Rent School Edition - January 18 - January 21, 2018

Riverdale Children's Theatre

 Crew Who's Who 

  • Derek Woods

    (Director)-Derek and wife Becky Lillie Woods founded The Riverdale Children's Theatre in 2010. Since then RCT has produced over 40 full stage productions, touching the lives of hundreds of families in the Bronx and beyond. He is extremely proud to have been named the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Throggs Neck St. Patrick's Day Parade, in honor of his commitment to the Bronx.

  • James Merillat

    (Musical Director) is delighted to be working with RCT, having previously acted as music director for Sister Act, 42nd Street and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and spent several memorable summers working on the staff for RCT's Summer Lights. In addition to Music Directing, James is also an award winning writer/composer and a proud member of the Dramatist's Guild.


  • Krystal Hall-Glass

    (Choreographer) -is 

recognized by the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as one of its "notable alumni", Krystal-Hall Glass appeared on Broadway in "The Wiz" and has toured nationally and internationally as a principle dancer. She became the first African American graduate from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a MFA in Performance/Teaching.

  • Ethan Newman

    (Lighting Designer) - received his M.F.A. in theatrical lighting design from the University of Missouri - Kansas City,  Ethan has numerous regional credits as a lighting designer, assistant lighting designer, and master electrician. His most recent works as an LD include Newsies at Centenary Stage, Rocky Horror Picture Show and MLK to this Day at NJPAC

  • Maria C Byers

    (assistant Director) -is excited to make “Rent” her third RCT show! She graduated with a BFA in drama from NYU. She recently choreographed "The Little Mermaid," "13," "DIY Nutcracker," "Bye Bye Birdie," and "Curtains"! Maria is passionate about theater education and also teaches at Young People’s Theater Workshop where she will choreograph “Hello,Dolly” in the spring!

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