Kyla Searle is a writer, producer, and educator. She has worked in arts education for over ten years in Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago and, for the last six, in New York City. Kyla is committed to working at the intersections of arts and community development. Kyla’s work as a producer in project design and community arts practice has led her to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and numerous artist-led projects. Kyla’s work in Oakland led to Congressional recognition and she has received multiple grants to investigate arts education abroad. Kyla holds degrees in Urban Studies and Public Health from UCLA and in Arts Practice from NYU. She will receive an MFA from Brown University.
Board of Directors and Staff
Elizabeth Rossi is a community educator, arts-based facilitator, and artist. Elizabeth has facilitated trainings, workshops, and created curriculum around community organizing, sexual violence, Know Your Rights, and the prison industrial complex with a large emphasis on how women of color are impacted by these issues.
Elizabeth graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, majoring in the Community Organizing, Planning, and Development method. Through the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University, she earned a Bachelor’s degree concentrating on activism in communities of color, the prison system, and how identity is formed in the midst of oppression.
Philip A. Alexander is a creativity catalyst who partners with artists, teachers, students, administrators and researchers in the field of arts in education. He is proud to have worked with numerous arts and education organizations at the local, state and national level, in the creation and production of innovative and high quality programs. With a doctorate in theatre history and currently serving as the Education Director of Brooklyn Arts Council, Phil is committed to the mission of “all arts for all students.”
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
Katie Beganics is the Education Director at Theatre for a New Audience. She has been involved as a member of the Roundtable for more than a decade and has served for two years on the Face to Face Conference Committee. Katie joined the Roundtable board in 2012 and is honored to be part of the team.
Brooke has worked as the Director of Education at New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) since 1997. The organization’s mission is to promote literacy and social development in children through theater productions and arts and education programs. The NYCCT education department offers theater and songwriting residencies, interactive anti-bullying workshops, and original musical touring productions to students, grades PreK-6th, in all five boroughs of NYC. Brooke holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School (New School University) and an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. She is thrilled to be a member of the Roundtable Board, as well as serving on the Membership, Programs and Board Development Committees.
In 1989, after having been a costume designer and teaching artist, I became Education Director at Symphony Space, my first administrative job. I needed help with many things, like how to get the DOE to pay in a timely manner, how to get a contract, etc. Luckily, there were other new arts administrators with similar backgrounds who met informally and shared successes and failures. Soon we realized this service should be opened up to the field, and the Roundtable was born in 1992. For more than 20 years, as my job and the field has grown and evolved, the Roundtable has been an invaluable aid to me.
Antoinette DeLuca is delighted to join the Roundtable Board as At-Large Director. She is a licensed psychologist and adjunct professor at both New York University and the City University of New York. During her career she has also worked with Manhattan’s private and independent schools, overseeing their admissions assessments for close to a decade. Throughout her service to New York City’s private and independent schools, she was quoted regularly in such publications as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal as well as Crain’s New York, New York Family, and Bloomberg News.
Antoinette holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Science, and a Doctoral degree as well as a number of advanced certifications. She is also a licensed real estate salesperson.
With strong ties to the community, Antoinette served for two terms as representative to the New York State Psychological Association, she is a Community Advisory Board Member for Channel 13/WNET, and is also an active volunteer with the New York Junior League.
Jennifer M. DiBella is the Associate Education Director for Roundabout Theatre Company and the New York State Representative for the American Alliance for Theatre Education. She has been an active member of the Roundtable since 2005. Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2010, Jennifer served on the Programs Committee and helped the organization with its external communications. Currently she serves as a co-chair of the Programs Committee and as a member of the Conference Committee.
Kai Fierle-Hedrick is an independent consultant providing organizational development, program development, evaluation, and capacity building services for organizations that engage youth and/or the arts.
She has over 13 years’ experience facilitating professional development trainings for paid and volunteer staff, for organizations including Creative Partnerships [UK], the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s annual conference, and Ramapo for Children. At the nonprofit Free Arts NYC, where she was on staff for 9 years, most recently as Chief Program Officer, she led a program department that annually brought together over 2,000 under-served youth and families, 40 Teaching Artists, and 2,000 volunteer mentors in cradle-to-college creative youth development programming. Prior to joining Free Arts, she worked as a teaching artist/consultant in London, UK, for organizations including Arts Council England and the East-Side Educational Trust.
Kai currently serves on the Teaching Artists Guild’s National Advisory Committee, and — as a NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Board Member — is active on the organization’s TA Affairs and Communications committees.