Board of Directors and Staff

Kyla Searle — Managing Director

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.

Barbara “BJ” Adler

BJ Adler is recognized nationally for her unique blend of vision, executive leadership and creative direction in the arts, education and cultural arenas. Through her Vision Emerging consulting firm she provides interim executive leadership, project management for national and community-based organizations (e.g. NEA, the National Art Education Association, the Young Audiences Network, and Create the State in California), and mentors non-profit executives.

As Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Adler implemented services to identify the nation’s most promising emerging young artists while dramatically increasing the capacity and visibility of the organization. She has produced numerous exhibitions, events and publications and has spoken and written about the development of young talent.  In her tenure at Young Audiences, Adler set the education policies for the network of affiliated organizations and administered programs to increase the educational impact of the organization’s arts education services. Her experience includes positions as Executive Director of Chamber Music America and the Kansas City Chapter of Young Audiences and as Education Director of The Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center.

Philip Alexander

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

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.

Erika Atkins

Over the past decade Erika has worked as an arts administrator, youth development professional, teaching artist and performer in not only New York City, but also her native Washington D.C. area. Erika’s life changing experiences growing up as a young artist led her to attend George Mason University, where she obtained a B.A. in Music.
She has served as the Director of Operations and Communications and a Teaching Artist at Opening Act since 2015 and also holds a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Previously Erika has worked at The New Victory Theater (New York City) and Levine Music (Washington D.C.).  She currently serves on the boards of the American Alliance for Theater Education (as the Communications Director) and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She formerly served on the NYC Theater In Our Schools Conference Committee, Co-Chairing the latter in 2016-2017. She continues to perform and produces in the NYC area and is involved in various social justice and political causes.

Justin Daniel

Justin Daniel is a New York City based theatre artist and educator.
As the Professional Development Specialist at Marquis Studios, Justin works with a dynamic ensemble of Teaching Artists to foster best practices and innovations as the field of arts education continues to expand.  As a Teaching Artist, Justin maintains longterm partnerships with The New Victory Theatre, Disney Theatricals, Opening Act NY, and Classic Stage Company, as well as serving on the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee.
Justin’s performance credits span theatre, film, and television including NBC’s Ed, Comedy Central’s Strangers With Candy, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, numerous stage credits across the country, and is a recipient of the Backstage Bistro Award for his solo performance work.  Justin is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
Justin holds a BA in Directing and Education for Theatre from the CUNY Baccalaureate program and a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Antoinette DeLuca

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 DiBella

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.

Kate Dorman

Kathleen (Kate) Dorman works at Classic Stage Company (CSC) in the role of Associate Artistic Director, Education. In this position, she oversees all productions for young audiences (CSC’s ACT YOUNG Program, which focuses on the work of William Shakespeare) as well as all school residencies and partnerships, on-site programming for teens, and internships. Her prior 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 is thrilled to officially join the board of the Roundtable.

Anne Fitzgibbon

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.