Katie Clarke (She/Her) is excited to be working on this production with these fantastic kids! Katie believes that theater is a place for everyone to shine and uses creative arts to empower, encourage, and foster confidence in her cast and crew members. She is very thankful to her Stage 284 family for helping to create a space that welcomes all! The summer workshop is one of Katie’s favorite programs to teach because it is all about collaboration and creation. From start to finish the students are in control of their process. We have student set, lighting, and props designers, we have students sewing costumes and creating transition plans. Just like Mary Poppins teaches us, we are the masters of our own experience and giving students the creative space to take control is what Katie lives for! Some of Katie’s past Stage 284 directing credits include, “Spelling Bee,” “Newsies,” “Into the Woods,” “The Jungle Book Jr.,” “School of Rock: The Youth Version,” and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” She has also directed, “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Noises Off,” “Polaroid Stories,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “Shrek the Musical” at Endicott College where she serves as the Coordinator of Theater. She hopes you enjoy Mary Poppins as much as she has enjoyed working on it!