Meet Our Staff:

Patricia Idell (President/Director) studied Theatre and English at Rutgers University. She holds a Masters in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A sixth grade language arts teacher, Ms. Idell has directed nearly 30 musical theatre productions. She participates regularly in training sessions with Broadway Teachers Workshop, most recently in BTW’s 30-hour summer 2018 course.

Sara Brady (Executive Producer) has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. She has worked as a professional actress, community artist, and college professor at Montclair State University, Trinity College in Dublin, and City University of New York.

Jessica Idell (Producer/Choreographer) graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Theater Arts and English. In addition to designing and constructing sets, she has choreographed several school and summer camp productions in the Somerset County area.  An extremely versatile instructor, Miss Jess also teaches dance, voice, and instrumental lessons.

Joanna Hoty Russell (Music Director) is a multifaceted musician who has dedicated her vocal performance and directing talents to the Light Opera of New Jersey. Joanna maintains a private voice studio in Murray Hill and is also the Music Director of The Larks. Additionally, she is the Alto Soloist at St. Peter's Church in Roseland and is a member of The Early Music Players of NJ. Joanna co-founded Creative Arts Support Team, a non-profit organization supporting visual/performing arts opportunities in the Berkeley Heights school district.