Instructor, Theatre and Dance
Before coming to Phillips Academy in 2013, Allen Grimm worked in both professional and academic venues, including Arena Stage, The McCarter Theater Center, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Northfield Mount Hermon School. Mr. Grimm teaches acting, directing, and a variety of other classes based in the study of contemporary theater. He co-created a course about Hip-Hop Theater, Feminist(s) Theatre, Immigration and Theatre as well as developed a two-term course about the playwright August Wilson While at Phillips Academy, he produced the academic premiere of Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays On Trayvon, Race, and Privilege, Black Gods of the Asphalt and numerous other productions. He is an enthusiastic proponent of art as unifying experience and theatre as way of exploring social issues. His work as a theatre educator is based in the belief that everyone has a story, and sharing those stories through live performance can expand our understanding of the world.
Kevin Heelan is the author of numerous plays, including Distant Fires, seen in New York off-Broadway at the Circle in the Square theatre. It was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award as best play and subsequently was produced in Los Angeles, starring Samuel L. Jackson, and was nominated for Hollywood’s Ovation Award. Other plays include Right Behind the Flag, produced at Playwrights Horizons with Kevin Spacey, and Heartland, starring Sean Penn on Broadway. The Hope Zone was produced in New York in 1996 by Circle Rep and starred Olympia Dukakis. His screen adaptation of Split Cherry Tree, starring the late Colleen Dewhurst, was seen on HBO and subsequently nominated for an Academy Award as best live action short. Along with Norman Lear, Heelan wrote and co-produced the pilot episode of a television series, 704 Hauser. In 2008, Mr. Heelan’s one-act play was part of Atlantic Theatre Company’s 20th-Anniversary Festival.
Teaching Fellow, Theatre and Dance
Elizabeth Jancsy is a recent graduate of Providence College, where she received a B.A in Theatre Arts, as well as Creative Writing. During her time at PC, Elizabeth was actively involved in mainstage productions and showcases in the Theatre, Dance and Film Department. Elizabeth received training from the Sandra Gamm Theatre and Queen Mary University of London during her undergraduate experience. Previously, Elizabeth worked as a Teaching Artist at the Sandra Gamm Theatre, in Pawtucket, RI; dedicating her time to teaching theatre in after-school programs for Pawtucket Elementary Schools.
Adjunct Instructor, Theatre and Dance
Kareem Lewis, a native of Boston, began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy under the direction of Fernadina Chan. After graduating from Boston Arts Academy he continued his training at the Brookline Ballet School, studying with Trinidad Vives and Parren Ballard. He then enrolled at The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he majored in dance with an emphasis on ballet pedagogy.
During his time at the Hartt school he had the privilege of working under the tutelage of Stephen Pier. He was also mentored and coached by Nina Watt, Miki Ohara, Peggy Lyman, Hilda Morales, and Vicky Simon. He’s performed works by George Balanchine, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Viktor Plotnikov, Tai Jimenenz, and Gemma Bond. Mr. Lewis is a Dizzy Feet Foundation nominee and performed as a guest artist with New York Theater Ballet under the artistic direction of Diana Byer. He was a featured soloist at the Jose Limon International Dance Festival where he played the role of the Just Man In Jose Limon’s Psalm. Mr. Lewis has also had the privilege of dancing with Paul Taylor dancer Eran Bugge in Martha Grahams Diversion of Angles. His teaching experiences include the Anna Grace Academy, Hartt School Community Division, Torit Montessori, Boston Arts Academy, and Boston Ballet.
Instructor, Theatre and Dance
Billy Murray has a B.A. degree in theatre arts and classical studies from St. Andrews, an M.F.A. degree in design, theatre, cinema, and an M.Ed. degree in fine arts education, K-12, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His credits include costume/ lighting design for Misanthrope, The Crucible, Big River, Dido and Aenaus, On the Verge; scenic design for the National Opera, Gianni Schicchi, M. Choufleuri, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Elixir of Love, Beatrice and Benedict; costume design for Gianni Schicchi, Evita, La Boheme, Sour Angelica, Street Scene, University of North Carolina, Conservatory of Music; and cutter/draper for Julius Caesar, The Matchmaker, The Dybik, As You Like It, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
Bradford Seymour ’00
Instructor and Technical Director, Theatre and Dance
Mr. Seymour is the Technical Director for Andover’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He holds a BA in Theater and Dance from Colby College and an MA in Performance Production from the University of Connecticut. Before joining the faculty in 2018, Mr. Seymour taught technical theater in Connecticut and worked professionally at Connecticut Repertory Theater and Portland Stage Company. At Andover he oversees the technical side of all department productions. He also designs for department productions and teaches courses in Set Design and Stagecraft. His other areas of interest include theater technology, theater safety, CNC machining for theater, sustainability in theatrical production, and video production and animation.
Instructor, Theatre and Dance
Erin E. Strong joined the faculty of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA in 2005 teaching various levels of modern contemporary, ballet, and jazz technique. In addition to technique classes, Erin teaches choreography and co-teaches a musical theater elective. She has directed large-scale musicals such as Hairspray, A Chorus Line, and Ragtime. In addition to her work within the Theater and Dance Department, Erin has designed and organized arts focused Learning in the World trips to South Africa, NYC, and Scotland. She served as Chair of the Theater and Dance Department from 2008-2014 and as the Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion 10th grade course head. Erin has also served for many years as a house counselor and academic advisor.
Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Erin performed and taught for several years throughout New York and New Jersey, most prominently as a member of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. She has also danced with Ipswich Moving Company, Deborah Damast, Renata Celichowska, and the NYU Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Erin earned her BS in dance from Skidmore College as the first recipient of the Margaret Paulding Award for Excellence in Dance. She worked for several years with Skidmore’s Summer Dance Workshops, studying closely with, among others, the José Limón Company, Trisha Brown Company, and Mark Morris Dance Group. Erin earned her masters and teacher’s certification in K-12 Dance Education from NYU, being honored as a Susan Hersh Scholar. She has presented her work at the National Dance Education Organization conference and NYU’s Arts Education Conference. Erin co-founded the NDEO student chapter at NYU and was a founding member of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization.
As a teacher, Erin has a particular interest in helping students develop their artistry through the creation of their own choreography. She seeks to provide her students with opportunities to understand how their work in the dance studio can be transposed into the greater global world. Erin’s work as a dance educator is grounded in the belief that dance is a way of knowing and thinking about one’s world.
Instructor and Chair, Theatre and Dance
Wombwell came to teach dance at Phillips Academy in 1995 and has been running the dance program ever since. Her favorite pieces of choreography for Andover dancers include Earthworks, Dido and Aeneas, Appalachian Spring and a full-length Nutcracker. Wombwell is the current Chair of Theatre & Dance and she directs Andover Dance Group. Her productions of Rhinoceros, Parabox and The Road have toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Recipient of numerous grants and awards, in 2010 she was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Choreography. Wombwell also is an avid origami artist and maintains a studio at Western Ave Art Studios in Lowell.