MEET OUR DirectorS!
Theatre has been Mr. Chaykin's passion ever since he was a little kid. He began his journey in theatre by taking dance classes in ballet, tap, and jazz six days a week. His love of dance blossomed into a love of theatre, film, and storytelling, and he eventually trained in Musical Theatre and Drama at The Hartt School and Sarah Lawrence College. He also obtained a Masters in Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and has appeared in numerous professional productions, films, and even commercials in Chicago, London, New York, and Seattle. Just recently, he was the Head of Drama at Kamiak High School for a leave position where he directed Oklahoma! He is so excited to be the new Theatre Director at Kentlake and looks forward to all the exciting things ahead!
Anamaria Guerzon is excited to be working on her first Kentlake production as an Assistant Director and Dramaturg! She works by day as a Paraeducator at KL, and was thrilled to be placed in Mr. Chaykin's Technical Theatre class. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelors in Theatre in 2021, and since then has been working as a musician, actor and playwright. Recent credits include: Merely Players at Outsiders Inn (Phebe/Orlando), her play, Skin, which was featured in a digital workshop at Tacoma Little Theatre (Playwright), The Tempest/Twelfth Night at Greenstage (Musician/Composer) and DUST at Pacific Lutheran University (Director).
Wendy Martinez-McKee is from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on Vocal Performance. She was the Founder and Artistic Director of Brava!, a professional women’s ensemble from 2001–2009 and also served as the Music Director for St. Paul UCC in Palatine, IL from 2002–2009. Ms. McKee was the Artistic Director for the Palatine Children’s Chorus from 2002 to 2006, where she conducted the top 3 of their 5 choirs. Wendy taught private voice at the Bloomingdale School of Music for 3 years before operating her own vocal studio. She worked extensively with Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska ACDA groups and was also on the board of the NW ACDA as the Industry Representative. In 2016, she retired to spend more time with her family. She is currently the Vice President of both the Rainier Youth Choirs board and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium. She is also the conductor of the Emerald Heights Chorale, at a retirement community in Redmond.
Megan graduated from Central Washington University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Cum Laude and has been working as a choreographer, performer, and teaching artist across the Northwest. Immediately upon graduation, she was hired as the resident choreographer and dance instructor for the Central BFA Musical Theatre Program. Megan has since been working across the PNW including Oregon Children’s Theatre, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Leavenworth Summer Theatre, The Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Seattle Musical Theatre, Spotlight Musical, Theatre Academy, and Walt Disney World.
Mr. Necessary joined the Kentlake Music team in Fall 2020 as the Orchestra Director. He holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University where he studied conducting. As a PNW native, Mr. Necessary has worked with many of the Youth Symphonies in the area and is currently a conductor at the Maple Valley Youth Symphony. Along with working in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Necessary has also taught music at public schools in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Urmenita, known as JU to many of the students, has been working with KLTC since 2014. In that time, he was able to be a part of many wonderful productions including Mary Poppins, Shrek, A Christmas Story, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, and The Sound of Music. JU loves all the technical and artistic aspects of drama, thanks to his mentor Mrs. Cressey. He began as a pit musician, but quickly moved into sound design, pit directing, orchestration, vocal coaching, set building, and has even dabbled in fly and lighting. JU really just likes hanging around the theater, and ends up getting put to work, and he is all about it.