mainstages is happy to present our Summer 2022 Theater Directors,Teaching Artists and Performers!

Ahkai Franklin

Ahkai Franklin- Teaching Artist, Asphalt Green Downtown and PS 134

Ahkai Franklin is a New York city native. He has taught, performed, and produced throughout the tri-state area and beyond for over two decades. Ahkai continues to teach and perform and can be seen in the movie Barry (Netflix 2016) and in the collection of shorts, Pixar in Real Life (Disney+).

Amy Crossman

Amy Crossman- Performer

Amy Crossman is an AEA actor, teaching artist, playwright, and sometimes clown. As an actor, she's worked with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Boomerang Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Chenango River Theatre, among other places. As a teacher, she's taught at HVSF, PSF, Queens Theatre, Hangar Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as privately. She's studied with a lot of kind and funny people including Judy Gold, Chris Bayes, Karl Bury and Mark H. Dold. She loves Diet Coke, Harry Potter, and therapy.

Ariana Morales Fox

Ariana Morales Fox- Performer

Ariana is grateful to be a part of the Mainstages family! A New York native and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, some performing credits include touring with SWR Productions, The Westchester Broadway Theatre, Smithtown Performing Arts Center, White Plains Performing Arts Center & many more! Additionally, she had the pleasure of performing in various shows and parades at both The Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Theme Parks. Ariana is also a certified Zumbini Instructor and is currently studying at NYU in the independent Performing Arts Industry Essentials program. She is thrilled to collaborate with the Mainstages team to bring the magic of performing to kiddos all over.

Bailey Reynolds

Bailey Reynolds- Teaching Artist, PS 244 and PS 96

Bailey (she/her) is a New York-based stage manager, teaching artist, poet, and professional nap-taker. 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.

Brielle Raddi

Brielle Raddi- Teaching Artist, Camp Veritans

Brielle Raddi is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an Acting Concentration and a double minor in Film Studies and Music. Brielle grew up in the theatre, having begun to engage in the performing arts at a very young age, and since has successfully added numerous credits to her resume. The stage is her home, acting is her craft, storytelling is her life, and empathy is her mantra. She is thrilled to be working with mainastages where she can continue to share all of this with the world’s youth and be a catalyst for empowering the creativity of storytellers and leaders of the future. @brielleraddi

Brittany Hughes

Brittany Hughes- Theater Director, Camp Kehilla

Brittany is a Magna Cum Laude Hunter College graduate, currently studying for her master's in Educational Theater at the City College of New York where she holds a 4.0 GPA. Brittany continuously strives to provide an environment of joy and encouragement for her students, trying to always help them strive for progress, never perfection.

Conner Gillooly

Conner Gillooly- Lead Performer

Conner Gillooly is an NYC actor, writer, teaching artist, and a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. He has previously been seen on Broadway as Dewey Finn in Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock the Musical. In addition, he is the founder of the children's entertainment group Groovin' with the Goofs, providing virtual, and socially distanced music classes throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. When not on stage (or backstage), he's usually out walking with his dog Marty.

Dan Cake

Dan Cake- Performer

Dan originally hails from Allentown, PA but has been a performer/musician in NYC for over ten years now making him an official New Yorker! Dan juggles his time music directing alongside Broadway choreographers for various cruise ships, theme parks, and children's programs while also performing with the NYC Master Chorale and now Mainstages. Aside from music, Dan is passionate about animals, nature, and spending time with family and friends.

Gabriella Mancusi

Gabriella Mancusi- Teaching Artist, PS 183

Gabriella (she/her) is a NYC based actor, singer, and dancer with a B.F.A in Theatre Arts from Molloy College. Her favorite credits include originating a role in the musical 'And They Were Silent...' written by her and her friends and playing the role of Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde.' In addition to teaching and performing, she loves walking and playing with dogs and spending time with her friends and family.

Hal Johnson

Hal Johnson- Theater Director, Henry S. Jacobs Camp

Hal is a lifelong learner with a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Memphis. And thus far, have spent their teaching years with The Nashville Children's Theater and the Atlanta Workshop Players. They are incredibly excited to get to camp this summer and help foster their love for the arts to their campers, and can't wait to see the magic that will be created this summer!

Jess Balick Goodman

Jess Balick Goodman- Theater Director, Ashpalt Green Uptown

Jess is an NYC-based actor, dramaturg, playwright, intimacy choreographer, teaching artist, and proud cat dad to Frog, and Toad. Jess believes in creating equitable and beautiful theatre environments for every kid he teaches.

Karis Knierim

Karis Knierim- Theater Director, Emma Kaufmann Camp

Karis is a rising senior at Molloy University's CAP21 program for Musical Theatre. She has been working with children in an educational and childcare capacity for 6 years and has been an actor all throughout her life. She is looking forward to an amazing summer experience!

Katie Fogarty

Katie Fogarty- Performer

Katie has worked in children’s theater for the past 16 years both in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently a program director at a prominent children's theater company in Westchester and has performed in and assistant stage managed 4 national children’s theater tours, spent 3 summers as theater director at Camp Chipinaw, and spent over 3 years working in children’s theater in China. Katie loves sharing her love of theater with young people and watching them grow!

Kelsie Kline

Kelsey Kline- Theater Director, JCC Orlando

Kelsey is a recent graduate of Rollins College where she received her BA in Theatre Arts with a triple emphasis in Directing, Musical Theatre, and Performance, as well as a minor in Dance. Kelsey believes in using theatre as a tool for education and confidence-building in children no matter the age. She hopes that once her students become adults that her time with them has helped them become confident, responsible, life-long learners.

Laron Hudson

Laron Hudson- Theater Director, Eisner Camp

Born and raised in Ohio and currently living in Dover, New Hampshire. Jack of all trades and master of some. I act, I teach, I create, I learn, I grow, and try to leave everything and everyone better than before. If it's not bringing joy and gratitude I don't want it.

Lindsay Wolgel

Lindsay Wolgel- Performer

Lindsay Wolgel (she/her) is a performer and teaching artist based in NYC. Lindsay earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has performed throughout the country in regional theatre, theme parks and New York City’s immersive theatre scene. In the evenings, you can find Lindsay teaching private voice lessons via Zoom. Favorite credits include touring the tri-state area as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Plaza Theatrical), as well as performing in Dreamwork’s Trolls the Experience. Other credits have taken place at The Flea Theater, Ars Nova Uncharted, Joe’s Pub, and more. Lindsay is an avid Larp and Edu-larp (that means educational larp) enthusiast

Maggie Connick

Maggie Connick- Teaching Artist, PS 266

Hello! My name is Maggie Connick and I am a recent alum from West Texas A&M with a BFA in Acting. I am a traveling teaching artist/performer. I was recently traveling the North West teaching kids the amazing art of theatre, and I'm excited to start the incredible work here in New York. Theatre is an amazing art for children to develop and grow.

Maxwell Stanley Gorraiz

Maxwell Stanley Gorraiz- Teaching Artist, Westchester Day Camp and Day Camp at JCC Manhattan

I’m Maxwell Stanley Gorraiz and I’m an upcoming junior at PACE University’s BA International Performance Ensemble Acting program! I’m essentially a nine-year-old at heart and I’m the self-proclaimed goofiest person I know! I also tend to use exclamation points after every sentence because that’s pretty much how I talk to people; everything is just way too exciting!

Michelle Cage

Michelle Cage-Performer and Teaching Artist, PS 21

Michelle Cage is a theater artist who has enjoyed numerous collaborations with NYC companies including 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 spread more self-acceptance, bravery, and a sense of play in every single classroom she enters

Nadia Sepsenwol

Nadia Sepsenwol- Teaching Artist, PS 169

Nadia Sepsenwol is a Russian Jewish writer/performer living in New York City, whose work is about the intersection of trauma and identity. Her most recent play Tarantula received a grant from New York Foundation for the Arts in August 2021, and was a semi-finalist for the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship. She wrote and stars in the short film Bitsy’s Noir, which will be released in festivals in 2022. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from The University of Virginia and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts, and has a tattoo of a mustachioed octopus on her right shoulder.

Sabrina Kalman

Sabrina Kalman- Teaching Artist, Camp LUHI

Sabrina Kalman is a New York City-based teaching artist and performer, working nationally and internationally. She feels honored to continue her work with Mainstages this summer as a Director and Choreographer. Above all, Sabrina is committed to bringing her mission, theatre as a force for good in this world, to fruition!

Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley- Teaching Artist, PS 178 and West End Day

Tyler is thrilled to be joining mainstages for his first summer yet! Hailing from San Francisco, CA, Tyler has ten years experience teaching dance, theatre, creative writing, and social/emotional learning to students grades pre-K to 8th. When he's not teaching, Tyler writes sketch comedy for BoogieManja comedy collective in NYC and is a writer and actor for the Laugh Index Theatre's sketch comedy web series

Valentina De Giulio

Valentina De Giulio- Theater Director, Camp GUCI

Hi! My name is Valentina and I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've been acting since I was little and I am currently finishing my degree in Directing. I hope to create a production where children are proud of themselves, but also enjoy the entire process!