TADA! Board of Directors

Chalmers Browne, President
Elana Weinstein, Vice President
Stephen T. Rodd, Treasurer
Julie Turaj, Secretary
Art Barrios
Brian Burchfield
Marcia Dunn
Adam Houhoulis
Michael Meola
Deepak Nagpal
Alina Patton
Jordan Peele
Michelle Perchuk

Artistic Advisory Board

Kaye Ballard
Kenneth Cavander
Michael Colby
Delia Ephron
John Forster
Sheldon Harnick
Chita Rivera
Marcia Rodd
Michael Rupert
Stephen Schwartz
John Shea
Charles Strouse
Leslie Uggams

TADA! Staff

All staff can be reached by phone at 212.252.1619 and the corresponding extension listed and email addresses are first initial, then last name @tadatheater.com.

Janine Nina Trevens, Producing Artistic Director, co-founded TADA! in 1984 with Linda Reiff. Since that time, she has served as Artistic Director for all works produced by the company, many of which she commissioned specifically for TADA!. In addition, she has directed the Ensemble appearances at such events or places as Central Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza, Salute to the Theater 2000 at Gracie Mansion, Circle Line’s 50th Anniversary, J.P. Morgan and The White House. She directed and adapted the company’s premier musical, The Little House of Cookies and has also directed 6 staged readings and 20 mainstage productions for TADA! including Princess Phooey, Everything About School (Almost), B.O.T.C.H., Maggie and the Pirate and Sleepover. She wrote and directed The History Mystery, The Perfect Monster, as well as Sweet Sixteen, a musical revue celebrating TADA!’s 16th anniversary in 2000. She has also directed for the Woman’s Workshop, MCC and the Kennedy Center’s Educational Department’s New Vision/New Voices Program. In May 1997, Nina was selected as one of 10 Parenting Leaders by Parenting Magazine. In 1999, she was one of only five women nationally to receive Family Circle’s, First Annual Halo Award for women who make a difference. Nina directs many of TADA!’s mainstage productions and works directly with each of the ensemble members. X121

Rod Christensen is the Executive Director at TADA! Youth Theater. After seven successful years as TADA!’s Director of Education, Rod was appointed Executive Director in 2016. Since 2008, he has created and directed the content and design on a variety of educational guides through Southgate Education – a company dedicated to building audience enrichment guides for Broadway and national touring productions such as Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, Lysistrata Jones, Tuck Everlasting, and Million Dollar Quartet. Previous professional experience includes working at One on One NYC/LA ( a studio for professional actors seeking to build their careers) where he was the Program Director responsible for all aspects of program development. Prior to this, Rod was the Senior Manager of Education at Canada’s prestigious Shaw Festival (the second largest repertory theater company in North America) where he developed numerous arts education programs and theatre-related workshops for school groups and adult audiences. Other past positions include: elementary/high school teacher (music and drama); department head of a creative arts program for adults with developmental disabilities; and performer with the international educational outreach programs Up With People! Rod holds a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Music in Education, and a diploma in business management and leadership skills. X115

Laura Talbot, is the Director of Development and Marketing at TADA! after previously serving as the Fundraising Manager. She received her Masters degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. While there she also interned with the Development Department at the Donmar Warehouse. Theatre has always been an important part of her life and she is a strong believer in the benefits of arts education and participation for children. TADA!’s mission truly resonates with her and she loves being able to work towards carrying it out. X120

Katy Knowles, Director of Education, is a recent graduate of the Master’s program at New York University in Educational Theater for Colleges and Communities. Some of her career highlights as an arts administrator include Event Coordinator for NYU’s Educational Theatre Forum on Site-Specific Theatre, Assistant Camp Director at Acting Up Performing Arts Camps, Theatre Facilities Manager at Davis Center for the Performing Arts and Stage Management Intern at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. In addition to her administrative work she has extensive experience as an Educator, Director and Choreographer. As a theatre director and teaching artist, Katy spent many years teaching classes and workshops in musical theatre, acting and dance at Manatee High School, Lakewood Ranch High School, Greensboro Performing Arts and Mary McDowell Friends School. Some of her favorite shows as a Director and Choreographer are Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes and The Drowsy Chaperon. Katy also holds a Bachelor in Arts in Acting from Greensboro College and an Associate in Arts in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts.  X118

Joanna Greer, Associate Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer, holds a BA in Musical Theater Performance and Dance from Columbia College Chicago. As a Director-Choreographer and Teaching Artist she has had the pleasure of working with numerous award winning organizations, such as The American Ballroom Theater (featured in the 2005 Documentary Mad Hot Ballroom), YANY, City Lights Youth Theatre, and the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Current TADA! Director and/or Choreographer credits include The Banned Broadway Project, 25+ main-stage musicals as well as 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan Lori-Parks at TADA! and The Public Theater. Most recently, she choreographed 50 SHADES! The Musical (First National Tour), Alienne: The Musical Adventures of My Little Martian at the 2014 New York Fringe Jr. and the #SaveKidsLives traffic safety event with UNICEF. Joanna is also the Co-founder of NYC-based Kinetic Dance Theater, an artistic collective driven toward innovating dance theater, cabaret and musical theater performance. www.kineticdancetheater.org. X117

Dane Jerabek, Associate Marketing Director,  joins the team at TADA! after spending two and a half years as the Marketing Associate at Feinstein’s/54 Below. He first moved to New York in 2006 to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Playwriting. He has previously worked at The Barrow Street Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Adweek Magazine, and as a Personal Assistant to a Washington lobbyist, among many other varied positions. Originally from Dallas, Texas, the theatre has always been a special place for Dane, having spent over ten years performing at the Dallas Children’s Theatre, and he couldn’t be more excited to help this next generation find their voice in the world!   X131

Allie Glickman, Development Manager, comes to TADA! after two and a half years as the Marketing & Social Media Associate at Feinstein’s/54 Below. She has previously worked with such companies as Second Stage Theater, The Araca Group, and SpeakEasy Stage Company. She received her BA in Theater: Arts Management from American University. As an active participant in youth theater throughout her formative years, Allie believes strongly in TADA!’s mission to create a community for young people to develop their own voices and is thrilled for the opportunity to share and pass on what youth theater gave to her. X133

Rebecca Branscom, Education Programs Manager, holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from New York University. She is an interdisciplinary artist, administrator, educator, director, and actor who started her artistic career performing throughout the United States and Japan as a member of the Northwestern Touring Ensemble. She trained in Vancouver, B.C. as an acting apprentice at the Pacific Theatre where she performed as Alice in You Can’t Take It With You, Catherine in Proof, and Emily in Twigs. As an educator, Rebecca has spent many years teaching theatre classes and workshops with participants from all walks of life including middle school students and research banking analysts. She has also served as a teaching artist for NYU Steinhardt’s Youth Theatre Ensemble. She recently founded Fearsome Creatures, an international theatre collective committed to the art of devised storytelling and developing new work and is currently in the process of writing a play based on the life and poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Rebecca also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Psychology from Trinity Western University. X112

Ashley Knowles, Ensemble Manager,  holds a BA in Theater and a minor in Arts Administration from the University of Montevallo. Originally from Alabama, Ashley worked for the Girl Scouts at Kanawahala Program Center and Camp Cottaquilla for 7 years as a Unit Leader and Program Facilitator. She moved to Brooklyn in August of 2016 and joined TADA! to stage manage their 2017 production of The History Mystery and their 2017 Annual Gala. Previously, Ashley was a Sub Stage Manager for Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel, and a Stage Manager/Counselor at Stagedoor Manor in Loch Sheldrake. Some of her favorite credits include She Kills MonstersUrinetownA Comedie of Errors, Into the WoodsTartuffe, God of Carnage, and Rent.  X132

Andy Bryant, IT Manager‘s Past TADA! shows include The Prop Shope, The History Mystery, New York, New Year, Everything About A Camp (Almost). Outside of TADA! Andy has stage managed Manhattan Theater Club’s productions of Valley Song with Athol Fugard and The Green Heart; Roundabout’s, The Minneola Twins; The Drama Department’s, June Moon and numerous productions with Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute where he was also the National Residency Director. Andy also stage manages special events such as Broadway on Broadway, Stars in the Alley, the New York Yankees Foundation, United Way/NFL Benefit and JP Morgan/Chase Holiday Festival.  X122

Jacob Platt, Technical Supervisor & Facilities Manager, has been working in theatre for over 15 years providing producing, production management, and lighting services spanning Broadway scale productions to community theatre performances. After attending Carnegie Mellon University and returning to NYC to complete his education, Jacob worked with and held a position on the artistic council of Working Mans Clothes Productions during the successful productions of She Like Girls (GLAAD Award) and To Ninevah (NY Innovative Theatre Award). Founder and principal of Platt Productions LLC, he produces Desiree Burch’s and Dan Kitrosser’s original one woman play Tar Baby. He is also an Associate Designer and Project Manager at Sense Lighting, executing large scale architectural and corporate installations such as Audemars Piguet & Galerie Perrotin “Curiosity” for Art Basel Miami, Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards 2012 (Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal) and Audemars Piguet: Royal Oak (Park Avenue Armory).  X134


Reginald Jones, Business Manager. Reginald Jones is the Business Manager for TADA! Youth Theatre.  Previously Reginald worked as Controller for Providence House, Inc.  In addition Reginald has over 26 years of previous experience working with nonprofit organizations. Reginald also provides his financial expertise to St. Paul and St. Andrews United Methodist Churches.  Reginald also volunteers his time and expertise to mentoring youth at another nonprofit called Big Brother/Big Sister. x119

Andy Wagner, Education Assistant, graduated from Yale University with a BA in Theatre Studies in 2009. TV credits: The Newsroom,  Law and Order: SVU,  Criminal Minds: Beyond BordersNCIS. Film credits: Kidnap (w/ Halle Berry), Hopeless Romantic (w/ French Stewart & Brandon T. Jones). While working in Los Angeles, Andy taught Acting Technique and Improv to Teens at the Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood. Since moving to NYC, he has been working as a teaching artist with Wingspan Arts where he teaches Acting for the Camera and LEGO Creation to elementary school students. Andy is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU, and despite being considered a legal “adult”, he still finds time to collect action figures, build LEGO, read Batman: Detective Comics, and really find any excuse to behave like a 12 year old. X113

EG Engle, Education Assistant,  is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from City College New York. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, EG served as the Drama Director at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Education Director at Trustus Theatre, and Education Committee Chair of the Trustus Theatre Board of Directors in Columbia, SC. Additionally, EG is an active educator and director of children’s theatre in both the educational and community settings, directing over 20 shows for students from 5-18 years old.  Favorite directing credits include: Into the Woods, Jr., Seussical, Hairspray, Jr., The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, Camp Rock, and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.Favorite Acting Credits include: The System (Suzy) at La Mama, E.T.C. New York, Fusions (Company) at World Stage Design, Cardiff Wales with UniArts Productions, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie) with Workshop Theatre, Collected Stories (Lisa) with Trustus Theatre, reasons to be pretty (Steph) with Trustus Theatre. EG holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of South Carolina. X113

Jessie Shinberg, Administrative Assistant,  is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she studied American Studies, Theater Arts, and Education. She has served as a dramaturg for a number of Brandeis Theater Company productions, and she has written an original play inspired by American poetry. Jessie is passionate about improv comedy and was a member of False Advertising, a musical and longform improv troupe, for four years. She is thankful to return to TADA! after working as an Education Intern, as she believes strongly in the value of theater education.  X110

Teaching Artists

TADA! employs close to 50 professional Teaching Artists each year. Here are a few of our Teaching Artists’ bios. For a full list, see below.

Naomi Avadanei, Director/Choreographer, Naomi has been singing, dancing, and acting with TADA! since 2010. She is currently the theater teacher at P.S. 52 in Sheepshead Bay where she works primarily with students in grades 1-5. Naomi has been singing, dancing, and acting since she was 3 years old and she hasn’t stopped since. While in college, Naomi founded and was president of Lamplighters: New York University’s first student centered and run Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) club focused in creating, developing, and exploring new and innovative TYA. Naomi has a B.S. in Educational Theatre with New York State certification in theatre (K-12) and a minor in Dramatic Literature from New York University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree at City College of New York.

Christopher Bell, Director/Choreographer, Chris Bell is originally from San Antonio, Texas but lives and works in NYC. He attended Case Western Reserve University on a fully funded graduate fellowship, earning a MFA in Contemporary Dance. He did his undergraduate work at Texas Christian University and Lamar University earning degrees in Dance (BFA) and Geology (BS). He also attended the American Dance Festival (4-time full scholarship recipient) and performed works by Merce Cunningham, Hanya Holm, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. He is curently choreographic and directorial assistant to Mark Dendy as well as a member of Mark Dendy Projects. He also serves as Rehearsal Director for Gaspard&Dancers and performs with Ben Munisteri Projects. He was the resident choreographer for the American Theater of Harlem (13-14), and The Mather Dance Collective (10-11) which brought people aged 8-80 (and beyond) of various skill level and socioeconomic status together to create and perform new dances. In addition to working with TADA! Youth Theaters he also teaches for Pascal Rioult Dance NY. Here and there he creates, performs, and teaches his own work as ChrisBellDances.

Stacey Bone-Gleason, Director/Choreographer, studied drama at NYU/Stella Adler Studio of Acting and in 2015 completed her Master’s in Education Theater at City College. Held the position of Education Programs Manager at TADA! in 2014-2015. Prior to coming to TADA! she spent six years on the administration team at Stella Adler Studio of Acting as the Administrative Coordinator and has served as the Conference Coordinator for Face to Face Conference sponsored by NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. In addition to her administrative work she has been a Teaching Artist for numerous cultural organizations including the Center for the Arts Education, Arc Stages in Pleasantville, NY, the Stella Adler Outreach Division, Stagecoach Theater in Brooklyn and has even taught pre-show lessons internationally in Istanbul with the Tempest Ladies (a theater company she performs with). Stacey is also an actress who has performed Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally in shows ranging from classical to contemporary and musical theater.

Miriam Daly, Music Director, Miriam Daly is a music director at TADA! and is also a composer! When she is not writing music she might by playing piano at various venues, or music directing a TheatreWorks USA tour. She loves cultivating her students musical abilities! She is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Kimberly Hale, Director/Choreographer, Kimberly Hale grew up in Iowa where she studied Performing Arts & Musical Theatre at Iowa State University. After moving to New York, she worked on the business side of the industry while working with Dodgers Theatricals on several major Broadway shows. She is a proud member of the New York Deaf Theatre company where she enjoys combining her love of theatre and American Sign Language. Kimberly has been a Teaching Artist at TADA! for the last 4 years, and she is thrilled to be sharing her love of Musical Theatre with her TADA! students again this fall!

Virgina Jimenez, Director/Choreographer, Virginia Jimenez is originally from Colorado, where she learned to dance before she could talk. She studied Theater and Math Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She works with various theater companies as a teaching artist in NYC. Her work ranges from arts-integrated curricula to skills building in drama and musical theater. Alongside her work in arts education, Virginia is a writer, dancer and theatre maker. Her work places an emphasis on the importance of emotional education. Virginia is currently a Teaching Artist in addition to Education Assistant at TADA! She is very excited to share her passion for theatre with TADA! students.

Lauren Meyer, Director/Choreographer, Lauren Meyer has been a teaching artist for over 7 years. Originally from California, she has worked for a dozen theater companies and schools directing, choreographing, and teaching classes. She founded a theater training organization as a resource for students who aimed to improve and expand their theatre skills outside of school. Lauren is also a private audition and performance coach; she loves the way theater can help students accomplish their goals. Lauren has directed multiple performing groups that reach into the community by serving senior citizens. She completed an internship with New York Theatre Workshop and most recently finished an apprenticeship with New Victory Theater. Lauren holds a degree in Theater with a minor in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University.

Lawrence Rush, Music Director, Lawrence Rush, composer, lyricist and singer, has been a teaching artist with TADA! since 2002. His Pride & Prejudice-the Musical (Richard Rodgers Award finalist) received readings in Philadelphia (Main Street Musicals) and Chicago (FWD Theatre Project). He co-composed Under the Influence (Outwright Festival, Portland, OR) and Rules for Girls (Promenade Actor’s Studio, Odyssey Theatre, L.A.). His choral works, cabaret and art songs have been performed around the world, and his Transitions for piano debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2013. As a singer, Lawrence has performed many roles in opera and musical theater. He was a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus, where he also covered and performed small roles, the famous Young Americans, and the Gregg Smith Singers. He is an arranger, musical director, stage director, actor, and is the chef and owner of Cooking A Cappella, where he teaches cooking classes and corporate events combined with singing!

Matt Patrick Walsh, Music Director, Matt Patrick Walsh studied musical theatre at Marymount Manhattan College as well as composition at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He is currently finishing up his Masters in music education at CUNY Hunter College. His original works have been produced and featured in festivals, readings in NYC and more! His original musical, The Coincidentals (libretto: Emma Jeszke) was produced at The Pitch at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Also, his ten-minute musical Jealous Husband… (lyrics: Nathan Brisby) was featured in the Sound Bites Theatre Festival. Before TADA!, Matt taught percussion to visually impaired teens at the Lighthouse Guild in Manhattan. He is also a very accomplished songwriter and performs around the city with his long-time collaborator, Daniel Palese in their group, Terryweather. His private music studio (to which he teaches voice, guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and mandolin) contains over 25 students! He resides in Brooklyn.

TADA! Teaching Artists not only teach on-site classes and camps, but also go into the schools for TADA!’s In-School and After-School Residencies around the Tri-State area.

Stefanie Anarnuo
Geraldine Anello
Naomi Avadanei
Ben Boecker
Jacob Carr
Eric Coles
Jim Colleran
Miriam Daly
Laura Danette
Bethany Dellapolla
Jeff Edmond
Michael Finke
Kas Graves
Joanna Greer
Matt Gregory

Kimberly Hale
Mark Harapiak
Virginia Jimenez
Katy Knowles
Cindi Kostylo
Patrick McGee
Lauren Meyer
Jason Pomerantz
Robert Randall
Curtis Reynolds
Lawrence Rush
Magnus Tonning Riise
Marisol Rosa-Shapiro
Kristen Rosenfeld

Vickie Schmitt
Robby Stamper
Kevin Smith
Matt Thomas
Sara Topham
Brooke Turner
Lisa Vasfailo
Kelly Wadler
Blake Wales
Matthew Patrick Walsh
Stephanie Wells
Blythe Wilson
Luke Winter