Experienced and highly accomplished in the field of Arts Education demonstrating solid analytical and team management skills with mastery knowledge of arts integration, theatre for youth and young audiences, and applied theatre with cultural organizations working with birth – adult ages. Proven track record of generating new ideas through strategic planningfor multiple organizations while cultivating new relationships with key decision makers.
Innovative * Relationship Building * Leadership. * Visionary * Strategic Planning * Mentorship * Manager * Commitment to Quality * Collaborative
City College Service Award - Awarded for outstanding community outreach.
Fulbright Specialist Award – Awarded by United States of America Embassy
Citation from City of New York Council Mark Levine for Community Service
Citation from American Alliance in Theatre and Education – National Conference
Byram Hills High School Achievement in the Arts for Alumni Award
Rees Evans Theatre In Our Schools Award (Planning Committee)
Colin Powell Fellowship for Service Learning
New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, New York, NY
Chair Emeritus (2022-present) Co-Chair (2017-2022)) Vice Chair (2016-2017) of Board of Directors collaborate with Board on development, budgeting, membership, strategic planning, fundraising, and development of programming. Responsible as Co-Chair of the annual Face to Face Conference and on planning committee for professional development and networking events.
Arts Committee to the Chancellors Panel on Educational Policy 7/2018-Present
Member collaborate with committee to advocate for arts education in the New York City Department of Education serving approximately 1800 schools and 1.1 million children.
American Alliance for Theatre and Education, National Organization 6/2016-9/2019
National Programming Director for Board of Directors. Support Conference Co-Chairs with planning and implementation of national conference that serves approximately 400 people nationally in the field of theatre education. Collaborate with Managing Director and Network Chairs.
City College CUNY, New York, NY 8/2010-Present
Director of graduate program with approximately 100 graduate candidates and 8 adjunct instructors; Full time Faculty responsible for Creative Play Workshops, Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival, Arts Integration Residency Program, and Readings on the Road. Managed partnerships with local schools, parent groups and community-based organizations including budget and development.
Arts Education Consultant, New York, NY 10/2014-Present
Collaborate with various organizations to create professional develop opportunities for participants including teachers, principals, teaching artists and community members based on the needs of the participants and the mission of the organization. Organizations include: Tectonic Theater, Center for Arts Education, Urban Arts Partnership, Lifetime Arts, Apollo Theater, Theater Development Fund, and large Wall Street company.
Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC 1/2018-Present
Speaker’s Bureau Part of the inaugural Speaker’s Bureau team to advocate as a representative for American’s for the Arts advocacy efforts nationally by facilitating workshops to share advocacy strategies and implement advocacy efforts in participants organizational or individual plan.
Board of Directors, New York, NY 8/2013-8/2016
Strategic planning, fundraising, and development of programming for prestigious organizations:
Spellbound Theatre (President) and ATA.
Teaching Artist, New York, NY 2/2002-Present
Create residency programs, develop arts integration residency’s, collaborate with public schools, sell programming, and manage Camp Liberty for the Educational Arts Team. Mentortheatre teachers for the NYC DOE.
Television Experience, New York, NY 6/97 – 2/2001
Co- hosted entertainment show and research assistant, assistant producer and booking producer for news organization. Organizations include: NBC News, Dateline NBC, Fox 5 News and E-Asylum for Cablevision, NJ. Cvelopment of programming. Responsible as Co-Chair of the annual Face to Face Conference and on planning committee for professional development and networking events.
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