2020 Summer Session One Virtual Instructors

 August Scarpelli – A graduate of Hiram College (‘16 B.A. Theatre Arts, magna cum laude) and has been working in and around Northeast Ohio theatre since 2012. He has been: a Carpenter, House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, and Assistant Operations Manager at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights; a Technical Director/Set Designer, Artistic Associate, and Actor at Ensemble Theatre; a Set Designer and Actor at Convergence Continuum; a Production/Stage Manager for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival; Technical Director/Set Designer and Adjunct Professor of Theatre History at Hiram College;a co-founder of the Shahrazad Theatre Company based in Cleveland Heights; and has been seen at Western Reserve Playhouse in their production of Lost in Yonkers as Uncle Louie, The Director of Tartuffe, Blithe Spirit and The Seagull. August is honored to be able to communicate his experience and passion for this, most human of arts, to the next generous of storytellers and the WRP community.


Dayshawnda Ash –  Miss Day is excited to teach at WRP. She has worked with children age 2-12 for 4 years. In local child care centers. Her favorite activities are story time and dance parties.  She has a bachelors of fine arts.  Miss Day is not only a teacher but an actress, singer and songwriter. Miss Day can’t wait to create fun stories with your children.


Jacob Bremkamp – A local Musical Director, Accompanist, Composer/ Lyricist and Playwright. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Playwriting at Cleveland State University through the NEOMFA Creative Writing Program. He has supervised and conducted many productions across the East coast from Philadelphia to New York. He served as the resident musical director for Magic Future Box Theater Company in Brooklyn, NY for three years before becoming assistant musical director and rehearsal accompanist for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC. He received his BFA in Theater Arts from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA in 2010. He currently works and resides in Cleveland.


Jacob Gaspar – Is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University where he received a B.A. in Theatre. Jacob has most recently been seen in Assassins (John Hinckley) at Western Reserve Playhouse and A Comedy of Tenors (Carlo) at Clague Playhouse. Jacob has worked as assistant director on Jingle Bells Jury, A Guide to the Teenage Zone, and Pajama Party with the Red Barn Youth Theater. He has worked with Clague Playhouse’s outreach program teaching theatre to elementary students in Westlake City Schools.  Thank you to August, Dawn, and all those involved at Western Reserve Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity. All the love.


Kyle Huff -Is thrilled to be debuting classes for Western Reserve’s new education program! Kyle has been acting, directing, and teaching theatre in the greater Cleveland area for nearly a decade. Kyle has taught at Cleveland Playhouse and Ensemble Theatre; as well as countless schools within the area. Lastly, Kyle Shakespeare’s experience spans back years – he could not  be more thrilled than to share that with his students.


Victoria Kirgesner –  graduate of both the University at Buffalo (’11, Linguistics/Classics) and  Georgetown University (’14, Linguistics), and has been teaching high school Latin since 2015. In addition, she has worked several summers at various camps for elementary school students intermittently since 2009. She has appeared on stage in several local theater productions at Chagrin Valley Little Theater, the Brecksville Theater, with the Stow Players and with the Hudson Players. She has also worked behind the scenes as a stage manager with the Stow Players and as a properties/costume manager for productions both at Olmsted Falls High School and Cuyahoga Falls High School. She has been seen on stage at Western Reserve Playhouse in their 2019 productions of Emma and Happy Hollandaise, and will be helping to kick off their 2020 season as Elvira in Blithe Spirit. She is delighted to be able to bring her energy and enthusiasm for the stage while inspiring a new generation of actors and designers.


Justine Snider  is a freelance Scenic Artist.  While most of her work can be found in theaters, she has also had the pleasure of working on a number of commercials, music videos, museum displays, film and individual commission pieces. Examples of her work can be found on Facebook and Instagram by searching for Artist Justine Schneider. 


Jasen Smith –  joined the professional staff of Weathervane Playhouse in 2008. The recent production of Mamma Mia! marked his 100th show there. In past seasons, he has designed Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Intimate Apparel, Hair, Charley’s Aunt, Life with Father, Into the Woods, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dreamgirls, and many, many more.Regionally, Jasen has designed The White Devil (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Merry Widow, and Robin Hood (Ohio Light Opera); The Philadelphia Story, How I Learned to Drive, Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Tartuffe, The Firebugs, Medea, and Stage Door(Case Western Reserve University); The Odd Couple (Porthouse); and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Richard Kind, for the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Beyond all the costumes and all the costumes he has designed in  Northeast Ohio, Jasen has found an extended family. He cannot do what he does without the support of John, Melanie Hauer, Jen Desberg and Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski. Thank you!


Dawn Sniadak-Yamokski – is thrilled to now call her job Executive Artistic Director of Western Reserve Playhouse. Past directing credits include Forbidden Broadway, Dogfight, It’s a Wonderful Life, Lion King Jr., Little Women: The Musical, Assassins, Songs for a New World, Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, Dummies Guide to High School, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up, and the regional premiere of the opera, Game of Chance. When not directing. Dawn sings and acts her way on stage. Some of her favorites to date are Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), Spamalot (Lady in the Lake),Next to Normal (Diana), Evita (Evita), Children of Eden (Eve/Momma Noah),My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Jane), and Hairspray (VelmaVon Tussle). She has also performed at Aurora Community Theater, The Beck Center, The Player’s Guild, Huntington Playhouse, Stow Players, Olde Town Theater, BTOTS, and Weathervane Playhouse. Dawn lives in Peninsula with her hubby Jeff and her sons Drew and Colin, and her daughter, Nadia, and a house full of animals. Thank you all for the love and support of live theater!