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Welcome to Child’s Play NY The strength of our teachers is the strength of Child’s Play NY. These are truly working actors with a deep commitment to working with young people. They are passionate, intelligent, goofy, creative and compassionate. You can feel great...
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JOCELYN GREENE

Welcome to Child’s Play NY The strength of our teachers is the strength of Child’s Play NY. These are truly working actors with a deep commitment to working with young people. They are passionate, intelligent, goofy, creative and compassionate. You can feel great...

ADAIRE KAMEN

Adaire Kamen - Teaching Artist   Adaire Kamen is a playwright and performer in New York City. She is a graduate of Fordham University Lincoln Center, and holds a B.A. in theater with a concentration in playwriting. She has been directing and teaching at a theatre...

ALLA ILYASOVA

Alla Ilyasova - Preschool Specialist   Alla Ilyasova is one very lucky duck. She was born on the shores of the largest lake in the world, and lives in the greatest city on Earth. She studied playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School, and teaches playtime at...

AMANDA LEA MASON

Amanda Lea Mason - Teaching Artist Amanda Lea Mason is a Brooklyn based actress originally from Houston, Texas. Most recently, she performed in The Elephant Man on Broadway and The West End.  She holds a BFA from Boston University, where she taught and directed high...

AMANDA SHECHTMAN

Amanda Shechtman - Teaching Artist Amanda Shechtman is a Brooklyn based actor, comedian, voiceover artist, writer and musician. She worked with both large and small play groups as a co-teacher at Little Maestros all over NYC. She spent two summers at Williamstown...

ANDY MAC

Andy Mac - Musical Accompanist Andy Mac is originally from Buffalo NY, and has now been performing and teaching in New York City for over a decade. A professional singer/songwriter, he has released three albums, had several songs placed on MTV and FOX, all while well...

ANNALISE WEDEMEYER

Annalise Wedemeyer - Teaching Artist Annalise Wedemeyer started working teaching theater in high school at a summer camp in her hometown of Palo Alto, California. She moved to New York in 2012 to attend Pace University and received her BA in Acting International...

ANNE TROUP

Anne Troup - Teaching Artist, Director Anne Troup is a professional actress and teacher.  She has credits off-Broadway and in television and film in Los Angeles as well.  She teaches music at The Village Nursery School, Shakespeare at The Public’s A Midsummer Day...

BEN MEHL

Ben Mehl - Teaching Artist, Shakespeare Specialist Ben Mehl is a professional actor and teaching artist. He has performed off-broadway, regionally and in film and television. He has taught at the Public Theater's, A Midsummer Day's Camp, at Avenues: The World School,...

BRANDON ZELMAN

Brandon Zelman - Teaching Artist Brandon Zelman is an actor, comedian and filmmaker from Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Brandon is a member of Story Pirates, performing stories written by children for the very children that created...

CAROLYN HOLDING

Carolyn Holding - Teaching Artist Carolyn Holding is a New York based actor and teacher. Recent theater credits include “Comedy of Errors,” “Troilus and Cressida,” “Henry VI Part 2,” “Cymbeline” (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), "As You Like It" (Denver Center for the...

CASEY WORTHINGTON

Casey Worthington - Teaching Artist Casey Worthington is an actor and devising artist with The Associates Theater Ensemble. He assistant teaches improv at American River College, and Shakespeare with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. He is an avid basketball player and is...

CHARLOTTE LILY GASPARD

Charlotte Lily Gaspard - Production Designer Charlotte Lily Gaspard - Charlotte Lily Gaspard is a costume designer, seamstress and shadow puppet maker. She has worked at the Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, the Juilliard Costume Shop, the Westside Theater, New...

CINDY KAY

Cindy Kay - Teaching Artist Cindy Kay is an actor/writer/teacher in the New York City area. She comes from the great state of California, but has called New York her home for the last 6 years. Holding an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School, Cindy...

EMILY STOUT

Emily Stout - Teaching Artist Emily Stout is a Brooklyn-based actor and theater artist. She has been running a summer children's theater camp in Colorado with her sisters since 2011, where she writes and directs short musicals for children from kindergarten-7th grade....

EMILY TABACHUK

Emily Tabachuk - Operations Manager, Resident Stage Manager Emily Tabachuk is the Assistant Production Manager at the Atlantic Acting School and the Resident Stage Manager of Child's Play NY. Select credits include Tell Hector I Miss Him and The Purple Lights of Joppa...

ERYN MURMAN

Eryn Murman - Teaching Artist Eryn Murman is a professional actor, singer, song-writer and choreographer in New York City.  She has worked on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country.  She has proudly been teaching with Child’s Play NY since 2010. Eryn is...

EVAN SIBLEY

Evan Sibley - Teaching Artist Evan Sibley is a New York actor and graduate of Fordham University's BA acting program. Prior to college Evan worked at his hometown theatre summer camp with kids aged 8-18. In summer 2015 he worked for TADA! Youth Theatre in Manhattan...

GIANA DEGEISO

Giana DeGeiso - Teaching Artist Giana DeGeiso has been performing since the age of five in theaters on the West Coast.  Since 2010 she has been a performer and teacher in New York. She began teaching voice and acting lessons in her teen years in Reno, Nevada and has...

JASON HITE

Jason Hite - Musical Accompanist Jason Hite is a professional actor and musician in New York City.  He’s worked on tv, broadway, off-broadway and regional theaters across the U.S.  He co-fronts and writes for his band, 5j Barrow. Jason taught acting at Young Rep, a...

JENNI PUTNEY

Jenni Putney - Teaching Artist Jenni Putney has taught acting and public speaking at UC San Diego and has been the assistant director of a children’s musical theatre program for the past 8 years in Palo Alto California. Regional acting credits include: Fox in the...

KELLY SCHUSTER

Kelly Schuster - Craft Specialist Kelly Schuster is a performing and visual artist and arts educator who values creative play, collaborative storytelling, and celebration of difference! She grew up in Indonesia and Singapore and received her BA in Drama from Vassar...

KELSEY KURZ

Kelsey Kurz - Shakespeare Specialist Kelsey Kurz is a New York actor, singer, and fight choreographer. He has acted on and off-broadway, and with regional theaters around the country. He has developed fights for NYFringe plays, films, and Shakespeare at the Juilliard...

LARYSSA SCHOECK

Laryssa Schoeck - Teaching Artist Laryssa Schoeck is back in New York after completing her MFA in Acting: The British Tradition at the Birmingham School of Acting in England. She received her BA degree in Theater Arts and Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan...

LAURA BOZZONE

Laura Bozzone - Director Laura Bozzone has traveled all over the country acting and teaching theatre for the past eight years. She holds a BFA in theatre arts from Hofstra University and some of her favorite places to perform in the past have been at Alabama...

LAURA BRENNEMAN

Laura Brenneman - Vocal Coach Laura Brenneman is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter.  She started singing at 2, and began formal piano lessons at age 6.  In addition to her work with Child’s Play NY,  Laura has been a teaching artist for Theatreworks! USA, the...

LAUREN LAROCCA

Lauren LaRocca - Teaching Artist Lauren LaRocca is an east coast native, and a professional actor and theater artist who first began choreographing and directing children's theater over eight years ago. She has worked Off-Broadway and regionally, and recently received...

LESLIE GAUTHIER

Leslie Gauthier - Teaching Artist Leslie Gauthier is an actor, writer and director. She's worked as an actor on stage and in film in New York and regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and in CT. Her play 23-Year-Old Myth was produced as part of the Dream-Up...

MEGHAN GROVER

Meghan Grover - Teaching Artist Meghan Grover is a Cleveland, OH native and a recent graduate of the Guthrie Theater BFA Acting Program. As a performer, her favorite roles have been Jasmine in 'Earthquakes in London' with the Guthrie Theater and Thomasina in 'Arcadia'...

MICHAEL HUNTER

Michael Hunter - Music Director Michael Hunter has had a long and diverse musical career.  Classically trained in piano since the age of 5 and a graduate of Cornell University’s music program, Michael’s professional career has covered a wide range of genres and...

MICHAEL KANE

Michael Kane - Teaching Artist Michael Patrick Kane is a professional actor, Puppet designer, teaching artist who lives in Bushwick. He holds an MFA in acting from The Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. He has performed and taught in...

OLIVIA DUNN

Olivia Dunn - Teaching Artist Olivia Dunn is a Brooklyn-based actor, singer, and movement artist. She has performed in a variety of regional theatres along the east coast and performance spaces in the NYC area. Olivia is a certified yoga instructor for all ages and...

RJ HATANAKA

Ryan James Hatanaka - Teaching Artist Ryan-James Hatanaka is an actor in New York. Recent Credits include: Off-Broadway: Signature Plays, Big Love (Signature Theatre), Stuck Elevator (New York Theatre Workshop), King Lear (The Public Theater), The Long Christmas...

SIRI HELLERMAN

Siri Hellerman - Teaching Artist Siri Hellerman is a Brooklyn based actor, voice over artist and teacher. Before moving to New York, she toured extensively with the National Theatre for Children and Youth Performance Company, teaching kids about issues such as...

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