Kat Radin

Kat Radin

Executive Director

Kat Radin brings her devotion to the performing arts, her passion for education, and her keen ability to inspire and lead her community to her role as the Executive Director of the Applause Arts Foundation.

After participating in Applause as child, Kat went on to study drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before finding her way back home to the Applause community. She has enjoyed professional success as both a performer and a manager of various prominent hospitality groups where she developed business models, sales and marketing strategies, and institutional policies and programs. Kat engages students with a vigor that reflects her own love of the arts, and blends her talent and skill set to engage the community and advance the mission of the Applause Arts Foundation.

As a recipient of many scholarships throughout her own life, Kat personally understands the transformative power that arts opportunities can have on a child’s life and is committed to driving the goals of the Foundation so that every child can experience the fulfillment, confidence, and joy performing arts programs can provide.

Audrey Kaplan

Audrey Kaplan

Founder

Audrey is the founder of Applause Theatrical Workshops, which has been in existence for 21 years. Audrey attended the Yale Shakespeare program at Oxford University and Carnegie Mellon’s musical theater program before receiving her B.F.A in Drama from Tulane University. She then went on to receive her Masters Degree in Education from NYU.

Ms. Kaplan had a performance career where she starred in many stage productions as well as appearing on commercials and playing a recurring role on ABC’s All My Children.

Audrey then went on to become a teacher for nine years in New York City, eight of which were spent at P.S. 6, and one year spent teaching acting at the Upper Lab High School. She was a model teacher for New York City and trained numerous teachers. Her classroom was a visiting site for principals and teachers from both private and public schools all over the United States, as well as Columbia University Teachers College reading and writing workshops.

In 1995, Audrey found a way to merge her passions for both education and theater by founding Applause Theatrical Workshops. She has directed and produced hundreds of productions at Applause while also coaching many children privately for performing arts schools, colleges, and professional auditions over the years.

Her greatest credit is her son, Tyler Kaplan, who was the sole inspiration for Broadway Babies. In 2000, the year he was born, Audrey (along with co-founder Pamela Fisher) created Broadway Babies, hoping to spread the magic of Broadway to children of all ages. She is grateful to be able to spend her days sharing her life-long love of music and theater with children and teenagers everywhere.

Board of Directors

Beth-Cohen-Kirsch

Beth Cohen Kirsch

Beth Cohen Kirsch has spent the last 25 years in the arts. She has worked in film and television production beginning in News in Milan, Italy before beginning her work at PBS- Frontline. She has produced television for the King Brothers and CBS and then moved on to Independent Film production with the Shooting Gallery and Gun For Hire Films. After several years there, Ms. Cohen Kirsch transitioned into her role as Executive Vice President at the Tribeca Film Center. At Tribeca she left the production side to work on the business side of the industry, which gives her access to rewarding projects, such as the Tribeca Film Festival. She has been involved with many arts associations and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Ms. Cohen Kirsch graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Emory University. Beth joins the board of the Applause Arts Foundation to help support the vision of bringing excellent arts education to children everywhere , especially those who could benefit from the exposure and passion it provides to so many.

Erika-Marsh

Erika Marsh

Erika Marsh is a former pre-school teacher and proud wife and mother of two. Watching her daughter, Eliza, thrive over the last several years at Applause has opened up the magical world of musical theater and its importance in a child’s life.

Erika, a graduate of the University of Maryland, is proud to serve on the board of AAF to further support children’s education in the performing arts.

Meredith-Paley

Meredith Paley

Meredith Paley is currently the Vice President of Public Relations at Talbots where she has been for the past 8 years. Magazine editorial and seasonal editor presentations, blogger and charitable partnerships, celebrity dressing, nationwide store events, outfitting Michelle Obama in Talbots 27 times , and being invited by The First Lady to The White House with the CEO of Talbots are just a few highlights and endeavors. Recently, a philanthropic partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine that raised over $1 million dollars, for Dress for Success, was one of her most career defining and memorable moments.

Meredith started out at Atelier Creative Services as Account Director, where she helped launch SmashBox Cosmetics, Urban Decay Nail Polishes and Joop! Meredith then moved on to become the Vice President of Public Relations & Advertising at Nicole Miller, where she built and ran the public relations department for 4 years.

Four years later Meredith joined Kenneth Cole as the Vice President of Public Relations. Throughout her 8 years at Kenneth Cole, she coordinated Kenneth Cole’s spring fashion show which aired live on The Today Show, launched a fragrance with Kenneth Cole & Jon Bon Jovi, spearheaded Kenneth’s international “We All Have Aids” Public Service Announcement with celebrities including Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Julianne Moore, Sharon Stone, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor and Alicia Keys. Fashion shows, store events, celebrity outreach, Kenneth Cole’s personal press, philanthropic partnerships, product launches, and handling crisis communication for Kenneth Cole’s “controversial” ad campaigns were just a few of the incredible opportunities during the 8 years of overseeing the public relations department.

While Meredith is juggling working and two “Applausian”daughters, she also makes a point to see as much theater as possible – on and off broadway – singing show tunes to herself on her daily runs with a claim to fame that, to date, she has seen A Chorus Line 14 times.

PamelaWeinberg

Pamela Weinberg

Pamela Weinberg is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC) and Personal Branding Strategist. She specializes in helping people make career transitions and have had success working with such populations as millennials, women in transition, and career changers.

She runs workshop seminars for corporations, professional organizations and non-profits on a variety of topics including: “Millennials and Managers”, “Building your Professional Brand”, “Personal Branding for Job Search” and “Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family”. In addition, she leads Career Development Groups at corporations to provide professional development and branding support for key employees.

Pamela co-founded a company in 2007 called Mind Your Own Business Moms to help women transition back into the work place after childbirth. myobmoms.com

Prior to becoming a career coach, she co-wrote the best-selling New York City parent’s resource guide City Baby. The book is in its fourth edition (2010) and has also been published in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago and DC. She is frequently quoted in the media on New York City family life.

SasGoldberg

Sas Goldberg

Sas Goldberg is a New York based actor, comedian and writer who began her performing arts career in Applause at a young age. She attended the Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts and later the greatly acclaimed, University of Michigan acting program. After college, Sas returned home to Applause to teach and develop new classes. She simultaneously made her professional NYC stage debut in Stunning at Lincoln Center before writing, producing and starring in the feature film “Are You Joking” with her creative partner, Jake Wilson. Sas can be seen in “Odd Mom Out” on Bravo and “Search Party” which will debut on TBS in November, as well as several viral comedic sketches produced by the Battery’s Down. She most recently sold her autobiographical pilot “Us and Him” to Sony Pictures Television and will be debuting on Broadway in the highly-anticipated Roundabout production of Significant Other. She proudly devotes her life to the performing arts and believes it is essential to the growth and humanity of every child.

Eric-Messinger

Eric Messinger

Eric Messinger is the Editor of New York Family magazine. He started his career as a copyboy at the New York Times, and over the years has written for many magazines, among them New York, In Style, Real Simple, and Parents.

He has led New York Family for over a decade, in which the publication, and its website (newyorkfamily.com), and live events (including the Blackboard Awards, the Camp Fair Series, and the New York Baby Show), has become an important part of the communal fabric of family life in the city.

Lawrence-Rosenbloom

Lawrence Rosenbloom

Lawrence A. Rosenbloom is a corporate and securities attorney and a partner of the New York-based law firm of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP. An expert in corporate law and corporate governance matters, Lawrence brings to the AAF board a wealth of legal and business experience. Equally as important, Lawrence is the proud father of two “Applausians” and has a deep love for the performing arts generally and for Applause specifically, and he brings this passion to bare as an AAF board member. Lawrence received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and he also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester with a dual degree in Political Science and American History.

Aaron-Sirulnick

Aaron Sirulnick

Aaron Sirulnick has spent the last 27 years working in his family real estate business, as the fourth generation owning and managing residential apartment buildings throughout NYC. In 2010 Mr. Siurlnick was named president of his firm and has been running his family’s portfolio along with his father and brother.

Mr. Sirulnick is very politically active in his industry, and is the current Chairman of the Rent Stabilization Association, the industry’s largest advocacy group for owners of rental property. Aaron and his wife, Joanna, are seriously involved in many charities and philanthropic endeavors.

Aaron has two children, his oldest just starting college at University of Southern California.

Elizabeth-Zoia

Elizabeth Clark Zoia

Elizabeth Clark Zoia is a 25-year veteran of the film and television industry as well as principle in a family practice in the financial landscape. As Managing Director/Head of Administrative Practice at Glocap , she oversees the company’s Administrative/Support, Human Resources and Temporary Staffing practice. She also plays a key role in Glocap’s business development in areas such as finance, sports, entertainment, marketing, digital and media.

As the founder and CEO of Elizabeth Clark Zoia Group (ECZ Group), she acted as a publicist, personal advisor, creative facilitator and business representative for high profile celebrities, entertainers and executives. She also consulted for film, television, and media companies, and has extensive experience in media relations, crisis management, branding and marketing. She currently consults with media/marketing on a project by project basis, and is developing film and television projects as a producer.

Prior to establishing ECZ Group in 2004, Ms. Clark Zoia was Executive Vice President of Publicity at Miramax/Dimension Films. In that role, she oversaw publicity campaigns for film, television, corporate, magazine and book releases, and acted as advisor to the Co-Chairman. From 1995-1999, she was Executive Vice President, Worldwide Publicity and Promotion at Castle Rock Entertainment, where she managed domestic and international publicity for film and television releases, including the hit series “Seinfeld.” She continued as Mr. Seinfeld’s publicist after the series ended, and worked with him until she retired from her publicity practice.

Ms. Clark Zoia holds a bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television/ Film from the School of Communications at Northwestern. She lives in New York City, her hometown with her husband and three children. She is an active supporter of organizations including the Applause Arts Foundation, Dorot, and Women for Women International. She also served on the Board of Trustees of The Trinity School, where she is both an alumni and parent.

Artistic Advisory Board

Skylar-Astin

Skylar Astin

Erich-Bergen

Erich Bergen

Gordon-Greenberg

Gordon Greenberg

Jonathan-Marc-Sherman

Jonathan Marc Sherman

Mark-Saks

Mark Saks

Sebastian-Stan

Sebastian Stan

Jessica-Queller

Jessica Queller

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