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Board of Directors

  • Robert Fraina - President, Director

  • Doris Blum Gorelick - Secretary, Director

  • Robert J. Benowitz, Esq.

  • James G. Hirsch
  • Matt McCoy
  • Michael B. McCulley, J.D.

  • Shannon McMahon Lichte
  • Pamela Moller Kareman

  • Heather Randall

  • Steven Rogers
  • Tom Stewart

In memoriam

  • Eli Wallach 
  • Marian Seldes

  • Harold G. Baldridge  

Advisory Council

  • Ashlie Atkinson

  • Sandy Faison

  • Brian Geraghty

  • Michael Gennaro

  • Christopher Meloni

  • Dylan McDermott

  • Sherie Rene Scott

  • Mary Steenburgen

Pamela Moller Kareman - Executive Director

Headshot of Executive Director Pamela Moller Kareman standing in front of  a banner with the Neighborhood Playhouse Logo.

Click here to watch interview with Ms. Moller Kareman

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 The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, New York where she 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.”

In 2012 Ms. Kareman succeeded Harold G. Baldridge as the Executive Director of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and in 2014 resigned her position as Artistic Director with The Schoolhouse Theatre.

She continutes to direct professionally and recent off-Broadway productions include Elaine Del Valle's award-winning Brownsville Bred as well as Helen Edmundsun's critically acclaimed The Clearing 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.


  • Elizabeth Dow - Admissions | Office Administrator
  • Sandy Faison - Industry Liaison | Producer | Outreach
  • Lauren Cherubini - Senior Development Officer
  • Anthony Reimer - Admissions | Financial Aid | International Student Affairs
  • Paula Gregorio - Financial Aid | International Student Affairs
  • Bruce Bluett - Executive Assistant

facilitator & licensed clinical social worker

headshot of facilitator Yao Obiora Dibia looking to the upper right.

  • Yao Obiora Dibia, LCSW, ACSW

Yao Obiora (he, him, and his) is a social work clinician, health and human rights advocate, and practitioner of healing centered experiences, and social justice. His forty years of post-graduate experience as a social worker has spanned many movements and causes. This has included developing, training and supervising the first ear acupuncture based program aimed to treat addictions at Lincoln and Harlem Hospital in New York City. Advocating and developing the first comprehensive housing program in the nation for persons with HIV/AIDS. Whether working with youth, adolescents; the mentally able; sexual assault survivors; substance disorders; and others. Yao Obiora has been afforded the opportunity to be with dynamic, dedicated people and exciting, innovative modalities and programs. Such as Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Alternatives to Violence, Social Presencing Theatre, Soul-Centered Therapy, Focusing/Embodied Listening, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), Hakomi (Mindful and Somatic Based Therapy), Indigenous Focus Oriented Therapy (IFOT), and other trauma informed models.

In 2004 an initiative to educate and bring awareness to male sexual assault survivors was funded by the New York City Council. Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital’s Crime Victims Treatment Center was the prime mover in this effort. Yao Obiora gives presentations and training to community-based groups, agencies and organizations, and professional service providers. In addition to increasing awareness of the sexual abuse of boys and men he provides individual and group psychotherapy. A most exciting project is the partnership with Alliance of Families for Justice’s Self Knowledge Circles and the development of Songa Mbele (an initiative focusing on Young Men of Color and trauma/violence). He is an active member of ABSW; NASW; New York State Men as Allies Coalition; New York State Crime Victims Academy (Instructor); National Acupuncture Detox Association Board of Directors; and the Cures not Wars/Harm Reduction Working Group. He is a former member of the Male Survivor Board of Directors. And an active participant with the South-South Institute on the Victimization of Men and Boys, based in Cambodia. Recently he has begun collaboration with Reciprocity, an organization dedicated to providing wellness programs to LGBTQ youth.

Yao Obiora lives in the vibrant Dominican enclave of Inwood/Washington Heights across from the Old Dutch Dyckman Farmhouse in Northern Manhattan, with his cat, Gutta.

Librarian and Archivist

  • Whit Waterbury

Junior School Director

  • Carmen Lamar Daehler

Admissions Team

  • Emily Cohen
  • Samantha Herrera
  • Ian Marshall
  • Daniel Mazzarolo
  • Matt Surges
  • Luisa Tascone

Reception Coordinator

  • Christina Toth

Maintenance Staff

  • Leonardo Lam, Maintenance
  • Derrick Duemler, Maintenance Assistant