What’s the best part of being a teaching artist? We went straight to the source! Find out what some of NYCCT’s teaching artists love most about their jobs!

Stacey Basner

Stacey Basner

Sharing your gifts and what you are passionate about and seeing children take risks and realizing that art is not hard but fun, creative, challenging and exciting.

Sindy Castro

Sindy Castro

Getting to play with young people and use theatre as a way to talk about the world. Helping young people share what they think, what they want to say with the world through a story, through an image, through a play. I love seeing the growth from the first day of a residency to the last day. Getting to know them and what they care about. Being inspired by their hope.

Jessica Cermak

Jessica Cermak

Getting to travel around the city, meeting different kids and teachers in diverse neighborhoods.

Khalia Davis

Khalia Davis

Giving students that safe space to be creative and explore the depths of their own imaginations. I love telling a student that their ideas matter and are valued because they may not always hear that in other facets of their life.

Rebecca Gerrard

Rebecca Gerrard

I get to work with brilliant young people, who each bring their own expertise and ideas about the world. I get to work in a learning environment that is about collaboration, where each person’s input is valuable and important. We create new work together. I often feel I get the best versions of the young people I work because we are free to play, be creative and inspire each other, I feel genuinely lucky to have the luxury to work in that way.

Psacoya Guinn

Psacoya Guinn

Bringing my love of theatre to students who may not have access to it. Also I love kids, so spending time in a classroom playing drama games and devising plays is a dream come true.

Laura Hankin

Laura Hankin

Working with students to shape their amazingly creative ideas!

Kasia Klimiuk

Kasia Klimiuk

Meeting so many amazing, creative and courageous kids.

Marion Lopez

Marion Lopez

Watching our students engage with a piece of theatre, could be one they wrote or a piece introduced to them, and seeing that they are feeling represented- that the art they are interfacing with relates to their real lives, interests and passions. It is the absolute best to watch that wave of recognition wash over their faces.

Mackenzie McBride

Mackenzie McBride

My job does not ever feel like a job. Working with students, many of whom might otherwise never be exposed to art, is a privilege. It’s fun, students are usually happy to see me and I get to play ALL day. What could be better?

Katherine McDowell

Katherine McDowell

Planting seeds. Knowing that what I’ve done for that experience is to give students a way of thinking and learning that they may not have had before. My hope is that they make a new connection to their life, and even have a new or deepened love of books or performance.

Cheyenne Mesura

Cheyenne Mesura

Getting to play all the fun games and create bunches of dances.

Julia Nickerson

Julia Nickerson

Getting to make connections, have fun, and explore different issues in our society. I am always learning from participants and growing in ways that go beyond my teaching artistry while having a blast.

Nicole Serra

Nicole Serra

Learning from the young people and other teachers in the room. Building community. Challenging people to step up and take risks. Bringing theatre to everyone!

Brielle Silvestri

Brielle Silvestri

Bringing the fun of theatre into the classroom and watching young people get to fully embrace their love of imagination.

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