An Origin Story...

Walking Shadow Readers Theatre was originally launched in 2005 as Walking Shadow Theatre Company. It was founded by alumni of South Lakes High School in Reston, VA, who reunited to produce theatre in Washington, DC. The company transformed into a virtual reader’s theatre in June, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the changing world of American theatre.

Company of Players

Casting DIrector
Amy Benson is a teaching artist at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. She has also taught in Berlin, Germany, where she opened her own acting studio, and Beijing, China, as well as New York City. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. She holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Playwright Liaison
Amy Dellagiarino is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who resides in Los Angeles. She is the proud "mother" of two incredibly spoiled terrier mixes. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Media Director
Craig Lewis is a security consultant by day and theatre enthusiast by night. With a degree in Dance and a background in both on- and off- stage production, participating in a new virtual environment offers an exciting new artistic medium he will surely tell all of his houseplants about for years to come.

Meeting Facilitator
Stephanie Hanson is a writer and educational consultant. Her primary theatrical outlet is reading dramatically to her children. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband, children, dog, and chickens.

Social Media Manager
Katie Stanton is an early childhood educator. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter. Her passions include reading, writing, music, and social justice.

Vetting Committee
Sam Repshas has been performing in the DC Area for the past 10+ years. After receiving his BFA at Tulane University, he accrued credits that include both stage and film projects. He is thrilled to start his journey with Walking Shadow! He also enjoys playing the harmonica, is an avid consumer of stand-up comedy, and he loves cats.

Copy Editor
Katie Takats lives in Ohio with her husband and son. She holds a BA in English Linguistics and an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry. A copy editor by day, she has always loved to read and helping people improve their work. She is excited to join her old friends to explore the world of virtual theatre!

Vetting Committee
Becca Gibson is a natural-born empath which lends itself well both on-stage and off-stage. Becca works as a mental health therapist in Baltimore. She loves musical theatre, spoiling her niece, and snuggling with her cat Oreo.

Dark Horse Theatre Company Liaison
Natasha Parnian is the Managing Artistic Director of Northern Virginia's Dark Horse Theatre Company. She is also the creator and a cast member of Calamity Improv. She specializes in directing, sound design, and making something out of nothing. In her daytime life she is a farmer, autoharpist, homeschooling mom, and motorcycle enthusiast.
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