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.

Emily Putiri
Vocal Instructor

Emily Putiri is a graduate of Eastern University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in voice. While she was there, she received the honor of making it into the most elite and select choir the school offered, only consisting of 8 students. With that choir, she toured up and down the east coast as well as internationally.

Emily leads worship at her church in Millville, NJ almost every Sunday. She has also toured both locally and internationally in places like Boston, New York, Carcassonne, Paris, Berlin, Montréal, and Quebec City.
Emily has been teaching voice since 2016 and is eager and excited to help her students achieve both excellence in singing as well as a love for music! 

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!

Sarah Getty
Teacher's Aid Age 6-9

Sarah Getty, a Sojourn Productions Theater Arts Academy alumna ('18), has been involved in theater since a very young age, performing in local shows and theaters across the South Jersey areas, including two leading roles in past Sojourn productions: The White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Sharpay in High School Musical, Jr.

Sarah has grown to have a deep love and passion for the arts. She is also a self-taught musician, playing the guitar, bass guitar, violin, and ukulele.

While she has taken a break from performing to help teach in the Early Education Center at Atlantic Christian School, she is happy to use the gifts God has given her to serve as the Teacher's Aid with Sojourn Productions' Theater Arts Academy.

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!