Our professional staff of artists and educators at The Summer School for the Performing Arts are dedicated to the mission of active participation and healthy risk taking.
Michael Towers is the Artistic Director of Westford Academy Theater Arts (WATA), a thriving public high school theater department in Westford, MA. In conjunction with guest professionals from the Boston area, Michael produces four mainstage and four black box productions each year showcasing the talents of his one hundred and fifty theater students. Six of Michael’s productions were each named the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s State Finals Winner in recent years. In 2009, Michael earned his MFA in Playwriting from Boston University under the instruction of Richard Schotter, Melinda Lopez, Ronan Noone and Kate Snodgrass. His full length comedy Five Down One Across premiered at The Boston Playwrights’ Theater in October of 2010. His short plays have been read and produced by the Munroe Saturday Night Reading Series, the Boston Theater Marathon, and most recently: Station Nation-A National Reflection on the Station Nightclub Fire.
Stephanie Gosselin is a 17 year veteran teacher of Instructional Technology in the Westford Public Schools. She has worked on many productions at Westford Academy Theater Arts and The Summer School for the Performing Arts over the past 10 years in Costumes, Ticket Sales, Publicity and wherever she can help out. As Administrative Director she has managed the enrollment, publicity, staffing, web design and communication at SSPA since 2009.
Shakespeare in the Park
Kyla Blocker is an actor, director, and educator currently residing in New York City. She is a recent graduate of New York University where she earned her master’s degree in Educational Theatre. While at NYU, Kyla completed her student teaching at LaGuardia High School of the Arts and Hunter College Elementary School; she also served as the Company Manager for the NYU Youth Theatre Ensemble. Previously, she received her B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained at the Stella Adler Studio. She has performed in several productions both at NYU and in the New York City area and is still very connected to her artistic side. Kyla pioneered the Dramatic Acting program at SSPA, and she has directed numerous productions in the Black Box Theatre including last summer’s Cry Havoc and Memory House. Kyla strives to help her students grow not only as theatre artists, but also as human beings and believes there is no better place to do this than SSPA. She is thrilled to be back this summer.
Maggie Sulka is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she received her B.F.A. in Acting, under the guidance of Dale AJ Rose, and worked as a company member at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. While at CRT, Maggie pioneered the role of Diane in the World Premiere of I’m Connecticut, which starred Jerry Adler (The Good Wife) and Joyce Dewitt (Three’s Company). Other CRT credits include the World Premiere of O Beautiful written by Theresa Rebeck; the Regional Premiere of Odysseus DOA written and directed by Stephen Svoboda, starring Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light); and Punk Rock, directed by Kristin Wold. Maggie has also trained at Florida State University’s Theatre Academy London in the United Kingdom, where she studied Shakespeare and voice under the direction of Barbara Houseman and Ben Naylor. Maggie received her silver certification in rapier and dagger, and unarmed combat from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. She is excited to return to SSP!
Laurie DeTolla (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be returning as the Costume Designer for SSPA. In addition to creating costumes for the actors, she will be teaching the art of costuming and props and how they enhance the world of the performers. "Mama DeTolla" has been costuming for Westford Academy Theater Arts for over ten years and embraces the lessons learned here, both on and off the stage.