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Who We Are

Our Staff

Helena Gliessner Judd

Helena Gleissner Judd

Artistic Director

helena@plai-theatre.org

Executive & Artistic Director, originally founder of Unique Minds in 2005 in East Lansing, Michigan. As part of her Master's thesis project at Michigan State University, she produced and directed Unique Minds's three productions. Founding plai theatre in New York City in the summer of 2012, she is both a production director and leader at their workshops. She has directed numerous traditional productions in New York City for Pulse Ensemble Theatre, ITBC Productions, 13th Street Repertory Theater as well as other off-off Broadway productions. She has also produced events for HealthCorps including their annual New York City "Highway to Health Festival".

Ellen McTigue

Ellen McTigue

Managing Director

ellen@plai-theatre.org

Ellen McTigue has sung, danced, and performed since the age of 5. She received a B.A. from Columbia College in Chicago in Arts Management. During her Chicago years, Ellen worked at the Playground Theatre as a Managing Associate, specifically to the show "OINK!," booking talent, publicity, emceeing shows, handling lighting and sound, and she created a weekly interview blog, "Sassy Sit-down." For the last two-and-a-half years out of undergrad Ellen lived in Columbus, Ohio and worked doing sponsorship and advertising for a large music production company, offered grant writing and fundraising counsel for a non-profit community legal firm. She also took time to earn her Series 6 Financial Securities license. Currently she is an Arts Politics graduate student at New York University pursuing her M.A, as well as working towards her Registered Drama Therapy (RDT) certification through the alternative track program. Having worked onstage and behind, Ellen has found her deepest satisfaction in theatre production and management. She wishes to focus this passion in fostering her advocacy skills by using theatre to influence new, out-of-the-box venues that engage disenfranchised groups, specifically the developmentally disabled.

Malik Hooks

Malik Hooks

Children's Programming Intern

Malik Hooks: His interests are musical theater, dancing, singing, and music. He has been taking musical theater classes for several years at the Boys and Girls Harbor. He has volunteered for theater explorers at Hudson Guild. He has performed in Lowell school's production of "MAME" as Ito. One of his favorite performances was with Josh Groban singing "As We Go".

Our Therapeutic Arts Specialists

Jordan Aronson

Jordan Aronson

Music Therapist

Jordan is a music therapist, receiving his BM in Music Therapy from Michigan State University. He is a clarinetist with the South Orange Symphony Orchestra and the Freelance Ensemble Artists Orchestra. Jordan is also an active musician within his synagogue and sings in Kol Dodi, the Jewish Community Chorale of Metrowest NJ.

Kyle Farrell

Kyle Farrell

Music Specialist

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Kyle Farrell was born in Ohio. He studied music therapy at The New School in Manhattan and jazz performance at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Recently, Mr. Farrell has been touring to support his group, Point Reyes and he completed an artist’s residency at The School of Making Thinking in upstate New York.

Kristin Gartner

Kristin Gartner

Dance Therapist

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Kirstin is a Board Certified Dance and Movement Therapist and has a specific interest in utilizing creative movement as a powerful resource for improving communication, socialization, and play skills.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the services I provide. I can be contacted at klamphear44@yahoo.com.

Adrienne Glasser

Adrienne Glasser LCSW, RDMT

Dance Therapist

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Adrienne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Dance Movement Therapist. She is the Clinical Director of Experience Wellness Group, an outpatient group therapy practice. In her group practice, as well as in her private practice, she treats men and women of all ages with a specialization in eating disorders, trauma and addiction. Her treatment modalities include: psychodynamic, mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodramatic methods, internal family systems and dance movement therapy. Over the last 9 years, Adrienne has enjoyed working collaboratively with clients to help them creatively find their individualized path to healing. Adrienne has also recently enjoyed being part of an improv theatre troupe, Improv Patrol.

Joanna Gurin

Joanna Gurin

Drama Therapy Specialist, Playwright

Joanna is a New York based playwright and teaching artist. She received her MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts from Goldsmith College, University of London. Joanna recently founded BewilderArts, a Workshop Collective for New York based teaching artists. As a playwright and teaching artist, Joanna is interested in strengthening the international conversation about the positive potential of cross-cultural collaboration and community-building artistic endeavors.

Hannah Hershman

Hannah Hershman

Music Therapy Specialist

Growing up with a love of all things music, Hannah followed her passion to Berklee College of Music, where she majored in music therapy. Having just received her Bachelor's and board certification, she is eager to begin her career in this incredibly inspiring field.

Alice Klugherz

Alice Klugherz

Dance and Drama Specialist

Alice has worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities since her first teaching job in 1988 for Hospital Audience Inc. She feels the healing power of dancing is for everyone and she would like to spread the word one workshop at a time! She has been showing her original dance & theatre work in New York City since 1988, and has also performed in the work of others as both an actress and dancer. Her work has been seen as part of PS 122’s Avant Garde-O-Rama, The Knitting Factory and Dance Theatre Workshops FRESH TRACKS as well as many down town venues through The Field. Alice combines fact and fiction to create her unique blend of hilarity and seriousness on whatever subject she attempts.<¬/p>

Susan Long

Susan Long

Music Therapist

www.susanlong.it

Susan Long’s love for the stage lead her to become a professional opera singer, which deepened her self-awareness and realization of our interconnectedness. She became a cranial-sacral therapist and has done extensive study in psychosomatic medicine. For the last 8 years she has devoted herself to music therapy, completing her masters this year at the UW-England.

Casey McLain

Casey McLain

Adult Ensemble Production Manager

Casey McLain is a Director, Stage Manager and Lighting Designer originally from Colorado. She has been living and working in the NYC area since 2005. Casey is the production coordinator for Concrete Temple Theatre she has worked with them Alberto's Great Escape, The Whale, Bird Machine, Hudson to China, Grey Green Canals, and Alone in Triptych. Casey also worked for three years as Technical Associate for Dixon Place, where she designed lighting for various artists. She currently works as Operations Supervisor for Samuel French, INC. Casey has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Eastern Illinois University.

Jenna Smith

Jenna Smith

Music Specialist

Jenna Smith is a board-certified music therapist. She received her training at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and completed her clinical hours at University of California San Francisco Hospital. Jenna is also a singer/songwriter and theater lover. She is honored to be a part of PLAi Theatre!

Our Board Members

  • Patricia Chandler
  • Elizabeth Windham
  • Helena Judd
  • Lisa Quinones-Fontanez

Our Advisory Board Members

  • Dave Mower
  • Heidi Landis