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, 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. 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.
Holly Adair – Instructor
Holly Adair is an instructor for Joshua’s Stage at the Capitol School of Austin. She is a native Austinite. Holly attended Stephen F. Austin State University graduating with a bachelors in Theatre. She moved back to Austin where she worked at the Dougherty Arts Center as a theatre instructor for kids. Holly discovered her love for working with kids and is passionate about helping students with special needs. Holly is continuing her education in an ASL (sign language) Interpreting Training Program at Austin Community College. Holly enjoys sign language, children, dogs, theatre, arts and crafts and her dog.
Daniel Brantley – Program Coordinator, Site Director
Daniel has worked in various job fields including security, retail, childcare, and copy writing. He considers himself a jack of all trades and loves working with Joshua’s Stage. Daniel is our Site Director at the William’s Community School and he is our Program Coordinator. He loves a good story.
Brooke Conway – Site Director
Brooke has been working with Joshua’s Stage since January 2018 and recently graduated from the University of Texas. With a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, she plans to obtain a masters in Speech Language Pathology. Brooke loves working with children, eating pizza, and the color coral. Brooke is our Site Director at the Capitol School of Austin. When she is not working with children, Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and relaxing outdoors by the water.
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!
Alayna McNamara – Instructor
Alayna joined Joshua’s Stage in January 2019 after working primarily in STEM-based programming. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Biology and International Studies as well as a Master’s of Education in Learning Sciences from Indiana University. Alayna is interested in how arts-based and creative pedagogy can support STEM education for diverse populations, and she plans to start working toward a Ph.D. in the next few years. In her free time, she enjoys practicing musical improvised theatre, drawing video game characters, and spoiling her cat.
Laura Nagy – Instructor
Laura is a Joshua’s Stage summer instructor and a UT graduate in linguistics and speech pathology. She started participating in theater at the age of 13 and has had a love for arts and music since she was a child. Over her high school and college years, Laura has dabbled in technical theater, dance, ceramic arts, and crochet. She’s found that creativity is an important part of her life, and she enjoys helping others find this within themselves. Laura has worked with children of all ages and abilities over the last seven years, and recently completed an internship program at the Royal Institute for the Blind and the Deaf in Brussels, Belgium. She finds working with children to be engaging and challenging, and she is excited to be a member of the Joshua’s Stage team.
JoLynn Riojas – Instructor
Hi! My name is JoLynn Riojas, I am from a small town near Corpus Christi, TX. I am currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Speech Language Pathology and minoring in American Sign Language. I have two little sisters that have Autism and they are the reason I love working with this population. My sisters are my motivation every day. I love working with children and I am so grateful to be a member of the Joshua’s Stage Team.
Radiah Sadan – Instructor
Emma Stiles – Instructor