Keith Weirich, Artistic Director

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: 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. Mr. Weirich has produced over 50 Mainstage productions for Peacock Players, directing over 20 of them. Keith is annually ranked among the top directors each year at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards, and he is extremely proud of his students which have appeared on Broadway, National tours, and Regional an Stock theatres across the country.

Emerson Kelly, General Manager

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.

Sarah Evans, Summer Theatre Camp Manager

Sarah is proud to be a Resident Artists with Peacock Players. After graduating from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Theatre and Vocal Performance, Sarah decided that what she really wanted to do was teach. She enrolled at Boston University, where she is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Education. In Boston, she sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and serves as the Musical Director for the theater program at Edward Devotion Middle School in Brookline. With the Peacock Players, Sarah has taught a variety of classes and serves as the Summer Theatre Camp Manager. She loves watching campers and students discover a passion for theater and music while making lifelong friends!

Resident Artists & Instructors

Emma Benson, Instructor
Emma Benson is a senior at Bedford High School. Already an accomplished choreographer and dancer, Emma has studied dance since the age of three, and is extremely proud to specialize in Musical Theater Style dance. She has choreographed several musicals for community production companies, and also created and helms The Glory Project – a program in which she introduces dance to students of all ages in order to raise money for local charities. Emma is a proud member of Peacock Players Improv Comedy troupe, TECHNiCAL DiFFiCULTiES – and is thrilled to be a new Resident Artist with Peacock Players.

Henry Kopcyznskie III, Resident Artist
Henry Kopczynskie III is a pianist, accompanist, conductor, composer, vocalist, and vocal coach. He has served as music director for many theatrical productions throughout Southern New Hampshire. Henry holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Henry works in a very broad array of musical styles, from Baroque to Broadway. The New Hampshire Theatre Awards has nominated him repeatedly for Best Music Direction. 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, and Into The Woods.

Michael Shawn O’Keefe, Resident Artist
Michael Shawn O’Keefe has fourteen years’ experience in community and professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes. He has directed and trained hundreds of students at the award-winning Peacock Players Summer Theater Camp, and has managed the Young Company apprenticeship program for teens. Mike founded and directed two different New Hampshire Improv Comedy troupes (one for adults and another for youth), and 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.

Valerie Psoinos, Resident Artist
Valerie has been working with Peacock Players for the past 5 years and won the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Choreographer for her work on Peacock Players 2008 Mainstage production of Peter Pan. She has worked with groups such as Actorsingers and Peacock Players, as well as choreographed for Nashua High School North and South, and Londonderry High School. Val has a bachelor’s degree from UNH in Communication and a Masters degree in School Counseling from Rivier College. Val is a guidance counselor at Londonderry High School where she is also a class advisor, oversees the theatre department, and is involved in the Big Buddies program. Val has extensive training in all forms of dance and is committed to making sure everyone has fun on the stage and in class.

Joe Reault, Instructor
Joe Reault is a senior at Bishop Guertin High School. As resident stage manager for Peacock Players, Joe has stage managed several Mainstage productions and worked extensively backstage. Joe has also proudly served as the first student theatre director at his high school. He has also performed on the Mainstage repeatedly, is an active member of both the TECHNiCAL DiFFiCULTiES improv comedy troupe and the PEACOCKAPELLA a capella singing troupe. Joe has also proudly served as a CIT for Peacock Players Summer Theatre Camp. Joe is thrilled to be an instructor at Peacock Players, and is excited to continue his work in theatre education.

Shaina Schwartz, Resident Artist
Shaina Schwartz has been teaching dance and choreographing for several years. Shaina currently works with the Boston based dance troupe, Contemporarily Out of Order. After attending the Boston Youth Moves high school program at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Shaina attended the Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, FL, under the direction of Deb McWaters. Shaina has performed with various groups in the area including Peacock Players, Stagecoach Productions and Seacoast Rep. Shaina recently wrapped up an eight month training contract with Cirque du Soleil where she studied aerial arts and clowning. A BFA candidate at the Hartt School of Music, Shaina is now at UMass Lowell where she is a Gender Studies and Education major.

MaryEllen Stevenson, Resident Artist
MaryEllen Stevenson has been a Resident Artist with Peacock Players for four years. Peacock Players Mainstage directing credits include: 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 34thStreet, and Greater Tuna. MaryEllen is a prominent local community theatre enthusiast, and is excited to be teaching with Peacock Players.


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