PACK is excited to collaborate with several Teaching Artists, fostering a more-rounded experience for the students, adding to the creative process, and bringing forth new perspective. These teachers are considered masters of their craft, and have proven their art quality to the community of Philadelphia as well as other parts of the U.S.
Natalie Fletcher (Production Design)
Natalie has been drawing since the age of five. At fifteen, she discovered paint, and thus began her life-long obsession. Natalie completed her training at the Ashland Academy of Art where she studied classic realism, color theory, drawing and painting. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon.
Natalie Fletcher and Jessica Noel have been artistically collaborating since they were children. This sister-team made their professional debut in May 2012 with Natalie’s design for the P.A.C.K. productions of Alice in Wonderland and Jack and the Beanstalk. Natalie looks forward to years of future designs for these inspiring musicals!
Carolyn Marcinkiewicz (Tap)
Carolyn graduated from the High School for the Creative & Performing Arts in 1999 where she majored in dance. While at CAPA she participated in the annual Thanksgiving Day parades with Disney and had the opportunity to perform in 2000 Feet with performers from all over the world. She also attended the Philadelphia Children’s Ballet Academy. In 2004 Carolyn graduated with a BFA in Dance Education from University of the Arts where she was a Modern Dance major. From 1999-2009 she had the opportunity to teach at numerous studios teaching ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip hop classes. She also instructed ballroom and Latin dance at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. From 2006-2014, Carolyn danced professionally with SHARP Dance Company where she also had the chance to choreograph two duets. While continuing her dance career, Carolyn became certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
Monica Flory (Teen Co Director/Jr. Co Musical Theatre Teacher)
Monica Flory started making theater in middle school and hasn’t stopped yet. Though she enjoys the challenge of performing (favorite roles include “Penny” in Godspell and “Millworker/Waitress” in Working), she now prefers directing and writing for her talented performers. Monica earned an M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU and a B.A. in Acting and Directing from Oberlin College. She has taught acting and directed at such venues as Poly Prep School in Brooklyn, NY, The New Acting Company in New York City and Youth Theatre Northwest in Seattle, WA. In the Philadelphia area, she has taught drama at St. Peter’s School and Talking Stick Learning Center.
As a playwright, her recent productions include Leaving IKEA (in Brooklyn for The Artful Conspirators), The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Friends (a commission for Youth Theater Northwest), and Afterlight (at the New York International Fringe Festival). Her plays are published by Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, and Brooklyn Publishers.
Monica loves living in Queen Village with her husband and daughters. She is thrilled to join P.A.C.K. to assist the Musical Theater program.
Leslie Davidson (Ballet Teacher)
Leslie, a Philadelphia native, began her dance training at age 3. She quickly took a liking to ballet and studied classical technique at Philadelphia Dance Theatre. She also attended many prestigious summer programs studying under some of ballet’s finest teachers and choreographers. Leslie has a creative mind and a disciplined work ethic that translates well in a young learning environment. Her goal is to teach the importance of technique while keeping a light and fun atmosphere and curriculum. She is very excited to be a part of the PACK family!
Esther Baker-Tarpaga (Mommy & Baby and Mommy & Me Teacher)
Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a performance artist and choreographer. She began dancing and gymnastics in her mother’s belly and then in a Colorado studio at age 3. She loves traveling with her 9 year old daughter and husband. She co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational performance company based in Burkina Faso and Philadelphia. She recently performed at LabBodies LightCity Baltimore, Tamadia Arts Carvin France, Baad! Bronx, InOut Festival Bobo Dioulasso, and Kelly Strayhorn Theatre Pittsburgh. She has taught Choreography, Improvisation, Contemporary African Dance, Performance Art, and Social Justice and the Arts at University of the Arts, The Ohio State University, and was a Grant Wood Fellow at University of Iowa. She was a US Department of State Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, Burkina Faso, and South Africa and is a member of Philly Dance for Justice and co-founder of Meredith School Anti-Racist Group. She has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MA and MFA from World Arts and Cultures UCLA. www.btdanceproject.com.