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, Site 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.
Daniel Brantley – Program Coordinator, Instructor
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. He loves a good story.
Brooke Conway – Site Director, Instructor
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. When she is not working with children, Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and relaxing outdoors by the water.
Laura Nagy – Instructor
Laura is a Joshua’s Stage instructor at the William’s Community School and a UT student studying 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 new member of the Joshua’s Stage team.
Paula Chavez – Instructor
Paula joined William’s Community School the summer of 2018. She has worked with students with disabilities for 18 years. Paula has a dog named Lizzy and in her spare time she likes to workout, dance, and stay at home and watch movies. Paula joined Joshua’s Stage as an awesome instructor. She brings joy and hard work to the team!
Tinette Phan – Instructor – photo and bio coming soon