Stephanie Bond has been a professional storyteller and educator for 10 years. She holds bachelors degrees from Rutgers University in both Theater Arts and English Literature, as well as a Masters Degree in Education and Developmental Theory. Stephanie strategically uses storytelling to encourage reflection, empathy, and growth in people from all backgrounds and identities. As an educator, she has had the privilege of working for Rutgers University, Fordham University, Raritan Valley Community College, and The College of New Jersey. This work has included program coordination, counseling, and crisis management surrounding: alcohol and other drug addiction and recovery; sexual assault and domestic violence prevention/outreach; social justice initiatives; building inclusive communities; and professional/leadership development.
Stephanie currently works as a freelance actress and Teaching Artist throughout New Jersey and New York City - performing, directing, creating arts curricula, and developing artists of all ages and levels of experience. ReThink Theatrical allows Stephanie to blend her unique skills in theater, education, and storytelling to create positive change in her community.
Thomas Young comes from a nontraditional background with a variety of disciplines. He received his masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University as well as a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and Music. He is currently the Creative Director at the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, where he curates content for people across the country, wanting to build their communities through local arts and cultural programming. Young has received two NJASLA Student Merit awards for his thesis entitled "Isotopes in the Garden: a Narrative of the Atomic Age and its Legacy in the Global Landscape" and for his work on "WONDERLAND&YOU," an immersive Alice in Wonderland experience at the Rutgers Gardens with ReThink Theatrical.
Thomas's theatrical background includes directing a variety of musicals and plays, such as Little Shop of Horrors (ReThink), co-directing Robin Hood (ReThink), STAGES: a Legacy in Revue (ReThink), WONDERLAND&YOU (ReThink), co-directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ReThink), HAIR (LTC), Next to Normal (Cabaret), and the Last Five Years (NJ Productions). In addition, he uses his vocal background to musically direct shows such as Cinderella (BRHS), Anyone Can Whistle (BRHS), Ordinary Days (BRHS), the Will Rogers Follies (BRHS), Pippin (BRHS), Seussical (Metuchen HS), and Merrily We Roll Along (LTC). With his background in theatrical productions and landscape design, Thomas continues to collaborate with other local artists to produce accessible art with, for, and by local communities.
Christian has always considered himself to be a collaborator. Graduating from Rutgers New Brunswick in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Communication and Information, Christian has found himself in the Advertising Industry where he continues to learn the ins and outs of managing major creative projects on a larger scale. Christian has always been drawn to the creative world, particularly performance art. When he transferred to Rutgers he was able to find many creative outlets such as the Livingston Theatre Company, Deep Treble, and the Rutgers Glee Club. Each of these groups giving him the opportunity to grow alongside amazing performers and leaders, and honing the skills needed to see a creative project from beginning to end.
With the impending doom of graduation upon him in 2015 his friends, and company creators, Thomas and Stephanie reached out to him to help start this crazy thing called ReThink Theatrical. Christian was originally brought on board to help lay the groundwork for the incubation stages of ReThink. Since then the company has continued to grow to heights that we could only dream of. ReThink has more on the horizon and Christian is thankful every day that he can continue doing what he loves, with people that he loves even more!
Joe Ciampi is a NJ-based educator, musician, and production manager. Joe has been with ReThink Theatrical from the very beginning, serving as an Audience Experience Coordinator for Midsummer Nights Dream and as the Assistant Director of WONDERLAND&YOU and Stages: A Legacy in Review.
While attending Rutgers University, he was a member of the Rutgers University Glee Club and served as their Vice President of Alumni Relations and as their Vice President of Special Organizational Affairs. He worked as stage manager and sound/lighting designer for Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been a member of stage crews and pit bands for Livingston Theater Company. He currently teaches at East Brunswick High School.
Chelsea Woods is a youth services librarian at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, where she specializes in urban librarianship, multicultural programming, community engagement & partnerships, and equitable access to information for children and families. After receiving her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2013, she worked with adult populations at the Paterson Free Public Library, before transitioning to New Brunswick in 2014. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in Peace & Justice from Villanova University in 2011; her concentration of study in medieval and early modern literature included a term abroad at Oxford University in 2010 where she specialized in Arthurian legend and Shakespearean tragedy. She brings her commitment to accessibility and love of storytelling to ReThink’s team & mission.
Marissa Aucoin is a passionate artist who utilizes dance to empower individuals and build communities through shared physical expression. She holds both an MFA and BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport and Montclair State University, respectively, and is committed to providing accessible dance education for dancers and non-dancers alike. Currently, Marissa teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Raritan Valley Community College, at Yvonne’s School of Dance, and for several community arts programs including ReThink Theatrical. In addition to her work as a teaching artist, Marissa continues to choreograph, produce and perform professionally. She is the founder and artistic director of mla | Format Dance, and has presented and performed work at the Rochester Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Visual Studies Workshop, GreenSpace, Hollins University, and GEVA Theatre Center. Marissa is thrilled to continue her work with ReThink to provide accessible storytelling through the arts. For more information about Marissa, please visit www.marissaaucoin.org.
Danielle (Danni) Durso is a high school English and Creative Writing teacher in NJ. She received her Ed.M in English high school education and her B.A. in English from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. During her time at RU, Danni also earned her minor in Dance while continuing to perform, direct, and choreograph for the Livingston Theatre Company and Cabaret Theater. Post-college, Danni has worked with ReThink Theatrical and the Perth Amboy Community Theater. With these companies she has been able to create programming that works with students to push their interpretations of dance and connect with their styles of performance. Outside of school, Danni teaches for private dance studios, which work with students who compete at regional and national levels. Recently she has started her residency at Yvonne’s School of Dance in Edison, NJ. Danni’s technique focuses on ballet, lyrical/contemporary, tap, and musical theater. She now continues to meld her love of dance, performance, and storytelling by working with ReThink Theatrical.
Celine Dirkes is an active theatre maker & teaching artist in the New Jersey/New York area. They have been involved with ReThink Theatrical since the spring of 2018, but have respected the company’s work and shared the mission of accessible storytelling for a long time. They are involved with the Backroom Shakespeare project in Brooklyn, creating free, low-rehearsal, low-budget Shakespeare for modern audiences. Along with Ryan Morey, they adapted Backroom’s approach to suit the Rutgers DIY scene, introducing New Brunswick’s underground venues to Basement Shakes. They graduated Rutgers New Brunswick in 2018 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English, along with certificates in Creative Writing and Performance & Drama Studies. As one of their many “muggle jobs”, they work for their father’s PR consulting practice, and are excited to bring their strategic insights to an amazing organization like ReThink Theatrical.
Visual Media Coordinator
Justin Jajalla is known to wear many different hats throughout his professional career. His formal education includes an Associate's Degree in Computer Science from MCC, and a BS + Masters in Labor Studies from Rutgers University. Currently, he works in IT Asset Management for SHI International Corp while running a NJ-based wedding photography business. Justin uses his expertise in photography to create visually stunning images that are indeed worth a thousand words. He has had his work published in Rutgers' The Anthologist, Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and High Alliance Magazine. In his free time, Justin likes to engage with other local theatre companies, instruct coffee classes, competitively game, and work on personal photo projects. When it comes to photography, he has experience shooting headshots, portraiture, weddings, and live performances. His freelance work can be seen at www.jajallaphotography.com and wedding work can be seen at www.elkandelmweddings.com.
Social Media Coordinator
Joana Marmelo is currently a Marketing Coordinator for Takasago International Corp. She holds a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University. During her undergraduate years, Joana was involved with The Livingston Theatre Company for her four years in various roles. She held the roles of Managing Director in her senior year and Business Manager in her junior year. Along with executive roles, she worked on various production staffs within the roles of Stage Manager, Assistant Director, and Props Coordinator. She is thrilled to have found ReThink Theatrical and cannot wait to engage more with our audiences through the use of social media!
Information Technology Coordinator
Ryan Morey is a undergraduate student in Computer Science at Rutgers, as well as an employee for the University's Office of Information Technology. He's been a loving member of the ReThink community since he performed in the company's inaugural production, and is thrilled to be a part of the ReThink team once again.