New Albany Youth Theatre provides theatre education and performance initiatives that foster curiosity, empathy and inclusion. 

Our Season

Performance February 5, 2021 at 7PM

The Moment – A Zoom Musical is a virtual musical written to be rehearsed remotely, performed virtually, and shared with audiences online. The storyline is linear, made up of monologues and songs intended to be performed as solos. When these scenes are video recorded and played in sequence, it presents a complete musical theater experience available to any audience with an internet connection.

Rehearsal Dates will be January 9 – January 30

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Mission Statement

New Albany Youth Theatre (NAYT) inspires, educates, and challenges young people in New Albany and the surrounding communities via professional theatre education initiatives designed to develop confident youth performers, entertain audiences, and enrich the performing arts in New Albany. 

Education Initiatives


In our one-day intensive programs, students will learn tips, tricks and insights regarding the “business of the business” of auditions. Two sessions per academic year (Fall and Winter).


Students (ages 9-14) spend 8 consecutive Saturday mornings (9AM-11:30AM) building the skills necessary to become “triple threat” performers while learning and performing in a KIDS musical. Two sessions per academic year (Fall and Winter).

Summer Musical Intensive

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Summer 2020 Musical intensives are virtual!

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Joe Bishara (Founder/Managing Director) has worked on over 200 theatrical productions across the United States. An award-winning Actor, Director, Theatre Educator, and Producer, Joe is the Founder of New Albany Youth Theatre, the Theatre Supervisor for the City of Dublin (Abbey Theatre of Dublin) and the Theatre Instructor for Franklinton Preparatory Academy.  

Joe has created and facilitated theatre initiatives in educational institutions for 20 years at the elementary, middle school, high school and college level. In New Albany, Joe taught the IMPACT Musical Theatre Creation class for the Middle School (2014 and 2015) and Produced and Directed New Albany’s summer junior musical at The McCoy Center (2018 and 2019). Joe spent 10 seasons at CATCO (Associate Artistic Director and Associate Producing Director) overseeing productions for families and young audiences (CATCO is Kids). Additional stops include The Phoenix Theatre for Children (Production Coordinator), Wayside Theatre (Assistant Artistic Director), SoReal Theatre (Artistic Director) and Act Out Productions (Associate Producer).  

Joe is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where he majored in Vocal Performance and minored in Business, Theatre, and Piano. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA) and an associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Joe is married to Actress/Director/Choreographer Liz Wheeler and is the proud father of two daughters.

Liz Wheeler (Artistic Director) holds a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Wright State University. She has received numerous citations from The Columbus Dispatch, Theatre Roundtable and the Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle for Excellence in Acting, Choreography and Directing. Liz is a member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and has had the honor of performing at two Tony Award-winning regional theaters (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Human Race Theatre). She is a proud alum of Columbus School for Girls and was nominated for the Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award by her students at CSG (where she has taught Theatre for the past seven years) in 2016.

Board of Directors

President: Chad J. Willett
Willett Ventures LLC
Vice-President: Heather Melick
Wexner Medical Center
Secretary: Ruth Bank
Community Volunteer