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 36 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 18th 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 Billy Piscopo

Billy is a proud SICTA alumni, who has appeared in productions regionally, nationally and internationally. After attending Boston Conservatory for Musical Theatre, Billy went on to appear in leading roles across the NY & Tri-State area, and then joined the North American tour with Troika Entertainment's Jesus Christ Superstar as Dance Captain, followed by originating the role of Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever, for Royal Carribbean Cruise Lines.   Billy has been a teacher/director/choreographer for many years with the Staten Island Children's Theatre, most recently as Director/Choreographer for our production of Footloose, G2K Edition. in 2019.  

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 7 years.  

photo Marissa Terzino

Marissa Terzino - As a proud alumni of the Staten Island Children’s Theatre Marissa has been a teacher for 5-8 year old group for the last 5 years. Marissa has been a member of the Staten Island Theatre community since the age of 8, performing, choreographing and most recently directing, With local companies such as Hemlock, In The Wings & Seaview Playwrights . Some productions include Legally Blonde (Serena), Spring Awakening (Ilse), Reasons to Be Pretty (Steph) & Funny Girl (Fanny Brice). A former Miss Staten Island, she is currently the Director of Catering for Aramark at JPMC as well as a board member for 2 of the Island's amazing theatre companies. It is her absolute joy to share her love of theatre with so many wonderful children, especially her own son. 

photo Suzanne Fiore

Suzanne Fiore is a proud alumna of Staten Island Children's Theatre Association! She is also the proud daughter of their musical director, John Fiore. She is a proud graduate of LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art & the Performing Arts and The Boston Conservatory. Suzanne studied voice and performed in Italy at the Spoleto Vocal Arts Festival, was a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, a soloist at the Rose Theatre in Jazz at Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall. She toured the country with the national tour of Ragtime and Cameron Machintosh’s Oliver! She has been nominated for a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award for Best Female Cabaret Debut. She has performed at musical venues in Manhattan such as Birdland, Caroline’s, The Metropolitan Room, the Duplex, & most recently at The Laurie Beechman Theatre where she premiered her CABARET PHOTO GALLERY project. Suzanne studied photography at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington and she now owns and runs her photography business (Suzanne Fiore Photography) out of Manhattan & Jersey City.  

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 eight years. 

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. 

photo Elbi Cespedes

Elbi Cespedes is a proud SAG-AFTRA actor, current Senior Theatre Performance Major at Wagner College and a SICTA graduate, where he was a member for 7 years.  Throughout his time at SICTA, he was been a part of over fifteen productions, with favorite roles including Jud Fry in Oklahoma, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Bill Sykes in Oliver. He has worked professionally on SHOWTIME's Billions, commerical work for Radio Shack, and SAG-AFTRA background work for various TV shows and films. He plans to take all of the values SICTA has instilled in him throughout all aspects of his life.  Elbi currently teaches with our Young Rising Star (Ages 6-8) Program.

photo Kirsten Bleu Kaiser

Kirsten is a proud SICTA graduate of the class of 2017. Throughout her time with SICTA Kirsten played some of her favorite roles of all time. These include Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls". SICTA allowed her to meet her best friends in the world and find her passion for theatre. Kirsten is currently entering her senior year at Wagner College for a degree in Theatre Performance. She was mostly seen on Wagner's mainstage as Mary Robert in "Sister Act." 

photo Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth is a proud SICTA alumna. She is a graduate of St. John Villa Academy, where she was an active member of the drama club. Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Purchase College and is currently working towards her master’s degree in Childhood Special Education at The College of Staten Island. She is currently working as a substitute teacher in the New York City Department of Education. Elizabeth has also been working at the Staten Island JCC Day Camp since 2014, and is currently the assistant director of their 3-5 year-old division. She has performed in many local community theatre productions and has been teaching with SICTA since March 2019.