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Meet the Creators of The Light House

Natasha Mirny is a stage director, performer, choreographer, and founder of Happy Theater. Her background is in pantomime, puppetry, and physical theater. Apart from running her own theater company she is currently working as a teaching artist and Arts Integration specialist at several theaters and educational programs in Washington DC area – Inspired Child, Arts for Learning, Wolf Trap, and Lucy School (Arts Based School) – designing and implementing programs for teachers and students in public and private schools in DC, VA and MD. For the past seven years Natasha has devised and directed more than ten shows for the audiences of different ages. Her show for young audiences, that she wrote and directed for Arts on the Horizon, was nominated for Helen Hayes Award in 2019 as an outstanding theater for young audiences production. Natasha is also a faculty member at National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.


Tia Shearer Bassett is an actor/creator who specializes in solo shows, children’s theatre, and playful theatre for grownups. She has been a member of Only Make Believe since 2017, bringing interactive theatre to children in hospitals and special education programs. She also performs self-produced work like a poetic Zoom show featuring her son’s toys. Acting credits include The Kennedy Center (two national tours), The Second City, Imagination Stage, Baltimore Center Stage. She was an original company member at Arts on the Horizon, creating nonverbal shows for ages 0-6 and earning the title “Buster Keaton for babies.” She is a certified Audio Description writer, co-creator of a web-series starring her leopard gecko: “Eugene Cheese Gets It Wrong,” and mom to an amazing kid. She met Natasha during a day of clowning and creation with Happenstance Theater; they hit it off instantly, as they accidentally arrived to the event in matching vests. Since then, Tia has been joyfully making and sharing original family-friendly theatre with Natasha for almost a decade.

Natasha Mirny
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About River's Edge Theatre Company

River's Edge Theatre Company (RETCo) is a NY State non-profit organization with the mission to reflect the human experience, spark conversation, and inspire social change through performance. RETCo invites theatergoers to step to the outer limits of their comfort zone as they shed light on some of society's most pressing issues. In addition to producing quality, thought provoking performances in Westchester, NY, RETCo also offers classes and workshops that place emphasis on the social emotional benefits of theatre education, allowing students to collaborate and create in a fun and nurturing environment. River's Edge Theatre Company is a NY not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation and donations qualify as a deductible charitable contribution to the extent the law provides.


About Happy Theater

Happy Theater is a theatrical group that produces shows for different audiences, from children of 0 to 3 years old to adults. Our shows for children can be brought to classrooms, libraries or small theater venues. Our shows are the combination of physical theater, object theater, storytelling, clowning and puppetry.We believe in healing, uniting and  inspiring role of the theater. We believe in the theater for the whole family – an interactive experience for parents and children. More info here.



Next Onstage for River's Edge Theatre Co...

Dream State:
A Fusion of Synth and Shakespeare

Immerse yourself in an ethereal experience where the realms of sound and literature intertwine. "Dream State" is a playful performance art experience that combines the rhythms of electric synth with timeless lines from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Take a journey through the subconscious, where the walls between imagination and reality (and the walls between ourselves and others) disappear. Nature, light, sound, fairies, movement, electricity, paper, vibrations, giggles, connection… such stuff as dreams are made on.  Featuring the musical talents of Jon Hatch, and the theatrical talents of Sweta Keswani, Traci Redmond, and Julia Schonberg. Adults only.

July 6th at 8pm

The River's Edge Theatre Co. Studio.

All tickets $20



A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Shakespeare never looked so sustainable! Earth conscious actors are assigned their roles 30 days before the performance. Forbidden to rehearse with one another, each actor must craft their own character, costume, and props in the privacy of their own home with sustainability in mind. Nothing can be purchased. Use of recycled materials is encouraged. Coming together for the first time on the weekend of the show, these actors perform onstage in front of a live audience. NO HOLDS BARD! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

July 20th at 4pm and 7pm

July 21st at 4 and 7pm

Bethany Arts Community, Ossining

Tickets: $20 seniors and students/$25  general admission


Special thanks to these special folks for making this and future productions possible:

Michael Goldenberg

H.James Hoff

Irvignton Theater

Fernanda Franco Artwork

Tiffany Hagler-Geard

River Arts

Heather Harpham

Melanie Hoopes

Sioux Madden

Steve & Joanne Auerbach

Asha Bencosme

Jessica Arinella

Lauren Orkus

Billy Poorten

Keika Bleu

Sara Israel

Julia Schonberg

Elizabeth Lynch

Marie-Louise Miller

Stephanie Marango

Kim Spurlock

Joe Dimona

Joseph Sexton

Leslie Seery

Kathleen Rhem

Bill and Lisa Schonberg

Jessica Irons

Susan Kangas

Albert Gorn

Susan Singer

Hastings Yoga

Brighid Uddyback

Yelena Skorobogatov

Dyane Laurin and Pascal Tomecek

Ryan Michael Hayes

And ALL of our donors!

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