Education

The Intensive is a pre-professional training opportunity for artists 18 and older.  The Intensive’s instructors are nationally recognized leaders in the entertainment industry and is hosted at the White Heron’s state-of-the-art facility June 10 – 12.

This year’s Intensive curriculum will include audition scenarios and on-camera work, access to how casting and artist representation can help shape a career with a seasoned agent, information on website creation, managing social media, as well as other facets of the business aspect of the profession with actors who have worked on Broadway, the West End, HBO and other areas of the entertainment industry. The Intensive will also cover the navigation of different geographical markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and London.  

This summer’s instructors include:

Scotty Anderson, a New York based casting director from Avy Kaufman Casting who has worked with acclaimed filmmakers such as Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Reinaldo Marcus Green, James Ponsoldt, George C. Wolfe, and Steve Zaillain among others and on critically lauded TV series for Netflix, Apple Studios, Hulu, Showtime, FX and Paramount. On Broadway, Scotty has worked on productions of Les Misérables, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, and School of Rock, among many others. 

Remy Saint Denis, a talent agent in the New York office of Artists & Representatives agency, where he has worked for 10 years. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business. 

Joe Aaron Reid, an American actor, noted for originating the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. in London’s hit West End musical Dreamgirls, opposite Amber Riley (“Glee”). Reid most recently starred in the European premiere of Mark Gerrard’s play Steve (Seven Dials Playhouse). He also originated the role of Benny in the West End production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights. Before working in London, Joe was a resident of both New York City and Los Angeles. Broadway credits include Chicago, and the original casts of If/Then, Ghost, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow (revival), and Curtains. Television credits include “Smash,” “The Homemade Sketch Show,” “It Could Be Worse,” and “Robozuna.” 

Kelley Curran, who can currently be seen as Turner on HBO’s “The Gilded Age.”  Broadway: Present Laughter with Kevin Kline. Selected Off-Broadway: Mother of The Maid with Glenn Close (The Public Theater), The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), Dracula (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature Theatre), Sense & Sensibility (Bedlam), Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth Theatre Co), ‘Tis Pity… (Red Bull), and three seasons with The Acting Company. Regional: The Oresteia (World Premiere adaptation with Shakespeare Theatre Company). Film/TV: “The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot,” “The Gilded Age (HBO),” “The Blacklist (ABC).” Her honors include the Callaway Award, NTC Emerging Professional Award, Drama League, Helen Hayes, and Princess Grace Award Nominations. Curran trained at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. 

Andrew Burnap, a Tony Award winner who originated the role of Toby Darling in Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway (Tony Award, Clive Barnes Award), as well as at The Young Vic Theatre and at the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End. Prior theatre credits include Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Geffen Playhouse, the original production of Nicky Silver’s This Day Forward at The Vineyard Theatre, King Lear at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and the title role of “Troilus” in The Public Theater/NYSF production of Troilus & Cressida. Other theatre credits include productions at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, where he found his first professional home. His film work includes Snow White (upcoming), A Star Is Born, Spare Room, The Chaperone. Television credits include: “WeCrashed,” “Under the Banner of Heaven” (upcoming) “Younger,” “Instinct,” “The Code.” Andrew is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (BFA) and the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, where he earned his MFA and received the Herschel Williams Prize for Outstanding Ability in Acting. Andrew is also a member of the class of 2020 Forbes “30 under 30.” 

McCaela Donovan is an Elliot Norton and IRNE award-winning actress, arts executive and consultant, and has served as Associate Artistic Director and founding member of Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. She has performed Off-Broadway and in various regional theaters, including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls, SD. Donovan has worked and taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and for eight years served as Assistant Director of the BU School of Theatre, where she was head of Admissions and Recruitment for performance and taught in the areas of musical theatre and career opportunities. 

NANTUCKET MIXTAPE VOL. 6: EXPLORING SELFHOOD

Our Student Company Program – The Nantucket Mixtape

Being versatile and responsive to the diverse demands of the craft today means you are a strong actor, able to lean into demanding choreography, take initiative, have full understanding of classical and contemporary scripts and scores, and develop knowledge of the current professional standard throughout the industry. The White Heron Student Company allows young artists to be immersed in high level, personalized musical theatre training led by a skilled team of theater professionals of all backgrounds who work at top companies nationwide. 

The aim of Mixtape is to ensure that our students and alum are exposed to all of this plus the benefit of our team’s network. Long after summer ends, the Mixtape faculty will be there to help guide ambitious young theatre artists on their professional and personal aspirations. Furthermore, we strive to immerse the student company in a plethora of contemporary and classic musical theatre styles combined with a solid emphasis on current trends, from those on Broadway to those in the music scene off the stage. This year’s Mixtape theme excavates our company’s musicality and individuality as young artists. Register today for a summer which you will never forget!


The Late-Night Cabaret

Our student company members are automatically eligible to work side by side in collaboration with our faculty and professional mainstage artists as we host late night cabarets after performances of our student company and mainstage productions.

Support education and training at White Heron today!

White Heron’s Student Company relies on the generosity of friends, neighbors and patrons of the arts, like you, to help underwrite the cost of creating and producing unique theatrical Experiences for the community (including UnScripted talk-backs, Free tickets for Teachers & Students, and our Artist in Residence (A.I.R.) programs) along with our advanced level training for dedicated students who are interested in taking their skill-set to the next level. Please consider making a tax deductible gift today!

Our Vision

White Heron’s Student Company educational programming seeks to empower all students to use theatre as a tool for asking big questions about the world and their role in it. The Student Company also strives to provide students who are dedicated to theatrical pursuits access to the training and professional skill development that will transition them to the next step in their careers.

Led by a team of professional artists, and often designed in collaboration with other arts organizations and local non-profits, Student Company programs help students find their voice and celebrate their interconnectedness to each other and the community.

This creative process is powerful and transformative because it requires participants to embrace vulnerability, to make brave choices, and to find within themselves a willingness to speak up and really believe in what they have to say. These simple acts of self-discovery transform into an understanding and ownership of self-confidence. This confidence is then taken with them into the world and manifests in college interviews, positions of leadership, personal relationships, community commitment and in every arena of society.

Our goal at White Heron’s Student Company is to leave each student we work with feeling empowered, not only to explore, but to harness their limitless powers of creation to affect real change in their community and ultimately their world.

About
White Heron’s Student Company is thrilled to engage students and the community in the study of theatrical disciplines by providing access to local and nationally recognized professional artists and arts institutions.

In addition to providing theatre education intensives, White Heron and the Student Company are committed to bringing distinctive and diverse new plays to Nantucket; providing a space where artists are free to create, experiment, receive feedback from live audiences, and fine tune their work. This is the final phase in a new play’s development as it gains a foothold on the national stage.

White Heron Theatre Company and the Student Company are proud to play a role in the education and creation of new plays for the American Stage.

White Heron Theatre Company
As the founder and artistic director of the White Heron Theatre Company (WHTC), Lynne Bolton and executive director, Michael Kopko always knew that they wanted to find a way for their work to give back to the community. This idea became as central to White Heron’s mission as the dramatics.

In 2012, Lynne and Michael established the Nantucket Theatre Institute with the intention of one day providing a place for local and nationally recognized artists to develop their new works, while simultaneously offering the community access to the wealth of talent and training on the White Heron stage.

With the grand opening of the theater in the summer of 2016, the company was finally poised to pursue the expansion of its educational mission. In December of 2016, Tiffany Gallo joined the team as managing director of the Institute, now known as the Student Company, and focused on launching the inaugural summer season with Practical Intensives for students that, true to White Heron’s mission, related directly back to the work being produced on the WHTC main stage.

Tiffany broadened the educational opportunities for dedicated student and adult members of the community, through NTI’s A.I.R. (Artists-In-Residence) initiatives and Practical Intensives. These programs offer applicants the opportunity to expand their theatrical knowledge and proficiency, under the tutorage of accomplished artists and theatre educators.

By providing educational Intensives in the various disciplines of the performing arts, White Heron and the Student Company seek to enrich the creative and cultural life of our island community.

McCaela Donovan
Director of Training and Education

McCaela Donovan is an Elliot Norton and IRNE award-winning actress, arts executive and consultant, and has served as Associate Artistic Director and founding member of Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. She has performed Off-Broadway and in various regional theaters, including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls, SD. Donovan has worked and taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and for eight years served as Assistant Director of the BU School of Theatre, where she was head of Admissions and Recruitment for performance and taught in the areas of musical theatre and career opportunities. 

Jimmy Calitri
Creative Director of Educational Programming, Student Company

Jimmy Calitri (Director/ Actor) holds an A.D. in Studio Art and Design, a B.A. in Theater Performance, a B.A. in Art History and Design, and an M.F.A. in Performance in Society from Rhode Island College. He is a former adjunct faculty member and director in the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College Theatre Departments. Jimmy now holds the position of Managing Director of Theater/ Assistant Professor of Theater of Acting and Directing at Providence College. His recent acting credits include appearances in Miss Pixie’s Local Cable Access Holiday Extravaganza at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, URI’s musical productions, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee & Company by Stephen Sondheim, and Mambo Italiano, an alumni production at Rhode Island College. At URI Jimmy directed Boy Gets Girl and also served as an Assistant Director for Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, Little Women, and The Rocky Horror Show. In past seasons at Providence College Jimmy directed The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Lend Me a Tenor (which was nominated for two Motif Magazine awards for Best Director and Best Production for 2012), Curtains: The Musical, What Dreams May Come, The Addams Family, and Into the Woods. Jimmy also directed A Lie of the Mind and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Perishable Theater the latter was named ‘Best of Theater in 2010’ by The Phoenix Newspaper and ‘Best Professional Production of 2010‘ by Motif Magazine. Favorite past directing jobs include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Miss Julie, The Taming of the Shrew, and A-MIRROR-CA: A Critical Burlesque on America’s Media-Driven Culture, which was recently revived at RIC and received multiple awards at the KCACTF National acting competition in Washington DC including Best Conception of an Original Work, Best Playwriting, and Best Ensemble. It also earned a performance slot this spring at the Hyannis Region One Festival for the KCACTF national acting competition. In past summer seasons at ‘Festival 56’ (outside of Chicago in Princeton Illinois) Jimmy directed Songs for a New World, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor dream-coat, White Christmas, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Seussical the Musical. Jimmy directed The Miracle Worker at Rhode Island College which was revived in Plymouth MA in condensed form at an International Fundraiser honoring Helen Keller, and The Wiz at The Narragansett Pier Middle School which was recently awarded the ’Moss Hart’ award for ’Best Youth Production’ in New England. For the past four years Jimmy has served as a director and teacher of theatre arts at The Dreamland in Nantucket where he directed Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, Dreams of a New Year Cabaret, Shrek and The Wizard of Oz. Jimmy directed Assassins the Musical last year at the Contemporary Theatre which was nominated for best Musical of 2016 by Motif Magazine. Last summer Jimmy was hired by Ten31 Productions to direct a musical touring production of Alice in Wonderland, scheduled to travel to Dubai and throughout New England. Ten31’s production of Alice in Wonderland was revived in August of 2016 and again in January of 2017. Jimmy also wrote the adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for Ten31. Jimmy recently finished directing the national college premiere of Something Rotten: A Very New Musical at Providence College. Currently Jimmy is working on a production of Violet: The Musical at Providence College. This summer Jimmy will head to Nantucket Island to direct Carrie: The Musical and Mixtape: Volume V for The White Heron Student Company.

Area(s) of Expertise:
Directing, Playwriting, Theater for Social Change, Acting and Musical Theater Performance

Joe Short
Assistant Creative Director White Heron Educational Programming

Joe is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has performed in numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Joe was a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence , RI. He has also directed both professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company. Joe has taught acting at numerous universities in the area, and has been an instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island since 2010. He worked in the production support capacity for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and as production manager of the Gloucester Stage Company, a 176-seat professional theater in Gloucester, MA, since 2013. Joe earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. He lives in Boston with his wife, McCaela, and enjoys travelling (far and often is best!), hiking in the Berkshires, and woodworking in his free-time.

Recent acting roles include Paul in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park for Gloucester Stage, Noah Curry in The Rainmaker for Gloucester Stage, Brutus in Julius Caesar and Richard in The Lover for Bridge Rep of Boston; George Tesman in Hedda Gabler, Man #3 in The Big Meal, Ray Dooley in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, William Tyndale/George Villiers in Anne Boleyn, Lars in Festen and Guildenstern/Francisco in Hamlet at the Gamm Theatre; Aston in The Caretaker, Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Wilbury Theatre Group; Henry in Rich Girl at the Lyric Stage; Tom in These Shining Lives at Stoneham Theatre; Gordon in Strange Interlude at Shakespeare Theatre of DC; Lord Dumaine in All’s Well That Ends Well at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Balthasar in The Merchant of Venice at Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival; Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep.

Jenna Tremblay
White Heron Student Company General Manager

Jenna graduated from Rhode Island College in 2006 with her BA in Musical Theatre. Jenna received her M.A. from Lesley University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy and Drama Therapy in May 2020. She currently works as a Mental Health Clinician in CCS for Child & Family Services. Her emphasis is in both Emergency Services and the Community Based Acute Treatment Program settings. Jenna works at Barrington Christian Academy as the Chair of Performing Arts Department, a K-12 full-time teacher, and director of the middle school and high school plays, musicals, and showcases. She also enjoys house managing for Rhode Island College and being a performer/producer at Ten31 Productions and for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council in RI. She is currently directing It’s A Wonderful Life: Radio Play, Midsummer (Abridged) and Hello, Dolly! at BCA, and an original piece for 8th graders as well as a Christmas play for grades K-5. She serves as a director and choreographer at Arts Alive! in Barrington, RI, and at Pilgrim High school in Warwick, RI. Jenna enjoys being the Young PlayRIYTs Coordinator for Rhode Island Youth Theatre and a member of RIYT’s strategic planning committee. In 2007 she resided in Connecticut for eight years where she worked at Long Wharf Theatre in production, company management, development, and operations; at The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce as a Business Development Executive; managed a yoga studio and was a musical theatre teacher at Achievement First Amistad Elm City High School. Jenna was a counselor at the Rhode Island College Summer Performing Arts Camp for ten years. Jenna gained a leadership certification from Synergy Education in New York City. She has worked in Human Resources in the Healthcare sector and has completed post-college credits in the study of Ethics, Compliance, and best practices in the non-profit industry.