About Black Box PAC

Located in Englewood, New Jersey, the Black Box Preforming Arts Center (home of Black Box Studios) continues to emerge as the Tri-State area’s premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education.  Black Box was the recipient of the 2017 Teaneck Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Award, and has served on the Chamber Board as the Chair of the Cultural Arts Committee. In addition to main stage productions, Black Box PAC hosts special events including Shakespeare in the Park, Open Mic Nights, Comedy Nights, and staged readings. Arts Horizons often taps into the wonderful talents of its teaching artists. These four segments below will aide any teacher looking to integrate theater into their classroom.

Teaching Artists' Biographies

Michael Gardiner (Managing Director) is honored to serve as a member of the Black Box Repertory Company. He is also an actor, director, and teaching artist. Mike is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication. As an actor, he has appeared in over 12 Black Box productions. As a teaching artist, he works with Arts Horizons, for Black Box's long-running YACHAD improv program for young adults, as well as with the Adult Acting Workshop. He directed Twelfth Night, the inaugural production of Black Box Studios' Shakespeare in the Park program produced in partnership with The Township of Teaneck.

Sara Giacomini (Education Director & Administrative Director) is ecstatic to serve as a member of the Black Box Repertory Company. Sara is also an actor and teaching artist at Black Box. She is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University, where she earned her BA in Musical Theatre. She has appeared in numerous Black Box productions, and recently returned after touring the country as Sally in The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions/TheatreworksUSA). During the year, she teaches Black Box's Musical Theater Workshop for Kids class. Other teaching credits include: George Street Playhouse and Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. "Never apologize for your art."


Danielle MacMath (Managing Director) has been performing with Black Box since 2016, and is honored to be a founding member of the Repertory Company. Danielle is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a BA in Musical Theater and Literature, and a Masters in Teaching. Since graduating, she has been acting and teaching in the NJ/NY area.


Larissa Terese (Literary and Special Events Coordinator) is a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts and concentration in musical theatre. While in school, Larissa spent a semester in England studying text and play analysis. Further experience includes work with Pixie Dust Players and Springville Center for the Arts. Larissa has been an active member at Black Box since 2017, serving as an actor, stage manager, and general staff.