TADA! Board of Directors

Chalmers Browne, President
Elana Weinstein, Vice President
Laura Esposito, Secretary
Stephen T. Rodd, Treasurer
Brian Burchfield
Marcia Dunn
Adam Houhoulis
Jordan Peele
Deepak Nagpal
Alina Patton
Stephanie Tighe
Julie Turaj
Lisa Gold Untracht
Rohit Verma
Darcy Volpe

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

Amy Fiore is the Director of Development for TADA! Youth Theater after serving 7 years as Managing Director. Previously, Amy acted as the Director of External Affairs for Vineyard Theatre, Associate Director of Marketing and then Interim Director of Marketing for The Public Theater during their 50th Anniversary celebration, and as the Ticketing and Marketing Manager for MCC Theater. In addition to her work in non-profit theater administration, Amy is an adjunct professor of Managing the Arts and Marketing the Arts at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and has been a guest lecturer at NYU, Baruch College and with the Arts & Business Council of New York, among others. She is the founder and director of Play Theater in Scotch Plains NJ and currently teaches classes and directs musicals with children there. Amy was also a long-time performer and managing partner of the performing group The Improvoholics. Amy resides in Scotch Plains, NJ with her husband and 2 daughters.  X116

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

Wilson Rivera, Business Manager, is a native of the Bronx, with a B.S. in accounting from Queens College. Wilson has over twenty years of accounting and management experience working in such industries as real estate, manufacturing, and consumer goods. He also worked as Business Manager at another nonprofit: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, where he quickly discovered the importance of the arts in the community. Now being part of the TADA! family, Wilson is honored to be part of an organization that makes musical theater programs accessible to everyone and connects with youth to develop, cultivate, and inspire their creativity.  X119

Kaila Mackenzie, Director of Marketing & Press, has been in the theater and dance world since she could walk. Kaila was part of a similar musical theater program growing up in Orlando, so TADA! and what it represents holds dear to her heart. After moving to NYC from Florida to attend Marymount Manhattan College, she received her BFA in Acting and Directing. Throughout her time in college, she worked as a marketing intern for numerous nonprofits around the city including MCC, The Women’s Project and American Opera Projects. After graduating in 2011 Kaila worked as the Marketing Associate for TADA! then gave Los Angeles a try to work with Santa Barbara Dance Institute. After 2 years in Los Angeles, Kaila missed TADA! way too much.  X133

Katy Knowles, Senior Education Manager, 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

Keith R. Huff, Senior Education Manager, Keith R. Huff is a New York City based Theatre Artist and Educator. He holds an MA in Music and Performing Arts Professions from NYU Steinhardt College of Education, Culture and Human Development; as well as, a BA is Secondary Education English and Theatre from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. As an educator, Keith has over thirteen years of teaching experience ranging from after-school programs as a Teaching Artist; to public education as a full-time high school teacher; and at the collegiate level as an adjunct faculty member at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. As a Playwright and Director, his original works include: So this is Love, Sara, Perception, The Facts in the Case of Edgar Allan Poe, and [Pandemic]. X112

Laura Talbot, Fundraising Manager, is thrilled to be back at TADA! after previously serving as the Development Assistant. She recently returned from London where she received her Masters degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. 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.

Matthew Haws, Ensemble Manager, grew up all over the Rocky Mountain states and received an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina before moving to New York City. This is probably why he’s so happy to call TADA! home and so thrilled to work with the unique Ensemble program and it’s amazing kids. Matt started working with youth theater over ten years ago, when he began touring middle and high schools performing Shakespeare and leading workshops. In graduate school, Matt further discovered his love for working with young people while teaching a freshman level acting course and later during an internship at the Virginia Stage Company and the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. After moving to NYC he was able to learn a lot about city kids and their families while working with Super Soccer Stars before bringing that experience to his work at TADA! He can say with confidence that the Ensemble Kids are the best he’s ever had the pleasure of working with (but don’t tell them he said that, it might go to their heads).  X132

Lauren Bond, Administrative Associate/Audience Services Manager, discovered her love for the arts at an early age. She attended dance classes at Dance Theater of Harlem where her appetite continued to grow. It wasn’t until Lauren auditioned for the Christian Cultural Center’s production of The Wiz and met Ben Harney (founder of By All Means Save Some Theatre Works) did she discover her true passion, scenic and prop design. She attended college at the University of the Arts, later transferring to Cuny’s Brooklyn College where she graduated with a Bachelor in Theater Arts. Heavily involved in church productions, Lauren is the assistant audio engineer every Sunday. In 2015 Lauren became part of TADA!’s staff because she believed in the mission and the importance of giving youth the opportunity to explore the arts like Christian Cultural Center and Ben Harney did for her.  X110

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

Catherine Mack, Education Assistant, is originally from South Carolina and first discovered her love for acting and musical theatre when she played Marta in The Sound of Music at age 8. She recently graduated from Montclair State University (MSU) with a Theatre Studies Degree and Musical Theater Minor. While at MSU, she created original plays and co-produced in her school’s play festival. In addition to working as Educational Assistant she is also one of TADA!’s Teaching Artists..  X113

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!

Angela Jamieson, Music Director, Angela’s professional career as a musician in Opera and Theatre Orchestras, Musical Directing and Conducting has taken her all over the world. She served as Musical Director, Off- Broadway for Hiroshima, a Kennedy Center Award winning play with music composed by Yoko Ono. She toured Europe with the Phantom Of The Opera as Assistant Conductor. She was a Co-Founder and Musical Director of American Light Opera Repertoire. Some favorites shows include: Conductor of CATS national Tour, Associate Conductor of Peter Pan with Ms.Cathy Rigby, Keyboard I for The Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center and touring, Associate Conductor for two national tours of Disney’s The Lion King and currently is a Pianist, Vocal Coach and Conductor for the Lion King New York-LKNY-Broadway. Angela has worked as a teaching artist for TADA! Youth Theatre, Inside Broadway, Young Audiences NY, Summer Arts Institute of NY, New York City Center Encores! and Disney Worldwide.

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
Angela Jamison
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