At Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts our staff is dedicated not only to our summer program but to the theatre arts all year round. Meet our staff for 2016!
Rachael Strube (Camp Manager)-Miss Rachael has been with Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts for 5 years. She has 14 years of experience working with children of all ages and developing cultural arts programming. Rachael holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where much of her research has focused on urban education and residency patterns in Baltimore. She is very excited to be back for another year at camp!
Lauren Blake Williams (Camp Director)-Miss Lauren is thrilled to be returning to Slayton House Camp of the Arts after a 6-year hiatus! Since spending four years as a Slayton House counselor beginning in 2007, Lauren has been performing, directing, and teaching drama and music in the Washington, DC area. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Musical Theatre Performance and Music Education from Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in 2011. Since then, she has been working in the education department at a children’s theatre in Bethesda called Imagination Stage, teaching classes and directing productions for young people ages 1-18. She is currently back in the Howard County area to pursue her Master’s Degree in Special Education at The University of Maryland and can not wait to take on this new role at Camp of the Arts. See you this summer!
Liz Savopoulos (Assistant Director) – Holds a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland and currently works as a school librarian in Montgomery County. An alumnus of Slayton House’s Conservatory program (albeit many moons ago), Liz is thrilled to be back as a counselor and would like to thank the extended Slayton House community for all their support.
Laura Greffen (Camp Counselor)- Laura is currently the Howard High School Theatre Department teacher & director. She loves working with theatre students of all ages, and has also been involved in Howard County Summer Theatre Junior as an assistant director & choreographer since its beginning in 2006. She received her BA in English Education from Grove City College, and her M.A. In Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Laura is super excited to join Slayton House Theatre Arts Camp’s summer staff and work with a new community of student performers!
Cheryl J. Campo (Musical Director for Legally Blonde) Miss Cheryl can’t wait to get started in on such a fun show with the campers and her fellow staff members at Slayton House Camp of the Arts. Having gotten her start in piano and dance at a young age, Cheryl was subsequently bit by the theatre bug in middle school and has since performed, accompanied, musical directed, and choreographed in NJ, NY, CT, OH, and MD. By day Cheryl works at Howard Community College on STEM initiatives but will one day find a way to marry her formal training in science, education, engineering, and law with her love of and passion for the arts.
Cole Watts (Camp Counselor) – Cole is a student at Howard Community College perusing his degree in Theatre performance. He is looking forward to working with his fellow staff members and hopes to give the kids the best summer theatre experience possible. See you in the summer!
Jacob Foster (Musical Director for Risings Stars Session II & III) Jacob is a composer, actor, and pianist from the DC area. His work includes productions at the Olney Theatre Center, Adventure Theatre, and Howard Community College. He is a 2 time Helen Hayes Award nominee and a finalist in the Pallas Theatre Collective New Musicals Competition. Let’s make some music!
Kira Bennett (Aftercare Counselor and Substitute Camp Counselor)- Kira is a rising college freshman that will be pursuing a degree in Psychology at Towson University in the fall. She adores Slayton House and has been here most of her life. She is so excited to work with the kids and hope to see everyone in the summer!