Year-Round Staff

Year-Round Staff

Ezra Brain, Teaching Artist

Ezra Brain is a director, writer, and teaching artist based in NYC. Ezra was born in Kansas City and grew up in North Carolina. With mainstages, Ezra is excited to help spread the love of theatre!

Ryan Canuelle, Teaching Artist & Performer

Ryan's love for theater, creation and imagination began at nine years old. While studying Acting at Syracuse University, Ryan began to combine theater and education as a head facilitator for the Artist's Workshop, where he developed curriculum and facilitated programs for students with a range of physical and developmental disabilities. Ryan received his Master's in Educational Theater at New York University, where he collaborated with top teaching artists and educational leaders to create and administer creative curriculum for educational institutions. Ryan is honored to be a founding member of mainstages and is currently the Theater Teacher at Bronx Charter School for the Arts.

Eva Casey, Teaching Artist/Performer

Eva is an actress and singer who does improv and sketch comedy at The PIT. She traveled solo around the world for over a year, seeing some amazing sights and writing about her adventures. Eva hopes to help young artists develop their unique talents.

Maya Evans, Teaching Artist

Since earning her BFA from NYU Tisch, Maya has worked as a performer, director, producer, and teaching artist. This summer, she directed four musicals for the youth academy at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Maya is a Musical Theatre Factory affiliated artist and a member of the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Company.

Ryan Johnson, Performer

Ryan is Detroit Native, a master artist and passionate educator. He graduated with a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. Ryan enriches the lives of students by providing opportunities for arts engagement on artistic/educational platforms.

Marcelle LaBrecque, Performer

Marcelle is a musical theatre actor and drag queen in NYC. After the hills of Massachusetts grew too small for this musical star, the 6 foot actor moved to the Big Apple with even bigger dreams! Marcelle currently works as an LGBTQIA+ activist and community  mentor, and hopes to share their love for the arts with audiences of all ages for many years to come!

Olivia Montaudouin

Olivia Montaudouin, Director of Foreign Language Programming

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

Jason "Jay" O'Neal, Tech Coordinator & Performer

Jay is an experienced performer who also has knowledge and passion for behind the scenes, as well. Having spent 10 years in LA performing, and working behind the scenes in TV and film, Jay plans to share his knowledge with the youth and inspire young folks to chase their dreams. 

Eric Rosenblatt, Teaching Artist

Eric graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2018 with degrees in theatre and political science. He is a life long New Yorker with a love for acting and directing, having first performed on stage at the age of 9. His goal is to spark the imaginations of these kids, with the hope of learning as much from them as they do from him.

Sarah Spangenberg

Sarah Spangenberg, Teaching Artist & Performer

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 Spencer

Jas Spencer, Teaching Artist & Performer

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 Tidball, Performer

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 Tien, Teaching Artist & Performer

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.