The Young Shakespeareans
ALISON KORMAN Artistic Director / Founder
Alison is an entrepreneur and classically trained actor who, after working in Mexico and Senegal, returned to New York City's Metropolitan Opera and 92nd Street Y before founding her own arts management company, Korman+Company. During 25 years procuring and producing $5 million annually in still photography, she simultaneously performed off-Broadway and in various theatrical venues abroad. Living in Los Angeles since 1997, she has served as an Account Director for the Taproot Foundation, performed for hundreds of schoolchildren with the LA Assistance League’s Nine O’Clock Players, and began teaching Shakespeare to Title 1 elementary school children in South Los Angeles in 2009. She conceived the idea for The Young Shakespeareans Program in 2010, officially founded the organization in 2017, and has developed its curriculum in the conviction that unleashing the awareness and potential of Title 1 public school children transforms their lives while serving the broader community. Alison continues to perform in theatre, film and television. She received her degree in Special Education and Foreign Language from Washington University in St. Louis.
of John Adams Middle School
MARY ELIZABETH CAVERLY
Mary holds a BA in Theatre and Dance, has toured as an actor/stage manager/set builder/make-up artist in children’s theater, teaches Scene Study, and is also a gifted Visual Artist whose recent work has been exhibited in the San Gabriel Valley and garnered private commissions. She joined The Young Shakespeareans in 2017 coaching students in Acting, Text, and Movement as well as creating sets and costumes at West Vernon Elementary School, helmed TYS’ Inaugural Benefit in September 2018, co-directed "Romeo & Juliet" at Normandie Avenue Elementary School in 2019, helped produce TYS' 2019 Benefit production of "Romeo's Midsummer of Macbeth", and co-directed"Romeo & Juliet" at West Vernon Elementary School in Spring 2020 prior to the rude interruption of a worldwide pandemic.