About Us

Lisa Kerekes

Primary Officer

Teaching artist Lisa Kerekes is a first generation American, Hungarian-Swede, who hails from Omaha, Nebraska.  Based upon the brilliant visions of Maxine Greene, Ms. Kerekes creates performing arts-based curriculum.

Originally organized around a commercial loft in Brooklyn to foster new plays and screenplays, Ms. Kerekes founded Citizen’s Garage (CG) in 2007 (a 501(3)(c) organization). Through a mobile classroom, CG education-outreach offers off-beat theatre programs exploring issues particularly centered on human rights, as well as S.T.E.A.M. To create opportunities for better classroom management and to populate Pre-K programs with innovative educators who engage in performing arts curriculum daily, Ms. Kerekes teaches professional development.

A singer, actor, director, and writer, Ms. Kerekes’ diverse performance background includes: regional, commedia-inspired roles in Shakespeare; commercials and background vocals, with George Clinton at Paisley Park Studios; day player, All My Children; industrial and independent films; as well as a soloist in a digital opera by Bang on a Can founder, David Lang (with Kristin Linklater, directed by Jay Sheib).

Education

MFA: Acting & Directing, the University of Missouri, KC – 1995
BA: Theatre, Music (opera) & Dance, the University of Minnesota, MPLS – 1992
Lincoln Center Education, aesthetic education certification: TA Training 2000 (in association with Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, at Long Island University); TA advanced certification program 2015.

Lisa Kerekes with kids in classroom. Citizens Garage.
Lisa Kerekes - Citizen's Garage
Lisa Kerekes working with adults. Theater with Citizen's Garage

Pascale Giroux

Secretary

Pascale Giroux is a short story writer, poet and learning specialist in English. She holds a BA, in English and literature, from Sarah Lawrence College; an MA, in special education, from Binghamton University and from Teacher’s college, at Columbia University. Currently, Ms. Giroux is the Dean of the 7th grade, at Collegiate School in New York City.

Mick Casale

Treasurer

Mick Casale is a world-renown script consultant, educator and dramatic writer. He has taught dramatic writing at NYU for almost thirty years. He has been the head of screen writing at NYU’s acclaimed graduate school of film and TV since 2001, where many of his students have gone on to create successful movies. He is an award winning playwright. His play, Elm Circle (winner: best new play Circle Rep 1982) about teenage suicide, has played in dozens of theatres all over the US. Currently, a documentary is being made about Mr. Casale, as he travels around the world, conducting his writing workshop, and meeting with the great indigenous storytellers of the world.