Meet The Instructors

Meet The Instructors

Tiana Christoforidis, Cultural Arts Director

Falling in love with theatre at age 3, Tiana Christoforidis has performed Off Broadway, with the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the New York Renaissance Faire, Lyric Theatre of New York, On Stage America (National Tours), The Lone Star Historical Drama and regionally in New York City, California, Florida and Africa. A theatre graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center, she has sung in various NYC nightclubs including The Duplex and West Bank Cafe, studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, HB Studios, Circle in the Square, Farnworth and Hauer, Phil Black Studios and with choreographers including Peter Gennaro and Wayne Cilento.

Tiana created Y ARTS and the Act Out Theatre School Program (acting instruction and production for students ages 3 through adult) at the Great South Bay YMCA in 1994, and is proud to be Cultural Arts Director directing and/or overseeing the acting as well as voice, dance, music, writing, Performing Arts Camps and various cultural events at the YMCA and at the YMCA Boulton Center.

Chris Rosselli, School Trip Coordinator

Chris has been performing, directing, designing, and musically directing on and around Long Island for the past ten years in various regional theaters. Chris has been an employee of the YMCA’s Act Out Theater School for the past six years, musically directing Act Out Productions in the fall and spring. He is also the Director of Performing Arts Camp Junior. He began teaching children’s acting classes at The Fantasy Playhouse, and has since worked as an instructor at The Stage Theater , Cultural Arts Playhouse, StageLight Entertainment, Sid Jacobson and Friedberg JCC’s, and The Long Island Cultural Arts Studios. Chris has Musically directed and Directed multiple productions at CM, The Spotlight Players, The John W. Engeman Theater, and The James Street Players. Chris is also the Vice President and Artistic Director of StageLight Entertainment, which is the resident theater company for The Babylon Citizens Council on The Arts.

Chris was nominated for three separate 2013 Broadway World Regional Theater Awards, including Best Director on Long Island, for his production of Sunday in The Park with George. Chris also has extensive credits as an designer, both lighting, sets, and costumes, including here at the YMCA, where he designs the sets for the Act Out Productions. As an actor Chris has appeared over 150 performances of the musical Godspell in three separate roles, in 14 separate productions. Favorite roles include: The Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Dr. Zubritsky in Fools, Manny Munonz in City of Angels, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum, Ellard Simms in The Foreigner as well as over fifty separate children’s theater productions including professional productions of both Go, Dog. Go! and Jack and The Beanstalk at The John W Engeman Theater. Past directorial credits include: Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, Victor/Victoria, Follies, Once on This Island, Smokey Joes Café, A Christmas Carol, Moon over Buffalo, Fools, Assassins, Beauty and The Beast and The Regional Premiere of The Toxic Avenger-musical.

The Act Out Theatre Program challenges and trains the young actor of ANY Level in a nurturing, positive, professional environment. Whether the student is exploring a new art form, honing a skill or following a dream, we hope to inspire and educate those who come through our doors with a true love and respect for theatre and an enlightened sense of self.

—Tiana Christoforidis, Director/Act Out Theatre Program,
Cultural Arts Director of the Great South Bay YMCA/Y Boulton Center