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Tom Burnett

Director of stART Studios and Early Childhood Programs

Tom is CMA’s Early Childhood Director and in charge of the stART Studio program. He has been a teaching artist since 1985 and has worked with the Discovery Program, Dalton School, Columbia University School for the Gifted, Educational Alliance, and 92nd Street Y Parenting Center.

Tom has also worked with several Artist-in-Residence programs, developing unique ongoing programs for high school students involved with organizations such as Pentacle, The Kitchen, The American Educational Theatre and several elementary and middle schools throughout NYC.

As a professional director, performer, and musician, Tom has presented his own work at many New York venues including The Kitchen, P.S. 122, Bowery Poetry Club, St. Marks Poetry Project, Joe’s Pub and The Public Theatre. He was also a featured performer for the National Cultural Alliance’s on-air campaign to promote arts awareness in America along with the Guggenheim Museum and saxophonist Pharaoh Saunders. As a musician and performer, from 1995-2000 he was co-founder and member of the performance orchestra Coocoohandler, and from 2000-2008, the popular downtown show “Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement.”

As a director, Tom has worked in a variety of venues ranging from large-scale multimedia events in rock quarries to small scale theatrical events. He recently directed and co-wrote James Godwin’s “Lunatic Cunning”, a solo puppetry performance piece, winning both Best in Festival and the Jim Henson award for technical excellence and collaboration at the 2013 Puppeteers of America Festival in Swarthmore, PA. Tom continues to play new experimental/improvisational music with the New Noise Continuum and the trio, Sub-Verse.