Neighborhood Playhouse


Board of Directors

  • Robert Fraina - President, Director

  • Doris Blum Gorelick - Secretary, Director

  • Robert J. Benowitz, Esq.

  • Michael B. McCulley, J.D.

  • Shannon McMahon Lichte
  • Pamela Moller Kareman

  • Heather Randall

  • Steven Rogers
  • Tom Stewart


  • Eli Wallach - Board Member Emeritus 1915-2014
  • Marian Seldes
 - Board Member Emeritus 1928-2014
  • Harold G. Baldridge ~ Executive Director Emeritus 

Advisory Council

  • Ashlie Atkinson

  • Sandy Faison

  • Brian Geraghty

  • Michael Gennaro

  • Christopher Meloni

  • Dylan McDermott

  • Chris Noth

  • Nola Safro
  • Sherie Rene Scott

  • Mary Steenburgen


Pamela Moller Kareman - Executive Director

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Pamela Moller Kareman, a born and bred New Yorker, has worked in the theater for many years as a director, producer, actor and educator. After two seasons directing and acting in a comedy group at The Manhattan Theater Club’s cabaret she became the artistic director of New York’s Acorn Productions. During her tenure with Acorn she produced numerous shows in New York, including an acclaimed revival of JP Miller’s The Fox.

From 1997 to 2014 Ms. Kareman was the artistic director at original The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, New York where she has directed and produced over 40 successful productions. While at The Schoolhouse Ms. Kareman nurtured new playwrights and unearthed little-known gems by renowned writers, as well as presented some of the great American classics. A number of productions directed by Ms. Kareman were moved to Off-Broadway theaters, including Ingmar Bergman’s Nora, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, S.N. Behrman’s Biography. During her tenure as artistic director The New York Times recognized that the theater “has evolved in credibility, professionalism and stature” and called it “Westchester’s sole claim to consistent professional theater.”

Recent off-Broadway productions include Elaine Del Valle's award-winning Brownsville Bred as well as Helen Edmondsun's critically acclaimed The Clearing which were both produced at 59E59 Theatres.

Ms. Kareman has a strong background in theater education. She has taught The Meisner Technique throughout New York City for over twenty years, most recently at The Kareman Studio at Carnegie Hall. 

Currently Ms. Kareman serves on the board of directors of The Neighborhood Playhouse, Theater 808 and is a member of the drama department advisory board at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (the ‘Fame school’). Ms. Kareman serves on the Commission on Accreditation  for the National Association of Schools of Theatre. She is also a proud member of the professional director’s union, SDC. Ms. Kareman is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre where she studied with Sanford Meisner.


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Junior School Director

  • Carmen Lamar Daehler

Reception Staff

  • Edwin Alexander
  • Natalie Mayne
  • Melissa Tabakian
  • Christina Toth

Maintenance Staff

  • Celso Norales Building Manager
  • Leonardo Lam Asst to Mr. Norales
  • Nubia Enriquez Housekeeping


Contributions to The Neighborhood Playhouse Inc. may be sent directly to the school at:

340 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
Attn: Executive Director

All contributions to The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, a non-profit institution, are tax-deductible. A receipt will be issued for income tax purposes.