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 strengthen theatrical arts in the youth movement.

Courtney Cook Naftz

Courtney Cook Naftz, Program Manager

Courtney is an NYC-based actress, teaching artist, and audition/monologue coach. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and earned her BFA in Theatre from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. For the last decade, she's performed and toured with Regional Theatres, worked Off-Broadway, and has developed theatre programming for children. Courtney is thrilled to join the mainstages team in the role of Program Manager, where she oversees and helps implement our year-round school programs and nationwide summer camps.

Jo'Lisa Jones

Jo'Lisa Jones - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

Jo'Lisa is an NYC-based actor and theatre activist. She has performed with many NYC theaters and partnered with organizations that specialize in elevating the voices of marginalized communities. Jo'Lisa has used applied theatre to work closely with people of all races, genders, and neuro-diversities. She is very excited to join the mainstages team in the role of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator where she will continue the work of creating a safe and inclusive space for our mainstages community.

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.

Raquel Powell

Raquel Powell, Program & Performance Coordinator

Raquel is an actress, improviser, and voiceover artist in NYC. When she is isn't performing she absolutely loves making memories with her family & friends! The life of the party, and usually the host of them too!