Jamie Aznive

Audience Services Manager

is the Audience Services Manager and ADA Coordinator at Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT). Jamie’s love for theatre evolved when she started working at WFT as a student in 2009; participating as backstage crew, producer’s assistant, box office clerk, and Captioning Coordinator. Jamie has worked as the Box Office Manager for Interlakes Theatre (IST) in Meredith, New Hampshire. At IST she received her first directional credits in 2013 with the Children’s Theatre production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Jamie graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in Education Studies and Theatre, and in 2014 she became the Box Office Manager at WFT, where she also trains new work- study students in effective practices for both Front of House operations, and Box Office. Jamie’s passion for merging theatre and education is reflected in her work for both production and educational capacities, as a Teaching Artist, Stage Manager, and Director.

Jeri Hammond

Director of Education & Community Engagement

brings to her work over thirty years experience as an educator and a lifelong passion for the arts. An alum of Wheelock College, Jeri has degrees in early childhood/ elementary education and special education with a minor in theatre arts.  She also holds advanced degrees in Reading/ Literacy Development and Educational Leadership. She loved her years as a teacher of students in grades K-2, more than twenty of which, at the Driscoll School in Brookline. Jeri has been part of the Wheelock Family Theatre “family” since the very beginning and has worked as a  teaching artist in the education program, a director, and both backstage and on stage. A member of Actor’s Equity, Jeri was seen on the Wheelock Family Theatre stage in such roles as Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird, Emily in Our Town, and Mary Warren in The Crucible. She loves her work as Director of Education where she plays a role in fostering empathy, creativity, and intellectual curiosity in the hundreds of students (pre-K-grade 12) who participate in Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University’s Education Program each year.

Keith Orr

Administrative Director

Keith serves as WFT@BU’s Administrative Director.  He joined WFT in August of 2017 as the Manager of Marketing & Development.  Prior to joining WFT@BU, Keith worked for 10 years as a Project Director/Project Manager for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC) where he worked on a variety of initiatives, most recently related to the AAC merger with Fenway Health.  Keith was also the Executive Producer & Co-Host of One In Ten on WFNX, the first LGBT radio talk show on a commercial FM station, from 1995 to 2010, and was named the Boston market’s “Best Radio Talk Show Host” in 2001.  Keith is also a member of the Ryan Landry’s Gold Dust Orphan’s and serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the company.  Keith grew up in Cranston RI and has been Boston resident for 30+ years.  He currently resides in South Boston.

Emily Ranii

Artistic Director

Emily serves as Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at BU, Academic Program Head of BU’s Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI), and Lecturer for BU’s Opera Institute. She has directed Sweets by Kate, The Cradle Will Rock, and Hydrogen Jukebox for Boston University; Mrs. Packard for Bridge Repertory Theatre Company/Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; The Normal Heart, Heisenberg, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer for Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member since 2002); as well as Blood Wedding and The Body Project for Cornell University. Emily has collaborated as an Associate Director on World of Wires at MIT and Live Video Editor on Persona with Beth Morrison Projects, both productions adapted and directed by Jay Scheib. Previous arts leadership/teaching positions include Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College, Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University, and Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina. Emily holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Boston University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English from Cornell University.

Nick Vargas

Associate Artistic & Education Director

is a director, educator, casting director, and arts administrator and has been Wheelock Family Theatre’s Associate Artistic & Education Director since November 2016. Nick is a proud alum of Emerson College where he studied theatre education and directing. WFT directing credits include Stuart LittleSeussical (Boston Children’s Museum), A Year With Frog & Toad (Boston Children’s Museum) and this season’s production of Ragtime. Other WFT credits include Honk!, Annie (Asst. Director); The Secret Garden, Aladdin’s Luck (Production Asst.). Before returning to Boston, Nick was the Casting Director and Artistic Associate at Imagination Stage, the mid-Atlantic’s leading theatre for children and families. In his time there he directed productions in the My first Imagination Stage Program (for children ages 1-5); the education department; and the Pegasus Ensemble, a two-year theatre training program for teens with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Nick was also a founding member and Artistic Director of Field Trip Theatre, a Washington, D.C. based theatre company dedicated to providing local playwrights with readings and full productions of their plays.