2017-18 Directors, Instructors, and Staff

Coming Soon: Vaudeville Spring Break Camp Instructors

Director, Into the Woods
Director, Artists in Residence
Acting/Directing Instructor, Fall Triple Threat classes, grades 7-12
Instructor, Comedy Schtick & and Jokes, Vaudeville Spring Break Camp

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, 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.

Music Director, Into the Woods

Wilbur Lin 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.

Choreographer, Into The Woods
Dance Instructor, Fall Triple Threat classes, grades 7-12; 
Co-Dance Instructor, Fall Triple Threat classes, grades 3-6

Mary Sue Hosey 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.

Vocal Coach, Into the Woods
Music Instructor, Artists in Residence
Songs and Music, Spring Break Vaudeville Camp

Stages is pleased to welcome Deanna Demes, accomplished performer, vocal coach, and longtime music teacher for MCCSC.  Deanna brings to Stages the expertise of a successful career in music education. Well known and loved as an elementary school music teacher in Bloomington,     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.

Instructor, Creative Dramatics, grades K-2

Gail Bray 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.

Co-Director, James and the Giant Peach

Biography coming soon.

Co-Director, James and the Giant Peach 
Acting Instructor, Fall Triple Threat, grades 3-6

Erika 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.

Acting/Playwriting Instructor, Spring Triple Threat Classes, grades 5-12

Biography coming soon.

Magic Instructor, Vaudeville Spring Break Camp

Biography coming soon.

Clowning Instructor, Vaudeville Spring Break Camp

Biography coming soon.

Pratfalls and Stage Combat Instructor, Vaudeville Spring Break Camp

Biography coming soon.

Juggling Instructor, Vaudeville Spring Break Camp

Biography coming soon.

Hoops Instructor, Vaudeville Spring Break Camp

Biography coming soon.