Who teaches the classes?
Courtenay Harrington-Bailey-Founding Director/Lead Teacher-Courtenay is a transplant from New York City where she worked as a professional actress for many years. A member of Actor's Equity Association, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theatre Arts and has performed professionally for audiences across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Most recently (February 2012) she co-wrote and performed the play "Death-it Happens" as part of the NYC Frigid Festival which won the audience choice award. A Mother of two, Courtenay has enjoyed teaching kids of all ages since arriving on Cape Cod in 2005. In addition to teaching Dramafun, Courtenay is on the faculty of The Bridgeview Montessori School in Sagamore teaching music, movement, and drama . She can also be found teaching the popular music and movement program "Music Together" at various locations on Cape Cod.
Meghan Andrews-Resident Choreographer-Meghan grew up on Nantucket, Massachusetts and began her dance training with Giovanna LaPaglia. At age 16 she went to the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Ct. She danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, and Northern Ballet Theater. She has guest taught with the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans and Metrowest Ballet.
Melinda S. Gallant-Improv for Adults-Melinda is a director and comedic actor. She is a long time Cape performer and director. She has directed numerous plays, dinner theaters, and variety shows all around Cape Cod in addition to writing, directing, and performing her one-woman show. She is known for her comedic sense of timing. Melinda is a graduate of Improv Asylum Training School in Boston.
Susan Mendoza Friedman has over 35 years of dance experience as a choreographer, dancer, performer, and teacher. She received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Movement for Children from Wheelock College, Boston. Susan taught for the Barnstable Public Schools from 1978-1986 teaching grades K-2. She was also responsible for initiating many after-school dance/fit programs. In 1978 Susan developed and implemented the first dance program for the Barnstable Park and Recreation summer program. This program has continued to thrive, servicing hundreds of young dancers since its inception.
Chris Bailey-Resident Vocal Coach, private voice instruction-Prior to moving to Cape Cod Chris was an actor and singer in New York City. He sang and performed on Broadway as well as national and international touring productions, major regional companies, summer stock, rock bands, a cappella groups and more. He borrows his vocal technique and teaching style from Broadway veteran Ed Dixon.
Susan has been teaching dance on Cape Cod since 1985. She was an original member of the Summer Dance Theatre of Falmouth, which performed locally, regionally, and in New York City. She was selected to assume the role of Regional Director for National Dance Week in 1998 and served as coordinator of all NDW events in the Southeastern Massachusetts until 2006. She is the founding member of Dancing For A Cure, which raises thousands of dollars each year for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Susan was the owner and director of Dance Designs, Hyannis from 1988-2012 where she touched the lives of thousands of youngsters through her unique style of dance education. Susan currently teaches children and adults at various locations throughout Cape Cod.
Cathy Lemay-Creative Drama III teacher-(Winter session on Wednesdays) Cathy, a native of New York City, has been a teacher for the Sandwich Public School system for 25 years. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a a focus on Creative Arts in Learning. Cathy is a Board member with the Falmouth Theatre Guild where she can regularly be seen on stage, back stage, working concessions, or selling tickets at the box office. She also helps direct the Wing School Drama Club. Cathy lives in Falmouth with her husband and two musical children, Molly a freshman at Adelphi University in NY, and Chris a junior jazz and chamber musician at Falmouth High School.
Where are classes held?
Dramafun! classes are currently held at 6A Studios which is located at 24 Route 6A in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Our studio is a large, bright, open space that lends itself well to the active nature of our classes. On the "sharing" days for our youngest performers we transform the space to look more like a theatre. Our older students who are enrolled in performance troupes perform at a variety of local theaters.
In nice weather our students enjoy rehearsal breaks on our spacious deck.