Kelechi Ezie (She/Her/Hers) (Marketing Manager) hails from Buffalo, New York. As a child she fell in love with the performing arts through dance class and Suzuki piano lessons. As a teen she found her voice and began to compete in national singing competitions and perform in her high school’s musicals. Kelechi attended Princeton University and graduated with honors in History and certificates in African American Studies and Theatre & Dance, also winning the department thesis prize for her original historical research. Upon graduation, she moved to New York to pursue a career in theater. Kelechi spent three years on the road with The Book of Mormon First National Tour as Mrs. Brown. She later debuted on television with a recurring role on the HBO drama The Deuce. Kelechi is also a writer. Her short film The Truth About Beauty and Blogs, which she wrote, starred in, and co-produced, appeared in several film festivals including Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and Ebertfest, for which it was handpicked by the late Roger Ebert himself. Kelechi believes that the arts are an essential tool of self expression and connection for all children, not just the few that will pursue performance careers. She is extremely inspired by BBK’s mission and happy to spread awareness of the organization to families across New York and the world.
Erin Glass (Founder), fell in love with theatre when she attended her first drama class in the 3rd grade in Corsicana, TX. In that class Erin found a place where she felt fully accepted, learned skills she still uses today, and made lifelong friends. She went on to earn a degree in theatre from Pepperdine University and worked in theatre, television, and film, in LA, Edinburgh, and New York. Erin has always loved working with kids and became a teaching artist in 2000 working with kids of all ages. In 2004 Erin created Broadway Bound Kids as a way to provide joyful and creative performing arts classes where kids could gain self esteem, make new friends, and learn about theatre, voice, and dance. Since 2004 Broadway Bound Kids has served thousands of students and has expanded to include master classes, weekend programs, summer programs, trips to see Broadway Shows, full scale musicals, after school programs in schools, and customized workshops. In addition to her work with Broadway Bound Kids, Erin is also an actress, director, and an Emmy Award winning producer. As a producer and director she works mostly with Warrior Poets, (Morgan Spurlock's production company, creator of the Super Size Me documentary.)
Ruthie Ostrow is a Brooklyn-based theater educator and arts administrator dedicated to making the arts more accessible to young audiences. She holds a BA in Arts Administration and Journalism from Baruch College and will complete her MA in Educational Theatre (All Grades, Initial Certification) from New York University in 2022. She is fortunate to have worked with TADA! Youth Theater, Acting Out, Treasure Trunk Theatre, the New Victory Theater, Camp Half-Blood, and Marks JCH. She is absolutely delighted to be joining the Broadway Bound Kids team! Outside of the classroom, Ruthie enjoys reading, visiting museums, and finding the best cookies in New York City.
Elizabeth McGuire (Director of Operations & Programs) is thrilled to be working with Broadway Bound Kids as an Administrator and Teaching Artist! After discovering a deep rooted passion for Performing Arts Education she has been teaching dance, choreography and theater ever since. She believes in the lasting impact arts education has on every kind of student, and is so happy to further that work at BBK. Outside of teaching, Elizabeth is a director, choreographer and performer. She is the Artistic Director, Co-Founder, and Resident Choreographer of ToUch Performance Art, a multi-media performing arts company specializing in immersive and unique production. Since 2011 ToUch has created and produced sold-out shows in New York and Boston, and was Artist-in-Residence at American Repertory Theatre for three years. Outside of ToUch, she has performed with artists such as Buglisi Dance Theatre, Sinking Ship Productions, and BitterSuite: UK, and has choreographed several shows including Camelot (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Dancing Girl (Connelly Theater), and You Do Not Look (Signature Theater). Elizabeth looks forward to continuing her journey as an advocate for arts education at Broadway Bound Kids, and to continue to serve the wonderful communities and students we reach!
Samantha Parrish (She/Her/Hers) (Director of Education) found the stage in high school when she performed in her high school’s first ever musical, Grease. After growing up in Forney, TX, Samantha obtained a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre from Ouachita University in Arkansas. Immediately after graduating she hit the road with Missoula Children’s Theatre. She toured with The Frog Prince and The Little Mermaid across 38 states. Teaching and directing shows each week, Samantha introduced theatre to underserved areas across America reaching over 2,000 students. Samantha then worked professionally in the Dallas theatre circuit before touring with Dallas Children’s Theatre in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Since moving to New York in 2013 she has had the honor of teaching with Broadway Bound Kids, a company whose mission mirrors her own, to provide access to the arts to all students, and to provide a space where kids can belong and be heard. After spending years developing and directing free Saturday Programs for students who are under-resourced in the performing arts, Samantha is passionate about creating free and reduced cost Programming all around the city. As Education Director, Samantha is committed to DEIAJ work through the arts, providing arts education that is rooted in serving students of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures.
Jessica Canuelleis the former Executive Director of Broadway Bound Kids, and is so happy to still be a part of the BBK Family. Jessica began performing in theatre at the age of nine, which led her to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University. After graduating, she performed professionally in television, film and theater in NYC, LA and Chicago. Her love for theater took a new direction towards arts education and she obtained her Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University. Jessica has spent time as a teaching artist and administrator working with Atlantic Theater Company, ArtsConnection, New Victory Theater, mainstages, the NYC Department of Education and several other organizations to bring arts education programming to students at every grade level throughout the five boroughs. Jessica is now the Director of Tutoring for Princeton Tutoring, overseeing the management of client relationships. She now lives in CT and shares her life with her husband (a middle school theater teacher) and her two young daughters.
Mark Grinnell discovered Broadway Bound Kids when his son started attending Saturday classes in 2012 as a fifth grader. It’s been a life changing organization in their family and Mark thinks that when you find something this good you should do everything you can to make sure it’s available to everyone. Mark lives in NYC with his son (now attending Manhattan School of Music as a musical theater major) and his daughter.
Jane Whitty is a digital marketer and arts administration professional living in New York City with over 15 years of experience working in the performing arts. Jane holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Technology from Emerson College and a master's degree in Performing Arts Administration from NYU. In 2013, she joined Capacity Interactive, the premiere digital marketing consulting firm for culture and the arts. As a senior consultant at the firm, Jane leads a team in executing digital advertising campaigns and providing strategic guidance to a wide range of organizations across arts and cultural genres.
Since 2018, Jane Whitty has served as an Adjunct Instructor in NYU’s Steinhardt School, where she teaches a graduate class on marketing the performing arts. She is also on the board of Broadway Bound Kids, an arts education not-for-profit, serving kids throughout New York City.
Toby has worked in the non-profit industry for nearly 30 years supporting emerging artists. Before joining ETA, she was Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA where, for over two decades, she led the organization through substantial growth and innovative new opportunities to support performing artists in theater, dance, and film. Prior to that, she served in senior roles directing institutional support at New York City Ballet and creating the development department for The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and fine art from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. in marketing and non-profit management from Columbia Business School. She is an honoree of Columbia Women in Business, was featured in Town & Country's 2016 "Top 50 Philanthropists" issue, and was recognized by the Princely Family of Monaco with the Order of Grimaldi for her leadership. A native of New Jersey, Toby is a longtime resident of New York City where she and her husband have proudly seen their three children through NYC public schools.
Lisa has a background in Fine Arts and Arts Education, but for her art is more than an education - it is a passion, a necessity of life. When Josi, her daughter, was 5 she was enrolled in her first BBK class. She continued performing in BBK productions until she graduated from High School. When Josi was in first grade Lisa was asked to design and create sets and props for BBK’s various productions. After two years of designing sets, she began to teach a newly created BBK Stagecraft class. The goal was to teach students to design and create sets and props. In addition, while Josi attended the Bayard Taylor school (PS158), Lisa and a team of parents designed and built the rooms for the various fund-raising events held at the school – including the annual haunted house. Becoming a part of the BBK family is something Lisa will always cherish. BBK gave Josi courage, the ability to speak in public, pride in her work, a strong feeling of community as well as life-long relationships. For Lisa, BBK allowed her to exercise her passion. She is so thankful and proud to be part of the BBK community.
Paul Kim is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (DCISO) of New York City and the Head of Threat Management for the largest municipality in the United States. He leads Incident Response, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Counter Threat Automation, and the 24x7 Security Operations Center for NYC Cyber Command. He also directs citywide cyber risk initiatives.
Paul’s executive leadership draws from private sector and government experience in cybersecurity, threat intelligence, and law. He was Global Information Security Risk Manager for Bloomberg, U.S. Threat Intelligence Leader for Deloitte advising diverse Fortune 500 commercial clients, and a team lead for Booz Allen serving national security agencies.
Paul is a former instructor at the Joint Military Intelligence Training Center, a member of the New York State Bar, and a Certified Information Security Systems Professional. He is a native of NYC, a volunteer and non-profit board member in Brooklyn, and a graduate of Wesleyan University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University.
Samantha Blain is a Cuban multi-disciplinary creative artist and teacher based in NYC. A 2008 alum from Emerson College BFA Musical Theater Program and Atlantic Acting School. Holds a certification in Pedagogy and Curriculum Practice in Social Emotional Learning and Character Development from Rutgers University. Sam has been a teaching artist with BBK since 2015. Programs she’s led and facilitated include lead Production Advisor for the past 7 years for the Broadway Jr. grant program with the Shubert Organization and Department of Education, mentor for Arthur Miller Fellows in Musical Theatre, lead teacher/director for summer, and after school productions. Over the last 12 years, she has taught and directed for several organizations including Move this World (curriculum development), NYU, Atlantic Theater Company, Broadway.com, Broadway Bound Kids, NYU, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, CO/LAB Theater Group, the United Nations School directing and running their drama program. She is currently on the writing staff at Bay Area Children’s Theater first-ever BIPOC led Writers Room where she co-created and published the children’s book “Pocket Guide for Imaginary Friends”. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, in National Tours, in numerous Broadway workshops, TV/film, and is a member of Story Pirates. Other performance highlights include Ars Nova, New York City Center, York Theater Company, Drama League, BAM, New Victory Theater Lab Works, New York City Children’s Theater (NYCCT), American Dance Machine, La Mama ETC. Sam is Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Hit The Lights! Theater Co. where she additionally takes on roles as grant writer and performer. Hit The Lights! was the 2018/2019 Company in Residence at Ars Nova, nominated for the 2020 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Family Production”, 2021 Little Island NYC’s Performer series, and collaborated with Vogue Magazine for their March 2021 Cover Spread.
Mark Stein is an Operating Officer experienced in the areas of merchandising, human resources, finance, operations and technology in a variety of businesses, with intensive experience in consumer products companies. Devoted to building highly functional teams, capitalizing on the genius of dynamic groups with diverse personalities.
Very strong roll-up-the-sleeves passion for companies preparing for and living through startup phase or rapid growth. Adept at building high performance diverse teams that are required to meet unyielding timeframes. A passionate lover of technology, exceptionally current on new advances and how to apply them to improve efficiencies. Devoted foodie with a passion for cooking. Periodic Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. Investor in film and theatre productions.
Broadway Bound Kids fosters a level of respect, creativity, and support that's like nothing I've ever seen. -Christian Borle