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Artistic Director

Kathy has been with CTE since the summer of 2003, and has served as our Artistic Director since 2004. She has a B.F.A. in Theatre, an M.A.Ed. in administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and has taught acting and theatre classes for over 20 years. She has been the Theatre Director for Olympia High School since 1996 and is active as an actor and director in other local theatre productions. Kathy is committed to working in and promoting theatre arts whenever and wherever she finds opportunities.



Managing Director

Louise has been involved with CTE since 2006, as a parent and Board member. After 2008 she became more involved –  running registration and coordinating volunteers for the shows. She has worked in the office during the CTE season for several years and manages the administration of CTE during the off-season.



Showcase Workshop Director

Jason has been Showcase Workshop Director since 2004.  In the school year he teaches Humanities at Marshall Middle School.



Spotlight Workshop Director

Paul has enjoyed being part of CTE since 1997, and in 2010 he became the Spotlight Workshop Director. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, he holds a degree in Theatre and Education. Paul is on loan from New York, but local credits include shows at Harlequin Productions, Capital Playhouse, Theater Artists Olympia, Olympia Family Theater, Olympia Little Theater, and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He would like to thank all his family and friends for their love and support.

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Music Faculty

Melissa Maañao is excited to be part of the CTE family! She has music directed at Village Theatre's KIDStage, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Olympia Family Theatre, and various schools in the greater Seattle area (K-12). She has performed at Village Theatre, Harlequin Productions, Bainbridge Performing Arts, Seattle Musical Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, and as a production singer for multiple cruise lines. Melissa recently completed her Masters in Teaching and teaches choir during the school year. She is excited to sing with you!



Co-Technical Director

Harrison Fry is so excited to be part of  the amazing CTE family again this summer. He has been involved in the Olympia theater community for many years and loves any opportunity to teach the art of theater, which he loves, to the future of our world!



Admin Assistant

Bio coming soon.




Super excited to be a part of the CTE experience and sharing my passion and knowledge in the realm of costuming! Currently the Costume Manager/Designer with Ballet Northwest. 



Art Faculty

Melissa will teach Art masterclass this summer. She has been involved with CTE for 18 years and is excited to be back for more!



Arts Festival Director

Carolyn is delighted to be working with CTE again in 2022 for her sixth summer! A Wisconsin native, Carolyn holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. Since moving to Olympia, she has choreographed, taught, and performed with numerous local theaters, most recently Olympia Family Theater, Harlequin Productions, and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. When not at CTE, Carolyn stays busy as an Outreach Teaching Artist for Ballet Northwest, a Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Facilitator for the Child Care Action Council, and mother to one very energetic toddler!

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Dance Faculty

Kristin Burch is absolutely jazzed to be joining the CTE Team and spending this summer in Bikini Bottom! An Olympia native, Kristin began performing at age 4, and was even a CTE kid herself back in the day!  She is now a professional singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer, and she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre (Acting/Directing) from Pacific Lutheran University. From early childhood Kristin trained with many prestigious dance academies, studied music and acting, and was a competitive gymnast. She also graduated from modeling school, worked in film and television, and sang in local and national talent competitions. Kristin has appeared on many local stages including several productions at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, and Seattle Musical Theatre.  Some favorite credits include The National Tour of Disney's The Little Mermaid (Andrina), The International Tour of West Side Story (Anybodies), Rock of Ages, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), A Little Night Music (Petra), and Oliver! (Nancy).  


Sending a big thank you to Kathy, and so much love to Mychal, Sienna, and Ezra!




Bio coming soon.

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