Meet the staff, teachers, and voulenteers who make it all possible!

OUR TEAM

Staff

Linda Schoonmaker

President and Owner

Linda majored in Liberal Arts at Bradford College and the University of Wisconsin. She has performed, directed, and designed for the past 30 years at venues in Chicago, Denver, and Boston. Linda’s background also includes extensive knowledge in costuming, set design, and improvisation! In fact, she has performed alongside some of Chicago’s Second City Alumni. Along with her position at Acting Out!, she is also the current Drama Director at North Andover high school.

Hana Hondzinski

Instuctor and Executive Assistant

Hanna has called Acting Out! home for most of her life. She participated in her first show at Acting Out! when she was a middle schooler, which developed her love of theater. While she has plenty of on-stage experience, Hanna is also well versed in stage management, tech, and set/costume design. Since graduating college in May 2019, Hanna has been working full time at Acting Out! doing anything and everything. But her favorite thing of all is teaching the Showcase class where most of her students have never been on stage before.  Hanna loves the ability to develop the love of theater and the confidence it provides to our young students

Dave Cook

Vice President

Dave majored in Russian Studies (and performing at coffee houses :-) at Connecticut College and worked as a street juggler in California.  He has been with Acting Out for the past 7 years and has performed in many roles including Willy Wonka, Captain Hook, The King (The King and I), Dr. Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror, and many others.  He has also directed seven plays including Leading Ladies, Boeing Boeing, Plaza Suite, and Steel Magnolias, for which he was nominated for an EMACT award for Set Design.  

Mollie Lesnever

Instructor and Outreach Lead

Mollie is excited to be an active part of the Acting Out! community, even as she pursues her undergraduate degree at Lesley University! Majoring in Expressive Arts Therapy, Mollie brings a unique mindset as she focuses both on the fun of theater as well as the healing aspect. Her passion at Acting Out is teaching, feeling fortunate to have watched many of our students grow over the years. She also has a continued role as social media and general outreach head. 

Teachers 

Laura Green

Vocal Instructor

Laura has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in Music Education where she served as an adjunct professor in the choral area. She was a music assistant and soloist at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lowell, where she sang in their professional choir for ten years. Laura worked with Lowell Opera Company for 3 years where she served on the artistic direction committee as a choral consultant and on their board of directors; she was also involved in music direction, production of smaller events and was cast in opera roles.

Kristen Piekos 

Choreographer

Kristen graduated Manga Cum Laude from Keene State College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in theater and dance. She majored in theater and minored in dance with a specialization in acting/directing. Her college internship took place at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. She has over 30 years of classical ballet training from Centerstage Dance Academy.  In 2015 she showed up to Acting Out’s auditions for The Little Mermaid and the rest is history. She has performed in and/or choreographed over a dozen productions with Acting Out. Kristen believes that anyone, old, young, big, small, professional, amateur, adult, or child can dance in a musical. It is her passion, and she takes great joy in making that happen. You can dance! Kristen will show you how. 

Peg Digrazia

Music Director

Keep your eyes peeled for Peg's bio coming soon!

Acting Out! Theater Company, Inc.

56 Island Street

Lawrence, MA  01840

 

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