Theatre on Main Street
Your Small Town Professional Theatre
Theatre on Main Street’s vision is to bring professionalism in theatre to the Hudson Valley for actors and audiences alike, performed in our neighborhood's local settings to create accessible, familiar and immersive theatrical experiences.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, unique Small Professional Equity Theatre outside of NYC with a commitment to bringing excellence in storytelling and entertainment with non-traditional & diverse casts to perform established works in unconventional settings. A portion of the proceeds from our productions go to non-profit organizations which support our over riding themes of "those who protect" and "those who need protection".
Our productions feature professional talent hailing from all areas of the country, as well as local talent discovered and developed from our surrounding neighborhoods.
We strive to create innovative and immersive artistic experiences, utilizing venues that are not typically associated with theatre such as retail stores, parks, historic buildings, inns, cafes, etc.
Our aim is to make involvement in theatre accessible both financially and geographically to suburban and rural residents, while presenting established works in unique and innovative ways to participate in launching a high level cultural and artistic movement in the region.
Michael E. Boyle, Jr., AEA
Michael graduated from S.U.N.Y. Albany with an undergraduate major in History, and minor in Theatre, and holds a Master of Arts and Teaching from Fordham University. Michael is on the Board of Directors, and has been Axial Theatre Company Ensemble Member in Pleasantville, New York. Michael has trained with both Rachel Jones and Howard Meyers, including Howard Meyer’s Master Acting Class since 2010, and the 2009 Summer Performance Workshop. As an ensemble member, he made his Axial debut as Shamrayev in The Seagull by Anton Chekhov in November, 2014. In other notable performances, he played the role of Gordon in Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sara Ruhl and played Dr. Rank in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Doc in Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, and Bill in August Osage County by Tracy Letts. Michael recently debuted in Theatre on Main Street's inaugural production of "Orpheus Descending" as Val Xavier, and as 'Billy' in Main Street's premiere musical, 'Godspell'.
Jessica Jaber, AEA, SAG-AFTRA
Jessica has performed various roles as an actor, dancer and singer on television, film, and in theatre.
For Black History Month, she performed as a lead in the play and Docudrama, Freedom Summer based on the 1964 true story of the Civil Rights movement.
Favorite past theatre performances include LADY TORRANCE in Theatre on Main Street's inaugural production of "Orpheus Descending", JESS (Jesus) in Main Street's 'Godspell', a performance in an off-Broadway production of new plays, where she originated the role of Jeannette, in Taking Care, written by Greg Keller, of LAByrinth Theatre Company. Locally, she made her Elmwood Playhouse Debut in A Time to Kill as the sassy young lawyer, Ellen Roark, and her Shades Repertory Theatre debut as Shelley, in Sam Shephard's Buried Child.
Jessica has produced, written, directed and performed in staged readings of original one act plays in The Root Collective's "The Nomad Series", presented at Bank Street and Cherry Lane Theatres, as well as the Mandalay Bar in NYC, for which she was a founding member of the emerging, 30 member not-for-profit collective of artists. Most recently, she produced, directed, designed sets, costumes and props for Theatre on Main Street's "Orpheus Descending" and 'Godspell'.
Her first independent film production, when skies are grey, directed by Lucas Ruderman, is based on the novella, Secret Places by Brittany Mae. Jessica produced the film, wrote the screenplay, cast and performed in the film. The film was selected for various national festivals, and was the recipient of several awards.
Recently, she performed the lead female role in the music video, Throw You Out by the up and coming band, Back2Zero. Her most recent film projects have included Riding with Sunshine and Moment in Time.
She has studied acting throughout college and post college, and holds an Associates in Arts in Performing Arts, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University. She studied Meisner Technique under Alan Gordon, and continued studying her craft with scene study and Master Classes with Howard Meyer, David Deblinger and Charles Goforth, as well as the LAByrinth Ensemble Intensive.
Jessica is classically trained in ballet, has studied modern and jazz and danced in the corps de ballet with Kozlov Dance International, performing classical and contemporary works in New York, New Jersey and the Caribbean. She is an affiliate member of the Royal Academy of Dance, studied with the RAD for a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, and is a licensed Silver Swans, Progressing Ballet Technique, Zumba and FLX Stretch instructor.