Misty Irwin - Co-Founder, President, Board Member, Musical & Artistic Director
Misty Irwin co-founded Next Generation Theatre in 2009 with the ideal of opening a not-for-profit theatrical ministry aimed at giving kids a chance to have professional training in performing arts while enriching the community and sharing the love of Christ with the world. Misty has been involved in music and all aspect of theater for over 30 years, as has been teaching music for over 20. She attended Word of Life Bible Institute where she majored in Music and Bible, then furthered her education at Tennessee Temple University where she majored in Music Education and Performance with proficiencies in both voice and piano. She has taught a home school chorus with the Training Ground and also teaches private voice and piano lessons. In her spare time, she home educates the younger 5 of her 8 children. On top of her work at Next Generation, Misty has previously directed and musically directed close to 20 shows at Christian schools, dance studios, and community theaters. She is described as an accomplished musical, artistic, and stage director with demonstrated success in choral, musical, and stage productions, and has worked with diverse elementary, middle, and high school student populations. She is also recognized for a high degree of infectious energy and enthusiasm as well as promoting a collaborative theater experience that builds teamwork and a sense of accomplishment among all students and staff. She looks forward to getting to know you and your student soon!
Anastasia Pembrook - Choreographer & Assistant to the Director
Anastasia is excited to share her talents with the students at Next Generation Theatre. She has studied dance since her early childhood and has also previously choreographed many shows for kids in the Rochester area. In addition to teaching theater and dance, she is also an actress and appears onstage frequently in variouss productions in the Rochester area. She is currently a musical theatre major at Nazareth College.
Jennie Clement - Treasurer & Board Member
Jennie Clement has been serving Next Generation Theatre, Inc. with her money skills since 2012. She handles our tuition, ads, budgeting, rent, banking, poster/ticket/program costs, apparel costs, ticket sales, and helps our small business apply for grants so that we may continue to grow! She also helps out with registrations and emergency medical releases to ensure that our students are safe and have current information on file in case of an emergency. We are eternally grateful for the support and hard work Mrs. Clement provides for our company!
Leanne Polvino - Registrar, Volunteer Coordinator and Board Member
Leanne Polvino joined Next Generation Theatre in 2012. She utilizes her extraordinary organizational skills to handle all administrative aspects of the productions. Leanne is the organizational ying to Misty's creative yang. She handles registration, paperwork, and all volunteer
coordination once rehearsals begin.
coordination once rehearsals begin.
Lynn Galenza - Costumer
Lynn Galenza expressed an intrest in joining the Next Generation Theater creative team as soon as she heard of its revamp and its mission. She has previously costumed shows such as "Alice in Wonderland", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and "Pirates of Penzance" and has also volunteered her time and talents to other non-profit theater organizations in the area. We are very excited and blessed by her enthusiasm to costume our shows here at Next Generation!
We love volunteers! You dont have to be a professional seamstress, builder, painter, or makeup artist to help make our Next Generation productions a success. We appreciate even the simplest of volunteer jobs, as they make our shows the best they can be! To inquire about volunteering, please contact Misty Irwin at 585.678.6484. Thank you!