Theater has always been my happy place. From the first time I stepped onto a stage as a young child in a classroom play, to seeing my very first Broadway show- Peter Pan starring Sandy Duncan, I have been captivated. The sights, the sounds, the scents - whether on stage, back stage or in the audience- there is simply nothing like the magic of the theater. My goal is to bring that wonder and magic to our students.
Envision Theater was founded on the principle that all children are natural storytellers who have a voice which deserves to be heard. Their boundless imagination and creativity, coupled with the skills, confidence and discipline a theater program provides will help any child's success navigating this 21st century world.
At Envision Theater, we are committed to developing performing arts programming with a warm, professional staff of theater artists who are committed to the process as much (if not more than) the product.
Sabrina Alamo is a New Jersey based actress and teaching artist for grades K-12. She is a graduate of Kean University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and regularly performs in educational children's theatre shows in schools across New Jersey and New York. She has had the pleasure of teaching and assistant teaching various classes in Acting, Play Making, Musical Theatre, Writing, Stage Makeup, and Stagecraft with Illuminart Productions, Phoenix Productions, Premiere Stages, and the Kean University Theatre Conservatory. This fall, Sabrina will be pursuing an MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY SPS where she will continue to perform in and create educational theatre for all.
Beth Selter has been working in professional and regional theater for over 30 years. She graduated with a B.A. as a Theater Arts major from Queens College after performing in Israel while a student at Hebrew University, received a post-graduate degree from the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts and interned at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Beth has been directing Youth Theater in New York/New Jersey schools since 1996 and served as Drama Director for the NJY CAMPS at Camp Nesher for 17 years.
Additionally, Beth writes and performs her own one-woman Cabaret shows in and around NYC accompanied by the famed Mr. Alex Rybeck. These most personal shows tend to explore the challenges of her dual passions for the Performing Arts and her dedication to living a traditional, Torah inspired life.
Beth has also performed with Black Box Studios’ Professional Ensemble group in Teaneck, NJ and the JCC Palisades Players. Additionally, she coaches voice, theater and public speaking from her home studio in Wesley Hills, NY.
Nathan Kruman has been the Musical Director of Envision Theatre since its inception, and has a rich background in music, stage and film. Nathan has performed as an actor, singer, dancer, pianist, choreographer, and music director in high school, with the University of Pennsylvania’s Mask & Wig and Penn Players ensembles, and more recently with Black Box Studios and Envision Theater. He’s directed, created and staged multiple shows and events at schools and colleges in Philadelphia, Boston, and Bergen County. His on-stage credits include, “Kazablan”, “Cabaret”, Circle Mirror Transformation”, “Working” and his one foray into Shakespeare, “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Among his other credits are "Aladdin", “To Live Another Summer, To Pass Another Winter”, “Annie”, “Milk and Honey”, “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and numerous original theatre workshops. His favorite Shakespeare play is “King Lear” and favorite character, the Fool.
Sara Giacomini holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been working in Arts Education since 2015, when she started with George Street Playhouse’s Educational Programming. Sara has worked as a Teaching Artist at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Thinkertales Virtual Classrooms, Black Box Performing Arts Center, and George Street Playhouse. She has experiencing working with students of all ages and experience levels. Her past classes have been focused on acting, singing, dancing, drama, arts & crafts, ensemble building, creativity, and theater exploration. Her teaching style relies heavily on improvisation, collaboration, and using creativity to think out of the box. Sara also has experience in guiding students in creating their own devised work using source material, tableaux, improv, and writing exercises. She believes the best work comes from working together and bouncing ideas off of each other. She approaches all of her classes, with a joyous, open, and creative mind. Sara looks forward to joining Envision Theater and exploring and creating with these young artists.
Sarah Feinmark has been working on and off the stage for many years. She graduated with a degree in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, a minor in theatre arts, an Arts Certificate, and a minor in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory. After college, she received a certificate from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, While actively auditioning, she got the opportunity to teach at several theaters and small schools before getting the chance to work with the Missoula Children's Theatre, the company with which she has spent the past several years, travelling the country and even getting the chance to go overseas. Sarah is currently a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program, and she looks forward to spending this summer working at the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin.
Mackenzie Newbury is a professional actress, director, choreographer and dance teacher based in Philadelphia! Born and raised in Central PA, she headed to her first big city and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She worked frequently in professional theatre before transitioning to New York City and eventually landing in Philadelphia. She teaches tap, jazz, and musical theatre dance at many studios and for competition teams and directs and choreographs at various schools and theatres, with experience working with students from age three through adulthood. Due to working frequently as a performer herself, she is able to guide students in auditions and in a pre-professional path, while also excelling at giving younger students material which challenges them just enough in rehearsals and boosts their confidence and skill level so that they appear confident onstage and visually appealing to an audience. She feels blessed to have so many opportunities in the world of Performing Arts!
Stuart Nager lives creatively. A Shakespeare Fellow from Columbia University, Stuart is a certified (or certifiable) Theater Teacher, holds a MA in Educational Theater (NYU) and an MA in Oral Traditions (The Graduate Institute). He created The Brothers Grinn, an interactive, improvisational storytelling theater troupe, that ran for twelve years, performing over 1,100 shows. Stuart leads workshops, classes, professional development, and creative development programs. He has led sessions in Improvisation, Storytelling, and Creative Writing across the United States and In London.
Joshua Schnetzer is an educator, director, and choreographer working throughout Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey. He directed and choreographed the world premiere productions of The Kite and Bashirah and the Great Bean Pie at the Please Touch Museum and Flash, Float, Fall at the New Jersey Fringe Festival. Off-Broadway Joshua served as the Creative Director of Audible’s Path to Pride (starring Lance Bass) at the Minnetta Lane Theater. He choreographed and taught dance for Paper Mill Playhouse’s pre-professional Summer Conservatory and award-winning Broadway Show Choir. At McCarter, Joshua partners with the Education and Engagement department to develop and teach classes in Shakespeare, playwriting, scene study, and musical theater and managed the Community Ensemble for McCarter’s annual production of A Christmas Carol.
Rebecca Coopersmith sang from her youth, to the annoyance of her siblings. Her grandfather supported her endeavors and helped to provide music lessons for her. He and her mother, both theater lovers themselves, were the first to introduce her to The Phantom of the Opera and started her on the journey of theater. Instantly enamored by the stage, she began performing in school and camp productions (often directed by Rebecca Lopkin) and was eager to play every role. She adores building and sharing her characters, regardless of the size of the role, and performing on stage. She dreams of performing on Broadway and in Lincoln Center and is excited about sharing her love for theater with others. Rebecca is currently pursuing a degree in Music Performance and Education with a concentration in voice at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. When she’s not thinking about the theater, she enjoys reading, listening to movie scores, and practicing with her two other instruments, cello and piano.
Nicole Borbone is a NJ/NYC based actor, producer and theatre artist and recent 2020 performance graduate of Fordham University’s BA Theatre program. Currently, she is pursing her love for arts education at NYU’s Educational Theatre MA program. In the summer of 2018, Nicole trained at Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Tuscany in commedia dell’Arte and cirque performance, developing her love for physical comedy and clowning. Apart from acting, during her undergraduate years at Fordham: she studied abroad and interned in London, England at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, assisting the Marketing Director and the Associate Producer; she directed, produced and adapted The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for my school’s Fall 2019 Studio Season; and she lead produced Fordham’s 2019 Performance Showcase.