Meet the Artistic Staff

Camp Owners & Co-Founders

    Steve

    is the head of the Performing Arts Department and a Drama Teacher at Friends Seminary in NYC. Prior to that Steve taught and directed theater at Hunter College High School, The Winsor School, and The McCarter Theater. Steve is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and Actors Equity Association and was a working actor in NYC prior to receiving his MA in Educational Theater from NYU. Steve most recently directed Little Shop of Horrors at camp and Spelling Bee at Friends Seminary.

    Email: steve@actingmanitou.com

        Tim

        has been a Drama Teacher at The Brearley School in New York City since 2006. He is the co-founder of Acting Manitou, and serves with Steve Borowka as producer and director of the program. Tim has two published plays published for middle school performers: This is Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet: To The Max. Most recently, Tim directed Funk It Up About Nothing at camp and West Side Story at Brearley.

        Email: tim@actingmanitou.com

          Directors

            Alex

            is a performer, director/choreographer, teacher and Artistic Director of HT Musical Theatre in North NJ. His directorial credits include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland),Oberhavel Arts Festival (Germany), El Teatro Presidente (El Salvador), Canada, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maine and Chaminade University in Hawaii. He was resident director at St. peter's University and has directed/performed various NYC off-broadway, off-broadway plays including De La Guarda, Julian and Romero and Media Killed.

                Ami

                received her MA from NYU in Educational Theater. Ami has taught drama for The Young Women's Leadership Project, The Brearley School, The McCarter Theatre and at Middlebury College as a Guest Instructor for "Children and the Arts." She most recently directed the First-Year Show, Tales of Love, Loss and Laughter: A Relationship Study at Middlebury College.

                    chris

                    is a New York City based director and teaching artist. His work includes productions around the world and the United States. At Acting Manitou he has directed Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, Oklahoma, Seussical, The Adventure of Tom Sawyer(s), Pericles, Into the Woods and Hamlet. As a teacher he has developed classes on physical training and creative training as well as teaching private acting and voice. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Florida State University.

                        Kevin

                        is a theater director, arts education specialist, and applied theater practitioner. At the CAT Youth Theatre, he worked with a team of directors to create original plays from the ideas of young people including Violence!, Seeking Justice, and In Truth. At The McCarter Theatre in Princeton NJ, he directed youth in productions ofA Year With Frog and Toad, The Prophesy of the Shoe andArgoNUTS! For two consecutive years, Kevin was a Brooklyn Arts Council grant recipient for Newtown Creek Celebration: Puppet Parade & Pageant, an environmental awareness, theater and puppet program. At Acting Manitou, Kevin directed productions of Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Chrysalids. Kevin is a member of Actors’ Equity and has an MA in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

                            Lesley

                            joined the Acting Manitou leadership team in 2016. She has worked in higher education for 20 years, advising students and serving as a Dean. Lesley has a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College (in Southern California) and a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University. She's a former collegiate swimmer and water polo play and looks forward to pool time at Acting Manitou. These days, Lesley enjoys skiing with her family, hula hooping, and rooting for the Red Sox. When they are not at camp, Lesley, her husband Josh, and their three children live in Brunswick, Maine. Lesley thinks Maine is the most wonderful place to live (even in the winter) and the lobsters here are delicious. She made her theater debut at age seven when she shared the role of Tinkerbell with her twin sister at summer camp!

                                Margot

                                is excited to be working again at Acting Manitou -- such a special place! She has appeared on Broadway in South Pacific, Evita, Anything Goes, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and Promises, Promises. She has performed on three Tony Awards telecasts, Good Morning America, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The View. She was also part of NBC's Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood. Margot toured the country in The Boy Friend directed by Dame Julie Andrews. At Acting Manitou she directed Chicago and Anything Goes Originally from New Orleans, she now lives in New Jersey with her amazing family, Christian, Juliette & Mercer. 

                                    Meg

                                    teaches Drama and English at Hunter College High School in New York City. Meg is the Associate Artistic Director for The Management Theater Company and is returning for her second year to direct in manhattan theatre source's Estrogenius Festival. Additionally, her one-act play One for More Options was recently produced at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis. She holds an MA in English Literature from Hunter College. Meg's Acting Manitou directing credits include As You Like It, Pippin, The Government Inspector,Annie and Bye Bye Birdie.

                                        Michael

                                        received a B.S. Degree in Theater and Sociology from Skidmore College.  Michael works primarily as an actor, with such credits as the national tour of Shear Madness, Twelfth Night Off-Broadway at The Pearl, The Barber of Seville at The Met Opera,  A Tuna Christmas at Orlando Shakespeare Festival,Our Son’s Wedding at Florida Studio Theatre, and Macbeth at The Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  Michael is also a Teaching Artist at Tada! in NYC.
                                        michaelkevinbaldwin.com

                                            Monica

                                            is a playwright, director, and educator. She directed The Viper Fairy and Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning, Juliet for Acting Manitou. Her production of Americans in Breshkistan premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015. Recent productions elsewhere include Jane at the Window (with songwriter Jessica Noel) in Philadelphia, Leaving IKEA (with Dano Madden) with The Artful Conspirators at the Brooklyn Lyceum, and The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Friends at Youth Theatre Northwest in Seattle. Monica holds an MA in Educational Theater from N.Y.U. She teaches at and writes for P.A.C.K. in Philadelphia.

                                                Shayna

                                                graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Liberal Arts and her MFA in Theater with in emphasis in performance, directing, and devising. Shayna is a Drama Teacher at Friends Seminary in New York City.  She is also interested in creating documentary films and recently traveled to Bolivia to work on a new project called The Little Prince of The Andes. She has been working at Acting Manitou since 2009.

                                                    Tim

                                                    is a voice teacher and musical director currently living in North Carolina. He received his BFA in Dramatic Arts with a concentration in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he received his MA in Music Theater from NYU. Tim has recently worked on the musicals The New Hopeville Comics and All Shook Up. At Acting Manitou, Tim served as musical director for Pippin, Spelling Bee andSpamalot.

                                                      Teaching Artists

                                                        Amanda

                                                        was a camper at Acting Manitou for 5 years, and has been a choreographer at camp since 2014. She received her BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch and works as a choreographer and actor in New York. Most recently, Amanda assistant-choreographed Pretty Filthy (Civilians) at Abrons Arts Center and created and starred in her own piece called For Claude, dedicated to her godmother. Her most recent production is performing in  Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves.

                                                            Anna

                                                            Anna attended Acting Manitou as a camper for three years then became a staff member in 2012. She served as a counselor and stage manager for several years and is now head counselor, as well as part of the evening activities committee and teaching staff. Anna attended the University of Vermont, where she sang in an a'capella group and graduated with a B.A. in both English and History. After graduating, Anna moved to New York City, where she currently serves as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow for an educational non-profit. Anna teaches middle schoolers at Renaissance School of the Arts in Manhattan.

                                                                Benji

                                                                is a composer and musical director currently living in New Haven, CT and studying at Yale University. Benji's recent work at Acting Manitou includes musical directingFootloose and Bye, Bye Birdie. He is also one of the Evening Activities Coordinators at camp. At Yale, Benji is the musical director of the Whiffenpoofs, the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the country.
                                                                whiffenpoofs.com

                                                                    Brock

                                                                    loves summer camp. He is an actor/writer most recently based out of Brooklyn. Acting Credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, SITI Company, ArtsEmerson, Lakewood Theatre Co., and UglyRhino as well as various readings and workshops with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Warner Bros. Theatrical, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His writing has been seen at UglyRhino and online with his comedy duo Former Fat Kids Society. Training: BFA Emerson College.

                                                                        Charles

                                                                        has his MFA in scenic design from North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem. Before returning to school, Charles taught high school AP English, theater and yearbook for nine years, winning Teacher of the Year at the last two schools he worked. He was recently design assistant for Geva Theatre Center's The Odd Couple, and Les Miserables, opening this summer in Dallas, TX.
                                                                        charlesglennjohnson.com

                                                                            Florence

                                                                            is our camp nurse and the head of the health center. She received her BS in nursing from SUNY Buffalo, has been in practice for 42 years with experience in emergency, adult and pediatric medicine, and camp nursing.  Florence has worked as a camp nurse since retiring from full time practice in 2009 and has been with Acting Manitou since 2014. Florence is an avid health care educator and has developed many lectures on the topic of disease prevention.

                                                                                John

                                                                                graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and has been a rock star ever since. He performs in venues in NYC and around the country with his band, 'Apollo Run'.  John plays trumpet, guitar and piano, sings lead vocals and is the songwriter for the band. John wrote the score for Cupid & Psyche and he wrote original music for The Trial, His Dark Materials, Arabian Nights and Comedy of Errors. In 2010 John musically directed and arranged music for Xanadu  and wrote the score for Here Be Dragons.
                                                                                johnmcgrewmusic.com

                                                                                    Justin

                                                                                    Justin was a camper at Acting Manitou for many years and is thrilled to be able to return as a staff member.  He currently resides in New York City and works as a freelance stage manager.  Recent credits include projects with UglyRhino, Tectonic Theater Project, New York Stage and Film, and Dodger Properties, as well as many workshops and readings of new plays and musicals.  Justin is a graduate of Vassar College, where he was awarded the Molly Thacher Kazan Prize for distinction in Directing.

                                                                                        Lisa

                                                                                        is a performer, teacher and choreographer currently living in Los Angeles. She graduated in 2009 from Northeastern Univerity with a BA in Theater Performance and Production. She has been dancing for 20 years, training specifically in jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theater. She has been lucky enough to choreograph for many high-schools in the northeast including Billerica High, The Winsor School, and Amity High School. She also has taught dance and movement workshops at The Westport Country Playhouse, Reagle Music Theatre and Cambridge Adventure Day Camp. Lisa choreographed Footloose, Spamalot, Hair, and A Chorus Line for Acting Manitou and she also directed Our Town.

                                                                                            Tabb

                                                                                            received his BM from the Eastman School of Music where he studied piano performance, music theory, and arts administration.  He is currently the staff pianist at Friends Seminary in New York City where he accompanies student ensembles and musicals.  Recent Friends productions include Spelling Bee, Blood Brothers, and All Shook Up. At Acting Manitou, he served as musical director for Oklahoma! and Anything Goes, and directed the camp a capella ensemble.

                                                                                              Designers

                                                                                                Alyssa

                                                                                                received her BA from UVM in theater and classical voice, and is now pursuing her MFA in costume design from Boston University. Alyssa was a camper at Acting Manitou for three
                                                                                                summers, and has been a staff member since 2012. Most recently, Alyssa assistant-designed two BU productions, Parade and Exposed. In 2017, Alyssa is excited to design The Cradle Will Rock at The Wimberley Theater in Boston.

                                                                                                    Jennifer

                                                                                                    received her BFA from Purchase College in Lighting Design. She is the lighting designer for John Lequizamo's Ghetto Klown which ran at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. Other Broadway credits, as an Associate Lighting Designer, include House of Blue Leaves, Book of Mormon, Joe Turner's Come & Gone, You're Welcome America, American Buffalo, 13 – the musical, A Catered Affair, Cymbeline, The Color Purple and Fences.

                                                                                                        John

                                                                                                        is a Freelance Lighting Designer from N.Y.C.  He received his B.F.A. in Lighting Design from Purchase College and designed Acting Manitou’s 2012 Season. Recent design credits include; The American PlayShe's Gone Serious (Dirty Blondes), Honk, The Color Purple, Little Shop of Horrors (Chapel Players),Xenophelia (Theatre For The New City), Channel One (National Tour).