Mary Howe (Teaching Artist), is originally from Fredericksburg, VA. She now lives in Philadelphia and is pursuing a career in acting. She earned her BFA in Musical Theater from The University of The Arts in 2019. Some of her favorite previous credits include: Regional- Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Fiddler on the Roof (Chaveleh), UArts- Hunchback of Notre Dame (storyteller), Parade (Iola Stover), A Chorus Line and Cabarets-New Voices Cabaret, Rev Theatre’s 1940’s Cabaret. Shortly after graduating, she choreographed and taught dance at The Walnut Street Theatre. She then went on to Assistant Direct at The WST. She has been cast in multiple shows at The Broadway Theatre of Pitman and is excited to continue her career in theater on and off stage!
Nathan Kruman (Musical Director) is a local Musical Theatre educator and Cultural Arts specialist. No stranger to the stage, Nathan has performed as an actor, singer, dancer, pianist, and music director at the University of Pennsylvania’s Mask & Wig and Penn Players ensembles, and most recently with Black Box Studios and Envision Theater. He has directed, created and staged multiple shows and events at schools and colleges in Philadelphia, Boston, and now, in Bergen County. His stage credits include, “Cabaret”, Circle Mirror Transformation”, ”Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “Working”, and among his directing and musical directing credits are "Aladdin", “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Milk and Honey”, “To Live Another Summer, To Pass Another Winter”, and numerous original theatre workshops.
Rebecca Lopkin (Artistic Director/Founder) is a professional theatre arts educator for over 20 years. She creates and teaches original educational theater workshops and directs productions throughout the New York and New Jersey area with students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. StandUp/SpeakUp:an anti bullying program through theater, is an original program Ms. Lopkin created to specifically address the needs of elementary school children in the wake of the "bullying crisis" in our schools. She also directs the theater program at Camp Shoshanim in Lakewood, Pa. As a Teaching Artist, Ms. Lopkin partners with Lincoln Center Theater, and serves at the Director of Performing Arts at Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck, NJ. She is a graduate of New York University’s program in Educational Theatre where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts. Ms. Lopkin is also a certified teacher. Some recent acting credits include: ‘Mary, Mary’ as Tiffany and ‘Love Letters’ as Melissa (Teaneck New Theatre), ‘Miss Reardon Drinks a Little’ as Catherine, `Sweeney Todd` as Johanna, `Into the Woods` as The Witch (Black Box), Boo in 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' (Open Tent Theater).
Mackenzie Newbury (Teaching Artist) is a performer and teaching artist originally from Central Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America and has lived and worked professionally in the DC, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York City regions. She has choreographed many productions from “Annie Jr” for middle schoolers to “Young Frankenstein” at the university level, music directed “A Chorus Line” for high schoolers and taught theatre, movement and dance to students as young as 3. She is also currently a dance teacher and choreographer for Domination Dance Team in Philadelphia, PA. As a performer, her favorite professional credits include Fiona (Shrek), Sally (Cabaret), Ulla (The Producers), Lois/Bianca (Kiss Me Kate), Nellie (South Pacific), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) and the title role in Evita. Mackenzie-Newbury.com.
Sabrina Alamo(Teaching Artist) is a New Jersey based actress and teaching artist for grades K-12. She is a recent graduate of Kean University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and regularly performs in educational children's theatre shows in schools across New Jersey and New York. She has had the pleasure of teaching and assistant teaching various classes in acting, play making, musical theatre, playwriting, and stagecraft with Illuminart Productions, Phoenix Productions, Premiere Stages, and the Kean University Theatre Conservatory. Sabrina is also a member of the Actors' Equity Association's EMC Program. Some of her theater credits include: "Flowers: A Thorny Romance Story" (PPADC),“Itzel: The Pirate Queen”, "Return to Sender" (New Plays for Young Audiences), “Brick City”, "Las Cruces" (Premiere Stages), “Comedy of Errors” (Kean Players on Tour). www.sabrinaalamo.com
Stuart Nager(Teaching Artist) is Creative. From Improvisation to a wide range of Theater Arts training, Stuart guides his classes in a hands-on journey that is fun, safe, and enriching. Adding to the mix, Stuart is a Professional Storyteller, and a published Creative Writer. He has led groups in all of these creative and critical thinking programs. Stuart holds two MAs (Educational Theater; Oral Tradions), a NYS Theater Teacher certification, and has experience as a Professional Development Facilitator for the NYC DOE.
Sarah Feinmark (Teaching Artist) has been working on and off the stage for many years. She graduated with a degree in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, a minor in theatre arts, an Arts Certificate, and a minor in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory. After college, she received a certificate from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, While actively auditioning, she got the opportunity to teach at several theaters and small schools before getting the chance to work with the Missoula Children's Theatre, the company with which she has spent the past several years, travelling the country and even getting the chance to go overseas. She spends her mornings building creative care programming at the JCC on the Palisades, and freelancing as a teaching artist. Sarah is currently a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program and a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.
Kyiana Vargas (Teaching Artist) Kyiana Andrea Vargas is a Bilingual Educator and Actress. She graduated in 2017 with a degree in Theatre Performance from Kean University. Since her time in university she has become a Teaching Artist with Theatre’s all over North Jersey. NJPAC, George Street Playhouse, Premiere Stages, ATC Studios, The Theatre Project, Envision Theater are some to name a few. Aside from being a Teaching Artist, she has also spent time with Teatro Sea and Teatro Circulo in New York as an usher, volunteer, stage manager, and translator. She hopes to one day own her own company, and travel internationally spreading the awe of Theatre everyone should know and love.
Leora Hyman (Teaching Artist) is a Rutgers Theater Arts grad and long-time theater lover and enthusiast. Leora served as the head of the theater department at Camp Mesorah for two years where she discovered her love for teaching and sharing the skills and knowledge she has acquired. In addition to being a Teaching Artist, Leora is also a trained actor, singer, and director. She has worked on and performed in over 40 different productions in the U.S. and abroad. Through these productions, she's had the opportunity to be involved with the full theater production life cycle including performing, directing, casting, set building, and costume, light and sound design.
Beth Selter(Teaching Artist)has been working in professional and regional theater for over 30 years. She graduated with a B.A. as a Theater Arts major from Queens College after performing in Israel while a student at Hebrew University, received a post-graduate degree from the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts and interned at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Beth has been directing Youth Theater in New York/New Jersey schools since 1996 and served as Drama Director for the NJY CAMPS at Camp Nesher for 17 years. Additionally, Beth writes and performs her own one-woman Cabaret shows in and around NYC accompanied by the famed Mr. Alex Rybeck. These most personal shows tend to explore the challenges of her dual passions for the Performing Arts and her dedication to living a traditional, Torah inspired life. Beth has also performed with Black Box Studios’ Professional Ensemble group in Teaneck, NJ and the JCC Palisades Players. Additionally, she coaches voice, theater and public speaking from her home studio in Wesley Hills, NY.
Sarit Perl (Teaching Artist) is a proud thespian who has always loved being involved in every aspect of showbiz, both onstage and off. Pegged as a “drama queen” at an early age, she has embraced the role of dedicated performer, acting in elementary and high school plays, participating in Camp Shoshanim's theater program, and now performing as a member of the Stern College Dramatics Society. Sarit has since returned to Shoshanim as an assistant in the theater program, where she gained experience in and passion for directing, designing, and stage managing. This coming summer, she is excited to take on the role of Assistant Director. Currently pursuing a shaped major in theater at Stern College for Women, in her spare time Sarit enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to showtunes, and standing in rush ticket lines at Broadway theaters.
Krystle Seit (Teaching Artist) is an arts educator, actor, arts administrator, and stage manager. Krystle has worked professionally in the theatre and theatre education field for over 15 years. Passionate about sharing theatre with children of all abilities and backgrounds as well as using it to teach lifelong learning skills and other content areas, she earned her BA in Theatre and NJ Teaching Certification for K-12 from Kean University. As an arts integration and theatre teaching artist, Krystle has worked with Imagination Stage, Hartley House, Premiere Stages, and Villagers Theatre. Additionally, she has led professional development workshops for Premiere Stages, Middlesex County College, and Imagination Stage. As a performer, Krystle was last seen playing MadisonNow in The Growing Stage's 8th Annual New Play Reading Festival staged readings of Back Cover. She is also a member of AATE and TYA/USA.
Leah Weintraub (Teaching Artist) is a college student with dreams of pursuing a career in drama and theater arts. Her love of the performing arts began when she was child, fostered in part by her mother’s collection of cast albums like West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. That, paired with yearly trips to see a Broadway show with her grandmother, further deepened her love of theater. Leah's passion for performance grew as she became involved in plays and productions at Camp Shoshanim (often directed by Rebecca Lopkin), throughout high school and in college. Leah’s obsession with Broadway and theater is evident by her Playbill collection, which features programs from shows she has seen, and shows she has been a part of. This past year, Leah had the opportunity to gain experience in the field of educational theater through her work at NCSY’s Camp Maor and the organization Drama for Life!, programs that provide opportunities for Jewish girls to be involved in the performing arts. When she is not onstage, Leah enjoys playing sports, spending time with her family and (much like her mother) listening to show-tunes.