teaching artists

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.

Faculty


Monica Flory (Education Director)

Monica Flory (she/her) is a collaboration-loving playwright, director and teacher. She has been teaching theater to young people for over twenty years, and has enjoyed over 300 productions of her plays in the U.S. and abroad. She especially loves unlocking classic stories and creating compelling roles for young performers. Monica holds a B.A. in Acting and Directing from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Theater Education from NYU. Her website is at www.monicaflory.com


Chachi Perez (Pop/Funk/Jazz/Modern Ballet)

Rooted in Miami, FL, Chachi (she/they) was born into a family where dance was engraved in their souls, where dancing in kitchens became a nightly after dinner event. As this queer latinx mover and choreographer grew, Chachi attended Miami Dade College under the direction of Michelle Grant Murray. During her time in Miami, she created a work titled “Viajando Pa La Frontera” where it would be chosen to showcase in Artistry In Rhythm Dance Conference alongside artists like Michael Foley, Clarence Brooks, and Michelle Grant-Murray. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA and attended The University of The Arts where she received her BFA and trained under the direction of professionals such as Katie Swords-Thurman, Shayla Vie-Jenkins, Tommie Waheed Evans, and Paul Matteson. She has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Gaga, Bellydance, Afro-Cuban, House and a concentration in modern and improvisational practices while creating works that center around queerness and latinidad. She has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate in works by Bobbi Jean Smith, Marguerite Hemmings, Katie Swords-Thurman, Curt Haworth, and Emily Wexler, along with Valeria Gonzalez of Valleto Dance Company.


Carolyn Breyer (Tap/Modern Ballet)

Carolyn (she/her) is a Philadelphia native who started dancing at the age of 4. From a young age she knew she wanted to pursue dance as a career. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Performing Arts as a dance major, graduating in 1999. She went on to major in Modern Dance at the University of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Dance Education in 2004. While attending college she began teaching tap, jazz, modern and hip hop classes and has been teaching ever since. From 2006-2012, Carolyn danced with the Philadelphia-based Modern dance Company SHARP. While pursuing her dance career, she also discovered she wanted to share her passion for fitness with others and became a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. In 2009, Carolyn had her first son, Jacob and in 2018 she left her teaching position at Philly PACK to have her daughter, Novi. She is very excited to be back doing what she loves, teaching and creating with her students.


Anna Betteridge (Contemporary/ Jazz / Musical Theatre)

Anna (they/she) is a Philadelphia native who began her show-making endeavors at the early age of 8 in the backyard of her grandmothers’ house. Her dream of pursuing a career in the arts came to fruition when she graduated from Long Island University (LIU) Post with her BFA in musical theatre and an honor for Excellence in Physical Theatre. Some of her favorite credits at LIU include acting in Twelfth Night, choreographing and performing in RENT, stage managing The Conditions of Love at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and conceiving and directing her own play, Over and Over. Upon graduation she was honored to direct That Art Thou, a devised piece held at the IUTA 2016 World Congress in Colombia, South America. Anna spent some of her post-college career living in Manhattan where she worked as a teaching artist for the Children’s Theatre Company of New York (CTC). While working at CTC, Anna discovered a passion for teaching as well as the need for exposure to the arts in the lives of young people. Anna is thrilled to be joining the team and is very excited to bring her passion for dance and theatre to PACK classrooms!


Gideon McDonald (Musical Theatre Assistant Director/Tech manager)

Gideon (he/him) was born and raised in South Philadelphia, and attended PACK’s musical theatre program throughout his time in middle school. He returned to the program while a high school student at Girard Academic Music Program, working as an assistant to the director and the various teaching artists, as well as working backstage during the various performances. This allowed Gideon to really explore his passion for theatre, and to have experience in many aspects of the career. He now is attending The University of the Arts for college, working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre, and plans to continue working at PACK for as long as he can, because teaching has become something he truly enjoys. He also runs events within the PACK space as a tech manager as of recently.


Amy Boehly (Theatre Games/Improv/Comedy)

Amy Boehly (she/they) is an actor/playwright/singer/comedian and proud teaching artist.

She received a B.A. in Acting from Rider University. Amy has had a love for comedy her entire life, growing up on Carol Burnett sketches and staying up late to watch Saturday Night Live. Her main focus in educating young artists is to help them find their funny and introduce them to the joy of collaborative arts.

Leslie Davidson (Creative Movement)

Leslie (she/her), 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 strict 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!

Wren Furman (Bungee/Aerial)

Wren (she/her) has performed and choreographed for off-broadway and broadway shows.(some credits: Sleep No More, Matilda, De La Guarda, Einstein on the Beach with Phillip Glass). Her performance career includes companies such as Pilobolus, Momix, and Cirque’s Cavalia. She been a musical theater and Jazz professor at various universities, such as Kutztown University, De Sales, and NYU. Wren is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the aerial dance company Grounded Aerial. http://groundedaerial.com


 

Kat Caro (Production Design)

Kat (she/her) is a multi media Philadelphia artist who came to PACK as a parent and has grown into our puppet and prop department. She strongly believes that any puppet challenge can be met with love, cardboard, and PVC pipe. Beginning with PACK’s production of the The Neverending Story, Kat has created puppets, costumes, creatures, and props for every production since. She specializes in using recycled and reusable materials and loves incorporating the students’ ideas and abilities into every design. In addition to being a freelance artist and toy maker, she  has worked in education at the Philadelphia Zoo, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Concilio.

Kat’s work can be found at http://melancholykitties.com

Heather Brann (Costume Design)

Heather Brann (she/her) is a proud PACK mom and Sales Manager for a Philly based Textile Design Company, Kevin O’Brien Studio, and also very fortunate to be able to design and build the production costumes for PACK twice a year with her sister, Madeleine Belle.
Her goal is to choose creative ways to re-purpose remnants, many of which are donated by the studio where she works, into fun and unusual costume pieces.

Madeleine Belle (Costume Design)

Madeleine Belle (she/her) is a professional hoop dancer, stilt-walker and fire performer. She’s traveled the country with a philly based circus-sideshow and toured internationally in Thailand and Myanmar with Spark! Circus to perform and teach circus arts to underprivileged children in refugee camps. She graduated from Temple in 2013 with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation where she enjoyed classes in play medicine. She believes play, dance and circus arts can be a powerful tool for development, healing and growth. When she is not performing, she is sewing costumes and making accessories for her upcoming gigs. She has been helping with PACK costumes since 2015 and loves working with her sister Heather and the kids. She looks forward to the next production.