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Lily Balsen

Theatre
In my work with Young Audiences NY,I seek to “let the little guy drive” or the kid in me explore a bit more – all the best di[…]

Lily Balsen

n my work with Young Audiences NY,I seek to “let the little guy drive” or the kid in me explore a bit more – all the best discoveries come when I’m playing, not working. I love activating the imagination with simple ingredients – a story, a stage, and an audience to listen.– I can’t wait to share these discoveries with kids!
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Heleya De Barros

Theatre
This year, I am excited to be focusing on building my voice over experience. It’s a whole new creative world to me. I am cons[…]

Heleya De Barros

This year, I am excited to be focusing on building my voice over experience. It’s a whole new creative world to me. I am constantly learning from the students I work with. Their perspectives on the art brings out news of thinking and creating for me.
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Kaaron Briscoe Minefee

Theatre
The scope of Young Audiences NY excites me. I feel as if the diversity in programming allows Young Audiences NY to meet kids […]

Kaaron Briscoe Minefee

The scope of Young Audiences NY excites me. I feel as if the diversity in programming allows Young Audiences NY to meet kids where they are. Showing children how the arts connect with their day-to-day lives is one of my goals.
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Jo Brody

Visual
Last year was a banner year with a residency where 5th graders shared very personal beliefs and opinions. We created a safe s[…]

Jo Brody

Last year was a banner year with a residency where 5th graders shared very personal beliefs and opinions. We created a safe space to share and experiment! And the resulting art was moving and beautiful. Once again, I get to enter into their lives and share my life of art and clay with them. I don’t teach creativity – hopefully I create a space where it just happens.
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Pat Cannon

Square dancing
I am able to give folks of all ages a chance to dance together and have fun while learning to respect themselves and everyone[…]

Pat Cannon

I am able to give folks of all ages a chance to dance together and have fun while learning to respect themselves and everyone they are dancing with. I love giving students an opportunity to develop new friendships through school community
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Vanessa Davis

Theatre
As an actress, I am committed to engaging students’ intellectual curiosity, reflecting their genuine emotions and inspiring t[…]

Vanessa Davis

As an actress, I am committed to engaging students' intellectual curiosity, reflecting their genuine emotions and inspiring their imaginations that they might find themselves connecting personally with this extraordinary poet. Seeing students write their own poetry in the course of a short session never ceases to amaze! I look forward to the unexpected moments that arise in the classroom when students surprise us with their own discoveries and points of view.
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Robin Dunn

Hip Hop Dance
Teaching students about Hip Hop dance and culture encourages students to be confident and stimulated to create their own work[…]

Robin Dunn

Teaching students about Hip Hop dance and culture encourages students to be confident and stimulated to create their own works. I am excited about watching the transformation in students from shy, insecure, and uncertain to creatively expressive, confident, and motivated.
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Ingrid Gordon

Music
With Young Audiences NY I am bringing a sense of pride and joy to New York’s children I’m excited about the element of surpri[…]

Ingrid Gordon

With Young Audiences NY I am bringing a sense of pride and joy to New York’s children I’m excited about the element of surprise. The students and I don’t know what will happen until we come together to create art.
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Mel House

I love giving young people a vehicle, through theatre, to explore and express their voices. Witnessing young people experienc[…]

Mel House

I love giving young people a vehicle, through theatre, to explore and express their voices. Witnessing young people experience through and “Aha” moments of transformation, continues to surprise and transform how I see myself and our world. I am excited to return to Flint, MI this year to share one of my favorite novels, The Glass Castle with teens, and to experience this great place of literature through new eyes.
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Frank Ingrasciotta
Frank Ingraseiotta

I am proud to be a Young Audiences teaching artist for over 17 years. It has enriched my skills as an arts educator and given

Frank Ingraseiotta

I am proud to be a Young Audiences teaching artist for over 17 years. It has enriched my skills as an arts educator and given me breath as an artist. I am most excited about taking my art form as an actor and writer and infusing it with curriculum to enrich children. Frank is the writer/performer of the award-winning off-Broadway one-man play, “Blood Type: RAGU (presently touring)
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Ana Maria Rodriguez

We have made an unforgettable difference in one and many lives at Young Audiences NY. The hope and possibility I plant in th[…]

Ana Maria (Jomolca) Rodriguez

We have made an unforgettable difference in one and many lives at Young Audiences NY. The hope and possibility I plant in the children’s minds and hearts that they can rise above their circumstances and seeing them become surprised and inspired by their own passions
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Alastair King

Music
I love showing children what they can learn through music, dance and drama. Whenever I am directing a show with children, I […]

Alastair King

I love showing children what they can learn through music, dance and drama. Whenever I am directing a show with children, I am inspired by their originality. I am looking forward to helping children experience where collaboration can take them.
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Fatima Logan

Contemporary Dance
What’s meaningful to me is sharing my experience, knowledge, and perspective with New York communities and providing tools a[…]

Fatima Logan

What’s meaningful to me is sharing my experience, knowledge, and perspective with New York communities and providing tools and an environment for them to explore these traditional and contemporary concepts that are uplifting empowering I am most excited about guiding students to explore traditional techniques through contemporary perspectives that would open their minds to the limitless possibilities.
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Mtume

Film
What is important to me is the fact as a native New Yorker I am able to give back to the youth of this city with the artisti[…]

Mtume

What is important to me is the fact as a native New Yorker I am able to give back to the youth of this city with the artistic skills I have worked hard to hone during my life. Learning more from them about their visions of expression and guiding them in finding their voice is what gets me excited.
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Neil Ochoa

Music
I love that I create the possibility to pass on the knowledge of making music and to promote creativity among young people in[…]

Neil Ochoa

I love that I create the possibility to pass on the knowledge of making music and to promote creativity among young people in the city of NY. I am excited about seeing new children coming to understand and discover their inner creativity.
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Chris Odo

Creative Movement
I love the opportunity to share my joy of the arts through Young Audiences NY because I know the commitment to excellence[…]

Chris Odo

I love the opportunity to share my joy of the arts through Young Audiences NY because I know the commitment to excellence in programming, attention to detail and the ultimate goal of providing children quality arts in education. This and every year, I am excited to see the glow and creativity blossom in the children.
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Erin Orr

Puppeteer
At Young Audiences NY, I have been given the opportunity to engage in long-term artistic collaboration with schools, teachers[…]

Erin Orr

At Young Audiences NY, I have been given the opportunity to engage in long-term artistic collaboration with schools, teachers, and students. I’m able to really learn about the effect of artmaking on the community. I want to help children notice how the smallest of visual and spatial choices impact the story being told to an audience. I want them to have the tools to communicate with ease in their artmaking and in life.
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Anne Pasquale

Theatre Young Audiences NY
I get the opportunity of seeing the world through my students’ eyes. I’m excited about finding more ways […]

Anne Pasquale

Young Audiences NY I get the opportunity of seeing the world through my students’ eyes. I’m excited about finding more ways to reach and teach them to think like artists
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Donna Marie Perkins

Music
What’s meaningful to me as an artist is helping children discover what they have inside them, teaching the important skills h[…]

Donna Marie Perkins

What’s meaningful to me as an artist is helping children discover what they have inside them, teaching the important skills helping them use the tools that artists use, watching them grow as artists even in the few weeks I have with them. I can’t wait to get started to find new ways to make their process more interesting to them. It’s never about me, it’s always about them. What will they do? What will they create?
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Liz Parker

Performer & Theater Deviser
I love creating new theatrical performances that inspire wonder and curiosity in young audiences and families It is a privil

Liz Parker

I love creating new theatrical performances that inspire wonder and curiosity in young audiences and families It is a privilege to share in the world of The Giver with young audiences – I love hearing how the content moves their thoughts and imaginations. I look forward to engaging audiences through performance and discussion.
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Eric Phinney

Music
My chamber music group is creating a new touring program as well as an accompanying video and recording. I am thrilled when […]

Eric Phinney

My chamber music group is creating a new touring program as well as an accompanying video and recording. I am thrilled when children “lose themselves” in music. I am very excited to work on collaboration and teamwork skills with children in a large musical ensemble.
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Richard Santiago

Dance
Creating flamenco choreography and incorporating new techniques and rhythms gives children an opportunity to find new ways to[…]

Richard Santiago

Creating flamenco choreography and incorporating new techniques and rhythms gives children an opportunity to find new ways to express themselves develop a passion for art. I’m always learning something new, I’m always eager to apply what I’ve learned in previous years.
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Fabian Saucedo

Interdisciplinary Arts
I am an artist, educator and agent of change, committed to using artistic craft and the creative process to impact both my local and global communities.

Fabian Saucedo

I am an artist, educator and agent of change, committed to using artistic craft and the creative process to impact both my local and global communities. Working with young audiences connects me with other Artivists equally committed to creating meaningful artistic experiences for children.
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Alexander Shapiro

Visual Arts
The most meaningful thing to me is the possibility of being a meaningful part of the arts and creative education of students who will build all of our futures.

Alexander Shapiro

The most meaningful thing to me is the possibility of being a meaningful part of the arts and creative education of students who will build all of our futures. Giving students the opportunity to learn how to develop and bring creativity to all their future artistic/academic/vocational endeavors is what is exciting.
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Chris Snock

Teach for the Literature to Life program on the National Level. Storytelling has the power to educate and impact at a high and deep level.

Chris Snock

I teach for the Literature to Life program on the National Level. Storytelling has the power to educate and impact at a high and deep level. What is meaningful is hearing young adults’ voices and how they perceive their worlds. I am thrilled to have students engage with their imaginations to perceive¸ to challenge and question, and to have them create space for windows where once there may have been walls.
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Navida Stein

Storytelling, music, theater, playwrightingWhat is meaningful to me is celebrating 30 years at Young Audiences NY as a TA and sharing my artistry with children of all ages!

Navida Stein

What is meaningful to me is celebrating 30 years at Young Audiences NY as a TA and sharing my artistry with children of all ages! Sharing stories from around the world, promoting literacy and encouraging kids to tell their own stories through text, movement, and music makes this work exciting.
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Lisa Strum

Theatre
What is meaningful to me is creating safe spaces for children to express themselves artistically.

Lisa Strum

What is meaningful to me is creating safe spaces for children to express themselves artistically. I’m excited about bringing theatre arts into the classrooms and witnessing how creativity transforms children’s lives
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Carol Sylvan

Sharing the gist and the love of music, opening up musical doors and expand their taste, giving them something that will make an impact now

Carol Sylvan

Sharing the gist and the love of music, opening up musical doors and expand their taste, giving them something that will make an impact now and leave an impression on their future is so meaningful to me. Seeing their appreciation of music grow, how they respond when they see and hear themselves as they progress from start to finish is exciting.
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Philip B. Swift

Digital Media
I was a terrible high school student. I really couldn’t get down with anything except for the arts.

Philip B. Swift

I was a terrible high school student. I really couldn’t get down with anything except for the arts. The most meaningful thing to me about being Arts Educator with YANY is when I’m able to go into a classroom and integrate the arts into the curriculum to help out and inspire others like me. I look forward to building stronger relationships with the schools that I’ll be returning to and cultivating new, worthwhile ones at new sites.
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Ling Tang

Chinese Dance
At Young Audiences NY I got to explore diverse communities within NYC, where I never had the opportunity to interact with before and share with them my cultural heritage.

Ling Tang

At Young Audiences NY I got to explore diverse communities within NYC, where I never had the opportunity to interact with before and share with them my cultural heritage. Working with children is a mutual learning experience for me as well. I’m excited to learn with children.
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Rosemary Taylor

Painting, Mixed Media
Instigating creativity in young people that are at first reluctant is what’s meaningful.

Rosemary Taylor

Instigating creativity in young people that are at first reluctant is what’s meaningful. I am excited about building a creative community of high school students, and sharing my passion and excitement for art.
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Michael A. Viera

Actor
The most meaningful thing for me being an arts educator with Young Audiences NY is being able to connect with children via the arts.

Michael A. Viera

The most meaningful thing for me being an arts educator with Young Audiences NY is being able to connect with children via the arts. The opportunity to be a part of the team that makes children their number one priority. As always, I’m excited about inspiring children to be creative and encouraging them to express themselves through art - writing, music, poetry.
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Kevin A. Virgilio

Music
I really appreciate how Young Audiences NY focuses on improving music education with a regional/local perspective.

Kevin A. Virgilio

I really appreciate how Young Audiences NY focuses on improving music education with a regional/local perspective. As a New Yorker, this is important to me. I look forward to those moments when students come out of their musical shells and are no longer afraid to make some noise!
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B. Wojo Womack

Film, Media Production
Having the opportunity to affect change in youth is extremely meaningful to me.

B. Wojo Womack

Having the opportunity to affect change in youth is extremely meaningful to me. To change the trajectory of a life, not by telling them what to do, but by facilitating the creation of a new consciousness and self-awareness that allows them to choose a path that is accurate to who they are and who they want to be. This year, I have access to a mac lab that will allow me to show all sides of the production process to my class.
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Channie Waites

Theater, Dance
I treasure the interactive and engaging nature of theater as it lifts the stories from the page to the stage.

Channie Waites

I treasure the interactive and engaging nature of theater as it lifts the stories from the page to the stage. Some of the most profound literature of our world speaks to the social and personal experiences of our communities. I'm looking forward to learning how our work deepens critical thinking and impacts the daily actions and well-being of the youth I engage with.
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Sorab Wadia

Actor/Theater
I am thrilled to a part of a wonderful organization that is dedicated to enlightening and enriching the lives.

Sorab Wadia

I am thrilled to a part of a wonderful organization that is dedicated to enlightening and enriching the lives. The most exciting aspect of my job is seeing children/young adults experiencing empathy is a new or more profound way.
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Sara Pencheff

I enjoy the opportunity to work with students from diverse background and seeing the unique ways in which they c…

Sarah Pencheff

I enjoy the opportunity to work with students from diverse background and seeing the unique ways in which they connect with the material. Each year I look forward to being surprised by and to seeing children and youth surprise themselves.
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Yloy Ybarra

Mexican Dance is important for me to be able to share my culture and dance with as many children as possible in a nurturing atmosphere.

Yloy Ybarra

It is important for me to be able to share my culture and dance with as many children as possible in a nurturing atmosphere. I am excited to expose children to dance and set up the concept of life-long learning and risk-taking.
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