Our Staff

Christopher Jewels-Booth

Christopher Jewels-Booth

Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Christopher Jewels-Booth is an award winning actor, writer, and illustrator whose work has been seen Off-Broadway, on Comedy Central, Disney +, and heard on NPR. He has headlined the Denver Improv Festival, the Miami Improv Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival and his solo shows The System, The Bowhead Whale, and KaBOOM! have been official selections at NYC Solocom. His illustrations have been seen in the pages of Atomic Comics and Big Guy Comics.

Christopher is a playwright in residence for the A Collective Theater group, with whom he premiered his radio show War of the Worlds: Mosaic. Christopher is also the host of the storytelling show Bar Tales and Blowhards. In the admissions world Christopher has proudly served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and as the Director of Admissions at the Atlantic Acting School. You can follow his illustration work on instagram @thechrisbooth.

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Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Director of Operations

Ashley received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, training at Playwrights Horizons and the Experimental Theatre Wing. She went on to receive her MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. Most recently she completed a thirteen year tenure at Blue School, a pre-school and elementary school founded by the original members of the Blue Man Group and their partners, where she served as the Director of Program Development and Operations. She holds a certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School. She lives in Brooklyn with her two children.

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Justin Cimino

Justin Cimino

Director of Community Engagement and Alumni Affairs

Justin Cimino received his BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, training at the Meisner Studio. He has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As an actor, he has performed Off-Broadway and in many other productions in NYC. He has workshopped solo work under Austin Pendleton at The Directors Company. He has been a teaching artist for 15 years. He is currently the Artistic Director for Zara Aina, a nonprofit organization that brings theater to at-risk communities in Madagascar and the United States.

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Kevin Kong

Kevin Kong

Student Service and Operations Coordinator

Kevin is an actor who received his BFA in Music and Computer Science from New York University, and also a graduate of the Terry Knickerbocker Studio 2-Year Conservatory Program. When he’s not not slinging it out as a young actor, you can find him holed up in a movie theater, on the dance floor, or curled up inside a good book.

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Sarah Zaid

Sarah Zaid

Social Media and Marketing Associate

Sarah received her BS in Communications and Graphic Design at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She recently switched over from a long reign working the corporate side of the Cosmetic Industry to join our fun and tight-knit acting studio community! When she’s not online hunting for the next big hashtag, she spends her time cooking, training for sporting events and discovering new hobbies like skateboarding.

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