Teaching Artists

Experienced and dedicated Teaching Artists bring the dream

of theatre education at The Waldo to life! 

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Education Program Manager and

Teaching Artist

Mia Branco

Before joining The Waldo to help develop their education program, Mia was the Director of Education for Open Door Arts in Boston, MA where she designed and managed collaborations between teaching artists, schools, and cultural institutions with the goal of providing inclusive and accessible arts experiences. In addition to her work as an administrator, she has worked as a Teaching Artist for over 13 years specializing in developing drama programming for students with autism and emotional trauma in independent settings as well as within schools. She has also developed and led training about inclusion best practices within arts programming for cultural institutions across the country including Roundabout Theatre (NYC) and Wheelock Family Theatre (Boston). Mia holds a masters in education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre Performance from American University.

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Teaching Artist

Teralyn Reiter

Teralyn earned her MFA-Acting from the University of Montana. She has had the privilege to work as a Teaching Artist, Performer, and Director throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Storytree Theatre (www.storytreetheatre.org), which focuses on cultivating community through performance by working with local artists to create original plays within schools and communities. During the pandemic, Teralyn developed Theatreteacher.org, which offers fully realized arts-infused lesson plans; it is also home to Playwright's Pal, an online writing tool for anyone who wants to write a play. As a performer Teralyn has worked with a variety of theatres including Missoula Children's Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Daegu Theatre Troupe. As a Teaching Artist, Teralyn has worked with the Educational Theatre Association, developed online lessons for The Kennedy Center, and received a National Artist Fellowship from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Teralyn and her tiny family of three are very happy to finally call Maine home.