OUR TEAM

SKIE OCASIO

Chairman

Operational Board

LUIS MORA

Program Coordinator

Urban Assembly

LEIGH EMERY

Director

Operations and Compliance

DR. CHRISTOPHER SIERRA

Program Coordinator

Shanti Bhavan

OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

CROWNCY ALMEIDA

Piano

Shanti Bhavan

JUANITA CASTRO

Theater

Women In Need

GERALD JOANIS

Dance

Wings of Hope

Lekol Sen Trinite

MACKENDY AUGUSTIN

Visual Arts

Wings of Hope

Lekol Sen Trinite

HEATHER CURRAN

Music

Women In Need

GETHRO JEAN

Music

Wings of Hope

Lekol Sen Trinite

TANUJA BALTHAZAR

Piano

Shanti Bhavan

STEPHEN HUDSON

Choir

Youth Pride Chorus

UA Global Commerce

UA Green Careers

EDDIE LOUIS

Percussion

Wings of Hope

Lekol Sen Trinite

 

BEN HOUGHTON

Co- Founder / Executive Director

As an actor, singer, dancer, and pianist, Ben Houghton has performed around the world in venues including The Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Opera Bastille de Paris, the Emirates Palace, the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center, the Guggenheim museum, and many more. Formerly a Company Pianist for American Ballet Theater, and staff accompanist for the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, he quit his job in 2015 and moved to India for four months to teach music at the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project. Since then he has taught around the world in India, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and China and enjoys volunteering for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) around New York City. When not working on Broadway's Babies, he works actively as a vocal coach and musical director.

KATY PFAFFL

Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Katy Pfaffl, voice/music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, composer, attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) for Musical Theater. Upon moving to NYC, she toured the US while releasing six albums of original music as multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Mighty Kate, (and with her duo, Daughter & Son), in addition to performing on Broadway, originating the role of 'Song Woman' in the celebrated production of War Horse at Lincoln Center. Katy has also been a private voice teacher/vocal coach to the Broadway community for the past 15 years, with students appearing in over 30 Broadway shows, in addition to teaching voice and musical theater at Julliard with BT Music Exchange Summer Program, at Broadway Bootcamp in Loveland, CO, and internationally with Dream Box Arts in Shenzhen China, BIJ (Broadway in Japan) in Tokyo, Wings of Hope in Jacmel Haiti, and with ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) at Shanti Bhavan boarding school in Tamil Nadu, India, and Nkosi's Haven in Johannesburg, South Africa.