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Answering the pleas of associates past and present, Stagedoor Manor Studios is creating a year-round opportunity for students to engage in the educational excellence offered during the summer at the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. 

At Stagedoor Manor Studios, whether you are an actor, dancer, playwright, or have the passion for the technical aspects of theatre, we have something for everyone! Whether you Immerse yourself in after school classes or for a fun weekend intensive, you can explore all areas of theatrical performance and enjoy what you are most passionate about. Join us today to be guided by seasoned professionals who will inspire and motivate you.

Stagedoor Manor strives to reflect and celebrate diversity in our programming, students, and staff. We are committed to producing work and creating environments that embrace the full breadth and beauty of our shared humanity. We are dedicated to making a welcoming and accessible space for people of any identity, background, or ability; including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality or immigration status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical/mental ability, appearance, socio-economic status, education level, and political viewpoint.

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MAGGIE SAMEN | Stagedoor Manor Studios Supervisor

Maggie Samen (she / her) is an Associate Producer at Stagedoor Manor and has been working at Stagedoor Manor for 12 years. She has a masters in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education. Maggie created Stagedoor Manor Studios because our families wanted us to bring Stagedoor’s theater magic to campers all year round.  Through zoom, we can reach students internationally and all 50 states. Workshops are held in person in New York City and Boston.


HAYLEY SAMEN | College Connections Supervisor

Hayley Samen (she / her), Associate Producer at Stagedoor Manor is thrilled to be the Program Supervisor for the College Connection program. Hayley's interest in higher education came from her passion as a special educator. She has three degrees in education and values all students as different learners with unique paths to higher education. Her drive to make the college process more equitable drives her programming to help both high school students and Stagedoor Manor alumni. In addition, Hayley is passionate about our Stagedoor families and helping them through the difficult theater program application process and auditions.


ROB SCHARLOW | Artistic Director of SDM Studios

Rob Scharlow (he / him) has spent over 30+ working in the performing arts. For the past 16 years he has been with the Stagedoor family and currently is the Associate Artistic Director. Prior to stepping into this role, he served as the Director of Education for 10 of those years along with being a director, teacher, and heading up the Dramafest program at Stagedoor. Hailing from the Midwest, his career has also taken him across the country working as a director and actor. Directing credits include: Evil Dead: The Musical in which he helped in the creation of the High School Edition working closely with Dramatic Publishing and the creators of the show. Other favorite directing credits include: Spring Awakening, Carrie: The Musical, In the Heights, BKLYN the Musical, The Toxic Avenger, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages, You Can’t Take it With You, and more. Some favorite acting credits include: Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (BroadwayWorld Best Actor Nominee), Billy Flynn in Chicago, Lockstock in Urinetown, Phantom in Phantom, Jon in Tick, Tick…BOOM!, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and others. 


NICK HRUTKAY | Assistant Artistic Director

Nick Hrutkay (he / him) currently serves as the Artistic Director of Underscore Theater which focuses on reimagining musicals and realizing new ones; devises projects as a Teaching Artist with Quantum Theatre; and is the Education Director and Assistant Artistic Director for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor. His work has been seen across the country having directed over 75 productions at such theaters as Central Square Theater, The Huron Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Brick, Alchemical Studios, Keystone Repertory Theater, Hippodrome Theatre, Stagedoor Manor, Playwrights Local, and more. He has taught at various theater companies, including Stagedoor Manor, Hippodrome Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Huron Playhouse, and Pittsburgh Musical Theater, where he was the Chair of the Acting Department for the PMT Conservatory. Among his awards he is the recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival / Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Fellowship, a Broadway World Award for Best Director, and an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Nick was previously the Artistic Director of The Huron Playhouse for several years, one of the longest running summer stock theaters in the United States, and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. ​

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