WHO WE ARE
Commit. Collaborate. Innovate. Compel.
We are a passionate, curious, and inclusive community of theater-makers who work to engage audiences in meaningful conversation and produce relevant, thought-provoking performances.
Be a part of it!
Essex High School offers in-school theatre courses with teacher Victor Toman and a 3-production season with Drama Director, Aly Perry.
ALY PERRY, after-school Drama Director
As an actor, director and educator, Aly believes deeply in the power of live performance to transform the way we envision our world.
Now in her 3rd season with Essex High School, Aly continues to be impressed and inspired by EHS students' hunger for pushing theatrical boundaries and their desire to reflect the human experience in compelling ways.
Aly graduated NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a dual BFA in Theater / Photography & Imaging (2007) and has been working within several disciplines ever since. Whether it be performing professionally onstage and in public spaces, designing murals with communities, or directing in schools and regional theater companies, she aims to inspire audience engagement and investigate questions regarding the relevance and impact of live performance.
Former Education Manager at Vermont Stage/ Vermont Young Playwrights Festival. Recipient of Baryshnikov Arts Center Fellowship (NYC). As a member of The Miss Rockaway Armada, she designed and installed a 100’ x 30’ mural for Philadelphia’s renowned Mural Arts (2011). Milliner for National Tour of Mary Poppins (2012). After moving to Vermont in 2013 she has also worked as a performer and director with Vermont Stage (A Number, Tribes, The Dining Room, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike!), Lost Nation Theatre (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Pippin, Eurydice), Champlain College (The How & the Why), Pride Theater (The Kid Thing), and as the former Drama Director at Shelburne Community School and Essex Middle School from 2012-2015. Until recently, she co-hosted “Soundsmith Radio,” a modern-mash-up variety show on 90.1 WRUV-FM (soundsmithradio.org).
VICTOR TOMAN, in-school Theater Teacher
Victor Toman was born and raised in Oregon City, Oregon. After completing his B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of Oregon, he moved to beautiful San Francisco, California.
Mr. Toman worked in Bay Area professional theater for over 20 years. A major highlight was working for the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe where he toured nationally and internationally as a principal actor in 10 original political musical satires. Other Bay Area Theater and Dance credits include: El Teatro de la Esperanza, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Joe Good Performance Group, The Dance Brigade, The Ellen Bromberg Ensemble and Elbows Akimbo to name a few. Outside the Bay Area he performed with The Caravan Stage Company in Toronto, and Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. In addition, he is also a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Mr. Toman holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts from UC Davis. In 2013 he was an actor in the feature film Fruitvale Station. He is proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actor’s Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Mr. Toman has also been teaching theatre for the same amount of time he has been working as a professional actor. He has had the pleasure of teaching in many different situations with diverse populations including: college students in master classes during national and international tours with the Mime Troupe; adults in Acting Workshops; and in the past 5 years he taught theatre at Gateway High School in SF. Over the summer he and his family moved to Vermont to start a new chapter of life. He is very excited to be working at Essex High School and hopes to contribute greatly to the creative lives of his students.