Casts and Teaching Artists
Shadow Box casts begin with a key ensemble that has been with the company for many years.
This includes actors, musicians, puppeteers, and choreographers who have become part of
the SBT family. In addition, each year we hold auditions. We strive to build a multi-ethnic
ensemble both for the children in our audience to identify with role models and to see diversity in
action. We look for performers who have a special interest in working with children. It takes a unique
kind of talent to hold the attention of, charm, and enchant a theatre full of young children.
Even after the show, our casts remains "on," as they come down from the stage and mingle and interact with the children.
Our storytelling artists and workshop leaders also include people who have been with SBT for years,
although we are always on the lookout for new talent in these areas as well. The ability to reach out
creatively to children is of course an essential quality in all these individuals, as is experience in
working in the NYC school system.
Our talented artists include singers and musicians who perform gigs and
record with jazz ensembles and other groups in the U.S. and abroad, and actors and
puppeteers who regularly perform with some of the cutting-edge, downtown theatre companies of NYC
Sandra Robbins (Executive/Artistic Director)
Sandra Robbins is the founding Artistic/Executive Director of The Shadow Box Theatre. For 46 years
her dedication and love of children, as well as her tenacious awareness that children are our future
has driven her to keep SBT alive, vital and cogent. With the motto that Theatre Arts are a powerful
tool to stimulate and motivate creativity, learning and the acceptance of differences as well as aiding
complex problem solving in this diverse world of ours she has written numerous musical puppet plays and sing alongs, 10 read-
aloud books with Read-Along/move-along audios , produced CD's and videos, many teacher guides
and articles, and received awards both individually and for the theatre. This was done with the help and
creativity of hundreds of artists from all modalities. In addition she has taught hundreds of workshops
nationally and internationally. She is the proud mother of 3 children and grandmother of 6, as well as
the wife of Arthur Robbins, one of the founders of the Creative Arts Therapy movement.
Carol Prud'homme Davis (Managing/Arts Education Director)
Shadow Box Theatre in January 2012. Ms. Davis received a MS in Administration and Supervision of the
Visual Arts from Bank Street College/ Parsons School of Design. She brings a background of 30
years in arts education and administration, having created and
implemented arts education, sports and health programming for day care
through 12th grade. She has served as an arts education director,
supervisor and coordinator with such NYC organizations as Cypress
Hills Local Development Corp., Hetrick-Martin Institute (working with
LGBTQ youth), TASC's ESL/Family Literacy Program. Carol danced professionally with such companies as
Kathyrn Posin and went on to found and act as Artistic Director of "us Productions for 10 years. Berko
Productions of Japanese PBS TV produced "Ms. Carol" as a celebration of her afterschool work. She was
nominated for the Eleanor Roosevelt Award by Governor Mario Cuomo. At this time she is the resident
Visual Artist for Peridance and the Sandra Cameron Dance Studio. Her work is the first permanent
collection commissioned by American Contemporary Dance Museum.
Elaine Brand (Administrator) has been with SBT since 1995, originally as publicity director
and since 1998 as administrator. She has a law degree from Fordham University, and served as an
Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan for six years. She later was with the press office of The
Joffrey Ballet for several years. At SBT, Elaine wears many hats and books the touring musical storytellings,
and does the company bookkeeping, in addition to being administrator.
Raymond Todd (Booking and Operations Manager) created and operates SBT's new reservations system. He oversees
ticketing and reservations for school groups and individuals, and the general management
of SBT's executive office. He was formerly administrator/director of NY Dinner Theatre
(1993-2007) and artistic director of Theatre in the Schools, as well as an audio book
narrator for Blackstone Audio and Hovel Audio. He is an active actor/director, poet,
musician, and filmmaker.
Greg Alexander (Music Director)
singer, songwriter, musician and performing artist - is The Shadow
Box Theatre's Music Director and also performs with the company. He has been a core
company member since 1989, creating memorable roles in "The African Drum," "The
Firefly Star," and many other SBT productions. Greg also tours with SBT's "Storybook
Theatre: Stories that Sing!" shows, serving as guitarist/performer.
Kimberlee Monroe (Performer)
a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatics Arts is very
proud to be performing with The Shadow Box Theatre for ten years, a theatre that brings so much joy to every
child and adult that walks through their doors. Sandra Robbins has a special talent in making
every child feel special and loved by experiencing her stories.
Ms. Monroe has performed with many theaters in New York City. She was last seen in "Ayre"
a one woman show by Louise Mike for which she received a Audelco nomination for Best
Solo Performance. In the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players production of "Nobody Knew Where They Was"
she won the 2011 Audelco Award for Best Leading Actress. She performed Off-Broadway in
Melvin Van Peebles "Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death" and Layon Gray's
"All American Girls" which she performed at the National Black Theater Festival
in North Carolina. Kimberlee performed in Paris France production of Melvin Van
Peebles "Sweetback - A Street Opera. This summer she was in the short film "The Girls of Summer" written and directed by Layon Gray.
Kimberlee would like to thank God and her family for their love and support. She would also like thank
Sandra Robbins for allowing so many beautiful children to touch her life while performing with Shadow Box all these years.
Allison Bayles (Production Manager)
received her BFA in Theatre Stage Management from Webster University.
She has been stage managing in New York for 5 years. Former Stage Management credits include:
The Last Night I Spent (EXIT ART/Trickster Theater), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (The Ohio Theater),
Black Angels Over Tuskegee (Off-Broadway) and Shrunken Heads (Peter Jay Sharp Theater) to name a few.
Christie Love Santiago (Box Office Manager)
Christie has been with Shadow Box Theatre since April 2012.
She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Hartwick College. Upon graduating, she
began working as a Stage Manager for Manhattan Children's Theatre and
currently serves as their Production Manager, a position she's held since 2008.