The Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center

Board of Directors

 

Doug Abdelnour

Proprietor, Bedford Photo-Graphic

Bedford, NY

Doug Abdelnor is a professional and artistic photographer. He is the founder and owner of Bedford Photo-Graphic.  Mr. Abdelnor has a broad range of photographic expertise with years of experience producing business and marketing art, video and digital content, image preparation for custom projects, and covering special events.  He has been The Schoolhouse Theater & Art’s Center photographer for 15 years. 

 

David Browne

Consultant 

Westport, CT

David Brown is the founder and owner of ToughLove Corporation, a venture improving and reinventing the automotive seatbelt.  Breakthrough patented and pending products.  Mr. Browne was a previous partner at Accenture and led a private investment company and consulting practice.

Tom Christopher

American Artist

Croton Falls, NY

Tom Christopher is an expressionist artist painting urban scenes and murals, mostly of New York City. Christopher began as a commercial artist, and has become a painter with worldwide galleries and exhibitions.  He resides in Croton Falls.

Dasha Epstein

Theater Producer

Bedford, NY

Dasha Epstein is a multi-Tony Award winning producer whose hits include “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Children of a Lesser God,”  “Chinglish,” “Same Time Next Year,” “Whose Life is it Anyway,” and a host of others.  She has also received two Drama Desk Awards, Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Awards as well as the Hola (Hispanic-Latin “Tony Award”) for “Four Guys Named Jose.” Ms. Epstein began her career working as an assistant to Lillian Hellman.   

Anthony Hairston  

Actor                                      

New York, NY

Anthony “Tony” Hairston (SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP) has had a long career in business in New York where he was a vice president with Credit Suisse and also working with Bankers Trust and Hanwha International Corporation.  For 15 years, he was the director of human resources for Leake and Watts in Yonkers.  He’s been a member of the board of The Schoolhouse for six years.  Tony has been happy to throw his hat in the ring backstage and on stage and recently gained his Actors’ Equity card.

Emily Kingsley

Writer/Producer

Briarcliff, NY

Emily Kingsley is the recipient of 23 Emmy Awards for her work writing on “Sesame Street.”  She was an accomplished television writer before joining the Children’s Television Network in 1970.  She has an additional 22 nominations and recently The Writers Guild of America congratulated all the writers of “Sesame Street” for writing one of the 100 Best TV series in history.  Emily is a Parent Advocate and nationally recognized lecturer on Down syndrome and disability rights.  

 

Bram Lewis

Artistic Director

New York, NY

Bram Lewis has been the Artistic Director here since 2015 and, along with Madeline Rae and Lee Pope has been honored to run * The Venerable Schoolhouse Theater.  A veteran producer, director and actor of more than 200 professional shows, plays, musicals and premieres, Mr. Lewis has worked onstage/off stage, on camera/off camera as a performer, director or writer for more than three decades in New York, London and coast to coast.  He makes his home on Pomander Walk, New York City. *From the NY Times

 

Vincent Park

Writer/Producer

White Plains, NY

Vincent Park is a Tony Award-nominated writer for “The News.”  He was the co-founder and artistic director of Main Street Extravaganzas, the resident theater company at the Perry Street Theater in Greenwich Village and of the Hanlon-Less Action Theater, longest-running joust company in America.  He is a writer and director of several plays and musical theater pieces, including “Axiel Himelo’s Christmas Fish Tale,” which had its world premier at the Schoolhouse in 2018.

 

Madeline Acton Rae

Managing Director

Garrison, NY

Madeline Acton Rae is a consultant who has wide-ranging experience in the public and private sector.  She’s worked in film and entertainment, international corporations and government service. 

Stephen Sheppard 

Attorney

New York, NY

Stephen Sheppard is a Founding Partner of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, and is a leading transactional attorney with over forty-five years of experience representing a broad range of individuals and companies in the publishing, digital, motion picture, television and other entertainment industries.

 

Alan Sklar

Voiceover Actor

Somers, NY

Alan Sklar is an accomplished voice actor for over 30 years.  He has narrated over 200 audiobooks, provided voice over for radio and television commercials, and served as an announcer at live corporate events.  Alan is the former announcer at WPIX in NYC.  

 

 

 

The Schoolhouse Theater & Arts Center Staff 

 

Ulker "Ker" Berdimurat

Curator

Croton Falls, NY

Ker Beckley has been an art advisor of and curator to Lee Pope throughout Lee’s philanthropy and gallery businesses.  Ker is an accomplished artist and ceramist.   Known throughout the county and region as a collaborator with cultural organizations – bridging artists and institutions. On top of it all, Ker is a practicing licensed art therapist and a Universal Minister.

 

James Aman "A.J." Beckley

Theater and Gallery Manager/ Many Hats

Croton Falls, NY

 

INT. SCHOOLHOUSE THEATER OFFICE - DAY

 

The staff is sitting around the office Coffee table with their laptop computers

 

BRAM:

(looks up from his computer)

“Hey A.J., Did you write your Bio?”

 

A.J.:

(Barely acknowledges Bram from computer)

“I am not going add my biography to the site”

 

Bram and Madeline both pause and look at each other

 

BRAM:

(to A.J. with a worry in his face)

“What?! You have to add your biography to our site. You are the one guy we all count on to make this theater run. We need to show you off that we have you here and that this place only runs with such a small staff because of you doing so much work in solving our everyday problems. I know this job is well below your skill set, but I know you love being part of a such creative team for all these years.  How do can I get people see that you mean so much to us?”

 

Cut to MADELINE 

Madeline:

“A.J, You’re too humble to be in the Entertainment business where everyone needs to self-promote themselves.

 

A.J. Looks up from Computer, looks at Madeline then Bram

 

A.J.:

“I have an idea…”

FADE OUT

Madeline Acton Rae

Managing Director

Garrison, NY

Madeline Acton Rae is a consultant who has wide-ranging experience in the public and private sector.  She’s worked in film and entertainment, international corporations and government service. 

 

 

Bram Lewis

Artistic Director

New York, NY

Bram Lewis has been the Artistic Director here since 2015 and, along with Madeline Rae and Lee Pope has been honored to run * The Venerable Schoolhouse Theater.  A veteran producer, director and actor of more than 200 professional shows, plays, musicals and premieres, Mr. Lewis has worked onstage/off stage, on camera/off camera as a performer, director or writer for more than three decades in New York, London and coast to coast.  He makes his home on Pomander Walk, New York City. *from the NY Times

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