Dave Kempher is a 15 year veteran of children's theatre, having worked with all of the community theatres in the Michiana area. In nearly 100 shows Dave has directed, assistant directed, designed and ran technical aspects such as lights and sounds, and played countless roles in theatre productions. Currently he is the Artistic Director for Pickapart Theatre and a proud member of the SBCT Education Department.Dave is also one of the creators of the area's only improv festival (Comedy Criminlas Improv Festival and Competition), has been an improv teacher with the South Bend Community School Corp for the last 6 years, as well as a freelance improv instructor, having assisted with area troupes (GoProv, Political Stag Party, and Milton Roe) and creator of improv troupes with area theaters (Osceola Community Theatre's "Simply Making Up Things, (SMUT)", Elkhart Community Theatre's "Comedy Criminals", and Pickapart Theatre's "Pickapart Improv").
Dave is also a two time Nationally recognized actor having been in the Association of American Community Theatre's (AACT) 2005 2nd Place show "Nunsense: A-men" and in 2015 was nominated by AACT for his supporting role in "The 39 Steps" at the National level and won the award for supporting actor at the Regional level.
During the day, Dave Kempher is a teaching assistant at Edison Intermediate School in South Bend.
Donna Blue Lachman
Donna Blue Lachman has worked as a playwright, actor, director and teacher for almost 40 years. She was the founder and Artistic Director of the Blue Rider Theatre Company (1986-2000). It was there she wrote and performed many critically acclaimed plays and taught young people and adults acting, improvisation and playwriting.
Ms. Lachman has performed all over the U.S. and abroad, receiving numerous awards for her work, including an Emmy Award, two Joseph Jefferson Awards for best performance, several Playwright Fellowships, and awards from the Chicago Artist's International Program. In 2010, she was commissioned by Sean Penn’s Relief Organization JP/HRO to Port au Prince, Haiti where she worked with children who were survivors of the earthquake, doing theater games and improvisations to help heal the community in tent cities.
Her teaching credits include the School of the Art Institute, master degree programs at Columbia College, and Artist in Residence for Gallery 37 for the Arts. She also served as Dramatist in Residence for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Since moving to Michigan, Lachman has premiered plays at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan in addition to her teaching as head of the Theater Department at La Lumiere School and at New Buffalo High School.
Clare Costello has been featured in many productions at the South Bend Civic Theatre and was a core member of the Civic Young Company. She is a regular guest teacher/director at St. Matthew's School. Here at SBCT Education, Clare apprenticed with Tori Abram Copenhaver, Carys Kresny, and Geoffrey Carter and has become a sought-after teacher by both parents and students. The thing she loves most about teaching is seeing kids' faces light up when they realize that we are going to make a whole show, with costumes and props...then showing them that the show is really about what THEY create and become.
Kelli teaches improv and sketch comedy to people from every walk of life, from beginning students to executives at Fortune 100 companies. She has been teaching and coaching improv for over fifteen years and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, iO, The Annoyance, and Players Workshop. Her mentors include improv legends Keith Johnstone, Don DePollo,Martin de Maat, Del Close, Mick Napier, and UCB to name a few. She was on one of the original teams at The Playground Theater's “Eastland Girls Academy.”
Kelli has written,directed and performed in countless shows in premiere comedy theaters and clubs across the country, most recently with with Second City Communications and her own Lark Comedy Institute based here in South Bend. She’s also a voice-over talent on television and radio both locally and nationally and a member of AFTRA.
Kelli firmly believes that the principles of improv (generosity, trust, spontaneity, teamwork…joy) can make people happier, more confident and productive, communities healthier, families stronger and overall the world a better place.
Amber graduated from Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne with her BA in theatre. Her love of sewing as a young girl progressed into a passion for costume design, technology, and fashion history. In her time at IPFW she learned how to pattern, build, and design costumes. She has worked professionally for Cedar Point Amusement Park as a costume dresser for the ice skating show; Theatre at Monmouth in Maine and Dorney Amusement Park as a cutter/draper; and at multiple community theatres and high schools as a designer/mentor .
What she loves most about teaching sewing and costuming is the seeing joy that people find when the discover that they can craft something with their own hands.
Joshua graduated from Los Angeles Theatre Academy’s three year intensive program
for acting and directing before going on to work with Culver Academies internship program in theatre.
He finished his degree at Indiana University with a BFA in acting and directing. Joshua’s SBCT directing credits include Nate the Great, Flat Stanley, Sideway Stories at Wayside School, and The Color Purple.
Other regional directing credits include On Tidy Endings (Camino Theatre), Most Massive Woman Wins
and The Author’s Voice (Eileen Dickie Theatre), and Omnium Gatherum (International Fringe Festival –
Edinburgh Scotland). Joshua works with the city of South Bend and SBCT on several theatre projects around the Michiana area, working with Robinson Center, University of Notre Dame, Dickenson Fine Arts Academy, St. Matthews Cathedral, and Hannah and Friends. This is Josh’s fifth season working with SBCT’s Education Department.
Bailey Haseltine is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theater. Although she is an avid performer, she enjoys teaching and has trained students to become effective actors as well as musicians. Bailey has experience playing theatrical roles in over thirteen recent full productions in addition to more than ten years of performance experience in music and theater. She loves working with students, whether brand new to the stage or seasoned veterans, and helping them create with confidence and learn more about themselves in the process. She is a strong believer in learning by doing and finds that kids who participate in theater become stronger, more independent human beings. Bailey loves teaching because it gives kids the opportunity to create and be themselves as well as have fun. Theater is her way to give back to the universe and has made her the person she is today.
Quinton is a South Bend native and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He has appeared and choreographed several shows locally and around the country as well as being a dance instructor at Southhold. Quinton was recently seen in the SBCT show The Wiz as...the Wiz, in Ragtime as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and as Lancelot in Camelot. He has been the choreographer for many shows here at SBCT.