A little bit about us and our team
Right: Caroline Patterson
Executive Director & Creative Director
Left: Danielle Cohn
Assistant Director Bitty City Players
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 program 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 and mentor on the Upper West Side for many years, Caroline studied Elementary Education at Duke, and has tutored and taught in many Pre-K and 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.
Sarah Feinmark, Assistant Director of Bitty City, has been working on and off the stage for many years. She graduated with a degree in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, a minor in theatre arts, an Arts Certificate, and a minor in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory. After college, she received a certificate from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. While actively auditioning, she got the opportunity to teach at several theaters and small schools before getting the chance to work with the Missoula Children's Theatre, the company with which she has spent the past several years, travelling the country and even getting the chance to go overseas. She spends her mornings building creative care programming at the JCC on the Palisades, and freelancing as a teaching artist. Sarah is currently a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program and a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.
We pack our team with only the most talented teaching artists who share our passion for active learning. Our lead 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. Want to join our team?