June 2022 Newsletter

Hello, Teaching Artists! We’ve reached the end of our fiscal year at TAG and what a year it has been! First, we have some very exciting news about TAG Leadership. On June 22nd, 2022, the TAG Board met and voted to approve Teaching Artist & National Advisory Committee member Kerry Warren as the next Co-Executive Director, joining current Co-EDs Heleya de Barros and Katie Rainey! Kerry will begin her position at the start of the new fiscal year (July).

Kerry Warren (she/her) is a New York based actor and teaching artist. She strives to create a classroom of joy and rigor and hopes to make classical texts such as Shakespeare more relatable and accessible to her students. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received The President Polisi Prize for Artist as Citizen. She has taught with Harlem Children’s Zone, Lincoln Center Education, G!RLBEHEARD, People’s Theatre Project, the 52nd Street Project, EPIC theatre, on the Teaching Artist Advisory Board at ArtsConnection, and a member of NYC Artist in Education Roundtable.

As an actor she has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally. Some of her favorite credits include The River with Hugh Jackman, Much Ado About Nothing with the Mobile Unit at The Public directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah that toured to prisons and community centers in all five boroughs and Romeo and Juliet at Dallas Theater Center. Catch her on this season of New Amsterdam on NBC and listen to her on Audible with Lili Taylor in Rapture Season. She is a proud member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA. Find out more about her here: kerrywarren.com. Welcome Kerry!

Our Board also has some changes to it. Long time TAG Members Miko Lee and Thomas Cabaniss are stepping down from their positions as Board Treasurer and Secretary respectively to rejoin the National Advisory Committee. We are so grateful for their longtime service and dedication to this organization and look forward to having them on the NAC!

Replacing them and joining the Board alongside our President Kai Fierle-Hedrick are Teaching Artists Kayla Jackmon (Treasurer) and Marissa Onitveros (Secretary).

Kayla Jackmon is a teaching artist, actor, and finance professional with a passion for serving in many roles of arts education. She is currently a teaching artist and business manager with Opening Act, centering the voices of students of color through free theater programming and also recently joined the Board of the Teaching Artists Guild. Through Opening Act, she was the Middle School Theatre Studio Teaching Artist with the Arts Office’s Summer Arts Institute, a facilitator for the Citywide Theatre Professional Learning/PD Series, and the Theater Coordinator for the All IN(clusive) All-City Theatre Ensemble. She has trained with The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Stand Up for Shakespeare initiative and Marquis Studios. As an actor, Kayla has performed at La Mama, the Humana Festival, and is an alumni of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprenticeship. Find out more about Kayla: kaylajackmon.com

Marissa Ontiveros is a Chicanx, Brooklyn-based teaching artist and arts administrator committed to dismantling barriers of access within NYC school systems and centering, amplifying, and celebrating the voices of BIPOC youth. She has proudly served as a teaching artist for multidisciplinary performance with humans of (almost) every age, size, and ability in partnership with Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Learning Extended Arts Programs (LEAP), St. Nick’s Alliance Brooklyn Art Exchange, and CO/LAB Theater Group, where CO/LAB Theater Group which aims to give individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts. She specializes in centering students’ identities and celebrating creative choice through movement, storytelling, puppetry, and play.   

A powerful experiences for her was being a PERFORMING ARTS LEGACY (PAL) fellow and part of creating an online platform to document and represent the careers of older performing arts professionals created by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at The Actors Fund (AF). As well as recently completing a 6 week trauma-informed teaching praxis through peer exchange and support, facilitated by Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and joining the Ars in Educations Teaching Arstis  Advocacy Subcommittee in 2021. She received her BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, receiving her theatre training from Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Find out more about Marissa: www.marissaontiveros.com

Welcome Kayla and Marissa!

Our National Advisory Committee grew this year. We have 13 new teaching artists joining the NAC, many of whom found us via April’s Our Shared Future Conference! These TAs come from all over the country, including Minnesota, Louisiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and several others. Check out our NAC page to find out more about these folks.

Welcome to our new committee members!

Other highlights from this year include:

  • We held our first annual convening for teaching artists! We’re still energized from April’s Our Shared Future conference and are thrilled to have hosted over 800 attendees during the event. Check out both the graphic notes and TA Reports to get a complete, unique view of the conference. And a huge thank you to all the TA Reporters who participated.
  • We published several articles by teaching artists in our network on our Incite/Insight page. Interested in writing for TAG? Email us at info@teachingartists.com and our new communications committee will reach out to you. 
  • We’ve hosted dozens of events for teaching artists across the country, revitalized our job board and Slack Channel with new gigs available for artists and administrators, and added hundreds of new teaching artists and arts organizations to the TAG Asset Map.

Looking ahead, we’re aiming to update our National Resource Database and dive deeper into our Regional Networks in order to better serve teaching artists in every state.

It has been such a rich year for growth and we are looking forward to working with all of our members to continue this work and raise the visibility of teaching artists everywhere. Thank you to all the supporters who continue to show up for this community. We are ever grateful and inspired by your voices.

With Gratitude,

Heleya de Barros & Katie Rainey
TAG Co-Executive Directors



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