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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.)
Lia Veley has directed and choreographed with KJK Productions since 2009 both at camp and with various school productions. She now is the office manager for KJK Productions as well as the Program Director for the summer camp. Lia found her love of theatre through KJK when she became a camper in 2005 and hasn’t left since! She holds a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication/Production from the University of New Haven and currently is working with NBC Sports in addition to her time at KJK Productions.
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 at the Teatro Virignian in Arezzo, Italy and Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, New York. Favorite performance credits include Elf (Surflight Theatre), West Side Story (Mill Mountain Theatre), and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (KJK Productions).
Jasmine Canziani is a recent graduate of Wagner College in New York City with a degree in Theatre/Speech and Dance. While at Wagner she performed in multiple plays, musicals and dance concerts. Some of her favorite credits include Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins and Claire in Proof. Jasmine recently returned from touring with Pickles Theatre Company by EITC, performing original shows around France and Belgium. She consistently works as an Assistant Director, Choreographer and Dance Teacher while pursuing a career as an Actor. Jasmine loves getting to share her knowledge with the next generation through the opportunities given to her by KJK!
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.
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).
Stephanie Heckmann will be a college graduate as of May 2019, when she will receive a dual bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Hartford. Stephanie began attending KJK Theatre Camp in 2003 and has been a staff member since 2014. As a camper, Stephanie always anxiously anticipated her summers at KJK as it was always her favorite part of summer. As a counselor, Stephanie has always tried to recreate that same experience she had at camp for her own campers. Stephanie is thrilled to be continuing her journey with KJK Productions.