Staff

Chase Leyner

Chase Leyner founded Hoboken Children’s Theater in 2002. She received her degree at Skidmore College where she studied dance under American Ballet Theatre Star Elizabeth Carroll, danced at New Jersey Ballet, and studied at L’Ecole de Danse de Princes Grace in Monte Carlo. She studied acting with Sandford Meisner, William Alderson, Estelle

Jessica McCuiston

Jessica is a musical theater graduate and former faculty member of Bryan College in Tennessee. Her NYC choreography credits include Pace University, The Secret Theatre, and Broadway Bound Kids. Jessica currently works as a teaching artist for Bronx Arts Ensemble and as a director/choreographer for Hoboken Children’s Theater.

Scott Pearson

Scott is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. A native of Pittsburgh, Scott has performed throughout the United States and internationally. He is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts and holds a BFA in Musical Theater. Scott is also a classically trained pianist with over

Arielle Legere

Arielle Legere is an actor, singer, and theatre educator. She graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014, and she has been teaching at Hoboken Children’s Theater since 2014.

Jessica Yagoda

Jessica Yagoda is a Children’s Theatre Director and Teaching Artist. She founded Page to Stage, a children’s theater program for Niagara Falls youth during her senior year of college. Graduating with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Niagara University in 2016, she brought Creative Drama with Jessica to Central NJ before moving

Don Brewer

Don grew up in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Musical Theater Performance. His credits include: Broadway: Les Miserables (original Broadway production), The Pirate Queen (original cast member), Les Miserables (2006 revival production). Broadway National Tours: The Who’s Tommy, The Will Rogers Follies, Les Miserables. Regional Productions:

Caleb Damschroeder

Caleb is a composer/lyricist and a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He is currently working on a musical adaptation of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney. As an actor he has been seen in Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Cinderella, My Fair Lady and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He

Cara Cooper

A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, Cara recently finished her run on Broadway as Mary Delgado (Frankie Valli’s wife) in the Tony Award winning musical, Jersey Boys. She has also appeared on Broadway in Elf, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer,

Aidan Davis

Aidan Davis hails from Lewisburg, PA and has been in love with music and performing his entire life. He began his musical journey at an early age with piano lessons, then began studying singing. By his high school graduation, Aidan had performed in competitions, festivals, and venues in 12 different states and 3 countries. Aidan

Joy Smith

Joy Kelly is an actor, director and storyteller. Joy has been involved as a performer in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Austin Pendleton as Scrooge. She has also performed on several soap operas including “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” and in the independent film “Out of Season.” Joy recently performed in the Faux Real Theatre Company’s “The Bacchae” at

Rachel Eckerling

Rachel Eckerling is a New York–based freelance theater director focused primarily on developing new work. She worked for several years with Francis Ford Coppola on both theater and film projects. Mr. Coppola commissioned her film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. Most recently