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 a freelance designer and teaching artist, where he primarily curates content and designs graphics for various events and organizations. Thomas 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.
Director of Operations
Chelsea Woods first found theater with ReThink, but her love of creating stories on the stage first began by exploring them on the page. She is a youth services librarian at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, where she specializes in multicultural programming, community engagement & partnerships, and equitable access to information for children and families.
She received her Master's of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2013, and her B.A. in English with a minor in Peace & Justice from Villanova University in 2011. She brings a librarian's firm commitment to accessibility to her role as Director of Operations; her love of research and storytelling fuels her other work at ReThink, as Dramaturg for the company and all its productions.
Director of Production
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.
Gali Zaborowski is a soon-to-be graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Women's and Gender Studies. At Rutgers she has been involved with student theater, leadership development, academic research, sexual violence advocacy, and peer mentorship. She first got involved with ReThink's production of Little Shop of Horrors after hearing about the company's wonderful creativity and community, and after serving as the Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet, decided to pursue stage management and theater production. She is so grateful for the opportunity to build her theater and management experience as part of the ReThink family!
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.
Resident Fight Choreographer
Trained in the action movie aisle of Blockbuster and tested on the battlefields of Nerf, Eric has spent much of his life with a sword (or anything vaguely sword-shaped – he was never picky) in his hand. A blackbelt in Aikido, at Emerson College, he trained and taught with Ted Hewlett (Hook, Army of Darkness) in both combat & telling stories through it. Since graduating, Eric has choreographed fights in commercials, short films & stage productions (including Hamlet twice). When not handling weapons, Eric still shoots but with a camera as a film director & cinematographer.
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!
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christian Muñoz is a business development professional and certified theater lover. In 2015 Christian received a B.A. from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University - New Brunswick, where he got a chance to explore what theater truly had to offer through student theater programs and other performance art programs.
From there, Christian was able to find opportunities to help hone his business development skills while also keeping his creative side alive. He has gained a wealth of experience throughout his time in Client Services within top healthcare advertising agencies throughout NYC, such as Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, McCann Healthcare, and BGB Group – driving client business strategies, creative campaigns, major project initiatives. Throughout the past 5 years, ReThink Theatrical has been a constant for Christian as he’s gotten to take on a variety of leadership roles in the company–cherishing the honor of watching it grow
Board Vice President
Natalka Pavlovsky Weismantel is Professor of Music at Rowan College of South Jersey. An educational Jersey Girl, she holds a B.A. in Music, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University and completed her graduate work at Princeton University, earning both her M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology. Dr. Pavlovsky’s professional background also includes arts management-- she oversaw staffing and logistics for musical, theatrical, and dance events at Princeton’s two concert halls-- as well as vocal performance and audio production. Her avocations are painting, baking, and spending time outdoors (preferably in a kayak or on a hiking trail).
Geralyn Williams is a Jersey girl with a passion for community and the arts. She has been a part of many theatrical works in college and Off-Broadway. She is part of an Applied Theatre Collective that uses theater to engage communities around their most pressing issues. She has a Masters in Higher Education Leadership. She currently works in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University.
Fun facts are that she is building a pillow fort in her office and has been a panelist at San Diego Comic Con multiple times. Her professional and personal goal is to create spaces that enable others to subvert systems of oppression to create positive change.
Bob has been performing in community theater productions over many years playing an array of roles including Murray the cop in the Odd Couple; a burglar in Noises Off; , the prosecutor in Miracle on 34th Street as well as in To Kill a Mockingbird; the judge in Inherit the Wind; a Lord in Romeo & Juliet (Lord Montague) ; a poor old man in Christmas Carol; an editor in Our Town (Editor Webb); a pharmacist in It’s a Wonderful Life; Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet; a Duke in Midsummer Nights Dream , and most recently appearing as crime investigator, Glover, in the classic "On the Waterfront"
In real life Bob is an attorney with an office in New Brunswick, NJ , a Municipal Prosecutor for the City of New Brunswick, and an Adjunct Professor in Business Law for Middlesex County Community College. In addition to being in front of audiences, Bob is a Board Member of New Jersey Creative Arts Collaborative and, of course, ReThink Theatrical, which organizations offer the opportunity, along with their dedicated and experienced boards, to expand opportunities for actors of color and supporters of inclusive theater.