MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS.
Young Performer's Academy's amazing teaching staff is comprised of professional directors, actors, choreographers-all turned educators who love what they do and are passionate about inspiring the next generation of performers! They hope to be a positive force in your child’s education and will always strive to provide a safe creative space for them to learn and grow.
KATIE BEHREND BERG, Director of Education
Katie Behrend Berg is the Director of Education and Marketing for Lake Coutnry Playhouse. She trained in voice, acting and dance in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in Theatre and Business. Katie has been performing since 2000 with local groups including Waukesha Civic Theater, Lake Country Playhouse, Theatre on Main, Accent on Dance, To The Point, and The Arrowhead High School Broadway Company. Katie also teaches voice and acting privately, and is passionate about educating the next generation of young artists, helping them build important life skills through their involvement in the arts.
KATIE BOGIE, Co-Choreographer
Katie Bogie has been involved in Theatre for over 5 years both on and off stage. While usually she is dancing and singing along with her fellow actors on-stage, this year she took in the role of Assistant Choreographer! Over the years, she has participated in Into The Woods, Alice in Wonderland, Legally Blonde, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, and Cinderella. She is very excited to have been able to work with the cast of Shrek Jr. this summer and hopes everyone enjoys the show!
BIZZIE BRAUN, Director & Choreographer
Bizzie Braun is ecstatic to be returning to Lake Country Playhouse. Bizzie has been choreographing children's workshop productions for the past four summers and is very excited to also take on a director's role this year period. She absolutely adores working with all the kiddos and helping them develop as strong young actors and individuals. A graduate of Arrowhead High School and alum of the Broadway Company, Bizzie grew up in the world of dance, training for over nine years with the Milwaukee Ballet School. Currently she is studying psychology and theology at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
EMILY KITTELL, Rehearsal Accompanist
KATHRYN RAE MOOERS, Teaching Artist & Technical Director
VANESSA SCHROEDER-WEBER, Rehearsal Accompanist
Vanessa Schroeder-Weber is thrilled to be part of the education team at Lake Country Playhouse as a music director. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music Theatre at Carthage College in 2009, received a Wisconsin DPI teaching certification from Cardinal Stritch in 2014, and will be receiving a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from UW-Milwaukee in 2018. She has music directed, choreographed, and stage directed various student and professional productions in the Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois area since 2009. Along with being on the production side, Vanessa also continues to perform on stage. She looks forward to spreading her love of music and acting to a younger generation of aspiring artists.
COLLEEN SCHULTZ, Teaching Artist & Director
This is Colleen's first season with Lake Country Playhouse and she is just thrilled to share her love of theatre with these kids! Born and raised here in Wisconsin, Colleen grew up performing. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. An actor, singer, dancer turned teacher, Colleen is currently seeking her Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literature at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Colleen is a teaching artist with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and First Stage, as well as a bartender for the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Most recently seen in Hair (Sheila), she continues to perform when time allows. "Anything you do, let it come from you."
ABBEY PITCHFORD SOURS, Assistant Teaching Artist & Workshop Aide
Abbey Pitchford Sours is the thrilled to be joining the LCP Summer Academy this summer! Abbey grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, Missouri, but has made the Milwaukee-area her new home. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in management. Abbey has regularly worked as a stage manager and actor with Milwaukee-area companies since 2012. When Abbey isn't working in theatre she is singing with a local classic rock/80's cover band in Milwaukee, and preparing for her professional residency in the fall. Abbey wants to use her experience to encourage young artists to create intentionally and to work with integrity. Our art continuously encourages empathy and influences our community.
TAMMY TISSICINO, Rehearsal Accompanist
Tammy loves being a part of the LCP family! She has played for many shows at LCP, including Bonnie and Clyde, Shrek, Parade, Assassins, and Young Frankenstein. Tammy is a piano teacher, an accompaniest, and plays piano at Spring Creek Church. She has two grown-up kids, Nicholas and Libby.
JAKE KOCH, Technical & Production Intern
Jake Koch is thrilled to return to LCP for his second year stage managing the summer children's theater! Jake has been performing at LCP for 3 years, he has been seen in such productions as Assassins, Shrek the Musical, Parade, and this summer's 1776. He has also stage managed many productions here at the playhouse like, Shrek the Musical, Urinetown, and tick, tick... BOOM! When not working at the playhouse, Jake is in Milwaukee performing at First Stage. You may have seen him in, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown Christmas, or Goosebumps. This fall Jake will be in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Jake would like thank Katie, Kathryn, and Colleen for this wonderful opportunity!
LILY ROTT, Workshop Intern
Lily Rott is 15 years old and will be attending Oconomowoc High School in the fall. She is so excited to be back at the Playhouse and have the wonderful opportunity to work as an intern. When Lily is not helping out behind the scenes she is on the stage performing. She was previously seen as the Witch in last years summer workshop, Into the Woods Jr. Some of her other favorite shows include Shrek, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Alice in Wonderland. Her other hobbies include Basketball, Track, and hanging out with friends. Lily would like to thank her parents for all the support and commutes as well as the teachers at LCP who have taught her all she knows. Let your freak flag fly, and enjoy the show!