​​Erika M. Atkins​​​​​ 
 Arts Administrator. Performer. Teaching Artist.
Gets things done. 
 
Administration
 
Opening Act
New York, New York

Director of Operations (July 2015 - Currently)

Works closely with the Executive Director to strengthen and manage existing operational infrastructure. 

Oversees and executes financial system; including expenses, revenue, and payroll. Works with Executive Director and outside professional to complete annual audit.

 

Develops and collaborates on public communication strategy, including website content, email blasts and all social media. 

Implemented new systems and software for donor tracking, human relations and payroll and cloud storage.  

 

Created internship program structure and oversees intern hiring. 

Collaboratively produces and event manages annual Play Reading Benefit gala. 

The New Victory Theater
New York, New York​

Education Department Coordinator (July 2013 - July 2015)

Managed systems for department meetings, office supplies, materials, and space for events. Administered Department financial systems for expenses, revenue and part-time Education staff payroll.

 

Coordinated communication and human resources systems for New Victory Teaching Artists; including recruitment, work offers, and communication through Google Site and Facebook.

 

Supervised New 42nd Street Apprentice Program; including arranging recruitment and professional development. Administrates Facebook Alumni page and created Google Site to support and update current apprentices. Spearheaded transition of Apprentice portfolios from binders to Google sites. Team-taught and developed professional development workshops for Youth Corp Apprentices and Ushers.

 

Managed sessions for Kids Week and Family Workshops.

 

Promoted from Education Department Assistant (April 2012 - July 2013)

Previous responsibilities: Handled all Teaching Artist work offers and worked Box Office for Education Shows.

Entertainment Cruises
New York, New York​​

Assistant Special Events Coordinator (May 2011 - March 2012)

Worked with Special Events Coordinator, Sales Team, and Restaurant Managers to execute large parties and special event charters. Organized weekly restaurant manager's meetings. Planned company social functions and supervised event staff.

 

Show Captain (May 2011 - March 2012)

Worked with Entertainment Coordinator to teach choreography to singing wait staff.

 

Restaurant Floor Captain (April 2011 - March 2012)

Supervised Front of House staff during cruises and interacted with guests to ensure quality service.

"Our Service System" (OSS) Workshop Facilitator (March 2011 - March 2012)

Facilitator in workshop for new hires explaining the company's expected behaviors, customer service philosophy, and culture.

Promoted from Singing Server (October 2009 - March 2012) and Office Coordinator/Receptionist (January 2011 - April 2011)

Provided administrative and secretarial support for internal and external guests.

Atrium Staffing
New York, New York

Temp Associate

Temporary placement in positions providing administrative and secretarial support, and scheduling and coordinating travel arrangements, events, meetings, and appointments for directors and executives. 



Companies worked at include Conde Nast Publications (SELF Magazine from January 2011 to February 2011) and Meredith Corporation (M360 from November 2010 to January 2011, Corporate Sales from May 2010-July 2010 and October 2010, and MORE/Fitness Magazines in May 2010).

Levine Music
Washington, D.C. 

Teen Apprentice Program Manager (Part-Time), Levine Music and Arts Day Camp (January 2008-August 2009)

​Oversaw Teen Apprentice Program at five summer camp sites in the DC metro area, and supervised five college aged Teen Apprentice Coordinators. Executed entire recruitment process and selected over 150 Teen Apprentices ranging in age from 11 to 19. Handled communication for prospective and selected Teen Apprentices and parents; designed and operated Teen Apprentice Facebook page.

 

Collaborated with Summer Camp Staff to create a day-long Teen Apprentice Orientation for over 100 teens, and for camp preparation at all sites, including interviewing Teen Apprentice Coordinators, Assistant Directors, and Teaching Assistants for all campuses.



Office Assistant, Early Childhood and Elementary Music Department (August 2007-August 2009)

Provided administrative support for ECEM staff and faculty for on-site and outreach programs. Coordinated special events, meetings, and visiting field trips to Levine. Administered ECEM financial systems and created departmental budget tracking.

Managed ECEM communications and processed class registration for families at four Levine campuses. Updated ECEM webpage, and edited and designed quarterly ECEM newsletters. Collaboratively created marketing strategy: including designing promotional flyers, brochures, and ads.

Assistant to the Director, Levine Music and Arts Day Camp Arlington, VA Campus (June 2007- August 2007)

Provided administrative support for VA Campus staff and faculty. Processed health and contact information for over 100 campers; created camp groups, schedules, and other camp materials. Managed communication systems between the Camp and parents.


Collaborated with Teen Apprentice Coordinator to manage 20-25 Teen Apprentices per session, including directing and choreographing numbers for the Teen Apprentices’ performances in final show
 

Consulting 
Miron Properties
New York, NY

Professional Development Consultant (September 2015 - March 2016)

Worked with senior management to create training lesson plans, manuals and workbooks for newly hired real estate agents.

Teaching
 

Opening Act
New York, NY
Opening Act
New York, NY

Teaching Artist (September 2016- Currently)

Facilitates weekly workshops, working with Teaching Artist Team to guide high school students and they devise their own theater pieces. 

The New Victory Theater
New York, NY

Teaching Artist (September 2013 - June 2015)

Facilitated workshops and collaboratively developed lesson plans based on New Victory productions for children and the adults in their lives through out the New York City area.

Levine Music
Washington, D.C. 

Teacher, Washington Performing Arts Society/Levine Camp at THEARC (August 2008)

Taught music and dance lessons to a small group of elementary-aged children. Built camp schedule and coordinated final performance with fellow teachers. 

Music Theater Teacher, Levine Music and Arts Day Camp, Arlington Campus (July 2008)
Wrote, choreographed, and co-directed The Adventures of Ricky San Francisco, featuring over fifty elementary students for three weeks.
 

Music Theater Teacher, Levine Outreach at J.C. Nalle's Elementary (November 2007-June 2008)
Choreographed and directed performances for a select group of 5th graders. Coordinated rehearsal schedules with the classroom teachers. 



Substitute Music Teacher, Levine Outreach at J.C. Nalle's Elementary (September 2007-June 2008)

On-call substitute general music teacher for grades Pre-K through 5th grade.

Loudoun County YMCA
Leesburg, VA

Summer Camp Drama Coordinator, J.R. Festival Lakes Site  (May 2005 – August 2006)

Created and implemented curriculum, schedule and activates for drama camp. Collaboratively wrote, directed, and choreographed performances every two weeks for end of session performances elementary and middle-school aged children. Assisted with summer camp preparation and camp staff orientation


Preschool Teacher, Leesburg Headquarters (January 2005 - June 2006)
Co-supervised children ages 2-4 for hour long classes with activities such as free play, art, and music.


Aftercare Counselor, Evergreen Mill Elementary & Cool Springs Elementary (January 2005 – June 2005)
Provided after-school care for elementary students, coordinated afternoon schedules and daily activities.

Performance
 

Skills

  • Windows and Macintosh OS

  • Microsoft Office Suite (including Publisher, Excel)

  • Google Docs/Sites

  • Quickbooks

  • Tessitura

  • Nation Builder

  • EBMS

  • Basic HTML

  • GarageBand

  • iMovie

  • Socia Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

  • Rallybound

  • Asana

Committees

Co-Chair, 2017 New York City Theater In Our Schools Conference Committee (2016 - 2017)

New York Arts in Education Roundtable, Task Force on Equity and Inclusion (2017)

2016 New York City Theater In Our Schools Conference Committee (2015 - 2016)

New York Arts in Education Roundtable, Teaching Artist Affairs Committee

TA Meet Up Sub-Committee/Workshop Facilitator (2015 - 2017)

Tessitura Learning & Community Conference Planning Committee, Education Track (2015)

New Victory Theater Teaching Artist Enrichment Team (June 2013 - July 2015)

 

Entertainment Cruises NY/NJ Frontline Committee (July 2011 - March 2012)

 

Levine School of Music's Marketing Task Force (2009)

 

Event Planning Team for NASA/Levine Event at THEARC featuring Astronaut Leeland Marsh and musicians Pharell Williams and Quincy Jones (September 2008)

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, Face to Face Conference, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable (April 2017)

TA Meet-Up Facilitator, Face to Face Conference, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable (April 2017)

Panel Member, Employer Appreciation Breakfast, Fordham University (May 2015)

 

Guest Presenter, Diversity Leadership in a Global Society Conference, Fordham University (March 2015)

Honors

Academic Excellence Award, Arts Administration Masters Program, Drexel University (2014-2015)

 

New York Entertainment Cruises 2011 Shipmate of the Year, Casual Brand


New York Entertainment Cruises MVP (June 2011)


Entertainment Cruises Nationwide OSS Winner (April 2011)


Wage Radio's Student of the Month (March 2003)


Best Choreography for Grease, 2003 National Capital Area Cappies Awards


Mention for Outstanding Acting, Dulles District One Act Play Competition


Finalist,  2002 Annual Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship


National Honor Roll (2002-2003)


National Society of High School Scholars (Inducted 2002)


Tri-M Music Honor Society, Stone Bridge High School Chapter (2002-2003)


4th Runner up, Talent Competition. 2002 Virginia Miss America Co-ed Pageant

Press Clips

Creating A Culture of Well-being in Your Nonprofit World Place: The First Step

Beth's Blog I November 2, 2016 I Beth Kanter

Aurin Squire on The City at TheaterLab

New York Theater Review I July 23, 2014 I Aurin Squire



2002 Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarships
The Washington Post l November 2002



Gift of Hearing Sets New Stage; Device Boosts Teen's Confidence

The Washington Post l July 22, 1999 l Dana Hedgpeth

 

2010 - present

2010 - present

Performance Ensembles:

  • TSG, (2013 - 2015)

  • George Mason University Chorale (2004-2007)

  • George Mason University Symphonic Choir (2003-2004)

  • Stone Bridge High School’s Chamber Choir (2001-2003)

  • Stone Bridge High School’s Jazz Choir (2002-2003)

  • Stone Bridge High School’s Show Choir (2001-2002)

  • Virginia District XIV All District Choir (2001), Alto II, 1st Alternate

  • Loudoun County SSAA All County Choir (2002), Alto II

  • Loudoun District XVI SSAA All District Choir (2003), Alto II, 12th Chair

  • Virginia All-State Choir (2003),  Alto II, 1st alternate

Recitals, Cabarets, and Solo Performances:

  • Matthew Johnson Harris Presents: A Little Help From My Friends Cabaret Series (A Fundraiser for NY City Council Candidate Mark Otto), Recurring Group Numbers & Soloist/House Manager. Triad Theater, New York, NY. (June 2012, September 2012, December 2012, May 2013).

  • Musicali Tea Series, Recurring Soloist. Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.. (2007-2009)

  • Grandparents Day Recital, Soloist. Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.. (2007)

  • Everything Goes!, Undergraduate Solo Senior Recital. Fairfax Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA. (2007)

Yacht Cruises/Dinner Theater:

  • Karaoke Host, Spirit of New York/New Jersey Cruises, New York, New York. (June 2011 - March 2012)

  • Show Captain (as of May 2011)/Singing Server, Spirit of New York/New Jersey Cruises, New York, New York. (October 2009 - March 2012)​

Film/Media:

  • "Honey I'm Good (SINGLES EDITION)." New York Picture Company Sketch Show, Season 2, 2015.

  • Workshop Hilary, Rock Star Cafe. Bruth Media, 2010.

  • Top Ten Finalist, Dance Like Britney Contest. DC Hot 99.5, 2009.

Theater:

  • Vocalist, The City. Alive World Productions. 2014. 

  • Pink Lady, Grease. Running Dogs Productions, 2003.

  • Chantelle, Little Shop of Horrors. Running Dogs Productions, 2002

  • Eileen, Audience. Running Dogs Productions, Loudoun District One Act Play Competition, 2002.

  • Banshee, Starmites. Running Dogs Productions, 2001.

  • Anne, Pet Explosion. Running Dogs Productions, Dulles District One Act Play Competition, 2001.

  • Old Lady, Grandfather Tales. Running Dogs Productions, Dulles District One Act Play Competition, 2000.

  • Hot Box Girl, Guys and Dolls. Loudoun County High School, 2000.

  • Voice 3, This is a Test. Loudoun County High School, 2000.

  • Ensemble, Evita. Bethesday Academy of Performing Arts (now Imagination Stage), 1999.

  • Velma, Bugsy Malone. Simpson Middle School, 1999.

  • Waiter/Ensemble, Hello Dolly. Simpson Middle School, 1998.

  • Teen, Bye Bye Birdie.  Simpson Middle School,1997.

Readings

  • Dramatic Reader, When The Lion Wrote History- Dramatic Interpretation of "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglas." Frederick Douglas National Historic Site, 2006.

Dance/Choreography:

  • "The Magic Cooler." New York Picture Company Sketch Show, Season 2, Episode 1, 2015.

  • Escape from Grove GardenProduced by Elisabeth Durkin, Directed by Mathilde Dratwa, 2014.

  • "Dancing in the Rain." Levine School of Music Summer and Arts Day Camp (St. Bartholomew's Campus), 2009.

  • "Kill the Lights." Dance Like Britney Contest. Hot 99.5, 2009.

  • The Adventures of Ricky San Francisco. Levine School of Music Summer and Arts Day Camp (Arlington, VA Campus), 2008.

  • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" & "Dancing in the Streets." J.C. Nalle's Musical Theater Group. J.C. Nalle's Elementary, 2007-2008.

  • "Heard It Through the Grapevine" & "Mission Impossible/Help!"  Levine School of Music Summer and Arts Day Camp (Arlington, VA), 2007.

  • The Y Musical Theater Revue. Loudoun County Virginia YMCA Summer Camp, 2005.

  • Grease. Running Dogs Productions, 2003. 

  • Starmites. Running Dogs Productions, 2001.

Volunteer Work & Internships
 

Project Manager/Volunteer (May 2012 - September 2013)

Coordinated fundraising projects and volunteers at campaign events. Front of House manager for all fundraising performance events.

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Teaching Assistant Intern, Music in Computer Technology Course (Spring 2007)

Provided support for professor and students during class instruction, with projects involving Microsoft Office, Finale, and Garage Band applications, organized and taught study sessions. Taught selected topics and substituted for professor.

 

Assisted with maintaining the Music Department computer lab (Macintosh OS): ran system updates, recorded malfunctioning systems, and periodically reimaged operating systems.


 

Youth Volunteer (Summer 2002)

Responded to site inquiries, provided general information, and assisted interpretive rangers on tours.

Education & Training
 

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Graduated June 2015

M.S. Arts Administration

Master's Thesis: ARTS EDUCATION, THE WHAT AND THE WHY: RESEARCH, EFFICACY, AND ADVOCACY

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Graduated May 2007

B.A. Music, concentration in vocal studies.

Studied voice with Debbie Wenner.

9 credits in Dance.

Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA
Graduated June 2003

Advanced Studies Diploma.

Studied voice with Brother AH (Robert Northern) in Summer 2000.

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