Owner / Director
Steve is the head of the Performing Arts Department and a Drama Teacher at Friends Seminary in NYC. He teaches acting, directing, and playwriting for students in grades 7-12 and directs the after school drama program. Additionally Steve facilitates a monthly group for LGBTQ students looking for a space to talk and create community. Before starting his work at Friends, Steve taught and directed theater at Hunter College High School, The Winsor School in Boston, and The McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ. 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. Some of Steve's favorite shows to have directed at Acting Manitou include The Tempest, Lovers of Verona, and Bat Boy.
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 and a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University. She's a former collegiate swimmer and water polo player, and loves pool time at Acting Manitou. These days, Lesley enjoys skiing with her family, hula hooping, and rooting for the Red Sox. When not at camp, Lesley, her husband Josh, and their three children live in Brunswick, Maine. She made her stage debut at age seven when she shared the role of Tinkerbell with her twin sister at summer camp!
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.
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 many shows including Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, Oklahoma, Spring Awakening, 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. He is currently on Faculty at Yale University where he teaches acting and movement.
With over 25 years of professional teaching, administrative, theater and summer camp experience, Acting Manitou's leadership team works year round to plan each summer. We are committed to ensuring each camper who passes through our gates is met with friendships, support, and theatrical experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime.