The Executive Team

Connie Dienner 001_051916_ConnieD

Executive Director

“It was years ago in high school that I developed a love for acting. I had a wonderful coach and teacher that believed in me. I was given a chance to be in plays and musicals, and had a couple of lead roles. I started believing in myself and realized that I had a gift that was valuable. From that moment on I was ‘addicted’. Since high school, I have acted in and directed many dramas and musicals. I love watching students develop their talents and then come alive on stage. Being a part of a cast, working together, and becoming family to produce a show is life changing.”

Reji WoodsReji Shot

Artistic Director

Reji Woods is a versatile performer, director, and arts educator, with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre. A Florida native, he has performed throughout the United States as well as in Paris, Amsterdam, and India, who now calls Lancaster County home! Reji is a 6-year veteran of Sight & Sound Theatres (Psalms of David, Voices of Christmas, Joseph, Miracle of Christmas, Jonah, Noah, and Moses), and a 5-year veteran of PRiMA Theatre (Glee Live!, 80’s Relived, West Side Story, Chess, Oz: In Concert, A PRiMA Christmas, and multiple PRiMA Cabarets).  Reji is the co-founder/owner Bending Threads Cabaret Company based in New York, NY, and his New York credits include The Wiz, Black Nativity, Romeo & Juliet, and Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe.  He has also enjoyed an extensive national tour and regional theatre career with his favorite credits including Big River, Smokey Joe’s CaféDisney’s Beauty and the BeastSeussical: The MusicalJamaicaGuys & Dolls, Is There Life After High School?, and Little Shop of Horrors. Reji looks forward to utilizing his directing, choreographic, and vocal directing skills throughout the year to nurture young Christian artists while teaching at Cavod Academy.

Cordell Huyard

Director of Theatre Relations

After a few years away, Cordell is excited to be back and a part of Cavod. Not afraid to get his hands into whatever part of the production he needs to, Cordell may have a paintbrush in his hand, a computer at his fingertips, or a costume on with script in hand. Cordell has experience as a teen actor at Sight and Sound and has spent many years building relationships with people both at Cavod and in the community.

Brad VaterHeadshot

Director of Theatre Support

Brad Vater has been involved in the theatre world for nearly 20 years, acting & directing up and down the east coast. He has performed for both Universal Studios, Orlando as well as Sight & Sound Theatres in Strasburg, PA. He has also served and worked as a theatre technician for around five years, serving mostly as a lighting technician. Brad is youth pastor for New Joy Church in Ephrata, PA and especially loves serving and working with teenagers! He was last seen as Captain Hook in Cavod’s production of “Peter Pan: The British Musical” and has co-directed Cavod’s young Actor’s productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty & the Beast Junior”. Most of all, Brad loves being able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others, no matter where the Lord may lead him.

Meredith NicholsonMeredith

Theatre Administrator

Meredith Nicholson is a graduate of the Student Ministries program at Lancaster Bible College.  There, she studied under Stan Deen and Dr. Robert Bigley in Acting and Vocal Performance, truly falling in love with theatre, as she took the stage in several productions. Since coming to Cavod in 2011, Meredith has expanded her love of theatre by exploring all different roles of a production, including costume construction/dressing, stage managing, production managing, and directing. Some of her favorite credits include Little Women, the Broadway Musical and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and directing Alice in Wonderland, Jr.  Meredith is passionate about helping students grow in their love of theatre and giving them opportunities to use their God-given gifts and talents to honor and glorify him on and off the stage.  Meredith has also worked as an administrative assistant/coordinator since 2007 and is thrilled to be able to combine her love of the arts with her love of details and organization, and to be a part of making the arts available to the Lancaster County community.