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Taro Alexander, Founder and President, is an accomplished performer, teacher, and director who has stuttered since the age of five. His artistic impulses were encouraged by his parents at an early age and his interest in contributing to social change was influenced greatly by the work of his father, the late Bobby Alexander, who founded the legendary Living Stage Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Taro graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and went on to be cast in his first professional role at the age of nineteen in the National Tour of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. After years of building a successful performing career, including four years in the cast of the Off-Broadway smash STOMP and appearances on NBC's Law & Order, Taro decided that it was time to realize his lifelong dream of utilizing art to transform the lives of people who stutter. He founded Our Time in the Fall of 2001. Mr. Alexander has been widely recognized for his work with people who stutter and has led workshops, master classes, and performances around the world from Dublin to Montreal to Glasgow to Chicago to San Francisco to New Orleans. In March 2002, he was honored by the National Council on Communicative Disorders at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where he received the Charles Van Riper Award. In July 2005, he gave the keynote address at the National Association of Young People Who Stutter (Friends) Conference in Cleveland. Taro and Our Time have been featured on NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams, NPR's All Things Considered, The Today Show, WNBC, as well as in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. He would like to thank the young people of Our Time for their courage and trust. He is honored to be married to the amazing Leigh Pennebaker. They are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter.
Everett Bradley, Musical Director, an Indiana University School of Music graduate, is a Grammy-nominated artist who has lived and worked in New York for over 20 years. He has toured, performed and recorded with artists such as Carly Simon, Jon Bon Jovi, Bobby McFerrin, Quincy Jones & Hall & Oates. He has topped European charts with his dance classic, "I Luv U Baby," and received rave reviews from both Billboard and People magazines for his solo CDs. Everett’s other passion lies in theater where he was the first American performer/director of the Off-Broadway show, STOMP starred, co-wrote, arranged, won a Theater World Award for Broadway's hit musical SWING, co-wrote the up and coming musical Vices: A Love Story, and is the musical director of Our Time. You can catch him around the holiday season, performing with his funk/holiday band, “HOLIDELIC.” Everett is currently touring with Bruce Springsteen as part of the legendary E Street Band.
Noah Cornman, Executive Director, joins Our Time after having worked the last decade helping to build and shape Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight Records, the award-winning record label and production company. By working in close partnership with Broadway’s top producers, as well as working side-by-side with the new generation of theater artists to integrate them into the popular culture at-large, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records has emerged as the leading force in cast and solo albums in the musical theatre world. Prior to entering the music business, Cornman worked in Los Angeles as the director of marketing and publicity for start-up film distributor Plaza Entertainment and the Family Universal Network, as well as working in the long form development department for the USA Networks. In 1999, fueled by the revolution of the Internet and the music industry, and the evolution of the new wave of musical theatre, Cornman joined forces with Kurt Deutsch and his wife, actress Sherie Rene Scott, in the role of Vice President, to help launch their newly-founded company Sh-K-Boom with the mission of bringing passionate, fresh artists and their music to a whole new audience. The Ghostlight imprint was created in 2004 to serve the ever-expanding mission of the label to include Original Cast Recordings. Beyond the recorded music business, the company’s production company has expanded rapidly as Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight developed, with its roster of artists and composers, new musicals, musical films, and an ongoing series of live concerts which Cornman was integral in producing. Since its inception, Cornman has helped Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records produce and release over 100 albums, he has produced dozens of live concert events with hundreds of performers, and he has been honored with Drama Desk Awards (for Ghostlight Records for dedication to the preservation of musical theatre through cast albums, and for his role producing the Stagedoor Canteen free concerts for Ground Zero workers), as well as a Grammy Award (for Best Show Album for In The Heights) along with seven Grammy Award nominations. Cornman received his B.A. from Columbia University.
Caryn Herring, MS CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist & Programming Associate, has worked with Our Time as an intern/volunteer since the summer of 2008, and became a staff member in August, 2011. Caryn is a person who stutters and a speech-language pathologist currently seeing clients at Our Time as well as The Stuttering Therapy and Resource Center in Long Island. She graduated from Purdue University with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. While there, she was a research assistant studying stuttering and other communication disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating summa cum laude. Caryn is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the National Stuttering Association, and Friends-The Association For Young People Who Stutter. She has also presented at conferences and Universities across the country. Caryn has co-hosted the Stutter Talk B-Team since July, 2010 and was also featured on the MTV documentary, True Life - I Stutter. Caryn has led National Stuttering Association local chapters in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Amber Horvath, Director of Programming, volunteered with Our Time in different capacities for three years before joining Our Time as a full time staff member in July, 2012. In addition to being on stage since the age of 8, her theatrical experience includes several life changing years as a company member of an issue based teen theater troupe in Northern Arizona. The members wrote and performed original vignettes about difficult social issues faced by young people for schools and community organizations throughout the Southwest. She believes strongly in the power of theater arts to affect positive changes in communities and individuals. Amber Horvath graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Colorado University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. She is overwhelmed with pride to be working with Our Time NYC as well as Camp Our Time.
Stephen Pelletier, General Manager, has worn many hats in his career. His management skills have been honed in several areas including the health insurance, renovation and repair, and commercial production industries. As a performer, producer, director and editor he has worked for companies such as Walt Disney, Clear Channel Orlando and 1049films - where he was a producer of the award winning documentary, Tying The Knot.
Michelle Summers, Camp Our Time Associate Director, is responsible for the day-to-day camp operations, and has been with Camp Our Time since its inception. Ms. Summers has over 12 years of experience in camping, including 8 years at Camp Matoaka as the Theatre Arts Director, Day Trips Coordinator, and Transportation Director. She spent two years, respectively, at the Marywood Summer Music Camp and the Electric City Theatre as Technical Director. She is skilled in stagecraft, passionate about the arts, and dedicated to the idea that theatre can be a profound force in the lives of young people. Her resume spotlights a star-spangled listing of work with accomplished directors, on popular plays from musicals to dramas to comedies. She has chosen to focus her attention mainly on the management and backstage of productions, although did trod the boards once as a child, in Julius Caesar under the direction of Sir Richard Harris. Moreover, as an English and communications educator in the Dunmore School District, Dunmore, PA, she takes a wide-angle view of education, incorporating theatre and writing into all of her classes. Michelle received her B.A. degree cum laude in Theatre with a minor in Art and a concentration in sculpture from Marywood University, Scranton, PA in 2000. Subsequently, she returned to earn her education certification. In October 2010, Michelle was honored by her alumni and received the Recent Graduate Award. Currently she is pursing an M.S. in Arts Administration at Drexel University and hopes to continue fulfilling the roles of educating, enriching, supporting, and serving the children of Camp Our Time, and the youth of a new generation.
Meg Hart, Camp Our Time Associate Director has worked with Our Time as an intern/volunteer since 2005, a camp counselor since Camp Our Time's first year, and became a staff member in 2011. Her stage debut was as a pink dolphin in Our Time's "Booyahland" in 2006. She currently lives and teaches in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Meg studied Communication and Italian as an undergrad at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development before joining the New York City Teaching fellows in 2007. She taught Special Education in the South Bronx for 5 years and earned her Masters Degree in Secondary Special Education from City University of New York, Hunter College in 2009. Her teaching philosophy involves establishing a safe, supportive environment in which young people are engaged in challenging, project-based learning that showcases their skills and helps to develop new ones. She strongly believes that excitement, enthusiasm, and positivity are contagious, and that all people can reach high expectations that you hold for them with a true belief in their abilities and the adequate support to get them there.
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