beth Beth Manspeizer
 | Director of Education Program

Beth is responsible for the vision and design of our new education programming, Beth brings a wealth of experience as a film and stage teacher, as well as an actor and director. Among her accomplishments, Beth has taught acting, directing, and improvisation to grades K – 12, college students, and adults in and around the New York area, including Rye Country Day School, the Rye Arts Center, and the Jacob Burns Film Center. In addition, Beth has worked with early childhood and preschool children using creative play, movement, and design to understand storytelling. As an ArtsWestchester roster artist, Beth worked as an artist in residence in the Pelham schools. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA and has appeared in the Montreal and Breckenridge Film Festivals and on the Sundance Channel. Beth holds a BS from Skidmore College in Directing and Acting and an MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama/Actors Studio Drama School. Beth is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new program at The Picture House. Beth is a passionate teaching artist who believes in the craft of acting, screenwriting, and directing. She is looking forward to bringing an understanding of the creative process to our students.

stephanie Stephanie Schleicher

Stephanie Schleicher has worked as a freelance videographer / editor in the NY metropolitan area for the past 15 years. She teaches animation, filmmaking and drama at several local arts organizations. She also makes short films. Influences include Alfred Hitchcock, Mel Brooks, Christopher Guest and photographer David La Chapelle. Examples of her work can be viewed at: www.stephaniesfilms.com.

sayeeda Sayeeda Clarke

A proud native New Yorker, Sayeeda directs and makes films to inspire the audience to believe in their true passions. Her short film WHITE just premiered at SXSX 2011 film festival. WHITE is one of the 10 films funded by ITVS for the acclaimed online series FUTURESTATES.TV . Sayeeda’s award-winning short SIN SALIDA aired on HBO for two years, was a finalist at the American Black Film Festival and received a craft award at The First Run Film Festival. THE GREY WOMAN, Promotion Pictures production winner, ASC John Alonzo Heritage Award, had its world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater and was a Hallmark short film competition winner. Sayeeda is passionate and dedicated to the art of directing, alternating between film and theater to inspire and enlighten her craft. She was an artist-in-residency with Mabou Mines co-directing Sundance Storytelling Fellow Matthew Paul Olmos’ NATURE OF CAPTIVITY. Sayeeda is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Lab and DNA Directors Workshop. Sayeeda attended NYU’s Tisch, MFA Film and Television Department as a Dean’s Fellow. At NYU Sayeeda was Spike Lee’s assistant and worked on the Emmy award-winning documentary, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE. She has studied with Shelia Nevins, Spike Lee, Sandy Sissel, Lee Grant, Todd Solondz, Milcho Manchevski and Mary Ellen Mark. Sayeeda is currently developing the next installment of WHITE.

nadine Nadine Barnett Cosby

Nadine Barnett Cosby is an independent writer and filmmaker in New York. Her works, including both documentary and narrative forms, are heavily rooted in the exploration of diverse and often ignored aspects of popular culture, and span across various media including film, television and new media. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Lehman College of the City University of New York, where she majored in Mass Communications. She also received a Master of Science in Communication Arts from Iona College and a Master of Arts in Media Studies with a concentration in Film Production from The New School. Nadine has over eighteen years of experience in radio, television and film, working in several capacities from Production Assistant to Operations Manager, at notable media outlets including Madison Square Garden, Fox5 Television, Lifetime Television Networks and ABC Broadcasting Company to name a few. Nadine has worked with diverse elementary and middle school students in the New Rochelle school district as well as children and adults learning filmmaking and digital storytelling at Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab. Nadine is a passionate artist who is very excited to introduce young students to the craft. In addition to teaching screenwriting and filmmaking, Nadine is currently in post-production on an independent film project and has several projects in development.

marc Marc Meyers

Marc is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright.  His films have screened at dozens of international film festivals.  His latest narrative feature, HARVEST, starring Oscar nominees Robert Loggia & Barbara Barrie, is currently being theatrically released around the country in select cities and will be available on home video this summer.  His directorial debut Approaching Union Square plays on the Sundance Channel.  Marc is also an alumnus of various theater collectives including the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Cherry Lane Theatre Alternative.  His plays have been staged at a variety of New York theaters including American Theatre of Actors, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Harry De Jur Playhouse.  Marc taught screenwriting & directing via an array of theater workshops, and for children and young adults via the Guild Hall in East Hampton and Rye Country Day.  He’s looking forward to sharing his knowledge and guidance to new writers, both young & old, as part of The Picture House’s new educational program.

lisa Lisa LaBracio

Lisa has been juggling working in independent film & animation, producing short animated films, commercials, & graphics for documentaries, educating aspiring artists & animators of all ages, and her insatiable passion for traveling and working with new people in new places, since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2006. While in school, Lisa began as an intern for Oscar© nominated animator, Bill Plympton’s animation studio, where she continued to work as a production artist for 4 years, and where she fell in love with the independent world of animation filmmaking. Her travels have taken her to a good many places, including Tanzania, where she taught English and animation to the children of the Living Waters Children Centre, as well as to India, where she had the opportunity to work as an English tutor to Tibetan refugees, simultaneously learning and recording stories of escape and exile.


Mim-2012Mimi Steinberg

A native New Yorker, Ms. Mimi Steinberg is a graduate with a double major in History and Art History who polished her literary skills at Playwrights Horizons and studied film at NYU.

Mimi has many projects with accomplishments ranging in several disciplines. Mimi wrote, produced, and directed a short film “Call Waiting,” which was awarded funding from NYNEX (Verizon) and wardrobe was provided by Donna Karan. The film was met with acclaim, and included in cineBLAST’S Second Volume of Short Films.  It was also screened at the Phat Shorts Film Festival in New York, and the Short Cuts Film Festival in Paris, France. Mimi directed the independent music video “Honey Come Lately” for the band The Thrill Cycle, as well as Nana Soul’s music video “Ruby Roses” produced by Black Waxx Recordings Inc. Mimi directed “Press Pass,” a pilot segment of a series for the Doug Wyles Production Company in New York. Mimi’s screenplay “To Hades and Back,” was sold to Helkon International Pictures, and the historical drama screenplay inspired by a true story titled “A Call to Arms” which was developed under the tutelage of Jack Lechner, formerly at Film Four, HBO, and head of production and development at Miramax.  Additionally, Mimi created a reality-based television series for children titled “Chiller’s Castle,” which was developed with Henry Winkler. Mimi teaches creative writing, filmmaking, directing music videos in and around the Pelham area, most notably at Mt. Tom summer camp and The Picture House.


(AEA, SAG-AFTRA) completed his MFA in acting in 2004 at New School University, where he began a part time professorship in the Fall of 2012, and began studying improv at the People’s Improv Theater (The PIT) in 2007 where he performs weekly with Saturday night PIT house team THE BALDWINS and Friday night house musical team DAGGER. He is also on the PIT Faculty. Additionally, Rich performs with the touring company of the premiere musical improv team BABY WANTS CANDY. Rich has performed off- and off-off Broadway in such theaters as the Cherry Lane, La MaMa Etc., and the Lucille Lortel. He earned his Equity card playing the role of Florindo in an off-Broadway production of the classic “The Servant of Two Masters” directed by former NY Shakespeare Festival director Stuart Vaughan. In addition to appearing in several short films and pilots (SF Indiefest, NY Television Festival), Rich has also been seen playing principal roles on “Law and Order” and “As The World Turns” as well as in recurring roles on “Guiding Light” and “All My Children.” He’s played leads the last three seasons at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT, twice under the direction of Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely. Also a musician, Rich has recorded instrumental compositons for the educational toy company, Thinkativity, composed theme music for Kevin Allison’s (MTV’s “The State”) ECNY award winning podcast, “Risk!”, as well as for numerous theater pieces including Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” for which he composed and performed the score at Playhouse on Park. He’s also done voiceover for Thinkativity and the Electric Company on PBS. As a writer, he has contributed to the Huffington Post and co-wrote “Actualized”, an original comedic pilot that won Best Writing at the 2012 New York Television Festival. As a teacher, in addition to the New School and the PIT, Rich has taught at St. Bart’s school on the upper east side, at the Pelham Film Center and improv workshops for Junior Tours. Lastly, he can be seen in several independently made shorts including the provocative “Jean Cut-Off.”