Stephanie is a seasoned theatre maker with 20+ years of experience. A graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy and Russell Sage College, she excels both on and off stage. Most recently she has started to engage in various roles on and off screen in film productions. Stephanie also leads the fundraising and events committee at Creative Action Unlimited, leveraging her diverse skill set to enhance the theatre's programs. She currently works as a Contract Management Specialist for NYS.
Frederick is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) providing consultation, counseling and psychotherapy to patients in the Capital Region. Frederick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling through SUNY Plattsburgh. Frederick lives with his partner and 3 children in Albany.
Sara Paupini By day, Sara is an attorney for the NYS Office of Mental Health and proud pet mom to Puccini and Nala. She is so honored to have been involved with The Climb and Sides and is proud to work with Creative Action Unlimited as we continue to develop important original work.
Jae Gayle is a former South Bronx high school history teacher dedicated to creating platforms for advocacy and expression of marginalized voices. At metacocomom.com, she investigates the legacy of American Slavery on parenting in the Black community; inspired by her exploration into gentle parenting as the mother of three beautiful souls.
Michael A. Lake, is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been working in theater in the Capital Region for 14 years. Michael is from Schenectady, NY, attended the John Sales School of Fine Arts at SHS, majored in Theater Performance at Schenectady County Community College, and Multimedia Design at The Art Institue. He was a co-founding member and Producing Technical Director of Will Kempe’s Player’s (2017-2022) and is the Master Carpenter and Rigger at EMPAC.
Sara Melita worked at the NYS Theatre Institute for 25 years as Theatre Arts School and Internship Program Directors. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and Elementary Education, an MA inEducational Theatre, and an MFA in Change Management. Sara has performed in professional, college and community productions for nearly five decades.
Tony Pallone brings an extensive background in journalism to the Creative Action Unlimited board, aligning his experience as a writer, editor and graphic designer to the company’s mission of social justice. He is also a theater-maker whose decades of experience as both an actor and a director are an ideal fit for the organization’s unique focus on using the arts to effect change.