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.
Board of Directors and Staff
Polly Kahn, one of the original co-founders of the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable, is delighted to rejoin the board in 2014. Polly is principal of PK Arts Solutions/PK Orchestra Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in assessment, planning, executive search, meeting planning and facilitation, and career counseling. 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 recent 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 faculty member in The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and her M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU. After beginning her graduate degree at NYU, Sobha immersed herself in the field of arts education. She has been a Teaching Artist for The New Victory Theater in New York City where she conducted pre/post performance workshops, participated in residency programs, and led family workshops and teacher institutes. Furthermore, she was also was a member of the innovative Teaching Artist Enrichment Team, a small contingent of artists who mentor new Teaching Artists and implement new ways of expanding the quality of the New Vic Education programs.
She also has been a Teaching Artist with The Educational Arts Team in Jersey City, NJ. In school workshops that she created, developed and conducted include: Violence Prevention, Drug Prevention, and Integrating Drama with Literacy and Social Studies. Camp Liberty is the Educational Arts Team’s summer camp that has approximately 250 children and 35 summer staff that are hired and trained. She has been part of the senior staff maintaining the day-to-day operations of the camp, as well as the Director of the Teen Mentor Program, where she worked daily with 13-15 year olds. Each summer she has also directed one of the camp plays that are produced. Some of her plays that she adapted and directed are “How the Sun and Moon got up into the Sky,” “The Myth of Osiris and Isis,” “Ra-The Creation Story,” “How Ganesh got his Elephant Ears,” and this past summer’s Irish Tale called, “Brave Margaret.”
Sobha has also been an Adjunct Instructor for Hudson County Community College where she taught Acting and Speech, New York University’s Educational Theatre Program and the Teaching & Learning Department where she taught Integrating the Arts and Dramatic Activities for K-6 Classroom, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also proud to have been an Adjunct Instructor for the CCNY Ed Theatre Program. In addition to being an actress, all of the innovation she practices as a Faculty Member in the CCNY Ed Theatre Program and her strong commitment to quality and accessible arts education for all, Sobha is a member of TAG (Teaching Artist Group) co-chair for the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee for the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable; A Member of the TIOS (local AATE chapter) planning committee; has been a presenter at conferences including: NJEA Convention, AATE, Face to Face, NYU Applied Theatre and Pedagogy conferences; NYU Teaching Artist Forum she also had a brief career in Television Broadcasting with an Emmy Nomination for Booking Producer of “Living Dangerously” a one hour Dateline NBC report back in 2000.
David King is a theatre artist, poet, educator, curator and New York City native. He is the Program Director of School Partnerships at Community-Word Project and a Co-Founder of The Seven Collective – a NYC-based artist collective. He previously spent six years in early childhood education at the Harlem Children’s Zone. He is a social justice advocate committed to collaboration, community empowerment and foundational professional development based on equity, inclusion and anti-racism principles. He looks forward to contributing to the Roundtable in this capacity. David earned a B.A. in Theatre from The City College of New York (CUNY). He appreciates those who contribute to the process. Committee Member: TA Affairs, Taskforce on Equity and Inclusion
Kati Koerner is the Director of Education at Lincoln Center Theater and has been co-chair of the Roundtable since 2011. In co-chairing with Ted Wiprud, Kati focuses primarily on Programs and Advocacy. Kati first joined the Roundtable in 2002, became more actively involved in 2003 as a member of the Conference Committee, and joined the Board in 2007. Kati currently serves as a co-chair for the Face to Face Conference.
Joanna Massey is the Director of Learning and Engagement Programs at Carnegie Hall, where she oversees a broad range of music learning experiences for students, teachers, and families. Prior to coming to Carnegie Hall, Joanna worked as Associate Director of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and as a Senior Arts Specialist with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She received a bachelors degree in journalism from Boston University, and a masters degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Joanna has been an active member of the Roundtable since 2006 and joined the board in 2014. She serves as Secretary of the board, co-chair of the Communications Committee, and a member of the Face to Face Steering Committee.
Gary Padmore is Director of Education and Community at Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and is responsible for developing and overseeing its education and community programs, partnerships, and performances. In this role, he also leads the organization’s Education Committee, which is an advisory group with the shared mission of deepening and growing the program’s impact within its community through financial, programmatic, and community support. In nearly 15 years, Padmore’s broad experiences have led him to schools and community organizations throughout the five boroughs andLong Island. As an administrator, he has worked to deepen partnerships to ensure sustainable and high-quality programming. Before OSL, he served as Associate Director of Programs at Midori & Friends, providing skill-based music instruction and enrichment programs throughout New York City. Padmore previously held the position of Interim Education Director for Brooklyn Philharmonic, was a teaching artist at Queens Museum, American Composers Orchestra and Police Athletic League, and was an adjunct lecturer at Queens College. This season, Mr. Padmore was awarded an Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators fellowship through EmcArts. A trumpet player and native New Yorker, Padmore has a bachelor’s degree in music from Queens College, a master’s degree from Mannes College, and an advanced certificate in music education from Queens College.
Mr. Padmore has been a longtime member of the Arts in Education Roundtable, and was invited to join its Board of Directors in 2016. He is a member of the Diversity Taskforce and Communication Committee.
Dr. Bryan Powell is the Director of Programs for Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music in support of the New York City Department of Education’s efforts to expand Modern Band music education programming for thousands of public school students. Bryan is a musician and music educator with elementary, secondary, and college teaching experience. Dr. Powell is an adjunct professor of music and education and teaches at NYU, Hunter College, and Bergen Community College and also facilitates online Masters and Doctoral level courses for Boston University. Additionally, Bryan is the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education, an organization dedicated to promoting and advancing popular music at all levels of education. Bryan has a Bachelor of Music degree from Pepperdine University, a Masters degree in Education from Chapman University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.
David Shookhoff, Roundtable Chair Emeritus and Education Director at Manhattan Theatre Club since 1989, is a founding member of the Roundtable, served as its Treasurer and Steering Committee member for its first six years, and was elected its Chair when the organization incorporated in 1998, stepping down in June, 2011. He has served as co-Chair of the Face to Face Conference since its inception. Throughout its 20-year history, David has worked to help the Roundtable grow to its present size and stature, a role he hopes to continue to play. David also serves on the Board of the Center for Arts Education, the NYCDOE Advisory Council on the Arts, and has chaired the AIE panel at NYSCA.