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Teaching Artists

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Stacey Linnartz

Co-Founder & Artistic Director / Teaching Artist

Stacey is a NYC-based professional actor, producer and teacher of acting and a proud Co-Founder of KCC. MFA, NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Off Broadway: LIFE SUCKS & ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (Wheelhouse), STRANGE BARE FACTS (Signature), GOD OF VENGEANCE (The Barrow Group), THE SNAKE AND THE FALCON (La Mama), MODOTTI (The Acorn/Theatre Row), AMENDMENT 13 (Clubbed Thumb), GHOSTING, LOST IN LIGHT (The Public Theatre), HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Actors Studio), DOWN THE ROAD (ATA). Regional: SHIPWRECKED! (Capital Rep), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, UNCLE VANYA (New Harmony), ECLECTIC SOCIETY (Walnut Street), ROMEO AND JULIET, AS YOU LIKE IT (Smoky Mountain Shakespeare). London: OLD TIMES, SIROCCO (Royal Court). Film: AWAY, THE LAST 48, THE WEEKEND, SWINGING IN BETWEEN, SHALLOW POINT, THE FIRST BORN, GODZILLA. Web: FIRST WORLD problem, COUPLES, DINNER WITH MOM, 12 MONTHS OF JUNE. Television: GOSSIP GIRL, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ED, RESCUE ME, THIRD WATCH. Stacey is also Producer / Partner Saint Sarah Productions which produces film, online content and theatre in NYC.


Jeremy rishe

Co-Founder & Board Member / Teaching Artist

Jeremy is a co-founding producer of Saint Sarah Productions - for which he also acts, writes and occasionally directs. He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program and is also a proud Co-Founder of KCC. He’s currently filming the supporting lead, Pastor Samuel Knight, in Jay Craven’s next feature, LOST NATION. Other Select acting credits: TV/Film: INVASION (Apple+), ELEMENTARY, THE GOOD WIFE, BLUE BLOODS, & MADAM SECRETARY (cbs), LAW&ORDER: SVU, LAW&ORDER (nbc), THE BLACK BOX (abc), 3 BACKYARDS (Sundance audience award), JEWTAH, THE WEEKEND (feature: co-writing, producing, and acting credit), TWO NIGHT STAND (Amazon). Select Off-Broadway credits: THE SABBATH GIRL (59e59), THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER (Folksbiene), SEX ON SUNDAY (Urban Stages), STARRY MESSENGER (tfna), JEWTOPIA (West Side Theatre). Select Regional credits: SCHOOL FOR LIES (Arkansas Rep),  OVER THE TAVERN (Alabama Shakes), THE CHOSEN (Cleveland Playhouse), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Pioneer Theatre Company), THE TEMPEST, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, STREET SCENE, and THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Chautauqua Theatre Company).


Jose-Maria Aguila

Teaching Artist

Jose-Maria Aguila is a Mexican born Actor, writer, and fight choreographer.

A grad of the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and has studied at the British American Drama Academy, Oxford and the National theater Conservatory.   

Credits include, SWAT (CBS/Paramount+), Pose (FX), Blue Bloods (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS). Regional: Portland Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival, Denver Center, The Guthrie Theater.

Jose-Maria currently teaches and has taught stage combat/acting/movement for the actor at NYU Graduate Acting, The Stella Adler Conservatory, NYU Tisch Undergraduate Acting Program, The Dalton School, The 52nd Street Project, and Dream Yard. 


Peg Denithorne 

Guest Director / Teaching Artist

Ms. Denithorne is a professional director and teacher who has been associated with Circle Repertory Company since the early '80s. She served on Circle Rep's staff as Casting Director for several years, and she also created and was the director of Circle's Outreach and Education Program which received local, state and national recognition. From 1995 - 2002, she was the Associate Artistic Director of the LAB Theatre Company (the artists formerly associated with Circle Repertory Company - now called Circle East Theatre). 

Ms. Denithorne has taught at numerous colleges and universities including the Graduate Directing Program at Rutgers University and the Graduate Acting Program at Catholic University. Her favorite directing experiences include the New York premiere of WHAT I MEANT WAS by Craig Lucas for the Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon, A DOLL'S HOUSE at Juilliard and a national tour of NO, NO NANETTE. 

She was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award in Washington, D.C., where her production of TALLEY'S FOLLY received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Production of 2004. Her production of A SHAYNA MAIDEL at Rep Stage was named “Best Professional Production” in the Baltimore area in 2008. 

She currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut. Peg holds an M.F.A. in Directing and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).


Zach Rothman-Hicks

Teaching Artist / Design and Tech Designer

Zach is a performer, director, designer, and educator who is interested in exploring the intersection between technology, performance, and interactivity while creating community-driven ensemble work. A recent graduate of the PIMA MFA Program at Brooklyn College, Zach has worked with youth since 2009 as a New York City public school teacher, where he has directed numerous ensemble-driven pieces which reflect themes of importance to the students, staff, and larger community. Additionally, Zach has been working on Gabbing with Gays, an archive of Emotional Intimacy in the LGBTQIA+ community, since April 2020. As part of this work, Zach runs a monthly Emotional Intimacy group, which focuses on building community and creating a safe space for discussion and art. Work from Gabbing with Gays has been featured internationally at the Vrystaat Kunstefees Festival based in Bolemfentein, South Africa, at Snug Harbor, and at multiple locations around New York City.


Arden Traynor

Teaching Artist / Dramaturg

Arden Traynor (they/them) is a New York-based actor, deviser, dramaturg, and writer. They hold a BFA from NYU Tisch, where they received cross-disciplinary training at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. They were selected to participate in the exclusive Stanislavsky, Brecht, and Beyond program in Berlin. While there, Arden had the privilege of taking masterclasses with Gob Squad, studying Lucid Body technique under Monika Gossman, and representing the United States at the Schaubühne’s FIND Plus forum. In 2019, They were a Fresh Ground Pepper BRB Retreat Apprentice. Arden’s work has appeared at the Exponential Festival, Dixon Place HOT! Fest, and Shakespeare in the Square. Favorite credits include BLOODSHOT: The Call, As You Like It, Civic-Minded Responsible Thrill-Seeking, sop ii, and FRANK. Arden has been creating work with students in the Saturday Conservatory program  since August 2020. They firmly believe that anyone can be an artist, and they’re thrilled to be a part of an organization with this philosophy at the core of all programming. Arden currently teaches public speaking and forensics at a middle school. 


Emory Kemph

Teaching Artist

Emory Kemph (she/her) is a writer, performer, and educator based in NYC. She holds a BFA from NYU Drama, where she studied at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School and Stonestreet Studios. Emory teaches at KCC, the Brooklyn Green School, and other organizations around the city. Select acting credits: GEORGIA ROSE (winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), A CHORUS LINE (Edinburgh Fringe), REGENERATION (Repro Freedom Arts), and the NYU REALITY SHOW (Barclays Center). She's dedicated to creating theater that contends with social issues, sparks joy, and invites questions.

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Tyreek Franco

Student Teacher / Combat Coach

Tyreek Franco is a NYC based actor and theatremaker. With Creative Arts Team Tyreek has acted in several projects on stage and in film, including THE STRANGEST YEAR. Since 2016, with Kids Creative Collective, Tyreek has acted  in ORIGIN STORIES, HUMANS BEING, A CHRISTMAS CAROL REDUX, THE SATURDAY CONSERVATORY, THE TRIAL OF ROMEO, THE EXPERIMENTAL FILM WORKSHOP AND STAGE COMBAT SESSIONS. Currently enrolled in school for Stage and Film Combat, Tyreek is interested in pursuing a career as an actor and a fight choreographer.


Kiara Negroni

Teaching Artist

Kiara (she/her) is a New York City based artist. Kiara current alum of NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School where she trained as a performer, director, producer, writer, and production designer specialized in sound. Kiara is also a singer/songwriter and believes that songwriting is meant to be fearless. She takes after some of her biggest influences in the world of writing. You can find her playing gigs around the city on her social media pages (@ki_negroni on instagram). Kiara hopes she does well trying to share her heart with others.

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