Theatre Arts Summer Camp Staff

Little Lake is thrilled to announce its dynamic camp staff for 2017!

Sara Barbisch- Musical Theatre Camp Instructor

Sara_Barbisch1 Sara started as an apprentice at Little Lake many moons ago. She has participated- over the years here at the Lake, and all over Pittsburgh- as a performer, director, educator choreographer, behavior therapist, and patient simulator. She now serves as the Youth Program Coordinator for Little Lake’s children’s theater programming. Sara is a Villanova undergraduate, then went on to Pitt to earn her Masters and PA Certification in Special Education. After working as a special educator in the south, Sara and husband Brian came back to the ‘Burgh to raise their 3 kids, and it has given her great happiness to introduce them to the same wonderful traditions she grew up with at the Lake. Sara looks forward to sharing her love of musical theater with her campers, and can’t wait to welcome all young audiences throughout the season to the Looking Glass and Fall Family Matinee shows!


Carly DeCock- Be A Star (Session 1) Camp Instructor

carly headshotCarly is a recent graduate of Upper St Clair High School. She will be attending Baldwin Wallace University in the fall to major in Music Education. Carly has recently completed her 5th year in the Little Lake apprenticeship program and has been seen in numerous productions at Little Lake. Carly recently played Molly Aster in our production of Peter and the Starcatcher and Young Sala in Little Lake’s touring production of Letters to Sala. This past spring, Carly could be seen as the title character in Upper St. Clair High School’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. When she isn’t performing, Carly teaches piano lessons to students in the South Hills.


Leigh Ann Frohnapfel- Be A Star (Session 2) Camp Instructor

Leigh annLeigh Ann is excited to join the camp staff for Be A Star Camp. Leigh Ann began working at Little Lake in her early teens as an apprentice and actor. She served as our Properties Master for over 15 years and is currently our food and beverage manager.  Leigh Ann also teaches the Pre-K program at St. Patrick’s School in Canonsburg, where she is a genius at creative play and art projects.

Kathy Hawk- Musical Theatre Camp Instructor

kathy hawkKathy Hawk is a music teacher at Harrison Middle School in the Baldwin Whitehall school district where she directs the choirs and runs the musical theater program.  She received both her BS in Music Education and her MA in vocal performance from Duquesne University.  She is very active in many local theaters both on the stage and behind the scenes directing, vocal directing, stage managing and running sound.  She has performed and/or worked with Pittsburgh Musical Theater, South Park Theater, Mon River Arts (Grand Theater), McKeesport and Stage 62 and now Little Lake where she will be playing Mrs. Peacock  this fall in Clue.

Ponny Conomos Jahn- Acting Camp Instructor

ponnyPonny has worked as a professional actor, director and drama teacher for more than 20 years, both locally and abroad.  She holds a MA in Theatre Performance and Dramatic Literature from Northwestern University and spent 5 years at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago as head of the k-12 drama department.  Among many wonderful experiences, she co-founded Prague Ensemble Theatre – an English-language theatre company in the Czech Republic – and taught theatre both in Prague and eastern Slovakia.  A true highlight in Ponny’s teacher development was the opportunity to summer study with her theatre idol: Uta Hagen. Ponny is truly passionate about equipping both children and adults with the skills found in dynamic theatre training in order to pursue the highest level of accomplishment within themselves.

Holly Jones- Musical Theatre Camp Instructor



Jessica Kavanagh- Behind the Scenes and Be A Star (Session 2) Camp Instructor



Craig Ketchum- Improv and Acting Camp Instructor



Abby Martz- Be A Star, Behind the Scenes, and Acting Camp Instructor

Martz HeadshotAbby Martz is a junior at Muhlenberg College studying both acting and directing. Outside of academics, Abby is the Artistic Director of the Bag and Baggage Shakespeare Project, a creative ensemble dedicated to re-imagining Shakespeare’s work under a modern lens. Her specialties lie in puppetry, clowning, movement, and directing. Abby is thrilled to be teaching at Little Lake this summer!

Mary Meyer- Improv and Acting Camp Instructor

Mary Meyer HeadshotcampMary Meyer has a BA in Theater, with an emphasis in Education. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program in Chicago.  After moving to Pittsburgh with her husband and two sons, Mary found a home-away-from-home at Little Lake Theater where she has performed in many plays and is currently directing Rapunzel for the Looking Glass series.  She is excited to be teaching Improv Camp and Acting Camp this summer!


 Jared Pfennigwerth- Be A Star (Session 2) and Behind the Scenes Camp Instructor

Jared Pfennigwerth croppedJared has been performing professionally on stage and screen for over 20 years. He is enjoying his second season as Tech Director at Little Lake Theatre. He also teaches acting for film at Act One Theatre School in the North Hills and has taught improv for both Act One and Donna Belajac Casting. He has a son of his own that loves performing and behind-the-scenes work and Jared is thrilled to be a part of Little Lake’s “Behind the Scenes Camp” to offer instruction for those interested in all the technical aspects of theater.


Helga Terre- Be A Star (Session 1) Camp Instructor



Jena Oberg- Artistic Director of Little Lake Theatre and Theatre Camp Administrator

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