Rory Scholl (Improv) lives in New York and has been an improviser and entertainer for over 12 years, and is currently a teacher for and member of the touring improve troupe, Chicago City Limits (www.chicagocitylimits.com) In addition to teaching corporate comedy and workshops to such companies as Disney, Time Warner, and Nokia, Rory is the lead guitarist in the all improvised rock-n-roll storytelling band, the BTK Band, who start touring in the summer of 2011. He is co-director of The Creative Outlets, promotions and events company that uses comics to assist agencies in campaigns (www.thecreativeoutlets.com) He eats almonds to lower his cholesterol.

 

 

Emily Riedel (Dance, Choreographer) is a choreographer and performer based in Westchester County, New York. For the past twelve years she has trained in classical ballet and modern, as well as jazz, hip hop, theater dance, contemporary, lyrical, and is especially well versed in tap dance. She has taught and assisted beginner to advanced levels of dance at Westchester Ballet Center, Croton Children’s Theatre, and the Croton Academy of Arts. As a choreographer, Emily has created dances for Croton Children’s Theatre, PVC Middle School, Dance for Peace, Croton Academy of Arts, and served as Dance Captain for Actors Conservatory Theatre of Westchester. Emily received a full merit scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Schools Summer Jazz Intensive Program, continued her professional dance training at the Joffrey last year.

 

Mark Stevenson (Digital Filmmaking) has been producing, writing, directing and editing documentary, and commercial short films for over 15 years, recently completing a series of 30 short films for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that received glowing reviews, *“Riveting.” The New York Times*, *“Shook me to my core.” Huffington Post* You can see several of those videos here.

He is currently producing and directing All Our Sons, a documentary about two boys who are murdered by the same man and their mothers’ unexpected alliance which is offering hope to victims and offenders alike. In addition, Mark produces a web series called Theater Matters that focuses on live performance from the point of view of actors, writers and directors, and a documentary about the role of women in America seen through the lens of Judaism.

Mark also spent many years in advertising as a writer, designer and creative director on accounts such as UConn, CalTech, Cigna, Readers Digest and Broadway shows such as Spamalot, Into The Woods and Movin Out. All this work is deeply informed by his experience as an artist. He is an accomplished painter, with work appearing at G.W. Einstein Gallery, White Columns, Vis-a-Vis Gallery in Manhattan and The Heckshire Museum of Art. His photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, Street News and on Law and Order. As Co-founder, and Creative Producer of Liberal Arts Productions Mark helped develop original plays such as David Simpatico’s Bad Blood, which appeared at New York Theater Workshop and the Lark Theater Off Broadway. His illustrations and animations have been featured in many Broadway shows websites and promotions, including Dame Edna, Day in the Life, Fiddler on the Roof, Good Vibrations, Into The Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, The Mambo Kings, Movin’ Out, Spamalot, Urinetown and Off Broadway shows The Donkey Show, Cookin’ and Stomp, as well as campaigns for Serino Coyne, Richard Frankel Productions, Nederlander Productions, Jordan Roth Productions, Jeffrey Finn  and Hot on Broadway.

 

Joseph Riedel (Sketch, Prepare for Impact) is a Writer, Director, and Performer who has just returned to New York after spending the last six years in Chicago. During his time in the midwest Joseph performed on improv teams at the IO Theatre, and worked as a writer, director, and producer on a number of Transmedia productions for web, television, commercials, as well as live theatrical events. A lover of television critical analysis, Joseph has also dedicated a lot of time working with publications such as the online scholarly resource "The Watercooler Journal" where he wrote journalistic articles on television studies. The creation of his autobiographical web series “A Good Sense of Tumor” will be featured on NPR’s Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson throughout the year, where they will interview and document him as he develops the series.

 

 

 

 

 

CONNECTIONS STAFF

  Rachel Norfleet (CONNECTIONS) has a masters degree in elementary education from Bank Street College of Education.  Rachel           lives in Croton with her husband, two children and 3 cats.