The CENTER's teaching staff have degrees in their field and are carefully screened prior to employment.
Teen Musical Theater, Magic of Disney, Auditioning
Kevin is the Director of Community & Public Relations for The CENTER. He holds a BA from St. Edward’s University in Theatre Arts. In addition to his work at the CENTER, Kevin teaches Stagecraft & Design and Acting at SUNY Dutchess. Kevin is a professional actor, working in theater, film and television for over 30 years and regularly acts, directs and choreographs here at the CENTER and throughout New York.
Diana di Grandi
Stage Director, Kids on Stage Theater Program
Managing Director of the theatrical company, Up In One Productions, Ms. di Grandi is a veteran producer, director and actor. She studies with Tim Phillips at his Actor's Studio in NYC, and has worked in community and regional theater as well as Off-off Broadway. Her credits include Annie (Producer), I Remember Mama (Director), Mame (Vera Charles, Co-director/Producer), The Odd Couple (Director/Producer), Alice in Wonderland (Director), Kiss Me, Kate (Director), Babes in Toyland (Director), The Glass Menagerie (Amanda Wingfield), Cinderella (Director), Steel Magnolias (M'Lynn), Love Letters (Melissa), Same Time, Next Year (Director/Producer), Agnes of God (Sister Miriam Ruth), The King and I (Producer), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle), The Heiress (Cathrine Sloper) and Medea (Medea).
Education Director, Little Kids on Stage, Intermediate
Babette is the Education Director for The CENTER. She holds a Masters Degree at Marist College in Communications & Organizational leadership and a Bachelors Degree in Radio/TV/Film from California State University at Long Beach. As Education Director, she is responsible for all youth programs, including camps, workshops, field trips, Saturday Morning Family Series and children's productions.
In addition to her work at The CENTER, Babette teaches Communications at Marist College.
Little Kids on Stage, Kids on Stage Intermediate, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Voice
Shannon been working as a Teaching Artist for THE CENTER since 2005, directing or assisting many camps including Little Kids on Stage, Little Kids on Stage Intermediate, Stage Combat, and Shakespeare. This year she is excited to introduce a new camp focused on Vocal Technique for Singers. Shannon originally hails from Red Hook, NY and holds both a BA in Music and a BA in Theatre from Muhlenberg College. Shannon received conservatory training in physical theatre from the Accadmia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy with emphasis on mask work and commedia dell'arte.
Currently residing in Philadelphia as a member of The Enchantment Theatre Company (2009-2011 National Tours "The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, 2012-2103 Symphony Tour "Mother Goose"), Shannon serves as Lead Teaching Artist for Enchantment's "Magic, Masks, And Puppetry" Philadelphia School Residency Program. She is also excited to be in her second season as a Voice Teacher with Swedesboro Performing Arts Academy in Swedesboro, NJ. "Part of my heart is always here in the Hudson Valley and I am glad for every opportunity to be part of this community! Big thanks to The Center for continuing to invite me back!"
Shakespeare, Stage Combat Instructor
Caitlyn is a native resident of Hyde Park, and graduated last May with her BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia. Since then, she has worked professionally, touring with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre in Minnesota, and she attends school at Western Illinois University for her MFA in Acting. At WIU she works with some of the best professionals in the stage combat realm. She is certified in both broadsword and unarmed with the Society of American Fight Directors, as well as in numerous weapons with Dueling Arts International. This summer Caitlyn plans on attending an Unrehearsed Shakespeare Workshop in Eureka, Illinois, while assistant teaching at a three week long stage combat workshop for the SAFD. She is happy to be escaping from the flat terrain of the mid-west and returning to NY for several weeks. With a full brain of knowledge now, she is excited to give back to the community that gave so much to her.
Stage Combat, Theater workshops
Jessalyn is a SUNY New Paltz graduate with a BS in Theatre Arts: Performance. She currently works for Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in Santa Fe, NM as their House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Jessalyn is looking into Graduate programs in both Theatre Arts Management and Directing. She is excited for the next chapter in her theatre career and thanks The CENTER for being a part of her journey.
Stage Director, Kids on Stage Theater Program
Lisa holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College. She spent many years as a professional actor, working in theater, film and television. Lisa is a familiar face to audiences at The CENTER and around the Hudson Valley, having appeared in over 20 shows. Recent roles include Rose in "Gypsy," and the upcoming CENTERstage production of "Tommy" as the Acid Queen. She is currently directing the hilarious "Psycho Beach Party." She loves working with young people and the theatre, and feels extremely fortunate to be able to do both.
Little Kids on Stage, Kids on Stage Intermediate, Kids on Stage Performance
Morgan holds a degree in theater from SUNY New Paltz has also attended SUNY Fredonia's theatre program, where she was part of the deck crew for Fredonia's production of A Christmas Carol. She is a regular performer at The CENTER.
Barbara E. Melzer
Barbara has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, evening division; The British American Acting Academy in London, intensive study of Shakespearean Acting and Restoration Comedy, and has a Master’s degree in Theater Arts in Directing and Set Design from LIU C.W.Post. She has directed on the elementary, high school, and college level, as well as, community theater.
Artistic and Managing Director, Shakespeare Camp
Lou holds a Bachelor's Degree in Dramatic Literature from Hofstra University and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national honor society of college dramatics. He also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College/CUNY and is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society of public administrators, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society of business administrators. Lou has been actively involved in the theater for over 40 years and regularly acts, directs, designs, produces, and stage manages.
Joseph Fasolino, David Inge, Marta Fuerst, Sarah Hohmann