Staff & Board
BAAY Staff Members
Chrissy Ellsworth (she/her)
Chrissy is an instructor and costume designer at BAAY. She has her Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design, and has worked as a Graphic Designer since 2003. She has a broad range of experience working with children as well, including in a wilderness rehabilitation program, and in childcare for DSHS and the BAAY Preschool. Chrissy loves to see the uniqueness, creativity, and untrained natural artistic talent that comes from young children!
Dana Crediford (she/her)
Program Director, Costume Shop Manager, Mentor
Dana has a Master’s degree in Children’s Theatre Education from WWU and a passion for organizing. She has taught everything from Acting and Improvisation to Playwriting and has directed all ages in dramatic productions and musical theatre.
Dana created BAAY’s costume mentoring program, developing a culture-of-the-second-floor which emphasizes personal responsibility, teamwork, and safety. Members of the Costuming Crew are challenged to learn the basics of shop management, Costume design, and Wardrobe implementation, graduating from the “Golden Wing” Program to positions of creative responsibility as they design their own productions.
Dana also heads up the BAAY Broadway and movie clubs. She enjoys leading children to self-discovery in the arts and watching them blossom in the areas of their interest. Dana has 12 grandchildren, six kids, two cats, a dog, and a fiancé, and answers to the nickname “Mama Bear.” She also seriously adores her co-workers and loves BAAY!
Dylan Cisneros (he/him)
Music Director, Vocal Instructor
Dylan Cisneros has served as a music and theater educator for several years all across Washington State since graduating with a degree in Music Education. Studying under Dr. Amber Sudduth Bone and Prof. Holly Alcorn, he served as Assistant Director on WWU’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, winning the First Prize in Division 2 of the 2016 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association. He also co-wrote music for WWU’s 2016 production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and played roles in various other productions, including Kiss Me Kate, and The Golden Goose (composed by longtime BAAY instructor, Evan Ingalls). Following graduation, Dylan worked as a choir and theater teacher at Evergreen High School in White Center, Seattle. Most recently, he served as Music Director for META’s 2020 production of Fame, which played at the historic Lincoln Theater in his hometown of Mount Vernon. In his spare time, Dylan likes writing and recording music, reading, and spending time with his partner of over a decade, Kelly.
Erika Chambliss (she/her)
Erika became part of the BAAY community ten years ago through her daughter (now a BAAY alumni). She joined the teaching team at the former BAAY preschool and Eduarts program six years ago and has been offering unique theatre and movement experiences off and on ever since. Erika has been involved in the performing arts her whole life. She has an extensive background in theatre, dance and is a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor. She spent her early years studying ballet, modern and jazz dance and later discovered bellydance, Samba, African and Creative Movement. She has studied acting at Freehold Theatre, Unexpected Productions, Taproot Theatre Company and Seattle Central Community College as well as participating in many student film and independent theatre projects throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. She also discovered her love of creative movement for young children through The Braindance at The Creative Dance Center in Seattle. This inspired many of the classes that she would later go on to create. She has worked with children for over thirty years now in classroom and childcare settings and genuinely loves being in their presence. They are constantly reminding her to stay in the present moment and to delight in the smallest details of life. Erika is thrilled to be part of BAAY and feels lucky to get to help each child blossom into the special and creative being that they are!
Erin Smith (she/her)
Program Director, Instructor
Erin is a recent graduate of Western Washington University, receiving her BA in Theatre Arts and Anthropology. She started at BAAY as a volunteer EduArts teaching assistant and then as a stage manager for Esme’s Adventures in Another World. Erin loves working with kids of all ages, and in addition to working at BAAY she offers freelance tutoring for K-12 and is a resident actor for local company Enchanting Events, most often as Princess Anna (Frozen). She is also a Bellingham-based actor and director, and recent credits include Shakespeare’s Other Women, The Midwinter Air, and Diamonds and Toads. Erin has been lucky enough to present her artistic work for the Kennedy Center through the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Initiative a total of three times; twice she was chosen as a finalist (once as an actor, once as a director), and in 2021 she was selected as the recipient of the SDC Fellowship for Region VII. She is beyond excited to join BAAY as a teaching artist and help students realize their creative potential!
Evan Ingalls (he/him)
Music Director, Instructor
Evan Ingalls is a music & theatre educator, performing musician, composer, writer and poet, among other things. Born, raised, and educated in Bellingham, WA, he graduated from Western Washington University (2014) with a B.Mus. in Composition and a B.A. in Linguistics. He has worked with BAAY almost constantly since then, with one little break to travel around the world. Through his work at BAAY, he’s discovered the joys of sharing the innumerable benefits of music and theatre with young people, who seem to have an inexhaustible appetite for it! For more information on Evan‘s other endeavors, you can visit www.evaningalls.com.
Juliette Machado (she/her)
Juliette began working for BAAY in 2014 as EduArts Program Coordinator. During her time running EduArts, she grew the after-school program from its humble beginnings to a sustainable source of arts education averaging 50 classes per year in over 10 elementary schools in Whatcom County. Juliette earned her BA in Communications and BFA in Dance from WWU. Since 2016, she has also worked as BAAY’s Marketing Director. Juliette is a company member of Bellingham Repertory Dance and adjunct faculty for Whatcom Community College’s dance program. She is committed to fostering sustainable and equitable systems in our community and is very excited for this new chapter as BAAY’s Operations Director.
Kaleb Van Rijswijck (he/them)
Kaleb is thrilled to be back at BAAY collaborating with some awesome people. Since leaving Bellingham back in 2013, Kaleb earned a degree in Fine Arts from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, performed all over the country with various theatrical companies and taught art integrated classes to the youth of the greater Chicago area. Kaleb is no stranger to the technical side of the performing arts and is excited to be putting those skills to use.
Lisa Markowitz (she/her)
Program Director, Choreographer
Lisa grew up dancing, with most of her training from Anna Marie Dance Studio in Wilmington, Delaware. After high school, she spent four years dancing with The Young Americans, whose goal is to enrich the lives of kids and foster understanding and goodwill through the Performing Arts. With this group, she went on three National Music Outreach Tours (designed to bring music and dance back into the schools and to help students discover their potential) and fell in love with teaching. She has 13 years of experience teaching dance and theatre to young artists in Bellingham, and taught dance for 11 years at camps in Southern California (where she was awarded Specialist of the Year three times at Camp James), Maine (Camp Vega), New York (running the Dance Department at Camp Pontiac), and Switzerland (where she started and ran a dance camp for five years at Village Camps-Leysin). Lisa has also choreographed for the Bellingham Theatre Guild, where she won two Bentley Awards for Best Choreography. She spent a semester teaching Creative Writing for Urban Scholars at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a program for gifted inner-city high school students; a semester in South Korea, teaching English to kids (K-8); and two years teaching English and Creative Writing at Wellspring Community School in Bellingham. Lisa has a B.A. in English from Cal. State, Long Beach, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing-Poetry from UNLV. She loves using her writing experience to adapt/write scripts for BAAY. Her poems have been published in a number of journals. In her spare time, she loves doing hot yoga and Pilates and spending time with her little old Dachshund, Zoey.
Logan Hyer-Long (they/he)
Logan is a Bellingham based teaching artist who has been with BAAY since Spring 2022. Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, Logan has a passion for arts communities in the PNW. Previously they have worked with Taproot Theatre in Seattle, as well as appearing in productions for the University of Northern Colorado and Western Washington University (latest credits include: Blue -TYA, Book of Will, Shakespeare’s Other Women, and Richard III). They have a strong belief that the arts create community, cultivate empathy, and empower underrepresented voices in a way that can uniquely approach the problems facing our modern society. Outside of the theatre, you can find them playing guitar at farmer’s markets, wandering local trails, playing soccer, and caring for a small jungle of plants at home!
Mikyn Sygitowicz (she/her)
Mikyn was born and raised in Bellingham, left and returned a few times, and is thankful to now be raising her daughter (a BAAY student) here. With a degree in English, she brings to BAAY a background in technical writing, public relations, and digital marketing. She loves traveling the world but has come to deeply love her beautiful hometown and community. Volunteering with BAAY Boosters provided a great way to connect and learn more about BAAY as an organization and all the ways it fulfills its mission. After seeing the difference BAAY has made over the years in so many children’s and families’ experiences (including her own), she was delighted to join the BAAY staff in 2019 and is honored to serve in this role. She loves working to increase children’s access to the arts and helping BAAY foster more creativity, empathy, and joy!
Olivia Theilemann (she/her)
Olivia has served as an arts educator in the Bellingham community for the last 9 years. Her journey with BAAY began as an EduArts instructor in 2015. She eventually moved to BAAY’s campus as a stage manager in 2017. And in 2018, she began her stint as a BAAY program director for the senior level age group. Olivia received her BA in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education from Western Washington University and began teaching for Bellingham Public Schools after graduating. Last year, Olivia completed graduate school and received her Masters in Education in Instructional Design. Olivia is thrilled to help usher BAAY into this next phase as Artistic Director. She is looking forward to upholding BAAY’s longstanding mission while implementing necessary and exciting new visions.
Tara Reiter (she/her)
EduArts Coordinator, Instructor
Tara has been with BAAY for 7 years, and is returning to the team after the birth of her second child. She has worn many hats at BAAY, such as being an EduArts instructor, preschool assistant, and director for the Pixies, and relishes her newest position as EduArts Coordinator. Tara graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Dance and specializes in choreography. Tara believes ANYONE can dance and aspires to foster that belief in others. She has a strong background in teaching and working with persons with all abilities, and loves learning as much as she does teaching. Between raising a toddler and an infant, she finds time to crochet, hike, cold plunge, listen to true crime stories, and play board and card games. She is a typical coffee-fueled Washingtonian from Puyallup and grew up on Harry Potter and Twilight.
BAAY Board Members
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