Meet our teachers
Directing, Sketch Writing, Comedy Improv
Joseph is a Writer, Director, and Performer who returned to New York after spending 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” was featured on NPR’s Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson.
Directing, Choreography, Voice
Natalie graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in England with a BA in Musical Theatre. While overseas, she played Princess Jasmine opposite Britt Eklund and Issy van Randwick in the pantomime Aladdin, toured in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Candide. She has worked extensively in her native Houston at the Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Arneson Productions, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theater, among others. She performed her original show “Mama Drama” at The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama, subsequently winning the 2016 Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets Award for “Best Female Debut.” Natalie has extensive experience in several teaching disciplines, including ballet, tap, jazz, singing, acting, and stage combat. Her career as an actress has expanded into that of director and choreographer of many children’s musical theater performances.
Directing, Acting, Stage Combat
Nic is an actor, stuntman, combat choreographer, SAG-AFTRA member, certified with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has studied at the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat. He has fight directed numerous comedic and dramatic works here and abroad for professional and community theatres, colleges, and high schools. Nicolas has worked with both children and adult actors. as a director and stunt coordinator. He is happy to educate young actors on how to act out violence on stage in a safe and clear manner.
Drawing and Murals
Dillon is an award-winning mural artist, alum of Croton-Harmon schools, and a BFA major in animation at FIT. Many of Dillon's own murals can be found in the Village of Croton on Hudson. He recently won a National award from Essentia Water to design a billboard mural which was displayed in NYC. Essentia featured him in this video. Watch a video of Dillon creating a mural for Pampered Pet in Croton on Hudson. Dillon collaborated with PVC students to make their creative ideas and visions a reality with a mural created in the school.
Japanese language, Origami
Kazuko has been teaching Japanese art & culture to children for more than twelve years. Her BOCES program, “Discover Japan through Art,” is taught in many Westchester and Rockland schools. It offers unique hands-on activities which stimulate children’s interests in another country and exposes them to a new and exciting culture. She also teaches private language lessons and an adult education course
Ellen has an MFA in mixed media from Hunter College and studied graphic design at SVA. She was a graphic artist for 37 years, 24 years of which were at Doubleday publishing as a Sr. Art Director. Ellen’s work was shown many self-curated group shows in NYC non-art establishment venues. Ellen’s work caught the eye of East Village Gallery owners, who included her in shows at Civilian Warfare Gallery and other East Village haunts. Her friendship with artist, writer, and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz, led to her involvement in collaborative, ephemeral, alternative art. Her mural at Pier 34, NYC in 1983 was featured on the cover of The East Village Eye and in The Soho News. Ellen’s childhood fascination with portraiture has not diminished. Ellen is currently a studio artist and works as a realtor.
Crafts, Paper Mache
Darcey Stewart McDonough
Darcey has been involved with creative arts since childhood. She has also worked as a Pre-K teacher for over twenty-five years, many of them spent at Childrenspace in Croton where she delighted many, many children with untold creative projects and her mastery in teaching. She has recently begun an adventure that involves paper mache creations. She calls them "Quirky Beings." Darcey believes that anything you can think of, you can create — almost. The only limit is your imagination, which she has in spades.
Meredith has published books for kids about extinct animals, bank heists, and daredevils. She has taught at Gotham Writers Workshop, worked for Scholastic, and developed lots of reading and writing curriculum. She is a parent to a 6th and a 3rd grader, and is always ready to read—or write—a good story!
Zack O'Brien is a songwriter, producer, and audio engineer living in Croton on Hudson, NY. Before completing his Masters in Studio Composition at SUNY Purchase, he spent years as a guitarist and songwriter in bands Yucky Duster and Slonk Donkerson, during which time he toured extensively and recorded albums that have received praise in The Guardian, Stereogum, VICE and more. He is now writing and recording music as Starstruck and released his solo debut on System Dialing Records in 2020. Hear his music at: www.zackobrienmusic.com
Tim is an artist and printmaker. He has more than twenty years’ experience in graphic, design, illustration, and art direction. He is in the process of a career change to become a full-time art teacher. Tim's art instruction philosophy is: Art is valuable. Art conveys meaning, emotion, wonder, and thought when words do not work. When an artist uses an eraser it isn’t for removing mistakes; it is just another rendering tool. Students, as artists, discover their environment and community by practicing critical observation thinking skills, evaluation, and analysis.