Thank you to all of the members of our creative team for bringing This is Sadie to life on stage:

Directed and Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons
Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain Taylor McMahon
Assistant Director Brandon Schneider
Scenario by Barbara Zinn Krieger
Production Stage Manager Monique Bernier
Technical Director Eric Hedlund
Set Designer Blair Mielnik

Costume Designer Leslie Bernstein*
Costume Designer Kate Mincer
Lighting Designer Cecilia Durbin*
Co-Lighting Designer Leslie Smith
Sound Designer Martha Goode
Props Designer Charles Bowden

STEPHANIE KLEMONS (Director & Choreographer) is thrilled to be working with NYC Children’s Theater again, this time as Director and Choreographer. Stephanie’s work can be seen on Broadway and around the world as she serves as Associate and Supervising Choreographer of the smash hit Hamilton. A Drama Desk Award-winning Performer and Choreographer, Stephanie worked on the Broadway and pre-Broadway productions of Bring It On (Assoc. Choreographer), In the Heights (Dance Captain, Assoc. Choreographer of the 1st Nat’l tour), and If/Then (Dance Captain). Last year, Stephanie choreographed the NFL Super Bowl LII “Dirty Dancing” commercial, as well as directed and choreographed In the Heights (Kennedy Center–Broadway Center Stage) to critical acclaim. Other choreography credits include Rock of Ages (Drury Lane), Frank Wildhorn’s Zelda (Flatrock Playhouse)–originally titled Waiting for the Moon, Children of Salt (NYMF). She served as choreographer for the New Deco Orchestra, a New York based Musical Experience, American Dance Machine at The Joyce, and has been commissioned to create pieces for the NBA’s BROOKLYNETTES Dance Team.  Commercial choreography credits include: Sesame Street, Victoria Secret, Vogue. This summer, Stephanie will return to Pittsburgh CLO following her run as Vanessa in In the Heights (Summer 2017) to choreograph Rock of Ages. Stephanie is a passionate educator and  philanthropist who is most proud of the non-profit she founded, Katie’s Art Project. She created the organization to honor the memory of her childhood friend who  passed away at age 19 by creating lasting legacies through art ( Learn more about Stephanie at

BARBARA ZINN KRIEGER (New York City Children’s Theater Founding Artistic  Director) founded New York City Children’s Theater during her 22-year tenure as Executive Director and Founder of New York’s Tony Award-winning Vineyard  Theatre. Barbara has been writing children’s operas and musicals for more than 20 years. With composer James Kurtz, she wrote The Merry Muldoons  (Kupferberg Center at Queens College) and Appelemando’s Dreams (Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Kupferberg Center at Queens College). She’s collaborated with composer Charles Greenberg on Little Kit (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center),Young Charles Dickens, The ButterflyJose Limon: The Making of an Artist, and Sky Boys: The Building of the Empire State Building  (New York City Children’s Theater).  Also for New York City  Children’s Theater she wrote the book and lyrics for Beautiful Warrior (Jin Xiang, composer), the book and additional lyrics for The Upside Down Boy (lyrics by Juan Felipe Herrera, music by Christian Amigo), and the books for The Orphan Singer (music by Antonio Vivaldi), Wanda’s MonsterThe Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, and Interstellar Cinderella, (music and lyrics by Laurie Berkner), dance/dramas Ballerina Swan and Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker, (choreography by Michael McGowan), and The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories (directed by Adrienne Kapstein). Barbara is currently librettist for Clara: The Life and Loves of Clara Schumann, music composed by Victoria Bond which will premiere April 14, 2019 in Baden-Baden, Germany and England in 2020; and Dickens and Nelly, an adult two act musical with composer Charles Greenberg. Barbara’s future projects for NYCCT include My First Nutcracker and Fish in a Tree. Barbara is a recipient of the Opera America Distinguished Service Award. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Columbia University School of the Arts, and an MA in Speech and Theater from Columbia University Teachers College.

TAYLOR MCMAHON (Assoc. Choreographer/ Dance Captain/Ensemble) Born and raised outside Boston, Taylor has always had an itch to entertain. With a strong foundation in all styles of dance, she continues to refine her craft. After high school, Taylor traveled the US with West Coast Dance Explosion and went on to get her Bachelor of Science at Emerson College. While in Boston, she found a new love for theater and immersive art with ToUch Performance Art and the American Repertory Theatre (ART). Since moving to NYC she has worked with lead choreographers Karla Puno Garcia, Stephanie Klemons, and Christopher Gattelli and performed commercially for Samsung, Bud Light, and Dannon Yogurt. She is represented by CESD.

Recently, Taylor was the Associate Choreographer with Karla Puno Garcia for the Off-Broadway production of 100 Nights and One Day with Prospect Theater Company. She is currently the Associate Choreographer to Stephanie Klemons for This is Sadie and Rock of Ages at Pittsburgh CLO this summer.

Most of all, Taylor is a storyteller; a person ready to collaborate and create. Thank you to the NYCCT team and Stephanie for bringing me on this adventure!

BRANDON SCHNEIDER (Assistant Director) is excited to make his debut as Assistant  Director with the NYC Children’s Theater production of This is Sadie. Brandon works as the Executive Assistant to Stephanie Klemons, and is a proud graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music. He has worked with 321 Theatrical Management and RPM. He is most proud of the work he does to help Stephanie grow Katie’s Art Project. Learn more about Brandon at

MONIQUE BERNIER (Production Stage Manager) is an NYC-based stage manager specializing in new work and is thrilled to be making her New York City Children’s Theater debut. Recent credits: Tisch: Fiction., Once Upon a Rhyme, Bolshoi Oedipus Rex, Celebration; Santa Cruz Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost; Playwrights Downtown: LA Pretty Boy, There’s This Girl I Like, Sisters on the Ground. NYU BFA Drama. Love to C.

LESLIE SHANE BERNSTEIN (Costume Designer) has been designing for Theatre, Film, Television and Opera for 25 years in New York City and Regionally. Her Off Broadway work includes: Little Rock (Sheen Center), The Emperor’s New Clothes…, Wringer, A Band Of AngelsWanda’s Monster, Interstellar Cinderella, Young Charles Dickens, Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker, Please Bring Balloons and Love That Dog (NYCCT). Regionally, Leslie has had the honor of designing Godspell (Syracuse Stage), The Opposite of Sex (The Magic Theatre; co-design with the legendary Pat Fields), Master Harold and the Boys (Portland Stage), Intimate Apparel and It Happened in Little Rock (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Harlem  Nutcracker (The Wiltern LA & NJ PAC),  History of the Word (Crossroads Theatre),  Really Rosie (Purchase PAC; Directed by Maurice Sendek), 4000 MilesStones in His PocketsTalley’s Folly and Kunstler starring Jeff McCarthy (Hudson Stage Co.), Italian American Reconciliation (Emelin Theatre),  West Side Story and Guys and Dolls (Brevard Music Festival). Some of her favorite Opera work includes: The Magic Flute (Arizona Opera), (Hawaii Opera), (Madison Opera) and coming this fall (Kentucky Opera). The Sorcerer (Purchase PAC), CarmenA Little Night Music, Abduction from The SeraglioLa Cenerentola, Romeo et Juliet, and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Brevard Music Festival), Noya’s Fludde (St Bart’s Cathedral NYC) and La Boheme (Ash Lawn Opera). Broadway Credits include: Associate Costume Designer for Disgraced (Lyceum Theatre), Domesticated (LCT) and WIT (MTC). Her Costume Design can be seen in the Feature Film, “The Opponent.” She served as Assistant Costume Designer for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Gods Behaving Badly and Hateship Loveship and she was the Television Assistant Costume Designer for “Law & Order” (Original Series 2000-2010), “The Slap,” “Under the Dome,” “Unforgettable,” “Benjamin Franklin” and “All My Children.” Leslie is a graduate of Purchase College and a member of 829 United Scenic Artists.

RACHEL BONNER (Wardrobe Supervisor) is excited to be working with the cast & crew of This is Sadie. Recent Off-Broadway credits include Little Rock Off-Broadway and Fireflies at the Atlantic Theater Company. Rachel is a proud graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy.

CHARLES BOWDEN (Props Designer) Prop Designer for Transparent Falsehood: An American Travesty, It’s Easy (Off Broadway Award for Best Regional Set Design) I Like it Like That, Artificial Jungle, 7 Spots on the Sun and the Other Plays. Prop Assistant for Good for Otto, Miles for Mary, man kind, Downtown Race Riots. Also a Props Artisan for countless shows. 

CECILIA DURBIN (Lighting Designer) NYCCT:  The Little Red Fish; Recent Designs: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Actor’s Theatre Louisville); Sense & Sensibility, Love Alone (Playmakers Rep); Selkie (Dutch Kills Theater Co.), South Pacific (Triad Stage); Disgraced (Portland Stage, Hangar Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theatre); Bernie & Mikey’s Trip to the Moon (Strangemen Theatre Company, 59E59); Birthday CandlesMarie & RosettaMurder Ballad (Detroit Public Theatre); Amy Surratt’s First & Last (Show), Hyena (also Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo [Best Lighting]) (La MaMa); In the Blood (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nom]); Numb (Goat in the Road Productions, JACK); Little Women, Camelot, All Shook Up, On Golden Pond (New London Barn Playhouse). Assistant Professor of Lighting Design, Montclair State University; MFA from NYU; member USA829.

MARTHA GOODE (Sound Designer) is thrilled to be working with NYC Children’s Theater again, this time as Mom to six-month-old Alice. Designs with NYC Children’s Theater include Interstellar CinderellaPlease Bring Balloons, Love That Dog, Young Charles DickensThe Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, and Ballerina Swan. 

BARRY HAMILTON (New York City Children’s Theater General Manager) After first serving as NYCCT’s Technical Coordinator for the award winning A Band of Angels in the spring of 2015, Barry became the full time General Manager for the company later that year. He has a wealth of experience in theater production, having served several seasons as Production Manager for American Stage Theater in St. Petersburg, FL.  He has had a long affiliation with theater for young audiences through his work with the Eckerd Theater Company and has served in a variety of other posts in several theaters over the past 25 years.

ERIC HEDLUND (Technical Director) An old theater rat, since the wee age of 8, he most recently served as Master Electrician for Wheelhouse Theater at The Wild Space,  Production Electrician at Sleep No More and designed lights for The Wave at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. He was Technical Director of Carefully Taught for Astoria Performing Arts Center, To Kill A Mockingbird for Queens Theater and Fashions for Men at Mint Theater. Outside of New York he has worked professionally at Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky, Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota, Old Creamery Theatre in Iowa, Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire, Shakespeare Santa Barbara, Dakota Players, and Black Hills Community Theatre, where he served as Director of Education and Outreach.

BLAIR MIELNIK (Set Designer) Previous designs for New York City Children’s Theater designs include A Band of AngelsYoung Charles DickensPlease Bring BalloonsLove That Dog, Interstellar Cinderella and Ballerina Swan. Blair focuses on designs in theater, opera, outdoor festivals and live experiences, working with companies in the states and abroad to develop and create new  experiences that expand the involvement of the audience in the performance.

KATE R. MINCER (Costume Designer) recently designed the costumes for the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and for the Northeast Children’s Theatre Company. Regional: KC Repertory Theatre,  Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Stonington Arts Opera House. NY Theatres include: LA Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Toy Box Theatre Company, The Looking Glass Theatre, The New Ohio Theatre, Blue Man Group, and Classic Stage Company. In addition to designing costumes, Kate also enjoys  illustration.

LESLIE SMITH (Lighting Co-Designer) is a lighting designer based in NYC. She designs theatre and dance in New York and regionally, has toured internationally, and designs regularly for the Ralph Lauren windows on Madison Ave. Recent credits include: Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Ubu Roi, Peter/Piper (Post Theatre Company); POUND (Triumverate Artists); Breitwisch Farm (Esperance Theatre Company); The Emperor’s Nightingale, No-No Boy, The Acquittal, Lost in Shanghai (Pan Asian Repertory); and Ami and Tami: An Immersive Musical Fable (Floating Tower). B.A. Lewis and Clark College; M.F.A. NYU Tisch Design for Stage & Film; Adjunct Faculty Juilliard Dance.

*Member, United Scenic Artists

See their work come to life on stage!

This is Sadie is playing at Theatre Row through April 21st!