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.
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.