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. 
    For eight summers he was the head counselor 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!

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.

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!

Ashley Kamal

Ashley Kamal (Choreographer) has been performing since the age of five and is very excited to join the Spotlight team for their 2019 summer season. She is currently studying Math and Music at Brandeis University as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow. Past choreography credits include Kaos Kids (competitive hip-hop group at Brandeis University), Waltham High School's Senior Review, and Spotlight's Beauty and the Beast. Favorite past theater credits include Reagle Music Theatre's Christmas Time (Precision Dancer and Nutcracker Teddy Bear), The Addams Family: A New Musical (Wednesday Addams), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), Footloose (Ariel Moore), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), and Bring It On the Musical (Campbell). Ashley would like to thank Harley and the whole Spotlight team for a wonderful summer session in 2018 and is looking forward to this year!

Alex Salsberg

Alex Salsberg (Artist's Lab) 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. 

Will Haines

Will Haines (Lighting) 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. We are grateful to have Will back again on lights!

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