Meet some of our Artistic Staff of Directors, Designers, and Teaching Artists!
joined us in 2017 as our resident choreographer and dance teacher. In 2016 Adam taught master classes in Broadway Rep featuring choreography from Wicked, a show he opened in Chicago and subsequently performed in on Broadway. Adam has also performed on Broadway in the original company of Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein and in the off-Broadway favorite, Bare: A Pop Opera.
received her BA from UVM in theater and classical voice, and is now pursuing her MFA in costume design from Boston University. She was a camper for three summers, and has been a staff member since 2012. Alyssa assistant-designed two BU productions, Parade and Exposed. Alyssa designed The Cradle Will Rock at The Wimberley Theater in Boston and Frankenstein in NYC.
has written plays for young people and adults that have been produced at Poly Prep Country Day School, Theatre-Studio Inc., Emerging Artists Theater, Manhattan Comedy Collective, University of Southern Oregon, Youth Theatre Northwest in Seattle, and here at Acting Manitou. A member of the Dramatists Guild, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband Jason and two daughters.
is a director and teaching artist based in New York City. He’s worked at Lincoln Center Education, the Metropolitan Opera, Theater for the New City, Live from Lincoln Center, Heartbeat Opera, Symphony Space, Friends Seminary, and the Yale School of Drama. He's been at Acting Manitou since 2010, and in the summer of 2017 he directed The Merchant of Venice. zacharyelkind.com
creates radical performance experiments with ensembles of fearless collaborators and has done so for the past ten years in and around New York City. As a graduate of the MFA program in Theatre Directing at Columbia University, she adapted and directed Clarice Lispector’s famed novella THE HOUR OF THE STAR and turned it into a durational solo performance and grotesque vaudeville stage play.
is currently based in New York City, where he is a composer with a focus in Musical Theater as well as a pianist, arranger, conductor, music director, and audio engineer. Benji has written multiple full-length musicals as well as featured pop and classical "concert" music pieces. including the new musical Scorched and his original musical The Average Achievers premiered in New York City in 2015.
designs scenery for live performance and film. He is a founding member of allcaps collective. He received his MFA in Theatrical design from the University of Texas at Austin, where his interest for unconventional storytelling lead him to conceive Of Course, What Did You Expect, My Child? a visual installation that reshaped the tale of Red Riding Hood.
is a Manitou alum and rising sophomore at Swarthmore College. He is incredibly excited to return for his 4th year at camp to music direct one of the dozen original musicals he has composed music for (another of which, Promnado,premiered at Acting Manitou in 2017.)
has been a member of the Acting Manitou community since 2011. Margie recently graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she graduated with a BA in Theatre. While in New Orleans, Margie was able to perform professionally throughout the city. Margie has now moved back home to New York, and is pursuing a career in Musical Theater. Acting Manitou was instrumental to Margie’s development as an artist and individual, and she is so thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the Acting Manitou community every summer.