STACEY KOLOSKI (she/her)

Stacey is a theater director, designer, playwright, and arts community activist in Portland. When not at STAGES, she works regularly with Theater at Monmouth and Mad Horse Theatre Company (where she has been a member of the resident ensemble since 2015). She is also the co-founder of PortFringe-Maine’s Fringe Festival, and is the Vice President for the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.

Stacey spent 11 years as a fundraising management consultant for non-profit organizations before co-founding STAGES (with Hollye Seddon) in 2007. It’s been an amazing ride and she still loves working at STAGES where she can split her time joyfully between managing spreadsheets, developing new dramatic work for young people, and wielding a hot glue gun in the prop or costume shop!

As a member of the STAGES Team, Stacey is the Managing Director, designer, director, playwright and other roles; and was the co-founder (with Hollye Seddon) of STAGES Youth Theater in 2007.

Stacey at age 4!

SHANNON WADE (she/her)

Shannon is a puppet maker, puppeteer, performer and arts administrator! As a former shy kid who was brought out of her shell by theater, Shannon absolutely loves seeing the same thing happen with our students. She is energized every day by hearing young people’s amazingly creative ideas and thoughts on the world, and finds a lot of joy being in constant touch with her inner kid.

Shannon has been lucky enough to teach and perform with arts organizations across the country, including the Yocum Institute for Arts Education (PA), Portland Stage Company (ME), and the Omaha Theater Company at The Rose (NE).

Shannon spends her free time biking, reading, playing board games, and soaking up the sea and sunshine.  

As a member of the STAGES Team, Shannon is the Director of Education, show director, music director, designer, teaching artist, and many other roles!

Baby Shannon!

HOLLIE PRYOR

Hollie has been making theatre in the Portland area since 2014. After getting her B.A. in Theatre from The University of Southern Maine, Hollie joined the STAGES team in the fall of 2018, and has been directing, writing, acting, and teaching here ever since! When Hollie’s not making magic happen at STAGES, she can be found drinking iced lattes and doing jigsaw puzzles while hanging out with her cool cat, Oracle.

Hollie has directed plays for The Theater Project in Brunswick and Polyphonic Theatre Ensemble in Portland, as well as plays featured in Portland’s PortFringe Festival and FringePVD in Providence, RI. Hollie was also chosen to be a featured playwright for the 2020 (now 2021!) Maine Playwright’s Festival! Some of her favorite acting roles include Snout/THE WALL in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Fenix Theatre Company in Deering Oaks Park, and Luca in STAGES’s original production, The Songbird. Her most favorite award she’s ever received is “The-Most-Cheese-Consumed-in-a-Single-Performance-Award” from FringePVD! 

As a member of the STAGES team, Hollie is a director, choreographer, designer, teaching artist, TYA performer, programming manager, and other roles!

MEGAN TRIPALDI (she/her/they/them)

Megan Tripaldi (She/Her/They/Them) is an actor, bi-coastally produced playwright, and educator living and working in Portland, ME. They graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a BA in Theatre in 2012 and are currently in pursuit of their Masters Degree in Playwriting at Goddard College.

They have had plays produced in Maine, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California. They love performing with their company, Polyphonic Theatre Ensemble (now a federal non-profit!) and creating new and exciting pieces for PortFringe – Maine’s Fringe Festival every year. 

STAGES has always held a special place in their heart and they are so excited to be a part of the team!

As a member of the STAGES team, Megan is a director, a designer, a teaching artist, director of the PlayBox program, and many other roles!

Megan making music at age 17!

COLIN WHITEMAN (he/him)

Since my first days of singing with the Boy Singers of Maine back in 1998, to my performances across Europe, to Marketing and performing for opera companies in Brooklyn and on 42nd st, the thing that has kept me going is my passion for music.

Growing up in Maine, my options for musical training were limited. Both my parents being working class people with very little musical background, they gave me as many opportunities as they could, but I knew if I wanted to make a life out of this I would have to seek training elsewhere. I auditioned for several conservatories around the country, and was fortunate to be accepted into the Opera program at SUNY Purchase. I had never even heard an opera before I made my decision to go there, but I knew the training would be top notch, and the experience would be priceless. 

I instantly fell in love with the classical style of singing. The idea that we can train our bodies to produce a sound louder than a full orchestra was enough to send shivers down my spine. But as I continued through the program I also became addicted to the poetry, the history, and the culture around classical music. 

After leaving college,  I spent several years performing around Europe and Manhattan. Each new role I learned brought with it new challenges, but equally as many lessons. I was privileged to work with incredible directors and conductors throughout this time, and I will never forget those opportunities.

After moving back to Maine, several months prior to the covid pandemic, I found a new passion in songwriting. I explored many new genres of music trying to find my personal sound. I’m still looking for it, but what it has shown me, is that music has power in all styles. We have all heard a piece at a moment in our lives when we truly needed it and it built us up, or made us reflect on moments in our lives we missed. Through music, we are able to portray emotions that we do not have words for. We are able to share experiences, feelings, dreams, through a language that speaks universally to the soul.

It really seems wild that when I break down what I do, in basic terms, it’s breathing in and yelling in pretty tones. But I know the emotions, passions, and love I have experienced throughout this journey would not have been possible if that was all it was.

Now that the world has paused, and the pandemic has shuttered performance halls around the world, I find myself often wondering why music is important. Why should I continue to focus on something that no longer seems viable as a means to support myself? The short answer is that it is what I have done my entire life, it is what I have dreamed of doing ever since I first set foot on Lyric Music theater’s stage as a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz over twenty years ago. Why would I do anything else? 

Music can be a healing tool, it can bring joy even in the darkest of times. Singing, is just another way of accessing that universal language that connects us all. My hope is that as we move forward as a society, we all get a chance to make a little more music.

As a member of the STAGES Team, Colin is a music director, a sound/music recording engineer, a teaching artist, the voice instructor in the private lessons studio, and many other roles!

Colin in high school!

REBECCA CARON (she/her)

Rebecca spent most of high school telling her parents that she didn’t want to play piano professionally. She now plays piano professionally, and is sure that “I told you so” passes through her parents’ heads every time they see her.

Rebecca started taking piano lessons when she was about 8, but has been surrounded by music since birth – both her parents play piano, and she’s just one in a line of generations of musicians on her dad’s side of the family. Her interests and career goals have gone through several transitions – when she was little, she wanted to be a dancing farmer – but she played in her first theater orchestra when she was sixteen and got hooked.

Nowadays, Rebecca is a full-time music director, pianist and teaching artist. She travels around Central and Southern Maine, working with all ages in schools, community choirs, and theaters. She especially loves getting young people excited about the arts.

As a member of the STAGES team, Rebecca is a music director, director, choreographer, teaching artist, the piano instructor in the private lessons studio, and many other roles!

Rebecca at age 8!