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, and he is an assistant adjunct professor at Austin Community College. Joshua is the President of Joshua Levy Educational Consulting, LLC, and he is the proud author of The Creative Outlet Method Book of Creativity: At-Home Activities for Children with Special Needs. Joshua 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, Instructor
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. He is currently pursuing training as a Registered Behavior Technician. He has been with Joshua’s Stage since the summer of 2017.
Amber Dixon – Site Director
Amber is from Houston Tx. Amber has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas State University. Amber is currently in Graduate school for Professional Counseling at St Edwards University. Amber absolutely loves working with children since she had her first job as a preschool school teacher. Amber has experience at residential treatment centers working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or psychological disorders. Amber loves the idea of using music, theatre, and dance to help children build confidence, self-esteem, and life skills. She is super excited to be a part of the wonderful organization, Joshua’s Stage.
Jen Mattson – Site Director
Jen began her career on the stage at age 11. She’s a former student of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, and lived and worked there for several years. She holds a Masters in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis. She’s also a professional chef, and enjoys working with clients of all abilities to build life skills, confidence, and create self-esteem. Jen’s lovely daughter, Lucy, was diagnosed with ASD in 2003 and continues to be the joy of her life. Jen is passionate about the power of the arts to teach social skills, community, and improve self-worth. She is so proud and excited to join Joshua’s Stage and its fellowship of merry makers. We’ve got “Magic to Do”!
Tatum English – Instructor
Hi ! My name is Tatum English I was born and raised in the Austin area and graduated from Cedar Park High School in 2014. I grew up working with special needs children in my mom’s classrooms over the years and really enjoy this population of kids! I went to many theater camps in my childhood and love art and music. I’m really enjoying incorporating all of these interests in Joshua Stage!
Donise Tran – Instructor
Hello! My name is Donise Tran and I’m from Wylie, TX (a suburb of Dallas!). I graduated from Wylie High School in 2018 and I am currently pursuing Neuroscience (BSA) and Linguistics (BA) degrees at UT Austin. Outside of school, I love to paint, watch movies, and read lots of books. I am a total music nerd and have been playing the saxophone, ukulele, and piano for over 10 years now. You might also catch me at UT football games in the Longhorn Band! I am a very enthusiastic believer in the fact that music and other forms of art help to enrich children’s lives and enhance their creativity. I’m so excited to join this organization and put my passions to good use!
Having a blast of fun . . .