Louisa Thompson (Lead Artist)
is an award-winning scenic and costume designer with 15+ years of experience working on productions for adult and young audiences. She has a decade of teaching experience as a professor at Hunter College and had the opportunity to experience children’s theater all over the world from 2000-2002 as a beneficiary of the Theater Communication Group’s Career Development Program. Louisa has lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for over a decade.
Sarah Benson (Artistic Director)
has been Artistic Director of Soho Rep since 2007 and is an Obie award-winning director. She came to America on a Fulbright Scholarship and under her leadership, Soho Rep productions have garnered nine Obie Awards, The New York Times Outstanding Playwriting Award, more than a dozen “best of the year” nods from The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine. Sarah and Louisa first worked together on a production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted (2008) that was named one of the “Top 10 Productions of the Decade” by The New York Times.
Adrienne Kapstein (Director)
is an award-winning director specializing in the creation of new work. She is a leading physical theater Lecoq-trained practitioner who has directed work across the country and internationally. She was also the Associate Director of Movement and Horse Choreography on War Horse (Lincoln Center, National Tour). Adrienne is an Assistant Professor at Pace University, and has 15 years experience as a teaching artist in New York City schools.
Karina Naumer (Education Consultant)
is an educational theater consultant based in New York City where she specializes in early childhood theater education and theater with English language learners. Karina conducts professional development workshops, summer courses, and in-school residencies for Lincoln Center Theater's Learning English and Drama Project (LEAD). Nationally she has developed and taught professional development courses and workshops for the Alliance Theatre Company, Childsplay, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts among others. For thirteen years, Karina was the director and founder of the Creative Arts Team/New York City Wolf Trap Program: Early Learning through the Arts, a theater education program currently in residence at City University of New York. In 2011, she was awarded The American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Creative Drama Award for excellence in the field.
Founded in 1975, Soho Rep is a leading hub for innovative contemporary theater. The company is widely recognized for producing extremely theatrical and artistically adventurous new plays and attracts one of the youngest adult audiences in New York City, with over half aged 18-40. New York Magazine says, “this indispensable theater offers more excitement per chair than any space in town,” Time Out New York notes, “Soho Rep is the best theater in NYC,” and The New York Times writes “The downtown powerhouse Soho Rep ...regularly outclasses the work done on many of the city’s larger stages.” In 2013, Time Out New York named Soho Rep. the “Best Downtown Theater Institution.”
In 2014, Soho Rep. was honored with a Drama Desk Award for Sustained Achievement that cited the theater’s “artistic distinction, innovative production and provocative play selection.” Over the last decade, Soho Rep. productions have garnered 18 OBIE Awards; nine Drama Desk nominations, two Kesselring Awards, The New York Times Outstanding Playwriting Award. In recent years, Soho Rep. has presented plays by established and emerging theatre artists such as Annie Baker, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Kane, Daniel Alexander Jones, Debbie Tucker Green, Mac Wellman, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Jackie Sibblies Drury.
Soho Rep is deeply interested in creating a new framework for children’s theater that embraces the values that define the rest of our work—non-hierarchical collaboration, a commitment to the truly theatrical, and innovation in both form and narrative.
is a comprehensive K-5th grade learning community dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment where students can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. All students receive an education that places a premium on relationships, engagement with the wider community, and scholarship.
Brooklyn Arbor firmly believes that exploration, discovery and practice should be met with an interdisciplinary, project-based, arts and technology infused curriculum which encourages developing minds to forge connections, take intellectual risks, and foster strong habits and values. Brooklyn Arbor is a Title 1 elementary school with a diverse student body (59% Latino, 29% Caucasian, 6% African-American, 6% Asian).