Nechama Friedman (Teaching Artist) is a young, ambitious, and enthusiastic makeup artist. She is a certified beauty makeup artist from Cinema Makeup school in Los Angeles as well as a certified special effects makeup artist from The Makeup Designery Academy in New York City. She has had the privilege of working on film sets for a variety of independent films, including many that were produced by students at Tisch School of Arts at New York University.
Jennifer Winkler (Teaching Artist) Jennifer Winkler is a writer, teacher, actor, and director, whose love of theater began shortly after birth. Her first language was “Julie Andrews” and her first words were, reportedly, “The hills are alive.” Directing her school friends and cousins for impromptu performances was the start of half a century of “bossing people around, but in a good way.” Since then, she has enjoyed an eclectic career, the highlights of which were writing for Playbill Magazine for over two decades, directing hundreds of plays in schools and camps in three states, and teaching English, Public Speaking, and Drama to grades 6-12. Jennifer lives with her all boy family and rescue kittens, in New York, where she Director of Dramatic Arts for HAFTR High School, and is currently working on starting a community theater troupe, while finishing her first novel.
Sarah Feinmark (Teaching Artist)Sarah Feinmark 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.
Sara Leone (Teaching Artist) is an actor, director, divisor, and designer. She is a graduate student in NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program and will graduate in May with her MA in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities. She has her BFA in Theatre Performance from Kean University and was last seen in NYU’s New Plays for Young Audience reading of Lucky Petra. This past fall she had the privilege of costume designing her first show Peter and The Starcatcher and is currently assisting on Radium Girls with through NYU Steinhardt. Other past favorite roles include: Daniel Tiger in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! (Nat’l Tour), Witch #4 in Macbeth (Kean), Betty in The Gamester (Kean), Shelley in Hairspray (Kean) as well as hanging out with Mickey Mouse and friends on the Disney Fantasy. www.SaraLeone.com
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).
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.ph here.
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.
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.
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.
Molly Lopkin (Assistant Teaching Artist)- Molly is an 11th grader at The Frisch school in Paramus. She is a life long "theater kid", taking classes and performing in plays from a very young age. She has studied acting and performance at Camp Shoshanim, a sleep away camp with a rigorous theater program. She has performed starring and supporting roles at many camps and at The Frisch School. She is currently rehearsing the role of Jo in A Few Good Men with the Frisch Drama Society. Molly is also a two time Poetry Slam (Yeshiva League) champion. She is also a violinist, playing since she was 4 years old. Molly loves creative writing, reading YA fantasy and art history.