The Rebel Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational theater company that produces productions for children and families based on stories that break traditions and challenge normative thinking, and offers classes designed to foster creative development. By rebelling against established stories, we ignite children's imaginations so they can learn to create their own stories by thinking outside of the box and uphold our mission to Empower, Educate, and Entertain our audiences.
We are an equal opportunity employer, actively seeking to promote and implement non-traditional and gender, age, and colorblind casting. We consider ourselves a people-centric theater company, meaning the people that work for us, as well as our patrons, will always come first.
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Executive Director / Clara Kundin
Artistic Director / Sarah Sutliff
Director of Education / Greer Samuels
Clara Kundin (Executive Director) Clara studied theater at St. Olaf College and then continued her studies in physical theater at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Since arriving in New York, she has worked as a performer and teaching artist for numerous children’s theater companies including The Galli Theater NY, Flying Ship Productions, Camp Half-Blood, and Mainstages. She is currently a company member and the Associate Education Director for The Ume Group, where she is responsible for curating and advertising each season’s educational offerings. Recently she started work as a teaching artist at the Sanctuary for Families, where she works with children recovering from environments of domestic abuse.
Sarah Sutliff (Artistic Director) Sarah is a graduate of Wagner College where she was a founding member and three-term president of the college’s premiere student-run theatre organization. Sarah continued her studies at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Pearl Theatre Conservatory, and the Atlantic Acting School. As a teaching artist, Sarah has choreographed over a dozen Jr. and full-length productions with Saratoga Children’s Theatre, taught at the Ascension School on the Upper West Side, and directed with the Shenendehowa Summer Adventure theater program. Sarah is a resident performer with The Galli Theater NY, Once Upon A Time Inc., The Murder Mystery Company, and was the March 2016 featured theatre artist at the International Women’s Art Salon at Dixon Place. She has performed in the Juliana Project in residency at the Duplex, The Chicago Fringe Festival, and most recently in “How We GLOW,” an interview theatre piece exploring the sexual and gender identities of LGBTQ+ identified teenagers in New York City.
Greer Samuels (Director of Education) Greer studied theatre at The City College of New York, and has a decade of experience working with youths ranging from elementary through college-aged. He has worked for and collaborated with The City College of New York, The Boys and Girls Harbor, Ascension School, BASIS Independent Brooklyn, and Camp Half-Blood. Recently he worked as a resident educator and actor with Galli Theater New York, and through them has had the opportunity to conduct classes and workshops with Bellevue Hospital, Sanctuary for Families, The Ronald McDonald House, Columbia University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, SUNY Downstate Hospital, and Mount Sinai Children's Hospital. He has performed at The Secret Theatre, Harlem Repertory Theatre, and the Once Upon A Time Inc. children’s theater.