ALEX ROBINSON (She/Her) (Director) is a local performer, director, and teaching artist in the PNW! She is over the moon to be directing Matilda this spring at the place that gave her “Skills for Theatre, Skills for Life”. She is currently the Director of Singing for Seniors at NM Entertainment, bringing senior citizens high-quality musical entertainment. Other directing credits include: The Boys from Syracuse with Showtunes Theatre Company and Legally Blonde with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. She has been teaching for years at Village Theatre and Duvall Performing Arts. In 2018 she completed the Arts Education Internship with Village Theatre and in 2020 completed the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab.
EMILY PFRIEM (She/Her) (Choreographer) is a teaching and performing artist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University with a Dance Minor. She grew up as a KIDSTAGE kid and is excited to be back teaching acting, dance, and choreographing. When not at KIDSTAGE, she enjoys teaching and performing all over the Seattle area. Emily spends her weekends performing with Seattle’s Princesses. Recent shows include, Western Washington University’s productions of Miss Julie, how to clean your room (and remember all your trauma), Winter Dances 2019-2020, HereToo-WWU, Commedia In The Park, An American Daughter and WWU Student Theatre productions of Copenhagen, Better Days, and Snapshot.
KATAKA CORN (They/Them) (Music Director) has been dedicated to performing musical theatre and strives to create meaningful art. They devote their time to training, performing, and teaching students the art of theatre and the many life skills this art form creates. Kataka is excited to inspire, collaborate with, and support student artists from all walks of life. They’ve most recently been seen in the Village Theatre Holiday Concert, and have worked with The 5th Avenue Theatre, and ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery’s 2019 production of Head Over Heels (Mopsa).
KEONI DILAY (He/Him) (Associate Choreographer) is very excited for his first show with Village KIDSTAGE! Some of his previous choreography credits include All Together Now, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Honk Jr., and Mamma Mia. Keoni strives to create a safe space for all actors to express themselves. He is also a huge advocate for prioritizing BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices. Outside of theatre, Keoni is a hairstylist at Stone Atelier in Seattle.
JUSTIN TRAN (He/Him) (Associate Music Director) is a new music director in Seattle who is extremely excited to work on his first production (hopefully of many) with Village Theatre. While he doesn’t have a ton of experience music directing, Justin is eager to work with and learn from everyone involved. You can find out more about Justin by visiting his website, http://justinttran.me.
DEVIN PETERSEN (He/Him) (Scenic Designer) is overjoyed to be back making live theatre in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Locally, he has designed with Washington Ensemble Theatre, Annex, On-the-Boards, Seattle Musical Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Whitman College. Currently he is designing sets and props for Intiman’s The Mystery of Irma Vep (February 2022), Daacha’s Much Ado About Nothing (December 2021), and is the resident scenic designer at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre where he is working on productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Shrek, and Honk! (2022). BA: Whitman College. MFA: NYU Tisch. devinpetersen.com
JANELLE KIMBROUGH (She/Her) (Costume Designer) is an up-and-coming costume designer from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2017 with her Degree in Theatre Arts. Since moving back to Seattle in 2018, Janelle has been working her way through the Seattle and greater Seattle Theatre scene. After taking a step back during the pandemic, Janelle is excited to be diving back into work with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE once again.
VICTORIA SADOW (She/Her) (Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe Head) began her sewing career at the age of 15 as an apprentice at Miss Melly’s Alterations in Mesa, Az, which focused primarily on historical costumes and contracts from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. From 2008-2012, Ms. Sadow worked in the Opera Theater Costume Shop at the University of Arizona as the assistant shop manager, makeup artist, and stitcher while she studied for her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. After receiving her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in 2015, Ms. Sadow worked in the Houston Grand Opera Costume shop as a stitcher for the 2016/17 season. She returns to costuming this year as she continues to pursue her primary career as an Opera Singer and Voice Instructor.
KEVIN MIKOLAJCZAK (He/Him) (Lighting Designer) Kevin is excited to design his first KIDSTAGE production. He’s known internationally for his award-winning designs through his company, Bellevue Lighting, where he combines his experience and new technologies to create stunning and meaningful productions. He wants to thank the KIDSTAGE team for bringing him onboard and can’t wait for future collaborations.
KENDALL YODER (They/Them) (Properties Designer) Kendall Yoder is a props designer from the greater Seattle area. A graduate from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre production, film production and screenwriting. They have worked as a carpenter, props artisan, production designer and actor for the stage and screen in Washington and recently Wyoming state. But they are excited to be back again in their Pacific Northwest home! After working as assistant props designer for Jasper in Deadland last summer (2021), Kendall is looking forward to returning to Village Theatre Everett KIDSTAGE for yet another iconic show, Matilda Jr.!
ZACHARY BURNS (He/Him) (Sound Designer) Zachary is a professional Sound Designer and Engineer in Seattle. Originally from Tennessee, Zachary moved to Seattle in 2016 to join Teatro ZinZanni on Mercer St. He later followed TZ to Marymoor Park, and then again to Woodinville. Since March of 2020, Zachary has caught work with several other theatres in Seattle, including Village, Cornish, and Seattle Rep, as well as some smaller film and corporate contract work. As always, Zachary is grateful for the love and support of his wife Ashley Burns. Most importantly, Zach likes chocolate. And coffee.
ANDRE BURMAN (He/Him) (Technical Director) Building, engineering, and installing sets for 20 years at Village Theatre, Andre supervises all aspects of set-building and stage work. A former English teacher, horticulturalist, sailor, and probiotic-technician, he holds a BA in English Lit/Secondary Education and loves working with the talented student casts and crews, and innovative artistic teams of KIDSTAGE! Favorite KIDSTAGE sets have been The Little Mermaid, School of Rock, Tarzan, and James and the Giant Peach.
ANNA VRANEY (She/Her) (Stage Manager) is a graduate of Western Washington University, having concentrated in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. She was a part of Seattle Repertory’s 2019-2020 Professional Artist Training Program as a Stage Management Apprentice on The Children and new musical, Shout Sister Shout!. She has helped mentor stage management students with Intiman Theatre’s Starfish Project as well as at The 5th Avenue Theatre for their Rising Star Project. From 2018-2019 she also served as the Drama Assistant for Shorewood High School’s theatre department. Some past favorite credits include Always… Patsy Cline (Taproot Theatre Co.), The Light in the Piazza (Showtunes), Les Misérables (VT KIDSTAGE), and She Kills Monsters (VT KIDSTAGE).
MADISEN CROWLEY (She/Her) (Assistant Stage Manager) is delighted to be working with the KIDSTAGE team on such a wonderful show! A PNW native, Madisen graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland WA. Some of her previous projects include: Indecent and True West with the Seattle Rep’s Professional Arts Training Program, Take Me Out with The Strawberry Theatre Workshop, The Master and Margarita with theater simple. Madisen would like to thank everyone who has made the return to live theatre possible, and those who couldn’t return with us. Thank you.
KALLEN PISHUE (They/Them) (Assistant Stage Manager) is so excited to join the KIDSTAGE staff! As a former KIDSTAGE kid, they are so glad to be a part of this team! Kallen’s previous KIDSTAGE shows include Jasper in Deadland (Assistant Stage Manager), In The Heights (Stage Management Apprentice), and School of Rock (Teacher Ensemble and Rock Concert Fan).
AYANA URIU (She/Her) (KIDSTAGE Education Programs Associate, Everett) Ayana is proud to be part of the KIDSTAGE family. A graduate of Everett HS, Ayana attended Western Washington University where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In her eight years at KIDSTAGE, she’s worn many hats, working with Institute/Pathway, classes, camps, and productions. Ayana has also had the honor of stage managing many KIDSTAGE shows. Favorites include: The Addams Family, Hairspray, The Lion King Jr., Les Misérables School Edition, and In the Heights. Ayana also works with the Evergreen MS and Whittier ES Drama Clubs. She is living the dream every day here at KIDSTAGE!
AARON ALONSO (He/Him) (KIDSTAGE Production Manager, Everett) Aaron was a KIDSTAGE kid before joining the Village Theatre family, working at theatres including: The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, and his alma mater of Western Washington University, where he holds a BA in theatre arts with an emphasis in stage management and technical theatre. Some favorite productions at KIDSTAGE include: A Christmas Story, In the Heights, School of Rock, Les Misérables, The Lion King Jr., and Hairspray. Aaron thanks his family, friends, and mentors as he valiantly attempts to put his theatre degree to use. Member of Village Theatre’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Committee, the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission, the Mukilteo Schools Foundation Board of Directors, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. His motto: “MacGyver it!”