Rosemarie Callahan has been the President and Artistic Director of the Staten Island Children's Theatre for over twenty years. Under her direction, the theater has produced over 100 productions and workshops ranging for children ages five through eighteen. In addition, Rosemaire produces performances for thousands of school children a year through our arts in education programming. A veteran community theater actress, Rosemarie was a theatre major at Wagner College and went on to perform multiple leading roles in all of the Island's top theater venues. Rosemarie's family is rooted in theater, and she continues to perform and produce with both her husband Ed, and daughters Melissa and Katherine.
Melissa Callahan Rivas
Melissa is the program coordinator for our Young Performer's Programming. In her 14th year as program coordinator, Melissa teaches our youngest students through creative drama, song study and musical performance. A graduate of New York University, Melissa is also an elementary educator with the New York City Department of Education. A lifelong performer, Melissa has appeared in many productions across the Island since the age of seven. Melissa is the head teacher for our 5-8 Year Old Classes on the North Shore.
Linnea Conelli is a graduate of the Classical Voice Program in Vocal Performance at New York University. She was a member of the SI Children's Theatre Assoc. for twelve years. Linnea has performed at the Wagner College Young Musicians Competition Concert as a First Place Winner with Exceptional Merit in voice. Linnea has been seen in NYU's The Gondoliers (Fiametta), Orpheus and the Underworld (Venus), The Merry Widow and The Magic Flute . Some of her favorite roles include Julie in Carousel, Marian in The Music Man and Maria in The Sound of Music. South Shore Teacher
Laura Langella has been a teacher for The Staten Island Children's Theater for 5 years. She has been a member of SICTA since she was 11 years old, and has grown up with a love for music and theater. She graduated from Wagner College and has a Bachelors Degree in Arts Administration, giving her a wide background in all aspects of The Arts. Laura is thrilled to be a part of teaching such a wonderful program, and considers it one of her most rewarding jobs. South Shore Teacher
Cortney is a SICTA alumni and has been teaching with SICTA for the past several years. She was a member of SICTA since the young of age of six. She went to study Musical Theater at Catholic University and graduated with a BA in Arts Administration from Wagner College. Cortney currently teaches English at Susan E. Wagner High School and developed an after-school theater program at St. John Villa Academy Elementary School that she is in her fifth year of teaching. North Shore Teacher
Bronwyn is thrilled to be directing our Summer Camp with such talented children. As an alumni of SICTA, Bronwyn grew up with the values and skills that SICTA instilled in her which made her the performer and director she is today. She has spent the past six years performing off Broadway and regionally in multiple productions. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory and is currently working on her Masters in Education in Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Hunter College. Bronwyn is proud to be the theater director and teacher at Curtis High School after a successful year directing Cabaret and All Shook UP. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and passion for theater. She is thrilled to begin this new chapter in her life with her husband to be. All the thanks in the world to Roe, Melissa, Ed and the whole SICTA family for this opportunity and to reconnect with her roots.