in TCC’s annual Christmas Musical for the past 15 years, and sings with PLT! – a contemporary Christian Women’s quartet.  Choreography credits include 42nd STREET, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS..., DAMN YANKEES, CAROUSEL, and many more. 


SEAN HARRIS (Artistic Director) is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Playhouse on Park, where he has directed OF MICE AND MEN, METAMORPHOSES, and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, and CABARET among others. Other recent regional directing credits include THE LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC and ANOTHER AUGUST for Fifth Letter Productions and ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Western CT State University.  As an actor he has performed on the POP stage in THE COMPLET WKS OF WILLM SHAKSPERE (ABRIDGED), ART, and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP.  Regional Theatres include: Florida Studio Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.  NYC Theatres include: The Actors Studio, Circle in the Square Downtown, Bank Street Theatre, Theatre at Westbeth, 29th Street Rep, Playhouse 22.  Sean has his BA in Acting and Directing from DeSales University and an MFA from the New School for Drama/Actors Studio. He has been an acting teacher and director for over twelve years and is currently the Director of Theatre at Hall High School in West Hartford, which has been selected as one of the top 40 High School theatre programs in North America by the American High School Theatre Festival and invited to perform in Edinburgh Scotland three of the past four years.


Claire ZickCLAIRE ZICK moved to West Hartford from Seattle where she was an ensemble member at Unexpected Productions, Seattle's first and most reputable improv theater company. She performed weekly in Seattle Theatresports™ and long-form shows such as Harold, Spoken, Blank Slate, Fakespeare, The Melanie Game, Campfire, A(n) Improvised Christmas Carol , Black Eyed Blonde, Impressionistic Horror, and improvised versions of movie genres. She was also the Assistant Artistic Director and only female member of Sisters of Sal, a long-form improvisational comedy troupe that won Seattle CageMatch and performed with Ryan Stiles. She has studied improv at Unexpected Productions, Magnet Theater, and UCB Theatre. Her instructors have included Randy Dixon, Matt Smith, Jill Farris, Armando Diaz, Christian Capozzoli, Keith Johnstone and Mick Napier. Locally she has been seen in Vanities , Isn't it Romantic, Arsenic and Old Lace and Lend Me a Tenor as well as other scripted and improv productions in theaters around the state.



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