Meet the 2021 Artistic Team
Laura Little recently produced All Is Calm off-Broadway and is a co-producer of the Tony Award winning Come From Away on Broadway, Toronto, London, Australia, and on national tour. Her other Broadway credits include: co-producer of the five time Tony Award winning Peter and the Starcatcher and First Date starring Zachary Levi. This is her 9th year producing Traditions of Christmas in Coeur d'Alene. She also produced Traditions of Christmas in Nampa in 2016 and 2017. Laura’s other local productions include the reading of The Giver featuring Patty Duke, and various concerts and cabarets. Laura is the past Executive Director of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Executive/Artistic Director of CYT Spokane and founder of LLL Talent Agency (now MAM). Civic: She is a proud member and past president of Coeur d'Alene Sunrise Rotary and an executive board member and past president of Friends of Idaho Public Television. This year she was honored with the Women of Distinction Awards from the Inland Northwest Girl Scouts of America. She is the recipient of the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award in 2015 and the Hayden Awards for the Arts in 2017. Laura has served on many theatre boards as well as the Kroc Center’s Advisory Board. Laura is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute Producers Program, and a graduate of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls leadership programs. She has three grown children and two beautiful grandsons.
Marie Hunt (Director) loves all things theater. She has been acting, writing, directing, and producing for theater for the past twenty years, and is the president of the Northwest Theater Arts and Education Foundation. Her greatest joy is in her family: her husband and best friend, Daniel, and children Juliet, Scarlet, Titus, and Estelle. She is delighted by Traditions of Christmas and is honored to be co-producing and directing this year's performances.
Deborah Rambo Sinn (Music Director) is equally at home on the concert stage and working in musical theater. In addition to having played in over 600 professional musicals, she has also performed all five Beethoven concertos. She has written a book, has taught music at a number of universities, and is currently sorting out what she wants to be when she grows up. www.DeborahRamboSinn.com
Annie Stillar (Holiday Headliners Choreographer) has been a dance teacher and choreographer for fifteen years, serving on artistic teams for CYT Spokane/North Idaho, Northwest Christian Schools, Spokane Children's Theater, Lake City Playhouse, and more. She's helmed a number of musical theater summer camps and speciality dance workshops, and has been on the faculty for Artistry in Motion since 2016. She's excited to return to the production circuit again for her second year on the Traditions of Christmas team!
Brianna White (Choreographer) has trained, danced, and taught at Expressions School of Performing Arts for a total of sixteen years. She is currently a physics and chemistry teacher at Coeur d’Alene High School. After taking some time off to start her school career, Brianna rediscovered her passion for performing through her involvement with Traditions of Christmas as a kickline dancer. Now that she has performed with the kickline for three consecutive years, she is honored and excited to work with the creative team as the Kickline Choreographer!
Trigger Weddle studied acting at Circle in the Square and holds a MA in Drama from the University of Arkansas. She is a choreographer/instructor at Northern Dance Acadmey and the Artistic Director for Aspire Community Theatre. Recent credits include 9 to 5 (Director-Aspire), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Choreographer-Aspire), Oklahoma (Choreographer-CDA Summer Theatre), Carousel (Dir/Choreo-Lake City Playhouse). Recent acting credit: Company (Joanne-LCP, 42nd Street (Maggie-Aspire), Guys & Dolls (Gen. Cartwright-CDA Summer Theatre), among others. Thank you for supporting the arts in your community!
Since the age of three, Brenda Blankenship (Choreographer) had a passion for dance, movement and choreographic projects. Originally from the Bay Area, she followed a choreography gig to North Idaho in 1997, which led her to open our studio, Expressions School of Performing Arts, a year later. Exploring the artistry of movement in nonconventional ways and choreographing for synchronized swimmers, bodybuilders, gymnasts, and her specialty, dancers.