Beth Bornstein Dunnington moved from New York City to Waimea, Hawaii in 2007. She is a stage director and acting teacher for the festival, and served as the Director of the HPAF Preteen Singers program for the past six seasons. She directed HPAF’s The Last Five Years, Big Island Broadway, and a number of the Young Artist and Cabaret concerts. Beth played the role of Madame Armfeldt in HPAF’s production of A Little Night Music and the role of The Witch in HPAF’s production of Into The Woods, both at the Kahilu Theatre and the Hilo Palace Theater. She recently performed Que Sueñes Con Las Angelitas at Lincoln Center– a theatre-dance piece she wrote in collaboration with choreographer Angel Prince. Prior to that they toured Que Sueñes on the Hawaiian Islands. For Kahilu, she directed Sondheim and Friends, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Broadway in Hawaii, Grease, Godspell, Back to Broadway, 13 – The Musical, and Best of Broadway in Hawaii. Beth is the Director of the Kahilu Youth Troupe, the acting / musical theatre teacher for the Kahilu’s KPAC classes, and she sits on the Kahilu Theatre’s Board of Directors. She is currently directing Spring Awakening – opening at the Kahilu on June 23rd – a musical that features members of the Kahilu Youth Troupe, a number of whom trained with HPAF or will be in included in the HPAF Young Singer Program this summer. She’s thrilled to return to the festival for her seventh season!