Who We Are
Ashley Laverty, Founding Artistic Director
Ashley Laverty is a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts and the founding Artistic Director of Kerfuffle. She directed the premiere production, The Caterpillar's Footprint in March 2016, in residence at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ; and the remount of the show in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska in 2018. She was a lead collaborator and deviser on ShadowPlay in May 2016. Ashley's plays for young audiences include Nadine's Coloring Book, Where Our Stuff Goes, and Dotty Dot!, written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage. As an actress, Ashley has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. Ashley is Director of Early Childhood and a staff Teaching Artist at The Rose Theater where she writes and directs Theatre for the Very Young plays, such as Wynken, Blynken, and Nod; You and Me and The Land of Peas; and The Music Makers. She is a co-coordinator of the Theatre for the Very Young Special Interest Group with the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. Ashley holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Visit for more information!
Amanda Pintore, Associate Artistic Director
Originally from Omaha, NE, Amanda Pintore is a Teaching Artist and Director focusing on movement education, Theatre and Dance for the Very Young, and devising original work with young people. She created, choreographed, and performed in wonderwander, in residence at the Tempe Public Library in March 2017. Additionally, she was a lead deviser and performer in The Caterpillar's Footprint. Beyond her work with Kerfuffle, she is the Associate Director of Performing Arts and Education at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS where she recently created and choreographed Dot for very young audiences. She is also the 2017-2018 Colleen Porter Resident Artist for International Performing Arts for Youth and co-coordinator of the Theatre for the Very Young Special Interest Group with the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. She received an MFA in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University. Visit for more information!
Jeff Sachs, Managing Director
Jeff Sachs is a theatre artist and arts administrator in the Washington DC Metro area. He has worked artistically with Kerfuffle as the production designer for wonderwander and the set designer for The Caterpillar's Footprint. Originally from Long Island, Sachs has worked as a teaching artist in Illinois, Kentucky, and Arizona. He has his bachelor's in Theatre from Northwestern University and his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. He is currently the Education Associate at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD.