Bachelor of Fine Art in Theatre, Adelphi University
Master's of Fine Art in Acting, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University
Certificate in Classical Theatre, The London Dramatic Academy
This is Ms. Callen's first year teaching at CASA. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Her family includes her father, Robert; mother, Patricia; and partner, Victor. In her free time, Ms. Callen loves to bake, go to Home Goods and watch The Great British Baking Show.
What brought you to CASA?
I am thrilled to be a part of the CASA community! My passion for theatre and advocacy for accessible arts education and programming fueled my desire to be a part of this wonderful community. CASA believes in how invaluable the arts are and dedicates resources to providing individuals with accessible education and professional performance opportunities, which aligns with my practices and beliefs as an artist and educator.
Where did you work and what was your role prior to coming to CASA?
I worked for seven years at EPIC Players Theatre Company, a non-profit neuro-diverse theatre company in New York City. I possessed several roles at EPIC; Teacher, Acting Coach, and Program Assistant.
What is your favorite part of working at CASA?
To be surrounded by individuals who believe in the power of the arts, practice inclusivity, and honor artistic expression.
What is your connection to the arts? How are you an artist?
As a teenager, I took acting classes in Boston and studied Theatre in undergrad and graduate school. Through Theatre, I discovered my capabilities and, most importantly, my purpose. To become liberated and inhabit a character is what connects me to art. Through freedom of artistic expression, awakening the imagination, and the ability to bring a character to life propelled me to become an advocate for the arts and equitable opportunities for all artists.
What do you feel is your impact on our school community, students, and culture?
To create an inclusive environment where students can feel safe to be themselves to propel their artistry forward. I am excited to share my experience in theatre, teaching, and preparing individuals for professional performance opportunities with the CASA community!
What advice do you have for our students?
One of my main objectives is to create a safe space for students to explore, fail and grow. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to take risks, make mistakes, and welcome challenges in my class. The most valuable lessons are discovered through failure.
Do you advise any clubs at CASA?
Not yet, but I would love to!
Fun facts about Ms. Callen:
I lived in London, which is my favorite city!
I love going to the ballet, it is my favorite art form to watch!