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.
We offer in-school theater courses (Theater: Foundations, Theater: Place & Community, Building Worlds on Stage, & Film Appreciation) as well as a robust technical and performative theater company after-school. Join us.
Be a part of it!
ALY PERRY, 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 4th 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 Middlebury Actors Workshop (Every Brilliant Thing, Red Speedo), 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).