Board of Directors

 

+ Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson is a Brooklyn-based writer, communications specialist, and nonprofit media consultant. Kim has spent that last several years immersed in a multitude of advocacy movements, advising nonprofits in communications and media guidance, strategy, and execution. While on the national communications team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Kim oversaw several health media campaigns including a collaboration with The Dixie Chicks on their 2016 world tour, as well as advocacy media campaigns surrounding the 2016 election cycle. While in graduate school at The New School, Kim managed all things communications related for The Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of universities, issue organizations, and public spaces in 20 cities that collaborate to produce community-curated public humanities projects on current social issues.

Beyond her experience in the nonprofit sector, Kim also works on oral history influenced projects and is currently producing a series of narratives in written format surrounding the addiction epidemic in the United States.

Kim received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in 2013, and a Master of Arts from The New School in 2018.

+ Erik Bagger

Young American full lyric tenor Erik Bagger has added over 40 roles to his repertoire, within the past decade in the New York opera scene. Some role highlights include Tamino, in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff. He has performed with The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera on Tap NYC, North Shore Music Festival, Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Utopia Opera, Opera Noire of NY, OperaOggi NY, Apollo Opera, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Intermezzo Opera Festival, International Lyric Academy of Rome, New Operafestival di Roma, LiedAustria, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, and Opera Ischia. He has received rave reviews from a number of international and regional publications. He holds a Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music, magna cum laude, from The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. He maintains an active performance schedule of contemporary and standard operatic repertoire.

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+ Phillip Bettencourt

Phillip Bettencourt is a director, music director, choreographer, teacher and actor based in New York City. Phillip has performed off-Broadway, at Boston Symphony Hall, and worked in regional theaters across the Northeast. A seasoned theater educator, Phillip builds successful programs that provide young actors with an authentic theatrical experience in a supportive environment. Students of Phillip work on Broadway, off-Broadway, television, major motion pictures, New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus; many of them attend top college theater programs across the country. Phillip joined Broadway Bootcamp in 2003, collaborating on the company's past 31 productions and its successful expansion to three sessions in 2015.

Currently, Phillip serves as the music and theater teacher for the fourth and fifth grades at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (New York, NY), the Youth Choir Director at Southport Congregational Church (Southport, CT) and on the board of directors of New Camerata Opera (New York, NY). Previously, he served as the Theatre Arts Director at Metropolitan Montessori School (New York, NY), and commissioned two original works for the students. Other educational credits include the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York, NY) and the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (New York, NY) where he directed, music-directed and choreographed the company's Youth Theatre Program and music directed its Teen Theatre Program. Phillip owns his private voice studio, teaching both in New York City and Southport, CT.

 

+ Amy Kirkland

Amy Kirkland has more than fifteen years of experience as a performing arts manager, educator, producer, and performer. She has worked with leading arts organizations across the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Disney Imagicademy, Opera America, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and the Colburn School. In a variety of leadership roles and as an independent consultant, she leads in-depth arts partnerships with schools and community organizations; produces interactive educational concerts; develops digital arts resources for teachers and parents around the globe; and engages students, educators, community members, and organizations in collaborative action research initiatives. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors for the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and on the Arts Achieve Steering Committee for the New York City Department of Education.

Amy graduated with honors from Samford University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and from New York University with a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre.

+ Scott Lindroth

Scott Lindroth is an experienced program manager and specialist in program development, social media, fundraising and marketing with seven (7) years of expertise in operations management, program development, and communications consulting. His experience has involved such major companies as Manhattan School of Music, Dicapo Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Moderne, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Wildlife Conservation Society. At Manhattan School of Music, one of the country's most renowned, Scott focused on program development and marketing directly with customers. Scott has multi-year experience in communications consulting for various enterprises, which complements his program development work. Over the course of his career, Scott has developed a significant skill set in: (1) consulting; (2) website development; (3) operations management; (4) event coordination; (5) social media management; and (6) fundraising. Scott's consulting and operations management skills include: (1) developing multi-year strategic plans for development; (2) implementation and execution of the strategic plans; and (3) working with executives to track revenue and cost results, and make changes as needed.

+ Alexa Smith

Ms. Smith currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the President of Manhattan School of music. Before that she was the Director of Marketing at New York City Opera (NYCO) where she was focused on the Pride Opera Initiative and the Ópera en Español series. In this position she sets the strategy for marketing initiatives, including e-newsletters, social media, season brochures, advertising, etc. Before working at NYCO, Alexa worked for Baltz & Company, a full service public relations firm first as Executive Assistant to the President, then Account Manager, and finally Operations Manager.

Ms. Smith holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

As a performer, she has been seen on the stages of New York City Opera, CNR Drama, The Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance, dell'Arte Opera, and BarnArts Theatre. She was most recently seen as an Elfe in Respighi's La Campana Sommersa with New York City Opera.

Her recent roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (dell'Arte Opera), Beatrice in the off-Broadway revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine (Columbia Stages), Sarah in Ragtime Clara (CNR Drama) in Porgy & Bess (BarnArts Center for the Arts), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance) and Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally's Master Class (ArtisTree Center for the Arts). She made her Lincoln Center debut in New York City Opera's production of Rachmaninoff's Aleko and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

She won an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions and was a semi-finalist in the Giulio Gari Foundation's International Vocal Competition and the Joy in Singing art song competition.

 

Advisory Board

Deleen Davidson, The Muses Creative Artistry Project

Omar Khan, Sensei International

Christian Lang, NY Legal Tech

Yeoryia Megremis, Yeoryia Studios

Miriam Rochford, Freelance Stage Manager