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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!

Janine Nina Trevens
Executive & Artistic Director, x121

Amy Fiore
Managing Director, x116

Joanna Greer
Associate Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer, x117

Rod Christensen
Director of Education, x115

Carl Jaynes
Business Manager,  x119

Andy Bryant
IT Manager, x122

Maya Turner Singh
Education Programs Manager,  x118

Matthew Haws
Ensemble Manager, x132

Adrienne Scott
Marketing Manager, x133

Andrew Saladino
Development & Administrative Assistant, x135

Steve O'Shea
Resident Lighting Designer

Lester Thomas Shane
Resident Voice and Diction Coach

TADA! Board of Directors

  • Stephen T. Rodd, President
  • Laura S. Friedrich, Vice President
  • Don Healy, Secretary
  • Chalmers Browne, Treasurer
  • Sharon Alston-Harmon
  • Laura Esposito
  • Sheila Peluso
  • Erica Rivera
  • Janine Nina Trevens
  • 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 Staff Biographies

Janine Nina Trevens, Executive & 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.

Amy Fiore, Managing Director, has many years' experience as an arts administrator and came to TADA! from Vineyard Theater where she was the Director of External Affairs. Previously, Amy acted as the Associate 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 teaches Managing the Arts and Marketing the Arts with New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, has been a guest lecturer at NYU, Baruch College and with the Arts & Business Council of New York, among others. She currently teaches theater to children in New Jersey and has taught and directed theater arts through several children's programs in the tri-state area. Amy was also a performer and managing partner of the performing group The Improvoholics. Amy resides in Scotch Plains, NJ with her husband and 2 daughters.

Joanna Greer, Associate Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer, holds a BA in Musical Theater Performance and Dance from Columbia College Chicago. As a Director-Choreographer, Teaching Artist and Arts Administrator she has had the pleasure of working with numerous 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 over 12 mainstage musicals and 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan Lori-Parks at TADA! and The Public Theater.  Joanna is also the cofounder of NYC-based Kinetic Dance Theater, an artistic collective driven toward innovating dance theater, cabaret and musical theater performance. www.kineticdancetheater.org.

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.

Maya Turner Singh, Education Programs Manager, holds a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Theatre and Education from The Eugene Lang College at The New School and a MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU. Maya started as an Education intern during her junior year of undergrad in the fall of 2006. Shortly thereafter she became TADA!'s Education Associate and supported the efforts of the Education Department both as an administrator and a teaching artist. In 2009 Maya dedicated herself to full time teaching artist work with TADA! and a number of other arts and culture organizations in New York City, including The New Victory Theater, The Center for Arts Education, and The Park Avenue Armory. Maya has authored several arts education curriculum for the IDA school in Gurgaon, India and also for Global Partners Junior (an organization sponsored by former Mayor Bloomberg). Maya is also a founding member of Global Empowerment Theatre (GETheatre), a grass-roots Educational Theatre organization that brings English literacy through theatre workshops to under-privileged students in East Africa and India with plans to expand to South America in 2015. Maya serves as GETheatre's Director of Development and Project Director - GETIndia. 

Andy Bryant, IT Manager/Rental Manager, Past TADA! shows include The Prop Shop, The History Mystery, New York, New Year, Everything About Camp (Almost), The Little House of Cookies, Sleepover, Wide-Awake Jake and Everything About School, (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 specials 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.

Steve O'Shea, Resident Lighting Designer, Recent designs: The Perfect Monster, Apt. 3, Maggie The Pirate, They Chose Me! (TADA!), SubUrbia (Montclair State U.) Mere Mortals (Two River Theatre Co.), Last Easter (Drew University), Father Joy (NYC Summer Play Festival), Midsummer Night's Dream (Vital Theatre), Cloning Judson (Southern Rep., New Orleans), He and She (TACT), Aloha Say The Pretty Girls (Baruch), 12 Ophelias (Baruch), Murder In The Cathedral (University of CT), Laura's Bush (Vital Theatre), Late (Clubbed Thumb), Brainpeople (Hour Glass), Tristan Und Isolde, Magic Flute, Norma and Le Nozze di Figaro (Teatro de la Opera, San Juan, PR).

Lester Thomas Shane, Resident Voice & Diction Coach, is also on the faculty of The New Actor's Workshop. Trained by Edith Skinner, Lester's coaching credits include Merchant of Venice with Morris Carnovsky, Escape From Happiness, Orpheus Descending (T. Schreiber Studio) and New Music (The Mint Theater). He was invited to give the keynote address at the 2001 National Teaching Training Institute sponsored by PBS. His work as an actor, director and writer has been seen on television, film and the New York stage and in regional theater. Lester's award-winning one-man show, Mortal Coil, premiered at the First International New York Fringe Festival and has since played across the country. With Penelope Brackett he co-authored the recently published, Seven Keys To Success Without Struggle.

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.

Tammy Holder, Music Director, has been an Arts Educator for the past 15 years. As TADA!'s Resident Musical Director for TADA!, Tammy music directed all main stage productions, and taught private voice and music theater classes. Tammy continues to work for TADA! as a teaching artist in NYC public/private schools. Tammy was commissioned to compose an original bilingual musical for the Amistad Dual Language School in NYC. Outside NYC, Tammy has done residencies in Raleigh, NC, Madison, WI and upstate NY. She is also an accomplished music director here in NYC as well as all over the countryworking on the national tours of Gigi, Can Can and West Side Story.

Cindi Kostello, Music Director, is originally from Lowell Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Mass @ Lowell. As a performer, she has traveled the country in tours of Romeo and Juliet, Annie Get Your Gun, A Christmas Carol and Tony and Tina's Wedding, which she also served as music director. She also performed in the off-Broadway production of "Tony and Tina's Wedding". In addition to music directing for TADA!, Cindi also teaches Vocal Music at IS 228 in Brooklyn.

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!

Courtney Edwards, Director/Choreographer, graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in Theater. She has trained extensively in acting throughout New York City and in London at the British American Drama Academy and has been singing and dancing for many years. In addition to working for TADA!, Courtney assistant directed the nationally recognized Youtheatre in Lancaster, PA. She is also the founder and artistic director of Lending a Voice, a program designed for inner city youth to express themselves through creative dramatics and devised theater. Courtney is thrilled to be working for TADA! and is very excited to pursue her passion for theater education as a Teaching Artist in NYC. 

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.

Vernon Larsen, Music Director, returns to TADA! Youth Theater after a more than ten-year absence to serve as Musical Director. Moving to New York in 1984 from Seattle, Vernon used his piano skills to move through the venues of piano bar, cabaret, off-Broadway, and served as a keyboardist for the Third National Company of Les Miserables. It was while working for TADA! initially in the late 1990?s Vernon decided to return to school to become a certified teacher, and was accepted as a member in the 2001 cohort of NYC?s DOE Teaching Fellows program. He holds a master's degree in teaching from the University of Washington. He served as anHe moved back to NYC at the end of June 2013 to pursue his previous work as a professional musician and Teaching Artist. In addition to his TADA! position as musical director for children ages 4-16, he also plays professionally part-time as a club pianist, an accompanist for professional singers, and for private and corporate functions.