The Spotlight Staff

Harley Yanoff

Harley Yanoff (Founder/Producer/Acting Coach) is currently a New York based Actor. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (cum laude) with a B.A. in Theater Arts Performance (High Honors). Film Credits: He can be seen alongside Oscar Winner Casey Affleck as Smitty in Disney's "The Finest Hours".  His Off Broadway theater credits include the world premiere of "Final Days", "Perfectly Complicated", and "The Glass Menagerie" He made his professional theater debut in A Little Night Music with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. At Brandeis University he was seen as Jack in Into The Woods, Bob in Balm In Gilead, Chance in The Water Children, and Edges, a new song cycle. Regional theater credits include Jeff in Kimberly Akimbo, Troy Bolton in High School Musical, Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie, The Artful Dodger in Oliver, and Harvey Cheyne, for which he received an EMACT award for Best Actor in a lead role in the New England premiere of Captains Courageous. His film work includes supporting roles in The Town (starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Hamm), 21 (starring Kevin Spacey), My Best Friend's Girl (Starring Kate Hudson and Dane Cook), Don McKay (Starring Thomas Hayden Church, Elizabeth Shue, and Melissa Leo). He's had many starring roles in short films such as Cinemazing with Greth Productions, The Burn Book with Jodom Pictures, Noted with Who Productions, Key's To Success with Code Red Productions as well as in an independent feature film, Remedial Attraction which premiered at the Landmark Theatre in Kendall Square. His television credits include a role on the Fox TV hit show Fringe as well as featured work on CBS's The Good Wife, WB's Gossip Girl.  His commercial work includes Subway, McDonald's, American Express, and Titleist. He is a proud member of The Actors Equity Association (AEA), and SAG-AFTRA, The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artist. 
In addition to Spotlight, he's the founder of Broadway From Home, a global virtual theater workshop. For nearly a decade he worked at the Turtle Lane Playhouse Summer Children's Theater Workshop where he also taught an acting and auditioning class. He has also worked with Boston Casting where he has assisted with many projects. He is thrilled to begin the 13th summer of Spotlight!

Julia Chase

Julia Chase (Artistic Director/Director) is a sophomore at Northeastern University, majoring in Theatre and Communications with a minor in Performing Arts Administration. Previous directing experience includes Little Shop of Horrors (Needham High School), The Addams Family (Saint Joseph’s Summer Theatre), The Pajama Game (Saint Joseph’s Summer Theatre), Once On This Island JR (Spotlight), Beauty and the Beast JR (Spotlight), The Lion King JR (Spotlight), Shrek JR (Spotlight), and Seussical JR (Spotlight). As an actress, Julia's favorite roles include Anfisa in The Three Sisters (Northeastern University), Netti in Curious George and the Golden Meatball (Boston Children’s Theatre), Rizzo in Grease (Students Acting to Make a Difference), Ophelia in Fortinbras (Needham High School), and Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde (Students Acting to Make a Difference), among many others. She is absolutely thrilled to be involved with Spotlight again this summer!

Ted Whalen

Ted Whalen (Music Direction) Ted is currently the Director of Upper School Choruses at Milton Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the New England Conservatory of Music. Recent productions for which Ted had served as Music Director and Conductor are Spamalot, Avenue Q, Pippen, Dido and Aeneas, Hansel und Gretel, Iolanthe, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Milton Academy, Dana Hall School, the Rhode Island Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Boston Aria Guild and the Wellesley Choral Society where he is Music Director.
As a vocal performer, Ted has appeared as soloist with such groups as the Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lake George Opera, Boston Academy of Music, Alea III, Monadnock Music, Boston Baroque, Chorus proMusica, the Connecticut Pops Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
In addition to his work as conductor and performer, Ted is a composer whose works were most recently featured in concert by the Wellesley Choral Society.

Katie Clark

Katie Clark (Choreographer) is a Boston-based actress and choreographer and is so excited to be joining the Spotlight family for Summer 2020!  Past choreography projects include Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), Closer Than Ever (New Repertory Theatre), Hansel & Gretel (Peterborough Players), Bye, Bye Birdie! and Baby! (New London Barn Playhouse).  She has also choreographed for numerous high schools, community theaters, and theatre schools including Greater Boston Stage's Young Company and Stage Right School Of Performing Arts.  Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and Dance from Ball State University in Indiana and has been touring the country (and high seas) performing professionally for over ten years.  Some favorite roles include Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray,  Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Morticia in The Addams Family, and Lulu in Footloose with Norwegian Cruise Line.  Special thanks to Harley and Julia for having me this summer!

Will Haines

Will Haines (Manager) is excited to be helping at Spotlight!  He started at Spotlight as a camper at the age of 10! His favorite shows to have previously worked on at Spotlight include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Curious George and the Golden Meatball. Will is currently a junior at Colby College and was the president of his theater company and has been acting since he was 8 years old. 

Jonah Camiel

Jonah (Technical Director) is a Boston born, New York City based Moving Light Programmer working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theater, TV, and Cruise Ships. Recent work includes, True West & King Lear on Broadway, Cambodian Rock Band, Octet & Miss You like Hell Off-Broadway, The Band’s Visit 1st National Tour, What the Constitution Means to Me at The Kennedy Center, The Sound of Music at Asolo Rep, Thoughts of a Colored Man at Syracuse Stage & Baltimore Centerstage. Some of Jonah’s favorite projects include an interactive dance show for the first ship of the new Virgin Voyages cruise line, Summer Shakespeare in the Park in New York City and the 25 Years of Disney On Broadway Anniversary Concert.

Paul Kmiec

Paul is a filmmaker and educator from Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory with a BFA in Filmmaking in 2015. Presently, he is awaiting his Master’s in Film & Television Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Paul's films have been screened at festivals and events in Hollywood, Northern California, Florida, New Mexico, Michigan, France, Greece and at the Jacob Burns Film Centre in New York. In 2013 his film Magi won Best Short Film at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Recently his film Skye won the award for Best Direction of Short Film and for Best Female Actor at the Symi International Film Festival in Greece. His music video, When November Came was awarded winner at the Berlin Flash Film Festival in Germany (July 2018 contest) and screened at the Movement for Peace event at the 17th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival in October 2019. 
In 2012, Paul was awarded The Joan Potter & Miriam Arsham Award for Directing Actors from SUNY Purchase College and is a two-time recipient of the Harriet Irsay Scholarship from the American Institute of Polish Culture. His essay, Cinema: A Source of Polish Survival was published in their annual magazine.
Paul has lived and worked in Hollywood, Northern California, and Boston where he has taught history and theatre to high-school and elementary school students. Paul has been the Film Instructor at the SUNY Purchase Pre-College Film Institute for five years and is also the Acting for Film instructor at the International Theatre & Dance Project in Greece (ITDP).

Paul also studied acting in his time at SUNY Purchase, performed in live theatre and film upon and prior to his graduation, and is an actor's equity membership candidate. Paul has been a professional headshot photographer for ten years. To see Paul's films and photography, follow these links. 

Jordan Young

Jordan Young is going into his sophomore year at Case Western Reserve University studying engineering. In his free time, Jordan enjoys singing in Glee Club, dancing, playing board games and doing odd math problems. He is a proud alum of Spotlight Theater Camp after five years of being a camper, acting in such shows as Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Into the Woods, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Once on this Island. Jordan has been a CIT and is looking forward to his second year of being a counselor at Spotlight!

Cat Glidden

Cat Glidden is thrilled to be a counselor at Spotlight again this summer! She is a Spotlight alum, having played leading roles in Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Willy Wonka. Outside of Spotlight, she has played Puck in A Midsummer NIght's Dream, and other roles in High School. She was excited to play a Lost Boy in Norwood Theater's production of Peter Pan. Now she attends college in Vermont, and it is her dream to be an art teacher. Cat is looking forward to a great summer working with you at Spotlight!

Greg Seage

Greg is a New York based actor. He graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Actor Training. He made his professional theater in the role of Greg Linden in the Off Off Broadway production of the play Mangled Beams. Regional Theater credits include the annual Hartford Stage production of A Christmas Carol, and recently made his on screen debut in the upcoming season of "FBI" on CBS. His Hartt School credits include Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Roy Cohn in Angels in America Part I, Marvin Hudges in Dark of the Moon,  and James Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Alex Salsberg

Alex Salsberg (Animator) is a professional animator and illustrator with a passion for teaching. He founded The Artist’s Lab at Spotlight after spending over ten years teaching art and filmmaking in a variety of settings. His goal is to introduce students to modern, fun ways to create, and to give them plenty of time and freedom to do it. After years of offering short workshops at Spotlight, he's very excited to bring a full summer program to the amazing Spotlight campers.

When not teaching kids, Alex is busy producing and directing animated videos for web and TV, including work for Nickelodeon, MTV and DreamWorksTV. He is also an adjunct animation instructor at Mount Ida College and provides drawing instruction for autistic teens and adults at The Vinfen Family Support Center. 

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