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ABOUT US

Arc Stages is a multifaceted arts organization in Pleasantville, New York, which is composed of three theatre companies under one roof. 

The Educational Stage: an educational theatre company where students of all ages (youth and adult) can explore the world of theatre though a professional rehearsal process, master classes, outreach and intensive ensemble work. 
The Community Stage: a community theatre company for actors, singers and technicians from all walks of life that offers the best in American musicals and dramas.  
The Next Stage: a professional theatre company that endeavors to produce high quality contemporary theatre as well as new works, cabaret, workshops and staged readings. 

These three theatres, all under one roof, strive to better serve the community and its artistic needs. We are thrilled to be your artistic haven and look forward to creating more exciting, transformative theatre!

STAFF


Adam David Cohen (Artistic Director)

Adam David Cohen is the co-founder of Arc Stages and Little Village Playhouse (educational stage). He is a Graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently a member of the Advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He has composed the scores for Oh Manhattan! (performed at Rose’s Turn), Sodom(produced by Horse Trade Theater Group), The Apple and Other Slip-ups (produced at Pendragon Theatre, Cragsmoor Playhouse), RumpleStiltSkin (produced at Little Village Playhouse), The Hadleyburg Project(produced at the Metropolitan Playhouse), and A Stranger to the Muse, which received a staged reading at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios. Adam has worked as a composer for Independent Film Channel, Bravo and American Movie Classics.

Ann Shankman (Artistic Director of The Community Stage)

Ann Shankman is a professional actor who has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and in many East Coast regional theatres. In 1987 she moved to Chappaqua where she raised three children, joined the Chappaqua Drama Group and directed musical theatre in the public school system. With the Drama Group she appeared in Chess and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and directed The Robber Bridegroom. She produced, directed and choreographed musicals for three years at Horace Greeley High School and five years at Pleasantville High School. Her professional credits include Grease on Broadway, On The Swing Shift at The Manhattan Theatre Club, Little Shop of Horrors off-Broadway and many productions with The Westchester Broadway Theatre and Coyote Theatre.

Stephanie Kovacs Cohen (Artistic Director of the Educational Stage)

Stephanie Kovacs Cohen is a director and teaching artist with such companies as Little Village Playhouse, Play Group Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Two River Theater Company, The University of Illinois, Theatre Arts Center, GLTBQ, and Performing Arts from the Heart. Some productions include: New Hamelin, The Hadleyburg Project, Metamorphoses, Six Women with Brain Death…, Our Town, Merrily We Roll Along, A My Name Will Always Be Alice, Company, and Woody Guthrie’s American Song, among others. She’s taught workshops in schools across Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, and New York. Stephanie also works as an AEA/SAG actress and an independent casting director. She trained at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Conservatory, A.C.T., Yale, the University of Illinois, and Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.

Galit Sperling (Director of Education/Teaching Artist)

Galit Sperling is the Director of Education for Arc Stages. Galit has been a Teaching Artist, Director, and Camp Director at Arc Stages and Little Village Playhouse since 2004. Galit is an Honors graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor, Galit has most recently shot the feature film Stuck, and the short film Untitled Zombie Project, which was shown at the Soho Film Festival in May 2014. Galit has performed on stage all around NYC, including at the Kraine and Abingdon Theatres, and Metropolitan Playhouse. Galit is a resident actor of two theatre companies in NYC: Nylon Fusion and Carnival Girls Productions. Some favorite roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Martha in Spring Awakening, and Diane in Inappropriate: A Rock Musical. In addition to working at Arc Stages, Galit is also the Principal of the Hebrew School at Pleasantville Community Synagogue.

Amy Schiff (Educational Stage Music Director and Voice Teacher)

Amy Schiff has been a musical director and voice teacher for 12 years and with Little Village Playhouse since its beginning. She has an MA in Musical Theater Performance form NYU and a BA from Binghamton University. Amy has done her most rewarding and challenging work at LVP with shows like Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, Saturn Returns (The music of Myths and Hymns) and original shows like RumpleStiltSkinand New Hamelin. As a voice teacher her priority is guiding each student to find a healthy tone and unique voice.

Marcus Baker (Educational Stage and Community Stage Music Director)

Marcus Baker is a freelance music director and pianist working throughout the greater New York area. He has worked with LVP as one of two resident music directors for four years and has music directed and performed at every level of music theatre from elementary school through professional regional theatre work at the Arizona Theatre Company. Currently Mr. Baker is on staff at LVP, KJK Productions, and Worth Tyrrell Studios.