Open Arts Alliance was born from the belief that arts education should be accessible to all, and should not end when you leave school. Through theatre, Open Arts Alliance creates a social intervention between students, their peers and senior citizens, resulting in a powerful and lasting change in participants.

The perfect role can shine a spotlight on your child and make their confidence come alive.

We further our mission through classes, programs, and community outreach, using the arts as a common ground for conversations. Our holistic approach sees theatre not as just an end-product, but a process by which we can improve the lives of our students—young and young at heart— while furthering the landscape of arts in our community and town. Our student leadership councils empower the next generation of arts volunteers to engage with civic responsibility and community service based on empathy fostered within the arts. 

Our mission is to make art, theatre, music and dance accessible to students, ages 6-18, families and senior citizens who have Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.

Educating Students in Acts 1, 2 & 3

The arts provide access to personal growth and dignity through representation and diversity of thought.

our values make us different

Human Rights

Reflection

Acceptance

Discernment

By offering exceptional theatre productions, which meet national and state standard arts curriculum, Open Arts Alliance offers students a positive experience in a safe environment while providing value-led education which may not otherwise be accessible.

We respect you for who you are now. And we also want to help you get where you are going.

We're dedicated to constant introspection of our process and product to foster a growth mindset.

We equip our graduates with the ability to assess art on the merit of quality, intention and technique.

We Create Artists. And Teachers. And Doctors.

Some of our students go on to study biology while others become working actors. Whatever they pursue, our students graduate with the confidence, self-efficacy and social awareness to deepen their networks both personally and professionally.

MEET THE TEAM

TEAM

TEACHING ARTIST

JACK
BROSNAN

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

JAKE
LLOYD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Globally produced playwright. Theatre nerd. Hometown boy.

  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Dramatic Studies
  • MA in Stage Production
  • CAS in Elementary Education Administration (6th Year)

Rocco is passionate about creating theatre that moves the lives of participants: audience and artist alike and is proud to have his work impact those he has not met. Rocco believes access to the arts is a human right.

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Classically Trained Musician. Disney-fanatic. Directing Expert.

Jake has worked in theatre and music for over 20 years. As an educator, he has worked primarily with middle school students in the classroom and on the stage.

His work as composer / director / conductor has been seen off-Broadway, in regional venues, and countless theaters across the country, with original works that include, The Lost Boys, Anne of Green Gables, and A Christmas Carol.

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Actor turned Director turned Teaching Artist Extraordinaire.

Jack has been involved in the world of theater since the age of 12; starting as an actor, then tech crew, and then as director.

A recent NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate, studying in the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios for Film and TV.

He is very excited to be returning for his second production with OAA after his Christmas in July production of
A Christmas Story.

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Hello, Hello.

As a grad student at NYU, my professors could not understand how I would use a degree in theatre for a career in psychology, or a career in theatre with a degree in psychology. To tell the truth, I didn’t either. But I believed art and wellness were inseparable, and sometimes all you have is trust.

Like many of us, I have had the experience of watching loved ones struggle through challenging health battles and when it came to my own: it seemed to me that theatre and wellness were more connected than I knew.

Music and art are often forgotten healers and I started OAA to marry theatre and community outreach. As a native of Greenwich, it was important to me not only to train the next generation of artists, but to carve a space for today’s families, which was not around when I was growing up.

At Open Arts Alliance, we do not believe kindness and excellence are mutually exclusive. Our students should feel safe and seen, while being pushed to succeed artistically, academically and personally.

Creating a fun and safe environment that nurtures and educates those which may not otherwise be able to access it. To us, theater is not just about having fun or putting on a spectacular show. (Even though we're very good at that!) It becomes a way to improve the lives of others in our community--our students, their families, friends, neighbors and beyond--while furthering the landscape of arts in our community.

It is my great pleasure to have worked with so many amazing allies in our community to create this organization, which I hope will remain a "home away from home" for years to come.

Thank you, Thank you!
Rocco

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ROCCO NATALE

ELISE LIBOW
ROCCO NATALE
STEPHANIE O’DONNELL

RONNIE STAPLEFIELD
KATHY WALKER

JENNIFER DUNN
KERRY GAVIN

MAEVE CAREY
OLIVIA CHILDS
STEVEN CSAK
SABINA CSAK
EMMA HARVEY
OLIVIA HIRSCH
BEATRICE KELLY
AIDEN KUMMELL
ZACHARY LIBOW
COCO LIU
ABBY MEYERS
JANE PECORIN
MOLLY SHIELDS
DYER STEELE
AVA WAGNER-NAST

ISABEL BALLESTROS
KATIE BREEN
PATRICIA CAREY
LAUREN CHIAPETTA
LINDA FILAR
ELLIE FLORES
KEITH HIRSCH
THOMAS HOWARD
JACK KRISKEY
ANA LABORDE
EVA PECORIN
ALE REVILLA-MUSI
SAMANTHA STEELE


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