Rocco Natale

Executive Director

Newington-Cropsey Fellowship recipient for dramatic writing and research, Rocco is a playwright and director. His plays have been performed internationally and stateside he has had the pleasure of working at The Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre and Arena Stage. Rocco's adaptations of GREAT EXPECTATIONS and K.C.@BAT (a musical commission for the National Boys & Girls Club of America) are published by YOUTHPlays. His play SMOKE SIGNALS holds the distinction of receiving the Siff Grant for educational performance and was developed to tour with Hospital Audiences, Inc. A semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference and Premiere Stages, Rocco has had the pleasure of working with Signature Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Urban Stages, Inside Broadway, Mirror Repertory Company, The University of Connecticut and Shakespeare on the Sound. BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. MA: New York University; BA: New York University, CAS: The University of Bridgeport.


Kyle LeMaire

Director of Education

Kyle LeMaire is an actor, director, and teaching artist from Louisiana, who holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. As a teaching artist he has taught many students with Virginia Repertory Company and TheatreWorks/USA. He has taught theatre in the school system elementary , high school, and college students. Mr. LeMaire was the Associate Artistic Director for The Victory Dance Project. A dance company focused on the mission of “Artist for Peace.” He has also served as the Associate Artistic Director for The Other Realm Theatre Company which focused on inclusion and blind casting, as well as, the Education Director for The Acting Space in NYC. As a performer he has been fortunate to be seen on various film/television shows and national tours across the country. He is a proud Actor Equity Association member.


Todd Buonopane

Acting the Song Instructor

Todd Buonopane is an actor, singer, story-teller, cabaret artist, host & musical theater nerd!

He has starred in four Broadway shows: ...Spelling Bee, Grease, Chicago and Cinderella. On television, he was featured as one of 30 Rock's most memorable recurring characters: Jeffrey Weinerslav. Other television credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Grey's Anatomy.Todd grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. (He is proud to the only one in his family without a Boston accent.)

He received his BFA from The University Of Michigan's Musical Theatre Department. He also spent seven summers of his youth at Stagedoor Manor.

As a cabaret artist, Todd has performed in all the great cabaret spaces of New York City and Los Angeles. He has performed his one-man-show, Lying In The Driveway & Other Stories in NYC and Virginia.

In recent years, Todd had discovered his love and talent for teaching. He has taught masterclasses and workshops all over the country, and teaches regularly at The University of Michigan and The New York Film Academy.

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Leif Steinert

On - Camera Instructor

Leif has taught acting at Theater of Arts College in Hollywood, CA, The Young Playwrights Conference and Naked Angels in NYC.

Televison: Criminal Minds (Guest Star, CBS), The Enemy Within (Guest Star, NBC)

Film: Dementia 13 (NBC/Universal), The Spearhead Effect (Produced By Terrence Malik)

Theater: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Macbeth (Macbeth), "ADAM" in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Cherry Lane Theater)

Leif holds a degree from The Circle in the Square Theatre School and a Masters in Acting from The New School for Drama.


Dan Cabrera

Playwright in Residence

Dan Cabrera is a graduate of Holy Cross College where he holds degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. An active performer and writer, Mr. Cabrera and his writing have been seen on the stages of The Upright Citizens Brigade, Fenwick Theatre and The Peoples Improv Theatre. He currently serves as a Communications Consultant at The Segal Company, a consulting firm with strong ties to the theatrical and performing community in New York. His play "The Red Herring" was featured at "The New Plays Festival" at The University of Connecticut and his plays have been published in national press. Mr. Cabrera is passionate about encouraging the arts and literacy in schools, environmental responsibility, and fostering a deep appreciation for comedy.


Maria Colonnato

Production Designer

Maria Colonnato is a former teacher/musician with a NYS Masters Degree in Music Education. Always interested in art, Maria has studied painting, ceramics, metal working, and jewelry making, just to name a few. Maria is currently a freelance artist for Museum Editions Ltd in New Rochelle, a dance mom, and the Costume, Prop & Set Designer for the Educational Theatre at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.


Autumn Howard

Production Designer

Autumn Howard is so thrilled to be a part of a wonderful group of artists and friends in Open Arts Alliance. Being from Oklahoma, Broadway and NYC was a 2 day bus ride so in high school and college they made their own productions. That is what OAA is all about, making quality theatre more accessible.


Maria McConville

Teaching Artist

Maria McConville Pizzarello has been a NYC Public School teaching artist since 2005. In the past she has worked with the Theatre Development Fund, LeAP! Onstage, Periwinkle Theater for Youth, and Theatre For A New Audience. Maria has worked with 2nd grade through 12th grade, though, she has a special place in her heart for 6th-8th graders. Her students have performed and adapted the work of Shakespeare, written their own plays, devised ensemble performance pieces, sang and danced in musical productions, and performed their peers work on a Broadway stage. Growing up in New York, Maria attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts for Drama, and recently adjudicated the auditions for incoming students. In 2004, she graduated with a degree in performance from Fordham University. Maria is an actress and also a playwright; her published plays include "To Date or Not to Date" (Playscripts) and "#VIRAL" (Stage Partners).


Molly Powers Gallagher

Teaching Artist

Molly Powers Gallagher is a NYC-based performer, writer, and teaching artist. She was recently commissioned by Urban Stages to create, write, and perform in The Mighty Patsy Mink!, a touring solo production about the life of the first Congresswoman of color. Her original play Mallory Li and the Kingdom of Wit & Wonder placed 4th in the New Plays for Young Audiences 2017 Season Competition. Molly is a teaching artist at Girl Be Heard, where she facilitates theater and writing workshops aimed to amplify the voices of young women in middle school and high school through activism and the arts. She has also had the pleasure of performing with Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company, Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival, Honest Accomplice Theatre and teaching at Boston University, Pennsylvania Playhouse, and South Asian Youth Action! MFA in Screenwriting, Boston University. BA in History, Fordham University Lincoln Center.


Meghan Grover

Teaching Artist

Meghan Grover is a 2016 graduate of the Guthrie Theater BFA Program. Her favorite roles include Thomasina in Arcadia with the Mamai Theater Company, Jasmine in Earthquakes in London with the Guthrie Theater, and "Leader Girl" in the Minneapolis tour of 'Girls Like That.' In addition to performing, Meghan is a teaching artist with NYC Children's Theater, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Young Audiences New York, Wingspan Arts, and Child's Play. She is thrilled to work with Open Arts Alliance where she combines her passion for performance and teaching to empower young people.


Sean Hinckle

Teaching Artist

Sean Hinckle is a New York-based actor and teaching artist. He has performed and taught in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Florida, Oklahoma and now Connecticut. He has previously worked with New York Shakespeare Exchange, Florida Studio Theatre, and the Coterie Theatre as a teaching artist. Sean is also a resident ensemble member of both the Brickabrack Ensemble and Bated Breath Theatre Company. He is overjoyed to be joining Open Arts Alliance for their touring production of Alice in Wonderland!


Adam Chisnall

Teaching Artist

Adam Chisnall has been seen off-Broadway in The Jackie Mason Musical, has toured with Chamber Theatre Productions, was seen in Old Jews Telling Jokes and works as an emcee with Broadway's Next Hit Musical. You can also check out Adam's talk show #theOUTtalk on OutliciousTV. As a comic Adam has worked at Caroline's, ‪Stand Up NY, ‪Broadway Comedy Club, ‪New York Comedy Club, Hoboken Comedy Festival, and has toured with Comedy's Best Kept Secret.