REBECCA COVERT (Founding Director; Autism & Education Consultant) worked as a theatre arts/music teaching artist for over 16 years, primarily for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education Center/Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the PA Council on the Arts. She crafts student workshops (PreK-8) that fuse arts integration strategies and interdisciplinary storytelling with curricular instruction. Rebecca leads professional development workshops for educators and artists statewide on residency planning, storytelling strategies, and arts engagement for Autistic students. A proud mother of an Autistic child, she founded the Firefly Arts Project to provide families with Autistic children a safe place to build community through multidisciplinary arts programming. Rebecca also consults with cultural organizations, education institutions, and family providers, offering sensitivity training and site-specific strategies for sensory-friendly events and devising original creative works. Clients include: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (EQT Children’s Festival), Off the Wall Productions, Bricolage Production Company, Yes You Can Dance, The Mattress Factory, and Prime Stage Theatre. She holds a M.S. in elementary education from Duquesne University.
STEPHEN SANTA (Co-Founder/Artistic Director) is a director, actor, and teaching artist based in Pittsburgh, Pa. He staged over 30 productions, ranging from shows in educational settings to professional productions seen around the country. He was the assistant director of the Flashdance National Tour, the North American premiere of The Monster in the Hall and POP! A new musical starring Anthony Rapp at CITY Theatre, respectively. In New York, he directed concerts workshops of UNCHARTED: The Music of Anna K. Jacobs and TEETH a New Musical. Both were performed at the famed Ars Nova Theatre. In 2013, he was named one of the top directors in Pittsburgh by CBS Local On-line. Since 2008, Stephen served as a teaching artist for The Pittsburgh CLO Creative Vision Program which aims to build self-confidence, empower self-expression and model positive behavior for elementary and middle school students while engaging them in musical theater disciplines. In addition, for 15 summers Stephen worked as the Music Director for Camp AIM a YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Summer Camp for children and young adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and communication challenges. He shares his passion and experience in the arts with over 1,500 students every year. Stephen is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Please visit:
CLAIRE SABAtine (Director of Marketing, Executive Creative Team Member) is a professional storyteller from Rochester, NY. Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in marketing and theatre arts, Claire has worked at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Hartford Stage, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She has also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She currently is a freelance actor, teaching artist and marketing professional in Pittsburgh for organizations such as Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pine Richland Youth Center, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Social Work and more. Claire recently represented Jumping Jack at the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center, the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Jumping Jack Theater makes her heart sing, and she is thankful for the chance to collaborate with this incredible team of artists working to engage, enrich and empower all audiences. Please visit clairemariesabatine.com.