STORYTELLERS IS A UNIQUE, FULL-SCALE, QUALITY THEATER ARTS ACADEMY THAT OFFERS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. WE ARE COMMITTED TO TEACHING AND PRODUCING MEANINGFUL AND EXCELLENT THEATER BY INVESTING DEEPLY IN YOUNG ARTISTS IN A WHOLESOME, ENCOURAGING, AND CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT. THIS WILL BE DONE IN ORDER TO EXPAND THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OUR STUDENTS, TO IMPACT OUR AUDIENCES, AND TO ENRICH THE ART OF THEATER FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
Artistic Director, Co-Founder, and Board Member: Terry Bouma
As an actor and singer, Theresa Sweet Bouma has performed music theater roles, opera roles, and concerts with companies that include Washington Repertory Company, Petrucci's, Washington Summer Opera, Charlottesville Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and many others in Baltimore, Washington DC, and up the east coast. She was also the 3rd place winner of the national Metropolitan Opera competition earlier in her career. Her education includes an undergraduate and graduate degree in voice and opera performance from Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories respectively, and a Master's of Science in Psychology from Loyola University of Maryland. Most recently, Terry has devoted much of her creative energies to inspiring, training, and supporting young performing artists. Her acting and voice students have been accepted as performing arts majors at schools such as Catholic University, Belmont, Elon, AMDA, Ithaca, University of Maryland, University of Hartford, James Madison, and also for agency representation. Terry has served as musical director and vocal coach for many musical productions in the DC/Baltimore area. She is a teaching artist and musical director with Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Her stage directing credits include the memorable, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and The Pirates of Penzance with Rockbridge Academy, as well as Into the Woods, StoryTeller Cabarets, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Twelfth Night with StoryTellers, a performing arts Academy where she serves as co-founder and Artistic Director.
Production Manager, Co-Founder, and Vice-President of the Board: Alyssa Bouma
Alyssa has a long history in the theater onstage and still works part time in theater production. In New York City she is currently the assistant to the Conceiving Producer of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, a musical about Judy Garland’s childhood, which is coming to Broadway next year! Some theater credits include: Company Manager for Chasing Rainbows at Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theater of North Carolina (NC); Director at Rebel Theater Company (NYC); and Actor and Creative team member for Much Ado About Nothing, Pride and Prejudice, Cymbeline, and Comedy of Errors at Annapolis Shakespeare Company. With StoryTellers, Alyssa has Produced and Assistant Directed each year’s Cabaret, Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night. She also Produced A Tribute to Patsy Cline starring Terri Dixon. Additionally, Alyssa is a full time wedding and portrait photographer based in Maryland and New York City. She has owned her business, Captured by Alyssa for four years.
Assistant Director, Co-Founder, and Secretary of the Board: Alexander Foley
Alexander’s creative team credits include StoryTellers’ Into the Woods (Associate Director) andMidsummer Night’s Dream (Assistant Director, Set and Costume Designer), Jones Elementary’s and StoryTellers’ production of The Little Mermaid JR. (Director), Rockbridge Academy’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Associate Director) and Pirates of Penzance (Assistant Director and On Stage Teaching Artist), Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night (Assistant Director), Comedy of Errors (Associate Director), and Much Ado About Nothing (Properties Master), and he served as the Properties Master to Firebone Theater Company’s productions of Red Flamboyant and Son of a Gun.
Artistic Associate: Alexa Cripe
Alexa recently graduated from Furman University with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has been in stage productions since she was six. Her favorite credits include: Rona Lisa Peretti in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde with Furman University Pauper Players, Papagena in The Magic Flute with Furman Lyric Theater, Marian Paroo in The Music Man with Rockbridge Academy, and Werther, Hansel and Gretel, and Turandot with the Washington National Opera. She also loves playing cello and piano.