FACULTY

JENNIFER BAUER-CONLEY

JBC has been a proud member of the Stagedoor Manor family since 2010, the same year she relocated from New York City to become the Director of Fine Arts at the Emery/Weiner School in Houston, TX. In NYC, she worked for 10 years as a director, choreographer, performer, and teaching artist with professional and youth theaters, while also serving as a private mentor and coach for young Broadway and film professionals. JBC is a frequent nominee and winner of the Helen Hayes Awards, Metro Awards, and Tommy Tune Awards, and in 2016 was honored by Playbill as one of the 10 Teachers Shaping Broadway

DAVID CARL

David Carl is a composer and music director in NYC and he's been proud to music direct at Stagedoor Manor since 2015.  He previously wrote the score for Vestments of the Gods, which premiered in the 2014 NY Fringe festival (produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda.) His work has had readings with The Emerging Artists Theatre and HB Studios. He recently music directed KRAGTAR: An American Monster Musical with Theatre Now New York and The Dolls of New Albion with the National Theatre for Student Artists. David was a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Writer's Workshop. 

JEN CURFMAN

Jennifer Curfman is a NYC-based director, actor, and Associate Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company. As a director and associate director, Jen’s credits include: Lincoln Center Originals, Pioneer Theatre, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Vital Theater, FringeNYC/Encores, Live from Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, and Primary Stages. She has been seen onstage throughout the US, with companies including the Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Great Lakes Theater Festival, and NYC Opera. She has taught acting, directing, and Shakespeare with NSKI (Oslo, Norway), Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble (Public Theater), Stagedoor Manor, and the New School for Drama. Jennifer is a 2017 SDCF Observership Fellow, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Actors Equity Association, and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Jen holds a B.F.A. from NYU.

NEAL EASTERLING

Neal Easterling is a Founding Artist Member of Cooperative Performance Milwaukee and has worked for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Performance Project/east, Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Ballet, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  Neal has spent nine summers directing at Stagedoor Manor since 2002 - highlights including Kubuki Lady Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Our Country’s Good, and Good Woman of Setzchwan.  Neal holds an MFA in Directing from The University of South Carolina.

NICK HRUTKAY

Nick Hrutkay is the Artistic Director of Underscore Theater Co. He has directed numerous work across the country at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Central Square Theater, Huron Playhouse, Brick Theater, Keystone Repertory Theater, and Hippodrome Theatre. Among his awards, he is the 2010 recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival/Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Directing Fellowship, a Broadway World Award for Best Director, and an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2015 he has been a director and teacher at Stagedoor Manor mounting such productions of Eurydice, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Titanic, Jekyll & HydeNeighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Blood Brothers, and Metamorphoses. BA in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Nick served as the Artistic Director of the Huron Playhouse from 2015 to 2017 and is an Associate Member of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society. nickhrutkay.com

MARY JOY NELSON

Mary Joy Nelson is the Founding Executive Director of InnOVATION Arts Academy in Lexington, KY. Previously, she founded the A.C.E. Preparatory program and Broadway Bound Summer Camps at the University of Kentucky, where she completed her MMus in vocal performance and is currently completing her doctoral studies.  Ms. Nelson is sought out for her knowledge of vocal technique for classical, musical theatre and CCM styles, as well as her ability to help students prepare to be dynamic in the audition room. Students in her programs have landed major roles in national Broadway productions in recent years.  Ms. Nelson teaches voice in the Musical Theatre Certificate program at the University of Kentucky, as well as private students in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Utah, and of course, Kentucky!  As a teacher of youth and children for over 20 years, Ms. Nelson aims to help each student find their unique voice and to use it in a confident, healthy, and dynamic manner.

MARIE NICOLE

Marie Nicole is thrilled to be returning to Stagedoor Manor Studios!  Marie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of High Point University where she studied Performance Theatre and Vocal Music.  Her experience as an arts educator spans over a decade with various performing arts programs including Paper Mill Playhouse and Stagedoor Manor.  She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association who has performed on 5 continents (waiting on you, South America and Antarctica!)  In her free time, you can find Marie running marathons or being obsessed with all things Disney. www.MarieVNicole.com

Rachel Levitt

Rachel Levitt is a Toronto based dance teacher and choreographer who has worked internationally in the UK and USA. A graduate of Centennial College’s commercial dance program and ISVP at the Broadway Dance Center, she has performed in shows and events such as the Pan Am Games Closing Ceremonies, Expect Theatre’s To The Kid I Was (performed at Nuit Blanche), the Inspire Awards, and Fever After Dark: Eclipse (Dark Dance Company).

Her credits at Stagedoor Manor include working as an assistant choreographer for Leap of Faith, Seussical and All Shook Up, as well as teaching classes in ballet, jazz, musical theatre and modern.

With her company, Dance : Corps, she has choreographed works for Convergence Theatre (Dancing in a Time of Quarantine – The Covid Commissions), Grey Area Collective (Counting Blessings – Art in Isolation), Window of Opportunity Festival (live performance in 2021), and her two self-produced online shows Another Day in COVID-19 Land and Our Stories.

MAGGIE SAVOIE

Maggie Savoie currently serves as the Director of Dance and has spent the last four summers as a choreographer at Stagedoor Manor. Maggie is a proud graduate of Otterbein University, where she earned her Bachelors in theatre with a concentration in choreography before moving to New York City. She currently teaches and choreographs in the city focusing on ballet, musical theatre, and contemporary dance.  Maggie's choreography has been seen at Stagedoor Manor, Youth America Grand Prix, Otterbein University, and at various theatres throughout the city. She has performed with BalletMet, Megan Doyle Dance, Mitra Dance, and AbunDance. Maggie is so excited to be involved with College Connections and Stagedoor Manor Studios!

EMMA TOWNSEND

Emma Townsend graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelors in Theater Performance in May of 2020. She is now currently enrolled in Winthrop’s Masters in the Art of Teaching program. After graduation, she plans to devote her time to public education in South Carolina. Her specialization is in acting, but her passion lies in teaching theater. Her favorite role are comedic character roles and her favorite thing about theater as a whole is the artistic collaboration.

CHRIS TYER

Chris is pleased to join the staff of Stagedoor Studios online. A graduate of Mississippi State University in Communications and History, he spent his full professional career working in all aspects of theatre. Chris started his 20 year theatrical career on the Stages of northern Virginia and has enjoyed traveling working all across the country. He has directed in Northern Chicago, and the mountains of Colorado. Chris has spent 16 summers at Stagedoor Manor directing and teaching, as well as acted in several regional and local films and commercials in North Carolina, where he now makes his home.

JASON WIGGINS

Jason is beyond excited to be joining Stagedoor Studios this season. Jason earned his Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. He studied with a double emphasis in both Performance and Stage Direction. He has spent over 15 years working as a Director/Choreographer and Teaching Artist for Companies across the Country and just celebrated his 10th anniversary working with Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in 2020. As a performer he has worked in all realms of theater including Community Theater,  Dinner Theater, Outdoor Drama, Cruise Lines, Theater for young audiences, Touring Theater and Regional Theaters. He currently resides in Orlando Florida working as a performer for the Walt Disney Company making Magic in over 5 different show offerings including Festival of the lion King and being able to perform on the infamous Castle stage located in Magic Kingdom park in the show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare. Jason is very excited to bring his energy and talents to the Stagedoor Studios this fall. Run Towards Life!

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