Maintaining Parallel Careers; A Teaching Artist Perspective
by Chris Giordano & Jacqueline Raymond
This audio blog entry “Maintaining Parallel Careers” was inspired by everyday conversations with fellow teaching artists. By experience, we have often had to make decisions on where are we going to spend our resources. Do we professionally pursue opportunities to showcase our art or do we commit to a teaching residency? Often we strive do both, but there always seems like a sacrifice or missed opportunity in the other field. We wanted to know more about those struggles from working teaching artists, and their strategies to making their parallel careers worth for them.
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Chris Giordano is an actor, director, producer, and teaching artist. He’s a current member of New York City Arts In Education Roundtable, serving on the teaching artist affairs committee. He has taught theatre classes with 92nd Street Y, New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory, TexARTS, AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory, Inside Broadway, Kidville, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Camp Broadway, The Boys and Girls Club, the Putney School Summer Program, and Lifetime Arts. He’s also a member of the Educational Theatre Association, and just completed his M.S.Ed. in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York.
Jacqueline Raymond is an actor and teaching artist in New York City. She’s currently working on her MSEd in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. Additionally, Jacqueline is Co-Founder of Girls 4 Girls, a non profit committed to empowering girls and young women through arts education.