Owner & Director
Lesley has spent more than three-quarters of her summers at camp. Her first few summers were as the toddler of a camp doctor. Finally, at age 7, she was old enough and thrilled to attend overnight camp herself! Since then, she has spent over 25 amazing summers at camp in New Hampshire and Maine. Lesley has a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University and has worked for over 20 years in higher education advising students and serving as a Dean. Along with her spouse Josh and their three children, Lesley feels very fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Maine all year long. She made her stage debut at age seven when she shared the role of Tinkerbell with her twin sister - at summer camp!
Owner & Director
Chris has over 20 years experience in the camp world. He has seen it from all perspectives as a camper, counselor, and now as co-owner and director of Acting Manitou, a place he has called home since 2009. Chris received his Master’s Degree in Theatre Directing from Columbia University and continues to direct theatre and opera around the world. He also teaches in the Yale School of Music’s Graduate Opera program. He lives in New York City with his boyfriend, Adam Fleming, where the two co-artistic direct Two Way Radio, a multi-disciplinary theatre company. He is so grateful that Maine is his summer home and loves sharing in the beauty that it offers with the staff and campers at Acting Manitou each summer.
Tim is a drama teacher and musical director currently living in Newfoundland, Canada. 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 Fun Home and All Shook Up and often works on new and original musicals and plays. At Acting Manitou, Tim has directed many shows and some of his favorites include The Diviners and Pippin.
Assistant Director & Business manager
Spencer is a veteran camper and long time staff member. He has been instrumental in working with our music campers as well as leading physical theater classes and working alongside our directors in making our show festival happen each year. As our business manager he brings experience from the finance world of non-profit theater from his years at The Public Theater in New York City. He holds a B.A. from Connecticut College.