Joshua Levy, Founder and Executive Director
Growing up Joshua wrote stories, designed puppet shows and composed rap songs with his sister, directed plays, sang in musicals, worked on set design, and performed in plays. He started working with special needs children while in middle school and high school. Joshua has lived in Austin, Texas since 1998, and for eight years he taught special needs children at the elementary and high school levels, and he served as an assistant principal at an elementary school and at a high school. Following his career in public education Joshua was with Pearson in State Assessments for nine years including positions as a project manager, a test development manager, and a program manager. Joshua’s Stage is the product of Joshua’s combined experiences and passion for enriching the lives of individuals with special needs. In addition to overseeing and conducting programs for Joshua’s Stage, Joshua teaches informal classes for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs) at the University of Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Nebraska, a Masters of Educational Administration from Texas State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas. Joshua is married to his wife Lori, and they have two beautiful children and two dogs.
Josh Durkin, Operations Director
Josh Durkin is the Operations Director for Joshua’s Stage. He was raised in Plano, Texas and moved to Austin in 2015. Josh grew up helping his mom and dad raise his two younger brothers. In middle school, he worked in the Partners P.E. Program, which gave him the love for working with special needs students. Josh loves teaching love, compassion, and empathy through music and constant praise. Josh is also an instructor for Joshua’s Stage programs including 9-weeks sessions, after-school programs, summer camps, and workshops. Additionally, Josh is the lead teacher at the William’s Community School Saturday Respite Care Program. He is currently pursuing training as a Registered Behavior Technician. He has been with Joshua’s Stage since the summer of 2017.
Kyrsten Withem, Marketing Director
Hello, my name is Kyrsten Withem, and I am the Marketing Director for Joshua’s Stage. I have been working with children with all abilities for 9 years. I have worked in various environmental settings including classroom settings, small group instruction, and one-on-one tutoring. The learning environments included clinical settings, home intervention and community, and public elementary schools. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and I have completed graduate courses in Autism. I am certified as a Registered Behavior Technician. I currently help market and brand Joshua’s Stage The Creative Outlet Method™. I am known as the autism whisperer.