Sobha is currently enjoying a well deserved sabbatical year from her work at City College. This academic year will be full of rest, self discovery and inspiring work. She is a Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable; is fortunate to be working as a Teaching Artist for the new "I am an Islander" curriculum for Come From Away currently on Broadway; will be an Arthur Miller mentor for the NYC DOE; is working with the award winning Tectonic Theater and as a Board member for AATE she will support the development of the national conferences. She has also been accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program and will be traveling to Seoul, Korea to work with the International Graduate School of English as well as MILKEnglish and she will be traveling to Puebla, Mexico to work with Gobierno Municipal Puebla, Instituto Municipal Arte Cultura. In addition, she plans to celebrate life by doing yoga, re-inspiring her artist within and taking lots of walks with her dogs!
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.
Sobha is proud to have been accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program and will be traveling to Seoul, Korea to work with the International Graduate School of English as well as MILKEnglish and she will be traveling to Puebla, Mexico to work with Gobierno Municipal Puebla, Instituto Municipal Arte Cultura.
Sobha is working as a Mentor for the Arthur Miller Foundation's mentoring program through the New York City Department of Education's Office of Arts and Special Projects where she supports new theatre teachers. She also was a Teaching Artist for Tectonic Theatre Project and developed the curriculum for their High School Residency Program. Sobha was lucky to have worked with "Come From Away" currently on Broadway, in co-collaborating and facilitating workshops to New York City Public Schools who participated in their pilot program. She was also invited to be part of the inaugural Speaker's Bureau for Americans for the Arts.
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.