Elyssa Phillips

Board of Directors

BFA Theatre & Dramatic Arts, Univ. of The Arts, Philadelphia PA; Shakespeare & Performance, British American Drama Academy, Oxford UK; Actor, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NYC & L.A.; Exec. Producer/Writer/Actor: 3GSN - 3 Girls Sketch Network, Los Angeles; Ms. At The Movies Writer, Ms. in The Biz Hollywood; CoProducer/Actor/Comedian/Comedy Writer, Pack Theater, Los Angeles; SAG-AFTRA; Actors' Equity Association

 

If you haven't seen Elyssa performing with the likes of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company or caught her in a broadcast TV commercial, you may have seen her co-star in Silicon Valley (HBO), The Mindy Project (Hulu), Chelsea (Netflix), Hack My Life (TruTV) or perform live standup comedy at Flapper's Comedy Club (Los Angeles). She also performs, writes, hosts and co-produces live sketch comedy at the Pack Theater in Los Angeles.

Heather Kalachman

Board of Directors

JD Brooklyn Law School; BA Psychology, Binghamton Univ.; Nassau County Delegate to NYS Women's Bar Association; Former Chair at New York City Bar Chorus

 

With a history of community service and raised by two NYC educators who emphasized mentoring and volunteerism, Heather was a seven year member with the NYC Bar Chorus, comprised of all legal professionals whose mission statement remains to support community outreach through music. In college, she was a student mentor right through law school and sang with the Binghamton Vibrations a capella group. Heather was also first runner-up on the syndicated television show "Becoming Presents: Wannabe Madonna" (MTV 2001). When it comes to community theater revues, she has performed notable songs from productions such as "Mame", "Grease" and "The Mikado", just to name a few. Heather currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County NY, but when she's not in court or working on complex legal matters, you'll find this local arts/community advocate as Board Member of the Sisterhood of Temple Am Echad in Lynboork NY as well as dabbling on ukulele or guitar, singing karaoke, composing songs and keeping up her vocal chops on stage at local open mic nights.

Brian Barry

Advisory Board

BS Communications, SUNY Albany NY; MA Creative Arts & Culture, Hofstra University NY; MA Speech, Rhetoric, and Performance Studies/Documentary Film Making, Hofstra University NY; SAG-AFTRA, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/NY Emmy Awards, International Thespians Association

Brian Barry's expertise spans from investigative reporter, feature writer and journalist, to an independent Filmmaker, Director and Producer. He is also an accomplished musician, songwriter and actor, with roles in The X-Files and the feature horror film Blood Wings. Brian also founded The Long Island Creative Arts Center and created the Annual Daniel & Celia Malloy Memorial Music Scholarship at Clinton High School in Clinton NY.

Cantor David Aaron Katz

Advisory Board

Opera, Vocal Educator/ Performer, Superior Vocal Health Products

 

David Aaron Katz is not only a religious Cantor. He is also an international singer of Opera and Broadway, as well as voice teacher, vocal coach, nutritional consultant, herbalist and lecturer. You may have seen him singing the National Anthem for the New York Mets or the New York Islanders, and if you ask him what his personal favorite music genre is, he will tell you that it's heavy metal!

Beth Koenig

Advisory Board

BS Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management, Penn State University; President, Brass Tacks Events, Philadelphia PA; President/Board Member Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ILEA (International Live Events Association); Director of Events, The Schulson Collective (Hollywood Florida, Philadelphia PA, Atlantic City NJ)

A Penn State alum, Beth Koenig has worked 17 years in the catering industry with the likes of the Steven Starr organization and Celebrity/Iron Chef/Multi-Restaurateur Jose Garces. Making the leap in 2016 from catering to major event planning, Beth opened her own company, Brass Tacks Events, and currently serves as President of the prestigious industry organization ILEA as well as Director of Events at The Schulson Collective.

Robbi Kumalo

Advisory Board

Artistic Director, Bali Dali Productions, Inc.; Singer/Songwriter/Musician; Teaching Artist with New Jersey State Council for The Arts & NJPAC; SAG-AFTRA; Actors' Equity Association

Both performing and teaching artist, Robbi has worked with luminaries such as Diana Ross, Arif Mardin, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Harry Belafonte, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, Ashford & Simpson and Edie Brickell among many others. Robbi sings in several languages and her children's programs are well known around the USA and the world!

Joseph Palancia

Advisory Board

B.A.; C.A.S.A.C.; Student Services/Student Assistance Counselor & DASA Coordinator (Dignity for All Students Act) Goshen Central High School NY; ADAC Counselor of The Year 2013 (Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County NY)

 

Joseph Palancia (aka Turnpike Joe) is an awarding winning substance abuse counselor in the Orange County NY school district and has been performing with his Classic Rock/Pop band, Turnpike Joe & The Traffic Jam, since 1977.

MaryAnne Piccolo

Advisory Board

BA Theatre Performance/Musical Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College CUNY; MS Educational Theatre, City College of New York; Actor/Vocalist/Educator/Producer; Bertram Epstein Memorial Scholarship Award Recipient at City College NYC; Co-Founder, Damn The Light Productions NYC; Actor's Equity Association

MaryAnne Piccolo is a NYC-based performer, director, producer and educator, with a performing emphasis on Contemporary Musical Theatre. As a Teaching Artist, she has directed and produced musicals at The Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, and has taught Master Classes at Talent Unlimited Arts High School. MaryAnne is also an Adjunct Faculty member for the Theatre Arts Department at NYC's Marymount Manhattan College, and is a New York State Certified (K-12) Theatre teacher.

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