Director of Programs
Justin was raised in Atlanta, GA by a Puppeteer Mom and an Actor Dad, which meant that his childhood was surrounded by foam rubber, enormous plastic eyes, and physical comedy routines. This instilled in Justin a whimsy, joy, and creative energy that has driven his personal and professional life which has brought him to stages around the world, on screens big and small, and most recently into education spaces for young and old.
After working for many years as a professional actor, Justin decided to propel his love of theatre towards arts education, receiving a Masters in Educational Theatre from NYU, and was introduced to the term Teaching Artist, which unbeknownst to him was the exact term his mother used when describing her work as a puppeteer in schools.
Since then, Justin has built a career in arts education that has taken him into classrooms all over New York City through long term teaching partnerships with The New Victory Theatre, Disney Theatricals, and Opening Act, as well as serving as Professional Development Specialist for Marquis Studios, helping maintain best practices and innovate the field of Teaching Artistry. Justin is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and Co-Chair of the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee of NYC.
Justin lives in Brooklyn with his husband and highly energetic twins.