YAP Seniors 20-2021



Our 2020-2021 students have been interrupted by Covid-19 but still influential in each other’s lives and a true asset to Broadway Theatre League of Utica. These amazing young adults did not have a traditional year of Broadway Shows at the Stanley, or pre-talks with cast members and class trips to the city but that didn’t stop us from meeting virtually and participating in community events.

Below, read what the 2020-21 Yappers had to say about the program

Ahlanna Russell

Proctor High School
Attending: Ithaca College
Major: Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance

Where I see myself in 5 years… I plan to be graduating from college with a BFA in musical theatre/vocal performance and starting to audition professionally.

“As a member of the youth ambassador program, I love the relationships I’ve formed. Everyone has a mutual respect for each other as artists and individuals. I’ve met some of the kindest and most talented people through this club.”



Grace Johnson

Clinton High School
Attending:  Geneseo College
Major: Childhood and Special Education

Where I see myself in 5 years… I hope to be teaching English in another country and traveling.

“Being a member of this program, I mostly enjoyed the connections that I made over the past two years.”




Jennifer Salie

Whitesboro High School
Attending: Mohawk Valley Community College
Major: Liberal Arts and Science/ Theatre

Where I see myself in 5 years… I hope to have graduated from college. I’m not exactly sure where I will be, but my goal is to be involved in theatre as much as possible, pursuing what I love.

“My favorite part about being a youth ambassador was attending the pre- talks. It was amazing getting to hear from people involved in the industry and hearing about the different jobs they all have pertaining to putting on a show. It was very exciting and made me even more excited for the show we would be seeing that night.”


Abigail Morgan

Rome Free Academy
Attending: BFA Musical Theatre Program

Where I see myself in 5 years… I hope be working and have a professional musical theatre contract somewhere in the world! I would also love to explore choreographing!

“I have loved my time as a youth ambassador! My favorite things were meeting so many truly amazing people and getting to experience professional theatre in a new up close and personal way while having a ton of fun and representing the community!”



Tessa Stayton

Sauquoit Valley High School
Attending College / Still Deciding

Where I see myself in 5 years… I would love to be on a career path I enjoy and find fulfilling. I hope to have strong relationships with others, and of course keeping up with my hobbies and interests… including theater!

“Being an ambassador always gave me such a great feeling to connect with other people that you share common interest with and support each other.”



Gabby McConeghy

Proctor High School
Attending: Utica College or SUNY Morrisville
Major: Nursing
Where I see myself in 5 years… I see myself as a successful nurse and starting a family.

“As a youth ambassador, I enjoyed the fun assignments that we received throughout the season.”





Jenna Marcinkowski

Adirondack High School
Attending: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major: Engineering

Where I see myself in 5 years…I will have graduated from college with bachelor’s degree in engineering.

“As an ambassador, I enjoyed getting to meet other kids around central New York who shared the same common interests as me, as well as volunteering in our community and interacting with people.”





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