TADA! Staff & Board
All staff can be reached by phone at 212.252.1619 and the corresponding extension listed above and email addresses are first initial, then last name @tadatheater.com. Click on staff name to get to know more about them!
Amy Fiore is the Managing Director for TADA! Youth Theater, overseeing all administration, marketing, development and earned income programs. 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. X 116
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. X 117
Rod Christensen is the Director of Education at TADA! Youth Theater. His 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 Canadas 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 program Up With People! Rod holds a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Music in Education, and a diploma in business management and leadership skills. X 115
Kaila Mackenzie, Marketing & Press Manager, 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 for TADA! for about 18 months and then moved to Los Angeles to work with Santa Barbara Dance Institute. Spending another 18 months in Los Angeles made her miss TADA! way too much, she has now returned to TADA! as the Marketing and Press Manager and could not be happier.
Stacey Bone-Gleason, Education Programs Manager, studied drama at NYU/Stella Adler Studio of Acting and currently is finishing her Masters in Education Theater at City College. 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 artists 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. X 118
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. X 122
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). X 132
Jacob Platt, Technical Supervisor/ Space 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). X 134
Laura Talbot, Development Associate, has been a self-professed "theater-geek" for as long as she can remember. Growing up on Long Island, she constantly worked on productions, both on stage and behind the scenes, in school and at various community theaters. When it was time for college, she attended Adelphi University and received a Bachelor's of Business Administration with a minor in Theater. She is proud to be working with TADA! because it's mission truly resonates with her. Being a part of the theater community has had such a positive impact on her life. She loves being able to help provide opportunities for children and young adults to experience that as well.
Business Manager, X 119
Virgina Jiminez, Education Assistant, 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. Upon moving to New York, she worked with the New York Theater Workshop, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy and Khalol Gibran International Academy. Besides being an aspiring writer and director, 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. X 113
Administrative Assistant, X 110
Resident Lighting Designer
TADA! Board of Directors
- Stephen T. Rodd, President
- Laura S. Friedrich, Vice President
- Laura Esposito, Secretary
- Chalmers Browne, Treasurer
- Adam Houhoulis
- Deepak Nagpal
- Erica Rivera
- Julie Turaj
- Lisa Gold Untracht
- Elana Weinstein
Artistic Advisory Board
- Kaye Ballard
- Kenneth Cavander
- Michael Colby
- Delia Ephron
- John Forster
- Sheldon Harnick
- Richard Peaslee
- Chita Rivera
- Marcia Rodd
- Michael Rupert
- Stephen Schwartz
- John Shea
- Charles Strouse
- Leslie Uggams
Selected Teaching Artist Bios
TADA! employs over 50 professional Teaching Artists each year. Here are just few of those talented arts educators.
Jim Colleran, Music Director, served as Resident Music Director at TADA! Youth Theater from 2004 to 2013. For TADA!, Jim wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Gumball Gang: Crime-Solving Kids (Winner, 2007 National Youth Theater Award) and dozens of songs in numerous shows, including all four Everything About? revues. Jim is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (2006 Harrington Award winner). Composing credits include: 4@15 ('07, '08, ?11) and NEO3 at the York Theatre, The Gentleman Jim Show, It's A Wonderful Life, Medea, Carried Away, Paper Bag Players, Thinkeroo Video, and Gann Films. An honors graduate of Tufts University, Jim has worked as a teaching artist and music teacher for over two decades. During his seven years as teaching artist and Composer-in-Residence for Kidstock Creative Arts Center in Winchester, Massachusetts, Jim wrote over two hundred songs and dozens of original musicals. As an actor/educator, Jim toured the country for three years in The Slim Goodbody Show. Other educational theater work includes Theatreworks/USA, ArtsPower, and The Floating Hospital Children's Theater.
Andrew Markus, Music Director, is a multiple-award-winning composer and the creative director of 4 Score + 7 Music, a music production company in Tribeca. Andrew has written dozens of scores for feature films, shorts, TV Shows, commercials and theater projects including the score for TADA!'s Apt 3 and the musical Jack. He wrote the theme and series music for Weather, Caught on Camera on The Weather Channel. Andrew has worked with TADA! for over 10 years and has taught more than 200 programs with the organization. Andrew lives in the village with his wife Robin and their dog Abner.
David Rigano, TADA! Director/Choreographer, is a writer, director and teacher specializing in musical theatre. David graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Theatre Arts, concentration in directing and while at Marymount David studied Arts Education with Dr. Twila Liggett. Aside from TADA! David has taught acting, storytelling, improv and musical theatre at Manhattan New Music Project, The Children's Acting Academy, and Camp Cavise. His songs have been sung by performers from Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and National and International tours at venues including Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex, and The Metropolitan Room.
Lawrence Rush, Music Director is the composer, lyricist and bookwriter of several musicals, including the Richard Rodgers Award finalists Pride & Prejudice - The Musical and Winter of the Fall, which recently received a workshop performance at Illinois Wesleyan University. He co-composed and arranged the L.A. Weekly Award nominated Rules for Girls, which ran at two Los Angeles theaters. His bi-lingual musical, A Maiden's Consent twice toured the U.S. and he was a contributing composer/lyricist for TADA!'s Everything About a Day, Almost. Lawrence's song cycle, Elizabeth Barrettt Browning Sonnets received several performances in the U.S. and Austria, while his cabaret show, The Way to Your Heart, the words and music of Lawrence Rush ran at Don't Tell Mama! Choral compositions include Sim Shalom which received the Shalshelet Award for Jewish choral music. Lawrence is also a musical director, stage director, singer and actor and is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Vickie Schmitt, Director/Choreographer, received her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit MI. She has taught and directed kids as a Teaching Artist for TADA! and other organizations for over ten years. Vickie premiered her one woman cabaret show in New York City. She has appeared on several television commercials, and has been dancing and acting since she was 4 years old!
Robby Stamper, Musical Director, is an award-winning composer and alumni of the Tony award-winning BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He has written Miss Buttercup is Missing, The Tale of Ganesh The Elephant Prince, and The Frog Prince, Bugtown, Sunset Park and Moonlight (book and lyrics by Nicole Kempskie).As a Teaching Artist, Robby works with TADA!, Arts Connection, Camp Broadway and City Center?s Encores! In-School programs where he teaches Musical Theater performance and songwriting skills to kids throughout New York City. Robby is a NEO (New, Emerging and Outstanding) Award-Winner: an award given by the York Theater Company for outstanding work in composition.
Kelly Anne Wadler, Director/Choreographer; Kelly graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Theater Performance and has been intensively and competitively trained in many forms of dance since age nine. She holds her certifications as a Zumba Basics and SPIN Instructor as well as a Holistic Health Coach. She is the creator and owner of Shine On Movement, which combines her passions for Theater Education, Dance Fitness and Health Coaching under one business.
Stephanie Wells, (Music Director), is a music director, vocal coach, piano instructor, and accompanist. She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Musical Theater Performance. She has been teaching for 8 years in chicago and NYC. She has worked with TADA!, The Leadership Program, NYU, New School, Brooklyn Friends School, USDAN, and P.S. 107 in NYC.
Laura Danette, Director/Choreographer, is a veteran of TADA! since 1996. Laura brings a wealth of experience from her performing career. Credits include: NYC/Tours: CHICAGO (Hunyak), MY ONE AND ONLY (w/Georgia Engel), GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (w/Morgan Fairchild), Radio City's Disney Summer Magic (w/The Rockettes), Tribute to Hollywood's Showgirls (Avery Fisher Hall), THE PROMISED LAND (Off Bway), WEST SIDE STORY, DAMN YANKEES, FUNNY GIRL, SUGAR BABIES, THE KING AND I and many more. Her other NYC teaching credits include: City Center Encores Educational Program, Camp Broadway, Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and the Off-Bway Theater 315?s Young Broadway Experience w/PPAS. Most recently, she choreographed The King and I, Jr., Guys and Dolls, Jr., and Annie, Jr. for NEST+m on NYC's Lower East Side. Other favorite projects include: CHICAGO (RegionalTour), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, CRAZY FOR YOU (JSUniv-AL), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, LOVE?S LABOURS LOST (Off Bway's American Globe Theatre), PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Helen Hayes), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (L.A. Children?s Civic Light Opera, Hewitt School), CHANGE REACTION (Children's Theater Co.-Peekskill, Friendship Ambassadors of the UN), L'Histoire du Soldat (Off Bway-choreographed and performed w/George Merritt), NYLife 150th Birthday Celebration (Madison Square Garden w/Marvin Hamlisch, Liza Minelli), Glamour Magazine and DK Publishing Industrials and the MTV video VICTORY w/Kool & the Gang, which won an American Music Award. Her published CD, Pre-Ballet for Beginners, w/Dennis Buck is available through Kimbo Educational Records. Laura holds a BFA Dance/French from UNC-Greensboro, is a proud member of Actors Equity Assoc., and is passionate about teaching and encouraging dancers of all ages.
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Music Director, is also a composer and Teaching Artist in NYC. Her music directing credits include many Off and Off-Off Broadway shows as well as the first national tour of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Kristen's compositions have been performed at theatres and cabarets around the country, and two of her shows have been premiered in New York City by Red Fern Theatre Company. Kristen has a BA in Music from Franklin & Marshall College and a Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied with Nigel Osborne. Kristen began teaching at age 17 in Seattle, where she grew up. In the Seattle area, she worked with such organizations as Youth Theatre Northwest, Washington Academy of Performing Arts and Cornish College for the Arts. Since moving to New York City eight years ago, Kristen has taught for TADA! Youth Theater, Broadway Classroom and On and Off Broadway, in addition to working as a private vocal coach. She has also taught special education programs through several TADA! residencies.