free musical theater enrichment                              Going Strong Since 2011!

About Us

Ellie Dubin
Founder, Director

brings theater to schools which have little or no funding for the arts. Ellie ignites imagination and confidence in her students and entire school communities through her imaginative English immersion experiences, and inspires students here and abroad to have an impact. Ellie has worked with children in the US, Israel, Costa Rica, and 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 got her BFA, Acting from the University of Texas, Austin, and is back in Los Angeles pursuing her acting career. Ellie is also a singer/songwriter. Ellie is grateful to Rachel Galen and her family who provided wonderful Kesem programs at Arlington Heights Elementary School while Ellie was in college. 

Ellie looks forward to working with students from Beverly Hills High School to keep providing Kesem musical theater workshops in 2019 and beyond!

Rachel Galen
Vice President, Assistant Director 2017

Rachel joined Kesem in 2015 to enable Kesem to continue its important work in Los Angeles when Ellie went to college in Texas. Rachel 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 implemented 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. Rachel is a freshman at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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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