Puppet Playground

Puppet Playground

Andrea Dotto

  • Original Broadway Cast of Bandstand
  • Nominated for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show D
  • otto performed on the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall
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Brendan Malafronte

  • Toured internationally with John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean!
  • Professor of puppetry at PACE School of Performing Arts.
  • Actor and puppeteer on board the Disney Magic.
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Amanda Decker

  • Murray Award – Best Featured Actress in a Musical
  • Orlando Sentinel – Best Featured Actress in a Comedy

Puppet Playground

Kelly Autry

  • Fighter in the World Premiere Opera “Stonewall”
  • Peter Pan in Disney Cruise Line’s “Disney Dreams”
  • Ash Ketchum in the World Premiere “Pokemusical”
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Wendy Cave

  • Performer at Greenfield Historical Village and Cedar Point Live Entertainment
  • 15+ years of experience teaching children
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
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Nadia Vynnytsky

  • “Campbell” in Bring It On Broadway National Tour “
  • Serena” in Legally Blonde National Tour Other National Tours: SHREK, Catch Me If You Can “Katherine” in Newsies! at Pioneer Theatre Company

Puppet Playground

Dana Gough

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from Wagner College Theater
  • Proficient in Spanish and ASL
  • Performed in a London Fringe production of Measure for Measure
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Wesley Slade

  • Actor/Comedian at Walt Disney World & Universal Studios
  • Puppeteer/Actor in John Tartaglia’s “Beauty & the Beast”, Maltz Jupiter Theatre
  • Multiple Theatre Awards: BroadwayWorld, Carbonell, Miami New Times,

Discovery Station

Discovery Station

Laura Stracko

  • Currently in Diana: A True Musical Story on Broadway
  • Grizabella in CATS on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas
  • Moderator & Mantra-Writer for a teachers’ Mental Health & Wellness Group
Discovery Station

Shanda Brown

  • Acting Conservatory participant at the Barrow Group
  • Former Lead Kindergarten Teacher
  • Certifications: General Education, Special Education, and TEFL
Discovery Station

Hannah Weaver

  • Rapunzel for Disney Cruise Line
  • ArtsPower Touring Theatre & VStar Entertainment Group
  • BA in Psychology & Theatre from Lafayette College

Discovery Station

Mallory King

  • Lily St. Regis in the National Tour of Annie
  • Serena in Legally Blonde with Norwegian Cruise Line
  • BFA in Music Theatre from Western Michigan University
Discovery Station

Rachel Eddy

  • UCB trained improviser and sketch comedian
  • BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Miami
  • Lead in Happy Camper Live, a full improvised children’s series
Discovery Station

Rebecca Spigelman

  • Degree in Musical Theatre with credits across the US
  • Proficient in ASL
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Discovery Station

Brooke Burns

  • Owner of Book Brooke Princess Parties
  • Recent Graduate of Marymount Manhattan College (Musical Theatre/Drama Therapy)
  • 2+ years experience teaching theatre performance 
Discovery Station

Devon Frieder

  • Disney Teaching Artist at Disney Theatrical on Broadway
  • Ariel in The Little Mermaid at numerous Regional theaters
  • Artistic Director & Choreographer at Devon Frieder Productions
  • B.F.A in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory
Discovery Station

Gracie Lee Brown

  • MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
  • Performs her one woman cabaret show “Say Goodnight, Gracie” all over NYC including Don’t Tell Mama, The Bitter End, and The Duplex.
  • Fluent in Spanish (and Whale!)

Discovery Station

Ashley Nickas

  • We Are the Tigers (Off-Broadway)
  • Stage Management Intern for Wicked on Broadway
  • AEA Stage Manager for Transcendence Theatre Company’s 2019 Broadway Under the Stars
Discovery Station

Alyssa Danielle Jones

  • Performed on the Polar Express Train Ride with Warner Brother/Rail Events Inc
  • Performed in multiple shows and parades at Six Flags Over Texas
  • Recently graduated with a BM in Musical Theatre from University of Central Oklahoma
Discovery Station

Emily Friesen

  • BFA in Musical Theater
  • Experience as a teaching artist for Performing Arts Camps
  • Character Performer for entertainment companies

Discovery Station

Brandon Zelman

  • Improviser at UCB Theatre
  • Performer/Director at Story Pirates
  • BA in Theatre at Fordham University
Discovery Station

Michael Gleason

  • Autism Certified through IBCCES,
  • Autism Sensitivity and Awareness Training ​Associates in Arts Theater/Drama/Dramatic Arts
  • Animated Show Performer at Universal Orlando Resort
Discovery Station

Laura Cable

  • National Tour of CATS the Musical
  • Disney Princess for Disney Cruise Line
  • Professional Storyteller at Walt Disney World

Games

Trivia Game

Casey Shane

  • Host of MasterChef Junior Live!
  • Hosted for the Got Talent Brand, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, and more
  • Worked with kids for over 15 years as a caretaker and coach
Trivia Game

Alex Dollin

  • Host of News 12 Long Island’s Kids Corner
  • Former cast member of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden
  • Owner, Emcee for SuperSound Entertainment DJ company
Trivia Game

Christina Carlucci

  • Performer with the USO
  • NYU double major in Drama and Child Psychology
  • Created programs for children with Autism at Langone Medical Center
  • Belle for Disney Cruise Line

Trivia Game

Harrison Bryan

  • Helen Hayes Award Nominated Actor (Christopher Boone in “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”)
  • Experience in Youth Performing Arts Programs (Clowning / Puppetry /P laywriting / Theatre Arts)’
Trivia Game

Katie Luke

  • Elsa on Disney Cruise Lines and Walt Disney World
  • Wonder Woman on the International Tour of Justice League: Live
  • Extensive knowledge of Wildlife and National Parks
Breakout Adventures

Rebecca Spigelman

  • Degree in Musical Theatre with credits across the US
  • Proficient in ASL
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Breakout Adventures

Brandon Zelman

  • Improviser at UCB Theatre
  • Performer/Director at Story Pirates
  • BA in Theatre at Fordham University

Dance

Dance

Chris Hanford

  • Co-creator of VBC Dance Parties
  • Teaching kids dance for over 10 years.
  • Recent Tony Manero on Royal Caribbean ships!
  • Performing since he was 3
Dance

Maurice Dawkins

  • Coricopat, U/S Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats Broadway Revival National Tour
  • Speaks Italian
  • B.A. in Liberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College
Dance

Megan Fulmer

  • Dance Captain for The Bodyguard the Musical First National Tour starring Deborah Cox
  • Dancer for Straight Outta Oz First National tour
  • Netflix documentary Behind the Curtain starring Todrick Hall

Dance

Lexis Dance

  • Performed in 12+ shows at regional Chicago theatres such as Drury Lane and The Marriott Theatre.
  • 18+ years classical training in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, etc.
  • BFA Musical Theatre/Dance Minor Millikin University
Dance

Elizabeth Cowperthwaite

  • Dancer in J Chen Project Dance Company
  • BFA Dance and BA Psychology
Dance

Amanda Dunsdon

  • Thing 2 on National Children’s Tour of “The Cat in the Hat”
  • Certifications: Musical Theatre and Dance
  • Child Care provider for over 10 years

Dance

Celeste Spangler

  • Recently toured with the youth theatre company ArtsPower
  • Experience in theme park performance and entertainment
  • Ten years experience teaching children’s hip hop dance camp
Dance

Jillian Sawyer

  • Dancer for “Sell It Like Serhant” commercial on Bravo Network
  • Multiple music videos for artist Jack Tracy Music
  • Regional theater shows include 42nd Street, South Pacific and We Will Rock You.
  • BFA graduate SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory
Dance

Paige Sabo

  • National Tour of An American In Paris B
  • FA in Dance from the University of Arizona
  • Experience with Dance, Gymnastics & Movement for Children

Dance

Megan Hasse

  • Opened for Reba McIntyre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Certified yoga instructor
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Dance

Alle-Faye Monka

  • Tricia (u/s Val) – The National Tour of A Chorus Line
  • Mary Poppins, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer – Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera House
  • B.F.A. in Musical Theater – The University of Michigan

Music

Music

Brian Brammer

  • Crush in Finding Nemo the Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • International A Cappella championship award winner
  • Degree in Commercial Music Performance
Music

Levin Valayil

  • ‘Mowgli’ in US/Canadian tour of “Jungle Book”
  • Specializes in working with children of all ability levels
  • Certifications in Music Therapy
Music

Rose Van Dyne

  • Originated role of Adrian in world premiere of Interstate, Asian-American musical
  • International children’s choir director
  • Certifications: Piano and Voice Instructor

Music

Jacob Shipley

  • Original John Newton in the National Tour of Amazing Grace
  • Proficient in more than ten instruments
  • Nearly a decade of teaching experience in music and arts
Music

Rebbekah Vega-Romero

  • Maria in West Side Story at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle
  • Writer/Producer/Star of The Question, an upcoming short film about the mixed-race experience
  • 20+ years of childcare experience
  • Interactive children’s show Pip’s Island
Music

Rebecca Soelberg

  • Private Vocal instructor for over 4 years
  • Bachelors of Music, emphasis in Vocal Performance
  • Favorite roles: Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), Narrator (Joseph…Dreamcoat) and Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act)

Music

Lana Gallo

  • Nemo and Squirt in Disney’s “Finding Nemo the Musical”
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music History & Theatre
  • Sensory-friendly performance trained
Music

Erin Phillips

  • Country Singer/Songwriter in Nashville, TN
  • Performed in venues such as Ryman Auditorium & Exit/In
  • Bachelor’s of Music from Belmont University
Music

Marissa Barnathan

  • Performer/ Director / Choreographer at Walnut Street Theatre, America’s oldest theater
  • B.A. in Drama and Psychology, minor in Ballet
  • 15+ years of vocal and dance training
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Music

Jeff Ostermueller

  • Performed with the National Tour of Spring Awakening the Musical
  • Teaches Voice and Music Theater in NYC
  • Played Piano for former president Bill Clinton
Music

Chloe Tiso

  • Francine in Jersey Boys National Tour
  • Grace in Annie National Tour
  • Sandy in Grease with Royal Caribbean International
  • Certified Yoga Teacher/ RYT

Art Studio

Art Studio

Stephanie Christian

  • B.A. in Vocal Performance and Opera Studies
  • 11+ years experience with kids (care taking and theater camp)
  • Expert 4-leaf clover finder
Art Studio

Whitney Wegman-Wood

  • MFA Acting from the University of Virginia0
  • 10+ years experience teaching
  • San Diego Film Award Recipient
Art Studio

Zoe Andersen

  • BA in Art & Design; MFA in Scenic Design
  • Shadow puppet designer for an operatic retelling of Aesop’s Fables and a Guatemalan folktale
  • Experience in digital and traditional media (painting/drawing/sculpting)

Art Studio

Sarah Wagner

  •  Actor, producer with Drawing Cats Production Company
  • Off-Broadway child guardian
  • Disney College Program Character Attendant
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned her degree in theatre from Marywood Univeristy.
Art Studio

Starr Leavitt

  • Rapunzel/Snow White/Anna for Disney Cruise Line
  • TheaterWorksUSA’s National Tour of Pete the Cat
  • Certifications: BFA in Musical Theater

Individual Session

Individual Session

Tyler Symone

  • Appeared in 2 Joseph Jefferson Awarded Musicals
  • BFA in Musical Theatre Performance
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Individual Session

Alexandra Barry

  • BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Certified Disney Dancer
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Individual Session

Emily McCready

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minors in Music and Spanish
  • Fluent in Spanish (some ASL)
  • Experience working with children and adults with a broad range of abilities and medical diagnoses
  • Official Disney Orchestra Performer at Downtown Disney
  • Silver Knight Honorable Mention Award recipient for Music and Dance

Individual Session

Isabela Barry

  • Certified Disney Dancer
  • Work with nonprofit centered on healing through the arts.
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Individual Session

Paige Sabo

  • National Tour of An American In Paris
  • BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona
  • Experience with Dance, Gymnastics & Movement for Children
Individual Session

Ashley Nickas

  • We Are the Tigers (Off-Broadway)
  • Stage Management Intern for Wicked on Broadway
  • AEA Stage Manager for Transcendence Theatre Company’s 2019 Broadway Under the Stars

Individual Session

Emily Friesen

  • BFA in Musical Theater
  • Experience as a teaching artist for Performing Arts Camps
  • Character Performer for entertainment companies
Individual Session

Ariel Kurtz

  • Favorite roles including Agnes in Gypsy and Ensemble in Tar and Feather (Williamstown Theatre Festival)
  • Learning Disabled Individual/Passionate about Disability Advocacy
  • Bus Counselor at Usdan, Camp Counselor at A Class Act NY and Teaching Artist for Broadway Bound Kids and Artists Striving To End Poverty
Individual Session

Alyssa Danielle Jones

  • Performed on the Polar Express Train Ride with Warner Brother/Rail Events Inc
  • Performed in multiple shows and parades at Six Flags Over Texas
  • Recently graduated with a BM in Musical Theatre from University of Central Oklahoma

Specialty Studios

Snakes-n-Scales

Erin Mellini

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior & Biology from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Aquarist and Educator for North Carolina Aquarium in Fort Fisher
  • Currently Owner & Instructor of Snakes & Scales, LLC Animal Rescue in NJ
  • 12 years teaching & entertaining experience from ages 1-100!
Wizarding World

Evan Presto

  • Internationally recognized Magician & Balloon artist
  • Performed on 5 continents in over 25 countries, across the continental United States, and Hawaii.
  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Juggling & Magic

David Cain

  • World Champion Juggler
  • Multiple Guinness World Record Holder
  • Author of 18 books about Juggling or Magic
  • Performer of over 15,000 professional shows Composer for five Broadway-style musicals
  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati

Meet The Founders

Virtual Babysitters Club (VBC) was founded by New York City couple, Kyle Reilly and Kristina Hanford, at the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March, 2020. They aim to connect talented out-of-work performers with working-from-home parents so that children stay engaged with interactive, creative, and fun activities.

“We started Virtual Babysitters Club to try to help people during this crisis. We are so grateful to our staff of performers for providing wonderful and creative entertainment to the children across the country. Because of them, parents are able to get things done at home during this difficult time. Thank you to our clients, the parents, for hiring these tremendously talented professionals while we wait for Broadway’s lights to brighten our lives again.​”

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