Head and Heart

The Student Leadership Program

Head and Heart

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre  [map]


Our truths hang in that balance.

It’s said that the brain isn’t fully developed until age 25, but the battle for the mind is ongoing. Logic demands the clearcut fact, the rational guide. Emotion fights for the untamable colors, a raw feeling, an intuition. So how do we, as young people, navigate the tension of logic versus emotion that is prevalent in everything we do? Brought to you by an all-female team, Head and Heart explores this question, searching for our most authentic selves through a balance between the two.

Laurel Ledesma (Stage Manager)

Laurel Ledesma a rising third year at New York University, and is thrilled to be Stage Managing for NYMF this summer! She is pursuing a Drama major, with a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology, and has spent two years studying with Playwrights Horizons Theater School. This past year she has acted, lighting designed, and stage managed five shows within her program, and she plans to study abroad in London this Fall.



Chloe Geller (Musical Director)

Chloe Geller is thrilled to be the music director for the NYMF Student Leadership Program! She studies music composition at New York University, focusing on musical theatre writing. NYU credits include “Next to Normal” (MD, SoHo Playhouse), “[title of show]” (MD, PHTS), and “ONWARD” (AMD and Co-Arranger, Tisch New Theatre). Last summer, Chloe worked as the Music Direction intern at Pittsburgh CLO and is a member of Goodspeed’s Music Direction Intensive class of 2019.



Chelsea Thiessen (Casting Director)

Chelsea Thiessen is very excited to be involved with NYMF this summer as the casting director for the Student Leadership Program! Next year Chelsea will be entering her senior year as a musical theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Post graduation Chelsea plans on pursuing a career as a casting director and is so grateful for this opportunity to be introduced to that side of the business.



Mackenzie Engeldrum (Producer)

Mackenzie Engeldrum is thrilled to be joining a team of passionate artists serving as the producer for the NYMF Student Leadership Program! She studies theater at the University of Southern California. Recently, she stage managed a student-written show and participated in an original immersive theatrical piece, now premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She has also worked and performed at the Bay Street Theater and the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Long Island.



Miranda Cornell (Director)

Miranda Cornell is a new graduate of Vassar College (BAs in Drama and Education) and is so excited to be working with NYMF this summer! Her directing work has been seen at FringeNYC, The Kraine, Access Theater, NYSAF/Powerhouse, and Vassar College. Additionally, she co-founded and served as the Artistic Director of Semicolon Theatre Company. Up next: Directing/Producing Apprentice at McCarter Theatre Center for the 2019-2020 season. For credits and more information: www.mirandacornell.com



Joyce Lee (Marketing Director)

Joyce Lee is excited to be participating in this year’s NYMF Student Leadership Program as the marketing director! A New York University rising senior, she majors in Media, Culture, and Communications. She is passionate about uplifting stories and creators from marginalized communities across many intersections of identity. She is a producing intern at Hypokrit Theatre Company. Previous theatre marketing credits include “Spring Awakening” at Irondale Center and “Holy Day” at the New Ohio Theatre.