FACULTY
DIRECTORS


Beth BaurBeth Baur (Director / Teacher) has been a professional actor for over 25 years and has worked with such luminaries as Tommy Tune, George Burns and Lanford Wilson. She has performed in national tours, Off-Broadway, regional theatre and has done over 200 network commercials and corporate industrial films, as well as voice-overs and print. Beth has also been a theatre educator for over 20 years. She founded a Theatre for Young Audience's company called "The Make-Believables" and created the children's touring company "The Great Pretenders". In addition to this, she is an adjunct professor in acting for the film department at Montclair State University. Beth has also been a theater critic and instructor at the annual Morris County Teen Arts Festival. She directed the independent film, REEL WOMEN. Beth received her BFA at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and was selected to be included in that year's "Who's Who of American Colleges".

Bob SapoffRobert Sapoff (Director / Teacher) has been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NY 1 News and in the Star Ledger, Herald News, and Daily Record. A professional actor for over 25 years, his theatre credits include the role of Harpo in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Cocoanuts", which was named one of the 10 best Off-Broadway productions of the year. Bob has appeared on Nickelodeon and in countless television commercials (including a Clio Award winner) and print work nationwide. During his 10 years as Associate Director of Action Theater, he created and directed "On The Spot", a professional improvisational comedy troupe and is the founder and executive director of NJSDA's own professional improv troupe, "Nutty By Nature", which tours the NY/NJ metropolitan area. Since 2008 he has been an adjunct professor in the film department of Montclair State University where he teaches "Acting for Filmmakers". Bob has also been a theater critic and instructor at the annual Morris County Teen Arts Festival. In his 20+ years as a teacher, Bob has taught over 2,000 students.

ACTING STAFF
 

Gary Lynch is a two time National Broadway Award nominee for his performance in Mamma Mia! He originated the role of Sam Carmichael for the North American Premiere of Mamma Mia! in Toronto, the U.S. Premiere in San Francisco and the 1st National Company. On Broadway, Gary performed the role of Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. His Off Broadway credits include; Destry Rides Again - York Theatre,Goose- Musical Theatre Works, Lux In Tenebris - Lincoln Center, Let It Ride - Lambs Theatre, Lola - Lark Theatre Co. Numerous Regional credits include; The Thing About Men (Tom),1776 (Adams), Olympus On My Mind (Jupiter), The Threepenny Opera (MacHeath), A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus), Rags (Saul), Guys and Dolls (Sky), Nine (Guido), 3 Guys Naked...(Ted), and (Orin and everyone else) in Little Shop of Horrors. Gary was also in the National Tour of Dirty Dancing and recently appeared as Joe in the Westchester Broadway Theatre's production of Some Like It Hot.

Ted Wrigley (Assistant Managing Director of NJSDA) is an Equity actor who teaches improvisation and acting. He currently directs On the Spot and the teen improv troupe Sparks of Insanity, and performs with Nutty by Nature.  Ted is a graduate of the NJ School of Dramatic Arts acting program.  He also is the artistic director of the recently formed Rising Curtain Theatre Company (made up of former NJSDA alumni). 

Mick Gyure, a grauduate of the acting program at NJSDA, currently teaches the TV Commercial program. Since completing the program, Mick has done over thirty TV commercials, promos, industrials, and print projects. Top spots include Tropicana Online Casino, Metlife, Geisinger, ION TV, Insight Cable, CNBC - Mad Money, CNBC 360 and CNBC - On the Money, The Wendy Williams Show, and many others. Mick has also recently been seen in various shows airing on Nickelodeon, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and the Biography Channel, as well as a number of independent films and local theatre.

Nicole Lippey has performed in Off-Off Broadway productions at the IATI Theatre, 13th Street Repertory and Producers Club in addition to productions at Seton Hall's Theatre In the Round.  Her directing credits include "Seussical" and "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz".  Nicole teaches our Kids and Tween acting and musical theater classes.

Heather Dilly has been a professional actor/writer/filmmaker for the past 20 years.  Theatre credits include numerous Off-Broadway and regional productions working with such artists as Tony award winner Judith Ivey and Pulitzer Prize nominated writer Rolin Jones.  She started the successful award winning film company Laurel Film (best actress award in the Long Island Film Festival for Soverinty and Look Away Life).  Heather teaches all of the Acting for TV & Film classes.

 

Mikaela Kafka has been working professionally as an actress and director for over 20 years. Her directing credits include Little Mermaid, Bugsy Malone, Into the Woods, Fiddler, High School Musical and Charlie Brown.   As an actress, Mikaela has received rave reviews from the New York Times ("great comedic timing") and Talkin' Broadway ("Beautifully performed").  She was also nominated by the Star Ledger for the 2007 Best Actress of New Jersey Award.  Mikaela is the director of our Kids On Stage camp and directed our Encore Youth Theater production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Unabridged.

 

 

 

MUSICAL THEATER STAFF


Deborah Martin spent 11 seasons as Musical Director at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (now the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). She is the Founding Artistic Director of the 4th Wall Musical Theatre (Working, Pippin, Company, and Nine) and has served as Musical Director with the Fire Island Pines Arts Project (Little Mary Sunshine and Dames at Sea with Charles Busch). Off Broadway credits include Inside Out as Musical Director. Her work with the Montclair Operetta Company includes Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Kismet, and Cabaret. She is also a composer: The Princess, The Poet and the Little Grey Man (book by Joseph Robinette) was published by Dramatic Publishing Company.

Kelly Marie Wallace is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Theater Arts. She has been teaching theater arts to all ages, from 3 years old to adults, for the past 13 years. She ran her own theater program called Kids Count Theater in Old Bridge where she directed shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, and Snow White. She was also the Theater Specialist at Black Bear Lake Day Camp where she directed The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, and Annie. In addition to this, Kelly played Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at Rutgers and was in the traveling touring group of the George Street Playhouse where she played Mother in New Kid.

Nicole Lippey has performed in Off-Off Broadway productions at the IATI Theatre, 13th Street Repertory and Producers Club in addition to productions at Seton Hall's Theatre In the Round.  Her directing credits include "Seussical" and "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz".  Nicole teaches our Kids and Tween acting and musical theater classes.

 

Terri Gorgone has been teaching music for over 20 years and presently teaches musical theater at the Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing Arts.   Previously she taught the Music Magnet Gifted and Talented program in the Irvington School District.  Terri has musically directed over 60 shows throughout New York and New Jersey.  She is the musical director for our Kids On Stage Camp and has been the musical director for our Encore Theater productions of 13, The Apple Tree, Back to the 80's, Children of Eden, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Women, Hairspray and RENT.

 

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