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About Us

CEO and Founder

Ellie Dubin is the founder and CEO of Kesem. She develops ideas for bringing theater to schools which have little or no funding for the arts. In doing so, Ellie not only ignites imagination and confidence in her students and entire school communities through her imaginative English immersion experiences, but she inspires students here and abroad to have an impact. She has worked with children in the US, Israel , Costa Rica, and most recently in Italy (summer of 2016). Ellie is the winner of several awards for her philanthropic work, including the National Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award recognizing teens making extraordinary impact benefitting society.  In addition to working on her own acting craft, Ellie enjoys singing and song-writing. See links below.  Ellie attends University of Texas, Austin, in its BFA Acting program.

Vice President

Rachel Galen is the Vice President of Kesem.  Rachel joined Kesem in 2015 to enable Kesem to continue its important work in Los Angeles.  She coordinates all aspects of the production logistics with local administrators and assembles and manages a high school student staff, to bring musical theater workshops to elementary students in Los Angeles. Rachel is looking forward to implementing a full scale musical production at a school in Los Angeles spring of 2017.  In addition to her Kesem work, Rachel is an accomplished dancer, having studied and performed with community and  school dance companies.  She is also a leader of her school's student government, and serves as the Vice President of the local education foundation's teen advisory board.
Los Angeles Staff 2016, 2017

Rachel Galen - Director

Los Angeles Staff  2015, 2014 and 2011

Ellie Dubin - Coordinator
Tristan McIntyre - Co - Director
PJ Goolsby - Co - Director
Rachel Galen  - Assistant Director, Choreographer
Sadie Katz - Assistant Director
Roman Zaragoza - Assistant Director
Paloma Bloch - Choreographer, Tech Assistant
Katie Schindelheim - Assistant Director, Acting
Israel Staff

Sophie Galant - Assistant Director, Assistant Producer

Sophie was instrumental in designing and implementing a Kesem program in Israel.  She worked with Ellie Dubin to run auditions, choreograph song selections, teach dance, run rehearsals, and help direct the final production. 

Costa Rica Staff

Kelly - Assistant Director
Ellie's Work
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