The Five Star Theatre Company
Program Director/Show Director/Artistic Director
Mr. Endslow is a Boston area Theatre Educator, Director, Actor and Set Designer. He has been involved in educational and community theatre since 1976 and is the Artistic Director of The Five Star Theatre Company. Mr. Endslow has taught master classes and workshops in acting and directing for such organizations as: The New England Conservatory , Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters, The New England Theatre Conference, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. Mr. Endslow won the Samantha’s Buddy Award from the Samantha’s Harvest Foundation and was named the Massachusetts Downs Syndrome Congress “Educator of the Year”. He was also the recipient of “The Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator of the Year Award” presented by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education.
Mr. Endslow was the inaugural Department Chair for the Fine and Performing Arts at Reading Memorial High School. He taught in Reading for thirty one years and directed the RMHS Drama Club for nineteen years.
A graduate of Salem State University with a Masters Degree from The Massachusetts College of Art, Mr. Endslow is a former President of The Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Mr. Endslow has returned to acting himself and can now be seen in various commercials and films.
He thoroughly enjoys his time with the incredible students and staff of The Five Star Theatre Company each year.
Miss Killian retired in 2019 after 36 years in the Reading Public Schools, where she was the Director of Choral Music and Department Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Reading Memorial High School. Her retirement started off with a bang: music directing CHICAGO at RMHS and a wonderful trip to Rome in February 2020. All that excitement fizzled, of course, as the world entered a pandemic lockdown. As you can imagine, she is incredibly excited that Five Star is back!
Prior to teaching at RMHS, Miss Killian taught music and directed the shows at Parker Middle School. She was also resident Music Director for the RMHS Drama Club where she musically directed the club’s shows since 1997.
Miss Killian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Lowell, her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University, and her Administrative License from Merrimack Academy. She brings over forty years of experience in community and educational theatre to The Five Star Theatre Company, where she has been Music Director since its 1993 production of Annie.
Miss Killian loves working with all the great kids, staff, and counselors at Five Star. Having grown up in a musical family and spending summers performing in and directing musicals with her three siblings, Miss K loves to see kids creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Miss K dedicates this July’s Five Star program to the memory of her Dad, who was not just her parent but her musical mentor, too. While she didn’t realize it at the time, watching him conduct the pit orchestra for Masconomet’s musicals when she was a little girl was the beginning of her life-long love affair with musical theatre. THANK YOU, DAD! Each day with music in my life is a reminder of you! You are missed every day!
Ms. Katz is so excited to be back as choreographer with The Five Star Theatre Company! She has choreographed for Reading Memorial High School, Parker Middle School, Coolidge Middle School, Dunn Middle School in Danvers, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, and The North Shore Music Theatre’s Education Program.
In the past, Ms. Katz has also directed shows for the JCC of Peabody, Coolidge Middle School and Parker Middle School. She continues to teach Dance Fitness virtually.
As a performer, she has been seen on stage with The Five Star Theatre, Spotlighters of Lynnfield, Marblehead Little Theatre, Amesbury Dinner Theatre, Turtlelane Playhouse and The North Shore Music Theatre.
Ms. Katz is currently the bookkeeper for Skipping Stone, LLC in Peabody and is thankful for the flexibility she is given to be able to return to Five Star every summer.
Theatre Education Coordinator
Caitlin Beckman is a theatre educator, director, and performer. After graduating from Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance & Speech, she was an Entertainment Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort (2013-2016), directed and choreographed educational theatre and community theatre, and performed with the American Repertory Theater and community theaters in the North Shore area.
Recent directing credits include tick... tick... BOOM! with Colonial Chorus Players (musically directed by Ms. Killian! DASH Award: Director of a Musical 2023), and Moana, jr. with KIPP Academy Lynn. Previous roles include: Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (DASH Nomination: Lead Actress in a Musical 2022); Molly in The Smell of the Kill (DASH Award: Ensemble Performance 2019); Lily St. Regis in Annie; Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and her favorite, Peter Pan in Peter Pan during the 2008 RMHS production directed by Mr. Endslow and musically directed by Ms. Killian.
Caitlin is the founding theatre teacher at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School, where she directs and choreographs the annual school musical, is a dance teacher at Enchanted Dance Academy, performs locally with her brother as a music duo “Cait + Pat” (come to The Charles in Reading the first Thursday of every month!), and of course, is an educator at Five Star Theater Program, where she supports as the Theatre Education Coordinator. She has been working with Five Star since 2009 and is thrilled to return each summer!
Dance Education Specialist
Lindsey is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and former Five Star participant excited to be back again this summer! Current Five Star participants may recognize her as Coolidge Middle School’s choreographer for the last 10 years. Lindsey is the owner/director of Enchanted Dance Academy (EDA) in Winchester, MA where she instructs all genres of dance for students ages 2-18. EDA instills a passion for artistry and dance through an inclusive, nurturing, and body-neutral dance education. Lindsey graduated from Salem State University with a major in dance back in 2015; she is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Dance Teaching Artistry from Wayne State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where she also serves as Doug Risner’s graduate assistant for the MA-TA program. Lindsey’s master thesis research at WSU is focused on eating disorders in dance and identifying pedagogical methods that promote more positive learning environments. Lindsey performs modern/contemporary dance as a solo artist and with Vitality Dance Project throughout Boston and the North Shore, most recently in the Salem Arts Festival and at NACHMO Boston. Lindsey loves combining her love for both dance and theatre with Five Star participants every summer and can’t wait for Peter Pan Jr.!
“Costume is a huge part of getting into character. Your body soaks in what you’re wearing, and you turn into someone else.” - Jane Levy
The costumes are what you see as the curtain opens, but the actors bring them to life. Without the amazing stars of Five Star, the costumes would simply be clothes. Mrs. Doherty is going on thirteen summers helping to make each story come alive and she has enjoyed every moment.
During the school year, Mrs. Doherty works at as an Educational Support Professional in grade one in Tewksbury. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from UMass Lowell. She lives in Tewksbury with her husband, John, and her daughters, Erin and Shealagh, both former Five Star participants.
Five Star is a wonderful way to spend July!
Mrs. Guyott has been working as a wardrobe coordinator, designer and/or assistant for Five Star Theatre and RMHS Drama for many years. She loves the creative and technical challenge of costuming with the goal of helping to bring Mr. Endslow’s vision for the show to fruition.
Ms. Guyott is a retired art teacher. She is now a substitute teacher in the Reading Public Schools. She loves to work with Mrs. Doane and Mrs. Hurley, RPS art teachers, whenever she can. As a substitute teacher, Mrs. Guyott gets to see many of the students that she knows from school in Five Star. “It is great to reconnect with such awesome children and to see how they've grown and matured. Mr. Endslow’s talent for bringing out the best in each camper/actor offers an opportunity to get to know these fantastic children in a whole new way.”
Mrs. Guyott has a BFA-Interior Design from U Mass Amherst and a MAT Art from Salem State University.