2017-18 Directors, Instructors, and Staff

Summer Camp

VALERIE NETTLETON directed productions of Seussical, My Fair Lady, All Shook Up, and Once On This Island with the East Hartford Summer Youth Festival, a community youth theatre. She also directed local productions of The Fearsome Pirate Frank and (I'm in a) Middle Life Crisis in addition to teaching youth acting classes. Prior to that, Valerie performed in many productions including You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), Cinderella (Stepmother), and The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo). Valerie previously worked as a school counselor and studied voice with the Hartt School of Music. Valerie also directed Stages production of Free To Be...You And Me and 2016's summer camp.

Stages Academy for Teens

PAT GLEESON has returned to Bloomington from Boston where she served for 20 years as Executive Director of the Boston Children’s Theatre, one of the oldest companies in the United States. She is currently Interim Executive Director of Stages Bloomington. Mrs. Gleeson directed more than 350 productions featuring youngsters ages 5-19 years old, taught beginning and advanced theatre classes, and created many performance-driven events. Prior to her work in Boston, Mrs. Gleeson taught and directed in the theatre program at Bloomington High School North. She also created ACTING UP, a MCCSC program that produced children’s theatre by and for children and many family events in Bloomington, including “The Enchanted Forest” and the “Mini Play Festival”. Mrs. Gleeson is also the founding director of the Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre located in Alexandria, Virginia. Mrs. Gleeson also directed Stages productions of Seussical, The Secret Garden, and Brundibar.

DEANNA DEMES retired after teaching music in MCCSC for 40 years. She also lived and taught in Brussels, Belgium for three years. She holds a B.M.E and M.M.E. from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. While at IU, Deanna sang with the Singing Hoosiers which culminated in a USO tour to the Caribbean. Deanna served on the board of directors of Bloomington Town Theater and performed in a number of productions. She has coached and accompanied for several MCCSC musicals. For 15 years she arranged music and performed at the Pine Box Theater in Nashville, Indiana. A highlight for Deanna was working with Acting Up for Pat Gleeson. She looks forward to renewing that experience.