Matt Dorter

Matt Dorter, Executive Director

Matt is a seasoned camp and theater professional with over 20 years staff experience at both day and resident camps. Matt graduated New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts with degrees in Theater and Applied Education and served as Company Manager of the New Acting Company in New York City.

Matt has toured with the National Theater for Children and has written, directed, and produced over 150 shows for children. Matt is a consultant on theatrical services for summer camps and is a presenter for the American Camp Association on theatrical best practices.

Matt is proud to be a founding member of the mainstages team and is passionate about the goal of using creativity to inspire social action and foster youth development through theatrical arts.

Jo'Lisa Jones

Jo'Lisa Jones, Artistic Director

Jo'Lisa brings her experience as an NYC actor and theatre activist to her work as Artistic Director. She is recognized for her creativity, dedication to diversity, equity and inclusivity, and fostering relationships with innovative artists. Jo'Lisa has performed with many NYC theaters and partnered with organizations that specialize in elevating the voices of marginalized communities. She has used applied theatre to work closely with people of all races, genders, and neuro-diversities. Jo'Lisa co-founded and now is President of the Board of EMIT Theatre Company. She is passionate about continuing to build a safe, inclusive, innovative and educational mainstages community.

Courtney Cook Naftz

Courtney Cook Naftz, Director of Programming

Courtney brings her passion and creativity to the role of Director of Programming, where she leads the programming division overseeing and creating innovative year-round school and nationwide summer camp programs. For the past 15 years, Courtney has worked as a professional actress performing and touring with Regional Theater companies, has worked Off-Broadway and in Television and Films. She has developed virtual and in-person Theater programming for children, worked as a Teaching Artist within the NYC School District and is an Acting Coach for both youth and adult actors. She is excited to bring her experience and passion for children's theater education to mainstages. Her main goal is to create inclusive and engaging programming that creates a safe space for children of all ages and backgrounds to expand their creativity and imaginations.

Sara Hymes

Sara Hymes, Director of Performances

Sara brings almost 15 years of experience as a theatre creator, collaborator, and educator to her work as Director of Performances. After earning a BFA in Musical Theatre, a Certificate of Advanced Theatre Training with the Moscow Arts Theatre School, and an MFA in Acting, Sara has been performing in professional regional and New York City theatres, national commercials, and as a long-time ensemble member with Brooklyn's Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. She has developed and facilitated virtual and in-person professional leadership programming, and has taught and directed young actors in camps and educational programs at American Shakespeare Center, Mary Baldwin University, and Elm Shakespeare Company. Sara truly believes in the power of live performance to develop and promote empathy, imagination, and community.

Elizabeth Harvey

Elizabeth Harvey, Program Manager

Elizabeth brings her experience in education and love of creating theater to her role as the Program Manager at mainstages. She holds her B.A. in Performing Arts from Clemson University and her M.S. in Educational Theater from The City College of New York. Her graduate school thesis group earned the Bertram Empstein Award for Excellence in Research and was presented at the NYU Forum on Ethnodrama. She has performed in multiple children's shows in NYC and worked on many in-school student productions, in directing, choreographing, costuming, and puppet building. Elizabeth taught theater in NYC public schools where she worked with students in pre-k through twelfth grade. During her time teaching she created curriculum for schools that did not previously have theater programming and put on multiple student showcases. She believes in theater as a tool for discovering one's self-identity and is passionate about bringing it to students across NYC.

Eva Casey

Eva Casey, Marketing and Engagement Strategist

In her role as Marketing and Engagement Specialist, Eva focuses on social media, digital content creation, and brand management. Since March 2020 she has been helping innovate mainstages' virtual offerings - with a pivotal role in the creation of our new digital products. Previously, in Eva's role as Program and Performance Coordinator, she managed a wide variety of projects for the company. She has also been a Teaching Artist and Performer with mainstages since 2018. Currently, Eva performs and teaches for our remote programs and performances, specializing in anything for younger audiences that requires a fun character or puppet.