Dramatic Academy Staff


Ben Layman – Creative Curriculum Director for Education

is a Bangor resident and Maine native and has been a company member for thirteen years. In that time, Ben has served as the Box Office manager for multiple seasons and as a teaching artist with the Dramatic Academy program. During his time with the DA program, he has directed more than a dozen youth productions, most recently Les Miserables and A Wrinkle in Time. Ben has also travelled the state of Maine with PTC’s Shakespeare in the Schools program. He is thrilled to be at the helm of a program that is so close to his heart. As an actor, Ben has been seen in many mainstage productions. Favorites include Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors, Jinx in Forever Plaid, Guy in Last Gas, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Franklin in Doctor Cerberus, and Dave in The Full Monty.  (He/Him)Layman@penobscottheatre.org

Grace Livingston Kramer – Managing Director for Education

Originally from Maine, Grace’s love for theatre began when she attended Penobscot Theatre Company’s summer camp program at the age of six. For the next 12 years, she participated as a camper and teaching apprentice. Grace continued her love of theatre throughout high school in the former Intern Program at PTC and in the 2003-2004 season joining the staff as House Manager. Since then, she has been a performer, teacher, admissions assistant and guest director for an international educational non-profit. With stints as a social media marketing manager for Rise Up for You (Southern California) and Heart Global (International), Grace has continued to cultivate both her administrative and marketing skill sets while staying active as a performer and director. For the past three years, Grace served as Company Manager, Intern Company Guest Director, Summer Camp Co-Director and Professional Company actor at Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH. Grace is over the moon to be a part of Dramatic Academy’s next chapter and hopes to help young artists fall in love with theatre the same way she did! (She/Her)  Grace@Penobscottheatre.org

Nellie Kelly – Production/Youth Curriculum Coordinator

Nellie Kelly is so excited to join the Dramatic Academy and PTC team. A UMaine graduate, she recently moved back from Salt Lake City where she was the Production Manager and Theater School Director for the Utah Children’s Theatre. Nellie previously worked with DA’s summer programs Stage Managing School of Rock, Transformer Tales, The Addams Family and Something Wicked This Way Comes. She’s thrilled to help foster youth theater in the Bangor community and continue to build Dramatic Academy’s programming through acting and technical theater classes. (She/Her)