The Great Neck Library: Main Branch
159 Bayview Ave, Great Neck, New York 11023
Open 3pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday
3pm-Midnight Friday
6pm-Midnight Saturdays
(516) 466-8055 ext. 216
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            Youth Services Coordinator

Adam is psyched to be working with teens at the Great Neck Library and Levels. He has now had the good fortune of working and performing with several pit bands for Levels shows, and helping to get the word out about all of the awesome programs at Levels. When not at work, Adam is either playing baseball with his kids or playing drums with Badinba, an Afro Caribbean inspired group that performs throughout New York City.

            Levels Manager

Jamie LaGasse has always loved libraries. Her first job was as a page in her local library, where she worked for eight years. She received her BA in English from St. Joseph's College, and her MS in Library Science from Long Island University. Jamie previously worked as the Head of Youth Services at the Shelter Island Public Library and as the YA Librarian at the Wyandanch Public Library. She is very excited to be working at Levels, and considers it to be her dream job. In her free time you can find her either curled up with a good book, playing D&D with friends, or giving her dogs surprise-attack-hugs!

            Assistant Director & Theatre Program Coordinator

Barry has been a theatre artist for nearly three decades and has been working with teenagers since 1992. He became assistant director of Levels in November of 2000. As an actor, he has appeared in over 80 stage productions, and in several films, most notably playing the role of Elvis Presley in the midnight "cult" film The Return of the King? (no, not the one with the hobbits). He is also a playwright, director, filmmaker and award-winning poet. However, Barry is probably best known for his work as a puppeteer and character designer, whose puppets and masks have been seen in many NYC theatre productions including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Hope & Anchor, Screaming Shrubbery, Uktena, Feast of the Dead, Funny as a Crutch, The Steampunk Haunted House and Unauthorized Magic in Oz. Barry and his creative partner Tanya Khordoc are Co-Artistic Directors of Evolve Company and have been fixtures in the NYC indie theatre scene for more than a decade. Their work together includes Evolution, Secrets History Remembers (featured at the 2009 Puppeteers of America National Festival in Atlanta, Georgia and the Great Small Works 10th Annual International Toy Theater Festival), The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Robot, The Taste of Blue, Becoming, Mercy and The Most Radiant Beauty: An Einsteinian Collage. Barry and Tanya were also given the honor of directing, designing and performing the world premiere of former Czech President Václav Havel's play Motormorphosis for Untitled Theatre Co. #61's internationally acclaimed Havel Festival. They were awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant for the development of Home, a fusion of theatre, music and puppetry that was most recently presented at Dixon Place in downtown NYC. Finally, Barry has been inside the "Audrey II" plant in so many productions of Little Shop of Horrors that he's starting to sprout leaves.

            Audio/Visual Program Coordinator

Michael has been the Video Instructor, and Producer of LTV since July of 1996. His background in the field is extensive, having broad corporate and educational video experience. He also produces freelance projects for such companies as Covenant House and Weight Watchers through his own production company Pro-Am Partners. Michael is a recipient of a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award for producing the CUNY Cable series Cultural Connections.

            Art Program Coordinator

Gabrielle was influenced by art at a young age. She attended the Huntington School of Fine Arts and the Art League of Long Island throughout her school career. She proceeded to follow into fashion design by taking advanced sewing and draping classes at Saturday Live at FIT. She taught elementary art and violin classes at the South Huntington Summer program before taking a semester abroad to Florence to study drawing and Renaissance Art. She obtained a BFA in Fine Arts and minored in Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. While attending, she was trained in figurative and abstract painting, drawing, and sculpture. She also learned the art of printmaking, bookbinding, jewelry fabrication, silk-screening, and fabric painting. Before working at Levels, she worked for five years at the Huntington Public Library as a page in the Youth and Parent Service Center.

            Artistic Associate

Jonelle frequented Levels during her high school years, and credits a production of Rocky Horror Show (’02) for sparking her acting interests. Since then, she’s obtained a B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College, the other windy city, and has appeared in regional theatre, Off-Broadway theatre, commercials, voice- overs and indie films/shorts. She also continuously takes classes in NYC, working with artists like Lisa Rothe and Cotter Smith (google them, they are AMAZING!). She is currently a part of SAG/AFTRA, and uses her insurmountable love for acting and performing as fuel to learn, to pursue, and to teach! You can find her here, at the amazing Levels, and at The Port Washington Children’s Center as the Drama Director! Aside from acting, Jonelle also thoroughly enjoys cooking, boxing, yoga, knitting, playing guitar, being overly positive, and binge watching Scandal.

            Music Program Coordinator

Matt has been a musician since the age of ten, when he stopped annoying his parents by banging on the table and took up annoying the neighbors by banging the drums. Since then he has played in innumerable bands, ranging from orchestral to heavy metal, and has taught drums for over 15 years. He has played in venues ranging from dive bars to grand theatres to Disneyland Paris. In recent years, Matt has taken up the ukulele to follow in his father's ever-growing obsession. He holds a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Popular Music from the University of Huddersfield in England.

Levels...we do that.