Treehouse Shakers

Treehouse Shakers
Hatched, BAM Fisher, Hillman Studio

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Meet Our Company Members: John Noel

John Noel in Treehouse Shakers' Hatched, Photo Credit By Christopher Duggan
Tell us about yourself and how did you become a part of Treehouse Shakers? How long have you been with the company? What is your role(s) with the company?

I auditioned for Treehouse Shakers about 4 years ago. I was auditioning in a room full of dancers that were clearly better than me, and I felt so sure walking out of the room, that I didn't get the part. Apparently though, I had the best "Moo." I've been performing in Treehouse Shakers' show for the very early years, Hatched, ever since. I play a farmer, a rooster, baby birds, and you guessed it... a cow.  We are now working on a stage adaptation of the book, The Boy Who Grew Flowers, in which I will be playing the lead, Rink Bowagon. Honestly, couldn't be more excited!
John Noel as the Farmer in Hatched, 2016, Photo Credit Christopher Duggan
What has been your favorite role to play?
The rooster for sure. You get to crow real loudly and generally be kind of a jerk. But like, a fun jerk.

Tell us about a favorite audience moment you’ve had as a performer.
When the kids say goodbye to all the puppets like they are their new best friends, it gets me everytime. When they come back a year, or even years, later and remember the show and still love it... that's my absolute favorite.
John Noel as the Rooster in Hatched, Also featured Katie Montoya & Miranda Wilson

What makes Treehouse Shakers work unique or different than other companies you might have worked with?
Treehouse Shakers never makes work that talks down to children. Or underestimates them. They make good theatre. Period. I've seen Under the Tangle multiple times, and I feel like even as an adult I see something new every time.

What does it mean to celebrate 20 years with Treehouse Shakers?
I'm in awe. I can't even believe I get to associate myself with this company. All the years of work and creative energy is just so amazing to me. To last 20 years is incredible. To have this amazing body of work, connection to the community, and commitment to making it work is what makes Treehouse Shakers so special.
Hatched on Tour at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, NY
Featured: John Noel (Top Row)
Katie Montoya, Miranda Wilson and Travis Blackwell (Bottom Row)

About John Noel
John Noel has been performing since he was nine years old. At thirteen he was accepted to the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Connecticut to study acting. Then he moved onto the Hartford Conservatory to study further study theater. Favorite roles include Hatched, The Boy Who Grew Flowers, Horatio in Hamlet (American Theatre of Actors), Andrei in Three Sisters (Onomatopoeia Theatre Co.),  Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (13th St. Rep.),  and Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men (CityShow). He’s also toured the country with Poetry Alive! Read More at www.john-noel.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Summertime Bucket Lists

Fire Island, NY 
Every summer, since my daughter was little, we've made a family bucket list of activities and goals to enjoy. The bucket list is a great way for us to make sure we achieve all of our favorite activities. Like most mothers, I love the summer break, but I also find the break to be a balancing act. It becomes challenging to work from home, accomplishing the daily chores of child rearing, while addressing childhood boredom. Making the list creates an exciting blueprint for the summer, that we can both look forward to.

Some of the activities on my daughter's list were:
  • Going To American Girl Doll Store
  • Fire Island Vacation
  • Going To The Beach
  • Sewing Lesson with Patti Gilstrap
  • Learning Spanish
Hair Styling at American Girl Doll Store, NYC
I am proud to say we accomplished her list. Including her sewing lesson. Since kiddo was six years old, she's had sewing lessons with Patti Gilstrap. Patti, is an incredible costume designer in New York City and the co-owner of Home Ec and Flirt. She's also Treehouse Shakers' longtime puppet and costume designer. This summer they made a doll, a sister to the cloth doll that was made last year. My daughter also expressed interest in learning Spanish over the summer. Since my Spanish is limited, I ordered 52 Weeks of Family Spanish by Eileen McAree, and several workbooks. This has been an outstanding activity we've added to our daily routine. We also are seemingly getting better at deciphering Spanish-Speaking New Yorkers' conversations on the bus. But the best highlight of my daughter's summer was getting her ears pierced and having her hair styled at the American Girl Doll store. We couldn't have chosen a better place to have her ears pierced, and absolutely loved the stylist. What a magical memory this will always be.

New Jersey Shore, 2018


Mine were similar, but also included:
  • Do Something Fun & Unexpected
  • Visit Lemon Ice King of Corona, Queens
  • Have A Picnic
  • Take a few days at New Jersey Shore
For something fun and expected, that seemed to happen multiple times. We were fortunate to have been given tickets to experience Arthur Ashe Kids Day at U.S. Open, which we followed up with a family trip to the Lemon Ice King. I also took the ferry to Governor's Island to listen to poetry with a dear friend, and caught up with friends for lunch or coffee while daughter was in a week-long camp. Our family traveled to the New Jersey shore for a long weekend away, where we soaked up long walks, favorite eateries and of course days on the beach. Back in NYC we had multiple picnics in our local neighborhood park, a great way to enjoy weekend lunches.

I feel fortunate to live in a city that embraces the arts, culture, fun, and so many interesting and city-supported activities. With only a few days left until the start of school, we simply have one more activity to cross off our list (spending the day at NYC's South Street Seaport.) It's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. Here's a cheer to another fun-filled and adventurous season of summer.

Playing in the Unisphere Fountain, after a day at U.S. Open

*Photo Credits, Mara McEwin iPhone7



Monday, June 11, 2018

Meet Our Company Members: Spencer Wilson

Miranda Wilson (Left), Spencer Wilson (Right),
Following Under the Tangle at Performing Arts Center at Purchase, NY

Tell us about yourself and how did you become a part of Treehouse Shakers? How long have you been with the company? What is your role(s) with the company?
I am an actor, singer, and dancer hailing originally from Kansas City, MO. I was lucky enough to work in theatre professionally as a growing kid in K.C., and moved to NYC in 2010 for college. I continued another great four years at Marymount Manhattan College while also performing around the city. I studied musical theatre with emphasis on Tap and Fosse dance styles. My sister Miranda Wilson (also a company member) put Treehouse Shakers on my radar many years ago and finally at last in 2017, I auditioned and joined the company. I am an understudy for the dance-mystery Under the Tangle and an original cast member for the new show The Boy Who Grew Flowers. Besides performing I enjoy seeing theatre, central park, and a big bowl of pasta! 


What has been your favorite role to play?
I loved playing the Boy in Under the Tangle because it was a challenge for me physically, which was a big challenge, but so far I am loving originating the characters in The Boy Who Grew Flowers because it is wonderful to add my stamp onto this original piece and have space to play and create.

Tell us about your favorite audience moment you've had as a performer.
When I understudied for the Boy in Under the Tangle it was my very first performance with Treehouse Shakers. There were certain moves and dances that proved challenging, therefore my first performance of "Tangle" in front of an audience made me quite nervous, however after the performance my sister (Miranda) and I stood and greeted all the children who fell in love with the characters and wanted to tell us their interpretation and love for the story they just saw.  As someone who was extremely nervous and anxious to be sure I performed correctly, the kids excitement and dedication to wanting more from the characters and story was perfect.  Knowing that a Treehouse Shakers show might influence someone's mind is very fulfilling.  
Treehouse Shakers' Full Company at the 2018 THS' Annual Benefit
Left to Right: Ashley Ervin, Trey Mitchell, Ashley Chavonne, Emily Bunning, Mara McEwin, Spencer Wilson, John Noel, Miranda Wilson & Katie Montoya

What makes Treehouse Shakers work unique or different than other companies you might have worked with?
Treehouse Shakers is a great place to create new things, and nothing is out of bounds.  We can try different movements or scenarios and having that artistic freedom and working together as a group is a very therapeutic and fulfilling scenario to join. This world of creating and manifesting is a wonderful thing to pass along to the children we dance for, showing them that creativity and art can last a lifetime.  We are all adults in the company but every rehearsal its almost like a group of kids excited and happy and hungry to make something beautiful and new. 

What does it mean to celebrate 20 years with Treehouse Shakers?
I'm the baby of the group having just joined a year ago. For a while I didn't know if Treehouse was a good fit for me because I doubted my own dance ability to do what I had seen Emily and Mara create. Treehouse challenged me in the most amazing way and I always leave rehearsals or shows feeling so happy. I'm grateful to be able to help continue the storytelling that Treehouse Shakers has done for twenty years.

Anything else you would like us to know?
Treehouse is a great place to join, and for those hours we are together each week, we get to create and laugh and add something to the great fabric of New York theatre. Thank you Emily, Mara and the entire company for letting me join this wonderful company! Happy 20!

About Spencer Wilson


Spencer Wilson (Understudy) is celebrating one year as a member of the Treehouse Shakers family! A graduate from Marymount Manhattan College for performance and musical theatre, Spencer has been an actor, singer, dancer and model performing in and around NYC for eight years including opportunities with Lincoln Center, the York Theatre, and Theatreworks USA. www.spencer-Wilson.com Instagram @wilson_spencer

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Introducing Treehouse Shakers' Relaxed Performances

Beginning May 12, Treehouse Shakers' will present our original piece, Olive & Pearl at BAM Fisher, Hillman Studio. Olive & Pearl is our continuing effort to make high-quality performance work for the very young. The piece is geared towards ages 2-5 years old and their families. Treehouse Shakers is excited to announce that for these performances we will include Relaxed Performances. These performances will be part of our commitment to making our work accessible to all. Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a less restrictive audience environment, including those with sensory processing conditions, Autism, and learning or intellectual disabilities.

Katie Montoya as Olive in Olive & Pearl. Photograph by Christopher Duggan.
Olive & Pearl tells the story of a young girl, Olive, who is raised by her Granny, Pearl. Centered on thematic elements of home, and what a home means, young audiences are invited into a cozy and gentle world, rich with sensory experiences. The story follows Olive throughout her day, as she is affectionately taken care of by her grandmother. Granny Pearl builds fires, warms tea, makes meals, has a comforting lap to tell stories on and safe arms to rock Olive to sleep. Throughout their day the characters play, go on an imaginary journey to the moon, sing songs, and dance. Puppets, who reinforce the imagery of home, create additional characters; there is a mouse in its hole, and a fish in its water bowl and fairies in their fairy tree. Home is not only the structure of one’s house, but the place one longs for to feel safety, love and warmth.  Magical, visual, stimulating, and oftentimes funny, Olive & Pearl is performed through beautiful puppetry, dance and an original live music score inspired by melodies of Bluegrass, Irish Fiddle, and traditional lullabies. A first introduction into live theatre, Olive & Pearl is both a mirror and a window, for the very young child, into what is the meaning of home. 
Miranda Wilson & Katie Montoya in Olive & Pearl. Photographer, Christopher Duggan

At its heart, theater is about inclusion. Since the beginning of producing work for young people, Treehouse Shakers has been committed to serving families and students from low-income and underserved populations. Incorporating the Relaxed Performance (RP) model helps us to continue our commitment to serving all children. It is truly up to us, the performing arts community, to expand our definitions of inclusivity, equity and diversity, and shape the dialogue and actions around making theater for all. For our relaxed performance versions, will seat less audience members with individual seating of grass patches, made out of comfortable, furry fabrics, with tied knots that children who need to fidget can easily twirl and adjust. The performance itself is gentle, created with large moments and movements for those who have difficulty processing or following emotional cues. We will have a "Chill Out" room outside of the theater, with a monitor for children who would like to follow the show without other audience members. Our ushers are all trained in the RP model. Being sensitive to the needs of audiences, allows our work to be inclusive, equitable and impact a greater number of young people and families. Looking ahead, we will continue to add more relaxed performances in our upcoming seasons. For now, I hope you will join us in May.

Olive & Pearl, photographer Christopher Duggan

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Meet Our Company Members: Katie Montoya


Tell us about yourself and how did you become a part of Treehouse Shakers? How long have you been with the company? What is your role(s) with the company? I heard about Treehouse Shakers from an audition posting. When I researched the company I could tell it would be a great fit for me and was so excited to be welcomed into the company. This is my 6th season performing with Treehouse Shakers.
Katie in Olive & Pearl at BAM Fisher. Photographer Christopher Duggan
What has been your favorite role to play?
I've had so much fun being apart of the making of Olive and Pearl. Playing Olive is all about being young and just having fun, and it's such a blast sharing the stage with wonderful performers like Miranda and Anthony.

Tell us about a favorite audience moment you’ve had as a performer.
One of my favorite audience moments is playing the lamb in Hatched. The audience loves to feed the baby lamb her bottle, and there's always lots of hugs for Lambie. There's so much gentleness and true compassion in the kids when they meet the lamb, it's very endearing to be apart of that moment.
Katie Montoya with Lambie at Ailey Studio Theater, Photographer Christopher Duggan
What makes Treehouse Shakers work unique or different than other companies you might have worked with? The best thing about Treehouse Shakers' work is its originality. Mara and Emily make shows that they would love to watch themselves and each performance shows off their imagination and creativity while encouraging the audience to use their own imaginations.


Katie in Under the Tangle, Photographer, Christopher Duggan
What does it mean to celebrate 20 years with Treehouse Shakers? I'm so happy to see that a company like treehouse shakers has had so much influence on the children and schools of New York City for so long. They have been a steady presence in the arts and education world for young audiences and will continue spreading their magic at a time when audiences need it most.
Anything Else You would like us to know? I'm so grateful to Mara and Emily for making Treehouse Shakers a family. They lead together with grace, friendship, and love and it truly shows in the work we produce as a company. About Katie Montoya

Katie Montoya is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico and attended the University of California, Irvine where she received a B.A. in dance and drama in 2011. Her studies took her to many parts of the world, including Ecuador with Dramatic Adventure Theater in 2009, and Ghana, West Africa in 2010 where she studied both traditional and contemporary African dance with the Ghana Dance Ensemble.  She is currently in her fifth season with Sarah Berges Dance, a bicoastal modern dance company. Other company credits include Arcos Dance and Beth Soll and Company.  Montoya recently became a certified Pilates instructor under the instruction of Roberta Kirschenbaum. She is very grateful for her early training at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico. Katie is thrilled to be performing her 6th season with Treehouse Shakers touring in all of their current repertory.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Meet Our Company Members: Miranda Wilson

Tell us about yourself and how did you become a part of Treehouse Shakers? How long have you been with the company? What is your role(s) with the company?

I am an actor/singer/dancer/puppeteer originally from Kansas City, MO and now a proud resident of New York City for the past 12 years.  I was at a gathering at a friend’s apartment in August of 2010 and I met Amber Ford and we hit it off. We were talking about all sorts of creative things and it came up that she was part of a dance-theater company that focused on work for young audiences. I was very intrigued. She then said, “We’re actually currently looking for understudies. You would be perfect. You actually look just like one of the founders!” She passed along my info, I came and joined a rehearsal and read through some parts, and the rest is history! It has been an incredibly rewarding and artistically fulfilling 7 years with the Treehouse Shakers and I am now a proud performer in each of the shows in the repertoire. I can be seen as Hatch in Hatched, Granny Pearl in Olive & Pearl, Queen of the Lost in Under the Tangle, Little Red in Let's Talk About IT!, and as one of the actor/narrators in Coyote's Dance, Animal Rhythms, and Desert Travels. And I am extremely excited to start working on the next show, which will premiere in 2019, The Boy Who Grew
Flowers
.

Miranda Wilson (Left) in Hatched, with Cast Members John Noel & Katie Montoya (Photo by Christopher Duggan)


What has been your favorite role to play?
Each of the roles that I play are so different, I don’t think I can claim a favorite! Each role is my favorite role at the time I’m playing it.  Hatch is wonderful because I get a chance to utilize my marionette skills and the moments of interacting with the very young audience members is such a special and unique experience. Granny Pearl is an opportunity to do some specific character work and an Irish accent. The show is so incredibly heartwarming and as it is only a 2 person show (well 3 – our guitar playing gnome, of course), it is really is a special thing to share the stage with Katie Montoya (who plays Olive) each time we do it…her work is a joy to watch in the show. Queen of the Lost is probably the most challenging role in my Treehouse repertoire. I love the role because of that. Having something that challenges you and stretches you as a performer is a gift to be given and I’m so appreciative of Emily taking the chance on me to let me perform and develop that role. As being more predominately an actor, the dancing in this show was a challenge I loved.  I think I will have to say my favorite role to play is as a Treehouse Shakers company member and I am so incredibly thankful for all the opportunities Emily and Mara have provided me to perform.
Miranda Wilson as Queen of the Lost, Under the Tangle (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

Tell us about a favorite audience moment you’ve had as a performer.
Oh my goodness…way too many. When you have a show like Hatched where you interact with the audience all the time, the stories really add up.  We could probably write a coffee table book of all the funny, touching and sometimes strange audience moments that come out of that show! Most recently, we performed the show at a school in Bronxville and at the end of the show, a teacher with a little girl came up to me. The teacher told me that throughout the whole show, the only thing the little girl wanted to know was my name. So I knelt down and I introduced myself. She told me her name, we talked for a brief moment, and then she ran to her teacher “My new friend’s name is MIRANDA!”  After one performance of Olive & Pearl, there was a little girl who did not want to leave because I reminded her of her granny. The mom finally pried her off my lap and told her it was time to go home. “Okay, granny. Come on. It is time to head home!” This was one of our first performances of the show, and I knew we had tapped into the right feeling of this character, the show and that the young audiences would relate. I have recreated the “Moon Dance” with many a child after these shows, and that is also a really special moment. After our performances of Under the Tangle at GK Arts Center last year, I had two young girls come up to me to ask me why my character was so mean to the Little Girl. Was I her mother and if so, why was I so mean? We had a long conversation about how sometimes when you’re young, the things that your mother does or says may feel mean to you in the moment but what she is really doing is to help you learn, grow, and protect you. When you have a perspective on that as you get older, you realize she was just looking out for you after all. And that is truly part of the journey of the Queen of the Lost and the Little Girl in the labyrinth. Their eyes got really big, they thanked me, and as they were walking away they made comments about how they needed to talk to their moms. It was a moment where you realize how powerful art can be when translated into real life. 
Miranda Wilson (Right) with Katie Montoya in Olive & Pearl (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

What makes Treehouse Shakers work unique or different than other companies you might have worked with?
Thoughtfulness. Thinking outside the box. Dedication to quality art. The work that Treehouse Shakers does is quality work that does not talk down to the young audiences for which it is performing. To that end, the young audiences have a more fulfilling experience when watching the performances. Treehouse has a show for every age range from 0-18 and are constantly adding more to insure that there is a piece out there for whatever young persons need it. They are thoughtful creators. They are also extremely thoughtful to their performers. We feel like a family, we feel taken care of, and we feel respected. We as performers never feel taken advantage of because, even if it is just a small gesture, Emily and Mara do their best to make that gesture. This is a company that truly feels like an ensemble. I am about to embark on my 4th collaboration with them as a company member and I am thrilled because each time it is such a special opportunity and challenge to have as a performer.

Miranda in Hatched (Photo by Christopher Duggan)
What does it mean to celebrate 20 years with Treehouse Shakers?

What an incredible opportunity to be a part of such a special company! As someone who has also recently started their own theater company, I look at Emily and Mara and the Treehouse Shakers with absolute awe and respect for surviving this crazy non-profit arts world for 20 years! The drive and tenacity that these two women have is an absolute inspiration to me. The 20th Anniversary gala this year was so special and if you have not watched the video that was put together for that, you MUST check it out because you can really see the incredible journey this company has had up to this point. It is not an overstatement to say that I am a PROUD member of this company.  Mara and Emily always joke about how we’re not allowed to leave the company.  And while, you know, at some point, when I’m 60 years old, it may be REALLY difficult for me to dance on that ladder as Queen of the Lost in Under the Tangle, but otherwise, it is so special to know that they have created such a home for us and we have an artistic outlet for life. And hey, at 60, I REALLY will come into my own as Granny Pearl.

Anything Else You would like us to know?
When I came in for my very first audition with Treehouse Shakers, which was September 15, 2010 (I just looked it up in my email), I had the chance to sit in a circle with all of the company members who were there that day for rehearsal and chat. As we were going around, everyone was either from Missouri, or had gone to school there, and at that moment, I thought to myself “I think I’ve found a new home in NYC.” I have never lost that feeling. Thank you, Mara. Thank you, Emily. Thank you for creating an artistic bubble for us actors and dancers to have a home in NYC where we get to create and do quality work and make a difference in the lives of our young audiences. Everyone from the incredible Treehouse Board to the lovely interns that intermittently come and work with you are here to support you and are lucky to be a part of this company. Happy 20th Anniversary!

About Miranda Wilson
Miranda Wilson has been a proud company member of Treehouse Shakers since 2010 and can be seen in all of the current Treehouse repertoire. A native of Kansas City, MO, Miranda graduated with her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. As an actor, singer, dancer, and puppeteer in New York City, she performs in a wide variety of performances across the city. Most recently, Miranda appeared in the critically-acclaimed cabaret, The Rise and Fall and Rise (again) of Martha Stewart, which performed to sold out audiences at Joe’s Pub as well as in Los Angeles.  Other favorite roles include: Liz in the world premiere of Every Good Girl Deserves Fun (and other misremembered things) with Clutch Productions, Inc. www.clutchproductionsnyc.com; Lucy in Three-Day Hangover's Dracula; Anderson Cooper and Kim Richards in the critically-acclaimed cabaret, Watch What Happens Live On Stage (NYC and LA); and as Anna Wintour's Assistant in the popular cabaret Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion (NYC, LA, Philadelphia). Miranda has also starred in a new short film, How You Are to Me, which will begin hitting the festival circuit this spring, and as the lead in the psychological thriller, The Eve, which one her a Best Actress award for her work. www.mirandanoellewilson.com 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Meet Our Company Members: Trey Coates-Mitchell

Trey Mitchell with Ashley Chavonne in Under the Tangle

Tell us about yourself and how did you become a part of Treehouse Shakers? How long have you been with the company? What is your role(s) with the company?  


I am a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, and clown living in New York City.  I have been with the company for six years.  I was working on a new play in New York when the playwright told me about Mara and all of the incredible work being done by Treehouse Shakers in both introducing theater to young audiences and also using theater as a vital educational tool.  I was initially hired to be Farmer/Rooster in Hatched (for ages 0-6) and Wolf in Let’s Talk About IT! (for 13+) and then went on to be a part of the creation of Under The Tangle as Bird Boy. 



What has been your favorite role to play?

Honestly, this was tough.  Rooster has quite an inner monologue going on…but I am going to have to say Bird Boy, in Under The Tangle. My base training is in acting, so the dance requirements of this show have definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone. However, the best part is the synergy the five of us have together when we are telling this story. Building this production with Emily Bunning, the choreographer, and this ensemble has been so incredibly challenging and rewarding, and I feel unbelievably proud of the world we have built together.

Treehouse Shakers' Cast Post-Show Let's Talk About IT! (Show for 13+)
Tell us about a favorite audience moment you’ve had as a performer.

When Bird Boy stumbles upon Little Lost Girl near his tree, there is a great scene between the two of them that eventually lures both of these characters closer and closer to the labyrinth.  The power of the labyrinth eventually pulls them inside the adventure that lies ahead.  In deciding who will be the leader of this mission, Bird Boy holds council, not realizing Lost Girl has already entered the maze.  He nominates himself the leader, and asks for all those in favor to say “Aye.”  The theater space was exciting and cavernous, with hundreds of students in attendance that day.  And in that one moment, they all responded to Bird Boy with enthusiastic “Ayes” echoing and filling the space.  They were instantly on the team, a part of the journey, and they figuratively entered the labyrinth with us.  It is in those moments that we can all feel the true power of theater and its ability to transport our minds and
hearts.

What makes Treehouse Shakers work unique or different than other companies you might have worked with?

Treehouse Shakers lives in the heart of creative town, right at the corner of young audience at the intersection of theater, dance, and imagination. The stories are built from the ground up, with a little seed of an idea becoming a fully realized artistic experience for audiences of all ages.


What does it mean to celebrate 20 years with Treehouse Shakers?

Trey with audience members during Hatched
I cannot help but feel incredibly honored to be a small part of Treehouse Shakers’ impressive twenty years of work.  Twenty years signifies perseverance and purpose, and it is clear to me the impact the company is making in the world.  This work is in important, and to see the clear voice and mission built over this time is truly an inspiration.


Anything Else You would like us to know?

Treehouse really has changed my life. I plan to spend all my years on this Earth creating theater that matters, and I learned this passion from working with this company of inspirational artists. I will be forever grateful.

   
Trey Coates-Mitchell is a New York City based Choreographer, Director, and Teacher, he has been a company member with Treehouse Shakers for 6 years. A Virginia native, he graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts before receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University.  Trey's acting career began on the road portraying Frank Lippencott in the National Tour of "Wonderful Town" and as The Cat in The Hat in "Seussical."  Regionally, he was seen as L.A. in "Gypsy" at North Shore Music Theatre (starring Vicki Lewis) and as Posner in the regional premiere of "The History Boys" at Northern Stage Company.  New York credits include "The Drowsy Chaperone" at The Gallery Players (Winner of four New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Best Musical) and as Trevor in "The Jungle Fun Room" (New York International Fringe Festival). Currently, Trey is the Director/Choreographer of “Sam’s Room”, a forensics rock/pop musical experience, with Music by Mark C. Kay and Caitlin Marie Bell, with a book by Dale Sampson.