Sobha recently received a citation from the City Of New York City Council Mark Levine for her service to the community. On July 1st Sobha will be stepping in as Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable. Sobha will also be working with NOAA, a STEM program, where she will be working with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students on career readiness as she shares goal setting, public speaking and interview skills. She has also been accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program as she steps into her sabbatical year 2017-2018.
Sobha Kavanakudiyil is a faculty member in The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and her M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU. After beginning her graduate degree at NYU, Sobha immersed herself in the field of arts education. She currently serves as Co-Chair for The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable Board of Directors and is National Programming Director for the AATE Board of Directors.
She has been a Teaching Artist for The New Victory Theater in New York City where she conducted pre/post performance workshops, participated in residency programs, and led family workshops and teacher institutes. Furthermore, she was also was a member of the innovative Teaching Artist Enrichment Team, a small contingent of artists who mentor new Teaching Artists and implement new ways of expanding the quality of the New Vic Education programs.
She also has been a Teaching Artist with The Educational Arts Team in Jersey City, NJ. In school workshops that she created, developed and conducted include: Violence Prevention, Drug Prevention, and Integrating Drama with Literacy and Social Studies. Camp Liberty is the Educational Arts Team's summer camp that has approximately 250 children and 35 summer staff that are hired and trained. She has been part of the senior staff maintaining the day-to-day operations of the camp, as well as the Director of the Teen Mentor Program, where she worked daily with 13-15 year olds. Each summer she has also directed one of the camp plays that are produced. Some of her plays that she adapted and directed are "How the Sun and Moon got up into the Sky," "The Myth of Osiris and Isis," "Ra-The Creation Story," "How Ganesh got his Elephant Ears," and this past summer's Irish Tale called, "Brave Margaret."
Sobha has also been an Adjunct Instructor for Hudson County Community College where she taught Acting and Speech, New York University's Educational Theatre Program and the Teaching & Learning Department where she taught Integrating the Arts and Dramatic Activities for K-6 Classroom, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also proud to have been an Adjunct Instructor for the CCNY Ed Theatre Program. In addition to being an actress, all of the innovation she practices as a Faculty Member in the CCNY Ed Theatre Program and her strong commitment to quality and accessible arts education for all, Sobha is a member of TAG (Teaching Artist Group) co-chair for the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee for the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable; On the Board of Directors for Spellbound Theatre; A Member of the TIOS (local AATE chapter) planning committee; has been a presenter at conferences including: NJEA Convention, AATE, Face to Face, NYU Applied Theatre and Pedagogy conferences; and NYU Teaching Artist Forum. She also had a brief career in Television Broadcasting with an Emmy Nomination for Booking Producer of “Living Dangerously” a one hour Dateline NBC report back in 2000.