Jacob Samuels is a New York based artist with a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Certificate of Study from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His recent work as a headshot photographer has had him included in the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts' Headshot Exhibit, and his work can be found at JacobSamuelsPhotography.com. As an actor he has performed in 36 states, on cabaret stages across New York City, and spends time working as a personal chef as well. His love of the arts, combined with his interest in broadening peoples' perspectives, makes for an exciting partnership with InterACT.

Andrew Davies is an actor and educator who is originally from Philadelphia and studied English and Theatre at Brandeis University. Moving to New York City Andrew has starred in dozens of Off-Broadway and Off-off Broadway plays such as Macbeth, Candide, and Buloxi Blues. He has toured hundreds of elementary schools in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia with the anti-bullying show The Power of One. He has also led improv workshops with pre-schoolers through high schoolers around the US and in South Africa. Andrew has also taught at several Hebrew Schools as well as being a performing member of Lab/Shul. In 2011 Andrew Co-founded The Bible Players, a Torah Comedy Troupe which has performed in 22 states for thousands of people. The Bible Players videos and upcoming performances can be found at www.TheBiblePlayers.com

Sydni Beaudoin's credits include: From Nowhere, Girls (HBO), Happyish (Showtime), Alpha House (Amazon Prime), The Leftovers (HBO), Coco, Spawn and 13 Going on 30. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she has also performed in Broadway shows such as Mamma Mia and the new broadway bound musical, Gotta Dance, directed by Jerry Mitchell.

Andrew Belinfante is the Director of Programs at Mechon Hadar, a Jewish educational non-profit in Manhattan. He is a long-time member of the Camp Ramah community and has worked for Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as their year-round Program Coordinator. Andrew has worked in formal and experiential Jewish education for over nine years. He holds a Master's Degree in Education, specializing in community-based learning, from Bankstreet College. Andrew focuses on out-of-classroom learning experiences and has written articles on social and emotional learning and visual storytelling.

About the Founder and President, Fran Mendelowitz

Fran Mendelowitz

Elana Mendelowitz received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in clinical psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She has acted in numerous InterACT New York and Mental Health Players programs and has worked with children and adolescents of all ages as a teacher and as a camp counselor. She currently works as a youth advisor for pre-teens and teens. She is passionate about mental health education and enjoys working with people of all ages.

Allison Lieber, LMSW is a Special Instructor in the Manhattan Early Intervention system. She specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the application of behavioral and learning theories to address targeted behaviors. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and Social Policy & Practice from Tulane University and a master's degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. Allison has experience in child development, group play therapy and parent counseling.

Fran Mendelowitz, LCSW has conducted over 1000 interactive groups and workshops and has worked extensively in the fields of mental health, social service, parenting, non-profit program development and management. Fran’s expertise in clinical practice, group facilitation, and public speaking spans 30 years. She holds a BA from Washington University in St.Louis and two master’s degrees; one from Columbia University School of Social Work and the other from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Fran brings keen insight, sensitivity and professionalism to each program.

​​Actors Bios

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Hannah Solow is an NYC based actor, singer, and improviser. She received her BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed at The Public Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the Lucille Lortel (as a crocodile made of trash) among other places. She is a performer on the Upright Citizen's Brigade musical improv team Rumpleteaser and you can catch her performing around the city with her other teams Baby Grand and First Crush.  She teaches improvisation to students pre-K through fifth grade in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. She is honored to be a part of InterACT.  Check out www.hannahsolow.com for more information.

Hannah Kiem is an NYC based actor and a graduate of NYU Tisch, where she earned her BFA in Drama with a minor in Jewish History and Civilization. She has performed regionally and in New York City at The Muny, Stages St. Louis, Barrington Stage Co, The Town Hall, and Atlantic Theatre Co. For more info, stop by www.HannahKiem.com

​​Alicia Bagley  studied at the Wiliam Esper studio and Stella Adler studio of acting. Her credits include Hair, Rent, Hairspray and more. Alicia has extensive experience teaching and mentoring children and teens, having worked at Black Teens Rock and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Alicia has taught esteem building, vocal skills and costume design to students and campers.

Carley Colbert received her undergraduate degree in theatre from SUNY New Paltz. She spent a semester studying with the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy where she fell in love with physical theatre. Credits include: Three Sisters (Equity Showcase) at 133rd Arts Center as Irina, The Hunting of the Snark as Co-Deviser at The Players and University of Michigan, The Flowers of Fantastico with FringeNYC playing Multiple Roles, Are Your There Zeus, It's Me Electra at the Bleeker Street Theatre, etc. She recently graduated with her Masters of Science in Social Work from a 16-month program at Columbia University School of Social Work. Occasionally, Carley can be seen participating in interactive theatre such as Therapeutic Clowning with her fellow Medical Clowns.