Susan Galardi’s focus for the camp is working as vocal coach, basic singing instruction, helping shape and write the play the kids will perform, and directing. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Manhattan School of Music (Vocal Performance), Susan is a singer/actor/songwriter/playwright and a member of Actor’s Equity. As a performer, Susan was cast as the lead in many off-Broadway musicals and opera workshops in New York. She performed her original one-woman show, directed by Betty Buckley, in NYC and the Hamptons.
In the Hamptons, Susan was cast as Miss Maudie in the Equity production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the Bay Street Theater; read leading dramatic roles in Naked Stage productions at Guild Hall; and played a leading role in her original children’s musical, WHO IS NATALIE SPOO?, for which she wrote the book, lyrics and music for the 10-person musical. Susan also wrote book/lyrics/music for her musical LIVING PROOF, produced three times in New York City to critical praise. In the area of improv/comedy, Susan appeared in many pre-taped sketch comedy spots on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Comedy Central.”
“The sheer fun of improv comedy and acting exercises, or learning a song or developing a short theater piece, engages children in problem solving, creative thinking, and collaboration. Through simple character study, they walk in someone else’s shoes and gain insight into themselves and others,” says Galardi.
At Bay Street Kids Theatre Camp, Bethany Dellapolla leads improvs and acting exercises, and teaches all dance and choreography. She received her BA in both Theatre Performance and Radio/Television Production from SUNY New Paltz. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education (Birth – 6), and is set to graduate in May with honors. She is a proud member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Regional and NYC Acting Credits include: FOR NO GOOD REASON (Margie), WORKING (Delores Dante), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Olive Ostrovsky), CABARET (Frenchie/Lady #2), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Romaine, et al), COMPANY (Jenny), RUTHLESS! (Lita Encore), VAUDVILLE FOLLIES (Dancer), THE NEW WORLD (Featured Vocalist, NYC) and THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST (Popeye, NYC).