MEET OUR EDUCATORS
Sadie Quinsaat is beginning her third year of working at Seattle’s Performers and can’t wait for another year of acting, singing, dancing, and learning with all the kids! Sadie has always loved performing; she has received years of training in classical voice as well as in several disciplines of dance and has been signing in choirs for over 10 years. She incorporates her passion for music and performing as well as her goals for student enrichment both at Seattle’s Performers as well as in pursuing her degree in Music Education at the University of Washington. She aims to always create a positive space for expression and encouragement and strives to highlight the talents found in each student through the performing arts.
Lizzy Stone was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre Performance. She found her love of teaching as a Director with Kalamazoo Kids on Stage, a theatre summer camp she attended as a kid. Over the years, Lizzy has continued to teach and perform regionally until recently relocating to Seattle. Her favorite credits include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), My Fair Lady (Eliza), and South Pacific (Nellie). Lizzy is very excited to join the Seattle’s Performers team and looks forward to a year full of creativity and fun.
Ali Vice loves everything musical theatre and has been doing musicals since 6th grade. She has been dancing since she was three and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, Irish-step, and contemporary. In 2011, she received her BA in Theatre/Dance from Principia College in Elsah, IL. Ali moved to Seattle 7 years ago and has been dancing with Splinter Dance Company, Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, and Pratidhwani. She has been working for Seattle's Performers for 5 years and loves seeing the kids work hard for something they are passionate about.
Matthew Synthandone is a native Seattleite, and a theatrical jack of all trades. He holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. He loves sharing his passion for theatre with the next generation of artists! As a Teaching Artist he has lead creative drama workshops with Dandylyon Drama. As an actor he has worked with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Fantastic Z and Matcha Theatre. He is so excited to be joining Seattle Performers, and ready to make some musical theatre MAGIC!
Lukas Poischbeg is a professional dancer and performer in Seattle and was recently in Disney’s Newsies at Village Theatre. He holds an Associate’s Degree in arts and sciences and is working towards his BA in dance and education through the University of Washington. Lukas has a wide dance background with training from ARC School of Ballet, Westlake Dance Center, the Studios, and Village Theatre. Lukas views his role as a mentor and instructor as one of uncovering, activating and nurturing his students’ own mental elaborations of knowledge. He monitors and guides his student’s own thinking and learning to help them grow in their capacity. “When we learn to take risks, and express ourselves in front of others, we develop valuable life skills beyond theatre or dance.”
Kevin Baron fell in love with theatre by attending shows at Seattle Children’s Theatre throughout his childhood, and started acting at age seven. Later, in the drama program at Kamiak High School (Mukilteo, WA), Kevin learned the trades of set and property fabrication, lighting design, and technical crew operation. While studying computer engineering and informatics at the University of Washington, he was able to design, cast, costume, direct, and tech his own Jekyll and Hyde room at the Hansee Haunted House. Musically, he enjoys playing various instruments and has sung in three local choirs. Kevin has been working with Seattle's Performers for nearly 3 years.
Doug Graham is a Actor, Educator and Producing Artistic Director of The Fern Shakespeare Company. Originally from Kansas City, he earned his BFA in Acting from Drake University. From 2006 – 2016 he worked as a Senior Education Artist and Company Member with The Atlanta Shakespeare Company. In 2010 he founded The Fern Shakespeare Company with his wife Jessica. In 2016 Doug and The Fern relocated to Seattle where he has had the pleasure of working as an actor and educator with Book-It Repertory, Seattle Children’s Theater and The Village Theater.
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Danny Kam holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University with dual concentrations in Acting and Directing. Since graduating, he has become an active member of the Seattle theatre community as a singer/actor, director and teaching artist. As a performer, Danny has worked with The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT, ArtsWest, Contemporary Classics, Seattle Musical Theatre and Mount Baker Theatre, among others. As a teacher, he frequently works with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and is an avid vocal coach at Kaleidoscope School of Music. He was also recently the recipient of The 5th Avenue Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Danny has directed several Seattle's Performers productions and is the private voice instructor for our program.
Jessica Lorenz is a graduate of the University of Washington with a double degree in Drama Performance and Musical Theater. She started performing when she was five years old and still has as much passion, if not more, for the arts as she did then. Some of her credits include Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde the Musical and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Jessica has also previously taught summer camp productions at Broadway Bound as well as choreographed at Kings High School. Jessica is excited to join the team at Seattle's Performers and encourage kids to grow in their confidence and performance skills.
Hadley Cronk has been working with Seattle's Performers for nearly two years and has directed several productions in that time including, Seussical and Once on This Island. She graduated from NYU with a BFA in Musical Theatre and acted professionally in New York for several years. She started teaching children's musical theatre classes to support her auditioning habit, but soon it became a full time passion. After teaching and working for an art's education non-profit in program development for several years, Hadley moved to Seattle to pursue a Masters in Social Work at UW.
Sandy Sonko is the founding Artistic Director of Seattle’s Performers. Sandy has had a love of theatre since she was a small child, and has participated in several regional theatre productions. Sandy studied Music and Theatre at the University of the Ozarks and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from North Idaho College and Child Development/Music from the University of Idaho. After years of teaching music and theatre at several Seattle preschools and elementary schools, Sandy wanted to open a children’s musical theatre program that would cater to the youngest of performers. Seattle’s Littlest Performers was established in 2010 and there has been no looking back.