Meet Our Staff

Directors

ALISA CLAIRE

Artistic Director

Instructor: Dance/Triple Threat

Alisa Claire is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer and entrepreneur. Her background is in dance, having spent a number of years performing. She is the artistic director of The LMProject, a dance company that specializes in working with and teaching children and teens the art of dance in many forms and styles.

Alisa Claire

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

OWNER

ANASTAS VARINOS

Director of Programming

Instructor: Song Performance/ Triple Threat

Anastas is a grad of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a performer, Anastas has performed regionally across the USA - from Ithaca to Birmingham! As a teacher, Anastas draws from his experience as a working actor, and the guidance he has received from some of the top performing instructors in the country.

Anastas Varinos

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

CARTER LETSKY

Music Director

Instructor: Song Performance/Rock Band

Carter has studied at the University of Rochester where he studies Audio Music Engineering and Music Cognition. As a music director, accompanist and musician, he has worked at a number of theatres across the North Shore. Recent credits include: American Idiot, Songs for a New WorldSpring Awakening and West Side Story. 

Carter Letsky

MUSIC DIRECTOR

CHRISTINE KASPARIAN

Artistic Director

Instructor: Broadway Breakdown

Christine Kasparian has been entertaining and educating in the performing arts for the past 15 years - from Maine to California!  A grad of Bridgewater State University with BA, she opened up LiveLoveMusic Performing Arts Studios servicing the Greater Boston area by providing private voice, piano, and acting lessons. She is currently a music and vocal coach at the Bay Colony Performing Arts Academy in Foxboro, MA. In the fall, she will be music directing Peter Pan at The Norwood Theatre. Her Meraki is Performing Arts Education!

Christine Kasparian

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

OWNER

HUNTER NOBLE LYONS

Director of Operations

Instructor: A Cappella

Hunter is a graduate of McGill University's internationally renowned Schulich School of Music in Montreal. He directed McGill's oldest a cappella group: Tonal Ecstasy, which tours throughout both the United States and Canada. Hunter has performed across Montreal and New England in various jazz ensembles.

Hunter Noble Lyons

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

BEN HAMILTON

Technical Director

Ben Hamilton has seven years of sound and lighting experience in live theater and event environments. Ben has studied at Full Sail University's Show Production and Touring program. He teaches theatre lighting and sound with Sharon Community Education programs. Recent show credits include SpamalotApril Fish, Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek, and The Wedding Singer. 

Ben Hamilton

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Staff

JORDAN RAYMOND

Head Counselor

Jordan graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a degree in Musical Theatre and is currently enrolled at the New School in NYC with a focus on Arts Management. She is excited to bring her over 15 years of art education experience back to Meraki where she enjoyed summers not only as a counselor, but as a camper as well. The Meraki spirit that was instilled in her continues to drive her passion for the arts to this day and she can't wait to share these amazing two weeks with the entire Meraki family.

Jordan Raymond

HEAD COUNSELOR

GRACE DENONCOURT

Associate Artist

Grace Denoncourt is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She is a jazz vocalist, as well as a film, television, and theater actress, currently based out of New York City. With over 17 years of experience as a working actor, she credits camp with having given her the tools to succeed in her 

profession.

Grace Denoncourt

ASSOCIATE ARTIST

ALLISON SCHMIDT

Costumes Instructor

Allison Schmidt is a professional tailor and designer from Salem, Massachusetts. In her years of experience in the field, she has sewn for summerstock productions, off-Broadway shows, and National Tours Of Phantom of the Opera and Anything Goes. Her passion is making custom built fashion and restoring vintage clothing. 

Allison Schmidt

COSTUMES INSTRUCTOR

COURTNEY PLATI

Shakespeare Instructor

Courtney Plati has a passion for Shakespeare that started right here at camp when she was a camper! She is a graduate of Salem State University, and she has worked with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in an intensive summer- long apprenticeship where she gained invaluable skills and knowledge which she has brought back and incorporated into her electives!

Courtney Plati

SHAKESPEARE INSTRUCTOR

JOHN McNEIL

Filmmaking

John McNeil is a graduate from Framingham State University and Boston University's Center for Digital Arts. John has interned abroad in France at the Cannes Film Festival, and is now working as a Grip and Electric in the Georgia Film Industry. John works on on Feature and Short Films year round. He has also worked with Oxygen Network, LifeTime Channel Original movies, Tyler Perry Studios, and more. John also spent 3 years as a Video Editor for NBC Sports Boston and the Celtics!

John McNeil

FILM INSTRUCTOR

MADELEINE CORLISS

Dance Instructor

Madeleine is thrilled to be coming back to camp to teach dance! Madeleine has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University where she was also chosen for the Aaron Sorkin LA week. Madeleine has appeared in shows Off Broadway, around the country and at Lincoln Center. When she is not performing, Madeleine teaches dance classes in New York City and is thrilled to be bringing her New York know how and Camp Magic together. 

MADI CORLISS

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Azalea Cormier

COUNSELOR

PHOTOGRAPHER

AZALEA CORMEIR

Counselor/Photographer

Azalea Cormier has been going to camp for 11 years. Camp Meraki is where she discovered her love for theater and the arts, and continues to come back to help kids do the same. She has been doing freelance photography for 4 years, focusing on portraits, landscape, and candid photography. She is very excited to be able to capture this year's summer at Camp Meraki!

EMILEE CLAPP

Instructor: Dance

Emilee Clapp has been performing onstage since before she can remember! Emilee is a current senior at Marymount Manhattan College where she majors in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre, and has performed in A Chours Line; The Drowsy Chaperone; Kiss Me, Kate; Parade; and will be seen in Hamlet in the fall of 2018. Emilee found her Meraki right here at camp!

Emilee Clapp

INSTRUCTOR

HOPE CUSANO

Arts & Crafts Instructor

Hope Cusano is currently attending Marymount Manhattan College where she is majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Studio Art and Music. She has studied drawing and painting under Craig Banholzer. This fall she will have completed her Studio Art minor, and plans to study abroad in Italy to further her skills in studio art. She is thrilled to teach the Arts and Crafts elective that she loved taking when she first came to camp years ago.

Hope Cusano

ARTS & CRAFTS INSTRUCTOR

Megan Dwinell

INSTRUCTOR

MEGAN DWINELL

Instructor: Song Performance

Megan Dwinell is a grad of Pace University with a BBA in Arts and Entertainment Management and a minor in Special Events Marketing. Megan has appeared Off-Broadway and in numerous cabarets throughout NYC. She is continuing her performing arts training at places such as Broadway Dance Center and The Growing Studio. Megan currently works in the city at Ellen's Stardust Diner as part of the crazy performing waitstaff. 

SEAN BURKE

Songwriting Instructor

Sean Burke is a current sophomore at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He has been writing songs ever since his first year at Camp Meraki back in 2011! In addition to being in countless music groups on both coasts, he is also a seasoned studio musician with multiple records and collaborations under his belt. Sean is very excited to be returning to camp this year! 

SEAN BURKE

SONGWRITING INSTRUCTOR

ALISON HAMILTON

Instructor

Alison is a current junior at New York University where she studies Education and Political Science. In her spare time, she enjoys directing her A Cappella group Vocollision, which competes in the ICCAs and is releasing an album in the fall. In addition to A Cappella, Alison enjoys stage managing productions with Bookshelf Theatre Company, of which she is currently the president.

ALISON HAMILTON

INSTRUCTOR

Frannie Tracey

COUNSELOR

FRANNIE TRACEY

Counselor

Frannie Tracey is an actor and writer from Boston who uses they/them pronouns. They work with The Theater Offensive's True Colors Troupe, helping to write shows about LGBTQ+ youth and touring the shows across Massachusetts. They can also be seen in the YouTube webseries, Pod17. This is their third year at camp and first year as a counselor. Frannie considers camp a home.

Cassie Seidel

COUNSELOR

CASSIE SEIDEL

Counselor

Cassie Seidel is currently a Theatre Major with a Business and Dance Double Minor at Muhlenberg College. She recently studied at Larry Singer Studios focusing on physical and vocal performance. She is also the 2016 Artistic Roller Skating Junior Dance World Champion. Cassie has a passion for movement and how it affects our emotions and is super excited to be on the Camp Meraki staff!

BRIANNA SEIDEL

COUNSELOR

BRIANNA SEIDEL

Counselor

Brianna is a student at Dartmouth College with a love for the arts! On campus, she is part of a student-run dance group. This summer, she's had the privilege of interning at Mohegan Sun Arena in their Entertainment and Sports department, hoping to further her dream of working in the music industry. She is also part of Team USA for Artistic Roller Skating, competing in the Junior Solo Compuslory in 2017.

SOPHIA BLAKE

Counselor

Sophia is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University where she is a double major in theatre and history. She has been performing on stage since she was six and has been a Meraki camper since she was 10. She can't wait to come back and help another generation of campers find their Meraki!

SOPHIA BLAKE

COUNSELOR

LYDIA UTTER

Guest Instructor

Lydia Utter is a graduate of the Boston University College of Fine Arts. She is an actor, a playwright, a director, a comedian, and a lover of fun. She recently studied in Italy, training in Commedia dell’arte and the Grotowski acting method in the Tuscan hills. She is adamant that she would not be where she is today without her camp family.

Lydia Utter

Seth Loomis

SETH LOOMIS

Guest Instructor

Seth Loomis is a musician, songwriter, and performer from Massachusetts. He works on several different group and solo projects, and is works with genres ranging from electronic to punk music. Currently, Seth studied at Skidmore College, where he is studies Music Theory and Composition.

CELESTE COLELLA

Guest Instructor

Celeste Colella is a graduate of Framingham State University with a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising. Over the years as a counselor and instructor at camp, Celeste has taught the Costume Design & Wearable Arts elective. Here she taught a variety stage/film make up skills and beginning sewing to kids ages 7-15, including zombie make up, latex wounds, skirts, vests, accessories and so much more!

Celeste Colella