Staff

Kristie Fuller's Bio:
Curriculum Vitae 2016.pdf
Kristie is the Theatre Teacher at Indian River High School where she has developed a sequenced program in Theatre, directs 4 productions per year and coordinates the Thespian Honor Society. Some of her favorite directing credits include: ShrekThe Yellow Boat, BocónOnce on this Island, SeussicalArsenic and Old LaceThe Miracle Worker, And a Child Shall LeadDoorsYou Can’t Take it with YouThe Women of LockerbieAlmost MaineA Midsummer Night’s Dream,The Laramie Project and The Diary of Anne Frank. Several of her productions have received Awards of Excellence in Directing from the Theatre Association of New York State and Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Production at the Michael J.Harms Theatre Festival. She has enjoyed teaming with Third Eye Theatre to provide a variety of ASL interpreted productions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in her community.  
For over 20 years, Kristie has been the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) State Education Liaison/Curriculum Chair working with Theatre curriculum development, assessment and certification. She was the chair of the committee that developed the Theatre Resource Guide in collaboration with NYSTEA and the State Education Department. In addition, she has worked with the State Education Department on the Arts Assessment project and the development of the Theatre Certification Exam. Most recently, she was selected as part of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Arts at SED.  Her Theatre program was recognized as the Educational Theatre Association’s Outstanding School in 2007. In 2012 she was awarded the National Reba R. Robertson Award for Outstanding Theatre Teacher. She was thrilled to have been a part of the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 and looks forward to returning again.



Elaine Finley-Kasza's Bio:
Elaine began working at the high school as the Fine Arts Teaching Assistant in 2013. Her responsibilities include co-teaching, theatre management, house management, and coordinating arts-in-education program throughout the district. She also serves as the Drama Club Advisor and Assistant Production Director.  
Elaine is an alumna of Indian River, class of 2005. She went on to study at Le Moyne College's Theatre Education program where she stage managed and assistant stage managed. In 2009, she graduated from Le Moyne with her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts and her teaching certification. Subsequently, she was employed as a substitute teacher in the Indian River Central School District until internship opportunities took her west to Chicago. In Chicago, she worked as an Education Intern at Adventure Stage Chicago, Performing Arts Camp Counselor, Stage Combat Teaching Artist Assistant, Community Engagement Intern at Auditorium Theatre, Youth Development Worker, and Tour Guide at Sears Tower. Most recently, she completed an Arts Administration Internship at the Clayton Opera House to satisfy graduate school requirements. In May of 2016 she graduated from Rowan University with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration


Alec Walsh's Bio: 
Alec was hired at Theatre Technician in 2017.  He is a recent graduate of SUNY Potsdam's theatre program.  


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