2017 faculty members are listed below. Updates will be made regularly leading up to July.
Marshall Jones (Program Director; Directing; Careers in Theater)
In addition to his role as an Associate Professor of Theater Arts at Rutgers University, Marshall is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Tony Award winning® Crossroads Theatre Company, located in New Brunswick, NJ. He has over 30 years of theater and live entertainment management experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of New York city’s most prestigious venues including the world famous Apollo Theater, the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden, the historic landmark Radio City Music Hall, and Disney On Broadway’s The Lion King. Marshall proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Theater Communications Group (TCG), and has served as a Commissioner of the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority (operators of NJTV, formerly known as NJN). He is also a member of Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM). Marshall earned a BA in Theater Arts from Rutgers University and an MA in Arts Management from New York University. He was also a member of the New Brunswick Arts Council, and, Marshall taught arts management from 1990 to 2002 at Drew University in Madison, N.J.
Jade Cintron (Associate Director; Theatre Games)
Jade Cintron is an Arts/ESL Educator and administrator who is thrilled to be returning for her 5th year at RSAC. Being an RSAC alum herself (RSAC 2004!) she has the unique experience of knowing the program from inside out and therefore the participants and staff mean the world to her. During her studies at Rutgers, Jade Cintron worked in the marketing and production departments of prestigious theatres and companies such as The State Theatre in New Brunswick, mtvU, and The Broadway League. Having realized that she was more of a “Jack of All Trades and Master of None” she graduated from Rutgers College in 2009 with a double major in Theatre & Journalism Media Studies and a double minor in Cultural Anthropology & Spanish. She then went on to earn her Teaching English as a Second Language certificate in Barcelona, Spain where she lived for the past 8 years teaching English through theatre, song, and movement as well as doing marketing and event coordination for different arts/linguistic groups. A true performer at heart, Jade Cintron has also had the pleasure of performing in a variety of plays, musicals, cabarets and other events while abroad. As of March 2017, she is back in the states working with RSAC year round and will be starting her Graduate studies in Arts Administration at Drexel University in the Fall.
KEVIN J. KITTLE (Acting Teacher)
Kevin Kittle has worked as Joseph Chaikin’s
assistant director and with Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard for the Signature Theater Company. He has directed numerous productions and readings in New York City and regionally His most recent productions include College Colors at Crossroads Theater, The Hot Season at The Sheen Center,In God’s Hat at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Blood Potato at The Harold Clurman Theater for Apothecary Theatre Company, and Beyond the Pale (nominated for Best Director and Best Production at the 1st Irish Theatre Festival). At The Greenwich Street Theatre, he directed the world premiere of Jamie Linley’s Dirty Works (critical acclaim in NYC and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney, both as resident director of Stiff Upper Lip, as well as Joe Penhall’s Some Voices with The Villar-Hauser Development Fund. Other credits include: TheBCam at the Flamboyen, Watching and Waiting at The Judith Anderson, The House of Yes at The Currican, and Life During Wartime (2001 Off-Off Broadway Review Award for Outstanding Production) with Inertia Productions as their resident director. As co-developer and dramaturge-director, Kevin has worked on This is the How, with Rhett Rossi at The Playroom Theater, David Dannenfelser’s When Words Fail… at The NY International Fringe Festival (the script of which is published in Plays and Playwrights, Vol. One), and Peter Handy’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which was a finalist in the Samuel French One Act Festival and is published by Samuel French. His Los Angeles production of Chet Whell’s Economic Subterfuge, starring Jason Huber, was nominated for an LA Weekly Award. Kevin is the Associate Head of Acting and the Director of Performance Ensemble in the MFA/ BFA program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and is an associate director of the Youth Theater of New Jersey, where he teaches in their Summer Theater Institute in residence at Juilliard.
Chantal Jean-Pierre (Acting Teacher)
Chantal Jean-Pierre is an accomplished actress and a former collegiate instructor. Recently, she appeared in “Disgraced” as Jory at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Additional roles as Mayme in Intimate Apparel at Dorset Theatre Company, Mrs. Muller in Doubt at Flat Rock Playhouse, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun both at Crossroads Theatre Company and Weston Playhouse, as well as the featured role in the regional premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation at the People’s Light and Theater Company. She appeared in the title role in both Cincinnati Shakespeare and Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. She has also graced the stages of several reputable theaters including Hartford Stage (Sheila’s Day); Luna Stage (Voice of Good Hope) and (The Other Side of Newark); NY Theater Workshop (Jazz Wife); Ensemble Studio Theater (Vukani); NJ Shakespeare Festival (The Blue Bird) and (Henry VI); and at LaMama theater she appeared in The G-Word, a play about the devastating circumstances in Darfur. A lover of classical theater, she has played Olivia in Twelfth Night, Goneril in King Lear at the Folgers in Washington DC, Gertrude in Hamlet at the American Globe Theater and Paulina in Winter’s Tale. She has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, SUNY/Purchase, and Montclair State University. She has an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and a BFA from Florida International University.
Stephen Agosto (Director/Teacher – Musical Theatre Track)
Stephen Agosto is a graduate of DePaul University (Acting, BFA) and The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique. He has directed, choreographed and/or provided musical staging for such shows as The Drowsy Chaperone and The Lucky Stiff (The Blue Hill Troup, NYC); Triangle Logic (Crosshatch Theatre Co.); A Christmas Story:the Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse; Asst. Dir.); West Side Story (Westminster); Modotti(Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Assassins, Laughter on the 23 rd Floor, and The Wild Party(Fordham University); and Scene and Be Seen (The Neighborhood Playhouse) to name a few. In 2011, Stephen directed The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Best of Fest” winner, Crazy, Just Like Me. He has directed various concerts and cabarets around the city including three shows for Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre and Separate: Battle Songs of Youth at Ars Nova. He is the winner of the 2001 MTI Young Director’s Fellowship where he directed the world premiere of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler’s musical Dear Edwina. In the world of arts education, Stephen has co-written numerous programs including “Across the Pond: The Musical Theatre Bridge Project,” an arts exchange program with London’s famed BRIT School as well as The Broadway Mentorship Program. He is also contributor of Musical Theatre curriculum for the New York City Department of Education.
In 2010, Stephen began as Director of Musical Theatre at Talent Unlimited High School for the Arts in Manhattan. For TUHS, he directed and choreographed The Nutcracker; Little Shop of Horrors; Into The Woods; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; NINE; Little Women: The Musical; Godspell; and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For his production of Godspell, he and his students were Circle in the Square “Teens on Broadway” honorees, recipients of “Special Honors” from the Gershwin Theatre Awards, and recipients of The Shubert Organization High School Theatre Award (Top Honors). Stephen’s program received a special grant from Exploring the Arts founder and acclaimed recording artist, Tony Bennett. Mr. Bennett tweeted, “I just heard the Musical Theatre kids at TUHS. Mr. Agosto provides the best training!”
Stephen is the Director of Musical Theatre for The Rutgers High School Musical Theatre Academy as well as adjunct faculty for Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has guest taught at numerous colleges and universities and holds adjunct positions at Paper Mill Playhouse and Fordham University. He is the co-founder/ conceiver of Paper Mill Prep, a program to prepare students and their families for college BFA auditions. Prior to directing, Stephen enjoyed a career as an actor, having been seen regionally, on tour, and in New York City in over 40 plays and musicals.
Gail Lou (Singing Technique; Vocal Training; Musical Performance)
Gail is thrilled to have been a part of the RSAC family for the past four years. A product of Vaux Hall, NJ, Gail Lou is a vocalist, musician, lyricist, arranger and actor.
Her recordings include R & B, house, gospel, musical theatre and jazz. She has worked with such jazz stalwarts as Calvin Hill, Wayne, Cobham, Chico Mendoza, and Joe Ham. Gail has sung gospel background vocals on separate occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Carla Harris and Cissy Houston. And her single “Another Day” is part of the Bobby D’Ambrosio project Here I Am. Her acting performances include Doubt, Having Our Say, and most recently For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls. Also, her professional musical theatre credits include one-woman pieces Billie, featuring the music of Billie Holiday, I’ve Got A Mind to Ramble – with the music of Alberta Hunter; and she has been the musical director for Crowns, Urinetown and has been the musical director of Crossroads Theater’s “Holiday Jubilee” for five years.
Gail Lou has studied advanced jazz vocals with Marion Cowings at Jazzmobile, jazz arrangement and composition under jazz great Jimmy Heath, and she holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University.
Antu Yacob (Voice for the Actor)
Antu Yacob was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. She is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University’s MFA in Acting program. Her plays have been produced by Theatre 167, Project Y Theater Company and the 2016 Kampala International Theatre Festival. Her acting credits include work with Primary Stages, Goodman Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pangea World Theatre and Pillsbury House Theater. Her film and television credits include Law & Order:SVU, Conjure, Eminent Domain and Walking in Circles. She can also be seen in the upcoming Netflix series Gypsy. Antu‘s one woman show In The Gray will be featured in this year’s United Solo Theatre Festival. For more info please visit antuyacob.com and http://unitedsolo.org/us/inthegray-2017/.
Karen Alvarado (Speech for the Actor)
Karen Alvarado is a Texas native and is looking forward to another wonderful summer with RSAC students. Working towards a Masters of Fine Arts in acting, she is about to begin her last semester at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts . Karen graduated with BA in acting from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and was the Founding Artistic Director at The Last Act Theatre Company in Austin, Texas. Karen has training in Knight-Thompson Speechwork (Julie Foh), Fitzmaurice Voicework (Heather Rasche), British Dialects (Mary Howlands, UK) and Globe Voicework (Lucinda Worlock, UK).
Lindsay Andreanszky (Movement)
Lindsay Andreanszky is an actress based in New Jersey. She has performed in both New York and Philadelphia, most recently in the 2016 Philly Fringe Festival. She is thrilled to be teaching again at RSAC, a program very near-and-dear to her heart: having once attended herself in 2011. She went on to receive her BFA in Acting at Rutgers, where she studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. At Rutgers, Lindsay cultivated her fascination and love of movement into a craft; using techniques such as Williamson, Chekov, and Laban, among others. She is passionate about sharing these tools with her students; both to help them grow as artists, as well as young adults taking on the world!
The Resident Advisors (RA’s)
Leiva is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, with a Bachelors in both Theater Arts and Mathematics. She has been involved in countless theatrical productions, on and off stage. Some credits are Drowsy Chaperone, In The Heights, Rent, Urinetown, The Producers. Leiva is very excited to be joining RSAC for her third year! Marshall was her professor all throughout college, where she first was an intern for RSAC. And now she is returning as a Resident Assistant for her second year. Come this September, Leiva will be enrolled in a Two-Year Full Time Acting Conservatory at Maggie Flannigan Studios in New York. Leiva is ready to meet the new students and watch them grow into young artists over the course of the program. It’s going to be another fantastic summer!
Kelsey Potkay is from a small town in NJ, called Cedar Knolls. She just graduated from Rutgers in May and received her degree in Theater and Sociology, with a minor in Digital Communications, Information and Media. She also completed a certificate in Documentary Filmmaking. She was a student in RSAC her senior year of high school and absolutely loved it! It will be one of the best summers of your life. When she’s not auditioning, filming, or working she loves hanging out with her puppy, Maverick. I highly suggest a puppy to help you through life. Currently, she is getting ready to move to California in the fall to pursue acting and filmmaking. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
A rising 2nd year MFA actor at Rutgers, Leslie looks forward to working with the RSAC students as they dive into the conservatory experience this summer! Originally from Virginia, Leslie received her BA in Theater, Dance, and Gender Studies from Amherst College. She moved to NYC and received a crash course in auditioning and freelancing, appearing in shows at La MaMa, The O’Neill, The Flea, and most recently, Off-Broadway as Rose in the U.S. premiere of Di and Viv and Rose at Theatre Row. In NYC, Leslie completed yoga teacher training and began apprenticing Annie Piper, assisting her in classes for actors at Yale School of Drama and in trauma-sensitive classes for veterans and survivors. At Rutgers, Leslie is grateful to learn from exceptional faculty and peers who help her grow as an actor, artist, human being, and future teacher. She looks forward to cheering on the RSAC students as they do brave work and make big discoveries!
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY on a diet rich in Sci-Fi, Musical Theatre and Jewish Guilt, Evan Schweitzer has wandered the Earth searching for meaning and hoping that the truth is out there (cue the theme song). Evan has performed throughout the USA in musicals, plays and Shakespeare (the unrehearsed kind). He even got roped into a dance showcase where he moved….awkwardly. For the past 4 years, Evan has been performing with the Barcelona Improv Group and traveling the world performing in various festivals as well as teaching improv internationally. Evan received his BA degree in Theatre Arts from Rutgers University and has studied at UCB in NYC and the Barrow Group.