Our Mission

Our mission is to create a comfortable environment where people of all ages can explore their artistic abilities, learn important life skills and confidence, as well as find their love for performance and visual art through a variety of acting classes, theatre for youth and adult theatre classes, performances, and sharings. Along with the previous, we aim to provide a community for artists to collaborate by hosting local artist highlights,  guest taught workshops, creative meetings, field trips to see plays in the surrounding areas, and more. But most importantly our goal is to build all of this in a friendly, supportive, and encouraging environment.

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EMILIE FLETCHER

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, TEACHING ARTIST

Emilie is a mother and artist. She has been a director and teaching artist for the last 9 years. With a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth from Shenandoah University, Emilie is a known theatre for youth director and teaching artist in VA and MD. Her favorite types of plays have a lesson that is learned through empathizing with a character or group of characters that are searching for an answer or trying to prove a point. Her passion for teaching is driven by the moments when she can discuss with young people and adults about different thought processes and lifestyles that are unfamiliar and unexplored.

Emilie's main goal in life is to create art with people and students that want to make the world a happier place through exploring their creativity and productively providing art to the community. She hopes to make that dream possible through I.C.E. Collaborative Arts.

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KRISTI CHASE

FOUNDER, PRODUCER, TAP DANCING SPECIALIST

Kristi Chase is co-founder of Ice Collaborative Arts. Kristi is a practicing attorney (Rutgers Law 2000) and entrepreneur with a passion for dance and the arts.  Kristi has over 20 years of training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and pointe.  As a teen and young adult, Kristi performed as a dancer in over 100 productions, including regular appearances on an a major network variety show.  Although Kristi still enjoys dancing and most recently performed in a community theatre production of 42nd Street, she much prefers to watch ICE's students perform and grow!

 

Through ICE,  Kristi desires to provide young performers with professional training opportunities focused on proper technique, while providing small class size allowing individual instruction and the chance for each performer to shine.

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CATINA ANDERSON

CHOREOGRAPHER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MUSIC DIRECTOR

​Catina Anderson has been an integral part of ICE Collaborative Arts since its start, having served as Music Director, Choreographer, and Assistant Director.  She brings with her over 20 years of experience working with high school and youth performers as a visual designer and choreographer for color guard, show choir, and small vocal ensemble.  From 2007 - 2013 she ran a nationally known website for color guard coaches and from 2007 - 2010 she was the featured guard columnist for Halftime Magazine. She sings professionally with the Clear Harmonies Carolers during the holiday season and with the Pickwick Singers and Bellanova community choruses throughout the year. Catina holds degrees in Music (AAA - Voice) and Biology (B.S.), as well as a Masters in Education (Secondary Ed.) and is currently finishing up requirements for an add-on endorsement in theatre education.

 

She is passionate about creating a positive and encouraging environment for the growth of our actors at all levels of experience with a focus, on training not only for the specific music or dance performance required by each role but also building skills and technique that serve as a strong foundation.

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JACKSON ANDERSON

DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, TEACHING ARTIST

Jackson is a performer first. He’s been acting since age 7. As a graduating senior he has recently committed to The Columbia College in Chicago for Theatre. Jackson has been involved with many different community projects in the area including currently as co-director of I.C.E. Collaborative Art’s production of Moana JR. He adores shows that pushes the notion of what theater can be, and loves to experiment with his own experiences.

 

He is enthralled by the chance to work with new people and help them explore their own personal journey with theater. Jackson believes that theater is a conduit for growth and understanding both internal and external. He hopes that his students learn something beyond theater in his classes and come out excited for what lies ahead of them.

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ALEXANDRA LOPEZ

DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, TEACHING ARTIST

Alexandra is extremely excited to be working with I.C.E. Collaborative Arts on their 2020 summer courses! She is currently co-directing Moana JR. with ICE, and has worked on several other shows with them! She has performed in Riverside High School productions such as Hello, Dolly! and Mamma Mia!, as well as co-choreographed shows such as A Christmas Carol: The Musical under Infinite Arts Productions. Outside of theatre, Alexandra has been involved in numerous ballets over the past 12 years, performing in productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. She is planning on attending Catholic University to pursue Musical Theatre, and hopes to keep performing and teaching in the future!

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JACK DARNELL

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, TEACHING ARTIST

Jack Darnell is a Virginia/Boston based Actor/Choreographer/Teacher. He attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts with a BFA in Theatre and Performance. He has loved theatre ever since he was young and has a passion for sharing this love with others. Jack believes that theatre is a universal communicator and should be as wide spread as possible. Jack has worked extensively with ICE over the past couple of years, choreographing shows such as Frozen Jr. and Heathers. He also was a recipient of ICE’s Commitment to Community Theatre Scholarship for the 2019 year and has been Honored at venues such as The Kennedy Center for his work in theatre. He hopes that the students in his classes will share with him the love and passion for theatre that he feels and will feel prepared to move forward in their theatre endeavors whether it be in High School, College or beyond.

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JULIE PESAK

TEACHING ARTIST

Julie Pesak is an actor and singer in the Northern VA and DC area. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in Musical Theatre at the Rome School of Music Art and Drama at the Catholic University of America (CUA). She has been cast in over 30 musicals and plays since 5th grade, and her recent credits include Guys and Dolls with Mainstreet Theatre Productions (Adelaide) and The Abba Cabaret with Centerstage Productions at CUA. Julie has also designed and lead auditions clinics at Riverside High School and has previously worked as an assistant teacher at Drama Kids. Julie looks forward to sharing her love of theatre with others as a Teaching Artist at I.C.E. Collaborative Arts.   

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EMMA HEALY

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR,

STUDENT APPRENTICE - CO-TEACHER

Emma is extremely excited to be able to work with amazing groups of children this summer! Theater has been a huge part in her life since a very young age and she can’t wait to bring the same love and passion to other people. Emma absolutely loves working with I.C.E. Collaborative Arts. Some of her favorite roles have been Heather Duke in Heathers and Fester in Addams Family. Outside of theater she loves to write music and go on adventures. 

Emma’s main goal is to help teach students how to explore their creativity and grow as a performer, as well as creating a welcoming environment allowing students to explore their wild side.

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GABI DAVID

STUDENT APPRENTICE - CO-TEACHER

Gabi is so excited to share her love and passion for theatre with everyone! Gabi loves to perform with various theatre companies and has taken up directing with hopes to pursue it as a career in the future.. She is a rising junior at Riverside Highschool, where she recently was seen as Gayle in their fall play, “Almost, Maine”. In addition, she also directed her school’s VHSL One-Act Competition, leading the team to Regionals. Some of her favorite roles include Veronica in “Heathers”, and Wednesday in “Addams Family”! Gabi is also a founder of Princess Perfect Parties, where she has recently started social distance meet and greats, raising money for “No Kid Hungry”, a member of ITS, and a member of SADD. Gabi’s ultimate goal this summer is to be a leader and role model to all the theatre lovers out there!

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HEATHER STUART

STUDENT APPRENTICE - CO-TEACHER

Heather is an actor, singer, and dancer. She is currently a rising junior at Riverside High School. Heather has been acting for 3 years and has been with Ms. Emilie for almost two years. 

Outside of theater she loves studying genetic and writing. Her favorite shows include Nunsense, Christmas Chaos, and Heathers. 

Heather’s main goal is to help her students grow while creating a fun and upbeat environment that encourages students to let loose and have fun. She hopes to help kids find their passion through her classes at Imagine, Create, Explore Collaborative Arts.

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ELIZABETH SALMON

STUDENT APPRENTICE - CO-TEACHER

Elizabeth is an award winning actress, singer, and performer. She has been preforming for over 5 years and can not wait for new experiences. She has been with I.C.E. from the beginning; performing in their first ever musical, Into the Woods Jr. and most recently performing as Elsa in Frozen.JR, She can not wait to create new experiences with everyone and hopes to see you all there!

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