Staff & Collaborators

Kristen Brooks Sandler

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Kristen Brooks Sandler is a purple haired choreographer whose work lives at the intersection of theater & concert dance. She employs narrative in tandem with a dark, avant-garde aesthetic to explore the peculiar. Kristen's career has taken her all over the US and the world, including Japan, Sweden & Denmark. Select Credits: Your Alice (BAM, Edinburgh Fringe), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Lysistrata Jones (NYITA Nom - Best Choreography), Gilded (Capital Fringe - Best Dance), Shimmer & Shine (Nickelodeon), Sunny Day (Nickelodeon Jr), Sweatsgiving (International Film Channel), She Loves Me (Bartlesville), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Associate, Gothenburg Opera), Jesus Christ Superstar (Associate, Signature Theater. Helen Hayse Nomination).

IG: KristenBrooks19 // www.KristenBrooksSandler.com

ERIN KEI

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Erin Kei is a NY based creator. Originally from Fort Worth, TX she graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater. As a performer she has worked Off Broadway, in National Tours, regional houses, as well as doing TV, Film, and commercial work. Having collaborated for many years as an Associate Choreographer as well as performing on stage, Erin enjoys bringing all aspects of a project together from inception to performance. She is a passionate storyteller who believes art has the power to invite new perspectives.

IG:  erinnish

courtney liu

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE : SUMMER 2021

 

Courtney Liu is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer, and researcher who recently finished her MFA at Duke University. Select performance credits include the Broadway cast of the Phantom of the Opera, the international tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, the national tour of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Queen of the Night (sister show to Sleep No More), Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and the Cincinnati Ballet. Courtney performed the title role in the Guggenheim premiere/NY Live Arts Special of Marcelo Gomes' Sophie Maybell and has worked with Broadway choreographers Andy Blankenbueler, Camille A. Brown, Josh Prince, Gillian Lynne, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Lorin Latarro. 

Courtney has taught dance nationally and internationally for the past 15 years and has choreographed a variety of dance performances and films. In addition to working with university students, conservatory students, pre-professional dancers, and recreational students, Courtney has facilitated dance experiences for children exposed to domestic violence, underserved children across the US, students from her grandfather's hometown in Zhuhai, China, Special Olympics team members, and refugee students in New York and Durham.
 
In addition, Courtney has served as the Assistant Dance Captain at the Phantom of the Opera and as Assistant Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is a graduate of Duke University (BA), an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, and has completed the ABT Teacher Training Program for Levels Primary through 3.
 
Courtney’s research draws upon ethnographic and embodied methods to better understand the consistently high rates of body image concerns and eating disorders in ballet training environments. Her research, choreography, and pedagogical methods seek to discourage self- and other- objectification and to facilitate fully powered embodiment and engaged artistic flow states. 

Taylor Broadard

CREATIVE PRODUCER

Taylor was on the Memphis the Musical National Tour. She recently performed in My Fair Lady (Ensemble) at Riverside Theatre. Regional Theatres: Mamma Mia! (Lisa) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Hairspray (Pearl/ Dynamite) at North Shore Music Theatre, South Pacific and Gypsy (Ensemble) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Sister Act (Tina/ Ensemble)at Broadway At Music Circus, Mamma Mia! (Lisa) at Ogunquit and Gateway Playhouses. Taylor has performed on Norwegian Cruise Lines in Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndam) and on the Pride of America in Hawaii. Taylor received a BFA (Musical Theatre) and minor (Dance) from Pace University. Huge thanks to my incredible family, Jeremy at Daniel Hoff and Kenny! @tbroadard8

KAITlyn schirard

 

CREATIVE CONSULTANT, COPYWRITER

Kaitlyn Schirard is a NYC based actress & creator. Since graduating from Rollins College, she has been dedicated to sharing her passion and teaching theatre to students of all ages. When she's not in the classroom, Kaitlyn is on stage and often performing Shakespeare. Past teaching residencies include the nationally acclaimed Riverside Children's Theater and Astoria's very own Ophelia Theatre Group among others.

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Lawryn LaCroix

Lawryn LaCroix is a New York City based actor and producer. Lawryn has worked with Tribeca Film Festival, Rooftop Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Hampton Film Festival and DocNYC. Lawryn's theatrical credits include BAM, LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club & internationally at the Arcola Theatre. 

Since it's incorporation in 2017, Lawryn's production company Pinkhouse has cultivated film, theatrical, and artistic pieces across the globe.  Lawryn LaCroix's impetuous for founding Pinkhouse was the play Your Alice - a unique and beautiful piece of theater that needed help achieving its goals. Your Alice has since been seen Off-Broadway at BAM, in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Off West End at the Arcola Theater. 

Megan Quarles

RESIDENT COSTUME DESIGNER

Megan Quarles is a sustainable costume designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work spans multiple genres and costume roles, including building costumes for international dance tours and Broadway, designing costumes for circus, film, and dance, and wardrobe supervising dance, burlesque, and circus productions. Her recent credits include touring with Cirque Du Soleil’s Axel, Your Alice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and theTONY nominated 2019 revival of All My Sons at Roundabout Theatre in New York City. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with creative minds like Constance Hoffman, Elkhanah Pulitzer, Julie Taymor, Jane Greenwood, Nicole Von Arx, and Kristen Brooks Sandler. She is an advocate
for environmental awareness in costume design, consciousness of life cycles of costumes, and creating less waste in all her projects. She has been a member of the Broadway Green Alliance Off Broadway Committee, a presenter at the Theatre Communications Group, and a sustainability workshop instructor
at USITT in the spring of 2020.

Will vicari

RESIDENT HAIR & MAKE UP DESIGNER

 

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I came up through an amazing collection of community theatres, and a professional opera company. For my high school years, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre was my home away from home. I started on the stage, but quickly realized my love for costumes and wigs. I loved watching actors that I had been in the rehearsal hall with for weeks come out of the dressing room completely transformed into the characters I had watched them create.

 

I quickly sought to learn all that I could about my new-found interest, falling into an amazing apprenticeship with local opera wigmaster, Robert Thomasma, and taking on a job as his assistant at Opera Grand Rapids as well as at the Civic. My time there lead me to seek more training at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where I earned my BFA in Wig and Makeup Design with a second emphasis in Costume Design.

 

While in St. Louis I had the privilege of working for many local theatres, including: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, The Muny, STAGES St. Louis, and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. I wake up and pinch myself every day that I get to play pretend professionally! 

sean dolan

Sean Dolan is an award winning cinematographer with a passion for camerawork that intrigues, editing that engages, and storytelling that resonates. Sean has spent the last eight years capturing the stories of subjects all around the world.  Most recently, Sean had a three year tenor at Sports Illustrated where he produced pieces on countless sports icons including Simone Biles and 
Ryan Lochte.  Sean graduated from Elon University with a degree in 
Media Arts and Entertainment.

Innissent

Charles and Christopher Inniss are the New York-based songwriting and music production duo, InnissENT. 

alex tremblay

Born and raised in North Providence RI, Alex Tremblay found his passion in music at a young age. He came from a family of musicians which enabled him to hone his craft at a young age and would eventually lead him to further his studies at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, where he was a student of the schools renowned jazz department that was founded by the legendary Jazz Saxophonist/Composer, Jackie McLean.

It was there that he met an studied with one of his bass heroes, Professor Nat Reeves. After completing his studies in 2013 he moved to New York City to continue to study, grow, and perform. Since moving to New York his most recent teachers have been Larry Grenadier and Gregg August. He currently resides in Brooklyn and is an active member of the music community in and around New York City.
He has performed at many well known New York venues as well as venues abroad such as, The Cotton Club (Tokyo), Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, BB King's, Minton's, The Cutting Room, Shanghai Jazz, The Kitano, Smoke Jazz Supper Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Sleep No More, Bar Next Door, SubCulture, and Terra Blues.

He has also performed with the likes of Jerry Dodgion, Bennie Wallace, Lew Tabackin, Jonathan Barber, Jovan Alexandre, Gary Smulyan, Johnny O' Neal, Larry Willis, Donald Vega, Pete Malinverni, Shawnn Monteiro, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, David Schnitter, Lawrence Clark, Philip Dizack, Jumaane Smith, Khalili Kwame Bell, Antoinette Montague, Josh Evans, Solomon Hicks, Highline Chamber Ensemble, Billy Drummond, Don Hahn, John Mosca, and Ralph LaLama. 

GUY MANNICK

Guy Mannick is a New York based actor and dancer, and so humbled at the opportunity to make challenging, new art with such incredible people. Credits: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (nat’l tour), Sweet Charity (nat’l tour), CATS, A Chorus Line, Crazy For You, Singin’ in the Rain, and others.