Meet the Team

Miko Lee, Co-Executive Director

Miko Lee (San Francisco Bay Area, CA) is a Creative Consultant in Arts Education. She is the former Executive Director of Youth in Arts, where she created the Digital Toolkit and Arts BANK. She was Director of Art and Education at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, where she designed and directed Learning Without Borders, recipient of three consecutive U.S. Department of Education Model Arts Awards. The Work of the Mind media literacy curricula, has been replicated at sites across the country. Miko has developed arts education programs for the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the National Park Services Rosie the Riveter project. She was a member of the Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts Professional Development for Arts Education. Miko has presented at numerous national arts conferences and her arts integration curricula is being replicated around the country. Miko’s expressive arts curricula created with STAND! Against Domestic Violence received multiple awards. Miko also served as Artistic Director of Theatre of Yugen where she created original Asian fusion multimedia productions. As an Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and San Jose Repertory’s Red Ladder Company she directed productions and worked with teachers and students on creating original works. Miko’s extensive background in theatre, as a performer, choreographer and director, include shows at American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre and New York’s Public Theatre.

Heleya de Barros, Co-Executive Director

Heleya de Barros (Seattle, WA) served formerly as Executive Director of Association of Teaching Artists in New York where she developed an online professional development series and hosted an annual award ceremony. She has worked as Education Director at Arts Corps and with as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Theater, McCarter Theater Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Center for Arts Education, People’s Theatre Project, Young Audiences New York, The Geffen Playhouse, The Los Angeles Music Center, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, CRE Outreach, and 24th Street Theatre. She was a recipient of the 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Curricula grant in partnership with City as School and is Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable Teaching Artist Affairs Committee. Education: BA, Theatre, University of Southern California; MA, Educational Theatre, New York University; British American Drama Academy, classical theatre.

Springwave Studios, Marketing Agency

Springwave Studios, Marketing Agency (Long Beach, CA) led by Kenny Allen, who previously served as TAG’s Director of Membership. Springwave continues to support Teaching Artists Guild by providing design, marketing and operations services. Springwave is a design studio focused on helping non-profits and changemakers to accomplish their missions by providing them with flexible and affordable design and marketing support. They specialize in web development, web design, and branding.

Board of Directors

President Lauren Jost
Lauren creates, designs and teaches theatre-based workshops and classes for students of all ages for various arts companies and community organizations. An arts education and theatre professional, she has worked for some of the country’s most renowned theatres for young audiences. Lauren is the Founding Artistic Director of Spellbound Theatre, an innovative theatre company creating original, multi-disciplinary performance for very young children and families.
Thomas Cabaniss, Treasurer
Thomas writes for opera, theater, dance, film, and the concert stage. He lives in New York City, where he teaches at The Juilliard School and leads arts education projects through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. He was Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic for Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel and served as Music Animateur for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach. He is a member of ASCAP and an Associate Artist with Target Margin Theater, David Herskovits, Artistic Director.
David Freeman, Secretary

David is a Teaching Artist with over twenty years of experience in the Cultural and Arts Education Field. His workshops engage learners of all ages and backgrounds activating common curiosity and joy. Throughout his career as a teaching artist, David had the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated and inspiring organizations, educators, administrators and staff in the cultural arts field whose commitment to the arts is unmatched.

Annette Ramos, Board Member
Annette is a bilingual storyteller, an educator and teaching artist. She helped establish the Rochester Latino Theater Company, Inc. and is committed to making sure that the Rochester Latinx community is represented in the Rochester theater and arts communities. She also serves as a community connector for the Geva Theatre Center. Ramos currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Latinx Theatre Commons and in Rochester, she actively serves on the Board of The Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester where she co-chairs the Diversity Committee. She is a member of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association and works closely with many community organizations where she can connect these sectors to economic and arts rich opportunities.
Jamie Mayer, Board Member
Jamie M. Mayer is an arts education administrator most recently serving as Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ. In her role at NJPAC Jamie oversaw teaching artist training and recruitment, professional development programming for teachers and school administrators, and the development and implementation of curriculum in all arts education programs. In addition to her work at NJPAC, Jamie has taught, performed, and directed with various organizations and schools throughout New York City and San Diego. She is a firm believer that giving youth access to a quality arts education plays a significant role in developing their limitless potential to be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

We work in close partnership with our National Advisory Committee.

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