Director of Education, Mayo Performing Arts Center
Panelist: Driving Innovation, Opportunity & Personal Growth through the Arts
Cathy began working at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in 2005. Over the last 15 years she has put her passion for Arts Education into developing high quality education programs accessible to all students. She is especially proud of her efforts in launching The Miracle Project program at MPAC in 2017. This highly regarded program provides theatre and music programs to children and young adults with autism and other special needs. Cathy is a graduate of New York University where she studied musical theatre and arts education. As a performer and director, she has worked at The North Carolina Theater, Sacramento Music Theater, The North Shore Music Theater, The Chautauqua Institution, Theatre By The Sea, Michigan Opera Theater, The Garden State Arts Center, NYU and many more. Cathy has also served as a Teaching Artist at NJPAC, NYU, West Point Academy and Bergen Community College. She is passionate about teaching performers to use their talent to give back and to better their community. Through these efforts, she has helped to provide free entertainment for such organizations as The American Cancer Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, The United Nations, Ellis Island, The Ronald McDonald House and hundreds of other non-profit organizations. She has developed a robust arts education program at The Mayo Performing Arts Center and oversees the Performing Arts School providing high caliber classes and performance opportunities to over 700 students a year. In addition, she has developed school residency programs, using the arts to enhance classroom curriculum and community programs for students who many not have access to arts education. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and a proud member of The New Jersey Cultural Access Network Project.