Theater Alive teaches a wide variety of disciplines including acting, voice, movement, and stage presence. The program welcomes back Courtney Stevens in her previous role as Theater Alive Stage Manager and “new” faces to the program: Meija Eller as Director, Kathleen Berger as Music Director and Paul Pedersen as Choreographer.
Eller’s acting credits include Marcy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chloe Coverly in Arcadia and The March Hare in TheaterWorks’ own Curiouser & Curiouser Too. Her directing credits include Willy Wonka Jr., Frozen Jr., and Junie B Jones Jr., among others.
Berger, a longtime Valley performer with more than ten years in children’s theater, has been seen in roles such as Margaret White (Carrie), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Domina (A Funny Thing Happened…Forum), and Mrs. Corry/Miss Andrew (Mary Poppins). She has performed internationally as an operatic soprano as Violetta (La traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), among others.
Pedersen, in addition to having taught at multiple dance studios in the valley, has danced and choreographed for locally-based entertainers performing his work on stages throughout the country. As a choreographer, his work has appeared in valley-wide productions such as All Shook Up, The Full Monty, Theater Works’ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the latter two productions earning ariZoni awards for Choreography.
Stevens is a 2015 University of Arizona graduate with a degree in Stage Management. During the past six years, she stage managed more than 20 productions in Theater Works programs, including three previous years with Kids Alive, now Theater Alive Kids.