CONTACT: Missy Hanlon

Play a Part, LLC

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“John Jay Student Joins the Staff at New Acting Center”


John Jay High School sophomore Izzy Ferrajina has joined the creative staff at Play a Part LLC, an acting center in Ridgefield, CT.  A South Salem resident, Ms. Ferrajina brings her writing talents and experience to the new business.  She is a frequent contributor to The Purple Press, and is accomplished as a student playwright.  Notably, she twice placed as runner-up in the Worldwide Plays Festival in New York City and has three years interning with Writopia as a teaching assistant at their Bedford Hills workshops.


“During quarantine I missed my theater community,” Ferrajina says, “It’s going to be great - adapting my favorite hobby with friends at Play a Part, so we can continue to do what we love.”


Director Missy Hanlon of Brookfield, CT is enthusiastic about Ms. Ferrajina joining her team. “When communities’ theater programs shut down last Spring we got creative. Embracing digital performance, the professional world of theater suddenly learned skills few of us had ever incorporated into our craft.  It’s the young people like Izzy who are leading the way and I’ve developed Play a Part to provide the tools, space and information they need to create!”


Ridgefield, Connecticut is the home of the new programs for creative students.  Play a Part, LLC is the brainchild of Missy Hanlon, a veteran theater instructor who is perhaps best known for the education programs she developed at The Ridgefield Theater Barn over the past fifteen years.

More information about opportunities at Play a Part, LLC can be found on their website at