Meet Our Artistic Team - Senior Teaching Artists
Ahmad Maaty - Senior Teaching Artist, Resident Choreographer
Ahmad is an Egyptian-American actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer. He was born in Washington DC, grew up in northern Virginia, and graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. Ahmad has been part of the AFYP family for nine years. He is a resident actor, teaches afterschool classes, and is the musical theatre director at summer camp and for all showcase programs. He regularly performs as a guest artist for Silk Road Dance Company in DC, with whom he has performed in Doha, Qatar at the Asia Cup Games in January 2011 and New Orleans, LA in October 2015. Ahmad has danced and choreographed for the DC Metro area based modern dance company, Mayzsoul, Inc. and acted as Artistic Director for two of their concerts, Fresh and Le Monde Secret. Most Recently in NYC he has performed with Mayzsoul, Inc. in Sticky, and as part of the NYC10 Dance Week initiative. He has also taught at the Academy of Russian Ballet since 2007, and has performed with their resident ballet company since 2012. In May 2012, Ahmad received a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from the acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. Most recently, Ahmad has appeared in Prince William Little Theatre's productions of Tommy and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and in Fauquier Community Theatre's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (ahmadmaaty.com)
Lisa Nanni-Messegee - Senior Teaching Artist, Playwright in Residence
Lisa is the founder of Lucy 8 Productions, and has written and adapted several plays for young audiences. As the Playwright in residence, Lisa has written and directed all of AFYP’s current in-school touring shows; A Penny Saved, Street Smart: The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian, and The Fisherman and His Wife. Other recent AFYP original plays include The Value of x, Carol vs. Christmas (published by Eldridge), An American House (published, available on Amazon.), Just So, Mr. Kipling (published by Eldridge) and Radio Vega. Lisa, along with her husband Todd, also wrote Romantically Speaking, produced this year as a made for TV movie starring Heather Morris (Glee), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls.) Lisa and Todd were also script doctors on Matchmaker Santa which aired on The Hallmark Channel in 2012. Matchmaker Santa was ranked #2 best holiday movie for the network. They are currently on contract for a new romantic comedy with Larry Levinson Productions and in development on a romantic drama for Shalom Amigo Productions in LA.
Jacqueline Salvador - Senior Teaching Artist, Musical Director
Jacqueline is an actor and teacher in the Northern Virginia and DC areas. She is currently preparing to perform in Seasons of Light with Discovery Theater at the DC Smithsonian. Some of her favorite roles include “Carla” in The Little Theatre of Alexandria's production of In The Heights and her opera roles, “Zita” in Gianni Schicchi and “Mrs. Jones” in Street Scene, with the School of Music at George Mason University. She has also participated in the DC Fringe Festival and performed in her own cabaret. As a teacher, she is currently giving voice and piano lessons to students of all ages in Stafford, Virginia. Jacqueline joined the AFYP family in the Fall of 2012, working as the Musical Director for our fall and spring musicals and our summer musical showcase, as well as part of the Musical Theater team for our Summer Acting Camp. As always, she is thankful to her family and friends for always encouraging her to dream BIG!
Justin Sumblin - Senior Teaching Artist
Justin holds a BFA in Theater from George Mason University with a concentration in performance, and a minor in Dance. He has been a teaching artist with AFYP since Spring 2014. He is a resident actor with the company, currently appearing in AFYP's upcoming touring show Swings and Slides, and choreographs and co-directs the Adventures showcase program. In his time at Mason, Justin was seen in many productions, favorites of which were Bazzard/Philip Bax in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Roget in An Experiment with an Air Pump, and Cook in The Merchant. Alongside being a Zumba instructor, and a crochet enthusiast, Justin loves the opportunity to work with students, sharpening their skills and broadening their mindsets everyday
Andrew Reid - Senior Teaching Artist
Andrew Reid graduated from George Mason University School of Theater with a BA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. Currently residing in Fairfax, Virginia, his plays have had staged readings with various theaters in the area such as The HUB, NextStop and The Kennedy Center. Most recently his play, Saudade, had production with the 2016 D.C. Capital Fringe Festival. Aside from theater, Andrew has assisted with production on several films produced by Hand Me Down Films; The Forest of Light, Unbelievably Fearson and The Pig. Andrew is also a co-founder and playwright for Who What Where Theatre Company.
Hayley Dandreaux - Senior Teaching Artist
Hayley graduated from George Mason University School of Theater with a BA in Performance and Directing. She has worked with AFYP since Spring 2015 teaching for after school, summer camp and showcase. Hayley is so excited to be directing the Young Actor’s Showcase (Fall/Spring) and costume designing for the Advanced Musical Showcase. Her most recent work as a director was, The Fantasticks at George Mason University as the first student to direct a full studio musical.
Adam Lemos - Senior Teaching Artist
Adam Lemos holds a BFA in Performance from George Mason University. He has worked with Acting For Young People for four years now as a teaching artist, production assistant and a camp counselor and he is thrilled to be joining the Saturday team! Past performing credits include Cloanthus in Dido, Queen of Carthage, Armstrong in An Experiment with an Air Pump and Mac in Dark Times at Grimesville High. Past technical credits include The Fantasticks (Costume Design), Gogol's Nose (Master Electrician) and The Three-Penny Opera (Assistant Lighting Designer).
Heather holds a BA in Theater from George Mason University. She has worked with AFYP since Spring 2016 teaching for after school and summer camp programs. Some recent work includes Hair and Wig design for Legally Blonde The Musical (Little Theatre of Alexandria,) Hucklebee in The Fantasticks (Mason Players,) and Director of The Laramie Project (Mason Players). heather-hicks.com