In this informative workshop, participants will learn what it takes to be a Teaching Artist as well as uncover the industry secrets of what Arts hiring organizations look for. You will hear from a panel of Arts Administration professionals on industry best practices and what they are looking for when hiring new educators and staff. From resume formatting, application do’s and don’ts, to interview techniques, this workshop will give you the resources to feel confident and help you land your next Teaching Artist gig.
Jessica Diaz (Broadway Bound Kids) is an educator, administrator and performer living in NYC. Jessica began performing in theatre at the age of nine, which led her to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University. After graduating, she performed professionally in television, film and theater in NYC, LA and Chicago. Her love for theater took a new direction towards arts education and she obtained her Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. As a teaching artist and administrator Jessica has worked with Atlantic Theater Company, ArtsConnection, New Victory Theater, and mainstages to bring arts education programming to students at every grade level. Most recently Jessica held the title of Program Manager at ArtsConnection where she oversaw The Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program in coordination with the NYC DOE.
Ryan Canuelle (mainstages) has been part of countless productions as an actor, director, designer and stage manager. While studying Acting at Syracuse University, Ryan began to combine theater and education as a head facilitator for the Artist's Workshop, where he developed curriculum and facilitated programs for students with a range of physical and developmental disabilities. Ryan received his Master's in Educational Theater at New York University, where he collaborated with top Teaching Artists and Educational Leaders to create and administer creative curriculum for Educational institutions. Each year Ryan hires dozens of Teaching Artists and Theater Directors for theater programs all over the country. He also leads professional development workshops for artists and educators alike at educational conferences, locally and nationally.
Meghan Blakeman (Wingspan Arts) is a Western Massachusetts native with a degree from the University of New Hampshire where she studied both Acting and Theatre Education. Meghan has been a freelance Teaching Artist and Youth Theatre Director for over 10 years throughout New England and New York City. She has worked with the West Side YMCA, Rising City Arts, among other creative organizations. Meghan started with Wingspan 5 years ago as a Site Director and Teaching Artist, but now serves as an Education Program Manager overseeing the operations of several afterschool arts enrichment programs.