The Red Doors Community Center welcomes locals and visitors! We offer an ever-changing slate of classes and workshops, but we specialize in performing arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs for children.
In December and April we present showcase performances for our dance, voice, and theatre students at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center in the convention center on 41st street. In Summer 2017 the church campus is an active construction zone so are offering a minimal selection of programs, including Sea School, surf workshops, Worcester County Reach for the Stars STEM Camp, and Free Yoga.
The Red Doors Community Center has a fantastic new location for all of our classes. We are at 10959 Worcester Highway, Berlin, MD. There is plenty of parking available!
The Red Doors is an nonprofit outreach of St. Paul’s by-The-Sea. Since the middle ages, a red door has indicated sanctuary and welcome. The Red Doors welcomes everyone, as does St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Red Doors programs are designed for people of all faiths or no faith. If any program is of a religious nature, it will be made evident in the program description. We believe that God made humans to be creative and inquisitive beings. We think, we communicate, we build, we write, we dance, we experiment, we draw, we sing, we explore, we imagine. The Red Doors offers opportunities for children and adults to do those things together in a community, developing and honoring our gifts and talents.
Our program facilitators and partners are independent contractors who are excited to share their expertise and passion. The following list includes current instructors as well as instructors who may be returning in an upcoming session. Want to join us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JERILYN HOLSTON ANDREWS: DANCE
JeriLyn began her professional training at the Rosella Hightower Centre de Danse Classique in Cannes, France. After returning to the United States, she studied dance at Butler University with George Verdak and Peggy Dorsey. From there she relocated to New York to study at the Alvin Ailey School, the Joffrey School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and with David Harris and Maggie Black. Her performing experience includes principal performer with Disney on Parade touring company, NBC Entertainment Corporation where she understudied Cathy Rigby (Olympic gymnast) as Peter Pan, principal dancer with Baltimore Ballet Company, and Pointe on Strings. She is a Maryland certified educator.
VERENA CHASE: SCIENCE
Verena Chase is the Coast Kids Program Director and has worked for the Assateague Coastal Trust since 2004. She coordinates monthly events, creates publications which feature local fauna, flora, and geography for children, and manages the Coast Kids membership program. Verena holds an MS in Environmental Protection from FH Bingen, Germany.
DEBBI DEAN-COLLEY: COOKING
Over the years Debbi has attended many workshops and classes focused on wellness and the culinary arts. She is still captivated by good, wholesome, live eating and how this way of eating benefits our bodies nutritionally, spiritually and physically, including the prevention of many prevalent diseases. In 2006 she opened Nanakai’s Organic Cottage Cafe; an all organic vegetarian cafe located in Jensen Beach Florida. Upon moving to Berlin, MD, Debbi soon found herself in demand by personal clients and local restaurants for her unique raw and vegan prepared meals, and opened her business called Mixed Greens. She is continuously creating easy, nutritious recipes and sharing the benefits of a vegan lifestyle though interactive workshops throughout her community. Debbi also teaches at the Art League of Ocean City.
JENN CORRON: SCIENCE
Jenn has been teaching middle and high school science at Worcester Preparatory School for 12 years.
CHRISSY EHRHART: YOGA
Chrissy is the owner and director of Zenna Wellness Studio in Berlin, Maryland. An RYT200 certified Yoga instructor, Chrissy has years of experience in guiding yoga and meditation practice, as well as teaching in Montessori-inspired elementary education. Chrissy is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
SILVIYA GALLO: ROBOTICS and COMPUTER SCIENCE
Silviya is a Maryland certified educator who teaches Pre-Engineering at Worcester Technical High School. She brings engineering to life through Lego WeDo Robotics, Lego Mindstorms Robotics, and Gamemaker video game design classes at Red Doors.
LAUREN GLICK: MUSIC
Lauren is graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachussetts where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Scoring. Lauren has been a staple of the Ocean City, Maryland music scence since she began performing here in the early 1990s. Nicknamed “The Janis Joplin of the Beach”, Lauren is known for being able to deliver just about any vocal style. Her original music is influenced by Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Sara McLaughlin, and Amy Mann. Lauren has many years of experience teaching private piano and voice lessons to local children, teenagers, and adults.
COURTNEY BURKHART GLOSSER: MUSIC
Courtney’s lifelong love of music led began with singing in her school chorus. As she overcame her fear of performing in front of an audience, she began soloing in talent shows, weddings, and at her high school graduation. In college, Courtney combined her love of singing and her love of children by earning her Bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University in Music and Elementary Education. Courtney taught music at The Salisbury School for several years, before leaving to raise her two daughters. In 2012, Courtney became a licensed Kindermusik educator. Courtney lives and breathes music and can’t wait to share her passion with you and your child in a Kindermusik class!
JEN HOLLAND: DANCE
Jen began dancing at age three in Pittsburgh, PA at Cervi’s School for Performing Arts where she eventually studied privately with Larry Cervi. From Pittsburgh, she moved to Dayton, OH where she took masters dance classes in contemporary, jazz, and ballet at the University of Cincinnati and earned a BA in education. While in Ohio, Jen danced with and choreographed for DCDC (Dayton Contemporary Dance Company) and the Dayton Dance Ensemble. Jennifer went on to teach middle school science while continuing her love of the arts by teaching music and dance in the evenings to ages four through adults. Jennifer shared her love of dance with students by choreographing many full length shows including Godspell and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Jen is a former Teacher of the Year for the state of Ohio.
LINDSEY MACWHA: SCIENCE
Lindsey earned a BS in Biology from Salisbury University and an MA in Secondary Science Education from Wilmington University. She studied Coral Reef Biology in Roatan Island, Honduras. She has taught science in Worcester County Public Schools and at North Broward Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida. She currently teaches 6th and 8th grade science at Worcester Preparatory School.
KRISTIE MAXA: SEWING AND CRAFTS
Kristie is the owner and designer of Kiki Burleigh, a line of handbags and children’s clothing.
FAWN FITZGERALD METE: DANCE AND HISTORY
She earned a BA in International Studies and an MA in Secondary Social Studies Education from Towson University. She has taught 8th through 12th grade history and political science courses in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Worcester County Public Schools. As the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Annapolis High School, a university-level magnet program serving all of southern Anne Arundel County, Fawn gained experience in program management and curriculum design. A Maryland certified educator, Fawn also has 13 years of dance training in a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, and jazz courses at Towson University. She has done choreography for many student productions and teaches dance classes for children and adults. Fawn loves having the creative outlet of teaching at Red Doors.
RYAN METE: COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MUSIC
Ryan is a software engineer at Studio Codeworks. Ryan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University, a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland University College, and an M.A. in Minority and Urban Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Ryan is a Maryland certified teacher with 10 years experience teaching Computer Science in Wicomico County Public Schools. Ryan is also a musician who can heard performing with several local bands around Ocean City.
MEGAN ST. JOHN
Megan earned her BA In Musical Theatre from American University, where she also completed graduate studies and worked as a research assistant. After interning with the Folger Shakespeare Library, she worked at Imagination Stage, Inc. in Washington, D.C. as an access administrator and educator, teaching children’s performance classes. She is a special educator in Worcester County Public Schools. She assists with the Stephen Decatur High School Drama Department and will complete her Master's in Education and Maryland state teacher certification in 2017.
ANNA TRATTNER: DANCE
Anna Trattner just recently graduated from the University of Tampa with a BA in Applied Dance (dance education). She began dancing at the age of 4 and has been trained in a variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, improvisation, lyrical and modern. She competed in regional and national dance competitions for 8 years where her team won multiple titles at both levels. She also worked as a character and performer at western theme park Frontier Town. While in college, Anna studied the brain-compatible teaching methods of Anne Green Gilbert and she had the opportunity to perform and choreograph for a variety of campus and community events. She also became a part of the National Dance Educators Organization and was able to attend conventions with other dancers and teachers from all over the United States. Since earning her degree, she has been teaching a variety of classes with a Tampa-based company called Creative Movement and Dance before moving back home to Ocean City. Anna is excited to share her love of dance and her passion for teaching with the students at Red Doors.