Meet the Staff
Sandra Robbins is the founding Artistic/Executive Director of The Shadow Box Theatre. For 46 years her dedication and love of children, as well as her tenacious awareness that children are our future has driven her to keep SBT alive, vital and cogent. With the motto that Theatre Arts are a powerful tool to stimulate and motivate creativity, learning and the acceptance of differences as well as aiding complex problem solving in this diverse world of ours. She has written numerous musical puppet plays and sing alongs, 10 read-aloud books with Read-Along/move-along audios, produced CD's and videos, many teacher guides and articles, and received awards both individually and for the theatre. This was done with the help and creativity of hundreds of artists from all modalities. In addition she has taught hundreds of workshops nationally and internationally. She is the proud mother of 3 children and grandmother of 6, as well as the wife of Arthur Robbins, one of the founders of the Creative Arts Therapy movement.
(Booking and Operations Manager)
Raymond created and operates SBT's new reservations system. He oversees ticketing and reservations for school groups and individuals, and the general management of SBT's executive office. He was formerly administrator/director of NY Dinner Theatre (1993-2007) and artistic director of Theatre in the Schools, as well as an audio book narrator for Blackstone Audio and Hovel Audio. He is an active actor/director, poet, musician, and filmmaker.
Greg is a singer, songwriter, musician and performing artist - is The Shadow Box Theatre's Music Director and also performs with the company. He has been a core company member since 1989, creating memorable roles in "The African Drum," "The Firefly Star," and many other SBT productions. Greg also tours with SBT's "Storybook Theatre: Stories that Sing!" shows, serving as guitarist/performer.
A Special Thank You
This is a heartfelt "Thank You" from everyone at Shadow Box to Elaine Brand and Marlyn Baum who have been, between them, our administrators, fundraisers, educational director and, in effect, Jill of all Trades and part of the backbone of SBT for many years. Marlyn, after 20 years, moved into retirement in 2012 and we still miss her vital presence. Elaine, after being with us for 18 years, will be leaving at the end of the summer in 2013. It is hard to think of the office without her. They have both given years of dedicated, committed and loving service. In many ways they represented the face of the SBT administration to our many teachers, parents, funding agencies, etc. We have been very lucky to have had them.
Carol Prud'homme Davis
(Managing/Arts Education Director)
Carol joined The Shadow Box Theatre in January 2012. Ms. Davis received a MS in Administration and Supervision of the Visual Arts from Bank Street College/ Parsons School of Design. She brings a background of 30 years in arts education and administration, having created and implemented arts education, sports and health programming for day care through 12th grade. She has served as an arts education director, supervisor and coordinator with such NYC organizations as Cypress Hills Local Development Corp., Hetrick-Martin Institute (working with LGBTQ youth), TASC's ESL/Family Literacy Program. Carol danced professionally with such companies as Kathyrn Posin and went on to found and act as Artistic Director of "us Productions for 10 years. Berko Productions of Japanese PBS TV produced "Ms. Carol" as a celebration of her afterschool work. She was nominated for the Eleanor Roosevelt Award by Governor Mario Cuomo. At this time she is the resident Visual Artist for Peridance and the Sandra Cameron Dance Studio. Her work is the first permanent collection commissioned by American Contemporary Dance Museum.
Pope Jackson the newest member to the Shadow Box team, oversees all of the technical needs for the company. Additionally he assists in managing the marketing. Pope Jackson, a proud father and multiple award winning Harlem native got his start in production while still in junior high school. He completed his first award winning film while still attending high school. In 2001, Pope started his own Production & Design company ACTUATOR Incorporated as well as his award winning Design team, Onyx Arts.Extremely focused and always on the grind, Pope won the NY 48 hour Film Project in 2005, worked on a Grammy nominated album with Wynton Marsalis in 2006 and has Stage Managed at the World Famous Apollo Theater. During the Fall of 2009, Pope received recognition for educating about and advocating against the learned behavior of Domestic Violence through a Proclamation from the Mayor of NYC, Michael R. Bloomberg, deeming October 30th, 2009 the "Death of a Dream" day. During the Summer of 2012, Pope was honored with Citations from NY State Senator Gustavo Rivera, NY State Assembly Woman Vanessa L. Gibson, NY City Council Majority Leader Jose Rivera & NY City Community Board #6 for outstanding community service as an citizen, artist as well as for his company’s work in the arts. Building on his extensive technical knowledge of lighting and composition, as well as his capacity for team collaboration he has stayed busy designing, producing, directing, acting, & working on various stage plays, musicals, television shows, albums, radio dramas and films throughout the Country.
Elena started her career in Russia as an actress in two non-profit theaters-a Children's Musical Theatre, MIF, and an award-winning Francophone Theatre, Les Partisan. She was a Director’s Assistant on multiple productions for Russian and international theatre festivals. She was one of the founders of the Non-profit Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, which successfully provided opportunities for the wider development of non-profit theatre productions. After her active participation in theatre in Russia she decided to broaden her horizons by pursuing a career abroad. Gaining her MA in Theatre/Theatre Management from CUNY Hunter College, she became involved in various independent theatre and film projects. She was a production assistant for the International Fringe Festival, an administrative assistant for the Actors Movement Studio, and was one of the first performing artists who started the street theatre project, Treats. She joined The Shadow Box Theatre in 2013 to further utilize her skills and passions as a Production Stage Manager.