Meet the NYC Children’s Theater Team

From our supportive board, to our tireless staff, to our talented teaching artists, these are the people who make NYC Children’s Theater the premier children’s theater and educational program in New York.

Our Board

We would like to thank our Board of Directors for their wisdom, guidance and unwavering support.

Ankur Datta

Ankur Datta

Position - Board Member

Ankur K. Datta is a member of the corporate development team at JP Morgan Chase & Co., where he helps spearhead strategic partnerships, investments, and acquisitions for the bank’s mortgage lending division. read more

Barbara Zinn Krieger

Barbara Zinn Krieger

Position - Artistic Director

Barbara Zinn Krieger founded New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) during her tenure as Executive Director of the Vineyard Theatre. read more

Erin Eisenberg

Erin Eisenberg

Position - Board Member

Erin Eisenberg is a civic entrepreneur, currently working as a program analyst for the NYC Department of Homeless Services. read more

Hope Helfenstein, CFP

Hope Helfenstein, CFP

Position - Board Member

As a Certified Financial Planner and Vice President of Investments at UBS Wealth Management, Hope Helfenstein manages over $125 million in client assets. read more

Javier Sanchez

Javier Sanchez

Position - Board Member

Javier Sanchez has worked with youth at community-based organizations including Jacob Riis Settlement House, Project Reach Youth and LGBT Community Center. read more

Kashif Sweet

Kashif Sweet

Position - Board Member

Kashif Sweet is a New York City Children's Theater Board Member. read more

M. Bridget Downes, M.D.

M. Bridget Downes, M.D.

Position - Board Member

Bridget’s looks forward to participating in NYCCT's mission to promote social and emotional resiliency and a lifelong love of theater. read more

Marietta Ries Lavicka

Marietta Ries Lavicka

Position - Board Member

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Marietta Ries Lavicka began her career at Morgan Stanley. She left to pursue a career in human rights. read more

Marilyn Yanowitch

Marilyn Yanowitch

Position - Board Vice-Chair

Marilyn Yanowitch has spent most of her career in advertising, first as a copywriter and then as Executive Creative Director for large NYC ad agencies. read more

Matthew Quint

Matthew Quint

Position - Board Member

Matthew Quint is the Director of Columbia Business School's Center on Global Brand Leadership, the leading global forum on branding issues. read more

Melanie Weinraub

Melanie Weinraub

Position - Board Chair

Currently a stay-at-home mom, Melanie Weinraub was the Associate General Manager of Lincoln Center Theater before leaving the workforce in 2007. read more

Melissa Hurd

Melissa Hurd

Position - Board Member

Melissa Hurd has been a Director of Marketing in the Global Merchant Services team with American Express since 2012. read more

Michael Schmitt

Michael Schmitt

Position - Board Member

Michael Schmitt is an architect who has known Barbara Krieger since 1985 when he worked with her on the design for the Vineyard Theater in Union Square. read more

Naney Pandit

Naney Pandit

Position - Board Member

Naney is a Managing Director in the Treasury Services group at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is currently the head of products & platforms for commercial cards. read more

Tim Reid

Tim Reid

Position - Board Member

Tim Reid has combined his passions for drama and teaching in the Education field for over 20 years by creating diverse curricula & designing theater courses read more

Warren Kudman

Warren Kudman

Position - Board Member

Warren Kudman is a global IT executive with over 20 years of experience in aligning enterprise-wide IT strategy and programs with business strategy. read more

Our Staff

Alex Delare

Alex Delare

Position - Associate Director of Education

Alex Delare is overjoyed to be the new Education Associate at NYCCT. She passionately believes that all New York City children deserve exposure to the arts. read more

Andrew Frank

Andrew Frank

Position - Executive Director

Andrew Frank's background in theater includes work as a producer, writer and director. Most recently, he was Associate Producer for Lombardi on Broadway. read more

Barbara Zinn Krieger

Barbara Zinn Krieger

Position - Artistic Director

Barbara Zinn Krieger founded New York City Children’s Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) during her tenure as Executive Director of the Vineyard Theatre. read more

Barry Hamilton

Barry Hamilton

Position - General Manager

Barry Hamilton, who served as NYCCT’s Technical Coordinator for the award winning Band of Angels last spring, has a wealth of experience in theater production, having served several seasons as Production Manager for American Stage Theater in St. Petersburg, FL. read more

Caitlyn McCain

Caitlyn McCain

Position - Artistic Associate

Caitlyn McCain is a New York City based actor, singer and teaching artist. Originally from SoCal, Caitlyn moved to NYC to attend New York University's Tisch School of the arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Drama in 2019. read more

Erica Mann

Erica Mann

Position - Grants Manager

Erica Mann is a Queens-based playwright and grant writer. Her plays have received numerous honors, including being a semifinalist for a Julliard Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship. read more

Glenn Potter-Takata

Glenn Potter-Takata

Position - Production and Artistic Operations Manager

Glenn Potter-Takata joins the team at New York City Children’s Theater as Production and Artistic Operations Manager after earning his MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. read more

Kimberly Wilson Marshall

Kimberly Wilson Marshall

Position - Public Relations & Special Events Director

Kimberly Wilson Marshall started Wilson Marshall PR+Events, a New York City based boutique company performing public relations and special event services for diverse clients after several years of working with NYC Children's Theater. read more

Matt Ketai

Matt Ketai

Position - Marketing and Development Manager

Matt Ketai is an actor and writer. read more

Nicole Hogsett

Nicole Hogsett

Position - Marketing and Audience Development Director

Nicole Hogsett graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University in Queens, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/Media Studies read more

Sara Morgulis

Sara Morgulis

Position - Education Director

Sara Morgulis is an applied theatre artist and educator who is dedicated to engaging young people through accessible and inclusive theatre practices. read more

Sarah Marksteiner

Sarah Marksteiner

Position - Artistic Associate

Sarah Marksteiner is excited to join the NYCCT team. Sarah is a performer, playwright, and arts administrator from Virginia. read more

Yvonne Roen

Yvonne Roen

Position - Government and Board Relationship Manager

Yvonne Roen is an actress, director, and songwriter living and working in tri-state area. She enjoys creating and performing classical as well as avant-garde works. read more

Current Apprentices and Fellows

Jenna Doherty

Position - Artistic Apprentice

Jenna Doherty is an NYC based director and arts administrator. She graduated from Vassar College and is thrilled for the opportunity to work with NYYCT. read more

Kiah Amara

Position - Education Apprentice

Kiah Amara is thrilled to be joining the NYCCT education team this year & can’t wait to discover NYC through the celebration of art, diversity, & learning! read more

Miranda Lee

Position - Arts Administration Apprentice

Miranda Lee is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing, social sciences, film, and theatre. read more

Our Teaching Artists

Adam Boggs McDonald

Adam Boggs McDonald

Adam Boggs McDonald is an actor, singer and dancer based in NYC. Born and raised in Las Vegas, he attended the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. read more

Alexia Antoniou

Alexia Antoniou

Alexia Antoniou is a storyteller who is absolutely delighted that her work has lead her to NYCCT. read more

Becca Bernard

Becca Bernard

Becca Bernard is an Off-Broadway performance artist who blends physical comedy, music, and dance to communicate her ferociously optimistic perspective of the world. She specializes in both ensemble and solo devised theatre with companies such as Parallel Exit and Metropolis Ensemble, Animal Engine and The Celebration Barn Theatre. Her solo show The Fainting Room has toured to 5 different cities. read more

Bekah Elles

Bekah Elles

Bekah Elles is a teaching artist and performer from Seattle. Bekah has a BA in Musical Theatrefrom American University where she also danced with the American University Dance Companyfor two years. read more

Betina Hershey

Betina Hershey

Betina Hershey Russo is a native New Yorker born to a Broadway musician and a painter. read more

Brian Feinstein

Brian Feinstein

Brian Feinstein began his career in entertainment at the USC School of Cinema & Televisionand completed his master’s degree at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. read more

Brielle Silvestri

Brielle Silvestri

Brielle Silvestri is a performer and educator. read more

Caitlyn McCain

Caitlyn McCain

Caitlyn McCain is a New York City based actor, singer and teaching artist. Originally from SoCal, Caitlyn moved to NYC to attend New York University's Tisch School of the arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Drama in 2019. read more

Carrie Ellman-Larsen

Carrie Ellman-Larsen

Carrie Ellman-Larsen is a born and raised New Yorker. She studied drama and psychology at NYU where she received her BFA in Drama. read more

Cheyenne Mesura

Cheyenne Mesura

Cheyenne Mesura is a teaching artist and performer in NYC. She is excited to return to NYCCT as a teaching artist this year. She graduated college with a BA in theater and dance. read more

Claire Fleitz

Claire Fleitz

Claire Fleitz is an Educator and Creator. read more

Diana Fox

Diana Fox

Diana began her work with NYCCT as an education apprentice, and since then has loved working as a teaching artist & starring in 3 NYCCT Touring Productions! read more

Drew Petersen

Drew Petersen

Drew Petersen is a New York City based artist and educator. read more

Emma Mueller

Emma Mueller

Emma Mueller is an actress, writer, and teaching artist in NYC. read more

Emmy Weissman

Emmy Weissman

Emmy Weissman is a theatre artist and arts educator. read more

Frankie Sunswept

Frankie Sunswept

Frankie Sunswept is a songwriter/performer/guitar teacher living in Ridgewood Queens. read more

Garry Novikoff

Garry Novikoff

Garry Novikoff is a Bronx-born singer/songwriter whose talent spans many genres. He is a recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo Award for Children’s Music. read more

Ingrid Running

Ingrid Running

Ingrid Running is a New York based educator and teaching artist. read more

Jackie Wolff

Jackie Wolff

Jackie Wolff has been a theater arts teacher and teaching artist for the past 15 years. She graduated from New York University's MA in Applied Theater and went on to be a full time arts integration specialist at several private schools in NYC, specializing in special needs, language learners and early childhood populations. read more

Julia Nickerson

Julia Nickerson

Julia Nickerson has been working in education and theater for the past eight years and is ecstatic to be joining the New York City Children Theater’s team. read more

Julia Sharpe-Levine

Julia Sharpe-Levine

Julia Sharpe-Levine is an artist, educator, writer, and activist living in Brooklyn. She has a Master's degree in Applied Theatre from CUNY's School of Professional Studies. read more

Kalle Macrides

Kalle Macrides

Kalle Macrides is a Brooklyn-based playwright, performer, and educator as well as the Executive Director of Adhesive Theater Project. read more

Kasia Klimiuk

Kasia Klimiuk

Kasia Klimiuk is a New York-based performance artist, teaching artist, director and arts administrator. read more

Katherine McDowell

Katherine McDowell

Katherine is an actress, writer, yogini, teacher, and adventurer in life! She holds a BFA with Honors from Tisch School of the Arts NYU and an MA from King's College London in conjunction with RADA. read more

Kimberly Hale

Kimberly Hale

Kimberly Hale grew up in Iowa where she studied Performing Arts & Musical Theatre at Iowa State University. She currently works in New York City as a Teaching Artist (specializing as a Director/Choreographer) and also works as an ASL-English Interpreter. read more

Kit Goldstein Grant

Kit Goldstein Grant

Kit Goldstein Grant is a New York City-based composer, lyricist, librettist and teaching artist. She is delighted to be teaching with NYCCT! read more

Laura Galindo

Laura Galindo

Laura Galindo is a theatre and music maker based in NYC. read more

Lily Lipman

Lily Lipman

Lily Lipman loves working with NYCCT as a teaching artist and is thrilled to join them this year as both a teaching artist and Accessibility Coordinator. read more

Lynda DeFuria

Lynda DeFuria

Lynda DeFuria is a New Jersey born, Las Vegas raised singer, songwriter, actress and teaching artist currently living in New York City. read more

Mackenzie McBride

Mackenzie McBride

As a teaching artist, Mackenzie McBride works with New York City Children's Theater, Marquis Studios, Wingspan Arts, and The Leadership Program. read more

Madeline Calandrillo

Madeline Calandrillo

Madeline Calandrillo is so excited to be joining NYC Children's Theatre as an apprentice this year! Madeline is a New York based actor and teaching artist. read more

Mandy Nicole Moore

Mandy Nicole Moore

Mandy is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY. Mandy is super passionate about contemporary theatre, great story telling, comedy and theatre for social justice and has been seen performing them all regionally and locally in NYC theatre. read more

Marion Lopez

Marion Lopez

Marion Lopez is a native New York theater artist, director and educator. She has been performing and creating for over a decade. read more

Max Arnaud

Max Arnaud

Max Arnaud is an actor, writer, director and teacher. He studied at Tulane University (BA) and West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts (MFA). read more

Meghan Grover

Meghan Grover

Meghan Grover Meghan Grover is so grateful to return for her 5th year with NYCCT. read more

Michael Schott

Michael Schott

Michael Schott is a musician and teacher from Manhattan, NY. read more

Nicole Serra

Nicole Serra

Nicole Serra is a theatre artist and educator. Throughout her past 11 years in NYC, Nicole has served as an actor, director, playwright, producer, and stage manager. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Creative Arts Team, Leap, CentreStage, and Theatre Arts Center, among others. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from University of Miami and is currently pursuing her MA through CUNY's Applied Theatre program. She is thrilled to be joining New York City Children’s Theatre and is looking forward to working and learning with NYC’s young people! read more

Oluremi “Remi” Adewole

Oluremi “Remi” Adewole

Oluremi “Remi” Adewole is a versatile singer, actress and performer who delights in sharing her gifts with adults and children of all ages. She began her journey with NYCCT when she joined the cast of “FIVE” in 2018. read more

Peter Musante

Peter Musante

Peter Musante is an interdisciplinary artist & educator who makes unique performance-based experiences that transform space & create community. read more

Psacoya Guinn

Psacoya Guinn

Psacoya Guinn is extremely excited to join NYCCT as a teaching artist, after working as an education apprentice during the 2016-2017 school year. read more

Rae Wilson

Rae Wilson

Rae Wilson is an actress & a dancer who is passionate about making the arts accessible to all populations and regardless of income or ability. read more

Sam Leichter

Sam Leichter

Sam Leichter has worked in theatre education for over seven years. Sam holds a MFA in Acting from Rutgers, where he has taught Basic Acting to undergrads. read more

Sindy Castro

Sindy Castro

Sindy Castro is an actress, educator, and theatre artist. She is currently an MA in Applied Theatre candidate at CUNY's Schools of Professional Studies. read more

Yvonne Roen

Yvonne Roen

Yvonne Roen is an actress, director, and songwriter living and working in tri-state area. She enjoys creating and performing classical as well as avant-garde works. read more

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