Spotlight Theatre Group of the East End, Inc.  PO Box 1598, East Quogue, NY 11942   phone 631-653-2121


Theatre Programs for Young People

serving the Hamptons and the North Fork


where the spotlight is on you!


Spotlight on: Founding Directors and Creative Team

Kim Galway, MA, LCAT, RDT-BCT   Founding Director

Kim is a theatre educator, registered drama therapist, and licensed creative arts therapist with 25 years of experience. She is committed to developing and nurturing children's strengths and potential through creativity. Kim holds a BFA in Acting and an MA in Drama Therapy, both from NYU. While obtaining her graduate degree, she was a Teaching Fellow in the departments of  Drama Therapy and Educational Theatre. She has taught creative drama, movement, acting, and scene study to children and teens in New York City and on the East End. From 2009-2012, she was the Co-Director of ACT Out East in Riverhead, where she taught acting and directed and produced up to 35 young people in various Broadway-style musicals.  At NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she studied technique through the Lee Strasberg Institute and NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing.  In addition, she studied dance and movement for over 10 years in NYC. She has performed off-Broadway, and in film and television. After Kim received her MA in Drama Therapy, she became the director of  Goddard Riverside Community Center's outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation program from 1997-2002. She taught Drama Therapy and Developmental Psychology at the New School University and has lectured at conferences and schools across the country. She is the former Chair of the New York Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies, and a published author of several journal articles.  Her chapter on drama therapy for children with high functioning autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger's can be found in the book The Creative Therapies and Autism (Charles C.Thomas, 2009). Kim maintains a private practice in drama therapy in Westhampton Beach and is also a Certified School Counselor. Kim resides in East Quogue with her husband and three children.


Darby Moore, MA, LCAT, RDT-BCT   Founding Director

Darby received her BA in theatre from Vassar College, and her MA in Drama Therapy from NYU, where she subsequently served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Drama Therapy for six years. Darby studied voice, acting and dance in New York, Paris, and Nashville, TN. She co-founded the Poverty Playhouse, one of Nashville’s cutting edge modern theater companies, as well as creating her own improv troupe called the “Out of Orbits” that performed in local clubs and music venues. She was featured on the local TV news as “one of Nashville’s funniest women.” Her first experience in socially purposeful theater was working with the United Way’s Plays for Living program. She taught for the Circle Players Theaterlab for teens, as well as acting for Vanderbilt University’s summer activities program and the American Modeling Agency while still down south. Directing credits included a taped original one act play produced by the local Viacom station, as well as plays in local companies. Upon receiving her degree in drama therapy, Darby spent 25 years working with young people in school and clincial settings in Harlem and the South Bronx as a drama therapist before moving the the North Fork. Darby co-wrote a chapter in Routledge Press’s Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process: "Engaging Boys in Treatment" and has lectured at Manhattanville College, as well as having presented at a variety of conferences. Keeping her commitment to the field led her to spend 8 years on the Board of the National Association for Drama Therapy, the last two as Vice President. She worked with the ArtReach Foundation for two summers in Bosnia with teachers and kids, and in Riverhead with ACT Out East. She also has a private practice in Creative Arts Therapy and worked for many years at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Behavioral Health.

Sophia Burke (Stage Manager)
Sophia has been working in theatre with Kim and Darby since she was eleven years old and over the past 12 years has performed in many productions with them.  In her last on-stage role, she was Ursula in Spotlight's The Little Mermaid Jr.  For the past several years Sophia has been working with Spotlight behind the scenes as the group's full time stage manager. She also serves on Spotlight's Board of Directors. She is proud to have been the stage manager for the past several years. She hopes one day to work in the field of theatre and directing. Sophia enjoys working with all of the students and watching them grow and learn.



Regina Spano (Music Director)

Regina is thrilled to be working with Spotlight.  After receiving a BFA from Adelphi University, she went on to perform in various regional theatre productions.  She has also appeared on "Orange is the New Black" and "Law and Order". She currently owns her own music company, where she has been teaching private voice, piano,and acting lessons.  She has been instructing music for the past 6 years.  Regina has also been working with Stagelight in Lindenhurst as their resident Music Director, successfully putting on 25 musical productions in the past 4 years.  In her spare time (ha!), Regina enjoys nature walks, yoga, and is a Cerified Reiki Master.