BALLIBAY 2021 STAFF

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John Jannone, Director
Director

JOHN J.A. JANNONE

Kristin Alexander Managing Director
Managing Director

KRISTIN ALEXANDER

Sarah Galante Associate Director
Associate Director

SARAH GALANTE

Marnie Wilson
Office Manager

MARNIE WILSON

Megan Twamley Dean of Campers
Dean of Campers

MEGAN TWAMLEY

Hannah Mount - Musical Theater Director
Musical Theater Director, Dean of Staff

HANNAH MOUNT

Andy Morrison Head of Rock
Head of Rock, Down the Hill Division Head

ANDY MORRISON

Yael Kortsarz Co-Girls Division Head and Voice coach
Up-the-Hill Division Head, Voice Coach

YAEL KORTSARZ

Janie Aspinwall Music Counselor & Co-Girls Division Head
Up-the-Hill Division Head & Music Counselor

JANIE ASPINWALL

Niav Conty
Head of Media

NIAV CONTY

Sara Galkin Visiting Artist
Head of Art

SARA GALKIN

Alex Bernui - Senior Theater Director, CIT Coordinator
Senior Theater Director, CIT Coordinator

ALEX BERNUI

Jeremiah Rodgers Music Counselor
Music Counselor & Events Coordinator

JEREMIAH RODGERS

Dustin Druckman Head of Theater Tech
Head of Technical Theater

DUSTIN DRUCKMAN

Deidre Struck Musical Director
Music Director

DEIDRE STRUCK

Tyler Econa Theater Tech Counselor
Technical Theater Counselor

TYLER ECONA

Todd Rose Visiting Artist
Art Counselor / Visiting Artist

TODD ROSE

Kyle Newman Theater and Tech Counselor
Technical Theater Counselor

KYLE NEWMAN

Annie Yamamoto Theater Counselor
Theater Counselor

ANNIE YAMAMOTO

Jack Thornley - Film and Media Counselor
Film and Media Counselor

JACK THORNLEY

Joel Skavahl - Screen printing Counselor
Art Counselor

JOEL SKAVDAHL

Al Matsu Food Educator and Theater Counselor
Theater Director & Food Education Counselor

ALEXANDRA MATSU

Taylor Bennett
Dance Counselor

TAYLOR BENNETT

Dani Barrett Dance Staff
Dance Counselor

DANI BARRETT

Lincoln Skoien Theater Counselor
Theater Counselor

LINCOLN SKOIEN

Cathy Maguire Guest Artist
Art Counselor

CATHY MAGUIRE

ABBIE GARRISON stage manager
Stage Manager

ABBIE GARRISON

Annabel Stewart Gardener
Gardener

ANNABEL STEWART

Sam Weiss - Lifeguard
Lifeguard

SAM WEISS

Annet Clemente
Housekeeper

ANNET CLEMENTE

Jana Flynn Art Counselor
Art Counselor

JANA FLYNN

Juliet Diaz - Housekeeping
Housekeeper

JULIET DIAZ

Crhistian_Barragan Kitchen Staff
Dishwasher

CRHISTIAN BARRAGAN

Janine Sopp Visiting Artist
Art Counselor

JANINE SOPP

Jamie Carroll Technical Theater Counselor
Technical Theater Counselor

Jamie Carroll

Danielle Strader Dance Counselor
Dance Counselor

DANIELLE RENEE STRADER

Danessa Hellus - Theater Director
Theater Director

DANESSA HELLUS

Jonathan Jacobs Visiting Artist
Theater Director

JONATHAN JACOBS

Alejandro-Escobar Kitchen Staff
Kitchen Staff

JOSE ALEJANDRO ESCOBAR VERGARA

Lauren Reid - Art Counselor
Art Counselor

LAUREN REID

David Bruns - Technical Theater Counselor
Technical Theater Counselor

DAVID BRUNS

Eli Garmon Technical Theater Counselor
Technical Theater Counselor

ELI GARMON

Victoria Hughes Costumes
Costumes Counselor

VICTORIA HUGHES

Juliana-Gutierrez Art Counselor
Art Counselor

JULIANA GUTIERREZ

Michal Pazdan Rock Counselor
Rock Counselor

MICHAL PAZDAN

Danielle Shreves Assistant Nurse
Assistant Nurse

DANIELLE SHREVES

Mario Reyes - Staff
Kitchen Staff

MARIO RAFAEL REYES TORRES

Lee Dang, Rock Counselor
Rock Counselor

LEE DANG

Zachary Brewer Rock Counselor
Rock Counselor

ZACHARY BREWER

Wesley Ballard
Maintenance

WESLEY BALLARD

FIONA WILSON
Theater Counselor

FIONA WILSON

ISRAEL CLARK
Art Counselor

ISRAEL CLARK

Jeremy Suarez Theater Director
Theater Director

JEREMY VANCE SUAREZ

Frida Rincón Gallardo Quiroz Staff Member
Kitchen Staff

Frida Rincón Gallardo Quiroz

Bryan Stanley Film and Media Coujnselor
Film and Media Counselor

BRYAN STANLEY

Jess Mahoney Counselor
Social Media

JESS MAHONEY

Cydney Blitzer Art Counselor
Photography Counselor

CYDNEY BLITZER

Yazmin Garcia Food and Garden Counselor
Food Education + Garden Counselor

YAZMIN GARCIA





John Jannone, Director

Director

JOHN J.A. JANNONE

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY
Returning, Camper, Parent
Attended Camp: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

John grew up at the camp, which was founded by his parents, Jerry and Dottie, in 1964. From an early age, he understood the value of cooperation rather than competition, held a deep respect for individual choice, and fostered a love for the arts. His children, Cairo and Marcel Jannone, have been campers at Camp Ballibay for many summers.

Professional Bio:
John studied philosophy and music at Colgate University and received his MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer. In addition to his continuous involvement with the camp, he has worked in the arts all of his life, variously as a musician and composer, lighting and projection designer, and interaction designer/programmer. He is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, where he has taught since 2000. There he created directed the MF.A. program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA). He has taught at Osaka University in Japan, Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and Rensselaer. He has been a visiting composer at Oberlin College and a visiting artist at Grinnell College. His artistic and research work has been supported through numerous grants, including NSF Major Research Instrumentation and CreativeIT grants. See and hear his work at http://jann.one

Kristin Alexander Managing Director

Managing Director

KRISTIN ALEXANDER

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Charleston, SC
Returning, Camper
Attended Camp:
1988-1993; 1998-2019

Kristin has danced her way through the summers from camper to camp director and will be returning to Ballibay for her 29th year . She can still remember walking into her cabin in 1988 as a new camper, helping to choreograph musicals as a counselor-in-training, and teaching tap as a first-year counselor. After a four-year hiatus, she returned to Ballibay and it has remained her summer home. Some of her fondest memories are working alongside Jerry and Dottie Jannone as she became a member of the camp leadership. For the past 10 years she has co-directed the camp with John, a partnership fueled by creativity and gratitude for one another. This summer, Kristin is most looking forward to seeing colleagues and returning campers after a challenging year, meeting everyone joining the Ballibay community for the first time, and sharing the dance studio with the campers during the dance intensive!

Professional Bio:
Kristin is an assistant professor of dance at the College of Charleston and the founding artistic director of Annex Dance Company. She has taught, performed, and collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout the United States. From 2002 to 2010 Kristin was an associate professor of dance at DeSales University (Pennsylvania), and she returned in 2012 for a semester as acting chair of the dance department. In 2010, Kristin made Charleston, South Carolina, her new home, thus allowing Annex Dance Company to join the city’s thriving arts community. The company is committed to arts advocacy and opportunities for dancers at all levels, students through professionals. As artists and educators, members of the company have worked with students in Charleston County Schools through Engaging Creative Minds and conducted residencies and masterclasses at festivals and colleges, including a collaborative performance residency at College of Charleston during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She serves on the City of Charleston’s Commission on the Arts and was recently appointed the chair of the School of the Arts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at the College of Charleston. She holds a BA in dance from Goucher College (Maryland) and an MFA from George Mason University (Virginia).

Sarah Galante Associate Director

Associate Director

SARAH GALANTE

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY
Returning, Camper
Attended Camp:
2003, 2004, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2016, 2018, 2019

Sarah first joined the Ballibay community in 2003 as a two-week theater workshop camper. The following year the only thing she asked for for Christmas was another summer at camp! She was thrilled to join the Ballibay staff in 2013 as the Stage Manager and Up-the-Hill Division Head, and has been a part of the administrative team ever since. This will be her ninth summer at Camp Ballibay, and her first summer as the Associate Director.

Professional Bio:
A playwright and librettist in New York City, Sarah has worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, The Tank, The Playwrights Center, The Women’s Playwriting Cooperative, and more. She is currently the script-writer for the 2020-2021 National Philharmonic’s virtual season, and the PBS Holiday Concert Series. Her newest co-authored musical Within Earshot: Anthems for the In-Between, is slated for an Off-Broadway production in 2021, with its album currently found anywhere you stream music.

Marnie Wilson

Office Manager

MARNIE WILSON

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Wyalusing, PA
Returning
Attended Camp:
2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Professional Bio:
Office Manager, Pilates instructor, Irish Ceili Instructor

Megan Twamley Dean of Campers

Dean of Campers

MEGAN TWAMLEY

Pronouns: she/they
Hometown:
Rochester, NY – the traditional and unceded land of the first people of the area, the Seneca and Haudenosaunee People – past and present.
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

Megan is a playwright and actor from Rochester, New York with many years of camp experience as a camper, counselor, and director. Most recently, they worked with Geocaching as their Community Coordinator to bring the love of treasure hunting to a global audience. Working at Ballibay has been a goal of theirs for many years, and they are overflowing with gratitude and joy to be a part of this amazing camp. In addition to theatre education, they also have led outdoor and nature education camps in Seattle, Washington. Megan is excited to be surrounded by creativity and laughter all summer.

Professional Bio:
Megan is a playwright and actor from Rochester, New York. After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a degree in Technical Theatre and Design, they relocated to Seattle, Washington. As a current company member of Dacha Theatre, their work prioritizes equity, radical empathy, devising, and playfulness. Recent credits include working with ReBoot Theatre, inD Theatre, Twelfth Nigh Productions, and Bainbridge Island Performing Arts.

Hannah Mount - Musical Theater Director

Musical Theater Director, Dean of Staff

HANNAH MOUNT

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Queens, NY
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

Hannah is so excited to join the Camp Ballibay family! Growing up in a theatre family meant there were always shows, classes, or dance competitions happening so this will be a summer full of thrilling firsts as Hannah takes on camp life.

Professional Bio:
A member of the first graduating class of the Molloy College and CAP 21 B.F.A. Musical Theatre program, Hannah is a performer, teacher, and musical director. She has appeared in numerous concerts in New York at venues such as The Town Hall, Feinstein’s 54 Below, and The Madison Theatre alongside Broadway legends such as Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), Tony Danza (Honeymoon in Vegas), and Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde). Hannah made her Off-Broadway debut as the title character in Vital Theatre Company’s “Angelina Ballerina the Musical” and as Elizabeth Lavenza in Write Act Repertory’s “Frankenstein.” During the year Hannah teaches private voice and piano lessons at the Bach to Rock music school in Port Washington, NY and musically directing/accompanying shows for Molloy College, The Mile Square Theatre of Hoboken, NJ and The Broadway Bound Vista Theatre Project in Columbia, SC. Full resume and performance gallery available at www.hannahmount.online.

Andy Morrison Head of Rock

Head of Rock, Down the Hill Division Head

ANDY MORRISON

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Elmsford, NY
Returning
Attended Camp:
2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Following a mid-June application for a lifeguarding position at Ballibay for the summer of 2017, Andy found himself anxiously awaiting summertime every year to return to Camp. What started as a fun summer gig quickly turned into a second home, musical outlet, and haven from the regular stressors of everyday life. This year, Andy is particularly excited to harness the pent-up musical energy of the campers (and himself) to create amazing musical moments.

Professional Bio:
Andy started making music at an early age when he started taking piano lessons, then French Horn lessons, followed by vocal lessons (RIP mom’s wallet). This love for music followed him to adulthood where he was classically trained as an Opera Singer. Since an Operatic Tenors voice matures in their mid 30’s, Andy is spending the next decade exploring many other facets of vocal and piano performance such as a ‘Modern Funk’ project, a solo album (to be released mid 2022) and a collaboration with the Astoria based rock band, “Astrogun”. Andy draws inspiration from many sources: Queen, Vulfpeck, Grover Washington, Jr., Theo Katzman, Elton John, Sammy Rae & The Friends, and many more.

Yael Kortsarz Co-Girls Division Head and Voice coach

Up-the-Hill Division Head, Voice Coach

YAEL KORTSARZ

Pronouns: she/her and they/them
Hometown:
Cherry Hill, NJ
Returning
Attended Camp:
2018, 2019

This is Yael’s third summer at Camp Ballibay! Her first summer was in 2018 and she was a voice and ukulele teacher! In 2019 Yael became the Girls Division Head. There are many activities that Yael loves at camp, she especially loves passing by the art barn to see the visual arts created by the campers and the 5 o’clock specials. The 5 o’clock specials always are a great opportunity to share musical selections from different campers and counselors. Seeing live performers, especially performers who care so deeply about the work they are doing is one part of why Ballibay is so special. Looking forward to seeing lots of smiles this summer!

Professional Bio:
Yael Kortsarz is an educator in Boston, MA. She is a Kindergarten through Six grade general music and choir teacher in the Worcester Public Schools. She teaches at two elementary schools in the district. During the year, Yael is a second year graduate student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying Music Education with an Autism Concentration. She is a recent graduate from Syracuse University (‘20) where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education.

Janie Aspinwall Music Counselor & Co-Girls Division Head

Up-the-Hill Division Head & Music Counselor

JANIE ASPINWALL

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Parkland, Florida
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

I am so excited to join the Camp Ballibay team this summer! I will be one of the co-girls division heads and I will be teaching instrumental music. This is my first year at camp! I am so excited to share my love of music with everyone and be in such a creative, supportive environment and help foster the artistic growth in our young musicians!

Professional Bio:
Janie Aspinwall is currently a masters student in french horn performance at the Pennsylvania State University. Janie is also a member of the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Penn State Graduate Brass Quintet. Janie received both a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and a music performance certificate from the University of Florida. Janie’s notable teachers include Ms. Holly Ballard, Dr. Paul Basler, Dr. Sarah Schouten, and Professor Lisa Bontrager. Before moving to Pennsylvania to study at Penn State, Janie was the 3rd horn in the Gainesville Orchestra in Gainesville, Florida.

Niav Conty

Head of Media

NIAV CONTY

Pronouns: she/it
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Returning
Attended Camp: 
3 Summers

Niav is delighted to return for her third summer as Head of Media at Ballibay. She is looking forward to helping campers explore in single camera ‘video shed’ projects and multicam, where campers film and live-edit all of the shows throughout the summer on a brand new four-camera 4K system.

Professional Bio:
Niav Conty is an active freelance writer, director, cinematographer and editor in New York City. She has been Director of Photography for dozens of films including 7 features, both documentary and fiction. Her award winning films have travelled to festivals worldwide. She is a recipient of the Kodak Award for cinematography, and the 2013 Princess Grace Award. Small Time, her recent feature shot in rural Pennsylvania has won 9 festival awards and will be available on major streaming sites this summer. She is currently in post-production on her newest feature, Person Woman Man Camera TV, about an interracial couple disintegrating during the 2020 pandemic. www.niav-film.com

Sara Galkin Visiting Artist

Head of Art

SARA GALKIN

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Cabin, Parent, Returning
Attended Camp: 
2018, 2019, 2021

This summer will be my 3rd summer as the Director of the Visual Arts program (4th if Covid never happened). I can’t wait to be present at camp and with a community that I consider my family.

Professional Bio:
Sara Galkin, aka gUrsLa is an exhibiting artist, teacher and explorer based in Brooklyn, NY. Sara has a BFA from Washington University in St Louis, where she majored in glass blowing. Sara lives with her 3 Ballibay kids and husband, Jon. Sara encourages all of her students to make mistakes and to believe in their right to individual and unique experiences without labels.

Alex Bernui - Senior Theater Director, CIT Coordinator

Senior Theater Director, CIT Coordinator

ALEX BERNUI

Pronouns:he/him/his, they/them/theirs
Hometown:
 Brooklyn, NY
Returning
Attended Camp:
2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Alex started working at Camp Ballibay in 2017. Since then, he’s been a theater director, boys division head, and assistant dean of campers. He’s thrilled to be returning this year as a senior theater director and CIT coordinator! Favorite past productions include Godspell, Cinderella, Shakespeare Abridged, and This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.

Professional Bio:
Alex Bernui is the Director of Education for the Off-Broadway theater Director’s Company, where he directs and manages S.T.A.R. Theater for Social Change. S.T.A.R. Theater is an award winning education program that addresses behaviors related to adolescent emotional and physical health, whose education model has been taught internationally by the United Nations. He’s also a teaching artist in NYC public schools. When not teaching, his work has been produced at the Director’s Company, Dixon Place, the Tank, Columbia University, Intiman Theater, and Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project.

Jeremiah Rodgers Music Counselor

Music Counselor & Events Coordinator

JEREMIAH RODGERS

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Clinton, MD
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

Summer 2021 will be Jeremiah’s first at Camp Ballibay and he is looking forward to working with other new and returning campers and staff as this season’s Events Coordinator and Brass Instructor. Jeremiah is looking forward to finally collaborating in person once again, and is hoping to use his knowledge and experiences to positively impact the Camp Ballibay community.

Professional Bio:
Originally from Clinton MD, Jeremiah Rodgers received his High School diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied trombone with Tom Riccobono and is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music where he studied with Jonathan Lombardo. During his time at Fredonia Jeremiah served as an assistant house manager for Rosch Recital Hall and Rockefeller Arts Center, and vice president for SUNY Fredonia’s trombone choir. He has also spent several summers working at camps such as the French Woods Festival as music instructor/counselor and DC Youth Orchestra’s Summer Intensives as head counselor and operations assistant. A recipient of the Bunton-Waller Fellowship, Jeremiah is currently working towards his master’s degree at Penn State with Mark Lusk and is a student representative for the Community Advisory Council.

Dustin Druckman Head of Theater Tech

Head of Technical Theater

DUSTIN DRUCKMAN

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Bowling Green, OH
Returning
Attended Camp:
2014, 2015, 2016, 2021

Dustin is excited to return to camp for his 5th summer! He started at camp in 2014 as the lighting designer and has since moved up to head of technical theatre. He is excited to get back to the creative environment that camp is and start making theatre again.

Professional Bio:
Dustin is currently the Technical Coordinator at The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay, Ohio. In this capacity he oversees and runs the lights for about 100 shows a year. When not doing shows at the center he works as a freelance lighting designer and technical director at various theatres and universities in the Ohio area.

Deidre Struck Musical Director

Music Director

DEIDRE STRUCK

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Cabin, Parent, Returning
Attended Camp: 
2019

Deidre is returning to Ballibay for her second summer and couldn’t be more excited! She has two daughters, Mirabelle (12) and Clover (9) coming with her. She’ll be music directing some musicals, teaching piano and songwriting, and maybe hosting a jam night of improv! I’m most excited to make tons and tons of music with campers!

Professional Bio:
Deidre Struck is a Brooklyn-based pianist/singer/songwriter. Originally from Idaho, she moved to NYC to play keyboards for The Big Apple Circus in 1997, after getting a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Following her arrival in NYC, she released three jazz cds on the Sunnyside label, performed with such artists as Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry, and became a Teaching Artist for Carnegie Hall, specifically for The Lullaby Project. The Lullaby Project provides moms and dads in shelters, prisons, and hospitals a chance to partner with songwriting artists to write lullabies for their kids. In 2019, Deidre released a pop EP under the name Tiny Language, co-written and produced with Byron Isaacs of The Lumineers. She also wrote and co-produced a musical for kids based on the children’s book Six-Dinner Sid, which was premiered by The Backyard Players in June of 2019. 2021 finds Deidre launching a business: The Song Inside. It draws on her many year as a songwriter and coach and helps people overcome their fears to tap into their songwriter. She helps individuals and groups write songs from the heart which were always there, but needed some coaxing to come out into light. Deidre’s weekly podcast, also called The Song Inside, launched in May of this year. In it, she goes deep with songwriters to discover what songs have led them to a brighter place.

Tyler Econa Theater Tech Counselor

Technical Theater Counselor

TYLER ECONA

Pronouns: they/them
Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

Having attended art camps for many years as a kid, I am overjoyed to be joining the Ballibay team for my first year as a Bunk Counselor! I am most looking forward to sharing art, making memories and engaging with the unique camp culture of Ballibay. I also love theatre and can’t wait to be a part of the wonderful productions going on this summer!

Professional Bio:
Tyler Econa is a nonbinary poet, artist, and playwright from the D.C. metropolitan area. Their work has been featured widely, by collectives such as the Kennedy Center, Susquehanna University, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Ann Arbor District Library and others. They write in pursuit of community, justice, and healing. In their spare time, Tyler freelances commissions a digital artist and makeup artist.

Todd Rose Visiting Artist

Art Counselor / Visiting Artist

TODD ROSE

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Ithaca, NY
Parent
Attended Camp:
2021

This is Todd’s first year of involvement with Camp Ballibay. He will be a Visiting Artist in Ceramics. With much excitement and anticipation, he is looking forward to living in a cooperative and collaborative community of artists, both young and not-so-young, and to supporting the young people in their creative explorations in clay. Todd is also a musician and musical instrument maker, and he will have several instruments with him at camp, to keep up his daily practice and to be ready for any opportunities to explore music with other members of the camp community.

Professional Bio:
Todd Rose fell in love with clay as a young child, digging it out of his back yard and forming pinch pots, heads for marionettes, and many other fanciful and functional objects. This love deepened through studies in ceramics at Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan Residential College. An adventurous creative spirit, Todd also explored and pursued several other artistic avenues, often combining them in multimedia work, leading to a BA in Performance Art from the Residential College. Over the decades, he has been involved with painting and drawing, poetry, music, theater, woodworking, and musical instrument design and construction, as a maker, performer, writer, and teacher. His teaching experience to date has been primarily in music — specifically guitar, voice, music theory, and hand drumming — working with both children and adults in a variety of educational contexts. His adventures in ceramics have been on and off, with long periods of off, but the last few years have seen him happily return to his first love through his involvement with a community pottery studio in his home town of Ithaca, New York. He is presently converting part of his woodworking and guitar making shop into a ceramics studio, where he plans to delve more deeply into this wonderful medium than ever before.

Kyle Newman Theater and Tech Counselor

Technical Theater Counselor

KYLE NEWMAN

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Schertz, TX
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

This is my first year at Camp Ballibay. This will also be my first job after graduating college, and I am excited to finally get out there in the real world and put my training and education to good use.

Professional Bio:
I am a recent graduate from Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre – Design and Technology. I have designed for the majority of the productions there, as well as acted and choreographed. I have worked for the San Angelo Performing Arts Center as a freelance Electrician and Audio staff member, and have worked for the local theatre arts groups in San Angelo such as Be Theatre.

Annie Yamamoto Theater Counselor

Theater Counselor

ANNIE YAMAMOTO

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Cabin, Camper
Attended Camp:
2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021

After 8 years of being a camper at Ballibay, Annie is ecstatic to be a theater and cabin counselor this summer! During her years as a camper, Annie immersed herself into every program offered at Ballibay, but could mainly be found singing in the music building or at musical rehearsal. As part of the theater team this year, Annie will be helping out with the musicals and will also be working as a backstage coordinator. Along with theater, she will also be teaching some ukulele lessons! Annie also will be a cabin counselor and is excited to see both familiar and new faces! She can’t wait to smell the sweet Ballibay grass and sing “Day by Day” with her favorite people.

Professional Bio:
Annie Yamamoto is currently a junior at St. Norbert College studying Secondary English Education. She plans to be a high school English teacher and work with the theater department. Annie also works for the Cassandra Voss Center, which is a center that creates programs focusing on challenging, current topics. She most recently was a part of an Anti-Racism workshop where she was able to hold meaningful dialogues with her colleagues. Apart from her studies, she is a part of the Knights On Broadway, which is a highly selective, musical theater performing group. Though she does not perform as much as she used to, Annie is most proud of being nominated for the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards in both 2017 and 2018 and performing with Ben Ross (touring Evan in Dear Evan Hansen) at Millennium Park in Chicago. Annie credits her experiences at Ballibay for her giving her the opportunities to grow and learn not only as a performer, but also as a person.

Jack Thornley - Film and Media Counselor

Film and Media Counselor

JACK THORNLEY

Pronouns: they/them
Hometown:
Dallastown, PA
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

Jack Thornley spends their summers exploring new mediums of art, and it all started at a summer arts camp. This is their first year at Camp Ballibay, and can’t wait to share their filmmaking knowledge and humor with the campers and their fellow counselors. They want this summer to be fun, safe, and unforgettable for everyone on the Ballibay team.

Professional Bio:
Jack Thornley is a visual artist, video editor, and animation enthusiast from York, PA. They are currently attending the University of the Arts, where they study Film and Animation and are a member of Media Now, the journalism & video club. As an artist and content creator, they draw inspiration from early 2000s cartoons, alternative fashion scenes, and experimental film. They also write screenplays in their free time.

Joel Skavahl - Screen printing Counselor

Art Counselor

JOEL SKAVDAHL

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

This will be my first year at Camp Ballibay. I’ve worked as an art counselor at other summer camps and am excited to be back at it in a new environment. I’m very excited about Camp Ballibay’s process-oriented approach and camper lead experience. I’m also looking forward to being in the woods and unplugged.

Professional Bio:
I am both an artist and educator outside of camp. I draw a lot and do commissioned work when possible. For my main job, I work in outdoor education which involves exploring the park nearby my house, making fairy houses, playing in the mud, and observing the birds and squirrels.

 

Al Matsu Food Educator and Theater Counselor

Theater Director & Food Education Counselor

ALEXANDRA MATSU

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
 New York, NY
Returning, Camper, Cabin
Attended Camp: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2021

Alex Matsu is so excited to come back to Ballibay for her 6th year on the hill! Alex is an Actor from New York City and the Co-Owner/Founder of County Road Bakery, a Gluten-Free Bakery located in Sullivan County, New York. For her past two years as a counselor, she has worked with campers in the Food-Ed and Theatre departments and will be reprising those responsibilities this summer. Alex has directed Plays, Musicals, One-Acts, and Musicals in Concert at Ballibay as well as running Food Ed meetings and working with campers to create nightly snacks for the entire camp. This year, she’s excited to explore the topics of “Good Food” and “Bad Food” and how our conceptions around eating shape our health. She’s also can’t wait to see all the wonderful performances in the Ballibay Theatre!

Professional Bio:
Alex Matsu is an Actor, Director, Producer and Baker from Manhattan, New York. She has spent the last year exploring Gluten-Free Food and bringing affordable and accessible allergy safe food to Sullivan County, NY! Her most recent theatre credits include starring in Measure For Measure with the Phrenes Co-Operative in NYC, producing an entirely Covid-Safe Rocky Horror Shadowcast at the Callicoon Theatre, and performing in the Seelig Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening in Ferndale, NY.

Taylor Bennett

Dance Counselor

TAYLOR BENNETT

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Aiken, SC
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

Taylor is from Aiken, South Carolina and attends the College of Charleston. This is Taylor’s first year at the Camp and she is excited to join the Ballibay team because of the love of arts we are going to be sharing this year!

Professional Bio:
Taylor has been dancing and performing for 15 years. She is a Sophomore at the College of Charleston double majoring in Dance and Early Childhood Education. She has been in every main stage show at the College since she arrived in 2019. She has choreographed in the Spring Concert titled Finding Place. She also performs with Annex Dance Company. She created her own virtual studio called Taylor Alexis Dance as well.

Dani Barrett Dance Staff

Dance Counselor

DANI BARRETT

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Hampden
Cabin, Returning, Camper
Attended Camp:
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Dani is thrilled to be returning this summer as a dance counselor! This is her second summer on staff, after being a camper for many years and completing the CIT process. She is so excited to contribute to the Ballibay magic which fostered her development into the artist and human she is today. She is eager to begin learning and creating with the incredible Ballibay community!

Professional Bio:
Dani is a junior at Muhlenberg College studying dance and psychology with concentrations in education, performance, and choreography. She has trained extensively in ballet, tap, and modern, with supplementary training in jazz and Irish step dancing. Performance credits include Master Choreographers (Muhlenberg College) and Mamma Mia! (Penobscot Theatre Company. Choreography credits include Ephemerality (Muhlenberg College) and Bye Bye Birdie (Penobscot Theatre Company). She has taught studio classes at Thomas School of Dance since 2016 and is a teacher for the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center teaching tap.

Lincoln Skoien Theater Counselor

Theater Counselor

LINCOLN SKOIEN

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Inverness
Camper, Cabin
Attended Camp: 2019, 2021

As a camper, Ballibay cemented the idea that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts. I made memories and friendships that have lasted until today. I hope that I’m able to inspire and to help cultivate these same kinds of memories and experiences to campers. I’m also greatly looking forward to all the beautiful scenery and fresh air that Ballibay has to offer.

Professional Bio:
I’m halfway through my Bachelors in Fine Arts for Musical Theatre that I have been pursuing at the Chicago College of Performing arts. I’ve participated in choirs since I was a very young age and fell in love with singing as long ago as I can remember. Music has always been in my life but theatre came much later. I was never in a theatre production until my junior year of high school and since then I haven’t stopped. I’ve been in countless productions throughout the past few years both onstage and off. I’m looking forward to bringing the training that I have received to camp and putting it to good use.

Cathy Maguire Guest Artist

Art Counselor

CATHY MAGUIRE

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Parent, Returning, Visiting Artist
Attended Camp: 
2018, 2019, 2020

At the recommendation of several Brooklyn parents and alumni, Cathy Maguire joined Ballibay as a visiting artist in the Fiber Crafts and Fabrics Program in 2018. Cathy has an extensive career in textiles as a designer, maker, scholar, curator, exhibition designer, professor, and teacher. Her textiles career began in New York City as a student at Parsons School of Design where she studied fashion design. Back in Ireland (where she grew up) she trained in weaving, spinning, knitting, and dyeing. Her early New York work, includes supervising wardrobe at the Manhattan Class Company and the WPA Theater. For several years, she was the project manager for the Radio City Rockettes Show at Eaves Brooks Costume Company and also worked at Penn and Fletcher designing embroideries for Cirque de Soleil. That inspired her to complete a Bachelor of Theatre Design degree in Edinburgh. Thereafter, Cathy returned to New York and spent three years building a rich collection of costumes, patterns, research material, and equipment at her studio in the meat packing district. She worked with directors, actors, dancers, and performers, designing costumes from sketch to finished garment, until 1999, when a fire damaged the building and, sadly, she lost her studio. Luckily, she was immediately offered the job of studio manager at Lucy Barnes in a beautiful sunny loft a block away from the lost studio. She happily undertook the running of a workshop that felt like a utopian textile craft haven, designing knits, embroideries, and textile surfaces for companies such as Anthropology and Donna Karan. She pursued a Master’s Degree during this time. After completing the graduate program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2003 she began working in exhibition design, specializing in costumes and textiles, working in museums and galleries in the USA and Europe. After becoming a parent, Cathy shifted gears, and began organizing and teaching workshops introducing children to the world of art, design, craft and sewing. She developed a Fiber and Fashion Program for a popular Art studio in Brooklyn where students learn techniques such as applique, embroidery, shibori, dyeing, macrame, wet and dry felting. Borrowing from the Slow Cloth movement, Cathy piloted a program called Fibers on Friday at a South Slope Elementary school and taught all grades to make felted fabrics, vessels, and sculptures from scratch. Cathy is currently a graduate students at the Bank Street College of Education completing a Masters of Education. She is constantly blown away by the creative abilities of children and teens. The prospect of immersing herself in Ballibay again, after all this isolation, is very exciting. She is particularly impressed and refreshed by Ballibay’s use of the open studio.

ABBIE GARRISON stage manager

Stage Manager

ABBIE GARRISON

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Lorain, Ohio
Returning
Attended Camp: 2019, 2021

Abbie is extremely excited to rejoin the Ballibay staff for the second time! During her first year at camp (2019) she was one of the Stage Managers as well as the radio show host. This year she cannot wait to join everyone in creating beautiful imperfect art.

Professional Bio:
Based in Northeastern Ohio, Abbie Garrison is a Stage Manager and theatre technician who loves taking any job thrown at her. Her recent Stage Management credits include; Theatre Arts Production’s Newsies, Sparks Theatre 4 Youth’s Imaginators and Posters and Flip Flops, Ohio Shakespeare Festival’s Rocky Horror Show & Assistant Stage Manager for LCCC’s Rocky Horror.

Annabel Stewart Gardener

Gardener

ANNABEL STEWART

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Lafayette, CO
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

This is my first year at Camp Ballibay! I am super excited to join the team this summer and create a space to learn and grow (literally!) in a supportive arts community.

Professional Bio:
As a first year cabin counselor and camp gardener, Annabel is delighted to join the team at Camp Ballibay. A young backyard gardener, she has grown up in the community gardens of Lafayette, Colorado to cultivate everything from peas to potatoes, although tomatoes do require extra attention. In addition to gardening, Annabel is a self taught vocalist and guitarist who performed at many local coffee shops and event centers throughout 2018-2020. Her latest endeavor is flipping a tool shed into an art studio and maker space!

Sam Weiss - Lifeguard

Lifeguard

SAM WEISS

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
 Brooklyn NY
Camper, Cabin
Attended Camp:
8 years

I am looking forward to baking in the sun and making sure campers are safe.

Professional Bio:
I am a high school graduate and a first-year student at Brooklyn College.

Annet Clemente

Housekeeper

ANNET CLEMENTE

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
 Pueblo, Mexico
Returning
Attended Camp:
2019, 2021

This is my second year at Ballibay and I am very excited to be back. My first summer at Ballibay was one of the best experiences I have ever had I was in the housekeeping department and I really enjoyed my job. I hope this summer is even more exciting, I look forward to it.

Professional Bio:
I am concluding my university studies in Institution Management at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, in Mexico.

Jana Flynn Art Counselor

Art Counselor

JANA FLYNN

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Parent
Attended Camp: 
2021

This is Jana’s first year at Ballibay. Along with her passion to create art that is dedicated to global service, she simply loves stepping away from the computer and getting her hands dirty! She cannot wait to slow it down from BK life, share her ideas with campers and staff alike but even more importantly learn from everyone else

Professional Bio:
Jana Flynn is an interdisciplinary artist. Her process-driven practice includes weaving, ceramics, sculptural installations, printmaking, and drawing. Her meditative and intuitive creations feature repetitive patterns and mandalas, using texture, color, and line as abstract tools to process and express how her internal world is impacted by daily experiences, both personal and global.

Juliet Diaz - Housekeeping

Housekeeper

JULIET DIAZ

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Cuidead de Mexico
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

I worked for three summers in another camp in NY. I’m happy to go to a new place and meet new people. I like a lot the concept of the camp and I hope I can learn new things

Professional Bio:
I am an undergraduate geological engineer, but I’m very interested in Arts, especially painting. Currently, I have some little jobs while I’m waiting to graduate.

Crhistian_Barragan Kitchen Staff

Dishwasher

CRHISTIAN BARRAGAN

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Fusagasugá, Colombia
Attended Camp: 
2021

This is my first year and I’m going to be part of the support staff as a dishwasher. I am excited to belong to the team because from the first contact I had with the camp I felt very good and comfortable, so I know that I will work in a very good place and I will be able to share and learn from everyone. In Colombia I have worked as a waiter and kitchen staff and now I want to show my skills in the camp and learn new things. Reading the philosophy of the camp I realized that it is the camp in which I wanted to be and to do part because I will have all the freedom to be who I am and I will do to make everything work in the best way.

Professional Bio:
I’m a business administration student, I’m in my last semester and I’m doing my undergraduate work. Through the university, I have had the opportunity to advise on issues of marketing and human management and knowledge to small businesses in Colombia, and on the other hand I have also worked as an administrative assistant for an optometrist in my town.

Janine Sopp Visiting Artist

Art Counselor

JANINE SOPP

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY
Returning, Parent, Visiting Artist
Attended Camp:
2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

I’ve been a ceramic artist in residence at Ballibay in since 2017. What brought me to the camp was my daughter, Kya, after her first year in 2016. Her experience with the camp was so amazing that having a position on staff was the best thing I could do for her and myself as well. I look forward to being in the ceramic studio every summer with campers and anyone interested in touching clay. It’s what I do in my life and find that it’s a medium everyone can participate in, and this is a wonderful feeling as an artist to share my medium. Ballibay is magical. I love the landscape, the buildings, the friendly faces, the conversations over meals, the talents that pour out of everyone and the support everyone receives. I look forward to everything the camp offers including great food and an atmosphere to create anything you can dream of.

Professional Bio:
Janine has been working in ceramics since 1990, a medium she came to after a career of designing men’s clothing and textiles. Her extensive travels through Europe and Morocco changed her life in the late 1980s and from this point on has dedicated her practice to ceramics. She creates collections primarily for the wall, but has an extensive body of work ranging from decorative pieces for the home to Judaica. She is the founder and director of Clay Space in Brooklyn, NY, opening its brand new ceramic center in May 2021.

Jamie Carroll Technical Theater Counselor

Technical Theater Counselor

Jamie Carroll

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Dallas, TX
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

This is going to be my first year at Camp Ballibay. I’m beyond excited to meet everyone and get to work!

Professional Bio:
Jamie Carroll is currently a student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is in her senior year currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management. Jamie has been involved in theatre since she was in 2nd grade. She has worked on a myriad of productions, but some of her favorites she worked on include Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, and Pullman, WA to name a few. Jamie also specializes in properties designing and building.

Danielle Strader Dance Counselor

Dance Counselor

DANIELLE RENEE STRADER

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: 
Seneca
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

I am so incredibly excited to join the Camp Ballibay team! I have a huge passion for the arts, and I cannot wait to spread that joy this summer. Spending time with students of the arts is such an amazing opportunity to share our creativity with one another.

Professional Bio:
Danielle has been dancing for as long as she can remember and has no intention of ever stopping! She grew up in a small town in upstate South Carolina, where she trained and performed and taught dance until she left for college. Now, she is attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, pursuing a major in Dance (BFA) and a minor in Creative Writing. Through the years, Danielle has had a wide variety of experiences in dance, spending summers doing everything from training in classical ballet at Kirov Ballet in Washington, D.C. and at Bolshoi Ballet in NYC to exploring modern and contemporary dance at the American Dance Festival. She has loved learning about every style of dance she can, including jazz, tap, African, and even flamenco. Danielle also enjoys choreographing; beyond her creation of spring dance concert pieces for her students back in South Carolina, she has participated in Marymount Manhattan College’s student choreography showcase, Dancers at Work, as a choreographer and director. Always excited to learn and try something new, Danielle’s teaching and choreography are a product of the expanse of opportunities she has taken to grow as an artist.

Danessa Hellus - Theater Director

Theater Director

DANESSA HELLUS

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Saginaw, Michigan
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

This is Danessa’s first year working at Camp Ballibay! She is so excited to share her love of theater with the campers, and develop connections with them as well as the other staff members! She is most excited about being a part of the open and welcoming environment that Camp Ballibay provides because that is where our inner artists are truly safe to thrive.

Professional Bio:
Danessa Hellus has been a working actress and singer for about five years, and moved to New York City in 2019. She has been working at STAR Theatre for Social Change since then, teaching kids about adolescence and puberty through the magic of theatre. Working for STAR is what really sparked her love for working with youth. Before working professionally, she got her start in local community theatre in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan. It was through community theatre that Danessa saw how much theatre is a force to bring people together, and should be a place for everyone.

Jonathan Jacobs Visiting Artist

Theater Director

JONATHAN JACOBS

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Parent, Visiting Artist
Attended Camp: 
2021

I love this camp. I love the freedom and the outside-the-box thinking, playing, and art-making that goes on every day, and am thrilled to be able to create a magical spectacle with these young artists this summer!

Professional Bio:
First and foremost, Jonathan is a storyteller. Whether writing children’s books, making theater, or creating music-inspired spectacles, he’s always telling stories. Jonathan is the author of the American Library Association-starred picture book The Secret Rhino Society published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. Jonathan was a Founding Director of the OBIE Award-winning theater company, “The National Theater of the United States of America,” and worked as a deviser and performer with the company for over ten years. He is also a passionate collector of vintage records and is sought after to spin original vinyl as his alter ego, The Vintage DJ. Jonathan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from Skidmore College and a Masters Degree in Media Studies from Queens College, NY, with a focus on children’s fantasy writing and the power of imagining other worlds through media, as a means of navigating and repairing our own.

Alejandro-Escobar Kitchen Staff

Kitchen Staff

JOSE ALEJANDRO ESCOBAR VERGARA

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Popayan, Columbia
Attended Camp:
2021

This is my first time travelling abroad, I am so excited to meet people of different cultures and work with all of you, learn a lot of new things, improve myself every day on this road.

Professional Bio:
I’m a Business administration student at Universidad del Cauca, I’m about to get my degree.

Lauren Reid - Art Counselor

Art Counselor

LAUREN REID

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
White Plains, NY
Cabin, Returning
Attended Camp:
2019, 2021

This is Lauren’s second year at Camp Ballibay. She started in 2019 and loves every bit of the creative and welcoming support system for the children and staff. She’s looking forward to seeing old and new faces come together to create and thrive through merging talents.

Professional Bio:
Lauren has been working in the art field for several years. She is a rising senior at the Ithaca College pursuing dual majors in Psychology and Art with a concentration in painting. She has experience in taking multimedia advanced art courses such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Lauren’s work centers around facilitating creative spaces for students to relieve stress through art. She has led art and creative therapies for cancer patients, low income individuals, and the general public.

David Bruns - Technical Theater Counselor

Technical Theater Counselor

DAVID BRUNS

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Decatur, IL
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

This will be my first year at Camp Ballibay! I am excited to spend all summer in an arts focused mindset, while collaborating with others to create amazing productions. I’m also excited to be in nature after this period of having to stay inside, and am ready for all of the fun activities and events that will be happening! But most importantly, I am excited to be able to share my passion with those attending Camp Ballibay!

Professional Bio:
Hello, I am David Bruns, Lighting Designer. I just graduated with my B.S in Arts Administration from Millikin University, and will be attending Kent State University in the fall to obtain my MFA in Lighting Design. I currently serve as the Lighting Designer and Head Stage Manager for Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur, IL. At Kirkland, I have designed a wide variety of shows ranging from orchestra shows, to percussion concerts, to opera and more. Outside of Kirkland, I serve as the Resident Lighting Designer at Renaissance Decatur, and served as the lighting designer for “6 Years Old” at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Coming up, I will be assisting on the world premiere workshop performance opera adaptation of “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”.

Eli Garmon Technical Theater Counselor

Technical Theater Counselor

ELI GARMON

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Ada, Ohio
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

Eli is excited to be joining the Camp Ballibay team as a General Technician for the theatre department. He cannot wait to spend his summer alongside other artists. He is also excited to share his passions and help cultivate a new generation of artists.

Professional Bio:
Eli is a recent graduate from the University of Findlay with a BA in Graphic Design and Theatre. He has worked in many areas of the theatre including acting, sound design, light board op., assistant stage management, and his most recent credit, projection design. As he starts his journey outside of academia, he looks forward to continuing to design shows and hopes to one day teach at the collegiate level.

 

Victoria Hughes Costumes

Costumes Counselor

VICTORIA HUGHES

Pronouns: she/they
Hometown:
Canton, OH
Cabin
Attended Camp:
 2021

This is my first year here at Camp Ballibay and I’m so excited to meet everyone and get to share my passion for costuming with young artists!

Professional Bio:
I just graduated from Marietta College with a BFA in Theater with an emphasis in costume design. I was one of our primary costumers and wadrobe crew members while at school, as well as having dabbled in assistant stage management. My designs focus on utilizing color and patterns to tie together characters and highlight the relationships within the show. I found my passion for costuming when I was sixteen and I’ve never turned back.

Juliana-Gutierrez Art Counselor

Art Counselor

JULIANA GUTIERREZ

Pronouns: she/they
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Cabin, Camper
Attended Camp: 
4 Summers

This will be my fourth year at Camp Ballibay, but my first year as a counselor and instructor. I’m very excited to join the Ballibay team and teach painting and drawing this summer!

Professional Bio:
Currently I’m a sophomore at Marist College studying Business Administration but I also have an Associates degree from Bard College in Liberal Arts. Additionally, I’ve studied art at Cooper Union and the Art Students League of New York.

 

Michal Pazdan Rock Counselor

Rock Counselor

MICHAL PAZDAN

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Tarnobrzeg (Poland)
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

My name is Michał Pazdan and I’m a cabin counselor at the rock department. This is going to be my first year at Ballibay and I just can’t describe how excited I am to share my passion for music with other like-minded people. Music has been my whole life. Ever since I got my hands on my first guitar I simply couldn’t stop playing it and trying out new instruments. Guitar, bass, drums, and keys are my instruments of choice. I also sing. I’m very passionate about the process of music production – from writing and arranging to recording and editing. I can’t wait to share my knowledge on forming bands, arranging songs, improving the tone from the perspective of a sound engineer, and many more key topics for any young musician out there. I hope to inspire campers as well as I hope to be inspired by them.

Professional Bio:
I currently work as a guitar teacher in a couple of different elementary schools. I also have a home studio where I record and edit music – mainly for myself but sometimes also for my friends and clients. I graduated Sound Engineering at the Academy of Journalism and Sound Engineering in Warsaw and I’ve worked as a sound engineer. I’ve been in multiple amateur bands in which I was usually responsible for coordinating our shows, trying to improve members’ skills and technique as well as making sure that the atmosphere in the band was always friendly and positive. Rather than categorizing music by genre, I like to think of it in terms of emotions it relates to. I believe that when you learn how to play any instrument, it’s important to try to play by ear, not to be afraid to experiment and attempt to express what you feel with music. I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be a lot of fun rocking together at Camp Ballibay this year 🤘.

Danielle Shreves Assistant Nurse

Assistant Nurse

DANIELLE SHREVES

Pronouns: she/they
Hometown:
707, CA
Cabin, Parent
Attended Camp: 
2021

This is my first year, and I am excited to join the team!

Professional Bio:
I have over ten years of experience within the medical field assisting with the wellness of my communities. From EMT to CNA to ambulance dispatcher I have worked under a variety of environments and conditions to provide treatment and care to my fellow humans. I am currently undergoing training to become a registered nurse with plans of continuing on to nurse practitioner. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Mario Reyes - Staff

Kitchen Staff

MARIO RAFAEL REYES TORRES

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Tehuacán, Mexico
Attended Camp: 
2021

I am excited to start to work in this camp because I have many things to do in mind for example making new friends, but what excites me the most is the fact that I’ll have a lot of new good experiences. The camp really look like a good place. For all those reasons I am excited for joining to this work team.

Professional Bio:
I study clinical chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala, I really like it and I am in the second year of my degree. I am happy because this is just the beginning.

Lee Dang, Rock Counselor

Rock Counselor

LEE DANG

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: 
Naples, Florida
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

2021 will be Lee’s first year at camp Ballibay, and he is excited to teach and work with young musicians.

Professional Bio:
Lee has specialized in marching percussion in southwest Florida, having taught at award winnings bands and has even marched in the presidential inauguration. He also has been a performer with STRYKE percussion and Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps.

Zachary Brewer Rock Counselor

Rock Counselor

ZACHARY BREWER

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Sacramento, CA
Cabin, Parent
Attended Camp: 
2021

I am so excited for my first year as a rock band coach at Camp Ballibay. This is my first year at Camp Ballibay, and I am looking forward to facilitating creativity and inspiration in the young people at camp.

Professional Bio:
Zachary Brewer is a music producer, performing musician, sound designer, and creative audio engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. Zachary’s approach to making music is often a breaking down into the primal elements sound, noise, energy, and silence. While technically a sum of all these things, music cannot simply be considered an ordered arrangement of silences and sounds. Music is as much a product of life experience as technical skill and practice. Zachary prays for luck and happy accidents in music almost as much as he musters his skills and experience; experience gathered over 25 years writing and recording songs and traveling the world performing music. He has toured extensively, sharing the stage with a diverse list of artists such as The Fresh and Onlys, Crocodiles, Wymond Miles, Rykarda Parasol and the Tower Ravens, and Caves. He has toured in support of many artists, opening for The Killers, Ratatat, Muse, Kevin Morby, and Cass McCombs.

Wesley Ballard

Maintenance

WESLEY BALLARD

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
Wyalusing, PA
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

I was born and raised in the town next to which Camp Ballibay resides – despite that, I became of the camp relatively recently! I am very much looking forward to being a part of the support staff at camp this year, and hope to serve the community however I can (and perhaps glean some inspiration and insight from fellow staff and campers as well)!

Professional Bio:
Wesley Ballard is an undergraduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), studying horn performance under the tutelage of Kevin Rivard. Other principal teachers include Michelle Baker, Kyle Hoyt, and Jennifer Kunkle. Wesley has had the privilege of performing with such ensembles as the Adelphi Orchestra, the American Modern Orchestra (second season), the Berkeley Symphony, the Montclair State University Wind Symphony, the Montclair Orchestra (inaugural season), the New York Youth Symphony, the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony, the SFCM Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony, and the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. In 2018, Wesley participated in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, where he was granted the opportunity to perform orchestral and chamber music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

An avid lover of collaborative, communicative performance, Wesley also frequently works with other players in horn, brass, and woodwind chamber ensembles. In 2019, Wesley co-founded an improvisatory performance duo called Jaundice, an ensemble created with the dual aims of pushing the boundary of avant-garde chamber performance as well as commissioning new hybrid works from aspiring composers. Outside of the horn, Wesley enjoys spending time reading, playing tabletop role-playing games, hiking outdoors, hammocking, and exploring the nuanced and ever-expanding landscape of ideas available through the online podcast community.

FIONA WILSON

Theater Counselor

FIONA WILSON

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Wyalusing, PA
Cabins
Attended Camp: 
2020, 2021

This is Fiona’s first year as as a counselor here at Ballibay. She is excited to share the art of theatre and her love of performing with the young performers.

Professional Bio:
Fiona’s first show was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer when she was just five and she has loved being on stage since. Fiona has been performing at the Great Dicken’s Christmas Faire in California since she could remember. She has been in her high school productions such as Mary Poppins, Once on This Island, Rags, Newsies, and Into the Woods. Fiona has also done several Shakespearean shows at a different summer camp such as Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Much Ado About Nothing. This last year Fiona has been attending DeSales University as a Theatre Major and has been working on the Lighting and Electrics crew for the theatre.

ISRAEL CLARK

Art Counselor

ISRAEL CLARK

Pronouns: she/they
Hometown:
Vail, Colorado
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

This will be my first year at Camp Ballibay! I am excited to bring my own passion for creative fields to camp and have fun new experiences as a Fibers and Crafts Counselor! I’m looking forward to meeting new faces, staff and campers alike, and making fun memories this summer.

Professional Bio:
I am a freelance illustrator and general art enthusiast. I make art for games, books, and tons of other projects that need a little creative flare. I love to help people bring their creative visions into reality as well as developing my own little universes. I studied entertainment illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration. I work mostly with fantasy and macabre themes, but I also just love to capture interesting people and pretty places in my art. I also love to make things with my hands, from clay sculptures to stuffed animals. When I’m not illustrating you can find me reading books to my cat, crafting miniatures, or roller skating around abandoned places.

Jeremy Suarez Theater Director

Theater Director

JEREMY VANCE SUAREZ

Pronouns: they/them
Hometown:
 Bronx, NY
Cabin
Attended Camp:
2021

Jeremy Vance Suarez is a Theater Director from the boogie-down Bronx. He graduated from SUNY Purchase College in 2019 with a BA in Theater and Performance (Concentration in Directing). He has studied all forms of the performing arts, with 6 years of vocal and theater experience, and 9 years of dance. Past theater credits include “DNA” (Director), “The Actor’s Nightmare” (Director), “Stop Kiss” (AD), “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” (Actor), “Reasons to be Pretty” (AD), and “Dog Sees God: Confession of a Teenage Blockhead” (SM). This is Jeremy’s first year at Ballibay, and he is excited to contribute his unique viewpoint and experience to the program.

Professional Bio:
Jeremy Vance Suarez is a proud Latino, New York City native and LGBTQ singer, songwriter, director, and actor. He has experience in all of the performing arts, from his years of competitive dance with Performer’s Edge Dance Academy, to singing with National Chorale at the Metropolitan Opera and United Nations. He graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in 2015 (Vocal), and from SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Theater and Performance (Concentration in Directing) in 2019. Under the name “Neonburgundy”, he creates a heart-wrenching, yet danceable fusion of pop, hip-hop, and R&B music. In 2020, he co-founded a production company alongside his two best friends called Blackwolves Productions, a group of young artists dedicated to telling new and bold stories. He is also an actor for STAR Theater for Social Change, an educational and interactive theater program dedicated to empowering our youth. When he’s not completely dedicating his life to the arts, Jeremy enjoys playing video games, soaking up the sun, and dreaming of what lies beyond our galaxy.

Frida Rincón Gallardo Quiroz Staff Member

Kitchen Staff

Frida Rincón Gallardo Quiroz

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Los cabos, México
Attended Camp:
2021

This is my first year at Ballibay Camp and I’m really excited for this summer. Since quarantine started i have been learning more and more about different recipes and found I actually enjoy created fun and good things, and not only that but also making it look good. I really hope to learn more from professionals in the kitchen and also helping them make things kids really enjoy.

Professional Bio:
Right now I’m an Architecture student, and most of the year i spend it on my studies, eventhough I also enjoy handcrafts, outside activities, and other fun things. During this semester as an extra job I worked as a photographer and really enjoyed it, pictures and videos are one of my favorite things.

Bryan Stanley Film and Media Coujnselor

Film and Media Counselor

BRYAN STANLEY

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown:
York, Pa
Cabin
Attended Camp: 
2021

With this being my first year at Ballibay I am most excited to see what artistic medium(s) make each camper’s soul smile and do whatever I can do make their dreams a reality. In the past I have worked separately as a camp instructor and as a filmmaker, but never had my two passions overlapped like they will this summer, it’s very exciting!

Professional Bio:
Bryan is a recent Penn State University Graduate with a Film Production Major. He has been involved with various student and professional projects. Bryan’s most recent film “Cells to Sales,” a mini-documentary on an alternative to the prison industrial complex was recently featured in the Centre-County Film Festival.

Jess Mahoney Counselor

Social Media

JESS MAHONEY

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Greenlawn, NY
Cabins
Attended Camp:
2021

This is Jess’ first summer at Camp Ballibay and she cannot wait to be surrounded by people who share her passion for the arts! She is most excited to build connections with the campers and counselors alike. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and love of theatre with the campers and learn as much as she can!

Professional Bio:
Jess is a recent graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, holding a BFA in Theatrical Production and Design, with a concentration in Stage Management and Lighting Design. She has experience in several areas of tech and design, but primarily focuses on Stage Management. This past summer she worked as the Assistant Deck Manager for the Medora Musical. Her favorite stage management credits include Noises Off and Spring Awakening. When unable to work in theatre, Jess travels doing seasonal work all over the country!

Cydney Blitzer Art Counselor

Photography Counselor

CYDNEY BLITZER

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
New York, NY
Cabins
Attended Camp: 
2021

I’ve been an art kid pretty much my entire life. Growing up, I would say there weren’t many spaces in which I could blend in seamlessly. So I’m very excited to be a counselor at Camp Ballibay, a place that works to foster a positive and accepting environment for young artists and creatives. This will be my first year at Camp Ballibay, so I’m not quite sure what to expect, but I’m looking forward to it!

Professional Bio:
Cydney Blitzer is an artist and photographer based in Staten Island, New York. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she completed her undergraduate education and received her B.F.A. from NYU’s Department of Photography and Imaging, Cydney mainly draws artistic inspiration from lived experiences, most notably her experience growing up as a Chinese-American adoptee. She loves discovering new modes of expression whilst exploring unfamiliar mediums because it allows her to challenge herself as a creative and as a person.

Yazmin Garcia Food and Garden Counselor

Food Education + Garden Counselor

YAZMIN GARCIA

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown:
Sanger, TX
Cabins
Attended Camp: 
2021

Hello! This is my first summer at Camp Ballibay, I am super excited to be a cabin counselor! I think Ballibay will be a great place to intertwine my love for kids and art.

Professional Bio:
I am currently on a gap year trying to find out what direction I want to take my education.

INTERESTED IN WORKING AT BALLIBAY THIS SUMMER?

Click here for the staff application. We still have a few positions to fill for this summer!