Music Theatre Camp Faculty

Bradley Beahen (Vocal Coach) is thrilled to be making his first staff appearance this summer at Shell Lake Arts Center.  A native Minnesotan, Bradley ventured out east to study musical theater at Carnegie Mellon University.  ('03)  Bradley returned to the Twin Cities after college and found a home on the Mcknight Stage at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theater and St. Paul's History Theatre.  After a wonderful run in MN, Bradley ventured out to NYC and has worked regionally for the last 15 years.  Favorite theaters include American Heartland Theatre (Kansas City) Gem Theatre (Detroit) Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Maltz Jupiter (FLA) Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Mountain Playhouse (PA) and Theatre Aspen (CO)

Bradley made his return to the Twin Cities recently, marking his debut as Musical Director at Lyric Arts Theatre with Plaid Tidings.  Bradley will be returning to the keys at Lyric Arts this holiday season with Winter Wonderettes, and will also be Musical Director for Normandale College's Title of Show this Spring.  And days before he gets to Shell Lake, he will be music directing and performing in the world premiere workshop of Pansy Craze  (written by Max Wojtanowicz and Michael Gruber) for the NEXT Festival at Theatre Latte Da.

Jenna Mee Dosch (Accompanist) graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2015, receiving a Masters of Music degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on collaborative piano.  Undergraduate work was completed in 2013 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a degree in piano performance.  Jenna now lives in New York City where she has been a musical director for productions at The Studio in New Canaan, CT, Polaris Productions in NYC, at Staples School in Westport, CT and Three Act Theatre in NYC.  She is also musical director for McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, IL each summer.  She continues to collaborate with vocalists and instrumentalists for recitals and performances.  Jenna has been with the Musical Theater program since its inception in 2007, and she is thrilled to continue her involvement, and to watch this program grow.

Nickie Kromminga Hill (Choreographer) is thrilled to be back for her 7th summer at SLAC! Nickie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She also holds a MN Teaching License in K-12 Theater and Dance.  Nickie just wrapped up teacher her fifth year of Theatre and Dance at Anoka Middle School for the Arts in Anoka, MN.  She is also a freelance choreographer and has enjoyed working with many schools and theatres in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area including the Guthrie, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and Main Street School for the Performing Arts, just to name a few. As a performer, Nickie was seen on stages all over the Greater Minneapolis Area. Most notably she has performed at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre where she has been seen in 14 mainstage productions including Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, All Shook Up, West Side Story and Singin' In The Rain. Nickie will make her return to the CDT stage this fall in Holiday Inn.Nickie sings with Chick Cheer, a holiday a capella group (www.chickcheer.comand she is also the founder of the non-profit The Spread Sunshine Gang, an organization dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness and Pay-It-Forward events (thespreadsunshinegang.org)

Eric Mark Olson (EMO) (Program Director), now a long time resident of New York City, is the Program Director and Directing Faculty for Music Theatre camps and Adult Musical Theatre Workshop at the SLAC.  Receiving his education in the Theatre Arts and Dance Program at The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, EMO first began his professional performance career in the Twin Cities.  He appeared in numerous productions at The Minnesota Opera, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, New Breath Productions, Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, The MN Fringe Festival, and others.  In New York, he has continued his path of performance, appearing in a variety of venues as both an actor and a singer most recently as Father in “Ragtime.”  He continued his professional development with various artists/studios in NYC over the past decade, including training at the Atlantic Acting School.  EMO has since become a professional Stage Director, Choreographer and Theatre Education Specialist.  In NYC he has directed and choreographed both children’s and adult professional theatre and musical theatre productions.  Recent professional credits include “Chaundria & The Giant”, “Entangled”, “A Pie-Rat’s Tale” and “Next To Normal”.  Additionally, he is a book writer/lyricist, completing two original children's musical called “The Golden Contender” and “A Pie-Rats Tale” and is working on a new adult musical “Finding George."   EMO is currently the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Three Act Theatre Company in NYC, and is also employed by Arts Connection as a Director/Choreographer, a Professional Development Coach/Facilitator, and a Teaching Artist for various theatre/playmaking residencies across the city.