Instructors

Kelly Forster-Griffin and Tom Freeman

Founders

Kelly and Tom, Founders of Summer Fun! Tom and Kelly have been friends since the Summer of 1991 when they met on a choir trip to Russia. Two summers later, they established the first Summer Fun! Performing Arts Camp on the Seattle Pacific University campus.

The camp started as part of a children’s music demonstration group for teachers working towards their Kodaly Music certification. Quickly, Summer Fun! took on a life of its own, adding dance and art to the original mix of music and drama. This is SF’s 23rd consecutive season. Wow! Time goes fast when you’re having so much fun!

Lucinda Dalrymple

Executive Director, Composer, Music Session 1

Lucinda Dalrymple, Executive Director for Summer Fun! Lucinda Dalrymple is co-founder of Coughlan Academies, a music school serving students in Ballard and the Sammamish Plateau. She has a B. Mus. From McGill University in Montreal, her Kodaly certification, and a Master’s degree in Education from Seattle Pacific University.

Lucinda is a music specialist at The Evergreen School and is past-President of Northwest Kodaly Educators.  She has presented sessions in early childhood music education for that organization.

Page Byers

Drama Teacher

Page Byers, Drama Teacher Session 2 for Summer Fun! Page Byers is delighted to be working at her seventh Summer Fun! She received her BFA in acting from UCSB and has since appeared on stages in Seattle, Ashland OR, and California. She has worked locally with Seattle Children’s Theater, Village Theater, The Bathhouse and Actors Repertory Theatre. She has taught acting and Shakespeare at Young People’s Theater Workshop camp in Philadelphia and wrote, directed and choreographed the Whittier Elementary School play for many years.

This past year, Page spent 14 weeks in Spokane, rehearsing and performing in the world premiere of the eight-actor “Our Town”, developed by the Thornton Wilder estate and Interplayers Theater, and in “Good People”, playing Margie. She is grateful to her patient family and friends for their eternal support.

Tom Freeman

Writer/Composer

Tom Freeman, Writer/Composer for Summer Fun!

Professionally, Tom Freeman studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and spent the next 10 years performing in musical theatre. He has toured nationally with a one-man show based upon a PBS Wonderworks Series, and performed as a tap dancer on Alaska cruise ships and a singer in a Yiddish review in Southern Florida.

Locally, he has appeared in the Northwest Actors Studio and The Fifth Avenue Theatre. His education background included a B.A. in Music Theory from the University of Washington and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.

Pam Gaines

Dance Instructor

Pam Gaines, Dance Instructor for Summer Fun! The incredibly talented Pam Gaines is in her 12th year teaching for Summer Fun. She has been a dance instructor at Barclay Shelton Dance Centre in Edmonds for over 20 years, where she teaches tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling, and character, and has also choreographed and performed with their resident company, “Dance Theatrics”. Pam has choreographed for Choir of the Sound and scores of other school and community productions.

Now that she has retired from the North Shore School District, Pam has more time to enjoy the cutest grandbaby ever, dark chocolate and olives.

Jan Harvey-Smith

Art Instructor Session 1

Jan Harvey-Smith, Art Instructor Session 1 for Summer Fun! Jan Harvey-Smith has been in the artistic profession for 25 years. She currently serves as the Master Scenic Artist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She loves sharing her talent and enthusiasm for art with students and has had many opportunities to do so, most recently as teaching artist at Whittier Elementary School. Through experience, research and teacher collaboration, Jan has developed a teaching philosophy that involves exposing students to a diverse range of techniques and making connections to master works of art. She is eager to expand her work with students in order to cultivate an interest in art, uncover talents, explore different mediums and point out the relevance of art in all aspects of life.

Currently she runs an After School Art program in Ballard, teaches kids and adults at Space To Create in Seattle and is very active as a Washington State Teaching Artist. Her passions? ART, paint and fun; her 3 college kids and her motorcycle.

Nina Crampton

Art Instructor Session 2

Art Instructor Session 2 for Summer Fun! Nina received her BA in Fine Art from Lancaster University and her Teaching Certificate form Exeter University, both in UK. Since then, Nina has taught in a diverse range of educational establishments in both UK and USA. Since moving to Seattle in 2002 Nina has worked as a Mural Artist, Artist in Residence at Whittier Elementary, Scenic Artist at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Window Artist for Nordstrom.

Currently she runs an After School Art program in Ballard, teaches kids and adults at Space To Create in Seattle and is very active as a Washington State Teaching Artist. Her passions? ART, paint and fun; her 3 college kids and her motorcycle.

Alina Gibitz

Drama Instructor Session 1

Alina Gibitz, Drama Instructor Session 1 for Summer Fun! Alina Gibitz has been teaching, performing and directing in the Seattle area for 5 years. No stranger to the theater, she has filled many roles– stage manager, cast member, chorus member, improviser, house musician among others. She is currently employed at Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s longest running Improv Theater Show.

Alina has the privilege of working with hundreds of young people daily through her job as an elementary school teacher and choral director. Her students continually inspire her. Alina holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Level Three Kodaly Certificate.

David Anthony Lewis

Drama Instructor Session 2

David Lewis, Drama Instructor Session 2 for Summer Fun! David Anthony Lewis received his BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts late last millennium and has been very fortunate to continue finding consistent work as an Equity actor ever since. He was last seen as ten different characters, including Orin the dentist, in the recent ACT/5th Ave co-production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.

He began teaching acting at the same time and has taught for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Seattle Shakespeare Company, and several summer camps around the Puget Sound.

Kyra Rengstorf

Music Instructor Session 2

Kyra Rengstorf, Music Instructor Session 2 for Summer Fun! Kyra Rengstorf is the Director of Choirs at Leota Junior High and Woodinville High School in the Northshore School District. She also serves as the music director for the WHS musical theater productions. This year she had the distinct honor of serving as the director for the Northshore Elementary Honors Choir.

Kyra earned her BA in Music from Columbia University in New York, where she studied voice, music theory, and dance. She worked for the Metropolitan Opera Guild in arts education and outreach before moving to Seattle. She received her K-12 general, instrumental and choral endorsements in Music Education from the UW, where she sang in the Chamber Singers as a soprano and participated in a music cognition and learning lab.

In the summer Ms. Rengstorf can be found teaching music at performing arts camps in Seattle and at the Lake Samish Music Camp in Bellingham. In her spare time, Kyra can be found cooking, gardening, and working on house renovation projects with her husband, Nathan.

Dan Coughlan

Accompanist

Dan Coughlan, Accompanist for Summer Fun! Dan Coughlan is co-founder of Coughlan Academies, a music school serving students in Ballard and the Sammamish Plateau (www.coughlanacademies.com). He started piano lessons at the age of five and has had a number of notable teachers including Boris Berlin (one of Canada’s preeminent teachers), Peter Simon (current president of the Royal Conservatory of Music) and Dale Bartlett (noted accompanist).

Dan has a degree in Piano Performance from McGill University in Montreal and was a member of the music faculty at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario Before moving to Seattle.

Smiles and pirates at Summer Fun!

theater

Explore theater through games, improvisation and scene work. Learn the fundamentals of characterization, stage movement, diction and vocal projection.

dance

Learn movement through a wide range of styles that include jazz, ballet, tap and modern. Discover the joy of movement crafted within a theatrical setting.

art

Create pieces in a variety of mediums, all tailored to support the show’s theme. All art is exhibited the night of the performance in our “gallery”.

music

Build a knowledge of music by learning in-tune singing skills, rhythms, and music literacy in the Kodaly method.