Caren Hearne has been a professional performer for over 20 years performing all over the United States and Europe. A veteran of 2 National Tours and one European Tour, Caren has also performed extensively in the Washington DC area and several Cabarets in NYC.  Theatre education has always been a part of the equation; whether as an affiliated teaching artist or public school theatre instructor. Classes taught are acting, audition techniques,  beginning directing, stage management, and beginning acting for the camera . Caren holds a BA in Theatre from Shenandoah University and has taught in the DC Metro area for Fairfax and Prince William Counties, Adventure Theatre, West End Theatre, and founded the Rising Star Theatre Camp and taught it at various locations.  She also was the Youth Arts Education Director for the Workhouse Arts Center, teaching, designing artistic programs, and coordinating teaching artists for educational outreach to local schools. Caren is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Association.

Alisa Mehlohas a BA in Theatre from Westminster College where she participated in many productions both on stage and behind the scenes. She acquired her MA in Educational Theatre at New York University. She was certified in Theatre for grades Pre-K through 12 and worked as a substitute teacher and teaching artist in New York City. Since returning to Western PA, she has worked as a teaching artist, directed for Theatre Westminster's 10 Minute Play Festival, and enjoys getting back on stage once in a while! Alisa lives in Bellevue with her husband, Stephen, and her daughters, Annalise and Carys. 

Our Educators


Val Williams is a CCM Musical Theater Graduate whose work encompasses performance, choreography, direction, voiceover/recording work, and arts education development and instruction. Val has performed Off-Broadway with The Irish Repertory Theater, Musicals Tonight at the Lion Theater/Theatre Row, Inside Broadway, and at Town Hall. 
Regionally she was most recently seen as "Hannah Gibney" in Belfast Girls at Carnegie Stage and has worked in varying capacities with Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (Resident Artist), Shadyside Academy, Hope Academy, and Mariposa Children's Theatre. Val has traveled the world as a Lead Vocalist with Norwegian Cruise Lines, performed as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and is the Founder and Producing Director of Vintageous Productions, A Vintage-Inspired Entertainment Company. Her debut album for Children, Songs For Young Whippersnappers-featuring musicians who have played with Audra McDonald, Meghan Trainor, and more, can be heard worldwide and is available on Itunes and beyond. Val has had the pleasure of studying in MasterClass format with Eric Woodall (Tara Rubin Casting), Craig Carnelia, John Bucchino, Kristen Chenoweth, Patti Lupone,  Lenora Nemetz, & Billy Porter. 


Visit ValWilliamsCreative.com for more info on Val and check out Songs For Young Whippersnappers and Vintageous Productions on Facebook!

Jessica Savitz is a Pittsburgh born and raised artist. She is thrilled to be teaching at Mariposa! Jessica has a BFA in theatre performance from Ohio University. She is a theatre instructor and director at the Center for Theatre Arts in Mount Lebanon, the Pathfinder School, Propel Schools, and Gemini Children’s Theater. Besides teaching,
Jessica has a huge passion for directing. Recently, she directed Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day at Stage 62, The Wedding Singer at Greensburg Civic Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast at South Park Children’s Theatre.
Jessica enjoys seeing her students grow as young confident artists!

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