Get to know us!

Kevin J. Kearins :

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.)

Stephanie Heckmann :

Stephanie Heckmann

Stephanie has been performing with KJK since the summer of 2003 and has been a staff member since 2013. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Hartford where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education. She also obtained a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Saint Joseph's. Stephanie was the recipient of KJK’s Youth Leader Award in 2019. She now teaches 3rd grade at an Arts Magnet School in Connecticut but still continues to come back to her home away from home, KJK Theatre Camp.

Gina Frye :

Gina Frye

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!

Jordan Singer :

Jordan Singer

Jordan Singer, a NY based actor, director, teacher and choreographer, is thrilled to be entering his 4th year on the KJK team! When not on the phone with Kevin, Jordan spends his time running the theater program at schools all around Westchester County.

Although his performing career has come to an end, acclaimed Tony Award watcher, Jordan can still be seen on Broadway in the audience of his favorite shows. Jordan, was also chosen to be a featured soloist at his 26th Karaoke Birthday Party.

Favorite roles include: Flower (The Tales of Hans Christian Anderson), Chef #2 (Hello Dolly), and Music Director (Annie Jr.)

Sami Canziani :

Sami Canziani

Sami Canziani has been involved with KJK Productions since 2008! She performed until 2017 when she began working in both the schools and at camp and she adores her KJK family. Currently she lives, works, and goes to school in New York City. While studying to be an art teacher, she works at PS87 William T Sherman Elementary School as a teachers assistant.

Jayden Hernandez :

Jayden Hernandez

Jayden has been attending KJK since 2015 after his 5th grade production of “Sound of Music”. Ever since then, he has been a part of countless KJK shows and joined their camp staff in 2019. Jayden has been performing since 2014 and some of his favorite roles include Sebastian (The Little Mermaid), Kurt (Heathers: School Edition), Officer Lockstock (Urinetown), and Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). Besides his photography/video editing business, Jayden is also continuing his education at Hunter College in New York City. Jayden loves returning to his KJK family every year and can’t wait to make more memories each year with some new and old friends!

Aidan Murphy :

Aidan Murphy

Aidan has been attending KJK since 2014 and has been apart of the staff since 2019. He has done countless shows around westchester with favorite roles including Melchior (Spring Awakening), Bobby Strong (Urinetown) and Kurt and Ram (Heathers: School Edition). He will be attending Temple University to study communications. He has found KJK to be one of the most welcoming and helpful home for theater and loves returning every summer over the last 8 years.

Brianna Ferra :

Brianna Ferra

Brianna has been attending KJK since 2015 and has been a staff member since 2019. Some feature roles she’s played have been Sandra in “All Shook Up”, Tanya in “Mamma Mia”, Isir in “Aladdin”, and Tracy in “Hairspray”. She’ll be attending Manhattanville to study Elementary Education in the fall. Brianna loves KJK because of how fun it is. She says: “KJK has such a warm and welcoming environment it feels like a second home. Every experience and memory that I’ve had from KJK are all great ones. KJK has given me confidence and a major love and appreciation for theater.”

Alice Tinari :

Alice Tinari

Alice is a young New York-based playwright, director, and poet studying at Pace University for her BA in directing. This year she made her New York City directorial debut with her play “The Leaves Change” at the New York Theater Festival. She is learning devised theater with the International Performance Ensemble and will be featured in the upcoming N.E.W Works at Pace Performing Arts fall 2023. She hopes to continue her studies to gain an MFA in playwriting and screenwriting. She is excited for this summer, it’s gonna be so fetch!

Nick Tinger :

Nick Tinger

Very excited and happy to be working with KJK, Nick Tinger is a Musical Director and Pianist. After graduating from Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School in Somers and completing 2 years at Berklee College of Music, COVID and the pandemic sent him home to seek out new opportunities. He started work at a restaurant in Yorktown Heights where he met Kevin Kearins one night and was asked to start his new journey with KJK. He played as a cocktail pianist at Traveler’s Rest during his Junior and Senior year of High School and has played in shows, such as: Cinderella (2016), Sister Act (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2016), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2017), The Addams Family (2018), Ragtime (2018), Into the Woods (2019), and more. He is also a pianist for the St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights.