Creative Stage SPectacular

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Thank you to all the kids, and grown ups, our generous guest stars, musicians, dancers, stage managers, program printers, videographers, planning committee members, our Creative Stage Spectacular! sponsors, and our amazing audience!  It was, indeed, a Spectacular event and we are Spectacularly grateful to all of you!

If you missed the show, you can still make a contribution to support our mission to bring empowering Creative Stage programs to more kids and families.  We believe every child deserves to experience the joy and educational impact that comes through the performing arts.  Here's how:

  1. Click HERE to check out our various giving levels, or make a tax deductible donation of any amount

  2. Consider us for your child's next birthday party!  All proceeds will go towards Creative Stage Community Outreach Program! (email: for details)

Thanks again to everyone from Creative Stage! 

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Spring Bank

Robert Abrams

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Jennifer Grosmann

Marguerite Krull

Patrick Leaman

Emily Richman

Gabrielle Rubinstein

University Hardware

Village Copier

Anonymous (5)

The Creative Stage Community Outreach Fund was created to help us to deliver our empowering, collaborative programs to more under-served families and communities by:

  • Keeping tuition fees low and providing scholarships for families that cannot afford tuition
  • Bringing innovative arts programming to under-served schools
  • engaging and fairly compensating a diverse set of talented teaching artists.



Gregory Abbey is an actor, writer and filmmaker living in New York City. In addition to doing hundreds of national commercials and voice-overs, Gregory has been seen in episodes of The Americans, The Good Wife, Elementary, Boardwalk Empire, Chicago Med, Deadbeat and Blue Bloods. He also worked at 4Kids Entertainment where he voices characters on several animated shows including Yugioh (Tristan), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael) and Yugioh 5D’s (Yusei Fudo).  His daughter was part of Musical Theater Builders for many years and he is excited to get the chance to work with them!

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Tenor Gordon Gietz made his debut at l’Opéra National de Paris as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He returned for Die Zauberflöte, Otello and Die Fledermaus. Canadian Opera Company appearances include Don Giovanni, Il Re Pastore, Béatrice et Bénédict and Der Fliegende Holländer with Richard Bradshaw conducting. He made his La Scala debut as Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites and returned for Robert Carsen’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Lysander, his debut role at Glyndebourne and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, performances that were released on DVD. Gietz made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the North American première of Shostakovich’s Die Nase under the baton of Valery Gergiev. 

Timothy Long is a Native American musician of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent from the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town. He has been praised by critics for his “sharp conducting” (Washington Post), and his orchestras have triumphed with displays of “breadth, depth and color” (Riverfront Times) and “brilliant playing” (Rocky Mountain News). Trained as a pianist, Tim’s performances have been described as “dramatic, fiery” and “dazzlingly forceful” (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). Timothy Long is also known for his skills as a emcee, and has quite a following with audiences across the country.


Bass-baritone Keith Miller joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2006. He made his Met debut on opening night of Peter Gelb's first season as The Imperial Commissioner in Anthony Minghella's HD production of Madama Butterfly. He has developed a close relationship with the Metropolitan Opera over the past several seasons, appearing in its new productions of Ballo in Maschera, Anna Bolena, Carmen, Armida, Tosca, Salome, Madama Butterfly, Il Trittico, Two Boys, Macbeth, and the Grammy Award Nominated Eugene Onegin.

He also made his film debut in NOAH starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins and has recently wrapped filming with Zach Quinto in AARDVARK.  

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Soprano Amy Owens enjoys a diverse career in concert work, opera, new music, and alternative pop. She has appeared in concerts in venues ranging from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap to Carnegie Hall with renowned orchestras across the United States, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmoic, and New Mexico Philharmonic. She has won awards from several organizations, , including the Sullivan Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Santa Fe Opera. Amy holds degrees in vocal performance from Rice University and Brigham Young University. 


Christina Beck has extensive performing experience both locally and internationally. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where her piece (in which she played the lead) received five-star reviews, and off-Broadway at the Tank Theater in New York, as well as at Barnard College, and in professional productions in her hometown in Massachusetts. Christina also has a background in dance, including in ballet, contemporary and musical theatre styles. She loves to teach, and ran a program for elementary school students to learn improvisation and performance technique while she was a student at Exeter.  Christina is currently studying at Barnard College at Columbia University, where she majors in Theater and minors in German and in Religion. 

A Southern girl at heart, Gabrielle Bullard is a performer who has trained and performed along the East Coast. After performing with Stephanie J. Block at The Vineyard Theatre Gala in 2017, Gabrielle decided to pursue a career in musical theatre. Armed with training from CityDance Conservatory and The Ailey School Professional Division, she has expanded her studies to voice and drama. Select credits include the film "The Endangered," as well as educational theatre, Urinetown, Pericles, Chokher Bali, [title of show], The Drowsy Chaperone, and the 121st Annual Varsity Show.


Daniel Kvoras is an actor, comedian, musician, and current student at Columbia University, majoring in Drama and Theater Arts. He studied and performed improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and wrote and performed shows at the People’s Improv Theatre. He currently performs with the improv team Apostrophe in New York City. As a musician, Daniel has played and studied Jazz for over ten years.


Lindsey Simpson is a veteran performing arts educator, with a specialty in early childhood education.  As the Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Oz Project at the Palace Theater in Hamilton, NY., Lindsey brings an inclusive musical theater program aimed at developing and enhancing social skills through theatrical performance to children with and without special needs. Lindsey's own performing credits include appearances in favorite roles such as:  Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Mary Lane in Reefer Madness, and Hope Cladwell in Urinetown.  She is classically trained as a singer, and has studied ballet, jazz, tap, and partner swing dancing.  She completed her graduate training at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently at first grade teacher at the Manhattan School for Children.


Gerry Vega is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and recently finished his second solo-cabaret, "Pennies from Heaven". Other credits include: his first solo show (Growing Up?), Berry the Elf  (Santa's Village), E (Billy Bonfire: A Rock Opera), and Brother Bear (The Berenstain Bears LIVE: In Family Matters, the Musical).

Eric Messihi has held a fulfilling career as a Professional Multi-Instrumentalist and Educator. He has shared the stage with world-renowned artists and has contributed to musical projects with some of the top writers and producers in the contemporary music industry. Eric graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied under the tutelage of world-class musicians including Whit Brown (Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie), Danny Morris (Bo Diddley, James Cotton) and Anthony Vitti (Sammy Davis Jr., The Drifters). As an educator, Eric has taught with the After School Program at The School at Columbia University, and currently teaches private lessons to students across Manhattan.

Regina Yung, a Hong Kong native, has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician in numerous venues throughout Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Manhattan School of Music.  Regina is currently a member of piano faculty at the St. Thomas Choir School and South Shore Conservatory.  She is also a chamber music coach at Duxbury Music Festival Preparatory Summer program as well as a collaborative piano faculty at Duxbury Music Festival. 

Madeline Bender (director) is the founder of Creative Stage, and has had a rich career as an international opera singer, arts educator, and producer. As a performer, Madeline has been praised by the New York Times, for her "dramatic stage presence",  "voluptuous soprano" and "theatrical flair”. Career highlights include performances as Euridice in Orphee’ e Eurydice at the Le Theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conducting; Helene in A Midsummer Night's Dream at La Monnaie, the Royal Opera House in Brussels, as well as with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Konstanza in Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with the Baden Baden and Aix en Provence festivals; Violetta in La Traviata with Santa Fe Opera, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the  New York Philharmonic.

Clare Wasserman (costume designer) has had a rich career as a costume designer with projects ranging from Quentin Tarentino films to Broadway shows.  Career highlights include exciting projects such as; Heidi Klum's Halloween costumes, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the Marc Jacobs costume ball, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa costume, and the creation of a Zac Posen dress for the HBO series, Sex in the City.

As an arts educator, Clare has held positions such as lead teacher at the Inner-city Arts Camp in Houston, TX, teaching artist at The New Works Festival at the University of Texas in Austin, and the Children Arts Program Coordinator, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. 

Creative Stage provides quality arts education and experiences to children and families throughout Manhattan. These playful, multidisciplinary programs are designed to support and nurture confidence, creative problem solving and a range of other skills beyond the performing arts. Our teaching artists are accomplished professionals who interact with children to create original work.