Meet Our Staff:

Patricia Idell (President/Director) is an experienced educator with a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and a Masters in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She currently teaches 6th grade language arts and has directed many musical theater productions over the past 20 years.

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.