To create connections, spaces, and stages for students to grow in their desired skill sets, specifically in performing arts, as well as social and emotional learning. We currently focus to help 6-12th grade students, meeting them where they are and helping them get to where they want to be, both in school and beyond. We look forward to expanding our programming, age range, and specialties in the future.
Rachael McNutt is a NYU Tisch student who trains at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and has worked with several professionals in the industry including Micaela Diamond, John Cariani, Antonio Merenda, Alice Saltzman, etc. Rachael is an alumni from Broad Run High School and plans to continue her theatre career in D.C. after getting her BFA in Theatre. Rachael is currently teaching summer camps with StageCoach Theatre Company on various acting techniques. Rachael has a background in directing, acting, technical theatre, and dance. She is interning at Creative Stages helping with social media, marketing, and event management.
Dan is an Industry Coordinator for us who helps create connections and recruits students to participate in various opportunities. Dan is a parent of an active performer who has been in local DMV as well as Off Broadway productions in NY. Dan works by day as an acupuncturist at Loudoun Wellness. Dan also partners with many arts organizations in the area and has a passion for building bridges for students who wish to pursue an arts career beyond high school. Dan brought in some of the artists who have worked with us in the past and continues to help us build partnerships for future opportunities.
Addie Schafer Benko
Addie is the Artistic Director of Creative Stages. She was a K-12 classroom teacher in Loudoun County, where she also graduated from as a student. Addie is also a National Geographic Educator and was a 2019 fellow. Addie was a Fulbright Teacher in 2015 in Malaysia. She has traveled and taught English and arts skills nationally as well as internationally. She also is working with Rock Ridge High School to expand their summer programs along with doing contracting work on the side. She is the Executive Director of Virginia Thespians and is excited to expand programming for Creative Stages as well.
Catina joined the Creative Stages team in 2022 bringing with her over 25 years of experience working with high school and youth performers as a visual designer, director and choreographer for color guard, show choir and small vocal ensemble. Since 2017 she has worked as a music director, choreographer, and assistant director for educational youth theatre, also leading student teams in costumes, props and scenic. Catina holds degrees in Music and Biology as well as a Masters in Education with VA teaching endorsements in Vocal Music K-12 and Biology. She was a featured columnist for Halftime Magazine and has been a vocalist with the Clear Harmonies Carolers. A photographer, Catina can often be found behind the camera documenting our Creative Stages workshops and events and assisting with media and marketing.
We are always looking for more locations, teaching artists in the industry, and students to help in the area. Visit our Contact Us page with any interests or inquiries. Thank you for visiting Creative Stages. We hope to see you at one of our Events soon!