Meet the Faculty

Experienced, Professional Staff

NYC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Trained Instructors

The Company is proud to work with professional instructors, each with years of experience in the theatre and film industries along with a well-known love of their craft and inspiring the youth of our community. They all have outstanding reputations as the best coaches in the area, with true gifts transcending levels of experience individuals possess when entering the program. Each instructor has clearances to work with children which are available to see at the Studio Office upon request.

Beth McDonnell

Head Acting Instructor, Lead Improv Troupe Director

Beth McDonnell is the founder and CEO of The Company. Beth’s true passion is building the skills and confidence of young artists, and continues to teach on a freelance basis at various venues, including at Pottstown Middle School, Steel River Playhouse and Boys and Girls Club. She has been the head Acting Instructor, Children’s Theatre Coordinator and a Director of Children’s Theater in addition to her roles as a Director of Business Development, Marketing and Sales for PA theaters for 3 years. After teaching both privately and in a classroom setting for years in Chester County, Beth directed a number of children based productions including the sold out hit, “Seussical the Musical Jr”, “Emperor’s New Clothes” and a number of other Jr, TYA or Family Friendly productions. Beth enjoys directing and producing shows that involve a diversity of ages, allowing local youth resident’s opportunities to discover confidence, as they learn technique that will ready them for a professional path if they choose. Most importantly her students and cast members, young and old, grow as performers and individuals, all while making lasting friendships. She attended the prestigious Conservatory at the Chautauqua Theater Company in NY, and is a graduate of the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), after which she spent a decade performing professionally in NYC. Beth studied and specializes in Stanislavsky’s System, which incited the Lee Strasberg method, Stella Adler and Stanford Meisner, all of which she infuses into her directorial and teaching approach, along with Spolin which inspires her well known, personal improvisational style. She performed in numerous professional productions in NYC, and toured along the East Coast.

Erin Dixon

Acting Instructor, Vocal Variance

Erin Dixon serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for The Company, as well as a Acting Instructor and Improv Troupe Leader. She is an actor by trade, graduating summa cum laude as a dual major from Kutztown University. She has acquired Bachelor’s degrees in Communications, Theatre with concentrations in Acting & Directing, and holds a Level One Certification in Alba Emoting. Erin is a proud fourth generation Stanislavsky student, trained by the apprentice of Sonia Moore. During her time at Kutztown University, Erin performed in numerous Main Stage productions while holding the position of Vice President within Spotlight Players, a theatrical group on campus. In addition to her work within Spotlight Players, Erin assisted long-time friend, Drew Boardman, on projects within another Kutztown theatre group, ACT. She adores the theatre in all aspects and has a wealth of experience teaching young, up and coming actors, stage management, and lighting and set design.

Drew Boardman

Creative Writing Private Instruction

Drew Boardman is thrilled to be the Artistic Director here at The Company! For the last 15 years Drew has been performing with different theatre companies throughout Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. He studied Professional Writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and is currently continuing his degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment through Full Sail University. While at Kutztown, Drew was heavily involved with the Sunshine Players, a children’s theatre organization that brought theatre to elementary aged students in the Lehigh and Berks Counties. He eventually began writing and directing plays for Perforum, the spoken-word and communications club on campus. His final year at Kutztown, Drew founded ACT (Actors Creating Theatre), the resident theatre club at Kutztown. In ACT, Drew served as President, as well as directing and producing their inaugural show, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Since leaving Kutztown, Drew has been acting and directing at many local community theatres, including Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Genesius Theatre, Steel River Playhouse and 1st Street Players. On the side, Drew has begun writing and creating his own content for the internet with a few talented collaborators. He is very excited for all of the upcoming projects and future plans The Company has, and to continue to bring theatre to the surrounding area.

Jaclyn Kossor

Stage Makeup, 101 Stage Basics & Special Effects

Jaclyn Kossor is the Resident Hair and Makeup Artist of The Company. Jackie has had the honor of helping clients shape the way they feel about themselves. In the case of theatre, Jackie helps them to immerse themselves into the part they are playing. She started her career in Los Angeles, California where she was trained in makeup for TV, Film, Theatre, and Special FX at Studio Makeup Academy. During her time in LA, Jackie worked on numerous Indie Films, commercials, and fashion photo shoots. After six years, she moved to New York City where she had the pleasure of working with many talented artists in Off-Broadway Productions and theatre festivals. Jackie returned to Pennsylvania to complete her training as a licensed cosmetologist, all while working with community theater companies, salons and bridal businesses. Jackie is very excited to be working with The Company on this new adventure!