Get to know us!
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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. Stephanie was the recipient of KJK’s Youth Leader Award in 2019. She now teaches 3rd grade in Connecticut but still continues to come back to her home away from home, KJK Theatre Camp.
Sami Canziani first attended KJK Theatre Camp when she was 7 years old and later became a counselor in 2016. She has been in countless shows with KJK and loves nothing more than helping to bring that same magic and energy she felt, to the kids over the summer in their productions.
Mark J. Parker
Mark J. Parker is an acting coach, filmmaker, casting director, digital content creator, podcaster, and SAG-AFTRA actor. Mark has worked on multiple films and TV shows in various capacities throughout the years, such as broadcast series "Ugly Betty" and "30 Rock" to cable shows like "Celebrity Ghost Stories" and "Celebrity Close Calls." He has been the casting director of the ABC hidden camera series "What Would You Do?" at ABC's Lincoln Square Productions for 7 seasons. Additionally, he's cast improv-based/soft-scripted TV specials, limited series, and reality series for broadcast, cable, and streaming networks since 2010, along with scripted independent films and video projects. After 40 North American film festival acceptances, his short film "Sticks" is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, and his next short "Family History" will be finished and screening later this year. He co-hosts and produces the entertainment podcast "Add This To Your List," and his most recent stage credits include: The Laramie Project (Clocktower Players, Irvington, NY), You Can’t Take It With You (St. Jean’s Players, NYC), Night of the Living Dead Live! (interACT Theatre Productions, NJ), and Dog Sees God (AlphaNYC Theater Co., NYC). He graduated from Fordham University and received a certificate in Producing from NYU’s School of Professional Studies.
Weston Chandler Long
Weston Chandler Long is an actor and puppeteer based in New York City whose work has been seen around the country. As a puppeteer, he has worked on Sesame Street and with The Muppets, and onstage in productions like Avenue Q (CT Critics Circle Award and BroadwayWorld Award nominations), The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Mr. Popper's Penguins, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, among others. He also teaches puppetry at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. He has been trained in the craft by Sesame Workshop.