Board of Directors and Staff

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Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director

Kimberly Olsen is the Executive Director of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, a grassroots service organization working to improve and advance the state of arts education across the five boroughs. As leader of the organization, Kim works with a large network of NYC-based cultural organizations and arts educators to provide professional development, share resources, create community-led learning spaces, and advocate for arts education in schools and communities. Through NYCAIER, she also produces the annual Face to Face Conference, the largest, most comprehensive arts in education conference in New York State. Kim has been on staff with the Roundtable since September 2017, first serving as Face to Face Conference Manager for the 25th Anniversary Conference then Managing Director before becoming the organization’s first Executive Director.

Kim has had a prolific career as a teaching artist working with students Pre-K to adult in over fifty schools across the tri-state area with a focus on working in District 75 with students with disabilities. She currently teaches with ArtsConnection and has worked previously with New York City Center, Queens Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center.

She holds a Masters of Science in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood & Special Education from the State University of New York Geneseo where she also received her NY State Teaching Certification. www.kimberlyolsen.net

Email: kolsen@nycaieroundtable.org  /  Phone: (212) 691-6500 x301

 

Kinsey Keck, Programming and Membership Manager

Kinsey Keck is the Programming and Membership Manager for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She works alongside Executive Director Kimberly Olsen to carry out the mission of the Roundtable and to provide support to the NYC arts education community. Prior to accepting the Programming and Membership Manager position, Kinsey held the title of Roundtable Coordinator. She first joined the Roundtable staff as the Conference Manager for the 2020 Face to Face Arts in Education Conference, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s annual flagship event.

Kinsey is also a Theatre teaching artist, specializing in devising. She currently works in multiple NYC schools as a teaching artist for Little Red Rocket, Muscota New School, and International Girls Ensemble. Kinsey recently returned from summer residencies working for International Girls Ensemble at Thoo Mweh Khee Migrant Learning Center in Phop Phra, Thailand, and at Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus School in Battambang, Cambodia.

As a native Texan, Kinsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with focuses in devising, acting, and costume design/construction. In 2019, Kinsey received her Masters of Science in Education in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York.

Email: kkeck@nycaieroundtable.org

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Molaundo Jones, Communications & Resources Manager

Molaundo Jones is the Communications & Resources Manager for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. Prior to the Roundtable, Molaundo served as Social Media Manager at Fractured Atlas and Art Services Manager at Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). In addition to doing all things digital, Molaundo has over a decade of experience as an arts educator– including work with our very own Free Arts NYC and Brooklyn Arts Council– and served as program manager of QCA’s SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence program which uses arts education to improve the quality of life of our city’s elders.

Molaundo is also founder of The Clever Agency, a content creation studio, and currently serves as Board President of Fourth Arts Block (FAB NYC), an organization committed to preserving the cultural vibrancy of the Lower East Side. A New York native, Molaundo earned an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Business administration from Morehouse College.

Email: mjones@nycaieroundtable.org

Philip A. Alexander

Philip A. Alexander is the Arts in Education Director at Brooklyn Arts Council. He is a creativity catalyst who seeks to inspire and empower others in their own artistry. He partners with artists and educators in pursuit of meaningful and effective arts pedagogy, having held management and leadership positions with such esteemed organizations as Roundabout Theatre Company, Empire State Partnerships, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and the New York State Alliance for Arts Education. He consults in the realms of professional development, assessment and strategic partnership, having supported the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Center for Arts Education, VSArts, and the US Department of Education, among others. Holding a doctorate in theatre history, he is seen regularly at professional gatherings as workshop leader or featured speaker.

Ronald K. Alexander

Ronald K. Alexander is an independent arts consultant, dance educator, and choreographer. He has performed with companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has choreographed for numerous schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, The Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha- Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company.

From 1994-2002, Ronald K. was a certified dance instructor with the NY Department of Education. He has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York (1987-92) under Betty Allen; Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05); and School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem,New York (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He has studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens, the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White, and the New York City Ballet Workout.

Mr. Alexander has an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York. He has served as the Academic Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts (2008-2011) as well as a faculty member. His choreography credits include A Chorus Line (2009) and Titanic (2011) at New England’s Warner Theatre. Mr. Alexander was the subject of Five Teachers, Five Venues, a 2011 article in Dance Teacher Magazine. He is currently the Director of Education at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Youth Arts Academy in Brooklyn, NY and teaches ballet the Ailey School, the Joffrey School New York, the French Academie of Ballet and Peridance Capezio Center.

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. www.piperanderson.com

Erika Atkins, Secretary

Over the past decade Erika Atkins 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 is currently the Deputy Director and a Teaching Artist at Opening Act 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 also serves on the Arts Education Advisory Council for Americans for the Arts and is a former board member of the American Alliance for Theater Education.

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.
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Jennifer DiBella, Co-Chair

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 Dorman

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.