Wheaton Squier is a thespian farmer. He's deeply involved in theater and music arts, acting in dozens of plays in Rutland and Bennington counties, and singing as a core member of Northern and Village Harmony, the Washed Up Beulah Band and others. He has directed a number of Theater in the Woods plays and brings his extensive knowledge of and comfort in the woods to the camp. Having grown up with Theater in the Woods as an audience member, actor and director, he is very excited to be able to continue bringing this wonderful experience to the next generation of young actors.
Meg Bouchard has been a professional actor since childhood, with credits on both coasts. From 2018-21 she was the Educational Director of Off The Hook, the educational outreach wing of Falconworks, based in Brooklyn (Community Theatre of the Year, The Village Voice, 2016). In that role, Meg conducted theater workshops, mentored young playwrights, and directed the student-created one-acts. As a boon from the universe, Meg jumped into our first camp in 2016 with all her heart and as a volunteer, teaching acting and clown work, and curating and co-directing the original play, The Unknown Tale. She moved full-time to Middletown Springs in 2017, the better to pursue Theater in the Woods' creative endeavors. Meg currently shares her art and wisdom at LiHigh School in Poultney.
Rainbow Squier is a veteran of Theater in the Woods plays at SolarFest for 15 years as an actor, costume designer, and singing between scenes. Music, art and theater play a big role in her life; sharing this passion with kids is a natural calling. Rainbow also co-directed and cooked for Garden Camp at the Tinmouth Elementary school from 2012-15. She's excited to be a part of Theater in the Woods Camp where she can pass on the unique and enriching experience she grew up with. Her bubbly spirit and breadth of understanding of our world bring out the best in kids.
Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman has worked with hundreds of children in performance arts: as music teacher at Long Trail School for eleven years, director of homeschool and after-school choruses in Middletown Springs and Tinmouth, music director for musicals at Long Trail School and Mill River UHS, for many years as the choral elective teacher at Green Mountain Suzuki Institute in Rochester Vermont, and currently as the alto in the quartet Ah! Cappella for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Music-in-the-Schools program. Melissa directed the first four years of SolarFest Theater in the Woods plays. Melissa has extensive administrative experience: as co-executive director of SolarFest and later President of its board for many years, as SolarFest’s volunteer coordinator for 15 of its 20 years; as President of the board of Counterpoint for two years; as Chair of the Long Trail School’s Arts department for several years. She created and executed for four years a curriculum for Long Trail’s middle school students that incorporated teamwork, self-knowledge and connection to the woods, culminating in overnight stays at her home woods.
Her passion is to help young people build true connection to the natural world and to know themselves in it.
ANNOUNCING OUR ABSOLUTELY ABLE ASSISTANTS
A classically trained violinist and fiddler, founder of Green Mountain Music in Rutland VT, Helen was a camp counselor and teacher at Hidden Valley Camp in Maine for many years, directing and choreographing the camp musicals and Shakespeare plays. She taught theater, directed and choreographed in public and private schools in Alabama before moving to Vermont in 2020. She worked as an actor for years in children’s theater, and community and professional theaters. She attended Birmingham Southern and graduated from Bennington College with a double major in Theater and Music. Helen and her son Otis live in Rutland.
Olivia Lane Returns!
Since we started in 2016, we've had the immense fortune to have Olivia Lane, of Long Trail School and then University of the Arts, aid and abet all things from art table and intricate skin adornment to snack slinging to singing to improvising and most of all laughing.
She'll be with us 4 of our 5 weeks in 2022!
Malindi Chesnut-Tangerman Malindi holds a Florida State Teaching Certificate and brings her educational experience as an ESL and subject teacher for six years in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. She is well versed in theater and music and our camp, with acting and stage managing experience at SolarFest, Long Trail School, and Hamilton College.
Emma Luikart, This will be Emma’s third year with us as a (no longer junior) counselor. She brings a widening wealth of experience from theatrical productions at UVM back to her stomping grounds. She is our very able, imaginative, competent and kind assistant for all of our sessions.
Emma Weatherhoggis a para-educator in speech pathology, as well as assistant coach for varsity soccer, the middle school basketball coach and Ultimate Frisbee at Mill River UHS. She joined us in 2021 when it became clear that we needed a person to help with the Covid-19 daily intake and protocols. She is a valued member of our team
We are fortunate to have several recent campers join us as junior counselors and counselors-in-training.
Theater in the Woods Vermont Co. 72 Sundog Lane, Middletown Springs, VT 05757 email@example.com 802-235-2050