Our Team

Meet Our Team & Board
    • Amy White Graves
      Executive Director

      Amy White Graves

      Executive Director

      Amy White Graves founded Brooklyn Children’s Theatre in 2004. Since then, she has worn every hat at the company including Music Director, Director/Choreographer, Production Manager, Publicity and Marketing Director; Playwright and Lyricist; Set, Prop, and Costume Designer; Book Keeper; and Grant Writer. Her previous life was as an actress/singer in the Off-Broadway hit “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE” for over 1200 performances.  Amy believes that working with children is the most amazing way to experience the theatrical art form. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from NYU Tisch-CAP 21 and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

       

       

       

    • Chris Heller
      Artistic Director

      Chris Heller

      Artistic Director

      Chris Heller has been an arts educator in New York City for 21 years.  At Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, she serves as a director, choreographer and playwright with students of all ages as well as managing programs, organizing productions, selecting materials and mentoring teaching artists and student apprentices.  She worked for Arts Connection for 10 years as a freelance teaching artist at various New York City schools and as a mentor for drama specialists and other teachers creating arts in schools.  Chris worked for 6 summers as a drama director at the Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp.  In addition, Chris spent 9 years as a high school teacher in the New York City public school system.  During that time she developed self-sustaining performing arts programs, directed 15 shows with middle school and high school students and collaborated with teaching artists and outside arts organizations to bring artists into the classroom. Chris is also on the faculty at Mark Morris Dance Center and Gibney Dance Center where she teaches the Simonson Jazz Technique and assists Lynn Simonson in her teacher training course.  As a dancer, she has performed her own work as well as choreography by Katiti King, Jana Hicks, Max Stone and with Bliss Dance Theatre. She has a M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University.

       

    • Jen Clarke
      Grants Director, Music Director

      Jen Clarke

      Grants Director, Music Director
      Jen Clarke has been an educator for children and adults of all ages for 25 years. Trained in classical piano, as child she hid show tunes inside her sheet music. She was thrilled to find BCT in 2005 and since then, has been a music director for BCT’s after-school programs and in-school residencies. Since 2014, she has also served as BCT’s grants director. As grants director, she conducts prospect research on funders, writes proposals, coordinates program evaluations, and manages grants. Before coming to BCT, she worked for numerous education organizations, designing curriculum and leading professional development workshops for programs that help students develop teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. When she’s not playing the piano or writing grants, you can usually find Jen in Prospect Park, leading running groups and teaching outdoor fitness classes. Jen has a Master’s of Education and Media from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
    • Gail Guerre
      OASIS Manager, Costume Designer

      Gail Guerre

      OASIS Manager, Costume Designer

      Gail Guerre has been a Costume Designer for Brooklyn Children’s Theatre since 2010. She designed and created the costumes for Disney’s Frozen jr, Liberty, Presidential Musical, Comic Con, Break a Leg, Jungle Book and many others.

    • Banji Aborisade
      Teaching Artist: Theatre Dance

      Banji Aborisade

      Teaching Artist: Theatre Dance

      Banji Aborisade is a native of Atlanta, GA where he first started his training at the age of 15. He received a BFA in Theater at Syracuse University, and he now resides in NYC pursing a career in choreography, directing, and film. Recent credits include: Urinetown Off-Broadway (choreographer), The National Tour of Saturday Night Fever, Emojiland (Assistant Choreographer, winner of the New York Musical Theater Festival’s “Outstanding Choreography Award”) Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre (Assistant Director) South Pacific at Maltz Jupiter Theater, Hairspray at Syracuse Stage and numerous productions at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival including Parade, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, and Saturday Night Fever. Film/TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 and The Get Down PT.2

    • Isabella Batts
      Teaching Artist, Costume Designer

      Isabella Batts

      Teaching Artist, Costume Designer

      Isabella Batts is a Brooklyn-based theatre artist and educator. She loves to design costumes, write plays and create theatre with people of all ages. She holds an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University.

    • Lindsay Burstedt
      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Lindsay Burstedt

      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Lindsay Burstedt is a music educator who teaches private voice, piano, guitar and ukulele, works as a Music Director for AfterWork Theater, and performs in the folk band The Corduroy Suit. Lindsay graduated from Columbia University Teachers College with a M.A. in Music and Music Education and is thrilled to connect with people of all ages through music.

    • Jenny Campbell
      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Jenny Campbell

      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Jenny Campbell is a director, puppeteer and teacher in NYC. She has performed in many experimental theatre productions, most recently with Phantom Limb Company for the Rauschenburg Residency in Captiva, FL, Berkleley Rep in San Francisco, CA and LaMama in New York. Jenny has performed in various productions directed by master puppeteer Basil Twist in Philadelphia and for the Houston Grand Opera and in NYC. She
      has also directed, performed and produced puppetry in short films, children’s shows, pilots and music videos. She is directing Daniel Allen Nelson’s “Give Me Back My Beast” at LaMama Gallery this fall. Jenny teaches puppetry, improv, devising and musical theatre to kids and teachers all over the city with ArtsConnection and Brooklyn Children’s Theatre.

    • Scott Evan Davis
      Teaching Artist: Music Director and Resident Composer

      Scott Evan Davis

      Teaching Artist: Music Director and Resident Composer

      Scott Evan Davis is a three time MAC Award nominee (2014-2015) and three time finalist for the Wallowich award as well as recipient of the 2012 Broadway World award for best original song (IF WE SAY GOODBYE). After attending Emerson College in Boston as well as AMDA in New York City, Scott set his sights on becoming a composer/lyricst. Since then, he has presented concerts of his work in Boston,  NYC, Alabama, NJ, LA, London,  Dublin and Austraila. Scott’s debut album is called “Cautiously Optimistic”: featuring performances by Faith Prince, Liz Callaway, Jason Graae, Lisa Howard, Nikki Renee Daniels and others. Scott has been privileged to also have Rebecca Luker,  Karen Mason, Alison Fraser, and Kristen Chenoweth either perform or acknowledge his work.  Scott has been a vocal coach/musical director for the past 13 years. He has written musicals and instructed at Brooklyn Children’s Theatre for five years.  He has been working with children with autism using musical theatre, and is featured in a documentary with them called Spectrum of Hope.  His most recent revue, “Picture Perfect” made its London and Australian debut after a sold out run in New York and LA.  Scott is currently working on his newest musical, INDIGO as well his second album, NEXT featuring Karen Mason, Robert Cuccioli and others.  He is dedicated to teaching young performers and has an approach that is fun and exciting while enabling children to see performing in a new light. More at www.scottevandavis.com

    • Cassidy Dermott
      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Cassidy Dermott

      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Cassidy Dermott is a local actress and singer and is thrilled to join the BCT team! She holds a degree in Theatre and Dance from Dickinson College and is a proud alum of the Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia, where she received specialized training in physical theatre and clown. Currently, Cassidy studies classical text at the Pearl Conservatory in NYC and has recently appeared with 8Players, the 13th Stret Repertory Theatre, and Gallery Players, in projects ranging from improv to Shakespeare.  She loves sharing her passion for the magic of theatre with others and has served as a teaching artist for several theatre companies across the east coast, including Theatre Horizon, Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre, Pendragon Theatre, and KJK Productions. www.cassidydermott.com

    • Lindsay Hinojosa
      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Lindsay Hinojosa

      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Lindsay Hinojosa is an actress and teaching artist, performing and teaching all over NYC. After graduating from Syracuse University with her BFA in Drama, this Jersey girl set off on a crazy journey across the US and Canada with Missoula Children’s Theater, bringing theatre to deserving communities each week for a year. This solidified her lifelong love of the stage as well as her passion for teaching. Nowadays she can be seen in classrooms across the city teaching drama, musical theater, and dance with Arts Connection. She is a production advisor to Broadway Jr. which gives middle schoolers here in NY the opportunity to perform on a Broadway Stage! And at The Creative Arts Studio, in Boerum Hill Brooklyn she is the resident Drama and Music teacher as well as The Coordinator for their Summer Arts Camp. She also directs Creative Arts Studio’s Student Theatre Company (CASTCO). She also directs with Brooklyn Children’s Theatre in Park Slope. As an actress Lindsay has appeared in numerous productions here in NY and regionally including Cortland Repertory Theatre, MOC Musical Theatre, Elephant Theatre, Abington Stage, NYC Fringe, Strawberry One-Act Festival, Alphabet Arts plus many many more. In addition to the stage, she works as a voice over actor. You can also catch Lindsay performing with the award winning improv/sketch comedy group Story Pirates.

    • Jeanna Phillips
      Director/Choreographer

      Jeanna Phillips

      Director/Choreographer

      Jeanna Phillips is an actress + songstress + teaching artist. She has developed new work with The Civilians, The Foundry Theatre, Tectonic Theatre Project, Clubbed Thumb, New Saloon, Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cynthia Hopkins, Dave Malloy, and Elizabeth Swados, among others. Music: COWBOY BOB (Ars Nova, NYTW Adelphi Residency, upcoming at Yale Institute for New Music Theatre); what’s this called this spirit? (Ars Nova, Dixon Place); Cooking to me is Poetry (with New Saloon at Galapagos Art Space); POE (The Morgan Library); Bacchanalia (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop). Her clown-cabaret alter ego Andréa Lloyd Webber has wreaked havoc at La MaMaDixon Place, Littlefield, and with The Dance Cartel at the ACE Hotel. Select performance: Circle Mirror Transformation (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stop the Virgens (St Ann’s Warehouse/Sydney Opera House), TROUBLEMAKER (Berkeley Rep), La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa ETC). She is a teaching artist with The Story Pirates and Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, and has taught with The New Group’s education program Scene One, Abrons Arts Center, and as adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch. BFA NYU Tisch.

    • Brett Pontecorvo
      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Brett Pontecorvo

      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Brett Pontecorvo is a New York City based musical director, accompanist, and pianist who believes it is important to show people, through hands-on experience, the value of art and community. Brett has been privileged to work with theatre companies such as New Haarlem Arts Theatre and The In-Between People, Theatre Lapis, and The Gallery Players as a musical director. Over the last 8 years he has dedicated much of his time to making sure that future generations of performers are cultivated in the theatre arts. He has worked as a teaching artist for numerous companies such as The clocktower Players, Dalton School, P.S. 69, and Brooklyn Children’ Theatre. He also worked as a general music teacher at St. Aloysius school for a year. Professionally, Brett spends much of his time working as an accompanist for various vocal instructors in the city, as well as playing in pits. He has worked as a copyist as well as a keyboard programmer. Outside of the realm of musical theatre he works as a part of the band Fate Of Fools.

    • Aimee Rose Ranger
      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer and Improv

      Aimee Rose Ranger

      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer and Improv

      Aimee Rose Ranger is a local actor, storyteller, and stand up comedian.  She will be in starring in a Caryl Churchill play this winter with Red Garnet Theater Company, a Brooklyn-based company. She runs a monthly comedy variety show in Boston, and has been an organizer of storytelling events and other variety shows for years. She also has taught children in various arts programs for eight years since graduating from Emerson College. Aimee Rose is currently taking improv classes at UCB Theater. She continues to perform all over New York and New England. Teaching inspires her art; there is nothing like the imagination of children to keep an artist grounded in the spirit of play.

    • Jonelle Robinson
      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Jonelle Robinson

      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Jonelle Robinson is an actor, model, youth theatre producer and teaching artist based in NYC and Long Island, and is thrilled to be directing and choreographing at Brooklyn Children’s Theatre! Her commercial credits include Purell, Prudential, My Heritage DNA, New Balance, and Johnson & Johnson Band-aids. Theatrically, she’s performed at The Brick Theater, Target Margin Theater, Columbia University, Primary Stages, and most recently devised The Space Between The Letters at The Jack Theater in Brooklyn, which will be featured in the Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater in January. She co-created and supervises Pit Theatrical, a non-profit theatre group for teens in conjunction with The Jeanne Rimsky Theater in Port Washington, NY, and she has had the absolute pleasure to have worked with youth, both teaching and producing dozens of shows, for the last five years. She is an Ithaca College graduate with a BFA in Acting.

    • Ari Rossen
      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Ari Rossen

      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      ARI ROSSEN is an award-winning actor/pianist and writer, who hails from Northern California and revels in creative collaboration with others. Since graduating from Northwestern University (B.S. Theatre, Musical Theatre Certificate), Ari has taught and learned from kids of all ages in a variety of educational settings. He has worked as both a musical director and accompanist with TADA! Youth Theater, NYU, CAP21 and Molloy College, and maintains a private coaching studio for professional performers. As a theater actor, Ari has performed in  Off-Broadway, regionally (including the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and in national tours. On-camera, he has appeared in lead and supporting roles on Funny Or Die, multiple CollegeHumor viral videos; and the hit webseries MISSED CONNECTIONS LIVE (Best Comedy Series: LA WebFest & StayTunedTV Awards). SOUND/VISION, an indie film created by and starring Ari, won Best Short Film (East Lansing Film Festival) and has screened at 15 festivals worldwide, including prestigious ITVFest; SOHO International Film Festival; and San Jose International Short Film Festival. Currently, Ari is developing a number of projects as a writer/producer, including an upcoming comedy webseries called BEHIND THE CEREAL (inspired by VH1’s classic docu-series BEHIND THE MUSIC). When he’s not creating, Ari can be found exploring old and new urban haunts, wrangling his rescue cat, or planning his next adventure in the great outdoors. Ari is a proud member of both Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

    • Lauren Ruff
      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Lauren Ruff

      Teaching Artist: Director/Choreographer

      Originally from Oregon, Lauren received her BFA in Musical Theater from The New School by way of AMDA NY.   She has performed Off Broadway in Shout The Mod Musical, Passion, Stop The World, The Boyfriend among many other plays, musicals and workshops.  Her work can also be seen on screen, in a few cameos on Saturday Night Live, in several short films and the acclaimed web series, Big City, which she wrote produced and starred in. Two of her projects, Callie Wants a Solo and Boys and Other Distractions, have gone on to win audience choice at the Brooklyn Short Film Festival and have been featured selections at the New York Independent Film Festival and Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, among others.  Lauren is also a professional Voice Over artist having voiced various commercials for TV, Radio and Internet as well as cartoons!  She has been a teaching artist for the past five years, teaching acting, musical theater, voice lessons and voice over.  She has directed several of musicals for kids including, The Sound of Music, Seussical, Shrek, Peter Pan, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Little Women, Into The Woods Jr., and Legally Blonde Jr.

    • Lawrence Rush
      Teaching Artist: Music Director and Resident Composer

      Lawrence Rush

      Teaching Artist: Music Director and Resident Composer

      Lawrence Rush was twice a Richard Rodgers Award finalist for his musicals, Winter of the Fall and Pride & Prejudice – the Musical, which was also chosen by FWD Theatre Project for development and a public reading in Chicago, was performed in concert at 54 Below, and will have its first full production in England this Fall. He is co-composer of Under the Influence (OUTwright Theatre Festival, Portland, OR), is composer/lyricist for A Maiden’s Consent, a bi-lingual musical which twice toured high schools on a national tour, and co-composer/arranger for Rules for Girls (L.A. Weekly Best Musical nomination). The Way to Your Heart, the Words and Music of Lawrence Rush played at Don’t Tell Mama and his song cycle, Four Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnets received performances in the U.S. and Austria. He received the Shalshelet award for Jewish choral music for Sim Shalom which is performed at synagogues throughout the country. His songs and arrangements have been performed by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale and Musaic. A member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, he is also a teaching artist, musical director, stage director, singer and actor.

    • Mariko Watt
      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Mariko Watt

      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Mariko Watt has been singing for the greater part of her life and teaching voice for over a decade. Since moving to New York in 2008, she has worked out of her home studio with professional and community-based artists of all ages, teaching vocal technique as well as performance and audition coaching. She is currently a music and performing arts teacher at the International School of Brooklyn, teaches individual lessons and workshops at Acme Hall Studios in Park Slope, and also music directs and accompanies for local schools and theater productions.  She is also currently involved as a singer and performer in multiple choirs throughout New York City. Mariko received her Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

    • Dawn Ortiz
      Administrative Assistant; Teen Players Stage Manager

      Dawn Ortiz

      Administrative Assistant; Teen Players Stage Manager

      Dawn Ortiz is BCT’s Administrative Assistant and Stage Manager for their Teen Player shows. She has been a part of BCT for 7 years now, and has stage managed over 10 Teen Player productions for us! She is currently a BA theater major at Brooklyn College, specializing in stage management. She has worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for Brooklyn College’s “Map of Virtue” by Erin Courtney at the Irondale Theatre. She was also a Light Board programmer/op for Brooklyn Colleges playwright Weasel Festival at the Public Theatre! Dawn as well is a house manager for Brooklyn Music School. She loves investing her time and energy with theater, learning any new skill within theater is a thrill for her! Theater is where her heart is and will always be. She aspires to be a Production Stage Manager one day!

    • Nicky Ooyama
      Wardrobe Supervisor, Teaching Artist, Teen Players Stage Manager

      Nicky Ooyama

      Wardrobe Supervisor, Teaching Artist, Teen Players Stage Manager

      Nicky Ooyama holds an Associate’s Degree in Theatre from Borough of Manhattan Community College. Nicky began performing with BCT in high school and then transitioned into working for BCT. Nicky has stage managed seven Teen Players show. He also serves as BCT’s Wardrobe Supervisor and teaches BCT’s tech classes. In addition to his work with BCT, Nicky is a member of the NYC-based Black Petal Theatre Group and has mounted multiple productions with them,
      including last year’s AUSTIN, which was nominated for Best Play at the New York Thespis Theatre Festival. Recently, he took part in the critically-acclaimed production of Frontieres Sans Frontieres at the Bushwick Starr, as the wrangler for the children’s chorus.

    • Caity Richards
      Program Manager, Greenpoint and PS 179

      Caity Richards

      Program Manager, Greenpoint and PS 179

      Caity graduated from Yale University in 2010 with a BA in American Studies. She has years of experience as a dancer and vocalist, though her first love was musical theater. While an undergraduate, she studied with Emily Coates and performed with the Liz Learman Dance Exchange and Simone Forti. More recently, she has been studying extended vocal technique with Perter Sciscoli and Meredith Monk. She is a 200-hr certified yoga teacher and has taught dance, yoga, and voice to adults and kids. She performs regularly with The Space We Make, and her original work has been seen at Dixon Place, the Wassaic Festival, and Arlene’s Grocery.

    • Spring Hilbert
      Oasis Chaperone

      Spring Hilbert

      Oasis Chaperone

      Spring is originally from Easton, PA. Besides working with BCT and her family, she is studying nursing. She loves to work with all of the BCT kids and to spread the word about BCT.

    • Amari Smith
      Oasis Chaperone

      Amari Smith

      Oasis Chaperone

      Amari Smith is currently a theatre major at The City College of New York. A former Brooklyn Children’s Theatre student, he is excited to work for the company and to be a part of the BCT family again. He enjoys working with the creative, fun kids at BCT! After college, Amari hopes to become a professional actor on Broadway and film!

    • Daniel Acquisto
      Resident Composer

      Daniel Acquisto

      Resident Composer

      Daniel Acquisto and Sammy Buck are the 2004 winners of The National Music Theater Network and The Theater for the American Musicals’ inaugural New Voices Prize for the musicalLike You Like It. Dan has been commissioned to write pieces for theatre (Dancing in the DarkAntigone: The Rock Musical – Studio Arena Theatre, TADA!, eight children’s musicals for Merkin Hall, Indiana State Fair), incidental theatre music for the Subjective Theatre Company and All Out Arts Festival, as well as non-theatrical commissions. He also participated writing ten-minute musicals for the ATrain Musicals, Raw Impressions, and FUSE concert theatre group. He has scored three film shorts and participated in the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. Daniel is also a music director, percussionist, arranger and orchestrator.  In addition to that, he works as a music copyist and music educator. Daniel thanks his friends and family for their support and God for everything else. Member of ASCAP and The Dramatist Guild, Inc. He holds a MM in Composition from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

    • Kate Anderson
      Teaching Artist: Playwriting

      Kate Anderson

      Teaching Artist: Playwriting

      Kate Anderson is a performer, pun-maker upper, and half of the writing team Samsel/Anderson. Their work has been featured in the New York Theater Barn’s D-Lounge Series, The Platform: London, as well as “4@15” with NYU Steinhardt and UC Irvine. They have penned three short musical comedies, “Camp Wish-No-More”, “Llamaze 101”, and “My Little Brony”. “Camp Wish-No-More”, an original musical about a camp for delusional girls who believe they are Disney Princesses, was developed into a full length 90 minute musical, and presented as a staged reading with NYU Steinhardt in the fall of 2013. Kate and Elyssa contributed “Kittens First Full Moon” based on the book by Kevin Henkes to Theatreworks USA’s “Fly Guy and Other Stories” which will tour the US in the fall of 2014. Kate and Elyssa are currently working on some exciting new projects including a full length musical adaptation of a bestselling novel.

    • Craig Baldwin
      Resident Composer

      Craig Baldwin

      Resident Composer

      Craig Baldwin has been involved with the Broadway productions of Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me (Associate Conductor), 13, The Woman in White, La Cage Aux Folles, 42ndStreet (Oscar cover),  Jesus Christ Superstar,  The Wild Party, and Swan Lake, as well as the Christmas Spectacular at  Radio City Music Hall. He is currently on staff at the School of American Ballet/New York City Ballet. He served as musical director for  Duncan Sheik/Steve Sater’s Nightingale with director James Lapine at New York Theatre Workshop and Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House at New York Stage and Film.   Recently, he composed the music for the York Theatre’s production of Let’s Face It in January, and provided additional material for an Oct 2010 production of the opera Esperanza. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree from the UW-Madison in music and mathematics.

    • Steven Bergman
      Resident Composer

      Steven Bergman

      Resident Composer

      Steven Bergman’s credits with BCT include: “Melampus,” “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” “Lost Princess of Oz.” Other scores: “Animal Farm,” “The Curse is Reversed!”Jack The Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical,” “Four Kisses” and “Perfect Sync.” As Musical Director: over 100 regional and national productions including “Spring Awakening” (FUDGE Theater), “Rent” (Theater at the Mount), “Les Miserables,” “13” (ACTS), “The Add1ng Mach1ne” (Speakeasy Stage), “Annie,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”  (Wheelock Family Theatre), “The Who’s Tommy,” (Brandeis Theatre Company), “Das Barbecü” (w/ Amy Graves! at New Repertory Theatre), “The Gig” and “When Pigs Fly” (Lyric Stage Company), “Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill“, “The Fantasticks“, “Pirates of Penzance” (Worcester Foothills Theatre), and the world premiere of “Monsters the Musical” (Centastage). Keyboardistcredits include “Nunsense Jamboree” (national tour with Georgia Engel, CD/DVD with Vicki Lawrence), national tours of “Sunday in the Park with George“, “Dreamgirls“, and “Guys and Dolls”.

    • Steve Saari
      Resident Composer

      Steve Saari

      Resident Composer

      Steve Saari is a piantist/musical director who has worked extensively in New York City and across the country. He has music directed and performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. His solo piano recording Variations on a Theme was released in 2001 in association with Waddell Production and Soapbox Records.

      For BCT, Steve has composed Little Golden Hood, The Lupine Lady, Things Could Always Get Worse, Ferdinand, The Little Velvet Bunny,Rock #3, The Gods, Recess, Next to Abnormal, and Dancing With the Czars. He was the arranger and musical director for the opening number of the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which featured 600 young performers from around the United States.

      Steve was on staff at the American Girl Place live theatre in New York City, which featured young girls and adults, and he has served as a musical director and arranger with Camp Broadway.  Steve is currently working internationally as a vocal director for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.  www.stevesaari.com <http://www.stevesaari.com>

    • Elyssa Samsel
      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Elyssa Samsel

      Teaching Artist: Music Director

      Elyssa Samsel (composer) is an actress/violinist/pianist/composer.
      Elyssa and Kate most recently wrote MY LITTLE BRONY, and LLAMAZE 101 for 4@15 Festival at NYU (dir. Brian Blythe), and were featured in NYTB’s monthly series at the D-Lounge in October 2012. Samsel and Anderson developed CAMP WISH-NO-MORE with NYU Steinhardt.  Elyssa is a member of the BMI Advanced Workshop, and trained for Musical Theatre Performance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is a member of AFA. More info can be found on SamselAnderson.com <http://samselanderson.com/>  or ElyssaSamsel.com

  • Board of Directors

    Meet our Board
    • Chloe Wasserman

      President

    • John Oppenheimer

      Vice President

    • Jeannine Kerr

      Secretary

    • Kevin Byrne

      Treasurer

    • Sarah Collier

      Director

    • Jill Cornell

      Director

    • Tina Novogratz

      Director

    • Erin Texeira

      Director

    Advisory Board

    Meet our Advisers
    • Kristen Anderson-Lopez
    • Robert Lopez
    • Alexandra Broenniman
    • Donna Davis
    • Rachel Gertzog
    • Ellen Goodman
    • Martin Graves
    • Mindy Greenberg
    • Katherine Kavanagh
    • Briehan Lynch
    • Megan Mardiney
    • Jen Small