Allie Meek is the Music Theatre Program Director for NEMPAC and has been an independent actor, director and theatre educator for the past 6 years, first in her native Rhode Island and now in Boston. Allie joined NEMPAC in the Summer of 2015 to run the Summer Music Theatre Program. Since then she has taught the Kids Music Theatre class, the Summer Program and Stage Directed Elf JR in our partnership with CWT. Starting this Spring, Allie will be leading the Black Box Program: 30 Min Shakespeare, the Improv class, partnered with Improv Asylum and stage directing “Seussical KIDS” with our Music Theatre Troupe, along with the Kids Music Theatre classes.
Allie is a 2012 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre. In May 2016, Allie received her Master’s Degree from Emerson College in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre. Her studies ranged from Shakespeare education, theatre for social change, theatre education outreach, curriculum design and program design. Allie completed her practicum at the Boston Arts Academy in the Theatre Arts Department and is also a teaching artist at Watertown Children’s Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company along with NEMPAC. She has taught theatre at the Advent School, Barrington Arts Alive!, Barrington Enrichment Summer Theatre, the Wilbury Theatre Group and All Children’s Theatre.
As an actor and director, Allie has worked at various theatres throughout RI and Boston such as the Hub Theatre Company of Boston, the Wilbury Theatre Group, Barker Playhouse, Epic Theatre Company, Mixed Magic Theatre, and the Contemporary Theater Company. She was accepted as 1 of 11 international students to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Schools Masters in Acting Program, though her path led her to pursue graduate studies at Emerson instead!
Alexandra Dietrich, Music Director, has taught voice for the past seven years, first in Maine, and now in Massachusetts. She joined the NEMPAC faculty in the fall of 2011, teaching the musical theatre troupe as their music director for productions of “The Wizard of Oz”, “Annie”, and “Alice in Wonderland”. Since then, she has taught acting and voice for the past two summer camps, most recently music directing their fantastic week of staging and performing “Peter Pan”. She has also conducted the middle school choir at the Eliot School and is currently directing the St. John School Honors Choir. Recently, she led a R.O.C.K.S. presentation on the Prado discussing “The American Songbook”, to children ranging from 5-12 years in age.
Alexandra is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Performance and Music Education, studying choral and orchestral conducting under Dr. Robert Russell and Dr. Peter Martin, respectively. After moving to Massachusetts, she attended the Longy School of Music for her Graduate Performance Degree in Opera. She is an active performer and singer in the New England area, and regularly appears with local opera companies and orchestras.
Grant Jacoby, Choreographer, was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he began his dance training at the Kathy McCrohon Dance Center and as a featured dancer in countless musicals. Grant graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College in 2013, where he received his BA in Dance and Theater. He also studied at Trinity/La MaMa Urban Arts Semester, Bates Dance Festival, MADE in France, and Movement Workshop Group’s Graham Intensive.
He has performed in works by Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Mark Dendy, Annie Kloppenberg, Lauren Simpson, Intimations Dance, and Mariah Steele and in venues such as Triskelion Arts, Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montreal, SomDance, AUNTS/Arts @ Renaissance, and the American College Dance Festival.
Grant founded his own modern dance company, Grant Jacoby & Dancers, in October 2013, and has presented work throughout New York City, Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and France including, but not limited to: La MaMa ETC, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, Les Champs Melisey, Third Life Studios, RAW Boston, and The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, as well as residencies at The Dragon’s Egg and Green Street Studios.
Aside from his company work, he has also choreographed at The Roxbury Latin School, Next Door Theater, OnStage Dance Company, as well as the premiere workshop and production of Friday the 13th: The Musical at Connecticut College. Grant currently teaches at Boston Ballet and performs for Quicksilver Dance and other independent choreographers.