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Richard A. Vitanovec,
Director/ Acting Coach

Richard (Ricky) A. Vitanovec is the Theatre Teacher, Director, and Designer at Easton High School and is also the Founder and Executive Director of Crashbox Theatre Company. Ricky holds a B.A. in Acting, a B.A. in Directing, a M.A. in Theatre Production, the terminal degree in Theatre, an M.F. A. in Theatre Arts, as well as Maryland and Florida Theatre teaching certificates. 


Ricky has taught Theatre classes at Talbot County Public Schools for the past 20 years. In 2012 he formed a non-profit community theatre group called Crashbox Theatre Company. Some of the opportunities that Crashbox has provided are summer theatre intensives and Masterclasses with Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) instructors, collaboration with TONY Award winning professionals such as William Berloni of Berloni Theatrical Animals, instruction in acting, music, and dance, One Acts, Plays, Musicals, and educational excursions to NYC, Baltimore, Walt Disney World, and Washington, D.C. to perform, see professional theatre, and receive professional instruction.   


Over the past twenty years Ricky has directed over 35 shows. These incluse  FootlooseCHICAGO- Teen Edition, Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Hello, Dolly!, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, Sound of Music, and Wizard of OZ. Locally, Ricky has been seen on stage in Rose’s Dilemma, Little Shop of Horrors, FOR ALL SEASONS’ “Heart and Music”, Mary Poppins, Noises Off, Annie, Cabaret, Godspell, Rocky Horror, Live!, and Sylvia.

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Lara Hayhurst
Guest Instructor

Lara Hayhurst is thrilled to be back with the Crashbox family, where she last appeared as an instructor in 2018! Lara is an actor, casting director, writer, and educator who lives in NYC and received a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University. As an actor she has Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tour, and numerous regional credits. Lara is also a proud member of the Tony Award-winning William Berloni Theatrical Animals family, providing humanely trained animals for film, TV, and theater. She has multiple feature film, Broadway, and television credits with Bill and his furry family. Immediately after her time with Crashbox, Lara will be heading to the Engeman Theater on Long Island to perform in her 14th production of Legally Blonde. So much love and thanks to Ricky and Amber- Crashbox and the Easton community are so lucky to have you!

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Lucy Horton

Guest Instructor

Lucy Horton (she/her) is thrilled to be joining the summer camp crew at Crashbox Theatre! She has been appearing on stages across the country and across the world for the better part of two decades. 


Born in England, Lucy moved to the States as a young girl. Growing up in Connecticut, an hour away from New York City, she always dreamed of the big city and the bright lights of Broadway. Lucy attended NYU Steinhardt, graduating with her Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre. Shortly afterwards, she embarked on the National Tour of CATS, touring the US, Canada and Central America.


A proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Lucy has appeared on the First National Tours of Anastasia and Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County, where she understudied Tony Award Nominee Elizabeth Stanley as Francesca. Regionally, Lucy has reprised her role as understudy to the stars, as two-time Tony Award Nominee Kate Baldwin’s understudy in Bucks County Playhouse’s Bridges of Madison County, directed by Hunter Foster. Other favorite regional productions include Rosalie Mullins in School of Rock, Jellylorum and Grizabella in CATS, Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed Opera House, and My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Theatre by the Sea.


During the pandemic, Lucy re-discovered her love for teaching and is currently pursuing her MA in Theatre at Villanova University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Ted and her cats Scooter and Daisy.

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Julie Hawley,
Music Director/ Vocal Coach

Julie Hawley is currently the Choir Director and General Music Teacher at Easton Middle School in Easton, Maryland. She began her musical career in elementary school by singing in choir and hasn’t stopped since! Over the years, Julie has performed as a soloist, in countless choirs, and in leading roles in both musicals and operas. She attended the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music as a Vocal Performance major, and later transferred to Duquesne University to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 2010.

Julie began her teaching career with Caroline County Public Schools in 2011 as an Elementary General Music Teacher, Beginning Band and Orchestra Director, and Choir Director. Mrs. Hawley earned her Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Teacher Leadership in 2018. In 2020, Julie began her current position at Easton Middle School with Talbot County Public Schools. Singing is her biggest passion, and she feels extremely lucky to be able to share her vocal and musical knowledge with her students every day. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.  


Erinne Lewis,

Erinne Lewis A native of Easton MD, Erinne Lewis is a graduate of Bowie State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Arts with a Concentration in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance. A current resident on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Erinne has choreographed and performed with various companies, troupes, and studios  across D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  Additionally, Ms. Lewis has fulfilled the roles of  Life Skills Instructor and S.T.E.A.M Arts Coordinator for Dorchester County Public Schools. 


Choreographer for multiple Talbot County Public School musical theatre productions, some of Erinne’s works include “The Addams Family”, “Mary Poppins”, “ James And The Giant Peach”, “West Side Story” , “All Shook Up”,  “Big Fish”, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”, “Shrek The Musical, and “Chicago Teen Edition”. Extending her talents into local theatres in her current area, Erinne has choreographed and performed with Tred Avon Players, Groove Theatre, FOR ALL SEASONS’ Heart and Music, Crashbox Theatre, Hope and Harmony and many more. Ms.  Lewis’ also  provides personalized choreography for auditioning students entering the strict and competitive dance and musical theatre programs at various universities including NYU, Boston Conservatory and The New School. 


 A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Erinne has creatively co-directed and choreographed “Pearls Of The Eastern Shore '' A Debutante Cotillion, is former inaugural President of Continuum Dance Company and a current member of Allegra! Women’s Choir. Ms. Lewis also holds the title of Talbot County Public Schools Stakeholder Committee Member and is a Talbot Arts Board Member.

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Brienne A. Garland,

Brienne Garland has been dancing for over 40 years, teaching dance for over 25 years, and directing a studio and various dance programs for 23 years now. As the owner of To the Pointe. in Ridgely, she has been nominated as a Woman to Watch on the Eastern Shore in 2022 & 2023, while To the Pointe. holds the title of Chesapeake's Best of the Best Dance Studio 2022. Ms. Bri has been acting President of the Maryland Council for Dance, as well as VP of the MCD, and is currently a charter member of the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, a member of the National Dance Educator's Organization, a National Dance Foundation partner studio, and sponsors Junior & Senior Chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Under her direction, the To the Pointe. Dance Company has performed in Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, HersheyPark, at pregame & halftime shows for the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Wizards, along with numerous local and charitable venues. Ms. Bri is an arts advocate, placing high importance on spreading a love for the art of dance with the community through performances (including the only full length Nutcracker on the mid-shore), and also by instructing for organizations such as Caroline County Rec & Parks, Talbot County Parks & Rec, and Crashbox Theatre. Always ready to learn, she continues her own education though online certification programs and the annual DanceLife Teacher Conference. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her, now adult, children who have both also performed with Crashbox Theatre in the past!


Amber Vitanovec is the Assistant and Backstage Director for the EHS Theatre Department and is the Assistant Executive Director of the Crashbox Theatre Company. When there is a need, Amber combines her theatre experience with her extensive martial arts background to serve as a stage-combat supervisor. In 2009 Amber expanded her theatrical horizons and directed the EMS 8th grade play, Backstage. She’s also assisted backstage and with lights for SMMHS, CAPA, TAP, SMCC, CHT, and numerous Heart and Music productions. Amber holds a Master's Degree in TESOL and teaches English as a Second Language for grades 6-8 at Easton Middle School.

Amber Vitanovec,
Camp Administrator

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