GET TO KNOW THE NY THESPIANS BOARD
Julie Congress is the New York Chapter Co-Director of the Educational Theatre Association. She is also a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of No.11 Productions. No.11 credits include: Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail!, Coosje, A Christmas Carol, Quest for the West: Adventures on The Oregon Trail!, Medea, The Elephant Man – The Musical, Lysistrata, MythUnderstood, We Three, Claire and the Ornithological Shadow, and Jet of Blood. Julie holds a BS in theatre from Skidmore College and has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Contact Julie at email@example.com or www.no11productions.com.
Ryan Emmons is the New York Chapter Co-Director of the Educational Theatre Association as well as a founding member/Co-Artistic Director of No.11 Productions. Select directing credits with No.11 Productions include Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail!, A Christmas Carol, Medea, MythUnderstood and Jet of Blood. Ryan was the SDC Observer for Ghost the Musical on Broadway and is currently the Assistant Director for Matilda the Musical (Broadway). Ryan has directed projects for Home Made Theatre (NY), Kentucky Repertory Theatre (KY) and Columbia University (NY). He has studied at both the British American Drama Academy and the Royal Shakespeare Company and holds a BS in Theatre from Skidmore College. Contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Drum, Mark Drum is the STO Coordinator and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Theatre Arts. While at UNC, Mark was featured in the University marketing ranging from their commercial, website and print ads. He has been a loyal Thespian and active volunteer for the Educational Theatre Association, helping out at several junior festivals, state conferences as well as the International Thespian Festival. In 2006, he was selected to be an International Thespian Officer as the Publications Editor/Secretary/Webmaster. Mark is a resident actor at The Flea Theatre in Tribeca and was a Quadling in Disney’s Oz the Great & Powerful. You can reach Mark via email at email@example.com or find him on facebook/twitter: @whoismarkdrum.
Lindsay Shields teaches drama at Flushing High School, Troupe #7892, in Queens. She serves on both the New York and NorthEast Thespian Boards. She studied theater at Brevard College in North Carolina and received her Master's in Educational Theater from New York University. She is pursuing a Masters of Theater Studies in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. She is involved in several off-broadway productions as Technical Director and Stage Manager. Contact Lindsay at: 917-952-4559, firstname.lastname@example.org, the FHS drama website, or on Twitter and Instagram, @ActingPolitical.
Shara Ashley Zeigar: is a working actor and teaching artist in addition to sitting on the NY State Board. She's worked Off-Broadway, National Tours and in various smaller theaters in NY and across the country. On-camera Shara's worked with MTV, VH1, ABC, National Geographic, on-line with CollegeHumor and in the hit web series Famous Farrah. Shara runs her own voiceover studio and recently narrated the audio book Lil Mz. Understood available soon at Audible. She produces through The Platform Group, and recently directed Showstoppers, a musical theater camp at Queens Theater in the Park. She is an alum of Ithaca College, The National Theater Institute, and UCB. Contact Shara at: email@example.com, www.SharaAshleyZeiger.com, 215-833-4914 or on Twitter, @SharaAshleyZ.
Larry Fogarty has taught at ACORN Community HS since 2011 and in NYC since 2009, though he started in South FL in 2004. He moved to New York City (NYC) in 2009 from South Florida to teach in the NYC public schools and earn his Master's degree from The City College of New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and taught Drama in Plantation, Florida before deciding to move to the Big Apple. As a theatre teacher, he feels that it is important to come to the one place where theatre is at its heart. He relishes the opportunity to work with students to help them attain success and prepare for the future as "success is the ONLY option!" Contact Larry at: 718-789-2258 or www.mrfogarty.com.
Chip Killingsworth: Chip is the Director of Student Recruitment at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has worked in theatre education for five years, and in college admissions for 14 years. He prides himself on having traveled to five of the seven continents and has lived in three of the four corners of the United States. Contact Chip at: 212-376-8579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Mitchel is a former Florida Thespian, a NYC-based performer, and a graduate of the Emerson College theatre department. Contact Sarah at: (212) 840-0770 or Mitchel@broadwaycares.org
Luke Weidner serves as workshop coordinator.
Erin Moughon is a the Junior Thespians Coordinator.
GET TO KNOW THE NY STATE THESPIAN OFFICERS (STOs)
Abeizer attends Valley Stream Central High School. He is currently a third year member of the district-wide Performing Arts Program, concentrating in musical theatre. He has appeared on stage in many of Central’s theatrical productions including Hairspray, Godspell, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, Legally Blonde and the student directed annual production of An Evening of One Acts. He is currently splitting his focus by being involved in An Evening of One Acts and Cabaret. Abiezer is a passionate lover of the arts, and enjoys being involved in whatever way he can. He is very excited to be a NYSTO, and to experience a leadership position of this kind.
Alexis attends Great Neck South High School.
Bella attends Great Neck South High School. This is her first year as a NY State Thespian Officer. Along with being an STO, at Great Neck South’s Theatre Department, Isabella is an active board member as well as the Costume Chief for all of her school’s shows. Along with being a participant of the on-goings on backstage, Isabella performs in every one of her school’s shows. Some of her former roles include a Cell Black Girl from Chicago and Mrs. Edith Frank from The Diary of Anne Frank. Isabella is currently in her school’s production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods and is playing the Baker’s Wife. Isabella is also a member of National Theatre for Student Artists. This past summer Isabella performed as Gail/Sacagawea in an original play written by Rae Binstock titled Expedition for the NTSA. Though she is only a junior, Isabella hopes to create a future with theatre, center stage.
Jack attends Great Neck South High School. He is incredibly excited to be an STO this year, especially since his fellow STO's are so great. His favorite roles include: Jack (Into the Woods) / Peter van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank) / Phelim O'Shaugnessy (Is He Dead?) It's going to be another great year for the International Thespian Society so get excited!
Jonathan attends Great Neck South High School. He is excited for his second term as a State Thespian Officer! He has stuck his toes in every part of the theater, from directing to acting to costume designing. Whether on the stage or behind the scenes, Jonathan always gives his all to a production! Past roles include: Bat Boy(Bat Boy: The musical)/ John Hinckley(Assassins)/ Gangster #1(The Drowsy Chaperone)/Baker(Into The Woods)/ "Not You" Girl(The Producers). He has directed such shows as Arsenic and Old Lace, 'Dentity Crisis, and most recently, the first ever amateur production of Disney's The Little Mermaid with Disney Theatricals. Jonathan encourages every theatre student in New York to reach out to each other and to the STO whenever possible- He's looking forward to a great year of theatre!
Noah attends Great Neck South High School. He is excited for his first year as an STO! He is a student of Great Neck South High School and a member of troupe 7486. His previous roles include Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Papa Leroux in Is He Dead?, and The Wolf/Cinderella's Prince in Into The Woods. Theatre is a sport when you believe.