Staff and Volunteers
Jessica Horstman Sabatini
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Jeffryn has been the visionary and the engine of YPPC since she and her husband Ty founded the company in 1982. She acts as artistic director, teacher, manager and sometimes writer for the company. She has directed well over 500 shows with YPPC over the past 26 years. She teaches in all the YPPC classes, camps and workshops as well as managing the schedules and administration of the company. In addition to YPPC, Jeffryn has directed or taught for:
The Durham Recreation Department
The North Carolina Arts Council
The Durham County Schools
The Carrboro Art School Theater
The Duke School for Children
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame in Dramatic Arts with an emphasis on directing and acting and a Minor in Music with an emphasis on voice.
During her career Jeffryn has introduced thousands of young artists to the drama and comedy of the theater and she continues to inspire new students daily with her work at YPPC.
Technical & Lighting Director
Rich began performing at age 10 and started building sets and hanging lights shortly after that. Rich has been on the road with such headliners as Perry Como and Garth Brooks. He is currently the Theater Operations Supervisor at Duke University where he oversees the technical details of all of the major campus venues.
Rich has performed in over 100 shows and favorite roles include John Adams in "1776", Tommy in "Brigadoon", and Bill Sykes in "Oliver". Together, Susie and Rich toured Europe in 1996 with the European Tour of Leonard Bernstein's "On the Town" he as stage manager and she as a dancer.
They have also collaborated to create 2 Peas in a Pod Productions in Wilmington NC which was a company of adults performing classic fairy tales as well as contemporary works for kids.
Their greatest collaboration to date is their twin sons Tyler and Colin.