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Lin Snider (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) is a founding member and current Artistic Director of the Out of the Box Theatre Company. She is a professional actress/singer/director/musical director/writer/professor. She has been on the faculty of the Music and Arts Department of Yeshiva College since 2006 where she has directed 26 full productions and taught many theater courses. She has performed in cabaret, TV, film and primarily on stage in regional theaters, Off-Broadway and in the National Tour of Anything Goes with Mitzi Gaynor. She has also worked at, among others, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYU, SUNY Purchase, and several professional acting companies as a director, musical director and teacher of voice, acting and musical theater with students of all ages. Her children’s musical, CHANGE REACTION, has had several productions in the New York City area and her second one, HEARTSONG, is now being considered by several companies. MSW - Columbia University; MFA in Theater - Brooklyn College.
Kevin J. Kearins
Kevin J. Kearins, Producer and Artistic Director since 1982. He has produced more than 75 Mainstage and over 100 children's theatre productions in the Tri-state area. He also has implemented a successful after school theatre program in dozens of schools throughout Westchester County. He has had extensive training, both nationally and in Europe, in all aspects of Voice, Theatre, and Arts Administration. Mr. Kearins holds a Bachelors and Masters in Education/Theatre and is a member of SSDC (the professional national union of Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.)
Heather Hsieh is a New York City based performer, director and teaching artist who has worked on both stage and screen. As a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, she has performed nationally in family-friendly touring productions with favorites including Go, Diego, Go Live!, Dora the Explorer Live! with Nickelodeon and as Junie B. Jones on The Stupid Smelly Bus Tour. She received conservatory training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC and later completed her Bachelor’s at The New School with a concentration in musical theater and psychology. She is also a teaching artist with Treasure Trunk Theatre and Broadway Bound Kids. Musical theater has always been her greatest passion and she is very excited to be a part of the staff at KJK.
Suzie Hepker is a Teaching Artist living in New York City. Originally from Las Vegas, she attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a BA in Musical Theatre. After college, she hit the road and saw the country, working with both PBS and Nickelodeon on national tours of Dora the Explorer Live! and Go, Diego, Go Live! Currently she is a Teaching Artist with Disney Theatrical Group, a resident Director/Choreographer/Performer for Oasis USA marketing working with national brands including Peppa Pig, Thomas The Tank Engine and Sesame Street and spends her summers as Drama/Activities Director at Camp Skylemar, in Naples, Maine. She has made it her mission to inspire the next generation musical theatre lovers and performers alike.
Gina Noto has directed and choreographed with KJK Productions since 2000 both at camp and in various schools throughout Westchester. As a performer she has appeared in productions throughout Westchester with KJK Productions, White Plains Performing Arts Center and The Hope for Change Foundation, an organization that raises money for breast cancer research through theatrical productions. Some favorite credits include Disney's on the Record, Party Worth Crashing, Songs for a New World, Edges, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical and Les Miserables. While performing will always be her first love, she currently spends her days working as a school psychologist in a local High School!
Robert has been a member of the KJK family since his acclaimed performance as “Big Jule” in GUYS AND DOLLS during the summer of 1999. He started working for the camp in 2005 and served as Productions Manager of the company from 2013-2016. Simultaneously, he started working for the after school program in 2007 - and is still a staff member to this day! Over the last 13 years he has worked with thousands of children at 20+ different schools. Some of Robert's "KJK kids" have gone on to work professionally at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, White Plains Performing Arts Center, and even in School of Rock on Broadway!
Robert is currently a Talent Manager in the legit department at Baker Management. He came here in 2017 after starting as an intern at Dulcina Eisen Associates. His clients work everywhere from cruise ships to Regional Theatre, and National Tours to Broadway, on TV shows such as THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, SUCCESSION, and NEW AMSTERDAM, and films like BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE on Hulu and THE NIGHT HOUSE due to hit theatres this fall.
Samantha is a graduate of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, where she majored in Musical Theater, Vocal Music, and was a founding member of the ROAR acting company. Over the past several years, she has traveled the world performing and sailing the high seas as the Lead Vocalist on the MV Century, the MS Volendam, and the MS Voyager. Samantha was also Vocalist in the opening cast of Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan. In addition to her international work, Samantha has toured the nation with Theatre IV and Mad River Theater Works and has been seen regionally in many roles including three seasons with the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre where she was seen in Aladdin, Noah’s Ark, Suessical, Rudolph and as Mulan in Disney’s Mulan. A proud member of both Actor’s Equity and SAG-Aftra, She has been seen in various project on both the big and small screen including 2 season on The Following with Kevin Bacon. Samantha is incredibly excited to be joining the KJK team and is looking forward to helping to shape the next generation of artists!
Angela DeCicco discovered singing and a love for theatre at a very young age. She has served the Westchester community as a voice teacher following a career that includes performing in Broadway’s “Les Miserables”. She has performed Off-Broadway, National Tours and with many Regional theatres. In addition, Angela was a soloist with symphonies in both the US and Europe. Ms. DeCicco has been honored to sing back up for artists such as Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey, Barry Manilow, Harry Connick, Jr., Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Stephanie Mills and Broadway stars such as Patti LuPone, Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway, Keala Settle, Kristen Chenoweth, Renee Elise Goldsberry and more! She has also been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices Gospel choir for over 20 years. Angela is a graduate of SUNY Purchase where she studied opera and majored in Voice and received a BA in Music.
Her desire to teach was influenced by her own extraordinary teachers: Jessie Landsberg, Marianne Challis, and Beverly Myers. Angela focuses on vocal health for all styles of singing including Musical Theatre, Opera, R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Gospel. She works with her students on song interpretation, acting, and performance. She is dedicated to helping singers, dancers and actors of all ages and levels to achieve their individual needs and goals by de- mystifying the act of singing; from basic technique-building for local community and school productions to meeting the challenging demands of an 8-show week and rigorous rehearsal and touring schedules.
Voice lessons help vocalists to increase vocal range, build vocal strength, blend smoothly between head voice and chest voice, achieve mixed voice and belt coordinations, master multiple musical and vocal styles, sing high notes with ease, and most importantly, gain confidence for live, online and video performances.
Angela strives to bring the best out of each student and encourage enjoyment at all levels of singing-from the novice to the professional!
Jason Williams is a NY based performer most recently seen playing “Jesse” on the Broadway 1st national tour of “A Bronx Tale.” This Maryland native and University of Maryland graduate has been performing professionally for the last 15 years in National and International tours including “Dreamgirls” (Little Albert)in South Korea “Madagascar Live!” (Skipper)In the UK and China, and regionally in shows including “Tarzan,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,”and “Chicago.”
Jordan Singer, a NY based actor, director, teacher and choreographer, is thrilled to be joining the KJK team! Jordan studied theater at SUNY Purchase and has performed locally in productions at Clocktower Players and the Port Chester Council for the Arts. He has been teaching and directing at Star Kidz for four years. Favorite roles include, Edna in Hairspray, Cat in the Hat in Seussical and Fester in The Addams Family. Jordan enjoys working with kids year-round as a co-head of theater at Camp Hillard. His choreography can be seen on elementary and middle school stages all over Westchester county and he’ll never say no to a good sushi meal.
Anthony de Marte
Anthony de Marte began attending KJK Theatre Camp in 2009 and has been a staff member with KJK Productions since 2012. Anthony is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance. He is also an alumni of the Musical Theatre Dance Program at The School at Jacob's Pillow and the Physical Theatre Training Program at the Accademia dell'Arte. Anthony's choreography has been featured in the Jazz Choreography Enterprises’ Fall 2019 Jazz Dance Project in Manhattan, Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, and Teatro Virignian in Arezzo, Italy. Favorite performance credits include Elf (Surflight Theatre), West Side Story (Mill Mountain Theatre), and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (KJK Productions).
Julie de Marte
Julie de Marte attended KJK Theatre Camp for three years before becoming a staff member in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Arts Administration from Muhlenberg College. As a dancer for the past 18 years, her experience highlights include performing twice at Lincoln Center, attending the 2012 Olympics with her dance company, and performing leading roles in A Midsummers Nights Dream and The Nutcracker.
Stephanie Maszle is a professional voice over artist based in NYC. A graduate of the Ithaca College BFA Musical Theatre program, she has been performing professionally for the past years. Favorite jobs include High School Musical at the Papermill Playhouse in NJ, West Side Story at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in IN, and performing with Disney Cruise Line. Stephanie loves working with kids and has taught acting classes at various schools and programs. She has been working with KJK Productions for 7 years and her favorite color is green.
Jacquie Militano is a Jersey-raised/story-crazed actor, director and producer with 10+ years of production, coaching, performing and writing experience in the entertainment and media industries.
After graduating from George Mason University with a BA in Theatre and “Best Actress” honor, she appeared in and collaborated on various contemporary theatre projects with Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre and Primary Stages.
Previously seen performing with Disney Entertainment, at both Walt Disney World and World of Disney NYC in a number of productions including High School Musical Pep Rally, Snow White's Do Si Do, and Pirates in the Big Apple. Continued her Disney career as a DJ for Radio Disney NY, hosting the “Kids Concern Show” on-air and opening various Disney Channel concerts and live events across the tristate.
Jacquie founded her own production company, Q.U. Productions Co., as a place to create and develop original web series and digital media projects. The Anonymous Lives of John & Jane, which Jacquie stars in, is the first of many web series and is now in its 2nd season! The series received press accolades from The Skinny NYC, NetTV Now, and Broadway World.
Beyond Q.U., she grew her producing career as the accomplished Video Producer at CafeMedia. Following she headed up video production as the Senior Video Producer at The Knot Worldwide (formerly XO Group Inc.), leading all video strategy and creation for The Knot and The Bump.
She has directed and taught children's theater with Acting for Young People D.C., Manhattan Movement and Arts Center NY, Applause NY and Paper Mill Playhouse NJ.
Most recently she directed the incredibly talented casts of Edgemont High School's productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Shrek. Her and her one-year-old son can also be found starring in several videos for Babylist! And most importantly, she has been a member of the KJK Productions family since 2007!
Ricky Romano is proud to be a part of the KJK family. He is an active Music Director, Piano Instructor, and Vocal Coach in the New York Metropolitan Area. Ricky is currently the Music Director of the Off-Broadway revival Ruthless! The Musical at St. Luke's Theatre, working in tandem with it's original author and composer, Joel Paley and Marvin Laird, respectively. He received a bachelor's degree in Music Business and Business Administration from SUNY Potsdam. Other Music Directing credits - Off-Broadway: Ruthless! The Musical (Triad Theatre). Regional: Gypsy (Yorktown Stage), [title of show] (Westchester Sandbox Theater). Collegiate: Into The Woods (SUNY Potsdam MTO), Rent (SUNY Potsdam MTO), Hair (SUNY Potsdam MTO), On The Town (SUNY Potsdam Crane Opera Ensemble).
Kevin Quill is a music director and audition coach based in New York City. He grew up on Cape Cod, MA and after high school immediately moved to New York. While there he continued to study piano, voice, English Literature and acting with legendary coaches Harold Guskin and later Eric Morris in Los Angeles. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and is known for playing actor/musicians. His greatest joy is sharing what he has learned with the next generation.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Bethany Porter is thrilled to be joining KJK! Active as both a choral and vocal accompanist for many years, she has worked with such notable groups as the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Women's Chorus of Dallas, and the Young People's Chorus of New York, while pursuing her love of musical theater as pianist and/or music director in productions with Dallas-based Theater Three and the Garland Childrens' Theater, Westchester‘s Playgroup Theater and various high schools throughout the NYC area. Bethany received her Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she studied with Andrew Mihalso and Carolyn True, and her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where she studied with Christina Stanescu. In addition, she currently holds the position of Director of Music at St. David's Lutheran Church in Massapequa Park, New York. One of Bethany‘s greatest loves is helping kids discover the joy and love of music and performing, and watching them grow into strong, confident young artists and people! She currently resides in Manhattan, where she maintains an active performing and coaching schedule.
Dan is so happy to be a part of KJK’s team! A professional accompanist and pianist in NYC, he is also a working actor and singer. Dan just returned from traveling the world singing with Aida cruise line. Favorite destinations include Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Corsica. A graduate of the Hartt School for Music Theatre, Dan has been playing piano and performing since a young age and always finds joy in teaching kids because they remind you of the important things in life: friendship and snacks.
Will Rich is a pianist, music director, and educator from New City, NY. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he has music directed numerous school, youth, community, and regional theater productions throughout Rockland and Westchester counties. A classically trained pianist with an extensive background in musical theater and jazz, he teaches piano and voice lessons in Rockland in addition to performing and accompanying locally. He is currently pursuing a masters in collaborative piano at SUNY Fredonia.