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Katie Donovan is a graduate of the theatre department at Salem State University. She then went on to complete the musical theatre summer intensive at the Circle in the Square School. Katie has trained with numerous studios and teachers including the Chiampa Dance Center, Justin Boccitto at Circle in the Square, the Broadway Dance Center, Studio 665, and the North Shore Music Theatre. She has experience in numerous styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, Fosse, and ballroom. Katie choreographs for local community theaters including The Rocky Horror Show and Hair for STC. Her particular specialty, however, is in educational theatre. Past productions include Tom Sawyer, Young Frankenstein, Annie, Honk, Tarzan, Peter Pan, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her work on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat won the award for best choreography at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s MET Musical Awards. Katie is the director of the Stoneham Central Middle School’s Drama Club which recently premiered An 80s Night’s Dream, her original adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Jake O'Hara has been teaching acting and theatre studies to young people for over a decade, in London and Boston, specializing in both physical theatre performance and vocal/speech development.  In addition, Jake is the Head of Theatre Studies at the Corwin-Russell School in Sudbury. He has worked extensively with high schools and universities in the Boston and Metro-west area as a coach and visiting director, and in addition as a costume designer and hair and makeup artist. He frequently teaches masterclasses for the Massachusetts Education Theatre guild, and was the 2016 judge for their Hair/Makeup Design Competition. A frequent performer, he last appeared onstage as Dickon in The Secret Garden, Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid, and Zach in A Chorus Line. Jake has trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Harvard University under Karen MacDonald, Will LeBow, Marcus Stern, and Scott Zigler. 

Catherine M. Bertrand (Executive Artistic Director) returned to the helm at STC nearly two years after serving as Artistic Director from 2006-2009. Directorial credits with Salem Theatre include: Medea, The Rocky Horror Show, The Normal Heart, Crime and Punishment, Hair, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, No Exit, Proof, Book of Days, and All in the Timing.  Other credits include The Longwood Players production of The Heidi Chronicles (DASH Award Nomination for Best Director and Best Production), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Endgame, and Twelve Angry Jurors (co-director; KCACTF Best Ensemble Award). Catherine has also directed pieces for several SLAMBoston Festivals and Boston Theatre Marathons. She is proud to have been a member of the inaugural group of directors chosen to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, DC in 2003. Catherine was a also a 2009 participant in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in NYC. From 2011-2015  Catherine served as the co-director for the METG High School Drama Festival productions at the St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers.  She is thrilled to bring Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches to the STC stage in June.