Our Directors

Our Directors

Matt Dorter, Executive Director

Matt is a seasoned camp and theater professional with over 15 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. 

Robert "Bob" Tarushka, Director of Performances

Born, bred, and educated in the New Hampshire wilderness, Robert took his double major in English Literature and Theater to classrooms throughout the Northeast before finally coming to New York City.

He has taught classes in Language Arts and Theater and has directed full productions throughout the five boroughs and Long Island. As a graphic designer, he has designed web and print materials for mainstages, Dixon Place, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Shrunken Shakespeare Company, and Underling Productions.

Taylor Ann Krahn, Program Manager

Taylor Ann is a NYC-based theater artist and children's theater director.  After graduating from Hope College with a BFA in theater and creative writing, she toured with Missoula Children's Theatre for a year before moving to New York City. Taylor Ann was the Supervisor for mainstages Theater Camp Long Island in it's inaugural summer in 2018.