Our Staff

Committed to Arts Education

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Leigh Berenis

Executive Director

Leigh is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a double major in Directing and Performance. She has served as the Executive Director of Saratoga Children’s Theatre since 2015. In addition to many Director and and Choreographer credits, Leigh has worked for Broadway Teacher’s Workshop, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and Union, and Broadway Student Summit. She also currently co-owns RomCom Candles, a sustainable, all natural candle company!

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Noah Casner

Staff Member

Noah has been involved with Saratoga Children's Theatre for over a decade, first as a performer and later as an employee. He has served as a director of multiple shows and also teaches voice lessons for the company. He has also recently performed in Spa City Theatre's productions of Little Women and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.


He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is so thrilled to help instill a love of the arts in the next generation.

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Ryan Nolan

Staff Member

Ryan became involved with Saratoga Children's Theatre after joining a production put on by our sister company, Spa City Theatre. Since then, Ryan has found a family with the organization and everybody involved.

During 2020, Ryan began working for the company, teaching virtual classes related to coping skills and mindfulness, and how they relate to the performing arts. This complimented his full time career, where he works as a School Counselor in the Troy City Schools. Most recently, Ryan directed “Freaky Friday” with SCT during the 2021 summer season. He is truly thrilled to continue working with this company and for the future opportunities that await.

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Nicole Ecker

Staff Member

Nicole Ecker is a high school English teacher with a deep love and passion for education and theatre. She has been a part of the SCT family for the past few years, working behind-the-scenes on multiple productions and assisting various groups throughout the summer. She is also an assistant and co-director of Rising Stars, and a director of virtual and in-person classes; you can also catch her performing on stage with Spa City Theatre. Having not majored in theatre in college, Nicole found it difficult to participate in theatre when she longed for it the most. However, SCT continues to provide her a place to take part in the arts, whether it be through educating, working backstage, or performing. 


Nicole obtained a BA in Adolescent English Education with a minor in Creative Writing; she will also begin working toward her Master's in Special Education in the coming months. She currently resides in New Paltz, NY, and is always grateful to come home to Saratoga Children's Theatre.

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Spencer Boyce

Assistant

Spencer has performed with Saratoga Children’s Theatre since he was 7 years old. Now, as an Assistant, he has worked on shows like “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” and “Moana Jr”, as well as a slew of summer camps. He also Assistant Directed Spa City Theatre’s production of “Little Women” and Co-directed their production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Spencer plans to attend college in the fall of 2022 with a major in Directing/Playwriting, a passion that started at SCT.