MEET OUR TEAM
Founder and Artistic Director
Tina Crandall-Gommel has BA in Theatre and Dance and a Masters in K-8 education. Her passion is making theatre education accessible to all children. She has directed and choreographed for many area theatres and schools, including the sold out runs of American Idiot, 21 Chump Street, Carrie, the Musical, and Heathers: School Edition at the Rochester Fringe Festival. Other recent credits include the area premiers of Descendants, Puffs, Rainbow Fish, Elf, Matilda, TRW's Alice in Wonderland, and A Christmas Story. She also works as a freelance scenic designer. Tina is an adjudicator for RBTL's Stars of Tomorrow, a program dedicated to supporting the process of growth and learning and acknowledging excellence in area high school theatre. Tina is also an instructor with RocDramaKids, a program that focuses on creativity, self-confidence and public speaking skills through dramatic play. In her free time she occasionally appears on stage, most recently in productions of bare: a pop opera, Pippin, Disaster and Big Fish.
Beverly Bauman has a BA in Performing Arts: Theatre and Dance from Wells College and a Child Developmental Associates. She has experience acting, directing and stage managing numerous shows with MT Ed and Blackfriars theatre. She believes in providing a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promotes social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth with an emphasis on kindness, compassion and inclusion. When she is not working either on or off the stage, Beverly is the Lead Pre-K teacher at Full Heart Child Care.
Emily Beseau is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.M. in vocal performance. She has studied ballet, jazz, and tap since she was 4 years old at N.Y.A.D. Emily enjoys performing in shows throughout the Rochester area. Favorite roles include Alice in Addams Family (Lyric Theatre), Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver (RAPA), and Doris in Damn Yankees (RAPA). She has enjoyed choreographing RAPA’s summer stock shows for 2 consecutive years, as well as teaching lessons and theatre classes. She had the joy of choreographing NAC's production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the winter of 2018.
Jeff Clair is a Rochester resident, and has been active in professional and community theater for over 30 years. Jeff has recently been seen with MT Ed in A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge) and has also recently performed in JCC Centerstage's productions of Oklahoma! (Cord Elam), The Bridges of Madison County (Charlie), and Titanic: The Musical (Shipbuilder Thomas Andrews). Favorite past roles include Jesus in Godspell, Marvin in Falsettos, Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins, Adam in Children of Eden, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods and Mother's Younger Brother in Ragtime. Directing credits include A Christmas Carol and A Holiday Story 4 The Season (Masque Community Theatre, Tampa), The Wiz (Everyone's Theatre Company, Rochester). Music Directing credits include Once Upon A Mattress (Masque Community Theatre, Tampa) and Forbidden Broadway (YOHP, Penfield). By day, Jeff is a project manager with a software solutions company that serves the Health and Human Services industry.
Jennifer Cummings has been shooting weddings, family photos, horse shows, senior photos and theatre productions for many years. Her brilliant work can be found on her site, jennifercummingsphotgraphy.com.
Instrumental Music Director
David Curry, past credits include Legally Blonde, Matilda and A Christmas Story with MT Ed, Rent:School Edition with Studio Z, Carrie: High School Edition and 13! The Musical with RAPA.
Katie has been working with MT Ed since last Summer. She recently served as Stage Manager for their production of Seussical, and portrayed Granny Chuzzelwit in A Christmas Carol. When she’s not working with MT Ed, she enjoys Stage Managing at JCC CenterStage, or performing on stage with her husband with the Off Monroe Players. When not in the theatre, Katie spends any spare time she has, playing video games with her nephew.
Justin is a recent high school graduate looking to attend college in the fall for lighting design. He has designed lights for several shows including Heathers, Carrie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and most recently Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. at Dake MS. He is a member of the Local 25 Riggers and Electricians Union.
Amanda Hartmann is a Sophomore in College at SUNY Brockport majoring in French, Theater and minoring in Musical Theatre. Past credits include: Chan in The Last Wish, Heather McNamara in Heathers, and many more. Amanda is a choreographer and has recently choreographed The Little Mermaid, Narnia, Frozen Jr., and Rainbow Fish. Amanda is so thankful for everyone in her life who has gotten her to where she is now!
Heather has a B.M. in Music Education and is currently enrolled in a Masters program at Nazareth College for Music Therapy. Previous credits include Elf, Jr., Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Heathers High School Edition, Singing in the Rain, Jr., Into the Woods, Jr., and the recent sold out run of Carrie, the Musical with RAPA, Godspell, Jr. at Seton Catholic School, and Legally Blonde, Jr. with Webster Summer Theatre. Heather loves helping in all aspects of theater, but especially enjoys helping the kids find their voice and their own talent.
Angie joins the MT Ed team with many years of entertainment management under her belt. She is the Vice President of Special Events for Nik Entertainment. Angie also help out by lending her artisitic skills making props for our productions.