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Alexandra Acosta

Alexandra Acosta - Performer & Teaching Artist

Alexandra is a bilingual actress from Barranquilla, Colombia who moved to the states at a young age. After graduating from New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre School, she appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions, national tours, and T.V. shows. From babysitting to clowning to teaching, she has worked with kids all different capacities and loves learning from their boundless imagination and honesty.


Amy Ackerman

Amy Ackerman - Performer & Teaching Artist

Amy is a Brooklyn based creative capacity builder, cabaret artist, art model, and body advocate. Their one person show Big Kitty in the Big City explores body liberation and navigating the theatrical industry as a person of size. As a member of Honest Accomplice Theatre, they have devised and performed numerous plays including ReconFIGUREd, Engineers not found, Unmuted and the Trans Literacy Project. As a dancer, they have performed with the Olimpas collective, a group of disabled dances throughout New York (Judson Church, Movement Research) and with the Urban Bush Woman (From the Field to the Table). Amy is a regular performer in Lance Horne’s spontaneous cabaret and has graced stages (and public spaces) all around New York with the ‘Monday’s Collective’ (Club Cumming, Joe’s Pub, House of Yes, Tavern on the Green).


Bailey Reynolds

Bailey Reynolds - Teaching Artist

Bailey (she/her) is originally from Delaware and is now a New York-based actor and stage manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Hofstra University, where she was also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the nation's largest theatre honors fraternity. Aside from theatre, Bailey enjoys spending time with loved ones, studying Spanish, and playing the ukulele (poorly).

Courtney Cook Naftz

Courtney Cook Naftz - Teaching Artist

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.

Emily Monus

Emily Monus - Performer

Emily Monus (she/her) has been entertaining young audiences for over 15 years and is thrilled to be working with mainstages.  A graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts, she regularly performs with NENA Productions in Ocean Grove, NJ, and teaches early childhood music classes to children and their families with Music Together Coastal Melodies.  When not entertaining kiddos, she can be found planning LGBTQ+ weddings & events with her events business, Emily Monus Events.

Eva Casey

Eva Casey - Performer

Since 2018, Eva has worked as both Teaching Artist and Performer with mainstages. During her time with the company, she has taught workshop, showcase, and production programs at schools in the NYC area as well as performing at schools, camps, and other organizations nationwide. Previously, she performed with the George Street Playhouse Educational Touring Company,  performing four educational shows in repertory for schools throughout the Tri-State area. Eva has also worked as a private lesson instructor in voice and piano for children of all ages at The Studio in New Canaan. Currently, Eva performs in our virtual performances, specializing in anything for younger audiences that requires a fun character or puppet.

Jason Bogdan

Jason Bogdan - Performer

Jason received his BS in Educational Theater from New York University. Jason is a former member of ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) and has made an impact on theater education here in the city as an educator for MCC Theater Company, where he assistant directed a student production of “UnCensored,” as well as directing intensives and educational initiatives for The New Victory Theater in Times Square. Jason has taken educational values on the road by taking on Theater Director roles at Ensemble Theater Community in Eagles Mere, PA and with mainstages at Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA where he directed “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Seussical Jr.”

Jason Wilks

Jason Wilks - Performer

Jason Wilks (he/him/his) is an actor and teaching artist based in NYC. He is a company member with Family Life Theatre, and regularly performs throughout NYC public and private schools. He is passionate about empowering young people through the arts, and is ecstatic to join the Mainstages family! Proud graduate of the Professional Performing Arts School.

Jo'Lisa Jones

Jo'Lisa Jones - Performer & Teaching Artist

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.

Jordan Cohen

Jordan Cohen - Performer & Teaching Artist

Jordan is a LA based comedian, writer, and performer thrilled to get to combine her love for theater and her love for kiddos! Jordan has 10+ years of childcare experience and could have been seen producing, directing and performing her way across Chicago since 2014. Now you'll catch Jordan out west, begging the sun to spare her pale, pale skin. She is honored to be bringing the art of CELEBRATION back with mainstages!

Katherine Hebert

Katherine Hebert - Performer & Teaching Artist

Katherine Hebert is a performer and teaching artist with a BFA in musical theatre from Montclair State University. Since graduating she has been seen in "Medea, "Social Studies the Musical, and TLP's "Christmas Kaleidoscope"; she has also worked on an educational show "Little Fish." She has also held teaching artist positions at Timberlake Playhouse and Franco's Summer Camp. She's excited to continue to share the joys of performing through education by working with mainstages.

Kenisha Morgan

Kenisha Morgan - Performer

Kenisha Morgan is a proud theatre alumnus of Northwestern University. For almost a decade, she has taught small children in the Montessori world. She loves the little ones. When she isn't performing or writing, Kenisha works as an IT professional for a company and works on her credit repair business. She is so happy to be a part of mainstages!

Lydia Funke

Lydia Funke - Performer & Teaching Artist

Lydia Funke is currently a graduate student in the Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities program at New York University. She is originally from Colorado and has a B.A. in K-12 Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, she interned at Seattle Children’s Theatre, created a summer theatre program for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and has taught in formal and informal educational settings. In addition to teaching, she has worked as an actor, director, house and venue manager, and as the Accessibility Intern for the Verbatim Performance Lab at NYU. She is excited to join mainstages!

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy - Teaching Artist

Mary is an actor/voice-over artist and theatre educator who is delighted to join the talented team of teaching artists at Mainstages. As an actor she has performed in theatre, film, TV, animation, audio dramas, radio, and video games. A few of her recent credits include the one woman play An Evening With Lola Montez that originally premiered at Capital Fringe, It’s A Wonderful Life at Arkansas Rep, a streamed performance of the play Near Nellie Bly, and the audio dramas Newfield, and Frontier Gentleman. She can be heard voicing various characters on Disney, LeapFrog, Audible, and the Center For New American Media. She is also a regular performer on the award-winning radio play series Fireside Mystery Theatre, The NoSleep Podcast, The Wicked Library and To the Manor Borne By Robots. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and Irish Equity. marymurphyonline.com

Michelle Cage

Michelle Cage - Teaching Artist

Michelle Cage is an early-career theatre artist who has enjoyed numerous collaborations with NYC companies like Urban Stages Theatre, The Skeleton Rep(resents), and HEREWEGO. Having graduated from The New School '19 with a focus in playwriting and education, she works to sew more self-acceptance, bravery, and a sense of play in every single classroom she enters.

Noelle Mercer

Noelle Mercer, Performer

Noelle is an actor, singer, and songwriter, currently pursuing a degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Yale University. She has taught at Friends' Central Trailblazers' Summer Camp, Yale's Virtual Acting Workshop, and served as Outreach Coordinator for the Yale Dramatic Association. When she's not teaching, you can find Noelle cozied up to a good book or working on her debut EP, IN FULL BLOOM.

Raquel Powell

Raquel Powell - Performer & Teaching Artist

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!

Reba Landers

Reba Landers - Performer & Teaching Artist

Reba Landers is an actor and teaching artist originally hailing from Minnesota. She holds her Bachelor’s in theatre arts and her Master’s in arts education, and she has appeared as a performer on stages throughout the Minneapolis/St Paul area. Since recently moving to New York City, Reba has continued to perform and has begun teaching again. She is excited to be back in the classroom teaching extra curricular arts programming!

Sabrina Kalman

Sabrina Kalman - Performer & Teaching Artist

Sabrina has performed and taught all across the country and around the world, specializing in dance, singing and acting. She loves the outdoors, meeting new people, and trying new things!

sara Giacomini

Sara Giacomini - Performer & Teaching Artist

Sara Giacomini is an Actress and Teaching Artist working in the NY/NJ area. Sara graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she earned her BA in Musical Theatre. She has worked as a Teaching Artist at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, George Street Playhouse, Acting Out, Unity Stages, Envision Theater, and Black Box Performing Arts Center. Some of her recent acting credits include: Curious George: The Golden Meatball (George) at the Growing Stage, Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) in Shakespeare in the Park Bergen County, The Ghost Train (Peggy Murdock) at Centenary Stage Company, Dr. Faustus (Robin) at the Secret Theatre, & Sally in the national tour of The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions/TheatreworksUSA). Sara is so excited to collaborate with mainstages! You can find more about her artistic endeavors at her website: saragiacomini.com

Sarah Spangenberg

Sarah Spangenberg - Performer

Sarah has spent the last few years as a teaching artist and performer in Philadelphia and NYC. She has taught Pre- K, Musical Theatre, and is involved heavily in Jewish education including work with mainstages as the Theater Director for Camp Twelve Trails, a director, and a performer. Sarah graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts from The University of the Arts.

Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie Martinez - Teaching Artist

Stephanie Martinez (she/her) is a teaching artist, stage manager, and director from Long Island, New York. She received her BFA in Stage Management from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing her M.S.Ed in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. Stephanie is passionate about providing culturally responsive and trauma-informed theatrical education to New York students and schools, while having fun doing it!