Piper Anderson is a writer, theatre artist, educator, and cultural organizer. In 2015 she founded Create Forward, a consultancy specializing in creative strategies for social change sourced from our collective radical imagination. She founded Create Forward after fifteen years cultivating her creative practice at the intersections of community, arts education, and social justice. Since 2002 she has facilitated community cultural projects in detention facilities and community organizations in over 26 cities, generating dialogue and action on the impact of mass incarceration on communities of color. In recent years, she helped to start NYU’s Prison Education Program and now serves on the faculty and steering committee for the program housed at Wallkill Correctional. For 10 years, Anderson was a company member with The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life program and traveled the country with some of LTL’s most popular stage presentations, generating dialogue on critical social themes through popular American literature. Ms. Anderson teaches courses on the intersections of the arts, community cultural development, and social change at NYU’s Gallatin School and CUNY’s graduate program in Applied Theatre. www.piperanderson.com
Board of Directors and Staff
Heleya de Barros is an actor, teaching artist, and arts education advocate in New York City. She has worked in arts education in both California and New York with such organizations as Lincoln Center Theater, McCarter Theater Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Center for Arts Education, People’s Theatre Project, Young Audiences New York, The Geffen Playhouse, The Los Angeles Music Center, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Will & Company, CRE Outreach, and 24th Street Theatre. She has served on the Roundtable’s Teaching Artist Affairs Committee since 2015 working to expand, enhance, and support the field of professional teaching artistry. Heleya is an adjunct professor in the BFA Drama Department at The New School College of Performing Arts. As an actor Heleya earned her Actor’s Equity card touring TYA shows to schools and communities. She has performed with The Geffen Playhouse, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Pacific Resident Theatre, The Falcon Theatre, and The Forum Project, among others and has worked on numerous independent films, commercials, and webseries. Education: BA, Theatre, University of Southern California; MA, Educational Theatre, New York University; British American Drama Academy, classical theatre.
Jennifer M. DiBella currently serves as Director of Education for Roundabout Theatre Company, where she has worked since 2005. Roundabout’s award winning education department partners with over 30,000 people each year through in-school partnerships, career and workforce development, and community engagement programming. Jennifer holds a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and a BA in Theatre Education from Wagner College where she also received her NY State Teaching Certification. She has extensive theatrical directing and teaching experience with artists of all ages. Prior to joining Roundabout, Jennifer worked for Camp Broadway, Walnut Street Theatre, and schools around the country. In May of 2010, she completed Coro Leadership New York, a civic leadership development program that that delivers the skills, knowledge, and network to lead change and develop innovative solutions to public issues. Jennifer currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and on the Audience Engagement Committee for the Broadway League. For four years, Jennifer served as the New York State Representative for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and joined AATE’s National Board of Directors in July of 2013. Through AATE, she created and served as co-chair for the AATE’s annual New York Theatre in Our Schools conference. Jennifer was the co-chair of the 2013 AATE National Conference in Washington DC, which brought together nearly 500 artists and educators from around the world to exchange ideas and best practices in the field of theatre and education. She has presented her work at conferences and events around the country and has served as a guest lecturer at graduate programs throughout New York City. In 2011, Jennifer was proud to receive the Dina Rees Evans Theatre in our Schools Award and in 2018 received Wagner College’s Presidential Medal of Honor for her work at Roundabout.
Kathleen (Kate) Dorman is currently the Education Director at Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA); her most recent work prior to this position was with Classic Stage Company (CSC) as Associate Artistic Director, Education. Other experience includes working as a teaching artist and site director of after-school and summer programs in NYC schools, and serving as a drama specialist in Boston area schools. Kate holds an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and a BA in Theatre and English from Boston College. After having served for many years on the Panels, Programs, and Membership committees, she joined the board of the Roundtable in 2017, and currently serves as co-chair of the Programs Committee.
Anne Fitzgibbon is founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive after-school music training to children in under-served communities in New York City and Long Island. In 2007, Ms. Fitzgibbon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work with Venezuela’s National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (“El Sistema”), a model that has inspired and informed her work with the Harmony Program. Prior to her career in arts education, Ms. Fitzgibbon was Director of Operations and Deputy to the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY) and served for five years as a policy advisor in the Mayoral administrations of Michael R. Bloomberg and Rudolph W. Giuliani, focusing principally on social services, youth programs, and education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College while studying clarinet at the Juilliard School.
Amy Harris is the Director of Education and Outreach at Primary Stages. A native of Minnesota, Amy’s work as an administrator and teaching artist has taken her from coast to coast including a dozen years as the Assistant Education Director/Coordinator of the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program at Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as positions at the Seattle Children’s Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and The Shakespeare Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Amy is a Co-Chair for the Roundtable’s annual Face to Face Conference and has served on the Conference Committee since 2002. She has acted as both a panelist and moderator discussing best practices for internship programs for A.R.T./New York, the American Theatre Wing, New York University, and at the Face to Face Conference. Amy holds a BA in Performing Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Theatre Education from New York University.
Polly Kahn, one of the original co-founders of the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable, was delighted to rejoin the board in 2014. Polly is principal of PK Arts Solutions/PK Orchestra Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, organizational assessment and program design, executive search, and executive coaching. She is formerly vice president of the League of American Orchestras, the service organization for American orchestras, where she designed professional development opportunities for orchestra boards, staff, musicians and music directors, including executive education programs and the national conference. At the League, Polly also served as the advisor to the education/community leaders in the League’s 800 member orchestras. She is formerly director of education for the New York Philharmonic and for the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y; assistant director of the Lincoln Center Institute, and on the staffs of the Marlboro Music Festival and Casals Festival. Her 2014-15 articles speaking to best practices in the education and community realm in American orchestras have been widely distributed in Symphony Magazine, via the “Animating Democracy” series for Americans for the Arts, and via polyphonic.com. She is the recipient of the InterSchool Orchestras Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education.
Sobha Kavanakudiyil is a Co-Chair for The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and she is a faculty member in The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. She also works as an Arts Education Consultant is part of the inaugural class of the American’s for the Arts Speaker’s Bureau, a Mentor for the Arthur Miller Foundation and Department of Education mentoring program and on the Board of Directors for American’s for the Arts. She is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Fellowship and has traveled to Seoul, Korea and Puebla, Mexico to share her love of theatre with teachers and artists abroad. Sobha is committed to quality arts education! You can follow her on Twitter @MsSobhaK.