Torian pursued a Linguistics B.A. from SUNY New Paltz. Originally from New York, he believes in nurturing an involvement in the arts from an early age.
Lashauna's passion for art began at age 9 when she became fashion editor of her class newspaper. She attended Fashion Industries H.S. in NYC and earned a BFA from Syracuse University in 2006. She has designed for Totem Pole Playhouse, Parsons Dance, Hasbro Toys, International Playthings, Toys R Us Times Square and The Children's Acting Academy. She works and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Check out Lashauna's apparel company for children, Freshkidnation
Taylor is a writer, actor, and children's theater director with a BFA in Acting from West Virginia University. She has taught classes and directed shows at her mother's children's theater company in Leesburg, VA, as well as directed theater at a summer camp in upstate NY. During the year she also plays guitar and sings for the babies of Manhattan. She is thrilled to get an opportunity to work with young artists and team of mainstages!
James has been a professional musician since he was 14, and has performed on all 7 continents. He is originally from Montreal Canada, and has lived in New York for 7 years. He loves working with young talented kids, and learning from them!
Filip is an NYC-based award-winning comedian, actor, and comedy writer. He spent his formative years in Toronto, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Ryerson University. Filip relishes teaching children about character and comedy through his performances.
Clara Kundin received her B.A. in theater from St. Olaf College and continued her studies at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Clara is the executive director of Rebel Playhouse, an educational children's theater, and the associate education director for The Ume Group. As an actor, she has performed for Creative Time, Torn Out Theater, the Guthrie Theater, and many more. Clara is thrilled to be continuing work with Mainstages. www.clarakundin.com
Olivia has over 15 years experience in foreign language administration and teaching. She grew up in France, studying linguistics at the Sorbonne. She oversees the dual language Detective Lingo performance series, where she uses her expertise to develop age-appropriate vocabulary and innovative program ideas. You can reach Olivia at email@example.com
Sarah has spent the last few years as a teaching artist and performer in Philadelphia in 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.
Jas grew up in Vermont and moved to New York City to pursue his love of acting. He is a graduate of CAP21 Conservatory and recently completed touring with Missoula Children's Theater for 15 months, including overseas. Special skills include bad jokes, and knowing WAY too much about Star Wars.
Gareth holds a degree in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is an actress, teaching artist, and founding member of the all-female clown troupe The Pupils. Gareth is passionate about empowering young students through arts education!
Aaron recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Media & Communications degree. He is born and raised in New York City and gained a passion for Theatre at the age of seven when he saw his first Broadway production of Beauty & The Beast, and told himself "I want to do that!" Since then he has performed in various productions and was Vice-President of his universities hip-hop dance team. He has joined mainstages as an actor and teaching artist and is ecstatic to work closely with your kids and inspire them to love theatre as much as he does.
Darya is a renowned artist whose works consists of drawings, paintings, and three-dimensional installations all connected to each other in sequences of transformations. Her work has been on display in installations and galleries across the country including The School of Visual Arts, SCOPE Miami Beach, and many more. Darya enjoys working on mainstages set design, creating hand painted works of art that evoke the spirit of expression and art in children's theater. You can see more of Darya's work here.