Our Staff

photo Rosemarie Callahan

Rosemarie Callahan has been the President and Artistic Director of the Staten Island Children's Theatre for over 25 years. She has been the Director of our 9-18 Year Old program, for 35 years. Under her direction, the theater has produced over 100 productions and workshops for children ages five through eighteen.  A veteran community theater actress, Rosemarie was a theatre major at Wagner College and went on to perform multiple leading roles in all of the Island's top theater venues. Rosemarie's family is rooted in theater, and she continues to perform and produce with both her husband Ed, and daughters Melissa and Katherine. Rosemarie was recently a 2015 recipient of the Captain Randall Community Service Award at the Neptune Ball at Snug Harbor Cultural Center for her continued service for the youth of Staten Island, and winner of the 2015 Minty Award for Community Enrichment.   

photo Melissa Callahan Rivas

Melissa is the program coordinator for our Young Performer's Programming. In her 18th year as program coordinator, Melissa teaches our youngest students through creative drama, song study and musical performance. A graduate of New York University, where she studied Education and Educational Theatre,  Melissa is also in her 17th year as an elementary educator with the New York City Department of Education. A lifelong performer, Melissa has appeared in many productions across the Island since the age of seven. Melissa works with Creative Drama, 5-8 Year Old and 9-18 Year Old Programs at our North Shore Location, where she has directed over 20 productions.

photo Rebecca Sciannameo

Rebecca Sciannameo is a proud graduate of Staten Island Children's Theatre where she performed for over 10 years. Rebecca graduated in May 2013 from Emerson College with her B.A. in Theatre Education. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chair for Educational Programming for The Minty Awards, which recognizes and honors the students in the NYC High School Theatre Departments. Rebecca is a teacher of Ages 5-8 at our North Shore Location.

photo Jessica Lucchesi

Jessica is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. Music. Jessica is a graduate of the Staten Island Children's Theatre Association and has been studying voice for 15 years. She is an avid member of Staten Island community theatre. Jessica has been a SICTA staff member for the past seven years. Jessica is a head teacher with Ages 5-8 at our South Shore Location.

photo Jessica Caracciolo

Jessica is a proud SICTA alumni, and a graduate of Ithaca College where she starred in many musical, dance and TV performances.  Jessica is an active member of numerous Staten Island Theater organiations.  She most recently performed as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Elle in Legally Blonde, with In the Wings Productions.  She is an active board member of the Minty Organization and co-host of their annual awards show.  Jessica has choreographed and directed with SICTA for the past 6 years.  South Shore 5-8 Year Old Teacher/Creative Drama North Shore.

photo Billy Piscopo