Saturday, November 1, 2014

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Staff


The Possibility Project staff leads, manages and directs the organization and our three programs in New York City. They also provide training, evaluation and technical assistance to the staff and artists of affiliate organizations that sponsor Possibility Projects in other cities.

Paul Griffin – Founder & President
Paul founded City at Peace-DC in 1994, and served as its Artistic Director for five years. He is now leading the growth and development of The Possibility Project. In 2009, he launched TPP’s new Foster Care Program and recently acted as Executive Producer for “Know How,” TPP’s forthcoming film. With over 18 years of experience working in the field of youth development and the arts, he has overseen the creation of 64 original musicals written and performed by youth. He has presented workshops and performances for dozens of major organizations and events such as the Children’s Defense Fund, District of Columbia Superior Court, National Multicultural Institute, The American University School of International Studies, and George Mason Institute of Conflict Resolution. He has appeared in various media, such as “The Bob Edwards Show,” to speak about teenagers and their development. He has been honored at The White House as a Tomorrow’s Leader Today, and received the Public Allies Changemaker Award and the National Hamilton Fish Institute Award for Service. Paul also teaches The Performing Arts for Social Change at Sarah Lawrence College where he is Francis Ann Cannon Artist-in-Residence. E-mail Paul

Kelly Claus – Director of Operations
Kelly Claus, a native of Texas, is grateful to have worked with The Possibility Project since 2007. As Director of Operations (and formerly Program Manager), Kelly handles most administrative aspects of TPP’s three programs, produces all original musical premiere events, creates all printed materials, manages the internship program, and maintains the organizational database & this website. Prior to joining TPP, Kelly coordinated an after-school program for Publicolor, another NYC youth development organization, and held the position of Education Director for Nashville Opera where she developed and managed all student education and singer-training programs. Kelly has directed several children’s plays and operas, taught voice lessons at Middle Tennessee State University and the Academy of Music and Drama (TN), and spent a short time pursuing a career as an opera singer. Kelly holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Middle Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Angelo State University in Texas. E-mail Kelly

Elizabeth Howard – Artistic Director, Tuesday/Thursday Program
Read a profile of Elizabeth. Elizabeth, born and raised in Chicago, has been lucky enough to be a part of The Possibility Project for the last seven years. She began as an Assistant Artistic Director for the Saturday program and then took on the formation of TPP’s Tuesday/Thursday program as an Artistic Director in 2007. Since its inception, the Tuesday/Thursday Cast has doubled in size and has completed four successful full length musicals and numerous community action projects. Elizabeth also worked with founder Paul Griffin to develop the TPP program dedicated to youth in foster care. She continues to assist with this program and was an integral part of the production of the TPP foster care film “Know How” which will be out in the fall of 2011. Prior to her work with TPP, Elizabeth worked as an actor in both New York and Chicago. She studied acting and theater at NYU, Steppenwolf Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre. Elizabeth graduated from Loyola University of Maryland with a degree in Speech and Language Pathology. E-mail Elizabeth

Jeff Flowers – Artistic Director, Saturday Program
Jeff Flowers has worked as an actor, director and trainer for over 15 years. After receiving a B.F.A in Acting from U.C. Santa Barbara, Jeff founded a theater company, worked as both an actor and director, and became the Artistic Director of City at Peace-Santa Barbara. After moving to New York in 2004, Jeff became the Artistic Director of The Possibility Project’s Saturday Cast. He has directed 11 original musical theater productions with TPP. Additionally he has become a leading Business Development trainer, specializing in using the principles of improvisational theater to develop the skills of creativity, team-building and effective communication for business professionals. E-mail Jeff

Kenny Phillips – Artistic Director, Foster Care Program
Read a profile of Kenny. Kenny holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and has been involved in the arts since the age of four. He has studied music and theater passionately for over twenty years. During college Kenny began directing and producing shows alongside his pursuits as an actor and musician. Kenny first began volunteering for The Possibility Project as an acting coach in 2005 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From 2007-2009 he continued to work for TPP as the Artistic Director of that program. During this time Kenny also had the opportunity to mentor youth in the Big Buddy program, helping develop their afterschool curriculum and teaching classes in theater and conflict resolution. Kenny has recently relocated to New York to lead the Foster Care Program as Artistic Director. E-mail Kenny

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