Alisa is thrilled to be teaching at NEYT. She recently relocated to Brattleboro from New York City. As a performer, Alisa has appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice), Grease! (Frenchy), and in the original cast of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Silly Girl). Some of her favorite regional and stock roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Theatre-By-The-Sea), Judy in A Chorus Line (Stages St. Louis), and Her/Barb in Romance/Romance (Fulton Opera House).
Amy graduated from Eckerd College in 1994 with a BA in Theater. Performed in professional and community theaters in the Tampa Bay Area. She has taught acting and performance to children and is actively involved in the performing arts enrichment programs at Academy School, where she has been the School Nurse since 2009. Amy directed the Brattleboro performance of Birth: The Play in 2006.
Darlene has 15 years experience directing camps and after-school programs. As a parent of a child with disabilities she brings the desire to help all children discover their unique abilities and talents. Darlene has worked for many years at the Farm & Wilderness Day Camp as assistant-director.
David worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He worked as a clown (with pictures to prove it!) then worked as an actor, touring and in repertory. David directed for many years, and now teaches and directs at the Birmingham School of Acting in Birmingham, which is one of the UK's largest vocational Drama Schools.
Deb has been working at NEYT since her daughter, Juliana was in her first play in 2003. Recognizing that something wonderful was happening, Deb quickly became involved, offering her extensive professional photography and graphic design expertise for the benefit of the theatre.
Deniz Cordell, a graduate of Brandeis University, comes from a diverse background in theatre and music – working extensively as a performer, vocalist, pianist, accordionist, arranger, conductor, and stage and musical director. While at Brandeis, he served as stage, musical director and conductor for the University premieres of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Leonard Bernstein's Peter Pan, for which Mr. Bernstein's daughter Nina crafted a special narration (now available from Boosey & Hawkes).
Eric has worked in the theatre as a director, playwright, performer and mask and puppet maker. His first solo performance using puppets, Autumn Potraits, won the critics award at the International Puppetry Festival in Adelaide, Australia in 1983. In 1982, Eric founded Sandglass Theatre in Munich, Germany, with his wife Zeller Bass, and they moved Sandglass to Vermont, in 1986.
At 15 I became involved with youth theater as a performer and student at the Upper Darby Summer Stage. Four years later I began teaching improvisation for that same theater. Youth theater opened the door to my future and provided me with friends who remain among the closest in my life.
Jennifer Moyse is an actress, singer, and dancer who's performed extensively from New York City to Los Angeles in theater, musicals, film and television. She received a B.F.A. in acting from N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts and studied dance at Broadway Dance Center while also on dance scholarship at Steps on Broadway.
Jerry is a founding member of NEYT, and was part of NEYT's first board. He has been involved in just about every NEYT production since the premiere show, as either lighting designer or as a mentor to lighting design students. For 26 years he was the Lighting Director for the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusettes at Amherst and he has designed shows throughout the region.
John was a founding member/Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Co, where he acted, taught and directed for twenty years and founded the company's Summer Training Program; he was also the co-founder/Artistic Director of Counterpoint Theater Company, Boston.
Julianne began assistant directing NEYT productions with Little Women in the spring of 2006 and went on to assist several shows including The Miracle Worker, The Jungle Book and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has appeared in alumni productions of The Importance of Being Ernest and Tartuffe, as well as in NEYT’s Happy Faces and Hard Knock Lives.
Kevin has traveled the world to both teach and study circus, theatre and yoga. As the artistic director of Circus Minimus he has directed residencies and performances that have touched the lives of over 100,000 children and their families. In 2001 he was awarded an Excellence in Education award from the UA.
Laura came to NEYT with her two home-schooled daughters, Allie and Emma. Having spent their childhood dressing up and play-acting, the girls were ready for real theater. They quickly became very involved at NEYT and Laura found herself taking photos and acting as the Front of House manager first in the old theater and then in the new.
Laura received her Masters Degree in Education from Antioch/New England. She also studied in the Dance/Movement Therapy program. Since the late 1970s Laura has been a creative drama and movement artist in the classroom with elementary students, taught photography, and directed many drama productions.
Recently arrived from Sweden, Michelle appeared as a quiet, efficient volunteer, helping at the theatre where her daughter Kristina was enthusiastically plunging into productions and courses. She's now the Managing Director, juggling everything from scheduling to course admin to ticket reservations.
Naomi was in the audience of NEYT’s first-ever show. From there, she took classes and performed in the early days, at the original main street theater. Naomi graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology and Playwriting. She is an Alumna of Double Edge Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program (2008-2010). Before rejoining the NEYT team in summer 2013, Naomi completed a year-long residency at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of its Professional Apprenticeship/Internship program. Naomi’s plays have been produced by Middlebury College, PTP/NYC, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Peter is a singer, choir director, storyteller, dance teacher/caller, and composer/arranger. He recently released the book and companion CD Beatitudes: Amidon Choral Arrangements. A freelance musician, Peter performs with his partner and wife, Mary Alice, at major music and dance fesitivals, folk camps of song and dance, and elementary schools.
Peter received his BA and doctorate from Brandeis University and studied mime and clown in Mexico with Sigfrido Aguilar and with Tony Montanaro at the Celebration Mime-Theatre School. Peter has directed numerous productions for NEYT, including The Crucible, Playboy of the Western World and many of Shakespeare's plays.
Rebecca is a director and educator with an extensive background in theater, film, and television. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard who has spent many years acting professionally in NYC, LA and in regional theaters across the country.
After a series of less than distinguished appearances in Summer stock in 1965 with the likes of Dorothy Lamour, Jayne Mansfield, and Constance Bennett ( yes, that Constance Bennett!), Rick decided to go technical. Two years of poverty and joy ensued, building and lighting sets in Canada, and traveling such shows as “Murder in the Cathedral” and “Playboy of the Western World” in the provinces.
Robin is a founding member of the famed Eggplant Players Improv Troupe and has won numerous Gold Medal awards at Clown Conventions. Robin has toured the East Coast with her comedy for 20 years and is a Master Improv teacher. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.
"Sandy plays a role in just about every sort of decision and project at the NEYT, large and small, from programming and general management to the intricate details of stage and set. When it all becomes too much, she retreats to her remote hideway far above the Green Room, where she creates extraordinary costumes for all the casts.
Shoshi's involvement with NEYT began with its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has danced leading roles in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Tiny Tim's Christmas at NEYT, among others, choreographed NEYT's The Music Man, and co-directed its summer Music Theatre Camp.
Founder and Artistic Director of the New England Youth Theatre
Stephen Stearns has been teaching, directing and performing as a professional clown, mime and actor for 38 years. He has a post doctorate degree in acting from England's famed London Academy (LAMDA). He received his MA in directing ('Best Director Award' 1968) and PhD in Elizabethan and Scandinavian Drama, both from the University of Washington, Seattle.