Theo is proud to serve as Artistic Director since the company’s inception, where he has been part of the effort to create space for youth-led theater to thrive. Theo’s directing work with YSSP includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and its most recent collaboration with The Collective, Macbeth — in addition to production management, lighting design, set design, and occasionally acting. He is currently studying a Directing and Stage Management BFA at the University of Rhode Island, as well as founding and acting as president for URI’s Student Led Theatre Collective. Recent non-YSSP credits include: Hamlet (Director), Polaroid Stories (Assistant Director), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Assistant Lighting Designer), Speech and Debate (Stage Manager).
Ella has directed one show (Romeo and Juliet) and assistant directed two shows with YSSP. They’ve been apart of theater since they were 8 years old, and they never knew they’d become a director, or even want to become one. In June of 2022, she was apart of her first YSSP production of Twelfth Night where she played the role of Viola. They had no idea of the amazing effect YSSP would have on their creative life and career, and are glad to be a member of the Creative Team today!