Ginger Bartkoski Meagher (she/her) is the Director of TDF Education Programs. She works with a remarkable team of teaching artists and educators to support classroom teachers in delivering quality arts education and opportunities to see live performances. She is responsible for TDF’s programming for 11,000 students and core education programs for middle and high school students: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Dance, the TONY-honored Wendy Wasserstein Project and the Young Playwrights residency program. She curates professional development opportunities for over 150 teachers and teaching artists annually. Ginger nurtures partnerships with commercial and non profit theatres throughout New York City as well as the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects Summer Art Institute, and multitudes of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions to offer access to students and teachers. Ginger has developed courses for teachers to continue earning continuing education credits in partnership with the Department of Education’s Office of After School Professional Development Program. During the Broadway shutdown, the TDF education department created a free online archive of educational videos available via TDF.org.
Ginger previously taught humanities at JHS 275 Thelma J. Hamilton School for the African Diaspora and creative writing, English, and theatre at Teachers Preparatory High School, both in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and film from the University of Kansas and her Master of Arts in secondary English education from CUNY Brooklyn College. Ginger was a New York City Teaching Fellow and is an AmeriCorps alumna. Ginger proudly volunteers with the Girl Scouts of America, MEND NJ (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity, a network of food pantries) and sits on the Board of Managers and fundraises for the South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood, N.J., where she resides with her family.