Academy Staff

Sean Griffith
Academy Director & Drama Instructor

Sean Griffith has been performing in theater since his early teen years.  He has his BA in Communications from Azusa Pacific University.

Sean met his wife Karissa while touring with Impact Productions, The Masterpiece, A Toymaker's Dream, an internationally touring and award-winning stage production.  He and his wife Karissa have performed off-Broadway and at the International Arts festival in Kunming, China.  Sean has been writing, directing, and producing sketches and productions for over 30 years.  Sean is the founder of Sojourn Productions and has had the pleasure of directing and producing many of their shows.

Amy Joan Culleny
Academy Business Manager

Amy Joan Culleny, an alumna of the Ocean County Performing Arts Academy (2006), has been pursuing the art of theater for over 20 years, most recently studying acting at Stockton University.

Amy has been involved with Sojourn Productions since its first show in 2007. She had the pleasure of directing High School Musical, Jr (2018), Annie (2011), Annie Get Your Gun (2013), and The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe - Blue Cast (2017), and stage managed the other 11 productions. She is so blessed to be a part of Sojourn Productions!

Emily Perkins
Dance Instructor 

Emily Perkins has over nine years of dance training from Encore Performing Arts Center, and has participated in competitions with Encore since 2013. Most recently, she competed in the Dancers Inc. Nationals Dance Competition. Her solo performance won an Elite award and her studio was the top scoring studio, winning National Champions. Emily is currently studying dance at Stockton University.

Emily has taken the role as Lead Choreographer in Sojourn Productions' recent performances of Annie, Jr, High School Musical, Jr and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and has choreographed several other dances and performances for both Sojourn Productions and Sojourn Community Church. Her biggest desire is using her gift for God's glory!