Anderson Theatre, Film, and Dance

Anderson Theatre, Film, and Dance Faculty and Staff

Chad Weddle • Producer and Artistic Director of Anderson Theater, Film, and Dance

Chad Weddle is a graduate of Miami University with a B.A. in Theatre. Mr. Weddle also holds a M.Ed. in Theatre Education from The Ohio State University. He teaches Theatre and Film at Anderson High School . He is also the Producer and Artistic Director for the Anderson Theatre, Film, and Dance Department where he has directed numerous Main Stage Plays and Musicals, One-Acts, and short and full-length films. Mr. Weddle also runs two summer camps, a Film Camp which has produced several short films and a Theatre Camp for students grades 3-10. This is his twelth year with the Forest Hills School District. Previous Theatre work done with Ovation Theatre Company, Clear Stage Cincinnati, Madcap Puppet Theatre, and The Children's Theatre of Mason. The two-time Cappie award and two-time Superior-Rated show winning director was generously awarded the 2014 Theatre Educator of the Year award from the Cincinnati Enquirer and 5/3 Bank. Chad was most recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Hamilton County Education Foundation Celebrate Excellence award for being "a stellar role model who is full of creativity, energy, wisdom, patience and dedication" who "helps students develop their creativity, self-esteem and team work skills.” Chad spends his free time with his three wonderful children and his wife Emily.

Hannah Linser-Wilder • Director

Hannah Linser-Wilder graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Northern Kentucky University. She earned a dual licensure in Theatre and English Education from Xavier University. Currently, Mrs. Linser-Wilder teaches English at Anderson High School. During the 2016-2017 school year, she worked as the Assistant Director for Anderson Theatre's productions of Sweeney Todd, Hamlet, and Cats. She has been working as an acting teacher and director for the Tree of All Seasons Theatre Summer Camp since 2015. In the summer of 2017, she made her debut as a film director by writing and directing the TOAST Film Camp sensation, Hans. She is extremely passionate about theater education, and is excited to be a part of the Anderson Theater community.

John Linser-Wilder • Technical Director of Building, Running, & Scheduling

John Linser-Wilder needs to send us his bio!

August Dice • Technical Director of Sound, Lights, & Special Effects

August Dice is a graduate of Xavier University; he has a B.A. in Theatre with a focus in Sound Design and
Audio Engineering. Some of August’s favorite past productions include Rent (Audio Engineer/ Xavier
University), A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Audio Engineer, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Tour), The
Dancing Princesses (Audio Engineer/Ensemble Theatre Company of Cincinnati), Peter and The
Starcatcher (Asst. Sound Designer/ Playhouse in the Park) and Spring Awakening (Sound Designer &
Audio Technician/ Xavier University). August has also explored audio work outside of Xavier Theatre
including work at The Cintas Center with Xavier Athletics and the Western & Southern Open Tennis
Tournament, both as an audio engineer. August is excited to be working as a Technical Director and
mentor at his alma mater and hopes everyone enjoys the production that The Anderson Theatre
Department worked so diligently on.

Lydia Reagan - Technical Director of Props, Set Decoration, & Paint

Lydia Reagan is a Cleveland native and graduate of Xavier University where she earned her BA in Graphic Design and Printmaking with minors in Theatre and Writing. She currently serves as the Technical Director of Paint, Props, and Set Decoration with the Anderson High School Theatre Department and works as an in-house designer at NoLimits Enterprises. Lydia also freelances as a props designer and illustrator, and volunteers with the Cincinnati chapter of Creative Mornings, a free monthly breakfast lecture series for creative people. Some of her favorite shows include Jane Eyre (TD, Anderson 2018), The Monster Songs (TD, Cincy Fringe 2017), The Cat in the Hat (Scenic Artist, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 2017), Legally Blonde (Properties designer, Xavier University 2017), and Avenue Q (Christmas Eve, Xavier University 2014).

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Emily Weddle • Assistant Director & Technical Director of Costumes, Hair, & Makeup

Emily Weddle is a Cincinnati native, a graduate of Ursuline Academy and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Arts Management from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Emily has been involved in theatre as an actress and designer for many years. She has worked with local companies such as The Children's Theatre of Mason, Clear Stage Cincinnati, The Showboat Majestic, The Cincinnati Opera, and Ovation Theater Co. Emily has taught Acting and Improvisation at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Children's Theatre of Mason, Ayer Elementary and currently teaches Acting at All Saints School and The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. She is currently teaching Private Acting Lessons as well as rockin' it as a founding member and managing director of T.O.A.S.T. Summer Theatre Camp!




Alan Masters • Vocal & Orchestra Director

Alan Masters is a native of Michigan and holds BSME and MSME engineering degrees from the University of Michigan. Since retiring from Procter & Gamble he has found full time enjoyment in the music and theater world. He has music directed and/or played keyboards for more than 60 musicals with various theater groups and high schools in the Cincinnati area including Rent and Sweeney
Todd with AHS. He has also lead contemporary music teams for 20 years, performed with various bands and combos and has accompanied many vocalists including 2 of the last 4 Overtures winners. In addition to music directing Alan is currently serving as president of Footlighters, Inc. (Stained Glass Theatre) in Newport, KY.

Felipe Morales-Torrez • Orchestra Director

Felipe Morales-Torres started his life as a violist, and later studied bassoon performance and string pedagogy as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2017, he returned to pursue a graduate degree in music education and orchestral conducting. currently serves as a conductor for the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras. Previously, he was Director of Orchestras for Winton Woods City Schools and played a part in several El Sistema-inspired programs, including the Dayton Philharmonic’s Q The Music. His performances with students are known for their richness and detail, a result of “outstanding and innovative instruction” that earned him the title of Young Teacher of the Year in 2014 from the Ohio String Teachers Association. As a Latin American teaching artist, Mr. Morales is dedicated to engaging diverse musicians in quality orchestral experiences, such as the International Music Festival of the Sifais in Costa Rica, which he was invited to conduct in 2018. During his tenure at Winton Woods, the orchestra program doubled in size and offerings expanded to include electric ensembles, summer camps, frequent guest artists, and performance tours to Miami, FL. Mr. Morales brought a unique rapport to the learning environment that earned him the district’s Most Influential Teacher Award––twice––in 2015 and 2017.

Amy Burgess • Choreographer

Amy Burgess (Choreographer/Entertainer) an alumnus of Anderson High School and Miami University, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Performance. Amy is co-owner of BANG (www.bangcincinnati.com). She has taught dance classes for the last 10 years. Previous work includes: Footloose, Aida, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Highlands H.S.); Once Upon a Mattress, Schoolhouse Rock, Live, and Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (Highlands M.S); Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Shrek, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Children’s Theatre of Mason); Young Frankenstein, Brigadoon, Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying), Pippin, The Secret Garden, Little Shop of Horrors, Hello Dolly, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and Godspell (Anderson H.S.); Annie (St. Ursula H.S.); Carrie (Showbiz Players); Equus (New Edgecliff Theatre Company) The Nina Variations (Playhouse in the Park); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Thomas More College); Once On This Island Jr., Cinderella Jr., Aladdin Jr., Music Man Jr., Seussical, Jr., Annie Jr. (Kings J.H.); Beauty and the Beast, Crazy for You, Into the Woods, Wizard of Oz, Children of Eden, Anything Goes (Kings H.S.); Ragtime, The Addams Family, Parade and The Producers (C.A.S.T). Amy is also on staff as a performer with the Cincinnati Reds.


Kailee Poston - Director of Photography

Kailee Poston graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a dual degree in Theatre Arts and Electronic Media & Broadcasting. During her time at NKU she learned the ins and outs of just about every role on a film set, finally settling in behind the camera as a cinematographer. Her work, "The Christ College of Nursing - My Name is Victoria", earned an honorable mention at The Ohio Valley Chapter Emmy's at the college level. She also won a Blue Chip Cable Access Award for her documentary, "Nerds and Virgins". Since then Kailee has been involved on multiple film projects, both narrative and documentary, including starting a wedding videography business. In 2017, she directed a cinematic short film "Gone" for TOAST Film Camp. She then worked as the Director of Photography for the inaugural year of Anderson High School's Film Festival.

Joey Loebker - Assistant Director

Joey bio here.

Malerie Jump - Film Crew Leader

Malerie is an alumni of Anderson Theatre and is currently working on getting her Bachelors degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She worked on both stage productions and films all four years at Anderson is very excited to be back. She cannot wait to get started working with the students and passing on her knowledge to the next generation of artists!

Geoff Halpin - Film Crew Leader

Geoffrey Halpin is a Lighting and Sound Technician with a Bachelor degree in Technical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University. Experienced in both Theatrical and Live Music technical work, Geoff has been a part of shows at the Madison Theater and the Thompson House. His experiences with High School theatre have included working with Turpin and Milford High Schools as Technical Director. Geoffrey is happy to be working again with Anderson Theatre and its tradition of excellent shows.

Elaine Seeley • Executive Director

Elaine Seeley earned a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MFA from Emerson College. She has two daughters who were deeply involved with Anderson Theatre in their day. Elaine has been successfully coordinating Anderson Theatre, it’s programs, and publicity for the last ten years, and greatly enjoys working with the students and the Directors. She co-wrote the script for AT’s productions of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" in 2009 and "A Reunion to Die For" in 2014, and wrote the script for AT’s "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" in 2013. She currently lives in Singapore, working remotely, and likes to point out that Anderson Theatre is the only local High School Theatre with an office in Asia.