Keith is a professional Equity actor from New York City, originally a native of Erie, PA. Broadway and National Tour credits include: My Fair Lady starring Richard Chamberlain, and Victor/Victoria. Regional Theatre credits include: Theatre Under The Stars (TX), The Fifth Avenue Theatre (WA), Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park (OH), The St. Louis Repertory (MO), The Orpheum (MA), The Fox Theatre (GA), The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PA), The Public Theatre (WV), The Tuacahn Amphitheatre (UT), the American Stage Festival (NH), and Stagecoach Productions (NH). Peacock Players Directing credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening, Disney’s Tarzan, Shrek – The Musical, Into the Woods, Rumors, Les Miserables, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Noises Off, The Dinosaur Musical, Seussical, A Christmas Carol, 13 the Musical, The Wedding Singer, Forbidden Broadway, A Night of a Thousand Stars, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Barnum, Peter Pan, Damn Yankees, The Wizard of Oz, Aida, The Wild Party, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Narnia, Oklahoma!, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
For over thirty years, Mr. Weirich has performed in professional and regional theatres across the United States, Canada and Europe. He has a B.F.A. in both Theatre and Music from Otterbein College, in Columbus, OH. In addition to being a founding member of the Children’s Threatre Ensemble (PA), Keith has trained and worked with such prominent theatre organizations as the Pennsylvania Governor School for the Performing Arts (PA), the Chautauqua Theatre institute (NY), Stuart Howard Associates (NYC), National Artists Management Company (NYC), the Manhattan Theatre Project (NYC), the New Hampshire Theatre Project (NH), and the Music Hall in Portsmouth (NH), as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the NH Theatre Awards, and as an active adjudicator and guest director for the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild. Keith has produced over 85 Mainstage productions for Peacock Players, directing over 37 of them. Keith has been honored as a Top Three Finalist for Best Director at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards for the past ten consecutive years, and has received multiple New Hampshire Theatre Awards for Best Direction, Best Lighting Design, Best Scenic Design, and Best Original Playwright. In addition, Mr. Weirich was honored as the recipient of the Children’s & Youth Theatre Award for his continuing dedication and guidance in theatre education. Keith is extremely proud of all of his students, which have appeared on Broadway, National tours, and Regional an stock theatres across the country.
Emerson is a graduate of Keene State College. A native of the New Hampshire seacoast region, Emerson has worked with such prominent theatre organizations as The Players’ Ring, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Mill Pond Center for the Arts, New Hampshire Theatre Project, The Music Hall, and the Prescott Park Arts Festival. Mr. Kelly also serves as a co-founder and the Managing Director for the Fleet Street Theatre Company, and Executive Director for the newly formed TBA Production Company in Portsmouth, NH. Emerson’s many years as Sexton and Facilities Manager for St. John’s Church in downtown Portsmouth, NH, has allowed him the privilege of working in and being a part of a joyful community. He considers himself fortunate to have worked with individuals volunteering their time to better the lives of others through community outreach. His efforts feel most worthy and appreciated when working with parents, volunteers and staff to provide opportunities for children to learn, grow and express themselves. Emerson continues to dedicate himself to high quality and inspiring theatre, and to the collaborative effort necessary to achieve financial, and artistic success. He is excited and proud to support Peacock Players in bringing color to life through theatre and education.
Resident Artists & Instructors
Alyssa Dumas (Resident Artist) is a recent graduate of Plymouth State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a focus in Musical Theatre. She was honored with the 2010 New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress. Onstage credits include: Les Miserables (Fantine), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van deGraaf), and Spring Awakening (Wendla).
Sarah Evans (Resident Artist) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance) from Muhlenberg College, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University. Sarah has proudly served as Peacock Players Summer Theatre Camp Manager for the past four years, and has musically directed several Mainstage productions, including: Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s Peter Pan, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and A Christmas Carol. She also teaches a variety of educational classes, and is a private vocal instructor. In addition, Sarah serves as the musical director for Peacock Players Spotlight new musical theatre troupe. Sarah currently serves as the choral and theater director at Bow High School, and the choral director at Litchfield Middle School.
Henry Kopczynskie III (Resident Artist) is a pianist, accompanist, conductor, composer, vocalist, and vocal coach. He has served as musical director for several theatrical productions throughout Southern New Hampshire. Henry holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Henry received the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Musical Direction for his work on Peacock Players production of The Addams Family. Peacock Players Mainstage productions include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disney’s The Jungle Book, A Night of 1000 Stars, Forbidden Broadway, Honk!, 13 the Musical, A Christmas Carol, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Seussical, Disney’s Cinderella, Noises Off, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Les Miserables, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Into The Woods, Shrek – The Musical, Christmas Spectacular, Disney’s Tarzan, Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, and The Wizard of Oz.
Valerie Psoinos Nelson (Resident Artist) is a three-time New Hampshire Theatre Award-winning choreographer – for her work on Peacock Players Mainstage productions of Spring Awakening, The Wedding Singer, and Peter Pan. Val is a guidance counselor for Londonderry High School – where she also serves as the director of the drama club. She would like to thank everyone at Peacock Players, her family, and especially her husband Will, for their constant love and support.
Michael Shawn O’Keefe (Resident Artist) has over fifteen years experience in community and professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes. He has been a proud Peacock Players Summer Theatre Camp Counselor, and has managed the teen Young Company apprenticeship program. Mike founded and directed two different New Hampshire Improv Comedy troupes, and until recently, taught improvisation for inner city school students in Brooklyn, NY and Newark, NJ. Michael is a graduate of The New Actors Workshop in Manhattan, and is a founding artist of the Jersey City Children’s Theater. Michael has been teaching in New York and New Jersey for the past four years and is proud to be returning to Peacock Players as a Resident Artist – where he first discovered his love for theatre education.
MaryEllen Stevenson (Resident Artist) has been a proud Resident Artist with Peacock Players for over five years. Peacock Players Mainstage directing credits include: Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s Peter Pan, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Disney’s Cinderella, Charlotte’s Web, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Disney’s The Jungle Book, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, and the New Hampshire debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other directing credits include: Miracle on 34th Street, and Greater Tuna. MaryEllen is a prominent local community theatre enthusiast, and is excited to be teaching and directing with Peacock Players.
Andrea Underhill (Resident Artist) recently received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from The University of Vermont. She currently attends Emerson College in Boston, MA – in her pursuit of a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education. Andrea strongly believes in the power of the arts and its practical way of assisting us in our individual growth. Having taught with The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson College, Flynn Arts, Lyric Theatre Company, VCCYF R&R Camp Programs, and Charlotte Central School in Vermont, Andrea is delighted to be back home working with Peacock Players – where her love for the theatre began.