Renana is a licensed drama teacher (NYU '19), professional director, and occasional yoga instructor (including yoga for the classroom) with almost a decade of experience in the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area. Her teaching has spanned schools and professional theatre companies including Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre, Imagination Stage, Encore Stage & Studio, Round House Theatre, Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre, and many more. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre (initial certification, all grades) from New York University, and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She has studied abroad in Jerusalem, Barcelona, Argentina, and Puerto Rico and is conversationally fluent in Spanish. Her goal is to instill a passion for theatre in her students by building a space that invites curiosity, community, and creativity.
Kate is in her first year of New York University's dual MA and teaching certification program in Educational Theatre and Social Studies. She also holds a BA in Political Science and Education Studies from Middlebury College, and speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish. Her passion for creating inclusive spaces for young people has spanned diverse work experience: at The Bronx Defenders, where she co-coordinated the annual Youth Justice Summit and led Know Your Rights trainings with young people; in a Bronx middle school, as a classroom assistant, after school program coordinator, and director; and in college, where she was part of a group of students that created and facilitated a program for all freshmen to engage in conversations about identity, power, and privilege. Kate is excited about the intersections of theatre and social studies education, and how the two can inform each other to create democratic, engaging, and inclusive educational spaces in the classroom and on stage.