2017-18 Directors, Instructors, and Staff

PAT GLEESON (Director, Into the Woods; Director, Artists in Residence; Acting/Directing Instructor, Triple Threat classes, grades 7-12) 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, as well as 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 taught spring, summer, and fall drama classes for Stages Bloomington, directed Stages productions of Seussical, The Secret Garden, and Brundibar, and serves as a consultant to the Stages Board of Directors.

WILBUR LIN (Music Director, Into the Woods) is a Taiwanese-American conductor and pianist currently based in Indiana. His recent highlights include guest conducting El Salvador's National Youth Orchestra, performances at Indiana University (IU), and the conclusion of Chamber Philharmonic Taipei's 7th concert in its Bach Cantata Series. Wilbur has held the position of Lord Rhode’s Scholar from 2013-2014, was the recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in 2013 and 2014 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and is currently obtaining his doctoral candidacy at IU Jacobs School of Music. He is currently the Artistic Director of Chamber Philharmonic Taipei and Wabash Valley Youth Orchestra, and choir director and organist at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Indianapolis.

GAIL BRAY (Instructor, Creative Dramatics, grades K-2) is a professional actor, director and educator. Gail comes to Stages with mre than three decades of theatre and teaching experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, where she studied theatre, and holds a master’s degree in education from Antioch University in Seattle. Gail recently developed and launched Stages Bloomington's new KinderStages initiative which focuses on theatre experiences for young children. She is the primary instructor and continues to develop new and exciting classes for our youngest participants. “Promoting quality theatre and providing creative experiences for children are two of my greatest passions, and Stages is a dynamic organization which does exactly that," she asserts. Locally, Gail has acted in productions with the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage, and the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, as well as the Shawnee Theatre in Bloomfield and the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. For three years, Gail taught the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s after-school drama program in local elementary schools and served as director of the MiniPlay camp. Before moving to Bloomington in 2005, Gail taught drama and directed yearly productions at the middle school level in Washington. She has also taught preschool, served as an interventionist, tutored elementary students, and coached high school actors in Shakespeare productions. Gail previously served as Executive Director for Stages.

MARY SUE HOSEY (Dance Instructor, Triple Threat classes, grades 7-12; Co-Dance Instructor, Triple Threat classes, grades 3-6) is Director of The Dance Center, a popular and established dance studio in Bloomington that offers beginning to advanced-level tap and jazz classes for children, middle school, and high school students. Past credits include dance instructor for St. Charles Summer Institutes and choreographer for Acting Up theatre productions. Mary Sue taught dance for Stages Bloomington's spring 2016 Triple Threat classes and served as choreographer for Stages production of Brundibar.

CAITLIN LEWIS (Co-Dance Instructor, Triple Threat classes, grades 3-6) is team teaching Stages dance sessions for young actors this fall. Caitlin has taken classes and performed with The Dance Center for eleven years. Her stage experience also includes four years as a Bloomington High School South Varsity Dance Team member and four years of vocal and musical theatre performances with the school’s award-winning show choir, Sounds of South. Most recently, Caitlin received a 2017 National Society of Arts and Letters Promising Artist of the Year Award in Dance.

ERIKA STONE-EDELBERG (Acting Instructor, Triple Threat, grades 3-6) is thrilled to be teaching again with Stages. Erika taught Stages Summer Camp Theater and poetry in 2014, and she was the Stage Manager for Pat Gleeson’s wonderful production of Seussical. Erika has returned to her hometown of Bloomington having lived in Los Angeles for the last twenty years. Erika taught acting, dance and music to children at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. She can be seen playing her harp in the commercial, “Honda Ridgeline” with Chuck Norris. Erika wrote, directed and acted in the Zeitgeist Theatre Company’s One Page Play Festival where she won best actress and director. Most recently, she worked for Bloomington Montessori School running Circus Camp, where she helped children ages 6-13 with juggling, plate spinning, devil sticks, diabolos, and stilt walking. Erika also worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Arlington Heights Elementary School. She loves guiding children in the arts. Furthermore, she was in the musical variety shows at LAVC featuring Anna Maria Alberghetti titled, “Celebration”, and if you watched Cardinal’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Erika played the notorious Mrs. Gloop. Erika has also worked as a costumer and seamstress for the Los Angeles Opera. Mrs. Edelberg is a graduate of the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama. She is thrilled to be on board working for Stages again and especially under the direction of Pat Gleeson.

EMILY MICHELE DAVIS (Music Instructor, Triple Threat, grades 3-12) is a performer and musician and is thrilled to teach with Stages again! She has had the pleasure of serving as the music director for Stages productions of Legally Blonde the Musical and Once on This Island Jr. She has also served as the music director of Aladdin, Jr. and the assistant music director of Willy Wonka at the Colonial Theatre with the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre. As a performer, she has performed both Off-Broadway and at Lincoln Center. Most recently, she was seen as Kate in Calling All Kates with the Bloomington Playwrights Project. A New York transplant, she currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her wonderful husband, Craig. Her love of teaching extends off the stage into her own studio, where she teaches both piano and voice. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from New York University Steinhardt. Read more at

SHANNON O'CONNOR STARKS (Director, James and the Giant Peach JR.) is a local actor and arts educator. She made many appearances in Cardinal Stage Company productions over the past three years with the highlights including Oliver! (Widow Corney), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Brill), Shrek the Musical (Mama Ogre/Mama Bear), and Les Miserables (Ensemble). She directed BHSN Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2016 and Fairview Elementary’s production of Pirates! The Musical in 2017. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Theatre Education from Indiana University where, as an undergrad, she was a varsity member of the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers, and performed in IU productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, and Godspell. During this time, she also served as choreographer and/or assistant director for BHSN Theatre’s productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, West Side Story, and Crazy for You. Shannon resides in Bloomington with her husband, Eric, and their four sons, Connor, Seth, Luke, and Simon.

DEANNA DEMES (Music Instructor, Artists in Residence) 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.