Our staff is being put together with careful thought and consideration.
We are thrilled to share with you who we have on our staff right now!
Jaime Conroy, Director
Jaime is a mom of two children, one neurotypical, the other with high-functioning autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder.
Before Jaime was a mom, she worked in theater as both a lighting designer and a stage manager. Jaime met her husband, Jim, an actor, when they were both studying theater in college.
Knowing how little was out there in the world for kids who struggle with social skills and learning disabilities, both extra-curricular activites and the arts, Jaime came up with the idea for Step Right Up.
Kara Wilson, Improv & Musical Theater
Kara Wilson is a music, acting, and musical theatre teacher. She has been performing and teaching for over ten years. She has a Bachelors of Science in Educational Theatre from NYU with minors in Music and Dramatic Literature. Kara has worked as the Operations Manager at Union County Performing Arts Center, and while in the position started up their education programming for toddlers, teens, and adults. She has also worked in many theaters in New York as a performer and teacher, including TADA! Youth Theater, the Snapple Theatre, and MCC Youth Company. Her favorite projects include Piggy Nation the Musical (Fanny the Flamingo), a TYA production at the Snapple Theatre Center, and Portia in Shakespeare to Go's Julius Caesar, a troupe that performed one-hour Shakespeare pieces in the five boroughs of NYC. Kara also teaches private voice, guitar, and piano lessons.
Jen Gregory, Creative Movement
Jen is a blogger, freelance parenting/humor writer, dance teacher, and the mom of two boys, both of whom have sensory processing differences. She studied modern dance at Emory University and has an M.F.A. in Modern Dance and Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College.
Although Jen’s professional path took her in unexpected directions, including work in public relations and non-profit management, the creative arts always held a special place in her heart. Interestingly, it was her journey as a mom that sparked her writing career and inspired her return to the dance studio.
Jen is thrilled to bring together her experience as a writer, dancer, teacher, and mom to help kids with special needs explore movement as a form of creative expression.
Andy Roth, VOICEover
Specializing in Voice Over, Andy is one of New York’s busiest casting directors with a career that has spanned over two decades. After several years as the in house casting director for one of the country’s top commercial talent agencies, Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty (CESD), where he did the voice casting for over a thousand projects for animation, commercial, television, film, video games and more, he decided to strike out on his own. Since then he has been working with many of the biggest advertising agencies, casting houses and production companies in the world. He has worked on projects for such high profile companies as Blizzard Entertainment, Disney, Rockstar Games, Calvin Klein, Geico, Fenway Park, Kraft, Bank of America and many more, and his handiwork can be seen on just about any network, cable channel, video game system, and all over the Internet.
An award-winning producer, his most recent animated projects “Enchanted Thyme – The Delicious Adventure Series,” and “The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star,” for which he served as both writer and producer, gained him national attention and a prestigious 2016 Telly Award. His first short film “The Lovers” staring Steven Ogg (Westworld, The Walking Dead, Grand Theft Auto) and Chris Phillips (Ice Age, Max Payne) was picked up for global distribution by Hypnotic. He then went on to work with Daily Show writer, J.R. Havlan to Co-Produce “The Catskill Chainsaw Redemption.”
With a teaching resume that boasts three of the Hollywood Reporter’s top rated college acting programs, Andy is a faculty member at New York University’s famed Tisch school and is a regular guest artist/speaker at many highly regarded acting programs including Rutgers and Syracuse. His voice over workshops sell out months in advance, and he was twice voted “Best Voice Over Teacher in NY” by Backstage.
Jim Conroy, VOICEover Instructor, Stand Up Instructor, Improv instructor
Jim Conroy is an Actor/Writer. His 17 years in the industry runs the gamut from Voice Overs featured in commercials, cartoons, animated film and video games, to OnCamera work in film, television, commercials and interactive gaming. His work for “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman” on PBS has garnered Jim five Emmy Nominations over the 100 episode series. Currently, Jim can be seen as the “Green Room Guy” in TD Ameritrade’s latest string of commercials. The Father of a special needs child, Jim is excited to lend his experience in the industry to helping children find their voice in this world.
Louis Carbonneau, Improv instructor
Louis Carbonneau is a professional actor who's been working in TV, Film, Theater and Commercials in NYC for 20 years - most recently alongside Carol Kane in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv training program & thrilled to be a part of this venture.
Carol Schindler, Improv Curriculum
Carol Schindler began her love of improvisation when she saw Second City perform in Chicago. She immediately auditioned to get into Del Close’s workshop. From there, improvisation became part of her life.
She is a founding member of Chicago City Limits, an improv group that came out of the Second City workshops. The group moved to New York City in 1979 and quickly became part of the city’s comedy movement establishing their own theater and winning the hearts of New Yorkers and critics alike.
In the late 80’s Carol left the company and began working in the corporate world as a writer, director and speech coach for corporate meetings, and, later corporate executives.
Currently Carol is working with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, as well as teaching master classes in Improvisation in NYC, and is thrilled to be a part of Step Right Up.
Carol’s book, “A Doctor and a Plumber in a Rowboat: The Essential Guide to Improvisation for Performers, Teachers, Writers & Everyone else” is available on Amazon.