About Us

Our Mission:

At Treasure Trunk Theatre, we create a nurturing space for children to develop their imagination, confidence, and creativity through the magic of storytelling. We encourage self-expression and celebrate individuality. We use the power of dramatic play to inspire each child to be their unique self, to connect with others, and to see the world in an empathic way.

Act, move, create, and play – where will your imagination take you today?  Treasure Trunk Theatre is a theatrical arts program for children that explores drama through imagination. In each class the students will incorporate movement, music, theatre games, and visual arts to express themselves and connect with the world around them. Here at Treasure Trunk, we pride ourselves on being a company that focuses on the journey – it is not about the final product, but rather what your child will learn through the process. We aim to provide a nurturing environment for children to develop and expand their creative energies. 

In 2013, our founder and CEO, Elisa Pupko had a dream of bringing her unique theatrical curriculum to the kiddos of Brooklyn and beyond. We are so proud to say that Treasure Trunk has now expanded to neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey. Our flagship location, located on Atlantic Avenue, hosts all your beloved Treasure Trunk classes and camps, full package birthday parties and special events. We also host some amazing other providers with their top-notch programs, check them out: Artists & Crafts, Hopalong Andrew, Lavender Blues, MAPS, and Mozart for Munchkins.

Come join us for a drop in class, a week long camp, or a full semester! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Our amazing teaching artists are passionate about inspiring a love for the arts in children. All Treasure Trunk teaching artists are theatre professionals and have extensive experience working with young children. Their experience and knowledge, combined with the Treasure Trunk philosophy, provides our students with a unique educational and nurturing environment which aims to empower the personal and creative growth of our students.

Elisa Pupko

Founder & CEO

 Elisa is an actor and singer with a desire for igniting a  passion for the arts in young  children. In 2012, Elisa founded Treasure Trunk Theatre, to combine her love for  theatre and her devotion to teaching young children.

As a professional actor and childcare provider in New York, Elisa saw a need for programming that could allow young children to explore their imaginations and develop a strong sense of self. She sees the magic of theatre and make believe as a powerful teaching tool that instills empathy and compassion in children early on. Elisa is passionate about bringing the arts to underserved communities and runs an outreach program within Treasure Trunk that provides theatrical classes to communities in NYC.

She herself began performing at a  young age and thanks to an ambitious drama teacher, was cast in her first play: Hamlet(!) at  nine years old. She continued performing throughout her adolescent years both in school  and local community theatres. She received her degree in Drama from The University of Washington in Seattle. With over 18 years of experience working with children, she has taught theatre to children at Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Shoreline Arts Council, Ridgecrest Elementary, and Taproot Theatre, where she performed for elementary through high school students across the Pacific Northwest in anti-bullying shows. She has worked professionally with many New York theatre companies and regional theatres across the country. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. For more information about Elisa as an actor, please visit www.elisapupko.com.

In 2017, Elisa opened Treasure Trunk’s flagship location on Atlantic Ave to provide an inviting space not only for her own programming, but to provide an affordable space for other local artists/musicians/performers to run unique holistic programming for children.

Born and raised in Seattle, Elisa currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, young daughter, and mini Aussie.

Eliza McCoy

Program Director 

Eliza McCoy is a New York City-based teaching artist, singer/songwriter and performer. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a focus in Musical Theater. After graduation, it was clear that her passion for collaboration, program development and working with kiddos was leading her to the classroom. She has developed two music programs for students in Red Hook, Brooklyn and continues to volunteer as a music, performance and songwriting mentor for young artists. Over the last four years with Treasure Trunk, she has been thrilled to teach, and create programming for amazing kiddos all over Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey, and now in the virtual world – beyond. You can catch Eliza in the classroom at Treasure Trunk, or behind the scenes helping with any and all of your registration needs, questions and inquiries! 

Brian Hampton

Operations Director

Brian Hampton started his career as an actor in New York City leading and creating educational birthday parties at the Central Park Zoo and the Museum of Natural History. He then went on to be the Director of Children, Youth, and Families programming as well as the producer of “The Puzzle Theatre Festival” at Marble Collegiate Church. Most recently, he worked with the Marquee Events team at Universal Studios Hollywood with their Lunar New Year / Kung Fu Panda celebration, and he’s super excited to be returning back home and part of the Treasure Trunk Theatre team. As a teaching artist, Brian has taught playwriting for adults, teens, and kids at over 50 elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, theatre companies and colleges/universities across the country (including Northern Stage Theatre Company, Treehouse Shakers, Wright State University, Georgia State, On Broadway PATP, Attic Salt Theatre Company, Auburn University, and the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara). His plays include “The Jungle Fun Room,” “Checking In,” and his teen/middle school plays: “Gossip” and “Username” which are produced worldwide (across 5 continents).  As an actor, Brian has performed on stage in NYC, regional theatres, and national tours as well as in film and TV. www.brianhampton.net 

Rachel  Brudner

Program Coordinator & Teaching Artist

Rachel Brudner (she/her) is an actor and theatre educator who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with degrees in Theatre and Communications and a minor in Spanish. Rachel has worked as a Teaching Artist Assistant at Tada! Youth Theatre, taught English at an international school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and led a community outreach theatre program at a local elementary school while she was in college. Among her professional acting credits are theatre for young audience shows such as Pinkalicious in Pinkalicious: the Musical (Vital Theatre), Judy Moody in Judy Moody and Stink (ArtsPower), Sally in Cat in the Hat (Playhouse on Park), and Fern in Charlotte’s Web (Two River Theater), and she can also be seen in videos for “Mother Goose Club” and heard in “Little Fox” animated audiobooks. She’s excited about encouraging self-expression, imagination, and growth in kids to show them they can achieve anything they set out to do! rachelbrudner.com

Kelsey Schergen

Teaching Artist

Kelsey Schergen has been a proud teacher and fan of Treasure Trunk Theatre for over 3 years now!  She graduated with honors from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Education.  A Seattle native, Kelsey has performed in the national tours of Fame the Musical and The Wizard of Oz. Regional credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, and Lisa in Mamma Mia. Kelsey is passionate about helping her students discover new ways of expressing themselves and connecting to others through theatre. She is thrilled to continue sharing her passion for the performing arts with the next generation!


Katharine Robinson

Teaching Artist

Katharine is an actor, director, and teaching artists with a background in musical and movement based theater. She attended The Juilliard School for Drama (Group 42), where she recieved the Elizabeth Smith Prize for voice and speech. They have taught and directed in public schools, conservatories, and theater programs across the country for over a decade with institutions like Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit. Some favorite NY theater credits includes Social! the social distance dance club with David Byrne (Park Avenue Armory), We Are Here with Frantic Assembly’s Steven Hoggett (La Mama), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), The Gray Man (Pipeline Theatre Company). www.katharinelorraine.com


Ellie Swartz

Teaching Artist

Ellie Swartz is so excited to be joining the Treasure Trunk Team as a Teaching Artist! She is a classically trained singer, professional actor and has been teaching dance and theatre to children for over 8 years. Ellie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College in May 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre and Music. She studied Physical Theatre and Commedia dell’arte at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. In addition to teaching theatre this year, Ellie is touring around the country as Peter Rabbit in the National Tour of Peter Rabbit Tales. Regional credits: Bring it On (Eva), The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp), Beltsville/Rockville (Mol), Sprouted! (Mo the Cow). Ellie is also a composer and songwriter and is currently producing her own EP. She is so excited to explore the magic of theatre with students at Treasure Trunk! 

James Smart

Teaching Artist

James Smart is an actor, musician, composer, teaching artist, and air guitar competitor. He has studied classical performance, musical theatre, and new play development at Roosevelt University and Columbia University, and has performed with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Chautauqua Theater Company, First Folio Theatre, Underscore Theatre Company, and Three Brothers Theatre. His original music has been performed in a variety of productions across NYC. James has led Shakespeare workshops with The Young Company and offers guitar and voice lessons. 

Allie Marotta

Teaching Artist

Allie Marotta is a Brooklyn based arts educator and collaborative theatre maker specializing in immersive, experiential, and devised theatre. Allie has presented work at NYC venues Teatro SEA, FringeNYC, Theater for the New City, Dixon Place, Theatre Row, and HERE Arts Center, and internationally in Ecuador, Greece, Argentina, and throughout the U.K. Allie teaches for various arts organizations throughout NYC including Queens Theatre, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Wingspan Arts, Falconworks Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and more. She is a NYC staff correspondent for No Proscenium and a founding creator of experiential theatre company You&I. Allie is also a healthcare and disability patient advocate and works with grassroots organizations NY #insulin4all, Mutual Aid Diabetes, and the Campaign for NY Health. Education: MA Contemporary Performance Practices (RHUL), BA Acting, BA Directing (Pace University). www.allie-marotta.com

Jaymie Jenks

Teaching Artist

Jaymie is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. She is thrilled to connect her experiences in programming with children, teens, and adults with her love of theater. Theater has provided Jaymie with lifelong friends and the opportunity to explore the power of passionate people coming together to create something and connect with each other. She hopes to continue in work that invites others into reflection, dialogue, and exploring possibilities. Jaymie also loves seeing, performing, and talking about stand-up comedy. If you want to start a 3 hour conversation with her, ask her about her cat Bastian.

Jason Alexander Wilks

Teaching Artist

Jason Alexander Wilks (he/him) is a proud New York city boy! He is a company member of Family Life Theatre, and regularly performs in NYC middle schools and high schools. Jason is passionate about helping others discover their confidence and awaken their creativity through theater. He is also super passionate about Oreos, and has quite literally sampled every single flavor. He is stoked to join the Treasure Trunk Theatre family!


Becca Griffing

Teaching Artist

Becca (she/her) is a Brooklyn based singer, writer, actor, and teaching artist. Originally from Boston, she graduated from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a dual B.A in Theatre and English Literature. She has spent the past decade working with children, including summer camps, theatre classes and most recently as an early childhood educator in Park Slope. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York. Becca believes that children are able to learn best when they feel comfortable to be themselves. In her free time, she enjoys boxing, yoga, hiking, and playing her ukulele! She cannot wait to create a fun learning environment alongside the students and the members of the Treasure Trunk Theatre team!

Tay Bass

Teaching Artist

Tay Bass is a NYC  based Actor, Singer and Teaching Artist hailing from Michigan. She is thrilled to unite her passions for theatre and arts education with the Treasure Trunk team! Her work has been seen Off Broadway, in Regional productions, independent films and animation Voice-Overs. When she isn’t acting or teaching, she is obsessing over her plants (she has 25…her apartment doesn’t allow pets!), reading up on how to make the world a kinder and more accessible place, riding her bike or cooking!

Sarah Cheatham

Teaching Artist

Sarah is so excited to join the Treasure Trunk Theatre team! She is a professional actress, voice over artist and arts educator based in NYC. Sarah earned her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with Honors in 2016. She has been teaching for almost 10 years on a range of theatrical subjects, including Acting, Movement, Shakespeare, and Audition Technique. Select regional theater credits include: “The Music Man” (The Candlelight Theatre) and “Gary” (Eagle Theatre). Select VO credits include: Blistex “TLC” and Office Depot “Twins”. Up next, you can hear Sarah voice Daisy in a new children’s musical called “Wake Up, Daisy!” at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. “Wake Up, Daisy!” is a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in NYC. For more information visit the City Parks Foundation website!

Catie Kobland

Teaching Artist

Catie Kobland is a crafter/creator/connoisseur of all things art based in NYC. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse Universities Department of Drama with a BFA in Acting. She is super excited to combine her love of children, education and theatre here at treasure trunk and believes art programming in early childhood education and onwards is imperative for teaching empathy and communicating with others. Aside from being an educator, it is a means of therapy and she hopes to create a safe space for children to feel seen, heard and validated while having a blast. 

Danielle Bowen

Teaching Artist

Danielle Bowen is a performer with a love of both theatre and education! She got her BFA in Musical Theatre at Emerson College and started performing regionally while in college with shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. She recently toured with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical across the country and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education for Special Education at Hunter College. She works with nonprofits in NYC such as Only Make Believe and READ 718! as a mentor to children and is frequently seen on 42nd St as a Broadway Tour Guide.  


Kerry Warren

Teaching Artist

Kerry Warren is a New York based actor and teaching artist. She strives to create a classroom of joy and rigor and hopes to make classical texts such as Shakespeare more relatable and accessible to her students. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received The President Polisi Prize for Artist as Citizen. She has taught with Harlem Children’s Zone, Lincoln Center Education, Hunts Point Alliance, Project Art, Arts Connection, Creative Arts, and the 52nd Street Project. As an actor she has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally. Some of her favorite credits include The River with Hugh Jackman, Much Ado About Nothing with the Mobile Unit at The Public directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah that toured to prisons and community centers in all five boroughs and Romeo and Juliet at Dallas Theater Center. Catch her on this season of New Amsterdam on NBC.

Ann Noling

Teaching Artist

Ann Noling is a NYC based director and teacher, born and raised in Brooklyn. She has been teaching and caring for children in Brooklyn for many years and is excited to join the Treasure Trunk community! She loves watching her students find new confidence, emotional expression, and empathy through storytelling. As a director she is drawn to stories that are language-driven, rooted in compassion, and interrogate community. She has directed productions at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brick, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and The Fourth Street Theatre, and has worked with Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Vineyard Theatre, and New York Theater Workshop in various directing and artistic fellowships and internships. She received her BA in American Studies from Tufts University and her MFA in directing from Brooklyn College. She is also a proud alum of Community Word’s Teaching Artist Project.

Melannie Vásquez Lara

Teaching Artist

Melannie Vásquez Lara is a latina actor, mover, deviser, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College and has continued her acting and physical theater training in NY. Her experience teaching children includes teaching string instruments to elementary and middle school students to assisting in daily activities at pre-schools, to teaching movement, voice, and acting to children K-8. She loves the joy, freedom, and vulnerability that theater can bring to an individual and strives to create a fun and safe space every time she teaches. Melannie is a proud daughter of immigrant parents. A peacemaker, an advocate for justice, a wonderer, a wanderer.


Teresa Majerowicz

Teaching Artist

Teresa is an NYC based actor and is thrilled to be apart of the Treasure Trunk team! Teresa is from Baltimore, MD, but is loving the city life. She recently finished the Hagen Core Training program at HB Studio and holds a bachelors degree in social work. She has been teaching drama/theatre for six years. She has also worked children in other capacities such as in the classroom with preschool to eighth grades, with a behavioral specialist, and as a Program Director for a STEAM summer camp. Teresa loves sharing her passion for acting with the kiddos and loves helping them find confidence and fun on stage through imagination and story telling.


Hannah Jane Curry

Teaching Artist

Hannah Jane Curry is from Portland, Oregon and a recent graduate from Linfield University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Hannah started dancing when she was four and trained in a variety of styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern and choreography. She started acting at the age of twelve when she played Amaryllis in her middle school’s production of “The Music Man”. Since then, Hannah has performed in and choreographed a variety of musicals at the middle school, high school, and college level. Hannah has been teaching dance for young children since she graduated high school, and most recently taught musical theatre at Allegro Dance Studio. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the children grow and become more confident in themselves. She is very excited to continue her journey as a teaching artist at Treasure Trunk!

Meagan Rake

Teaching Artist

Meagan Raker is an NYC based teaching artist and actor. Bitten by the theater bug at a young age herself, Meagan is thrilled to help students find that same joy with Treasure Trunk Theatre! After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in History and minors in Theater and Musical Theater, Meagan was an education intern with Seattle Children’s Theater’s Drama School program. Upon moving to New York City, Meagan began working as an educator at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and toured as Olive in TheaterWorksUSA’s production of Pete the Cat. Other favorite roles include Cinderella in Into the Woods , Mary Warren in The Crucible, and all of her various roles with Princeton’s original musical comedy group, the Triangle Club. Meagan has long been passionate about arts education, and is so excited to be teaching with Treasure Trunk!

Sara Giacomini

Teaching Artist

Sara Giacomini is an actress and teaching artist working in the NY/NJ area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been working in Arts Education since 2015, when she started with George Street Playhouse’s Educational Programming. Sara has worked as a Teaching Artist at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Thinkertales Virtual Classrooms, Black Box Performing Arts Center, Unity Stages, and George Street Playhouse. Regional acting credits include: Curious George: The Golden Meatball (George) at the Growing Stage, The Ghost Train (Peggy Murdock) at Centenary Stage Company, Dr. Faustus (Robin) at the Secret Theatre,&Sally in the national tour of The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions/TheatreworksUSA). Sara is so excited to work with Treasure Trunk. She believes the younger generation is the future of art and we must help them grow; so let’s do it together!

Heidi Gleichauf

Teaching Artist

Heidi is an NYC based actress, improviser, visual artist and educator. She graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in theatre performance and now resides in Brooklyn. She is a cast member of the nationally-touring musical improv show “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” where she signs made up songs, on the spot! You may also recognize her voice from TBTV Toy Adventures on YouTube, or from videos for the DreamWorks YouTube channel. Heidi is passionate about working with children, and has done so for nearly a decade. She is a four-leaf clover finding expert and loves all vegan food. You can find her art page @heididoingart on Instagram, and check out www.heidigleichauf.com for updates!

Sydney Holliday

Teaching Artist

Sydney Holliday is an actor, improviser, and a storyteller who has worked with theatre-makers of all ages throughout her time on the east and west coast. She was a Treasure Trunk virtual intern during the latter half of 2020, and is ecstatic to be returning for in-person adventures! Born and raised in LA, Sydney is a current student at Muhlenberg College pursuing a Theatre and Communications double major. She has taught classes of elementary school and middle school students on improv and Shakespeare, and has directed award-winning monologues for theatre festivals. Sydney has received training at the Larry Singer Studios in NYC and the UCLA Acting & Performance Summer Institute, and will be traveling to Italy and Scotland in the summer of 2022 to continue her studies. Her notable credits include: The Crucible (Mary Warren), 12 Angry Women (Juror 5), The Outsiders (Sandy), The Imaginary Invalid (Louison), and Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Sydney also originated the role of Kelsey in Hapless Hour. She is thrilled to continue sharing her love of theatre and imagination with the next generation of artists!

Sarah Bedwell

Teaching Artist

Sarah Bedwell has an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and is currently working towards an MFA at Columbia University. She has worked for the NYC Department of Education, Wingspan Arts, Roads to Success, Children’s Aid, and Kids in the Game in-school, after school, and at summer camps all over the city. Sarah has a passion for theatre accessibility and has worked with TDF’s Autism-Friendly performances on Broadway. Now having worked with children for over 10 years, Sarah is excited to bring her excitement for storytelling and creative play to Treasure Trunk! 

Julia Segal

Teaching Artist

Julia Segal is a NYC based singer, actor, and songwriter who is thrilled to join the Treasure Trunk team! Julia is a graduate of Colgate University where she received her BA in theatre and psychology. She has also studied at the London Dramatic Academy and is a member of the Off The Lane and Maestra mentorship programs. Her theatrical performance experience spans from musical theatre, to devised work, and Shakespeare. Julia is a jazz vocalist, sings for the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus and has worked as a music director and vocal arranger. Julia believes firmly that the arts connect us to ourselves, others, and the world around us and is excited to share this philosophy through her teaching with Treasure Trunk!

Huxley Rain Garrett

Teaching Artist

Huxley Rain Garrett is an NYC-based Actor, Clown, and Comedian. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama as well as a Minor in Applied Theatre, Huxley has a passion for the arts and a strong belief in the potential for theatre to be a catalyst for growth and change. Huxley has spent the last 3 years teaching pre-school and providing creativity based childcare, Huxley couldn’t be more delighted to combine her love of the arts and early-childhood education by joining the Treasure Trunk team! 

C Harrison

Teaching Artist

C Harrison (they/them) is a trained actor, director, and theatre teaching artist based in Brooklyn. They studied acting at Muhlenberg College and Stella Adler Studio of Acting and have been working in children’s theatre since 2015, most recently appearing in the national tour of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth as the Humbug. Currently, C is filming an original sitcom they wrote centering two nonbinary BFFs and their gallivants around Bushwick. C believes the best art comes from a place of comfort and joy, and they look forward to making rich discoveries together with your kiddo. Outside of acting, C enjoys swimming, dancing, singing, and lounging on their new, cherished, velvet couch all of their friends have heard them speak too much about. Favorite credits include Bring it On (La Cienega), [title of show] (Jeff), and Sweeney Todd (Pirelli).

Camilla Cox

Teaching Artist

Camilla Cox (she/her) is ecstatic to be a part of the Treasure Trunk team! Originally from Dallas, TX, Camilla is a director, sound designer, and theatre-maker based in Manhattan. She studied Theatre and Political Science at Columbia University, and is passionate about using theatre to help children grow into empathetic and engaged citizens.


Kyle Mason

Teaching Artist & Events Coordinator

Kyle is so excited to be joining the Treasure Trunk Team! A Michigan native, Kyle has performed, directed, and taught theatre for as long as he can remember, and just moved to New York City in January 2022! Last May, Kyle graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Arts Management. As an actor and director, Kyle has worked with The Detroit Actors Theatre Company, Indiana University Summer Theatre, and Meadow Brook Theatre; as a teacher, he’s taught dance and musical theatre with Cranbrook Theatre School and Sunset Theatre Company, and directed/choreographed children’s productions of Descendants the MusicalThe Wizard of Oz, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, among others. He is thrilled to be joining the company and can’t wait to enrich the lives of young thespians across the city!

Lucy Ames

Teaching Artist

Lucy is ecstatic to join the Treasure Trunk family! Growing up in Portland, OR, Lucy discovered her passion for storytelling and song at the nationally acclaimed Oregon Children’s Theatre, where she went on to become a member of their lauded Young Professionals Company and performed on the mainstage as well as serving as their first ever Fundraising and Development Intern to help them continue operating through COVID! A current Musical Theatre student at Manhattan School of Music with plans to graduate in 2025, Lucy is incredibly grateful to be combining her two passions of theatre and childcare as a teaching artist at Treasure Trunk! When she isn’t leading sing alongs or singing her way through the Kelli O’Hara songbook, Lucy can be found reading in the park, knitting elaborate scarves for friends, or exploring all the best vegan food New York City has to offer! Follow along on her journey on Instagram at @lucy.ames!

Cayla Berejikian

Teaching Artist

Cayla Berejikian is a Brooklyn-based actor and teaching artist. She trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute while attending New York University, where she also studied psychology and film production. She has written, produced, and directed several original plays in New York City. Recently, she has enjoyed acting in various independent projects and sharing her passion for the creative process with her students.


Sariah Johnson

Teaching Artist

Sariah Johnson (she/her) is an actress, producer, writer, singer, and educator! Growing up in New Jersey, she loved doing musicals and plays and eventually received a BFA in Drama and minored in Producing at New York University Tisch. Currently, she teaches and acts in New York, starring in multiple projects including the web series Epitome, indie film Pear, and Too Glam video. With experience running musicals, camps, parties, and theater classes, Sariah is extremely excited to join the Treasure Trunk team!

Emma Brockman

Teaching Artist

Emma Brockman is an actress and singer who just graduated from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts with a degree in Acting for Film and Television. She is originally from Wisconsin where she also worked as a Party Princess at birthday parties, library events and Make-A-Wish Foundation events. She also taught kids acting classes in person and over zoom. Emma is so excited to work and grow with her students as she shares her passion for theater, music and performing with them, and helps them unlock their passions and discover themselves! 

Nicolás Watson

Teaching Artist

Nicolás Watson is a theater artist and teacher from Orlando, FL. Nico uses he/him or they/them pronouns. Nico is passionate about working with children in a theatrical capacity because he believes the voices of young artists are some of the most important in the entire world. Previously, he has enjoyed work with The Orlando Repertory Theater in Act Out Justice! (A Theater For Social Justice Initiative), The Seattle Children’s Theater as a Teaching Artist Intern, and recently has been seen on the Cherry Lane Theater stage as Sam in Taking The Plunge. Nico is super excited to begin work with Treasure Trunk Theater! 

Daniel Keitel
Teaching Artist
Daniel Keitel is an actor, educator, and musician originally from Pittsburgh, PA who graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in Theatrical Performance and minors in Music and Education Studies. He has spent 14 summers of his life at Goldman Union Camp Institute, including five summers on staff, where he eventually became the Head of the Drama program, and the Head Songleader/Head of the Music program. He also spent time as a standby cantorial soloist and substitute teacher at his hometown synagogue, Rodef Shalom. Since moving to Clinton Hill last year, Daniel has been working at Fig Tree Hebrew School as a site manager and assistant teacher. He is very excited to join the Treasure Trunk team and spread the joys of self expression to kids across Brooklyn!

Mila Milosevic

Teaching Artist

Mila Milosevic is an award winning actress, classically trained singer and teaching artist living in Manhattan. Mila’s been a teaching artist at Treasure Trunk for over 5 years now! She was born and raised in Europe, and has been developing her performance skills since a very early age. She played the flute, sang in choirs, and performed solos across the continent before she eventually moved to the US to pursue her passions professionally. Mila currently trains at the highly acclaimed MN Acting Studio, and does improv and musical improv at the Magnet Theater. She has appeared in numerous national and international commercials, feature films and TV shows. She is fluent in English, Hungarian and Serbian, and is a proud member of Mensa. Mila loves working with children, and in the past decade she’s been teaching them about performing, singing and music in fun and creative ways. Combining her love for children and performing, Mila has found the best of both worlds at Treasure Trunk Theatre! For more information please visit: www.milamilosevic.com.

Kristin Parker

Teaching Artist

Kristin Parker is a Brooklyn based actor/playwright as well as a teaching artist and child care provider. She’s also a feminist a francophile and a foodie! Teaching for Treasure Trunk is one of the most joyful parts of her life! Kristin has been lucky enough to work with children for the last 15+ years, through child care, teaching, and acting. She has had the pleasure of starring in numerous TYA shows in the city and around the country including Pinkalicious the Musical, The Velveteen Rabbit, and A Christmas Carol. Kristin began acting at age 4 and hasn’t stopped since. Her work can be seen on numerous television shows, web series, and films as well as on stage. For more information please visit www.KristinParker.com 

Kyle Schaefer

Teaching Artist

Kyle Schaefer is a professional actor with an extensive dance & music background. As a founding member of the theater company Recent Cutbacks, he still frequently gets to play like a kid. He holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater, and has performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, A.C.T., Arkansas Rep, Second City Training Center, Peoples Improv Theater, Shakespeare & Company, New Harmony Project, Kennedy Center, and internationally in Canada and France. He has performed and toured in numerous children’s theater productions throughout his career, and teaches collaborative theater-making with Recent Cutbacks. www.kyleschaefer.com

Adrienne Littleton

Los Angeles Teaching Artist

Adrienne is an actress and dance teacher currently living and working in Los Angeles.  She grew up helping out with her mom’s dance classes, even when she was just a kid herself.  When she was nine she decided she either wanted to be an actress or a teacher, and as she got older she realized she didn’t have to choose!  After graduating from the University of Washington with a Drama major and a Dance minor, she toured with Taproot Theatre’s Road Company, performing around 250 shows for over 100,000 audience members a year.  In Los Angeles, Adrienne teaches ballet at Releve Studios and musical theatre at LEAP Academy.  She is so excited to have the opportunity to share her love of dance and storytelling with Treasure Trunk Theatre!  For more information on Adrienne, please visit www.adriennelittleton.com.