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SiouxSanna Ramirez-Cruz

SiouxSanna Ramirez-Cruz
Director 
Arts & Education and Laura's Center for the Arts
scruz@ssymca.org | 781-829-8585 ext. 8335

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/Citi Performing Arts Center, 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

Tyler Cavanagh
Assistant Director
Arts & Education and Laura's Center for the Arts
tcavanagh@ssymca.org | 781-829-8585 ext.8336

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. He also teaches music and theatre programming at the YMCA Northeast Leaders School. He has performed with several performance groups in the area including the Braintree Choral Society, Hingham Civic Music Theatre, The A Capella Singers of UCC Norwell, and the Greater Westfield Choral Association.

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Allison Andrews
Visual Art

 
Allison has had over 15 years experience in visual arts. Coming from a family of artists, she enjoys painting in watercolor, acrylic and oil. Allison holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Bridgewater State University. She has worked as a graphic designer and done freelance design and artistic work. When she's not making art, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Bridget Collins

Bridget Collins
Production Coordinator
 
Bridget holds a BA in Theater with a concentration in Design, Technologies and Management. She is from Pembroke originally. Recently she has been working in Boston with companies such as ArtsEmerson, Lyric Stage Company, North Shore Music Theater and High Output. In the Summers she travels to Chautauqua NY to work for the Chautauqua Theater Company. And is thrilled to be working at the YMCA. 

Donna Desmond

Donna Desmond
Dance

 
Donna has loved dancing since childhood and danced through high school and college having studied with Stanley Brown, Debbi Dee, Al Gilbert, Danny Hoctor, Jo Rowan, Frank Hatchett and Art Stone, among others. Donna was Artistic Director at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and owner/director/choreographer of Dance Delight in the Brockton area for over 30 years, teaching pre-school through adult classes in tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, acro, baton and line dance. She created and choreographed for the competitive, award-winning Dance Team, DANSATION, with appearances throughout New England, New York, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios-Orlando, Boston Celtics, AAHPERD, state, and community events. She is a member of Professional Dance Teachers and former Vice President-Elect for MAHPERD (Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.)

Nicole Fantasia

Nicole Fantasia
Musical Director


Nicole has been working at the Emilson YMCA since 2003. While at the YMCA she has held a variety of positions including camp counselor, camp administrator, and currently the Assistant Camp Director of Camp Gordon Clark. She has also been involved in the theatre productions as the accompanist for Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr., Seussical Jr., Peter Pan and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. She can often be found playing the flute or piano for other community theaters across Massachusetts, playing with her flute quartet, arranging music, and singing with the Braintree Choral Society. When she is not working at the YMCA, Nicole teaches elementary music  and the fifth grade string orchestra in the Middleboro Public Schools. Nicole recieved her Masters degree in Music Education along with her Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Pam Golden

Pam Golden
Visual Art 

 

Pam received a BFA from Colgate University and a MAT from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a dedicated art teacher for over 30 years in both public and Montessori schools. Pam’s sculpture, site specific work, installations, and environmental art works have been exhibited across the country and internationally. Now teaching here at the YMCA, Pam is excited to share her vast experiences with her students.

Jennifer Sylvia

Jennifer Sylvia
Dance/Visual Art

Jennifer Sylvia is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Creative Expressions, and an Arts Administration certificate. With a love for all forms of art and expression, Jenn is a strong believer in the ability art has to empower, inspire, question, and challenge our perspectives. She plans to combine her passion for the arts with social work in her future career. As a 2016 camp counselor at Laura’s Center for the Arts and an intern for the Home for Little Wanderers, Jenn has discovered her love of working with children and families. She is extremely excited to be a part of such an amazing community of artists at the Laura’s Center!

Victoria CollinsVictoria Collins
Production Assistant

 

Victoria Collins graduated from Norwell High School, with a dream to pursue visual art in her future endeavors. She found herself taking an internship at the Laura's Center her senior year at Norwell High, then was happy to come back on board as the new Production Assistant this year. With a passion for the arts, she's pursuing a major in Architecture and Design Studies, taking classes at the Boston Architectural College. Creating artwork since she was a young girl, visual art and the built environment have always been central interests to Victoria, and she is excited to use her love for the arts here with such a wonderful team of artists.

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