Also new to the Academy staff is Jennifer Adams, Early Stages Program Director. Jennifer is a teaching artist and director who will oversee the development of Creative Drama Curriculum for Pre-K through fourth grade. Jennifer earned an M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida and a B.S.Ed. in Theatre Education from Columbus State University of Columbus, Georgia.
Patrick Schley joins the Academy staff as Academy Services Manager. Patrick has been involved with First Stage as a student, intern and supporter since 1999. Recently he held the position of marketing manager for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He has also worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Lake Geneva Theater Company and others.
Also new to the marketing team is Lindsey Abendschein, Creative Services Manager. Lindsey holds a B.F.A. with an emphasis in graphic communications from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has over ten years experience designing for both print and digital media.