Educational Outreach Programs Key Personnel


Elise Stone (Artistic & Education Director), is a New York stage actress and director with more than 150 roles including the celebrated production of Eric Bentley’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children and the world premiere of Bentley’s adaption of Wedekind’s LuLu and as the lead in Eve Adamson’s production in both the US and South America of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.  Selected as one of’s people of year Ms Stone was singled out as “one of New York’s most highly regarded  and compelling artists.”  Ms Stone served at the Director of Education at Jean Cocteau Repertory where she initiated, developed and implemented the company’s Theatre Across the Curriculum© which was selected by CUNY chancellor Matthew Goldstein for incorporation into CUNY institutions including Baruch and LaGuardia College.  Prior to that Ms. Stone was a teaching artist with Theatre for a New Audience in New York City Public Schools.  Ms. Stone was an original founder and director of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble and has remained active in New York City Public School Education by overseeing the company’s Inflight Program which has been serving New York City Schools since 2006.  Ms. Stone initiated and oversees Phoenix Theate Ensemble’s EVOLVE program for seniors in New York City.  EVOLVE Theatre Project offers a space for elders and audiences to connect and to implement healthy aging through the powerful medium of theatre.  The program was the subject of an award-winning documentary STAGES.    In addition, she implemented an after school program at East Village Community School and is now the Director of Education and Artistic Director of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble.

Clara Pagone (Artistic Associate and Teaching Artist Lead)  A stage and screen storyteller, Clara hails from Italy via Australia. Clara first arrived to NYC for SITI Company’s Inaugural Conservatory, later becoming a Phoenix Theatre Artistic Associate and Teaching Artist. Clara, who has advanced double degrees in Biomedical Sciences & Laws from Monash University in Australia, began her teaching artist career in the suburbs of Melbourne staging full-scale productions with students aged five to fifteen with Acting Antics: encouraging young voices to find the rigor and joy of stage craft. Impressed by Clara’s ability to communicate with young artists, Hands On Training invited Clara to join their teaching team, using acting techniques and games to strengthen early and late teenagers to open up to a crowd, present to large forums and refine their one-on-one people skills. In 2011, Clara toured withSpectacular Spettacolo’s one-woman bilingual (Italian/English) musical “TimeWrap” and “Dammi il Cinque”. These one-hour musical productions toured around Australia promoting education in the arts, culture and languages. The shows had interactive dance numbers with students further promoting health living choices and taught elements of Commedia Dell’Arte at the end of each interactive musical performance often to a student audience of 700 from ages 5 to 13. With these credits to her name, Clara was invited as a guest adjudicator to the prestigious Mildura Italian Poetry and Performing Arts Eisteddfod Competition. Upon awarding students from elementary levels to senior school for their performance, singing and recitation work, Clara taught a masterclass in “The Magic of Actor Body in Space”, looking at sophisticated elements of stage craft for students in their teens.

As professional artist selected credits: Betty in NYC feature film The Moosehead Over the Mantel,  Nina in Pasquale & Williams’ Nina With Boris, Gladys for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s staged reading’ in The Skin Of Our Teeth, Yelena for Michael Scholar Jr’s Uncle Vanya, Nurse for Forkais’ O.Rex, Cubism Mee & Bear’s A Very Serious Banquet, Kafka’s Gregor in Barcia-Colombo & de Wit’s The Secret Society of Forbidden Literature NYPL. International Bilingual Credits: Mia-Rose for Penang International Arts Festival Hi It’s Me, Claudia for Italian Musical Spectacular Spettacolo, Robyn award-winning film Johnny Ghost. Improv Credits: Ensemble for Mary Fe’s Google Made Me Do It, Solstice Sounding Artist in Woloweic’s Sounding Park.