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Abby Barber

Abby Barber is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.…
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Abra Chusid

Abra Chusid (Teaching Artist) is a 2009 Ann Shaw Fellow who traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and apprenticed with Sovanna…
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Alicia Lark Fuss

Alicia Lark Fuss is the director of education at Nashville Children’s Theatre, where she’s been a part of the team…
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Amanda Hill

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Amanda Kibler

Amanda Kibler is the Education Director at The Coterie. She earned her M.F.A. in theatre for young audiences from the…
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Amanda Pintore

Originally from Omaha, NE, Amanda Pintore has spent the last several years traveling around the country as a Teaching Artist…
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Amy Fiore

Amy Fiore is the Managing Director for TADA! Youth Theater. Her experience as an arts administrator includes stops at Vineyard…
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Andrea Ichikawa

Andrea Ichikawa is a Education Specialist at Seattle Children's Theatre. Her first experience with SCT was in 1993 when she…
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Andrew Frank

Andrew Frank has been the Executive Director for New York City Children’s Theater since 2010 and is the current President…
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Andrew Saladino

Andrew Saladino is a professional teaching artist, director, and nonprofit administrator. He has worked as a teaching artist, director, or…
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Andrew Waldron

Andy Waldron is a PhD student in the Theatre for Youth program at Arizona State University. His current research interests…
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Ashley Laverty

Ashley Laverty is a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts and recently joined The Rose Theater's Education team as a Full…
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Barrett Scroggs

Barrett is a Ph.D. Student in Life Span Human Development at Kansas State University. He received his M.A. in Drama Therapy from…
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Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye is a theatre maker living in Chicago. He directs plays, acts in some plays, and plays music whenever…
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Bethany Lynn Corey

Bethany Lynn Corey is currently the Early Learners Manager at The Thinkery in Austin having recently received her MFA in…
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Bob Evans

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Bradford Forehand

Bradford H. Forehand is the Education Manager at Red Mountain Theatre Company. He received his Bachelor of Music in Musical…
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Brandon Kirkham

For the past eight seasons Brandon has designed sets, costumes, and puppets for First Stage. Favorite designs include LOVABYE DRAGON…
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Brian Guehring

Brian Guehring is a proud alum of the TYA/USA Board where he coordinates the Young Playwrights for Change Committee. He…
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Briana Bower

Originally from Wayne, Pennsylvania, Briana Bower is a M.F.A. candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities at UT…
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Caleb Winebrenner

Caleb Winebrenner is a teacher and storyteller based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he is not teaching literature and poetry in…
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Chloe Rae Edmonson

Chloë Rae Edmonson, an Education Associate at the Skirball Center as well as a grad student in Performance Studies at…
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Chris Hamby

Chris Hamby is the Director of Education and Outreach at Theater Works in Peoria, AZ. Theater Works works with many…
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Cortney McEniry

Cortney McEniry is a community-based theatre artist and facilitator currently in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities MFA…
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Courtney Helen Grile

Courtney Helen Grile is a theatre artist and educator who has worked with young people all over the US and…
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Danny Campos

Danny Campos is an actor, director, teaching artist and arts administrator from the NY/NJ area. As an actor, he’s performed…
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David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick has been the Manager of Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences since 2007. He oversees the program’s national…
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Debra Baron

DEBRA BARON has worked in the arts both in New York City and regionally for over 25 years. Administrative and…
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Dexter Singleton

Mr. Singleton’s career began with the now world renowned Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit as an ensemble member. He went…
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Diane Nutting

Diane Nutting currently works at the intersection of arts, disability, and education as an independent trainer, consultant, and project coordinator.…
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Don Fleming

Don Fleming is the Summer Season Producer at SCT, has produced hundreds and directed dozens of plays at SCT including…
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Elissa Adams

Elissa Adams is the Director of New Play Development at Children's Theatre Company. Since 1998, she has overseen the commissioning…
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Elizabeth Brendel Horn

After receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in…
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Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan is an MFA student in the Theatre for Youth program at Arizona State University. She is an artist,…
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Ellie McKay

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Emily Freeman

Emily Freeman is a 2nd year in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities MFA program at the University…
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Erica Davis

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Ernie Nolan

Ernie Nolan, Executive Artistic Director of Nashville Children’s Theatre, is an award winning director and playwright. As former Artistic Director…
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Fran Sillau

Fran Sillau currently serves as a Teaching Artist, Actor, and Director at The Omaha Theater Company (The Rose Theater). Fran…
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Gary Minyard

Gary Minyard is an award-winning director and movement choreographer who graduated with an MFA in Theatre for Youth and Directing…
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Gillian McNally

Gillian McNally currently serves as Associate Professor of Theatre Education and Head of Community Engagement and Programs for Youth at…
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Gretta Berghammer

Gretta Berghammer teaches coursework in drama education and theatre for youth at the University of Northern Iowa. She serves as…
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Hayley Cotton

Hayley Cotton is a teaching artist and actor currently living in Boulder, CO. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts…
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Heidi Schoenenberger

Heidi Schoenenberger completed her Masters in Drama in Education at Trinity College Dublin. Originally from the New Jersey, she spent…
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Jackie Kappes

Jackie Kappes is thrilled to be pursuing her Masters in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She…
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Jahanna Beecham

Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner have collaborated on nine musicals that have been commissioned by The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Repertory…
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Jamie Macpherson

Hailing from the Twin Cities, MN, Jamie Macpherson has spent the last five years as a teaching artist, stage manager,…
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Janet Stanford

Janet Stanford is theatre artist dedicated to bringing excellent and innovative professional theatre to children and she is proud to…
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Janna L Goodwin

Janna is a playwright, director, performer and producer of solo, devised and community-based projects. A graduate of Hampshire College, Off…
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Jeff Church

Jeff Church joined The Coterie as Producing Artistic Director in 1990, which, during his tenure, has been named in the…
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Jeff Sachs

Jeff Sachs is the Technical Theatre Director at Phoenix Country Day School and a freelance director, set designer, and teaching…
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Jennifer Adams

Jenn Adams is the Education Director at The Orlando Rep. She is a theatre artist committed to empowering young people…
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Jennifer Ettinger

Jennifer Ettinger is an 11th grade Language Arts teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she…
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Jennifer Hubbart

Jennifer Hubbartt has served as First Stage’s marketing and public relations director since 2006. Prior to First Stage, Jennifer’s arts…
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Jenny Anne Koppera

Jenny Anne Koppera is the Artistic Director of Spinning Dot Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI and teaches in the Applied…
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Jessica ‘Decky’ Alexander

Jessica ‘Decky’ Alexander is Professor of Applied Drama (TIPED), Director of Office of Academic Service-Learning, Faculty Associate Graduate School at…
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Jessica Perich Carleton

Jessica Perich Carleton is the author of Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching through…
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Johanna Smith

Johanna Smith has been a professor of Theatre Education, American Childhood, Improvisation, and Puppetry at CSU-San Bernardino since 2000. She has…
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Joohee Park

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Joshua Streeter

Joshua Streeter is a second year MFA candidate in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Community program at University…
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Julia Flood

Julia Flood is Artistic Director of Metro Theater Company in St. Louis, Missouri and has more than 35 years of…
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Julia Krebs Patterson

Julia Krebs Patterson received the Ann Shaw Fellowship in 2011 to support a trip to the TYA One Theatre World…
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Julia Magnasco

Julia Magnasco is the Education Director at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is in her eighth season as Education…
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Karen Weberman

Karen Weberman joined Metro Theater Company in 2011. Prior to joining Metro Theater Company, she served as Outreach Manager at…
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Kathleen Pennyway

Kathleen Arcovio Pennyway has been a professional drama educator, actor, and director for the past several years, working for such…
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Kathryn Hnatio Vicere

Kathryn Hnatio Vicere has served as Education Director and Artistic Director of Student Productions of Adventure Theatre MTC since 2009,…
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Kathryn Stahl

KATHRYN STAHL was born and raised in Auburn, WA and recently made the move to Nebraska for the opportunity to…
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Katie Otten

Katie Otten earned her Bachelors in Theatre Education with an emphasis in acting from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She…
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Kelsey Celek

Kelsey Celek hails from Dayton, Ohio. She is a proud alum of Wright State University, where she received her BFA…
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Khari Shelton

Khari Shelton is a 2015 graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communication and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences with…
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Khary Jackson

Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer and musician. He is an alumnus of Cave Canem, the esteemed writing fellowship…
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Kim Peter Kovac

Kim Peter Kovac is Producing Director of Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, which commissions, produces, tours, and presents. His…
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Kristen Smiley Hansel

Kristen Smiley Hansel currently serves as the Assistant Director of Educational Programming at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL. Originally…
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Larry Kozial

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Latisha Jones

Latisha Jones is a 2012 graduate of New York University’s Educational Theatre master’s degree program. She is currently an assistant…
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Laura Puchalski

Laura Puchalski holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Michigan-Flint and a Master’s degree in…
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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is an M.F.A. candidate in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program at the University of…
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Laurie Brooks

Laurie Brooks is an award-winning playwright whose innovative After-Play Forum designs are changing the way audiences engage in post-performance experiences…
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Lily Junker

Lily Junker is a director, educator, and theater-maker with a fondness for ensemble and movement-based work. She has worked in…
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Lindsay Amer

Lindsay is currently studying for her MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary University of London where she…
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Lindsey Gessner

Linsey Gessner was an intern for StageOne Family Theatre in the summer of 2011 and now has a full time…
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Liz Castner

Liz Castner is thrilled and grateful to have been working with the participants of Daytime Moon Creations since our very…
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Maddie Mardesen

Maddie Mardesen graduated from Morningside College with a BA in English and theater. Her teaching experience includes three summers with…
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Mark Branner

Born in Los Angeles but raised primarily in Taiwan, Mark returned to the U.S. to attend college, whereupon he quickly…
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Matthew Gutschick

Matthew Gutschick is Artistic Director of The Omaha Theater Company (The Rose) where he has directed Disney’s The Little Mermaid,…
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Meg Greene

Meg Greene is a theatre educator, writer, and community-based artist and activist. She earned her MFA in Drama and Theatre…
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Megan Alrutz

Dr. Megan Alrutz heads the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities area in the Department of Theatre and Dance.…
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Megan Ann Rasmussen

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Megan Flod Johnson

Megan Flod Johnson is currently the Program Manager at Children’s Museum of Southern MN, opening its doors May 1, 2015…
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Megan Jones

Megan Jones is currently an Apprentice Teacher at Seattle Children’s Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting…
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Meredyth Pederson

Meredyth Pederson is the Education Director at the Raleigh Little Theatre, NC. She is also Managing Editor of TYA Today.…
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Michael J. Bobbitt

Michael J. Bobbitt is the Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC, since 2007. Under Michael’s leadership, Adventure has grown from…
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Michael Van Kerckhove

Michael A. Van Kerckhove is a writer and performer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as TYA/USA Executive Director from…
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Min Kahng

Min Kahng is a San Francisco Bay Area playwright/composer and Marketing & Communications Director for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. His produced…
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Miranda Giles

Adventures in theatre and education: Education director for Grassroots Shakespeare Arizona. Drama teacher at Chandler Preparatory Academy. Teaching Artist. She…
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Molly Schenck

Molly W. Schenck is a M.F.A. Dance student at Arizona State. Recently, she has choreographed and performed in HERAKLES with…
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Noah Martin

Noah Martin is also a 2nd year in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities MFA program at the…
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Olivia Aston Bosworth

Olivia Aston Bosworth is the Family Programs Manager for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Previous to this new position,…
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Pamela Freedy

Pamela Freedy is a theatre teaching artist in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has taught in public and private schools as…
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Patrick Kilcoyne

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Patrick Lord

Patrick Lord is a projection and scenic designer based out of Washington, D.C. He holds an M.F.A. in Integrated Media…
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Pornrat Damrhung

Pornrat Damrhung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts. For a…
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Rachel Alulis

I am an artist whose instrument is light. Light is embroidery; it enhances the playwright’s language to help tell the…
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Rebecca Drew Ramsey

Rebecca Drew Ramsey is an MFA candidate in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program at the University…
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Rivka Rocchio

Rivka Rocchio is a community cultural development specialist interested in theatre as a means of cross cultural communication. Since graduating…
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Robert St. John

Robert St. John (MFA creative writing–University of Oregon) has taught play writing and devising at Le Jardin Academy for 26…
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Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is a teacher, scholar, playwright and director. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas Department of…
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Ruth Mercado-Zizzo

Ruth Mercado-Zizzo is the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Director and is responsible for managing all aspects of BPS Arts…
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Sara Brunow

Sara Brunow is a theatre maker, teaching artist, and artistic adaptor, originally from the Washington, DC area. She has been…
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Sara Morgulis

Sara Morgulis is Associate Director of Education at New York City Children’s Theater and Director of Education and Outreach at…
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Shana Ferguson

Shana Ferguson is a current production apprentice at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. She holds a BA in Theatre from…
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Shannon Rzucidlo

Shannon Rzucidlo received her degree in theatre and psychology from the University of Arizona. She has previously completed educational theatre…
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Sharon Counts

Sharon Counts is an actress, director and educator. Recent performance credits include Sit, Stand, Walk, Lie Down on Governor’s Island,…
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Steve Martin

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Talleri McCrae

Talleri is a theatre artist, educator, disability scholar, and inclusion/access specialist based in Louisville, KY. Over the last 10 years…
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Tamar MacKay

Tamar MacKay has worked as an administrator, programmer, and educator. She has taught with the Park Avenue Armory, The Moth,…
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Teresa A. Fisher, PhD

Teresa A. Fisher, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Bronx Community College. She…
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TYA Today Online

TYA Today is a nationally and internationally respected magazine for the field of theatre for young people published by Theatre…
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W. Riley Braem

W. Riley Braem has worked as a Performer, Director, Designer, Choreographer, Digital Storyteller, Access and Inclusion Consultant, Independent Researcher, and…
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Xanthia Walker

Xanthia Angel Walker is a director, facilitator, and educator passionate about the intersections of theatre and community. She holds a…
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