A little bit about us and our team
Left: Danielle Cohn
Curriculum Director & Co-Creative Director
Right: Caroline Patterson
Executive Director & Co-Creative Director
Welcome to Bitty City Players!
Hi! We are co-founders Caroline Patterson and Danielle Cohn, and we're glad you stopped by. We met in 2008, while co-starring in a professional theater production in Manhattan. We quickly realized our shared loves for both theater and educating young children, and began the exciting work of creating Bitty City Players.
We are proud theater and education “nerds” – Caroline received her B.A. in Theater from Duke University with a minor in French and certificate in Elementary Education; Danielle earned her B.A. in History with a minor in Theater from Johns Hopkins University and a minor in Voice at the Peabody Conservatory. We are both experienced educators – Danielle has been a preschool teacher on the Upper West Side for many years, Caroline has her certificate in Elementary Education from Duke, and has tutored and taught in many elementary classrooms.
Based upon our experiences in the classroom, both as teachers and as students, we know that engaging in hands-on, brains-on, put-your-whole-self-in activities is the best way to connect to kids and get them excited about what they're learning. We deeply believe that dramatic play and sensory work are the most effective educational tools with young children and we incorporate both into our innovative curricula.
We at Bitty City Players are awed and inspired by the children we work with, and strive always to give our students the joyful and creative learning experiences we wish we had every day as children.
We pack our team with only the most talented teaching artists who share our passion for active learning. Our educators include: classroom teachers, occupational therapists and social workers, as well as professional actors, dancers, and singers. Each of our staff members has added to our truly unique program and is dedicated to inspiring NYC kids.