Along with having an active career as a professional in the performing arts, MaryAnne is also a freelance teaching artist. She is a graduate from City College, CUNY where she received her master's degree in Educational Theatre. She was named the recipient of the faculty nominated Bertram Epstein Memorial Scholarship Award from the School of Education for excellence in educational research for her thesis. MaryAnne's most recent teaching artist work includes directing and producing musicals The Lower Manhattan Arts Acadmey such as CHICAGO, GREASE, and STARMITES. She has also taught master classes for Nine9 Agency, Once Source Talent Agency, Arts for All Inc., Talent Unlimited Arts High School, and The Gallery Players Theatre. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Theatre Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College where she piloted the Pop/ Rock Performance Lab for the Musical Theatre program. MaryAnne is a New York State certified (K-12) Theatre teacher who also holds a NYC DOE substitute teacher license and also serves for The School Professionals Agency.
Whether she is working on production, devising a brand new piece of theatre or writing curriculum, MaryAnne's work is deeply rooted in story telling, narrative, justification, research and empowerment. Her goal is to always put her students voices at the center of any the work. Her motto is "aspire to inspire" students to take control of their art, own it, love it, live it and change lives with it.
Along with her own credentials and training as a working theatre artist, MaryAnne also believes it is imperative to bring professionals from the feild into the classroom and rehearsal process. This kind of exposure and experience can only enrich and enhance process. She encourages her students not to look at the work we do as simply another assignment or class. As artists we are THE teachers and THE culture creators which is a huge responsibility!