Faculty

Joe Ferriero, Co-Director    joe@teendrama.org

Joe is a graduate of Montclair State University (B.A.) and Seton Hall University (M. Ed.). He has directed several plays and musicals for both middle schools, high schools and community theaters, including: Annie, Guys and Dolls, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s High School Musical, Seussical, Grease, Oz! A Twisted Musical, Big Bad, Amy Goes Army, Happily Never After, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brow, Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Xanadu, Urinetown, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family and Lysistrata Jones. He has performed on stage in: West Side Story (Doc), Guys and Dolls, Tear Along the Dotted Line (Randolph) [Off-Broadway], I Remember Mama (Uncle Chris), The Odd Couple (Oscar), Little Red Riding Hood… (Oswald, the Big Bad Wolf), Arsenic & Old Lace (Officer Brophy)Back to the 80s (Corey Palmer Sr.), Sussical (The Cat in the Hat) and more.  Joe has also worked with the Broadway musical Lysistrata Jones.  Check out Joe directing Princess Diana: The Musical this May @ Plays in Morris (Morris, MN) and directing Disney’s The Little Mermaid this May in Clinton, MN.

Joe is a principal at St. Mary’s School (Morris, MN) and holds several teacher certifications. In his spare time, Joe is also the owner of his own Web Design firm (Anura Web), theatrical licensing agent (Twisted Plays) and works with the West Hudson Arts & Theater Company.

Broadway World Nominations: The Addams Family (Best Musical), Godspell (Best Musical), Young Frankenstein (Best Musical), Disney’s Cinderella (Best Musical)

Rising Star Nominations: Bye, Bye Birdie (Educational Impact Award)

 

Michele Sarnoski, Co-Director    michele@teendrama.org

Michele is a graduate of Susquehanna University (B.A.) and Seton Hall University (M. Ed.). She has choreographed multiple drama productions, including: Annie, Guys & Dolls Jr., Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Guys & Dolls, Oz! A Twisted Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Michele is the head cheering coach at Paramus High School and for more than 5 years the head cheering coach for St. Stephen School and St. Mary High School. As a producer, Michele has worked on Bye Bye Birdie, Sound of Music  and Legally Blonde (Paramus High School).  As a director Michele has worked on The Rocky Horror ShowDisney’s High School Musical, Down in Front, A Family Reunion to Die For, Xanadu, Urinetown, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family, and Somewhere Nowhere.  Michele is also the director of W.H.A.T.’s 24 hour musicals.  Check out Michele directing A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum this June @ W.H.A.T.

When not teaching English at Paramus High School, Michele can be found working on her school’s yearbook, directing musicals at Queen of Peace HS, or relaxing with a good book.

Broadway World Nominations: The Addams Family (Best Musical), Godspell (Best Musical, Outstanding Choreography), Young Frankenstein (Best Musical, Outstanding Choreography)

Rising Star Nominations: Bye, Bye Birdie (Educational Impact Award)

 

 

Scott Burzynski, Vocal Coach    scott@teendrama.org

Scott is a graduate of Kutztown University (B.S.) with a degree in Music Education. He has been the Musical Director for Theatre at Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem, PA for two years where he worked on productions of Camelot, Nunsense, and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Scott has also served as interim band director at Bethlehem Catholic, and worked with the Pen Argyl Area High School Marching Band as Visual Technician. He is currently the organist and choir director at St. James Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, NJ. Scott has been the vocal director for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeBye Bye Birdie, Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Xanadu, Urinetown, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family, Grease and Lysistrata Jones.  Scott also works on W.H.A.T.’s 24 hour musicals.  Scott directed W.H.A.T.’s production of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Scott is currently a music teacher at Washington School in Kearny, NJ.

 

Kevin Kern, Acting Coach/Broadway Actor

Kevin is a graduate of NYU. He can currently be seen on National Tour in Finding Neverland.  His Broadway credits include the original company of Finding NeverlandThe Wedding Singer (Robbie Standby/Swing), Les Misérables (Marius), Wicked (Fiyero), First Date (standby) and The Bridges of Madison County (Robert). He was a swing in the pre-Broadway production of 9 to 5 the Musical. Kevin made his West End London Debut run in Hair. Off-Broadway shows include Next to Normal original company (standby for Dan and Dr. Madden), Altar Boyz original company (swing for all five parts) and Finian’s Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre (Woody). Recent regional productions include Curtains (Aaron Fox), Grease (Danny) and Les Misérables (Marius) at St. Louis Muny.

Kevin offers voice lessons at his studio in Maplewood, NJ – visit www.kevinkernvoice.com for information.

 

 

 

Dana Mannine, Choreographer

Dana has worked with Teen Drama on Xanadu, Urinetown, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family and Lysistrata Jones.  Dana also works with WHAT on their 24 hour musical challenge each year.

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

Teen Drama is currently looking to fill the following positions:

  • None at this time
Positions are posted on Playbill.com and on TeenDrama.org.

Resume’s are always accepted at info@teendrama.org  NJ State Teacher certification is a plus.

College internships are always available – email joe@teendrama.org for more information.

Teen Drama is an “equal opportunity employer.” Teen Drama will not discriminate and will take “affirmative action” measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex. Teen Drama is committed in all areas to providing a work environment that is free from harassment. Harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated. All employees, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in employment with the employer as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.