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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, TEACHING ARTIST
Emilie is a mother and artist. She has been a director and teaching artist for the last 11 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.
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.
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.
TEACHING ARTIST/ OFFICE ASSISTANT
Brigid is very excited to be a part of I.C.E. Ever since she started dance classes as a child, she’s been passionate about learning any aspect the performing arts. She has performed with several different community theaters in the past(Loudoun Centre Theatre, Sterling Playmakers, Prince William Little Theatre, and Pickwick Players), as well as Riverhawk Productions and Moon River Productions. She currently studies at Northern Virginia Community College for an A.A. in Liberal Arts, and also works as a substitute daycare teacher at ImagiNation Learning Center. She hopes for future careers in performance and/or arts management, and she hopes to spread her love for the arts!
Jack Darnell is an actor, director and theatre-maker that is currently pursuing his BFA in Theatre and Performance at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He has appeared in more than 20 stage productions; titles such as Mamma Mia (Harry), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius) and Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Collins). He has also appeared in several TV Shows and Movies at Emerson College in addition to working in direction, choreography and stage management. He’s so excited to return to ICE again this summer and bring his stage and screen knowledge to his students!
Alexandra Lopez is an actor, choreographer, and theatre artist in the Northern VA and DC area. She is currently pursuing a B.M. in Musical Theatre at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She has most recently appeared in Mamma Mia! with Riverside High School and Happy Birthday Stephen: A Virtual Sondheim Cabaret with Centerstage Theatre Company. Additionally, she has co-choreographed Frozen Jr. with ICE Collab, as well as A Christmas Carol: The Musical with Infinite Arts Productions. She is beyond excited to work with ICE Collab again, and cannot wait to spread her love of theatre and dance with everyone!