Lacey Madden - Founder, Lead Instructor
Founder Lacey Madden grew up in Westchester and studied musical theatre at Emerson College in Boston before graduating from the New York Film Academy with a degree in acting for film. Lacey has been a music teacher in Manhattan for four years and performed in numerous children’s theatre productions throughout the world, including The Magic Tree House, The Jungle Book and Ella the Elephant. Lacey started The Pineapple Explorers Club to offer both parents and children a fun and educational environment in which to spend time together and play.
Teal Martin - Lead Instructor/Spanish
Lead instructor Teal Martin is originally from Oregon and received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College. In the summer months during her time at Emerson, Teal toured the U.S. with Missoula Children's Theatre as an actor & director. She comes from a family of teachers, and has taught music, dance, theatre, and preschool classes for over ten years. Teal is the Producing Director of DreamStreet Theatre Company, a non-profit that provides training and performance opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. She is also the Associate Producer of the Broadway-bound musical Dangerous. Teal grew up in a bilingual school environment from the age of six and is fluent in Spanish. She has performed, translated, and taught in the language. Teal is thrilled to now also be teaching the Spanish Immersion Pineapple Explorers Club classes!
Kaitlin Ferrara - Business Development, Instructor
Kaitlin Ferrara received her B.A. in Dance and Theatre from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She has performed with the singing harpist group The Strings of Tara when she was young, and she has since had the opportunity to perform at numerous tri-state area venues, including Westchester Broadway Theater, White Plains Performing Arts Center and Carnegie Hall. Kaitlin began exploring educational theatre as an intern at the Bendheim Performing Arts Center in NJ and Standing Ovation Studios in NY. She is now the co-creator of an independent piece called Expression Through Movement and Action, a workshop that explores the fundamentals of dance and drama therapy. She is excited to work with the Pineapple Explorers Club!
Mariah MacFarlane - Instructor
Mariah is a Massachusetts native who graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While in Boston she taught at Boston’s Children’s Theatre as their summer and fall program director for ages 6-13. Her love of teaching comes from her father who has been a high school theatre teacher for 28 years at Duxbury High School. She has lived in New York for 5 years where she is pursuing her career in Musical Theatre, working at regional theaters such as Maine State Music Theatre and Westchester Broadway Theatre. She has also played and taught piano and oboe lessons for 10 years to ages 5 through 65 and continues to play on her own throughout NYC.
Morgan Kirner - Instructor
Morgan is originally from South Jersey and graduated from The Boston Conservatory. She is an actress based in NYC with her favorite credits including A Little Night Music at the Huntington Theatre Co, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along. She also has performed in The Little Mermaid at Paper Mill Playhouse and at Theatre By the Sea. Morgan recently wrote and performed in her own solo cabaret at the Duplex. Music has been a part of her life for as long as her youngest students, and loves to share the joy of their first musical experiences with them.
Katy Corbus - Instructor
Katy Corbus hails from San Francisco, where her love of music and the arts started early. Inspired by old movie musicals and Shirley Temple, she took up theatre and began studying dance, singing, and acting at a young age, and continued on through college, receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Katy has been a camp counselor, stage manager and music director for children and has had the pleasure of passing on her love of the arts to future generations in many ways, and is thrilled to add Pineapple Explorers to the list!
Olivia Rubbo - Instructor
Olivia is a recent graduate from Emerson College’s BFA Musical Theater program. In addition to her performance background, she has extensive childcare experience over the past nine years working with all age ranges. Olivia has also worked at an Equinox Gym Daycare where she had the opportunity to care for and play with large groups of children. This past summer, she coached high school students at Emerson Pre-College Musical Theater Program. Olivia is excited to engage all Pineapple Explorers with what she does best, playing pretend and having fun!
Kyle Adkins - Instructor/French
Kyle Adkins is a theatre artist and educator from Orlando, Florida. He received a BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida, and has worked professionally as an actor, director, musician and playwright. His plays for young audiences have been performed at hundreds of schools around the state of New York. He is a member of the Dedicated Performing Arts Team at The American School in Switzerland and is the Music Director and Script Supervisor for Echoes, an original variety show and writing competition for middle school students produced by the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. He is excited to bring his passion for arts education to the Pineapple Explorer’s Club!