2018 Summer Arts Program Staff

Meet the 2018 Summer Arts Program Staff!

Andrew Jannetti has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching in NYC since he graduated from Montclair State University in 1976. His choreographic work has been presented in many venues in NYC including DTW, St. Marks’s Danspace, 92nd Street Y, Alvin Ailey Center, The Duke, DIA, BAX, Cunningham Studio, DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY Festival, ADG Festival, NY International Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe, as well as various venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. He has received grants from NYSCA, NJSCA, MCAF, Meet The Composers, the Field, and Harkness Center. He received a BAXten Award for his strong commitment to Dance Education and a PASEtter Award from the Partnership for After School Education for his work with after school arts programming for NYC youth. He was the co-director of Children’s Dance Project of Manhattan as well Summerstage, a music and theater workshop for children in Rockland County, NY. He taught at Staten Island Academy for 6 years where he developed the entire dance program for Pre- K thru 12th grade and an integrated arts curriculum for grades 1- 4. His lesson designs have been published in national magazines that include Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and National Dance Association Journal. He is currently employed by the NYC Department of Education as a full time dance educator at PS 79 in Whitestone, Queens. In addition, he teaches modern dance to young students at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and has been a teaching artist at PS 115 for the past two years. After an hiatus from BAX for four years, he returned as the director of all of the school breaks programs and has been coordinating them for the past three years. His classes for adults include modern/jazz dance, aqua aerobics, stretch and tone, and his own special brand of cardio-conditioning, Rhythmic Fitness, which he teaches throughout the New York metropolitan area. He is a recent honors graduate of the Steinhardt School at NYU with a Masters in Dance Education. andrew@bax.org

Group Leaders:

Debbie Mausner (she/her/hers) is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator from Brooklyn, NY.  She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College in 2016. Since graduating, she has performed with company TrainorDance, and has collaborated with visual artist Eric Gottshall on numerous performance projects.  Debbie founded a collaborative company, Debbie Mausner Dance Collective (DMDC), in 2017. Her work has been showcased through NACHMO, The Dance Complex, HATCH Presenter Series, The Creator’s Collective, WAXworks, and Fertile Ground. In addition, Debbie has been a Teaching Assistant at Mark Morris Dance Center, working predominantly with kids with disabilities.  She currently teaches creative movement and modern at Dancewave and with Kinderdance. She is very excited to be working with BAX this summer!

Claire Kissinger (she/her) is an arts and museum educator in New York City. After leading the Gigas in 2016, Claire is excited to return to the BAX Summer Arts Program as the Mega Group Leader. During the school year, Claire teaches museum visits and social studies enrichment for K-12 graders at the New-York Historical Society and FDR Four Freedoms Park. This summer, she is looking forward to returning to her dance and visual arts education roots at BAX. Claire was trained in the Museum Education Fellowship at the Brooklyn Museum and has previously worked as an educator at the Block Museum of Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Kyle Marra (he/him/his) is a New York based performer and aspiring teaching artist. Kyle is a proud alumnus of SUNY New Paltz where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History and a minor in Theatre. As a performer, he has worked with companies all over New York State including Literally Alive Theatre Co., Potsdam Music Theatre, Hudson Valley Youth Ballet, and Youth Ballet Company. For the past year, Kyle has been the Education Apprentice at New York City Center and returns to BAX as the Giga Group Leader after serving as the the Education Administrative Intern last summer. He is so excited to share his passions of the arts and arts education with the campers at BAX!

Andrea Negrete (she/her) is a chicanx actor, facilitator, writer, and collaborative creator from South Texas. She’s part of the Creative Arts Team at CUNY where she is dedicated to developing the social/emotional literacy and critical thinking skills of young people. She is the Arts/Multimedia Editor and Director of Social Media Relations/Marketing for -ismo magazine. She’s a graduate of Vassar College where she double majored in Drama and English and is represented by FSE.

Arts Specialists: 

Week 1Donna, Billy, Stephanie
Week 2Donna, Ben, Billy, TBD
Week 3Erin, Tamar, Billy, Kelindah
Week 4Erin, Ben, Billy, Dani
Week 5Rachel, Kate, Billy, Kelindah
Week 6Rachel, Kate, Billy, Ben
Week 7Rachel, Kate, Kelindah, Stephanie

Week 1Ben
Week 2Kate
Week 3Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Week 4Ben
Week 5Maira
Week 6Kevin
Week 7Billy

Week 1Kelindah
Week 2Julia
Week 3Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Week 4Tony
Week 5Donna
Week 6Alex
Week 7Diane

Summer Staff Bios: 

Tony Jenkins is an actor, playwright, spoken word poet, and director based in NYC. He recently graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Acting. During his time at Lincoln Center Education, as a Kenan Fellow and beyond, Tony premiered two plays (Baggage Claim and I Create), created and performed in an original clown show (Last Man in the Moon), and directed WOMBmanWARs by Judith Alexa Jackson. His NYC debut, BLACK MAGIC, won Best Overall Play at the New York Fringe, the festival’s highest honor. As a spoken word artist, he has been the keynote presenter at venues across the nation including the Harvard Graduate School, The NAACP, the Bowery Poetry Club, the NC Arts Council, and the NAREN conference to name a few. Select Acting credits include; Off Broadway: Jericho by Michael Weller / NYC: Midsummer (The Drilling Co.), MMF (The Attic Theater Co,), T.S.O. (The Bridge Production Group). Tony’s mission is to guide each student to their own signature voice.

Tamar MacKay (pronouns: she/her) is a New York-based arts educator, producer, and theatre artist. She is currently the lead educator focused on family programs and early childhood at Brooklyn Museum, where she designs classes and large-scale events for families. She has worked in roles focused on drama, early literacy, and arts at BAM, Blue School, Brooklyn Public Library, MoMA, Park Avenue Armory, and more. Tamar also makes theatre for youth and young audiences. Her work for children has been seen at the Onassis Cultural Center New York, Museum of Jewish Heritage, and at Belfast Baby Day in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her most recent participatory TYA piece The Queen(s) Bee (co-written with Janette Martinez and presented with the female/femme ensemble The Lunettes) was recently presented at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, Queens. TamarMacKay.com

Erin Cairns Cella is a New York/New Jersey based modern dance artist, and has performed for Tanya Calamoneri, Rebecca Davis, and Anne Zuerner. She currently creates dances with collaborator Dages Juvelier Keates, and their choreography has been shown at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, NYU, Triskelion Arts, and at Marble House Project in Dorset, VT. Erin is also certified to teach Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, and her interests in somatic and anatomical awareness serve as the foundation for her teaching. Erin has been affiliated with BAX since 2010, and also teaches at Ballet Arts NJ and Iona College.


Alex Romania is a multimedia artist living and working in NYC who creates dance/performance, live video design, short form, and non narrative works for the screen and internet. Alex has taught and presented work in the continental U.S. and internationally, and has been a freelance arts specialist educator working with grades k-12 since 2013. As an artist, Alex is interested in the politics of trash, and seeks to create sustainability in the artistic field and beyond. Students of all levels of experience (no experience included) are welcome in his classroom.

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