Here you'll find People who love Kids and Theater, and are dedicated to:

Vermont staff lead a warm-up exercise backstage before a performance

Vermont staff lead a warm-up exercise backstage before a performance

--The kids and their camp experience
--Theater as a lively, dynamic art
--Having FUN!

Our staff are confident, motivated, and theatrically gifted. They are here to help make your child's camp experience more interesting, fun, and where appropriate for that particular child, challenging, so that children can take their next step in theatrical expression. 

For staff bios, scroll down the page

  • Staff in both Oregon and Vermont on top
  • Vermont staff section next
  • Oregon staff section at bottom

camp staff in both Oregon and vermont


Torsti Rovainen, Camp Founder / Director
Oregon & Vermont Camps

Torsti Rovainen is very happy to offer Inspirations Theater Camps as a place for children and adults to come together to create a special theater and community experience. He has written and scored five musicals. As director Torsti organizes and oversees all camp operations; directs and choreographs scenes for the play; schedules rehearsals; leads theater workshops and activities; supports and directs camp staff; and acts as the primary parent liaison before and during camp. 

Izzi Byrne       


Isabella "Izzi" Byrne loves both theater and working with kids, and is excited for an opportunity to do both at Inspirations Camp for a fifth season in both Oregon and Vermont. She believes that theater is a great way to encourage kids to come out of their comfort zone and try on different personas they wouldn't otherwise have the chance to. Izzi has performed in many school productions at Wellspring and the Sharon Academy, as well as the Get Thee to the Funnery Shakespeare camp, and Chandler Music Hall Summer Productions. She loves to read and spending time with her family and friends.


Edmund Langdell

Edmund Langdell is excited to be back at Inspirations Theater Camp after a summer away. He thinks that theater is a wonderful way for children to express themselves and is excited to help campers discover the joys of acting. Edmund has taught theater at Inspirations camp for three years before taking one year away, and before that, he has been in fifteen plays. During the rest of the year, Edmund attends Parsons School of Design for fashion design. 



Makenzi Edwards      1st Week & Half Second Week

Makenzi Edwards is ecstatic to work at Inspirations Theater camp this summer because she believes that she has some genuine knowledge to pass along to these kids. Makenzi has always been in love with theater and music since she was a little girl. She attended a writing and acting comedy class at the Governor's Institute winter weekend and is hoping to enter an arts class there this summer as well. She knows that theater is an amazing fit for kids because it allows them to express themselves and just show how a seemingly small individual can be as big as they want themselves to be. She also loves pandas.

Oregon CAMP staff

Oregon camp staff include Torsti, Izzi, and Edmund; bios above; also, the folks below



Darlene Sorensen, Theater Staff & Aftercare

Darlene Sorensen is returning to Inspirations Camp for a fourth year. She truly believes that “all the world is a stage.” Playing is one of her greatest passions, whether it is through theater, dance, or in the routine of daily life. Darlene holds a B.F.A in Theatre and an M.A. in counseling psychology—emphasis in drama therapy. She has over 20 years experience performing in a variety of venues. She has facilitated improv workshops and drama therapy for life skills enhancement, personal growth, customer service skills, performance and just plain fun. Darlene loves dance, reading, experimenting with cooking and rarely finds life boring (with the exception of tax receipt organizing). She is blessed with a daughter and partner, who fill her life with joy, depth and laughter. Darlene looks forward to another summer of fun working with the kids!

Kai Givens                         

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I am very excited to be working at Inspirations Theater camp this year. I love theater, and I especially love working with children. I have worked with Inspirations Theater before, and have seen kids grow and thrive in their time at camp. As a sophomore at Portland Waldorf School, I have had my fair share of acting and performing, and I thoroughly enjoy it. In past years, I’ve played in the very small orchestra accompanying the musicals performed at Inspirations Theater camps. I have also performed in several class plays, as well as a few other plays. I have taken part in many school music performance, and currently run a jazz and rock band at PWS. I enjoy playing sports, and especially enjoy playing soccer with the kids at Theater Camp.

Bella Gunn, Camp Cheerleader

Bella Gunn may not be with us too much this summer, she will come by to visit when she can. Bella, also known as Doodle, enjoys the many dress-up sessions, fashion shows, and nail painting sessions that her human sisters have her participate in. Her acting career includes playing the part of The Bride in several family backyard weddings, although truth be told, she did run from the altar once in her wedding dress and had to be chased down the street. Bella enjoys wiggling excitedly, chasing tennis balls repeatedly, rolling in mud puddles, being in the middle of things, and giving slurpee kisses. She is of lab and border collie heritage.