The Theatre program at Allen-Stevenson harbors a unique artistic environment where students can thrive in the classroom, onstage and behind the scenes. In our theaters, our boys are provided a safe haven in which they are free to experiment and critically examine the results of their own work and that of their peers. We are now proudly offering a wide range of theater classes, electives and performances in all three divisions. We believe theater is a fundamental part of a well-rounded education; by fostering artistic and intellectual curiosity, our boys are able to explore exactly what they are interested in and nurture passions that go well beyond their time at Allen-Stevenson.
Drama helps our students think outside the box in unique ways because they are marrying their critical and creative minds to imagine exaggerated scenarios and explore them. ~ Julie Robles
Julie Robles has an extensive background in theatre, and is highly trained, with a BFA in Acting from Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. She went on to earn her MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina- Greensboro. There, she taught acting, voice, and Shakespeare to undergraduate students, which ignited her love of theatre education. Other places of study include The Barrow Group Theater, The Pearl Theater Company, and The Peoples Improv Theater (where she performs regularly). She is an Equity actor with multiple regional and off-Broadway credits, as well as numerous world premieres in professional theater houses.
David Kersey began directing plays at Allen-Stevenson as a fourth-grade homeroom teacher. It was 1969-1970 and the play was Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The next year he and the fourth graders staged a thirty-five-minute version of The Tempest. Since then he has had a hand in directing the Seventh Grade Play, Gilbert and Sullivan, the Sixth Grade Musical, and Shakespeare performances.
Meg MacCary is an actor, producer, writer, and director. She has a BA from Brown and an MFA from UC, San Diego. She’s taught acting at all of her alma maters including Nightingale-Bamford School. Regionally she's been honored to be directed by Garland Wright (The Guthrie), James Lapine (La Jolla Playhouse), and Les Waters (Mandel Weiss Forum). In New York, on and off-Broadway, Meg originated roles in many plays and worked with notable directors Pam MacKinnon, Ken Rus Schmoll, and Trip Cullman. She won an Obie for her performance in Rinne Groff’s What Then. She co-founded the critically acclaimed theater company Clubbed Thumb and served as co-artistic director for 13 years. She most recently plays Meg, the harried reality show producer in the web series "Shrinkage," available on Amazon, and… Meg in Skinnamarink at New York Theatre Workshop/Next Door. Her production company Five on a Match just released the radio mystery Split Valley, recorded and produced over quarantine in 17 separate home studios.
Sarah Misch is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, and dance educator. She earned her B.S. in Educational Theatre at NYU. She discovered there that she had a passion for teaching dance and sharing the joy of movement with young people. She has taught and choreographed at many schools across the city, including Mary McDowell Friends School, Hunter College High School, and of course, The Allen-Stevenson School. Favorite performance credits include For the Love of Friends (Hup! Productions), Two Beans Productions' inaugural tour of The Cat in the Hat, Girls Night: The Musical (Entertainment Events, Inc), That Which Remains (Improbable Stage), and the award-winning horror short, "Corpse Pose," available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Sarah is a company member with Improbable Stage, a movement-based theatre company in NYC.
Charles Socarides has been a working actor for twenty years. Highlights include the hit shows Madam Secretary, When We Rise and The Good Wife. On stage he has been fortunate enough to work with such esteemed playwrights as Christopher Durang, A.R. Gurney and Stephen Karam. Born and raised in New York City (and an alumnus of The Allen-Stevenson School), he received his training at NYU and The Actors Center. Charles has a passion for working with young people and helping them find their voice on the stage.
Jac Ford is an actor/writer/maker based in New York City. Select acting includes productions with Kervigo Ensemble Theater, The Shrill Collective, Heritage Theater Festival, and Williamstown Theater Festival. Writing: T Club (Kervigo Ensemble Theater), How We Fall (Kervigo Ensemble Theater, The Tank). Jac is a proud Co-Artistic Director and Core Collaborator of Kervigo Ensemble Theater and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. Education: University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) Jac-Ford.com.
Our next #ASpotlight is with Julie Robles, Theatre and Technical Theatre Director. Read her full interview to learn about the importance of theatre and technical theatre in our boys’ well-rounded education, how theatre encapsulates social-emotional learning across divisions, and how she has structured our theatre program to thrive during remote learning.