2017-Present Associate Artistic Director at 52nd Street Project
- Teaching: Playwriting classes for children age 9-11, creates and leads writing and rehearsal workshops for all of our theater programming and creative retreats, as well as co-teaching and developing curriculum for the 2-year-long Teen Ensemble acting program.
- Directing: Working one-on-one with kid and adult actors to shape their playwriting and their performances. Collaborating with the Artistic Director to give notes during tech and dress rehearsals, and doing last minute “polishing” of the shows.
- Trips: Seven weekend and week-long trips per year, in addition to a few in-town weekend writing workshops, responsible for accompanying kids, volunteers, and other staff members on these trips in order to guide and advise the writing and rehearsal processes.
- Productions: The Project mounts nine productions per year. The AAD helps to facilitate and schedule in-house rehearsal times and spaces for all productions.
- Education: Collaborate with the Director of Education and Program Director to conceive and produce education programs promoting the synergistic relationship between the Project’s educational and theatrical components.
- Community: Assist in the intake of new Project kids and families, general supervision and hanging out with kids during the after-school hours, developing mentoring relationships with children, maintaining positive contact with teachers, administrators, and families.
2014-2017 Program Director at CUNY-Creative Arts Team (CAT)
Managerial and artistic supervision of drama-based in-school and after-school programs.
- Oversee hiring and supervising of approximately 15-30 staff members including associate program director, teaching artists, activity specialists, CUNY Service Corps members, college interns, apprentices, and program manager.
- Design and implement staff trainings.
- Develop in-school and after-school drama-based programming for approximately for high schools, middles schools and elementary schools with teaching artists.
- Build and maintain relationships with funders, parents, teachers, school administration, students, staff and other providers.
- Manage approximately a $1M budget.
- Ensure quality programming through program observations, mid and end-of-year reviews and evaluations.
- Develop and support recruitment, promotional strategies and materials.
- Identify and develop professional development opportunities for after school staff.
- Work closely with other CAT departments to insure programming: Operations, Fiscal, and Development.
2013-Present Standardized Patient at Morchand Center, Mount Sinai
Trained to portray the personal history, physical symptoms, and emotional characteristics of a medical patient for the training of medical students and practitioners.
After School Facilitator for Community Action Theatre Troupe (CATT), Brooklyn
The CATT after school is a 6th-8th grade drama-based literacy program.
• Design and implementation drama youth programming which have a co-intentional relationship with the Common Core Standards in ELA.
• Design and implementation of the “Reach Project,” a project inspired by Noel Greig’s work on Twinning.
• Supervise and mentor an intern and CUNY Service Corps member.
• Maintain monthly progress notes on youth members which focus on their literacy individual education plan.
Teaching Artist for Stella Adler Studio Outreach Division
Providing teachers and students with a free acting class in their classrooms, which focus on enhancing literacy skills identified the Common Core Standards in ELA.
Associate Program Director of Elementary & Middle School Program at
Creative Arts Team/CUNY (CAT)
CAT is an educational theatre company, which utilizes drama to inspire and educate.
The role of the ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR is to:
A)Assist in managerial and artistic supervision of two drama-based literacy after-school programs called Community Actions Theatre Troupe, under the Department of Youth & Community Development’s (DYCD) Adolescent Literacy Project at MS 347’s Beacon YMCA and Bronx Early College Academy (BECA). This is project is a pilot project and the first off-site afterschool program fully run by CAT.
•Curriculum Map design in accordance with affiliated NYC-DOE school’s 6th grade curriculum map with especial attention on ELA Common Core Standards.
•Strategic planning for recruitment and retention of 6th grade participants: Bring a Friend Challenge, Demo Video Design, Mid-Year News Letter, Weekly Parent Calls.
•Event planning, marketing, and implementation of Guest Speaker Series and off-site field trips.
•Development of systems, procedures, and protocol for correspondence, trips, and guest visits.
•Supervise data collection in compliance with grant.
•Develop and build community relations with school of residence, (staff, students and parents) local library, café, museum and local businesses.
•Implement literacy assessments.
•Effective utilization of limited budget.
B) Provide managerial and artistic support to the Program Director for Elementary/MS Programs. This includes supporting a team of 6-8 professional teaching-artists in residence at 8 school sites under a Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) and Neighborhood Development Area Grant (NDA)
•Development and implementation of programmatic policies and procedures.
•Assist in artistic and educational development of curriculum.
C) Coordinate and maintain media collection and database.
Producer and Playwright for the production of “Undocumented”
“Undocumented” is a fully staged, one-act, Off-Broadway production with 6 actors and 3 designers. Production history: 4 performances at Stage Left Studio, 6 performances at Turtle Shell Theater, and currently on tour (NYU and Museum of the City of New York)
•Staff, cast and raise funds (via Kickstarter and individual investors).
•Build and maintain relationships with mainstream and social media, as well as public and private institutions (CNN, Senator Perkins, NYU, CUNY, Documentarians).
•Develop and maintain database of contacts.
•Manage and expand the visibility and use of the website and other social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
•Coordinate the multimedia documentation, graphic design and video production.
•Develop outreach strategies for tour.
•Maintain budgets and coordinate box office.
Artistic & Managing Director and Founder for UnBoxed Voices
Unboxed Voices presents monthly events: “Evening of Short Stories” & “Monday Monologue,” along with annual events: Variety Show and Short Play Festival
•Build a database and maintain relationships with writers, performers, and venue owners.
•Manage marketing and expand the visibility and use of social media platforms.
•Coordinate bookings and scheduling.
Standardized Patient (SP) for Mount Sinai Morchand Center
As part of the education of medical students they must develop their practical experience with patient encounters. As an SP I portray assigned characters whom the medical students encounter as part of their course work. In addition to day-long dramatic portrayal the SP must grade the students on specific criterion as part of their grade.
Consultant & Trainer for Legal Aid Society Brooklyn Office for the Aging
Diane Lutwak, Supervising Attorney
•Design and implement a drama-based interactive professional development for 8 attorneys, which focused on client in-take skills.
Teaching-Artist & Literacy Leader for Elementary/Junior High School Program at Creative Arts Team/CUNY
Under the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD), in collaboration with Neighborhood Development Area, Literacy Leader incorporates the use of drama as a tool and strategy for promoting and enhancing literacy in 2 Brooklyn public schools: Mott Hall IV in Bedford Stuyvesant and McKinley Intermediate School IS 259 in Bay Ridge.
Project Synopsis: During interactive workshops, Literacy Leader delivers arts-based literacy curriculum for 6th grade students. Addressing NYC Performance Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy Leader encouraged students to express their ideas by writing fiction, poetry, biography, autobiography, scripts, letters, critical commentary, and persuasive essays, and to illustrate them with pictures, music, and drama. Literacy Leader incorporates Balanced Literacy strategies within the educational drama workshops. These include reading instruction, word study, independent reading, writing instruction, and independent writing. By coupling reading, writing, and verbal exercises with topics of interest to youth, Literacy Leader generates enthusiasm and motivates learning. Lessons were supported by weekly collaboration with English Language Arts teachers in order to meet NYS/DOE ELA Standards.
Other projects include curriculum design and implementation of 10-day residency for CUNY School Support Organization (SSO) Summer Program, a five-week, pre-college, credit-bearing program for high school students. Topic: Spirit of Comedy
Senior Teaching Artist, Elementary/Junior High School Program at Creative Arts Team/CUNY
Program coordinator, instructor, staff developer, and creative and administrative support for the Elementary/Junior High School Program in the devising, developing, and facilitation of the implementation of interactive participatory drama(s).
•Develop resource guide.
•Implement professional developments.
•Develop archival systems.
Department of Youth & Community Development /Adolescent Literacy Program
Additional Grant Specific Responsibilities:
•Liaise with DYCD and DOE school coordinators and teachers.
•Establish and delegate agendas, work timelines & tracking systems.
•Develop Evaluation Methods, such as rubrics.
•Maintain & collect anecdotal write-ups, evaluations, & student work.
•Proctor, implement, and grade DIBELS & RSPS Student Fluency Assessment.
•Develop, modify, and rehearse curricula in accordance to DOE and DYCD standards.
•Develop long-term and short-term student follow-up activities.
Liberty Partnership Program/Red Cross Recovery and Resiliency:
•Coordinate and implement on-site visits at participating DOE schools.
•Obtain Recovery & Resiliency training from Lynn C. Howell PhD, CUNY.
•Establish and delegate agendas, work timelines, and tracking systems.
•Implement grant evaluation methods for 6th grade population.
Center for Arts in Education (CAE)/Leadership in Practice at I.S. 259, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn:
•Develop, design, schedule, and implement Teacher-Training Model-12-Day-In-School residencies, which aim to incorporate drama strategies into the 6th grade Language Arts classroom.
•Plan and implement Professional Developments with DOE Language Arts teachers.
Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) at PS 15, Red Hook Brooklyn:
•Implement Teacher-Training Model-12-Day-In-School residencies, which aimed to incorporate drama strategies into the classroom, 2nd-5th grade.
•Develop, design, and implement Professional Developments with DOE teachers, which focus on using drama strategies to enhance the school’s books of the month.
Teaching Artist (Actor-Teacher), Elementary/Junior High School Program at Creative Arts Team/NYU
•Travel through the 5-boroughs
•Devise, develop, and implement 5 to 21 day interactive participatory drama(s), which focus on social and curricula topics for both students and teachers.
•Work with general education and special needs populations in DOE schools and Catholic Diocese schools, along with after school programs 2nd-10th grade.
Stage Manager/Props Master/Costume Designer/Intake Coordinator for CAT Youth Theatre/CUNY. Directed by Helen White
Organize and coordinate 9 main-stage and 5 non-main-stage productions involving casts of 35-45 junior high school and high school age performers. Venues included: NYU Black Box Theater, Tisch Schubert Theater, NYU Fredrick Loews Theater, Bank Street Theater, Theater for The New City.
•Coordinate communications between directors and design teams.
•Coordinate interns and volunteers for load-in, rehearsals, performances, and strike.
•Maintain daily communications and current day-to-day information with the youth members and staff.
•Maintain daily communications and current day-to-day information with staff regarding the welfare of youth members.
“Language Ideologies in Literacy Classrooms.” Panelist.
Emergence of 21st Century Literacies. Professional Development Workshop Series, New York, NY (October 2014)
“Drop the TNT” Keynote Presenter.
Damayan Migrant Workers Association. New York, NY (May 2014)
Annual Diaspora Weekend. Presenter.
Organization of African People. Purchase, NY (February 2013)
“Immigration Right and Asian Americans.” Panel Presenter
NYU 7th Annual NYC Asian American Student Conference. New York, NY (April 2013)
“A Story of Courage, and Your Chance for Leadership.” Key Presenter.
Hostos Student Leadership Academy. New York, NY (May 2013)
“Activism Through the Arts” Key Presenter.
Chinatown Beautification Day 2013 Youth Conference. New York, NY (August 2013)
“DREAM Act Today.” Panel Presenter
NYU-NYC Asian American Student Conference. New York, NY (April 2012)
“The DREAM Act: Out of the Shadows” Key Presenter.
Purchase College’s 7th Annual John Howard Lecture on Law and Society. Purchase, NY (October 2012)
Bachelors in Arts Degree
New York University/School of Continuing Professional Studies, 2009/2010
Major: Anthropology and Sociology
Anthropology/Sociology Club: Founder & Officer
University Honors Scholar
Associates in Arts Degree
New York University/School of Continuing Professional Studies, 2007
Major: Liberal Arts
Dovetail Literary Review: Contributing Writer
Dean’s List: 2003, 2004
Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama (Developed into M.A. on Applied Theatre at CUNY Gradate Center)
Professional Development Training, 1999-2009
High School of Economics & Finance, NYC, 1997
School of Visual Arts Liberty Partnership Program, 1995
Roxbury Institute for Medical Billing, Licensed 1994
SKILLS & INTERESTS
•Conversational Fluency in Tagalog, Philippine Dialect
•Event Organizing & Project Management
• Member of Friends of CAT Youth Theatre
• Girltank Nominee
• Featured character in documentary Out of the Shadows, filmed by Juan Galindo and produced by John Howard of Purchase College
•Career Day Presenter at Pace University Upward Bound and Liberty Partnerships Program, 2011
• Career Day Presenter at the High School of Economics & Finance, 2010-11
• Visiting Artist and Presenter at the High School of Economics & Finance, Art Department, 2007-2010
• Volunteer Judge for the Quality of Life Program, W!SE (Working In Support of Education), 2008-2010
• Founder and Producer of UnBoxed Voices Productions