Who We Are
Ashley Laverty, Artistic Director
Ashley is a theatre maker originally from Worcester, Massachusetts. With Kerfuffle, she has developed and directed Nested, The Caterpillar's Footprint, and Goose and Gert, a co-production with The Rose Theater in Omaha, NE. She is a teaching artist and has 10 years of teaching artist experience, specializing in drama in the early childhood classroom. In Chicago, Ashley is proud to be a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre, Paramount School of the Arts, The Stage School, and a children’s yoga instructor with Mission Propelle. Additionally, Ashley is a director, playwright and actor, and has performed and had her work produced nationally at the Omaha Theater Company at The Rose, Brelby Theatre, National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company and Storyland. Ashley is a co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Early Childhood Network, one of the five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art, and the 2019 Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA. She 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.
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 www.amandapintore.com 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. Visit https://www.jeff-sachs.com/ for more information.