N.E.W.S. Spotlight Education Masterclass Series

Waconia Session


Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

Time:  4:30 – 7 p.m.

Location: Waconia High School Auditorium (1200 Greenfield Circle, Waconia, MN 55387)


Masterclass Track Options*

Performance Track Workshops: Character Development and Interpretation AND Audition Preparation

Technical Track Workshops: Stage Management AND Prop Management

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Teaching Artists:

Britta Ollmann
Britta is so happy to return for her third year as a Spotlight Evaluator and Teaching Artist. Performance credits include A Catered Affair (Broadway); Ragtime (Asolo Rep); Sunday in the Park with George (Guthrie Theater); Mamma Mia! (Ordway Theater); Ragtime (2017 Ivey Award), Into the Woods, Violet (Theater Latte Da), A Catered Affair (The Old Globe); Daddy Long Legs, Red Velvet (freeFall Theatre); Sister Act, Grease (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres), commercial & print work, and more. Britta holds a BFA from New York University and an MA in teaching from Hamline University. She can be seen on stage this fall as Girl in Once and this winter in A Little Night Music with Theater Latte Da.
Britta’s Fun Fact: “I REALLY like learning – in addition to getting my Master’s in teaching, I spent a year studying Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and will be getting certified as a Life Coach in Spring 2019.”


Fernando Collado
Fernando is a Latino actor/singer originally hailing from New York. With a passion for musical theater he earned his bachelors degree in Jazz/Commercial Music from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York. Recent credits include In the Heights; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Sister Act; Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, and West Side Story; Guthrie Theater.
Fernando’s Fun Fact: “I have competed on the international level for barbershop quartet singing.”


Sarah Pierucki
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she majored in Theatre Production and Design. For years, Sarah has served as the Lighting Systems Engineer/Lighting Designer/Master Electrician for University of Northwestern in Saint Paul, MN. Lighting Designer credits include: Into the Woods, Ruth, and Seussical: The Musical. Sarah has also been a Stage Manager for many years in both Texas and Minnesota. She worked for three theatre seasons at WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Center in Addison, TX where she was an Equity Candidate Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Props Mistress, Foley Artist, Stage Carpenter, Lighting Designer, Master Electrician and Technician. Sarah has enjoyed Stage Managing several productions for the Minnesota Fringe Festival and Front Porch Theatre. Productions include: Three on a Seesaw, Seussical: The Musical, Nibblers: A Musical with Sharks, The Jesus Chair, and The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. She has also worked with Theater for the Thirsty: Amnesiac Jack, Kingdom Undone and Life After and with Urban Samurai: Night Mother. Sarah was the Technical Director at Open Window Theatre in Minneapolis for two seasons. Sarah has been a Technical Theatre Evaluator for the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Program for two years and has enjoyed working as a Stage Manager for the 24 Hour Plays.
Sarah’s Fun Fact: “I love to travel!”