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Gaelen Center for the Arts Staff
Carol Berman, a graduate of the University of Miami with a BFA in Performance has spent the better part of her 'grown up' life in the midst of early childhood. Carol is the Manager of the Gaelen Center For The Arts as well as Director of the JCC MetroWest School of the Arts and Triple Threat Theater Camp and directs all the Children Production Company and Teen Production Company musicals at the Maurice Levin Theater on the campus of the JCC MetroWest in West Orange, NJ. Carol owns TCW, LLC, an entertainment company for all occasions and a rolodex of classes and experiences for parents/guardians and their favorite youngsters, as well as being a registered and certified Music Together facilitator. Carol Berman teaches and lectures throughout the tri-state area a variety of subjects including You CAN do this: Learning To Love Music and Movement In The Early Childhood Classroom; Improv for the Young Actor; Adult Improv; On Camera: A Way To Self-Esteem, among other high energy classes and lectures. If all of this wonderful nonsense called "Life" isn't enough - Carol and her three 'boys' reside in Livingston with their new pup Buster, PuffBall, Flappy and the Fish.
Samara Grossman is an actor, choreographer, teaching artist and adventure seeker. She has been on the stage in such roles as "Sarah" in COMPANY; "Catherine" in ARMS AND THE MAN; "Grace/Maggie" in WORKING; "Sally" in A LIE OF THE MIND; "Woman II" in CLOSER THAN EVER and many more throughout the Tri-State area. As a Choreographer, Samara has worked all over New York and New Jersey at such venues as The Players Theater (OFF BROADWAY), William Paterson University, JCC MetroWest, JCC on the Palisades, the Wayne "Y", the Clifton "Y", Riverdell High School and others. Her teaching as brought her from Westchester to West Orange teaching all forms of Dance (theater dance, choreography, ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, movement for actors); Acting; Musical Theater; Creative Writing; Poetry; Audition Technique and has been known to teach a cooking class here and there. She comes from many years at the NJY Camps and had a stint at the Dr Joy Browne show for CBS as well as Disney Theatricals on Broadway for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, KING DAVID, the NYC premier of HERCULES and the load in for THE LION KING. Samara attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy for Musical Theater, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy for Musical Theater and received her BA from William Paterson University in English Literature.
Lisa Suss is an arts activist and advocate as well as an active professional artist. She often serves as an art ahow juror and installs art for art exhibits, homes and corporate spaces.
Lisa spent 8 years as the chairperson of the West Orange Arts Council and was instrumental in the Council's development. She continues to serve on the Arts Council Board of Trustees. She is a juried member of Exhibitor's Co-op, a well-known artists' exhibiting group which shows in New Jersey and surrounding states and was also a founding member of the Essex County Arts Advisory Board.
As the Visual Arts Manager for JCC MetroWest, she is responsible for programming and managing four exhibition spaces-the Gaelen Galleries at the West Orange and Whippany's Laurenberg Family Center, as well as the Arts Lobby and Steiner Court Showcases and Roland Exhibition Corridor in West Orange. She is also the coordinator for the annual Gaelen Juried Arts Show & Sale.
Miriam Gardin, Director NJJFF
Miriam is an arts manager and artist with an extensive background in live performance. Through her producing company, Mpresentations, Miriam produced and directed the world premiere of The Divine Mr. Average by Tim Carlson in D.C.’s 2006 Capital Fringe Festival, and is working on new projects. Previously, Miriam served as Development Director for The Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. Before that, she worked for Situation Interactive, providing marketing and advertising services to theatrical clients such as Disney Theatrical Group. She has also worked for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Performing Arts Chicago, and Young Judaea. In Israel, Miriam was the artistic and managing director of Center Stage Theatre, producing, directing, and performing in stage and film productions. Through her company Mitzvah Coach, Miriam privately coaches B’nai Mitzvah students and parents in presentation skills. She holds an MFA in performing arts management from Brooklyn College and a BFA in theatre performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.