MEET THE TEAM

Kate Vander Linden

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Kate received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and immediately moved to New York City. Kate starred as Jovie in the First Broadway National Tour of Elf the Musical in 2012 and 2013, as well as taking part in many workshops of new musicals in the City, including new works by Kooman & Dimond, Joey Contreras, and Adam Gwon. She is a working actor, as well as a voice and piano teacher with a studio of over 50 students, an accomplished music director and accompanist, and theatrical director. She has music directed over 25 children's theatre productions in the Hudson Valley, and has blossomed BPAC's Babes and Kids programs. Kate is devoted to sharing her love of theatre and music with children and teens of all ages. Kate lives in Beacon with her husband Jake and puppy Teddy.

Jake Vander Linden

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Jake starred in the First Broadway National Tour of Ghost the Musical based on the movie starring Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, and holds many regional and NYC credits. He is an actor, director, improviser, and teacher, and holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Millikin University in Illinois. He has directed over 20 children's theatre productions in the Hudson Valley and teaches classes in scene study, movement, and improv. Jake is passionate about sharing theatre with young people, and is always blown away by how fast kids are able to grow in the arts!

Tim Grady

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Tim Grady is an artist based out of NYC. Recent performing credits include the Broadway National Tour of Elf The Musical, NY City Center, Radio City Music Hall, Maltz-Jupiter Theater, McCarter Theater, Riverside Theater, The Gateway and Ogunquit Playhouse. Tim co-choreographs the commercial break entertainment annually for the Tony Awards and is the red carpet correspondent for Actors' Equity Foundation and Backstage Magazine. He teaches master classes in musical theater jazz and tap in the Boston and Poughkeepsie area and is a proud graduate of Wagner College Theatre. Tim is also a freelance videographer at www.TimGradyFilms.com

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