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Boston native SiouxSanna Ramirez-Cruz has had the pleasure of developing relationships with communities, academic institutions, and educational programs including Suskind Young At Arts, the education department at the Wang/Boch Center for the Arts, Director of Education and co-creator of The Publick Theatre's Young Company: a performance and technical Shakespearean theatre company for and by youth, consultant to Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre's AileyCamp Boston, and Boston's only high school dedicated to the visual and performing arts, Boston Arts Academy. Directorial highlights include works with Bentley University, Emerson College, Suffolk University, private/public schools and after school programming in Milton, Canton, Brookline, Newton, Braintree, Westwood, and Boston. As a youth advocate, SiouxSanna has cultivated programming directly impacting the role of youth and their communities as Director of Education for Broadway Experience, instructor for Westwood Recreation Department's youth and adult programming in musical theatre and visual art, serving as co-Executive Director of Riverside Theatre Works School and Performance Center, arts ambassador to the creation of The da Vinci College of Invention, and serves as adjudicator for Boston Arts Academy's Theatre Department's admission process. SiouxSanna has served as a professor in Theatre Studies and Design/Technology for the theatre at Emerson College. As an actor and entertainer, she has recorded, toured, and last appeared in the two-woman original piece, The Procrastinators' Cabaret in California. SiouxSanna earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Acting and a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Currently, she is illustrating children's books by local author Scott Forrest-Allen.
Tyler Cavanagh holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Westfield State University where he studied with Matthew Rippere. He has worked at the South Shore YMCA since 2006 in various departments including camp, school aged childcare and teen programs and is currently on the management team for the YMCA North East Leaders School. He has performed with several performance groups in the area including the Braintree Choral Society, Hingham Civic Music Theatre, and most recently South Shore Theatre Works. Tyler is currently serving as the membership chair on the board of directors for South Shore Theatre Works.
Charlotte is a returning staff member who loves to work in both the visual and performing arts both in and out of camp. She is actively involved in both chorus and photography and, as a former Gordon Clark camper, is excited to pass on the gift of a fun and safe summer to the 2017 ArtsCampers!d her first children's book Momma Kub and Sunflower Seed.
Max is going into his third year as a Film Production major at Emerson College in Boston. In 2017 he will join the YMCA summer arts programs' staff for his 5th year. As well as being a film student he writes and performs music in multiple bands around the Boston area and occasionally teaches private guitar lessons. Max is very excited to be heading our media department this summer to help further develop some of our newer programs that help teach students the basics of photography and film production.
Veronica just finished up her junior year as a Psychology major at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with the intent in attending Graduate School for School Psychology. She hopes to use some of her knowledge attained while at school, and gain new work experience working with campers as she returns for her 4th summer as a counselor at ArtsCamp and 2nd summer as a Lead Counselor. She can't wait to see all that this summer brings and hopes to make camp home away from home for all the campers like camp was for her as a child.
A senior at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, Emily was a camp counselor at the Y during the summer of 2015. Her interests involve the visual and performing arts. Emily plans to continue her study of the visual arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design and hopes to become an animator.
Kristin O’Malley is a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she also teaches undergraduate theatre courses. She has a MA in Theatre Education from Catholic University and a BA in Drama from Franciscan University. She has taught and directed in various children's theatre programs in MA, MD, VA, and NY. She looks forward to returning to the YMCA this summer and to continuing to grow alongside her campers as they all venture into the world of the arts together.
"I have been involved with theatre my entire life and being surrounded by great mentors and directors has inspired me to pursue theatre education in college and continue to give back as much as I can! This year at camp, I am eager to get kids excited about the arts and do what I can to motivate their passion!"
“For as long as I can remember, I have always used the arts as a form of expression. With my Bachelors in Art Education, I hope to share my knowledge, creativity, and passion for the arts with others!”
“For the past year I just started designing sets and costumes for the musicals, Honk, Jr. and Alice in Wonderland, Jr. and I couldn't be happier. I have been pursuing photography has a hobby and it has now been going strong for over 2 years! In addition to volunteering at the Laura’s Center for the Arts over this past summer and this past theatrical season, I have also volunteered at my former school for the past 2 years where I lead an after school drama program for grades 1 through 4. So excited to be working at arts camp this summer and can't wait to meet everybody!”
A psychology major entering her senior year at Smith College, this is Kaity’s third summer at ArtsCamp, and she is so excited to be back in the studio for another excellent summer! Kaity devised and led the programs for culinary and literary arts and can't wait to see how these programs will grow this summer! She has also done performance art, specifically flute and theatre, for most of her life.