Rounding out our field of speakers are:
Education Project Manager,
Young Playwrights, Inc.
Nicole Lorenzetti currently runs the education department at Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Inc. This year she was a featured guest speaker at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Teachers Institute. In her spare time Nicole serves on the board of directors of Spark Movement Collective, a modern dance company, and is the co-chair of the annual New York State theatre education conference with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for which she received the Diana Rees Evans Theatre In Our Schools Award.
Nicole Lorenzetti is a proud graduate of The University of Georgia and she holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University with a focus on empirical research of educational drama programs in the classroom. She has presented her research at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education International Conferences and at the American Psychological Association annual convention.
In Atlanta, Nicole has worked at the TONY® Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and Horizon Theatre Company as the New South Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator. Her New York resume includes house managing at Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop as well as managing the education component of the critically acclaimed New York City Center’s Encores! musicals series.
Assistant Director of Education, New Victory Theatre, NYC
Founding Artistic Director, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company
Jonathan Shmidt is a director, producer and educator, specializing in Theater for Young Audiences. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Education at the New Victory Theater, and he is the Founding Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. He has also collaborated on TYA and Arts Education initiatives with the Boston Lyric Opera, Wheelock Family Theater, Immediate Medium and NYU's New Plays for Young Audiences Series. Recent directorial credits for Trusty Sidekick include Shadow Play (a new work for 2-5-year-olds) and The Little One and the Sea of Letters (which will be presented during the forum at Abrons Arts Center). This May, Jonathan will be directing a reading of Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's new work, The Boy at the Edge of Everything, as part of the 2012 New Visions/New Voices Festival at the Kennedy Center. Through his company, he is an artist-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center, The Performance Project @ The University Settlement, and Brooklyn's Old Stone House. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theatre, where he teaches a course on Theater for Young Audiences. He holds a Masters Degree from the NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theatre.