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Our Staff

William Endslow

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.

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Kristin Killian

Music Director

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!


Nancy Katz


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. 

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Lori Loussedes

Head Counselor

Lori is very excited to be back to live theatre again for her twenty- fourth year at Five Star! She holds a Bachelor ’s and Master ’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University, and is the Curriculum Coach at the Early Learning Center in Chelsea, MA.

Lori attended Reading Memorial High School where she was very involved in theatre directed by Mr. Endslow. Lori has been engaged in all aspects of theatre, including stage managing at Lesley University and North Shore Music Theatre, as well as teaching drama at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.  In addition, Lori has worked on the annual shows at Coolidge Middle School in Reading for over 20 years.

Lori is SO happy that her niece Evie will be spending this month at Five Star with her for the first time! 

Laurie Dougherty

Laurie Doherty

Costume Coordinator

“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!  “Seize the day!”

Kathy Guyott

Kathy Guyott


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.

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