2017-2018 Executive Board

Alumni Relations

Mia Nevarez is so excited to be working on The Waa-Mu Show once again! Mia is a Theatre major, with a Pre-Law focus, as well as in the Music Theatre Certificate program. Last year, she worked on the executive board for The 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show as a Development Assistant. In addition, she was a member of Waa-2. Northwestern credits include AMTP's ROCKNE, and TOMMY. Mia is also treasurer of her a Cappella group, the Northwestern Undertones, and a proud member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.


Quinn Kelch is a Senior finishing off his dual degrees in Theatre and Music and certificates in Music Theatre, TYA, and Business Institutions. Quinn got his start with Waa-Mu his freshman year in GOLD and instantly fell in love. The past two years he has been apart of the cast, writing, creative and exec teams and will continue to this year as the organizations Archivist. Besides Waa-Mu, Quinn's recent credits include: THE WHO'S TOMMY, PARADE, HAIR, and SWEET CHARITY.  He is an active member of The Northwestern Undertones and can be found at Peet's Coffee & Tea or The Celtic Knot in his "free" time. Quinn cannot wait to preserve Waa-Mu’s past, help create the present, and leave a lasting mark on the future.

Community Programming

Gabriella Green is a Junior Theatre major and Dance minor in the Music Theatre Certificate Program. Gabby has been involved in many areas of Waa-Mu during her time at Northwestern, including being in the Creating the Musical class for two years, an assistant stage manager for ANOTHER WAY WEST, and a section leader and cast member for BEYOND BELIEF. This year, she's excited to start her third consecutive year as Co-Director of Community Programming and also take on the role of Choreography Co-Chair for the the 87th Waa-Mu Show. Outside of Waa-Mu, Gabby is the Marketing Director for the X-Factors A Cappella and will appear in the Wirtz Center's fall production of COMPANY.

Brooks Whitlock is a rising sophomore Theatre major and Film and Media Studies minor. Brooks was involved with The 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show: Beyond Belief last year through Executive Board (Assistant Marketing), Team Music, and the Creating the Musical class. In addition, Brooks is the Social Media Coordinator of The 76th Annual Dolphin Show, as well as the music director and proud member of ShireiNU A Cappella on campus. Brooks is thrilled to be working on The Waa-Mu Show again this year and looks forward to cherishing more memories with amazing friends!

Community Relations

Ziare Paul-Emile is a junior with a double major in Theatre and English Literature in the Musical Theatre Certificate Program. Last year she was the Community Programming Assistant for Waa-Mu Exec, participated in the Creating the Musical class and played a superhero in BEYOND BELIEF. She's excited to start her second year with Waa-Mu as the Co-Director of Community Relations. Outside of Waa-Mu, Ziare is an active member of The Bix comedy improv group and her sorority Delta Delta Delta.

Vanessa Strahan is a Senior studying Theatre and Political Science and completing the Musical Theatre Certificate. She is the Outreach Director for Seesaw Theatre, a nonprofit theatre company creating multisensory, interactive theatre for children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with other developmental differences. At Northwestern she works as an actor, costume designer, choreographer, and teaching artist. This past year in Waa-Mu she worked on the Community Relations team and is excited to lead it this year with her Co-Director Ziare!


Emma Brick is pumped for her fourth and final Waa-Mu Show. This is Emma's third year as Development Director after assisting Community Programming and ASMing GOLD her first year at Northwestern. Emma is a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in theatre and the IMC certificate. Her involvement outside of The Waa-Mu Show includes serving as a Peer Adviser for Wildcat Welcome and the president of Chi Omega. She can be found procrastinating on her thesis while indulging her passion for fries and pie.

Mia Lennon is a sophomore double majoring in Theatre and Political Science. This is her second year on the Development Team for Waa-Mu but her first year as a Development Co-Director, and she's so excited to continue promoting such an incredible NU theatrical tradition! Outside of Waa-Mu, Mia also serves on the Executive Board of Spectrum Theatre Company and is a Northwestern Tour Guide.

Digital Media

Grace Beumler is a sophomore studying Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Integrated Marketing Communications. She is thrilled to return to the Waa-Mu executive board after serving as a Digital Media assistant for The 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show BEYOND BELIEF. Grace cannot wait to be a part of this incredible Northwestern tradition once again, and looks forward to working with the wonderful people who bring this show to life!


Mary Godby is a senior studying musical theatre and music education.  Previously, Mary worked on team music as an orchestrator for ANOTHER WAY WEST and BEYOND BELIEF.  Last year, she was on the executive board as an events assistant, and also did hair and make-up for BEYOND BELIEF.  At Northwestern, Mary has performed in several productions, including The 74th Annual Dolphin Show, GYPSY, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, and MY FAIR LADY.  This summer, Mary is traveling to Scotland through Northwestern's AMTP to perform a new musical ATLANTIC: A SCOTTISH STORY, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Mary feels blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to this incredible organization, and she looks forward to being apart of the Waa-family once again for her final year at Northwestern.

Graphic Design

Edson Montenegro is a junior in the School of Communication. He is majoring in Communication Studies, minoring in Film and Media Studies, and receiving both the Digital Media Module and Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate from the Medill School of Journalism. Having done graphic design since age 10, Edson now serves as the Graphic Design Supervisor at Northwestern University Student Affairs Marketing and the Art Director of the Institute for Student Business Education’s marketing division, Mark. He additionally acts as Sit & Spin Productions’ in-house graphic designer while working freelance on projects in and outside the theatre community, including Lipstick Theatre’s BURLESQUE marketing deliverables and branding merchandise for the Jewish Theatre Ensemble’s HANSEL AND GRETEL. Edson is thrilled to be a part of the Waa-Mu team!


Dana Pepowski is excited to continue to explore the Waa-Mu archives for this year's production after having served as Assistant Historian on the 2016-2017 Executive Board. She is a sophomore pursuing a Dual Degree in Voice/Opera and Anthropology with a minor in French. On campus, Dana is also involved with Camp Kesem, Kappa Delta sorority, and student opera and theatre productions.


Katia Podtynov is a junior from Deerfield, IL majoring in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Business Institutions. Katia is very excited for the opportunity to join the talented Waa-Mu team this year as the Marketing Director. She is also one of the Development Coordinators for Arts Alliance as well as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Dolphin Show.

Production Manager

Public Relations

Liz Byrne is so excited to be involved  in Waa-Mu for her second year! She is a sophomore journalism major. Last year, she was on the executive board for the 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show and worked on costume crew. In her free time she writes for The Daily Northwestern and HerCampus.

Sales and Promotions

Connor Carlin is a sophomore and is thrilled to be working on Promotions for his second year. A born and raised Evanston native, Connor has loved to come to Waa Mu throughout his childhood and is excited to help promote and share an organization he is so proud of. Besides Waa Mu, Connor is a member of Asterik A Capella, Arts Alliance, Camp Kesem, a brother of Phi Delta Theta and a CATalyst counselor. Having grown up with and been inspired by Waa Mu, Connor is happy to have found such a community and home.

Stage Manager


Michael Kelleher is a junior Theatre Major in the Music Theatre Certificate. He is also pursuing an additional degree in Themed Entertainment Technology through the McCormick School of Engineering. After being in the cast of last year's BEYOND BELIEF, he is thrilled to be on the Waa-Mu executive board. Michael is currently the Executive Producer of the 76th Annual Dolphin Show: RAGTIME, the largest student-produced musical in America. Previous work includes a company management internship at Paper Mill Playhouse and serving as the Business Manager of Purple Crayon Players. He can't wait to see all the incredible work that goes into this year's show!

Waa-2 Co-Chairs

Olivia Worley is a sophomore from New Orleans, LA studying theatre and business institutions. Last year, Olivia was a member of Waa-2, a digital media assistant to the executive board, and a cast member of BEYOND BELIEF. At Northwestern, Olivia has also performed in URINETOWN as Little Sally. She could not be more excited to help welcome the new Waa-Mu community as a Waa-2 Co-Director!

Jon Toussaint is a Sophomore studying Theatre and French.  As a Freshman he was involved in Waa-Mu as a member of Waa-2, the Creating the Musical class, and the cast of BEYOND BELIEF.  He is thrilled to continue making this organization a big part of his Northwestern journey, and is inspired by all of the crazy, smart, and talented people he has met along the way!  

Bryan Eng has acted in DC at the Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, and others.  At Northwestern he worked with team music on Urinetown, orchestrated for The Waa-Mu Show, conducted the freshman musical, 13; and toured as a music director for Griffin’s Tale.  This past summer he interned at the Marriott Theatre and music directed/orchestrated BAT BOY at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.   Also,  he acted in R AND J, PASSION PLAY, and the Agnes Nixon Festival.  As a sophomore, he looks forward to orchestrating PIPPIN, orchestrating for The Waa-Mu Show; and music directing the Dolphin Show’s, RAGTIME.

Natalie Welch is a Sophomore studying Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Comparative Literature. As a former member of Waa-2, Natalie is beyond excited to be a co-director of Waa-2 this year! Last year she performed in the ensemble of The 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show BEYOND BELIEF and she is looking forward to fostering next year’s musical in the Creating the Musical class alongside Waa-2.