Teaching Artists

City Center Teaching Artists are experienced educators and accomplished artists who support the institution’s mission of providing innovative and accessible arts education to schools and communities across New York City.

Interested in joining City Center’s Teaching Artist team? We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for Teaching Artists in our Encores! and Flamenco programs. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, a resume highlighting education experience, and a lesson plan specific to your area of expertise in PDF format to jobs@NYCityCenter.org. Please include “Teaching Artist” in the subject line.

Gisele Assi
was a member of two flamenco companies in her hometown Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1988 to 1997 and traveled to Madrid and Seville to study flamenco dance and singing from 1991 and 2009. Working in New York since 1999, Gisele taught flamenco dance for children and adults at Ballet Hispanico, Third Street Music Settlement, at Piel Canela School in New York, and Every Little Movement Academy of Art in Hoboken, NJ. Gisele is a member of Alborada Spanish Theatre Company where she is a choreographer, first dancer, and singer since her arrival in New York. She also appeared on TV shows and Flamenco Tablaos in NYC, and within the tristate area as a featured dancer. In 2009, Gisele was given a scholarship to study flamenco singing at the Foundation Cristina Hereen in Sevilla, Spain.

Xianix Barrera
had her first exposure to dance and music as a child with studies in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Xianix began her formal studies in flamenco in New York City with Jorge Navarro, Nélida Tirado, and Soledad Barrio. In Sevilla, she deepened her training with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Patricia Guerrero, and Carmen Ledesma, among others. She has worked and performed with such prominent artists as Isabel Bayon, Ángel Muñoz, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla, and has taught master flamenco workshops for The Joyce Theater and New York City Center. She is a recipient of a coveted scholarship to attend Jacob Pillow's Cultural Traditions Program led by Noche Flamenca. In 2011, she founded her own dance company, Sabor Flamenco, which premiered to a sold-out audience at The Poet's Den Theater in East Harlem. Xianix has been touring with Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca since 2013 with their wildly successful production of Antigona, a flamenco adaptation of the Sophoclean tragedy. Most recently she performed in Sevilla and Copenhagen alongside flamenco legend Jose Suarez in El Torombo. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults and children as a teaching artist for New York City Center, Ballet Hispanico, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York.

Darren Biggart
is a producer, performer, and teacher. He earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and has performed on tour (Elf), Off-Broadway (Prospect Theatre Company, NYMF, Lincoln Center), and at regional theaters throughout the country (Madison Square Garden, New York City Center, Kennedy Center, MUNY, PCLO, Northern Stage). He is the Creative Director of the non-profit A BroaderWay and was a founding producer of Encores! Off-Center. He is now working in production and innovation at Siena Music, developing and producing new projects in and around NYC. As a director and choreographer, Darren has worked at Plymouth State University (NH), Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Steps (NYC), MTCA (NYC), and The Studio New Canaan (CT).

Michael Blatt
is a New York City-based director and theatre educator. Michael made his professional directing debut in Bergen, Norway where he directed a new Norwegian translation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.  Other directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Actors Theatre of Indiana, Godspell, CurtainsIolanthe, Princess IdaVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and An Infinite Ache. At Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center Michael directed Prom Queen the Musical (U.S. Premiere), Rent, On the Town, Guys and DollsMeet Me in St Louis and Brigadoon. He directed the world premiere of a new play Where a Certain Future by James Howard Carr at NMU. Michael is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Director Award for his work in Wimberley at The Mid-town International Theatre Festival and a member of The Playwriting and Directing Workshop at The Actors Studio. Michael is an adjunct professor at AMDA where he teaches in the Acting Department. He has an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and a BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. AEA, SAG/AFTRA and an associate member of SDC. 

Maya de Silva Chafe
, Teaching Artist, BFA in Theater/Dance UNM.  Born in Santa Barbara, CA and schooled in New Mexico, Maya moved to New York in 1986 and began studying modern dance at Alvin Ailey and flamenco at Fazil’s.  Within a few years she was performing with Flamenco Latino and Danza Espana, later touring with Maria Benitez, also teaching and performing for Carlota Santana, Third St Music School and many more. Maya danced as a soloist and ensemble dancer in tablaos and theaters across America and in shows at The Joyce, DTW, Lincoln Center, Kaatsbaan, Santa Fe Stages and Boston Pops, including four seasons as a Gypsy Dancer at the Metropolitan Opera. From 2001-2011 she directed and produced her own company “Flamenco Revolucion”, and, with generous support from LMCC and NYFA, produced four NYC seasons and showed her company at Jacobs Pillow. She was featured in a national print ad for Verizon, performed in Nilo Cruz’ play “Lorca con un Vestido Verde” (at Repertorio Espanol in New York and Texas) and in the year 2000 was awarded (and enjoyed) a full scholarship for professional study at the Heeren Foundation of Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain. Maya currently teaches children for the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services. Previously she was on faculty 10 years at Rutger’s University, 2 years at Ballet Hispanico and has taught 15 years for Carlota Santana in the Flamenco Vivo studios and at innumerable NYC Schools. mayadesilvaflamenco.com

Sue Delano
has performed in the Broadway and National Tours of My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain, Cabaret with Joel Grey, and Liza in Concert with Liza Minnelli. She has worked across the country, Europe, and the Far East as a performer, dance captain, choreographer, and director with such names as George Abbott, Michael Shawn, Jimmy Buffett, Susan Stroman, Jack Lee, Vivian Matalon, and Ron Fields, just to name a few. She has worked as a director/choreographer at Western Carolina University and Stephens College. She was a director/choreographer for Bravo's On with the Show and has been a Choreographer for Camp Broadway since 1998. Sue received her BA in dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Isabel del Día
was born and raised in New York City. She was introduced to flamenco at Bard College with Judson Dance Theater pioneer Aileen Passloff, and has continued her studies in New York and Spain with flamenco masters Soledad Barrio, Concha Vargas, Andrés Peña, Kati García Renart, Sonia Olla, and mentor Sara Erde. Isabel del Día has been awarded The Bard Theater and Dance Award (2004), a coveted scholarship to attend the 2008 Cultural Traditions Program at Jacob’s Pillow, and an esteemed Beca (scholarship) to attend III Ciclo Dedicado a la Formación Completa del Baile Flamenco at the historic Amor de Dios Studios in Madrid, Spain (2010). Isabel has worked with Spanish artists Carmen Ledesma, Almudena Serrano, Elena Andujar, Ismael Fernández, and Sonia Olla, and is part of the New York ensemble at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Isabel has toured with the renowned Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, where she shared the stage with Soledad Barrio, Juan Ogalla and flamenco legend Alejandro Granados at The Joyce Theater in New York City (2012) and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (2014), among other venues.

Stephen DiMenna
is an Off-Broadway and regional theater director and educator. He is the co-artistic director of the Stargate Theatre Company, a program of Manhattan Theatre Club. He was the artistic director of the MCC Theater Youth Company for 14 years. He has directed 22 Off-Broadway productions including Vigil with Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg at the DR2 Theatre and previously with Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg at the Westport Country Playhouse. He is the artistic director of The International Theatre and Literacy Project, which uses theater as a means of social uplift for youth in developing countries (Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, and India). He is on the faculty of the Educational Theatre Program at NYU. He is a senior teaching artist for Theatre Development Fund, New York City Center, and Theatre for a New Audience. He is a consultant for the New York City Department of Education for whom he co-authored the NYC K-12 Theater Blueprint. He directs workshops for the Stratford Festival in Canada, The Old Vic in London, and throughout the world. He appeared as Glen in the movie Camp directed by Todd Graff. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Dawn DiPasquale 
MA in Dance Education from NYU. Academic: Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wichita State University. Choreography: Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Santa Barbara CLO, and Folly Theatre of KC. Performance: DTW, PS 122, Riverside Church, Green Space, Manhattan Movement and Arts, Fringe Festival, and Strada Facendo (Italy) working with choreographers Deborah Damast, Trish Doherty, Carl Paris, Douglas Dunn, and Elissaveta Iordonova. Member of SDC. Teaching Artist for New York City Center in creative movement for early childhood dance.

Olyda "Ola" Espinal
attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and has been passionately teaching throughout New York Public Schools, predominantly in the Bronx, for 13 years. As a Community Outreach Liaison and Teaching Artist for The Bronx Dance Theatre, New York City Center, Flamenco Latino, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Olyda constantly strives to teach innovative, creative, and energetic classes in multiple dance styles to inspire and propel her students into the performing arts. She has trained under flamenco masters Soledad Barrios, Maya deSilva, Nelida Tirado, and Omayra Amaya. Olyda has performed in many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and Benmarl, and regularly preforms as vocalist, dancer, and percussionist with the renowned Los Cintron Brothers, as well as with NYC artists in various venues across NY.

Caroline Fermin
attended The Juilliard School for dance and graduated with honors. She has performed for a variety of ballet and modern companies including James Sewell Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, Sidra Bell, Adam Weinert, and the Resonance Collective. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance where she originated many roles and pieces while touring nationally and abroad. While a dancer with Gallim, Caroline helped create the educational outreach arm of the company. Caroline currently collaborates with theater artists, most recently choreographing for actors at NYU Tisch. She works extensively with community engagement programs such as Artists Striving to End Poverty and Sing for Hope. This year will see Caroline teaching at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Mount Holyoke College.

Amilia Hernandez
was born in France from Spanish descent and graduated from the national conservatory in ballet and modern dance studies in 1999 with the honors of the jury. She then completed her contemporary dance studies in Paris until early 2000. Her style was shaped by dancing with two renowned companies A.M Pascoli dance group and Taipei Dance Circle in France and Taiwan from 2000 to 2005. She started studying flamenco in 2006 in Sevilla under the direction of Ursula Lopez, Andres Marin, and El Oruco, among others. In 2012, she danced at the NYU Baruch Theater in La Quinta Luna, a show directed by Flamenco y Sol company to promote New York’s best-emerging flamenco dancers. Since 2013, she has been dancing with Pasion y Arte company based in Philadelphia. Her work with them includes performing at the Flamenco Festival of Philadelphia and at the Fisher Memorial Art of Philadelphia in Complices, a creation from Rosario Toledo blending modern dance and flamenco. She is also a member of Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana Company. She joined the New York City Center teaching artists team in 2017.

Angela Jamieson
Broadway: Conductor and pianist for Disney’s The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Music Director for Hiroshima, a Kennedy Center Award-winning play with music by Yoko Ono. Touring: Associate Conductor Cheetah and Gazelle companies of The Lion King, Cats, Phantom of the Opera-Europe, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. TA for New York City Center, TADA! Youth Theatre, Young Audiences NY, Inside Broadway, Disney Worldwide, and SAI NY.

Glenda Sol Koeraus
, “La Argentinita,” is a Buenos Aires-born flamenco dancer who, over the past decade, has established herself as one of the top flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York City. As a scholarship recipient of the Jerome Foundation's Travel and Study Grant, the Cristina Heren Foundation scholarship and the Jacob’s Pillow Cultural Traditions Program, Sol has studied with many of the great dancers and teachers of flamenco, among them, Angelita Vargas, Los Farrucos, Yolanda Heredia, Carmela Greco, and Belén Maya. Since her move to New York, Sol has appeared at illustrious venues such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and The Joyce Theater. Sol has toured internationally with Soledad Barrios and Noche Flamenca for six years, sharing the stage with figures such as Juan Ogalla, Alejandro Granados, and Alfonso Loza. She has also participated in Zeferelli’s production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera. More recently, she has been featured in the pre-production of Christopher Gatelli’s Tony Award-winning In Your Arms (Powerhouse Theater), Zorro! The Musical (Alliance Theater, GA), The Latin Quarter Show at the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City, choreographer and solo dancer for Portland Opera's production of Carmen (Keller Auditorium), and is currently touring the US as a solo dancer and singer for the world renown Gala of the Royal Horses. Sol is also an accomplished teacher who has offered both master and youth classes, as well as residencies with Alvin Ailey and Young Audiences. In addition, she has turned her energies towards directing and choreographing her own original works. Her most recent productions, Orobo Jondo, Flamenco Cabal, and El Inmigrante, represent a new phase in her creative output. flamencoysol.com

Sean Mayes
is a New York and Toronto-based musical director, educator, performer and academic.  He is a proud Teaching Artist with New York City Center, as well as with Disney Theatrical Group and the New York Pops. Sean also serves as Music Director of the Fourth Universalist Society of New York City.  In addition to music directing and teaching, Sean enjoys a schedule of vocal coaching, arranging, orchestrating and publishing. Past MD work includes time on London's West End & numerous productions across Canada. Upcoming work includes conducting the Canadian premiere of The Color Purple in 2019, as well as publication on the history of the music director in an upcoming book through Palgrave Macmillan in the UK.  www.seanmayesmusic.com  @SeanMayesMD

Peter Musante
works at the nexus of immersive theater, dance, music, and technology to invent unique performance-based experiences that transform space and create community. His original works have toured internationally and are created collaboratively by a diverse group of artists—most notably Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOWHERE – OBIE Award), and Trusty Sidekick Theater Co. (Lincoln Center, Park Ave Armory, and Abrons Art Center) where he is a Resident Artist and Multisensory Experience Director. Peter is also a founding member of Fixed Agency (Brooklyn Navy Yard), a cast member of Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre), and a frequent collaborator with Spring Street Social Society. petermusante.com

Drew Petersen
is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator. He currently is an educator with Park Avenue Armory, The New Victory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and City Center. As an artist, he is the artistic director for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company—a theater company devoted to creating high quality, original work for young audiences and their families. He has been commissioned by and created original work with Lincoln Center Education, The Kennedy Center, Park Avenue Armory, New Victory Theater, Classic Stage Company, Cleveland Playhouse Square, PACE University, The Tank, and Curio Theater Company in Philadelphia.

Arielle Rosales
is an interdisciplinary performance artist with over a decade's-worth of professional experience as a dancer, choreographer, actress, and educator, specializing in flamenco. She is the founder and artistic director of House of Duende, the intercultural dance studio and collaborative arts organization based in Spanish Harlem, NYC (www.houseofduende.com). Dubbed “exciting rhythmic and undoubtedly seductive” by Dance Informa Magazine and “a very intense and wonderful choreographic talent" by BroadwayWorld.com, Arielle’s most recent works are based in collaborative cultural exchange, which has manifested into the all-female percussive dance troupe, Soles of Duende, which connects flamenco, kathak, and tap with the spirit of New York, and the #WeFree | #UnleashYourDuende Experience with artist/activist Marguerite Hemmings, which explores what liberation looks and feels like through sound and movement. Arielle is currently on faculty at STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet des Amériques, and is a teaching artist for both New York City Center and Ballet Hispanico. www.ariellerosales.com.

Alana Marie Urda 
has worked as a professional choreographer and teaching artist in NYC for over 10 years, working in a variety of programs including New York City Center, The Trinity School, the West Side YMCA, and Bridge for Dance Studios. With a BFA in dance from FSU, Alana is assistant director of The Trinity School After School Program and is choreographer for the West Side YMCA’s Professional Kids Company and The Events in Orlando, FL. Alana is also co-founder and artistic director of Amalgamate Dance Company, Inc (ADC) where she has envisioned and produced a range of distinguished dance events, charity projects, and educational workshops. Her work has been celebrated in renowned venues including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, Boston University, Sant’Angelo in Vado Italy, BBKings, The Times Center, Ailey Citigroup, and Merce Cunningham Studio, and tours both nationally and internationally. She is an artist in residence at Bridge for Dance and a grant recipient of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. 

Blanca Vivancos
is a Spanish-born, NYC-based trained actress. Since she moved to the US on a Fulbright grant in 2012, Blanca has consistently worked in film, TV, and theatre. Her most recent work includes feature films Maki –award winner at the 2018 Chelsea Film Festival- and Nobody’s Watching –award winner at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. She’s guest-starred in TV shows for Univision, Travel Channel, ID, and Animal Planet. In theatre, she’s played lead roles in productions by Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company, HudieLu Productions, and she is a puppeteer for Spellbound Theatre Company. Along with her acting career, Blanca shares her artistic skills working as a Teaching Artist for organizations like The New Victory Theater, NYCC, and Spellbound. She also collaborates with directors and CDs as an acting coach.Blanca received her MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, and trained with professors from the Atlantic Acting School, NYU, the Royal Spanish Academy of Dramatic Arts (RESAD), and Replika. In addition to her artistic path, she earned a Law degree, and has vast experience in international humanitarian development projects. To learn more: www.blancavivancos.com

Rachel Tuggle Whorton
is a performer, director, writer, and arts educator. As a pianist, vocalist, actor, and music director, Rachel has collaborated with groups across the country including San Diego Musical Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The New School, New York University, CO/LAB Theatre Group, Havas Luxe Events, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Acappella Company, and New York Theatre Barn. As a writer, recent work includes "Site-Specific Theatre: New Perspectives on Pedagogy and Performance" (RiDe: The Journal of Applied Theatre, 2015), "Responsible Inspiration: The Role of Arts Educators in Career Choice" (Teaching Artist Journal, 2016), and the short film Micro,an official selection of Cinewest's 2016 Women in Media Arts and Film Festivalin Sydney, Australia. As a Master Teacher with The National YoungArts Foundation, Rachel created original work with emerging artists at National YoungArts Week in Miami, FL. She is also an adjunct instructor and student teacher supervisor at NYU where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Theatre.

Tony M. Williams II
is performer and teaching artist based out of Bronx, New York. He has taught for several New York-based programs such as El Puente After and Saturday Arts Program, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Stagedoor Manor, and Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. He is also the former coach of an award-winning competition dance team (Dreams In Motion Middle School Edition) He is also the host of a weekly podcast that allows him to share his knowledge and passion for dance as both a performer and choreographer.

Kevin Winebold
is a musical director, actor, and teaching artist. Winebold's New York credits include The Irish...and How They Got That Way, The Threepenny Opera, and Tin Pan Alley. On the road, he has toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Footloose, The Wedding Singer, and All Shook Up. Always passionate about arts education, Winebold is a proud teaching artist with New York City Center, Disney Theatrical Group, and The New York Pops.