Paula Heitman

Executive Director

Paula is responsible for advancing the mission of the organization while overseeing its administration, operations, financials, and strategic direction. Other key duties include implementing policies, fundraising, marketing, and outreach.

For 25 years, Paula has devoted her career to enriching the lives of children in New York City. Paula worked as a teaching artist while earning her Master of Arts in Educational Theater at New York University. After graduating NYU, Paula worked for the New York City Department of Education as a high school drama teacher before moving into the non-profit world managing arts programs for organizations such as TADA!, Urban Arts Partnership (fka Working Playground), DreamYard and others. Paula then served as the Executive Director at Breakthrough NY, an academic enrichment program for motivated middle school students from low-income families. Most recently, Paula ran Families First, a non-profit, early childhood center. Paula has extensive experience as a program manager, grant writer, development director, strategic planner and event manager. Paula’s career has centered on serving marginalized student populations, including students attending under-resourced public schools and students with disabilities. Paula believes deeply in supporting all students and providing equal opportunities to experience the arts. Paula lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, son and a trio of two dogs and a cat.