Our Team

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Eileen Doyle
Executive Director

Children. Their creativity–and their joy when they have the chance to create–are what move me to Action. Children growing u […]

Eileen Doyle

Children. Their creativity--and their joy when they have the chance to create--are what move me to Action. Children growing up in poverty have so very few opportunities to actually create, and that is just Absurd, because we all know (and tons of research proves) that when children create art, they do better in school, work and life--and their creativity will in fact change our city and even the world. A for Art for All Children. It's not just nice, it's necessary!  
  Eileen Doyle joined the Young Audiences New York team as Executive Director in December 2013. She brings a strong background in experiential education for children and nonprofit leadership, including serving for 15 years in senior positions at the national headquarters of Girl Scouts of the USA. Prior to that, she was instrumental in launching several community initiatives including Friends of Island Academy in New York City, as well as new programs for the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau and Oxford Health Plans. All of these involved organizing community stakeholders to create change. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSW with a focus in Community Organizing from Hunter College and has participated in Coro’s Leadership New York program.
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Jennifer Moore
Deputy Director of Fund Development & Finance

Jennifer has spent the last six years at Young Audiences New York spearheading its Fund Development efforts […]

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer has spent the last six years at Young Audiences New York spearheading its Fund Development efforts and the past two overseeing its Finance team as well. She brings her personal experience as a dancer combined with her passion for helping children to her work each day. Jenn is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Fordham University. She is a board member of the NYC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she also serves as Chair of the Professional Advancement Committee. Reflecting on her time at YANY, Jenn said, "Each year, I am more and more inspired by the work of our Teaching Artists with children. I am amazed at the thoughtful and creative work they are able to accomplish!"
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Mike Gianakos
Deputy Director of Program and Community Impact

Mike Gianakos has been managing youth development programs in New York’s most underserved communities for over 15 years […]

Mike Gianakos

Mike Gianakos has been managing youth development programs in New York’s most underserved communities for over 15 years. In his most recent role, Mike directed special projects for a community based organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in the South Bronx. In this capacity, Mike was responsible for the strategic program development of 16 school and community center programs that provided wrap around services for youth and their families in an effort to increase social emotional learning and academic success. He feels that empowering someone to reach their greatest potential, however they define that, is the most rewarding thing a person can do. Mike believes his extensive experience in youth development will help YANY continue its mission and empower young people to grow through experiencing the arts.
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Gloria Mable
Director of Program Operations

Gloria has been involved in education for many years, including working at the New York State Education Department […]

Gloria Mable

Gloria has been involved in education for many years, including working at the New York State Education Department the New York City Department of Education, and for over 31 years at Young Audiences New York. Gloria is inspired every time she enters a NYC classroom and sees the students creating art. Knowing that without YANY, so many of these students would not have the opportunity to engage in artmaking is the main reason she continues to try to ensure that more students will have these experiences.
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Jasmin Foreman
Program Manager

Jasmin Foreman strongly believes that the arts help give children a better understanding of their world, making them better […]

Jasmin Foreman

Jasmin Foreman strongly believes that the arts help give children a better understanding of their world, making them better problem solvers and communicators. She is very passionate about providing arts opportunities to schools and communities in need. At Young Audiences, Jasmin has had the opportunity to continue her mission by working with talented and professional teaching artists to provide arts programming that stimulates creativity, and builds confidence and individuality. Jasmin is most excited to collaborate with Young Audiences staff and community partners in providing strong arts opportunities to the communities in which she is working.
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Joe Vigliotti
Managing Director, Literature to Life®

Joe is a proud theatre practitioner with a foundation as a director and writer […]

Joe Vigliotti

Joe is a proud theatre practitioner with a foundation as a director and writer. As an educator, Joe has developed many theatre programs for youth in the inner cities across the country. In 2013, Joe was a featured Ted Talk panelist for his "6 C's to become a Better Anything". As a playwright, he wrote and directed “The Myspace Chronicles” which originally premiered as a workshop in Los Angeles and was produced Off Broadway at New York’s Theatre Row and the musical Madame Infamy premiering at the Signature Theatre in 2015.
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Karina Lynch-Graham
Managing Director, Family & Community-Based Programs

Karina holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theater from the University of New Mexico […]

Karina Lynch-Graham

Karina holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theater from the University of New Mexico... and a Master’s of Performing Arts Administration from New York University. She has a professional background in theater and dance as well as having an extensive career in arts education, youth development and community outreach. Karina has directed arts programs and led arts integration and creative workshops for teaching artists and community based institutions across the city. Prior to coming to YANY she was the Arts and Education Content Specialist for the Department of Youth and Community Development where she created a city-wide Teaching Artist Summer Academy for teaching artist that work in after school programs as well as Call to Arts a symposium for arts educators and program directors working in after-school and summer programs. She has sat on arts and education panels and been an advocate for quality arts and education across New York. Karina is inspired by Arts for Social Change, Travel and Stevie Wonder.
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Debbie Blas
Debbie Blas
Community School Director @ PS205

Debbie has a background in social work with extensive experience working with youth […]

Debbie Blas

Debbie has a background in social work with extensive experience working with youth involved in the criminal justice system, prevention services, and most currently in out of school time programming. Additionally, Debbie is passionate about dance - especially teaching it! The experiences Debbie has had with youth has kept her motivated, humble, and passionate in life and the work that she does every day. Debbie is inspired by young people who help bring awareness to their talents and unrealized potential. “It's when we can create safe spaces where youth can explore their creativity, dive into their curiosity, and engage in innovative forms of learning where we can truly support their growth and individuality.” -Debbie Blas
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Kelsey Lidsky
Residency Manager

Kelsey is thrilled to be part of the YANY team! […]

Kelsey Lidsky

Kelsey is thrilled to be part of the YANY team! As the new Residency Manager, she will oversee multiple programs and provide support to our school partners and Teaching Artists. Originally from Texas, Kelsey moved to NYC to pursue her passion for theater. After receiving her MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama, she decided to dedicate herself to something she is equally passionate about: providing as many children as possible with an arts education. Kelsey strongly believes that creative expression is key in helping our youth learn how to communicate thoughtfully, express truthfully, and experience authentically. She is inspired by how free and insightful young people are in their creativity and is proud to be part of an organization who fosters that.
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Michael Pace
Business Manager

With a background in arts administration and project management–and a real passion for arts education–Michael oversees […]

Michael Pace

With a background in arts administration and project management--and a real passion for arts education--Michael oversees the daily operations of Young Audiences New York and collaborates closely with its vendors. Over the past ten years Michael has worked with some of this city’s most exciting non-profit arts organizations. He is honored to help Young Audiences New York realize its bold new initiatives and play a role in providing creative opportunities for NYC children, families, and their communities!
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Travon Anderson
Travon Anderson
Program Administrator

Travon is excited to join the YANY family as the new Program Administrator […]

Travon Anderson

Travon is excited to join the YANY family as the new Program Administrator. Originally from Detroit, Travon has an extensive background working with artistic youth. Over the past few years, Travon shifted his work with artistic youth to focusing primarily in arts administration. Travon is also a professional jazz singer and looks forward to the many wonderful things YANY has to offer.
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Sarah Frazier
Sarah Frazier
External Affairs Manager

Sarah is an experienced fundraiser, having worked as a Director of Development […]

Sarah Frazier

Sarah is an experienced fundraiser, having worked as a Director of Development and consultant to many New York City arts and cultural organizations. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, and a Master’s in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. She also serves as a grants panelist for the Queens Council on the Arts, and on the Executive Committee of Women’s Information Network, NYC. She strongly believes that culture creates community, and all communities deserve the connection of culture. She is proud to join Young Audiences to build opportunities for all of New York’s children to create and experience art.
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