Our Teaching Artists
Lindsay Pontius, Co-Founder & Director of Education
Lindsay Pontius has been a professional actor, director, and teacher working both regionally and internationally for over 25 years. Pontius is Co-Founder and Director of Education of Courageous Stage, and also serves as Education Director of Town Hall Theater (THT) in Middlebury, Vermont. Over the last seven years, Pontius developed the THT Education Program, which annually serves more than 20 schools and a thousand children in Vermont. Pontius is a founding member of Shakespeare & Company’s nationally award-winning Fall Festival of Shakespeare that involves 10 high schools and thousands of students (grades 7-12) every year. She has a doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont.
Craig Maravich, Co-Founder & Director of Programs
As a professional actor for nearly 20 years and member of Actor’s Equity, Craig Maravich has worked in leading theatres across the United State and is a member of The Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble and faculty artist at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English since 2010. He is also a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College. Craig's work as a teaching artist includes developing and implementing programs for all ages of youth and adults. In partnership with Courageous Stage, he is leading a pilot program at Middlebury College - Beyond the Page - that expands the work of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble teaching artistry to undergraduate classrooms. As a former teaching artist at The Flynn Center for the Arts, he curated a community engagement play-reading series that he founded. Maravich holds an MFA in Classical Acting from The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre/GWU.
Courageous Stage partners with a network of internationally acclaimed Associate Artists, who bring their extensive expertise to bear in the classroom. Our turnkey model, and its teachers, travel to schools and cultural institutions across Vermont. Vermont-based Associate Artists include:
Melissa Lourie is the co-founder of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, an accomplished Equity actress, a veteran teacher of acting and theater at the University of Vermont, and the current Artistic Director of the Middlebury Actors Workshop.
Paul Schnabel is an actor/producer and co-founder/President of Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, an incubator performance venue in the Old North End of Burlington. Paul is a longstanding member of the internationally acclaimed Riot Group in NYC and of the Screen Actors Guild.
Clint Bierman is a band leader, studio engineer, songwriter, producer, and composer. He has created numerous albums, played guitar for the NBC show, Smash, and co-wrote I'm on My Way, which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack. He has extensive music education experience, including leading Rock-It Science music camps.
Jack DesBois is a singer, actor, and educator who teaches Town Hall Theater youth programs. Jack performs in productions by the Middlebury Actors Workshop, the Opera Company of Middlebury, Town Hall Theater, and The Middlebury Bach Festival.