Anne Beaumont teaches at Lehman Colleges as an Adjunct Lecturer, where she directed The Misanthrope by Molière last fall. She is thrilled to lead the theater component of the Summer Arts Festival again this year. Her New York directing credits include Shakespeare's Richard III, King John, and an all-female cast of As You Like It (selected as one of the Best 10 Plays of 1995 by BackStage Magazine). Other credits include: The False Servant by Marivaux, The Brothers Menaechmus by Plautus, The Trojan Women, and The Seagull by Chekhov. Her adaptation and mise-en-scene in her native Paris of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] enjoyed a three-year run in Paris and went on tour, including the renowned Festival of Avignon in 2004 and 2005. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (and an M.B.A. from York University).
Roberto E. Ventura is a recent graduate at Lehman College. He graduated with honors (Cum Laude). He majored in Dance/Theatre and two minors in Middle and High School Education and English - Creative Writing. Roberto has performed at various events whether it be in productions, or open mics He is passionate about performing and states, "Everyone has the capacity to create and be in contribution. Only the very few express action to do it." His theater credits include, "Vaudeville, As Bees in Honey Drowns, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Medea, etc. He's also done outside work in dance with Michael Manswell, and Anabella Lenzu. As a native Bronxite, he appreciates the beauty that people have the opportunity to give and offer, and know that everyone matters. It is a privilege to be working with Anne Beaumont, and to be a part of the College Now Faculty. To Anne and Fionia, we've done it again ladies. Cast, Break a Leg!
Fionia Amara is a recent graduated from Lehman College with a B.A in Theatre. This is her third consecutive year as a teacher's assistant with College Now. She is an actress and has performed in numerous plays such as For Colored Girls.., As Bees In Honey Drown, Conrbury, One flew over the cuckoo's nest, Poof! and many more. She is also a director and has directed plays, short films and music videos. She would like to thank Anne and Roberto as well as all the students for a wonderful summer. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything you heart desires!
My name is Sevika Basdeo. I'm fifteen years old and I'm going into the 11th grade in Pelham Preparatory Academy. When I grow up I want to become a model and fashion designer. I joined this program because I wanted to keep my brain active during the summer, do something beneficial to my future, and participate in something I have never tried before.