Liz is the founder of The Middle Company and the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory. As a director, Liz's work has been seen at The NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and The Knitting Factory. She is the author of numerous theater pieces, including “Love Songs, Candy Hearts, and Form Letters,” “Teach A Girl To Fish,” and “The Lesbian Overtones Interfaith Holiday Spectacular.”  Liz has worked as a teaching artist for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival since 2015. Acting credits include Varya in The Cherry Orchard at The Classic Stage Company, Stella in Ex-Antwone at PS 122. She has a BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Educational Theatre from Steinhardt/NYU. Liz is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

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Clay is the author of the book Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition, Clay is a dynamic and inspiring teacher and the leading expert on the connections between theatrical improvisation and cognitive science and psychology. Clay earned his doctorate in drama and theatre studies from Tufts University and his Master's in education. He has also appeared in films such as Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and in TV shows such as Law and Order and SVU. He pulls from his extensive background in short and long-form improvisation to create workshops that are fun and unintimidating, helping students listen better, be more positive and less judgmental, and keep scenes going and growing authentically and creatively.



Beth has been dancing her whole life, and is thrilled to be leading a workshop with The Lab! Originally from California, she holds her BA in Dance from California State University at Long Beach. Prior to moving to New York, Beth was the Education Director at Playhouse Merced, where she created and directed a pre-professional Conservatory program for students ages 6-18. Once in New York, Beth continued teaching ballet, tap, & jazz, while also choreographing and costuming for Off-Broadway shows. She also proudly  choreographed the Spring Musical for 5 seasons at Friends Seminary--the oldest co-educational private school in Manhattan. Currently, Beth teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Pointe at two lovely dance studios in The Hudson Valley, and is lucky to call Poughkeepsie her home!



Todd Hulet is a proud theatre believer and creator, and serves as Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Theatre Initiative. He works professionally as a designer, musician, choreographer, director, and producer, but finds the most joy creating new theatre. He has composed seven full length musicals produced across the country including “#QueenE”, “The Mitten”, and “The Three Javelinas”. He has served as a theatre educator for Childsplay Academy, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYCDOE, among others, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild and TYA/USA.



Michael Short has been performing improv and comedy for 19 years. He’s trained with such notable improv theaters as the Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the Magnet Theater, and the Annoyance Theater. In 2014, he worked for Second City Theatricals performing sketch and improv aboard the Norwegian cruise lines. Currently he can be found performing improv in Peekskill with Superlative Theater. He’s excited to bring his experience to the improv community in the Hudson Valley.



My name is Katie Mullins. I started out singing with my dad and my two sisters in our family band when I was 3 years old, but I also sang in chorus all through middle school and high school. Apparently I really loved singing! So I also studied it in college, and then sang professionally as an opera singer for 5 years in Berlin Germany, and then finally got up the courage to follow my dream and start writing songs at 25. So now I’ve been writing and performing as a singer/ songwriter for the past 15 years. Oh, and I’ve also really enjoyed the work of making music with kids and families, in school classrooms and at sing alongs, for the last 11 years. Needless to say, I’ve sung a lot over the years, and a lot of that singing was solo singing, but I’ve come to realize that singing with other people brings me the most joy. I sing differently when I sing with others. I push less and I listen more. I am more in the music. And this is an experience I enjoy bringing to others. You can find my music at and my kids/ family stuff is at

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Rebecca is a theatre, film and tv actor. She has been working professionally for over 20 years. After getting her MFA in acting at Columbia University, she got her equity card doing a Maria Irene Fornes play, Enter the Night, at Signature Theatre in NY. After that, Rebecca primarily did new plays at regional theatres around the country.  After working frequently in Pittsburgh, PA she relocated there and worked at various theaters including City Theater and she taught at Point Park University. On her return to New York she has continued to do theater but has been more active in film and television. Rebecca played the role of Ledda Dobbs on WGN's Outsiders for 2 seasons.



Ka-Ling Broadway Tour Credits:  "War Horse".  National Tour:  "The King and I'.  UK: "Wild Swans" at Young Vic.  Regional Theaters: American Conservatory Theater,  American Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, San Jose Rep, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, Repertory Theatre of  St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Weston Playhouse, and others.  TV Credits:  Law and Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Limitless, Elementary and HBO's Crashing.  MFA, American Conservatory Theater. Ka-Ling is the recipient of the 2018 Lloyd Richards Fellowship through The National Alliance of Acting Teacher and a proud member of the 52nd St. Project.  She is currently teaching Acting at Tisch School of Dance, NYU. 


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