Puppet Playground

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Andrea Dotto

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

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

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.

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

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

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

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

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

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

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

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

PUPPET PLAYGROUND

Cody Hanford

  • Original Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway
  • Lead in Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
  • Background in providing support to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Games

DISCOVERY STATION

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

DISCOVERY STATION

Miguel Alejandro Faña

  • Graduate of the University of Tenn. MFA Acting Program
  • Fluent Spanish Speaker
  • Former US Army Service Member

DISCOVERY STATION

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

DISCOVERY STATION

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)

DISCOVERY STATION

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

DISCOVERY STATION

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

DISCOVERY STATION

Nadia Belaouchi

  • BFA in Musical Theatre from CAP21/Molloy College
  • Soloist in Rob Rokicki & the Good Kids concert at The Green Room 42
  • *Upcoming- The Cat in the Hat in Seussical at Weston Playhouse

DISCOVERY STATION

Teddy Drummond

  • Jimmy in WildBrain’s Youtube Children’s Show “Ellie Sparkles” (over 2 million subscribers)
  • Host of Hofstra’s weekly Cabaret showcase
  • Years of experience teaching, counseling, and babysitting kids from the ages of 2-13

DISCOVERY STATION

Danielle Heaton

  • ASL sign and music teacher
  • ABA Behavioral Therapist/RBT
  • Toured internationally with Sesame St. Live as Jenny the Music Teacher

DISCOVERY STATION

Spencer Debenham

  • Fred/Young Scrooge in a Las Vegas dinner theatre show of A Christmas Carol
  • Guitarist/lead singer at Songs For Seeds playing music with a 3 piece band for children

DISCOVERY STATION

Gabriel Brown

  • Upcoming* Lead in Broadway production of Blue at the Apollo Theater
  • LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award winner
  • Over 9 years experience as a private sitter and tutor in NYC and Los Angeles

Breakout Adventures

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Shanda Brown

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

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Brandon Zelman

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

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

Laura Cable

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

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Sean Widener

  • Has toured the US with Wizard of Oz the Musical and Cirque Dreams
  • Performed on the Seven Seas with both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Favorite Uncle to two eccentric nieces and two delightful nephews

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

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!)

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Starr Leavitt

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

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Lizzie Kehoe

  • BFA in Drama and English Literature from NYU Tisch
  • Conversant in French
  • Upcoming: Regan in King Lear at Tampa Rep

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Danielle Heaton

  • ASL sign and music teacher
  • ABA Behavioral Therapist/RBT
  • Toured internationally with Sesame St. Live as Jenny the Music Teacher

BREAKOUT ADVENTURES

Angelica Richie

  • Miss Shields in A Christmas Story the Musical Nat’l Tour
  • 4 years experience online teaching in English, Writing, and Theater
  • BA from UCLA

Dance

DANCE

Chris Hanford

  • Creator of VBC’s Breakout Adventures
  • 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 Danca

  • 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

Michael Tomlinson

  • Ensemble Dancer for the national tour of An American in Paris  
  • Principal Dancer with Jennifer Muller/The Works 
  • Silver Medal Rhythm Dance Champion of the Holiday Dance-O-Rama  

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

DANCE

Paige Sabo

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

DANCE

Luiza Karnas

  • MFA in Dance – SUNY Brockport 
  • BA in Dance Education – UFRGS (Brazil) 
  • Over 10 years of experience as Dance Instructor/Teacher 

DANCE

Chandler Converse

  • Performance Director for Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Live! 
  • Original cast of Disney’s “High School Musical” and toured nationally with “Joseph” and “The Sound of Music” 
  • Background in early childhood education from New York Kid’s Club and Preschool 

DANCE

Kelsey Geibel

  • Dancer at LEGOLAND Florida Resort 
  • Dancer/Aerialist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines traveling to 30+ countries around the world 
  • 10+ years of experience as a dance instructor with a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University 

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

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

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

Nathaniel Beliveau

  • Most recent Children’s Vocal Supervisor and Associate Music Director on the National Tour of Finding Neverland
  • Pianist/Guest Entertainer and Music Director with RoyalCaribbean Cruise Lines
  • Over 10 years specializing working with young performers from ages 4-18yrs on pre-professional theater training

MUSIC

Chloe Tiso

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

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

Katie Von Braun

  • Substitute violinist in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway 
  • Lead violinist on the An American in Paris National Tour
  • 10+ years of professional music education (both private & group!)

MUSIC

Bailey Hovermale

  • Advanced pianist (16+ years), as well as singer and percussionist
  • Taught a virtual acting workshop for middle schoolers and music directed children’s workshop productions in Hagerstown, Maryland
  •  B.A. in Musical Theatre, Minor in Music (SUNY Cortland, Summa Cum Laude)

MUSIC

Sara Cuozzo-Gonzalez

  • Performer in the 2019 National Tour of The Little Engine That Could
  • ESL Teacher at VIPKid
  • Graduated from NYU with a BFA in Drama

Art Studio

ART STUDIO

Levin Valayil

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

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 Virginia
  • 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

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

ART STUDIO

Nathaniel Beliveau

  • Most recent Children’s Vocal Supervisor and Associate Music Director on the National Tour of Finding Neverland
  • Pianist/Guest Entertainer and Music Director with RoyalCaribbean Cruise Lines
  • Over 10 years specializing working with young performers from ages 4-18yrs on pre-professional theater training

ART STUDIO

Samantha Eyler Jemmott

  • Artistic Director of Opia Arts
  • BA in Musical Theatre with minors in Graphic Design and Dance

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

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

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

INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Morgan Ose

  • Dancer in Wellbeing Dance
  • Swing in JRW Productions
  • BA in Dance with a minor in psychology

INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Rebecca Keeshin

  • Original Winnie Foster in the world premiere TYA production of Miller and Tysen’s TUCK EVERLASTING
  • Starred in Heisler and Goldrich’s new Christmas musical “Auntie Claus”
  • BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University

INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Rachel Berkman

  • Lead singer of two band’s based in NY
  • Wrapped up a film recently and is looking forward to her cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama’s
  • Works as a Teaching Artist and has experience teaching children with disabilities

INDIVIDUAL SESSION

Hannah Weaver

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

Specialty Studios

SPECIALTY STUDIOS

Erin Mellini

SNAKES-N-SCALES
  • 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!

SPECIALTY STUDIOS

David Cain

JUGGLER/ MAGICIAN/ COMEDIAN
  • 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

SPECIALTY STUDIOS

Evan Presto

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MAGICIAN & BALLOON ARTIST
  • Award-winning magician/mentalist & balloon artisan
  • Frequently hired as a magic consultant; choreographing magic routines for Regional and off-Broadway productions
  • Evan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University

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 quickly recruited a team of experienced business professionals and talented performers to build a platform to connect professional, 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 and do our part in helping people during this crisis. We are so grateful to all the performers who have provided such wonderful and creative entertainment to the children of families trying to get work done from their homes during this difficult time and to the parents and our corporate partners who have engaged these tremendously talented professionals to help them make ends meet until the Broadway lights brighten our lives again. We also want to thank our team of business and creative professionals who helped us rapidly build and scale VBC’s infrastructure and platform to provide this opportunity for performers, parents, employers…and kids!”

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