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The Newmark May Theatre Organization   Education | Mentorship | Performance

David Newmark May attended Midwood High School, Kingsboro Community College, Brooklyn College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts but he wasn't a Student. The lessons he learned were life lessons, learning from his mistakes. David worked with The Everyman Company, a non-profit Theatre Organization that is where he honed his skills in Acting, Directing and Producing theatrical productions. When David's parents passed away he walked away from the performing arts. For the last 25 years David has worked in Sales and Sales Management in the Gift Industry. Starting with The Applause Company, then Dakin and currently (for the last 18 years) with Gund, Americas Oldest Soft Toy Company. Now it's time to put everything together Theatre and Sales to help the Children.

 Dianne Blitstein Solomon, CIPP, CIPP/IT, serves as Global Security Architect at First Data Corp. Over a 30-year career, Ms Solomon has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including serving as Director of Technical Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Director of Training for NYC’s Child Welfare Information Services.

Ms Solomon is currently a doctoral candidate in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests include security culture, awareness, and the adoption of security enhancing behaviors. Ms Solomon has led workshops on these topics and on online safety with audiences from preschoolers to IT professionals, and served on the educational advisory board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has also served in a volunteer capacity with the Village Light Opera Group in NYC and the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Peg Kershenbaum holds a Masters degree in Classics from the Graduate Center of the City University of NY where she taught Latin and Greek for Reading Knowledge in summer programs for many years. She was an adjunct lecturer in Classics at her alma mater, Brooklyn College, where she also had the opportunity to develop a successful Latin tutorial program for remediation students. After raising her children and working as a Weight Watchers leader, Peg followed a lifelong dream and applied to rabbinical school. In 2008 she received her ordination from The Academy for Jewish Religion, the oldest pluralistic seminary in the country. At present she serves Congregation B’nai Harim of the Poconos as rabbi and director of the religious school. Peg’s interest in theater and staging are manifest in her sometimes outrageous Purim productions. Her passion for helping people succeed is manifest in all her career choices.

 Aaron Kershenbaum [Webmaster;Actor; Oompah] has been working with computers since 1965 and is a pioneer in the field of computer networks. He has a long and distinguished acting career which began at the age of 5 and has done hundreds of stand up comedy routines as a professor over the past 30 years. In addition to doing comedy, he has given numerous presentations at intenational conferences, is the author of numerous journal articles and two books and has supervised over 20 Ph.D. students. He is currently doing research analyzing genetic properties of metabolic networks related to cancer. But he is also still doing stand up comedy whenever he has the opportunity to do so.

   Tricia M. Taitt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she majored in Finance and minored in Spanish. Upon completing an MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School, and a professional certification in Not for Profit Accounting and Government Reporting at NYU, she has crossed back and forth between for profit and not for profit organizations. She’s been a financial associate with Citigroup’s Treasury and Retail banking businesses, a private retail client salesperson at Merrill Lynch, and a financial management consultant working with not for profit organizations like the Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Martha Graham Dance Company and, Harlem School of the Arts. Throughout it all, she’s maintained her passion for dance (as a touring company member for the Broadway musical, FELA!), her dedication to fitness (as a certified Pilates instructor) and her commitment to community as a volunteer for Oliver Scholars, Management Leadership for Tomorrow and Phillips Academy Andover Alumni association.