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Current Offerings

• Improv Comedy (Zoe Greenberg)
• Physical Acting (Charley McAfee)

Past Offerings

• Improv Comedy (Rob Esposito/Zeke Blackwell & Adi Kamdar)
• Performance Makeup: Basic (Evelyn Massey)
• Performance Makeup: Advanced (Evelyn Massey)
• Theater Tech (Scott Meikle)
• Makeup: Theory and Application (Evelyn Massey)
• "Rumors" - Spring Play (Rob Esposito)
• "Rumors" - Tech Crew (Charley McAfee)
• "Broken Chains" - Fall Musical (Christi Sargent)
• "Broken Chains" - Tech Crew (Scott Meikle)

• Performance Makeup (Evelyn Massey)

Current & Past Faculty

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Christi Sargent

Christi Sargent received her B.A. in Theater at Manhattanville College.  While at Manhattanville, she studied design, stage management, directing and acting.  She developed these skills through several productions including You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Into The Woods, Peer Gynt, Cold Water Coming, and Working.  After college, Christi performed at Long Wharf Theater in their production of Travesties.  Currently, she teaches Acting I and II and Theater Foundations I and II at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School.  While at Co-op, she has directed several plays including Every Seventeen Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy, Still Life with Iris, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Wiz, Story Theater and Twelfth Night. Christi is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
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Zeke Blackwell

Zeke Blackwell is a rising senior at Yale University majoring in Cognitive Science, and concentrating in the cognitive science of comedy. He has over 7 years of experience doing improvisational comedy and has taken improv classes in Chicago, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Austin. In the past he's taught Playwriting at the Co-op through the O'Neill mentorship program, but he's excited to return for his second semester of teaching improv.
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O'Neill Playwriting Mentors

Coming Soon
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Rob Esposito

Rob Esposito is a Theatre teacher/director at Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School in his hometown of New Haven. Throughout his dozen years in the New Haven Public School system, he has directed over 25 major theatrical productions including: BAT BOY, Jesus Christ Superstar, Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Taming of the Shrew, Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors and many others.  He has also directed shows for St. Bernadette School, Children’s Opera Project, Bregamos and the newly formed community theater group Roundtable Players.  Mr. Esposito has been seen as an actor recently in productions for Milford Theater Works, DOTcom and the movie The Green.  Mr. Esposito also teaches theatre skills classes at several dance studios in the New Haven area.
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Charley McAfee

Mr. McAfee attended the Theater Arts Conservatory at SUNY Purchase for acting. He has written over a dozen plays and has professional acting, dancing, and directing credits from around the country. Charley has taught at various performing arts high schools for the past ten years and also teaches ballroom dance, yoga, and builds theatrical sets.
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Evelyn Massey

Coming Soon
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Oscar Wilde
There are those rare people who can look at the world and see things the rest of us don’t see, until they show us.

These are the writers.

There are the special few who can take that vision and turn it back into a world.

These are the directors, the designers.

There are fearless beings who can live in that world and show us who we are.

These are our actors.

There are dedicated people who know why that world matters so very much

These are the crew, theatre staff, producers, investors, managers, and marketers.

And then there are the people who step forward and say “show me this world, open me, change me”

These are our audiences.

And when all of these people come together and say YES!


Jordan Roth
“CAS has shown me what Co-op can really be when the student body puts their mind to it. All students who attend Co-Op are artists—thanks to these programs and clubs, students can express themselves more than others expect them to.”
CAS Student

Our Programming

• Programs meet from 2:30-4:30 during each Session.
• Clubs meet from 2:30-3:30 during each Session.
• Transportation (Bus Token) is available to all After School students.

Co-Op After School

Co-Op Arts and Humanties High School
177 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520

Special Thanks!

To our partners at:
• Dwight Hall at Yale
• New Haven Public Schools
• The Co-Op Center for Creativity
• Connecticut State Department of Education