Heidi Fredericks is a local actor, director, and theater teacher. She grew up in Olympia and attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and The University of Minnesota. She is currently the Drama Director at Tumwater High School and has directed plays for over 15 Olympia area schools. Heidi began Apple Tree to continue to bring after-school plays to students in the area. With the use of working professionals from the Olympia theatrical community to assist her work she is able to give students an enriching experience unlike any other. Heidi empowers students by giving them challenging material in a supportive and engaging atmosphere.
Colleen has years of theatre experience between directing at Capital Playhouse, Olympia High School, SPSCC, and now Apple Tree. A retiree of the Olympia High English department, Colleen was nominated for Best Choreography by the 5th Avenue Awards. Colleen has been lucky enough to have had FOUR family members in one of her shows. When not at the theatre or with family, Colleen loves watching her grandchild, fitness, and traveling with her husband, Joe.
Jaysen has been Apple Tree’s musical director from the start. Jaysen teaches kids to read music, vocal technique, and professionalism. When not working, Jaysen plays in a local band, The Edgewater Trio! He and the group love to perform at local events, check them out around town this summer!
Director and Choreographer
Amanda started local theater at the age of 12, and hasn’t stopped since. She spent her summers as a kid doing Capital Playhouse, her high school years on the Olympia HS stage, and early adulthood performing with Apple Tree and OSD Players. Her favorite roles include Liesl in The Sound of Music and Babette in Beauty and the Beast.
Ryan used to be on stage, until he discovered his talent for design! He made a quick transition into the role of sound designer, and has been running sound since. A skilled drummer, Ryan is often Apple Tree’s last minute backup drums, or anything we need!