I’m a theater artist living in Brooklyn who has worked as a nanny, sitter, or teaching assistant for over six years. Most recently, I was the after school nanny to a 5 year old boy on the UWS for two years. I’ve worked with a wide range of kids, including a ten year old boy who always wins at one-on-one, a seven year old boy who argued with me about Anna Karenina, and my own baby sister who was born premature. What drew me to theater as a young man is also what fuels me in my work with kids— the idea that a large imagination and a heightened sense of creativity is the best way to open up about how you feel and to understand how others are feeling.
I’m always reading on my own, and when I spend time with a kid I love to read what they’re reading along side of them. I also think kids should always be creating their own stories— on paper, through iPhone cameras, with paint— and I believe that creating narratives is the best way to learn. I’m a huge fan of baseball and other sports, and think that being outdoors and part of a team (formal or informal) is simply awesome.
What forms part of the foundation of who I am and how I work with kids is my belief that emotional honesty is an important form of strength and character, and so is running, drawing, flying kites, playing catch, and putting on plays.