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GRIFF BRALEY (Artistic Director) Griff has spent his entire life in Maine and most of his life involved in theater. After graduating with a BA in Theater from Bates College, he directed his first play at Wiscasset High School in 1983, where he continued to teach children's theater, mythology, speech, acting, technical theater, film and English until 2006. He directed more than sixty plays at Wiscasset, including numerous original scripts and several award winning one act plays. Griff moved to Lincoln Academy in the fall of 2006, to teach theater and film, and to direct Lincoln's productions.
Griff's work came to include adults with the production of his Zeno's Arrow at Lincoln County Community Theater in 1998. He then directed Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Peter Pan, The Little Prince and Secret Garden for the Chocolate Church in Bath. Since envisioning and starting up Heartwood Regional Theater Company in the fall of 2003, Griff has acted as artistic director to produce more than 70 productions.
His work at Heartwood includes creating a successful summer camps for kids which is eleven years in the running. In 2008, Griff oversaw the development of a performing arts outreach program, Heartwood Goes to School, for schools in the Midcoast region.
BETH PRESTON (Vocal Coach) teaches privately in her Nobleboro, ME home studio, coaching classical, Broadway, and jazz singers. She is a member of the Voice Care Network and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her students frequently place and win at the Maine NATS Broadway and Classical competitions. Ms. Preston has provided the vocal coaching for most of Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s musicals and operas and teaches in their summer youth programs. She sings with Vox Nova Chamber Choir in Brunswick and has also sung with the chorus of Portland Opera Repertory Theater. She is a long-time student of Ellen Chickering and is director of choirs at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, ME.