Here you'll find People who love Kids and Theater, and are dedicated to:
--The kids and their camp experience
--Theater as a lively, dynamic art
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.
below is our 2016 staff; 2017 staff will be updated by may 30th 2017
For staff bios, scroll down the page
- Oregon Staff on top
- Vermont staff nearer to bottom of page
Torsti Rovainen, Camp Director
Portland & Vermont Camps
As director, Torsti Rovainen 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. Torsti 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 four musicals.
Voni Kengla, Theater Staff
Voni has been passionate about theater since before she can remember and is excited to share her enthusiasm with campers. She has been involved in many theater productions through Staged, Northwest Children’s Theater and The Lakewood Theater. Voni has just finished her first year at University of Hartford pursuing her BFA in Musical Theater. She enjoys being active, playing games and singing as loudly as she can, and is excited to return to Inspirations Camp for a second year!
Darlene Sorensen, Theater Staff
Darlene Sorensen is returning to Inspirations Camp for a third 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 on The Ramayana!
Bella Gunn, Camp Cheerleader (Oregon camp)
Bella may not be with us too much this summer, she will come by to visit when she can. Bella Gunn, 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 five years old, and is of lab and border collie heritage.
VERMONT CAMP staff
Izzi Byrne Theater Staff
Isabella "Izzi" Byrne loves both theater and working with kids, and is excited for an opportunity to do both at Inspirations Camp for a third season. 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.
Edie Langdell Theater Staff, Stage & Lighting
Edie is excited to be a part of the Inspirations Theater Camp in Vermont for the third year. She loves working with kids and has a great appreciation for theater. She is thrilled to be able to continue to encourage the wonderful kids at camp to pursue theater, as she believs it is one of the most rewarding activities a child can partake in. Edie has been in fifteen plays, the latest of which was Thetford Academy's performance of Agnes of God, in which se played Agnes. Edie will be starting college at the Parsons School of Design at The New School this fall to major in Fashion Design.
Judy Tharinger Theater Staff, Thursday Performance Director, Art Teacher
Judy Tharinger has been a high school, middle school and elementary school teacher for many years. Early in her career she recognized the value of using theater as an exciting teaching tool. She has taken speech and acting classes, and has written and directed many plays over her teaching career. She loves to see children build self-confidence, try out different identities, and develop their imagination through acting, singing, and costuming. But most of all she loves the plain fun of it, and the excitement when the curtain goes up. Judy still loves to play dress up, put on makeup and act up.
Amanda Rosalbo Theater Staff
Amanda has been in love with theater for as long as she can remember and is so excited to have the opportunity to share her passion with kids from all over Vermont. She participated in a program called the Governors Institute of Vermont on the Arts and attended a class for long form improv, and has found a love for interacting with other students in a caring, non-judgmental community through that experience. She is excited to meet new people, help kids find a love of the arts in their own way, and help put on the Ramayana this summer. Amanda enjoys photography, watching the sunset, and eating out with friends.