Youth Directors 2014
Lisa Troy (Director)
Lisa has her undergraduate degree in Theater Arts from UMass-Boston, and a M.Ed. in Integrated Arts and Teaching from Lesley University. As a drama specialist, Lisa has had over 20 years teaching experience, working in a variety of public school systems including Cambridge, Boston, East Boston, South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, Brockton, and Bridgewater. She was a storyteller-in-residence for several years at the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester, and has been designing and leading professional development workshops for teachers on Drama infusion in the Classroom for the past twelve years. Lisa worked as a Drama Consultant for the Cambridge Public Schools between 1996 - 2005, where she enjoyed working with hundreds of K-8 students and their teachers, enhancing their curricula with drama, and directing numerous curriculum-based productions. Lisa worked for many years with the Living with AIDS Theater Project, designing curricula and developing original theater scripts at a variety of high schools in the Boston area. Lisa worked as actor, stage manager, lighting designer, and Board Member for Theater Works, an innovative Boston theater group whose primary mission was to develop new scripts. She also performed with numerous local theater companies, including the Lyric Stage, the New Ehrlich, Publick Summer Theater, the Nickerson, Wheelock Family Theater, and Merrimack Repertory Theater. For nine summers, Lisa worked at Summer Arts for Derby in Hingham, directing numerous Mainstage Musicals, and teaching drama classes in Storytelling, Radio Drama, Creative Dramatics, Auditioning, and Make-up for the Stage. After her husband Jim Quinn founded Arts for Youth, Lisa joined the AfY teaching staff, offering class in creative drama, musical theater, and directing the one act play each summer.
Lisa is currently on faculty in the Theater Department of Bridgewater State University, and very much enjoys her directorial role at Arts for Youth each summer!
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTORS
Jim Quinn (Founder)
Jim Quinn is founder of the Arts for Youth program. Jim holds a BFA in Theatre Studies (Directing) from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Theatre Administration. An award-winning actor, Jim has directed, performed, and taught theatre for over 25 years. He has written numerous scripts for children in collaboration with fellow playwright David Frieze, and currently serves as President of The New England Theatre Conference (NETC). Jim is an Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Bridgewater State University, where has been teaching for the past eleven years.
Colleen Rua (Co-Director)
Colleen Rua is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bridgewater State University. She holds a PhD in Drama from Tufts University and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Colleen served as the first Artistic Director of Arlington Children's Theatre (ACT) where she directed productions and implemented programming for over a decade, working with children ages 7-18 and their families. She continues to serve on ACT's Board of Directors, guest directs, and teaches workshops. She was also the co-founder of SouthCity Theatre, one of the first companies in residence at Boston's Factory Theatre, and has had a regular performance slot at ImprovBoston. Favorite directing credits include: Assassins, How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying, Rent, Cabaret, Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bye Bye Birdie, and Godspell. Additionally, Colleen serves as Artistic Director of BSU's Family Performing Arts Center, an initiative from President Frederick Clark's office to bring quality, family-friendly theatrical productions to BSU's campus.
Matt Greene (Associate Director)
Matt is a Theater Arts professor at Bridgewater State University with a BA in History and a Masters of Arts in Teaching the Creative Arts – Theater. Matt is happily returning to AfY this summer, where in the past he has taught classes in puppetry, soapstone, web design, improvisation, video, and stop-motion animation. He has also directed and choreographed shows for the Fall and Spring AfY Saturday Workshops. This summer, Matt will be teaching Stop-Motion and 2-D Animation by day and keeping AfY safe with his trusty power ring by night. Additionally, Matt serves as Marketing and Publicity Director for BSU's Family Performing Arts Center where he is currently performing in Beauty and the Beast.