Summer Camp Director Bios
A native of Rochester, NY, Jon Madden is a rising senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition. He studies piano with Christopher Atzinger, organ with James E. Bobb, and composition with Timothy Mahr. On campus, Jon is a member of and is a pianist for the internationally-renowned St. Olaf Choir. He also plays for the Gospel Choir of St. Olaf, frequently participates as a director and pianist for St. Olaf and Northfield theatrical productions, and works as a Piano Tutor as well as a Music Theory/Aural Skills TA. As a composer, his pieces have been performed by various large ensembles at St. Olaf as well as by schools and ensembles back home in Rochester. Jon's music recently made its international debut as the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brought one of his works on their tour to Portugal and Spain in the Spring of 2018. Jon currently serves as Choir Director and Organist for the Highview Christiana Lutheran Church in Farmington, MN.
Greg graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2012 with a BA in English Literature and minors in Theatre and Communication. Since then, Greg has combined all three areas of study to work as a director and teaching artist in the Finger Lakes Region and Central New York. Greg frequently works with Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre, bringing the arts into classrooms throughout New York State, and has co/assistant directed multiple productions with local and out-of-town artists in Syracuse including Into the Woods, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Avenue Q, James and the Giant Peach, and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks. Greg especially enjoys working with students for which he has directed and/or choreographed productions of The Sound of Music, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, Annie, The Fantasticks, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie Get Your Gun. Greg proudly directs the students of North Rose-Wolcott High School, serves on the Board of Directors for the Gatesinger Company, Ltd., and seeks to empower others, through theatre, to become more empathetic and active contributors to their communities. Greg especially enjoyed studying directing in Germany last summer with the International Performing Arts Institute.
Matt Mayne received his Masters Degree in Adolescent English Education in 2011 from SUNY Brockport and currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English at Victor Senior High School. From 2007-2010 he taught English and Drama at Batavia High School and served as Batavia Middle School drama director and High School musical director. Matt also served as a director of STAGES productions, including The Wiz, Into the Woods, Tarzan, 13 the Musical, Aida, The Addams Family and Heathers. Matt has performed in several productions with TYKES at the JCC, including Seussical, Willy Wonka, Go, Dog! Go!, Knufflebunny and Disney’s My Son Pinocchio and served as director of How I Became a Pirate, The Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, last year’s Elephant and Piggie, We’re in a Play!, and Bad Kitty. He looks forward to continuing to introduce theater and musical theater to his English students as well as to the children of the Rochester area.
Anastasia holds a BFA degree in Musical Theatre, with a dance minor, from Nazareth College. Since fourth grade she has performed in many shows around Rochester. Her favorite roles have been in Young Frankenstein, Funny Girl and Producers at JCC CenterStage; Fastrada in Pippin, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods; Maizie in The Boyfriend, and Gertrude in Seussical. Anastasia has choreographed extensively for kids theater camps. For seven years she has choreographed summer theater camp shows at A Magical Journey Thru Stages, including Pirates of Penzance, Jr.; Little Mermaid, Jr.; Aladdin, Kids.; Alice In Wonderland, Jr., and Jungle Book, Kids, among others. She has also choreographed shows for other theater companies, including Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Little
Anastasia enjoys working with kids who are new to theater, as well as those who already feel the thrill of performing. It is great fun to explore and develop the natural talents of kids. Anastasia loves sharing her passion for theatre and watching the kids shine on stage.
Jeff is a graduate of New York City’s Pace University, where he earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music under Derrick Smith and Patricia Alexander (mother of opera soprano Renee Fleming). While living in New York he signed with Avalon Artist Group and became a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). His NY credits include Carousel, All Shock Up, and Dance Outloud. He has appeared in several GEVA Theater productions such as Dames at Sea, A Chorus Line, and Music Man. Other regional credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Dracula, Steel Pier and Oliver. He starred in Kodak Alaris’s “Orchestrate Your Data” web commercial and was the lead actor in the film “Nature” Jeff has toured with several bands including “East Coast Connection,” and “The Monkey Scream Project” as their lead pianist. He is currently writing soundtracks for a number of Independent films. Jeff choreographed the musicals Dr. Dolittle and Little Women at Stages in addition to instructing classes, workshops and camps in all aspects of musical theatre. Jeff brings his enthusiasm, patience and passion to his work and enjoys educating the many talented students at Stages.
Dianne has done theatre in Rochester for 34 years, and this is her 10th season with Stages! She has acted with Blackfriars, JCC Center Stage, Rochester Community Players (RCP) (earning a TANYS cast acting award in 1996), Pittsford Musicals, and Screen Plays (earning another TANYS Excellence in Ensemble Acting award, in 2012), as well as served as director and choreographer in various theatres. She has appeared in Rochester’s Landmark Society’s Ghostwalk and in a new one-act play years ago in Manhattan, NYC. The first Dionysos Thespian Award at RCP was created for and awarded to her back in 1988. For her direction of Penfield Players’The Sunshine Boys, she received a TANYS Excellence in Directing Award, and her entire cast was awarded an Excellence in Acting certificate. Another Penfield Players’ production she directed won a TANYS award for production concept. Dianne was an acting adjudicator for Stars of Tomorrow for local high schools from 2013 to 2017. At Stages, Dianne has taught classes and directed School House Rock, Live, Jr. (musical); Heidi; Miracle on 34th Street; Tom Sawyer; The Holiday One-Acts (The Elves & The Shoemaker and The Rented Christmas); The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Dr. Dolittle (musical); Sherlock Holmes; Little Women The Musical, Theatrical Rights version; The Beverly Hillbillies; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield; Twisted Tales of Terror; Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution; and this March, The Matchmaker.