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.
Monica Flory (Education Director)
Monica Flory 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
Hillary Pearson (Modern Ballet / Contemporary)
Hillary Pearson is a Philadelphia based modern dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator. She trained at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where she holds a BFA Magnum Cum Laude in dance performance and choreography. Hillary has been teaching Modern dance technique to young people and adults for over eight years, alongside pre-ballet, creative movement, and beginner tumbling. She comes from a gymnastics background, which strongly influences her approach to teaching modern dance technique. Hillary’s main focus as a dance educator and more specifically, a dance educator at PACK, is to assist her students in discovering new movement ideas through modern dance and also gain a higher level of technical ability to support their future movement and/or theatrical ventures! www.hillarypearson.com
Sloane Kearney (Tap)
Sloane is a native Californian who has been dancing and acting since she was five years old. Sloane attended Wagner College In New York, where she majored in theater education and was a part of the dance team. Upon graduating, Sloane moved to Lima, Peru to teach students on the autism spectrum. After that experience, she began teaching in several different areas, including preschool, middle school theater, and autism intervention. Sloane is thrilled to be back to teaching her true passion, theater and dance. As the primary tap and hip hop teacher, Sloane hopes to instill a love of the arts in all her students while also teaching them that hard work and dedication is a key component in dance!
Anna Betteridge (Hip Hop / Jazz / Musical Theatre)
Anna 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 teacher)
Gideon was a student at PACK through middle school and enjoyed playing many characters, such as Peter Pan in “Jane in the Window.” Gideon attended William M. Meredith School through eighth grade and currently attends GAMP, a high school for the performing arts.He is excited to return to PACK as an assistant teacher, as he credits PACK for inspiring his love of singing and performing, both which he hopes to pursue further. He is also a drummer in two bands and assists with the rock band club at Meredith after school.
Erika Pranzo (Early Childhood assistant teacher / Movement Therapist)
Erika Pranzo is a graduate of Montclair State University holding a degree in psychology and dance. She is currently a graduate student at Drexel University where she will be graduating the Spring of 2018 with a masters in Dance/ Movement Therapy. Dance has always been an important part of Erika’s life. She truly loves to dance and is passionate about teaching the joy of dance to others regardless of ability. She loves working with children of PACK and spreading the joy of dance that has always been inspirational in her life.
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 Portland, 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 PACK productions of Alice in Wonderland and Jack and the Beanstalk. Natalie looks forward to years of future designs for these inspiring musicals!
Kat Caro (Set Design / Puppet Design)
Kat is a multi media Philadelphia artist who came to PACK as a parent and has grown into our puppet and prop department. 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.
She strongly believes that any puppet challenge can be met with love, cardboard, and PVC pipe.
Heather Brann (Costume Design)
Heather Brann 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 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.