Artists in Residence

Meet some of the talented teaching artists that make Theater and Poetry Project programming possible... 

Laura Boss

Laura Boss

Laura Boss has been conducting poetry workshops as a Geraldine R. Dodge Poet within the Paterson Public Schools since 1991. 

She is Founder and Editor of Lips national poetry magazine and co-editor of New Jersey Poetry Calendar.  She is the author of six books of poetry, and has had more than 200 poems published in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines, including the New York Times. Visit her website to read more.

reg e gaines

reg e gaines

reg e gaines is a two time Tony Award nominated playwright and Grammy Award nominated lyricist. 

He has published four books of poetry, is editor of the 2015 poetry anthology, ‘A Year in Ink’, scored the PBS documentary, ‘Senior Year’, and has served as artistic director of the NYC Downtown Urban Arts Festival since 2007. Recent projects include, director of Connect The Lots, a musical theater summer camp in Camden, New Jersey in 2014, director/creative writing workshop facilitator of Through The Looking Glass, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles California, 2014-2016, director of Lyricist Fellowship Lab, Teaching Firm of America Charter School, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, winter/spring 2017, Is Poetry Theater? workshop facilitator, bowery Poetry Club, NYC 2018 and writer, director, produce, ‘The 88’, a new musical with music by Calvin Gaines, 2020. 

Angela Kariotis

Angela Kariotis

Angela Kariotis, winner of the 2018 Award of Excellence from the NJ Theater Alliance for Arts Education, couples her masterful performances with cutting-edge residency work. 

Kariotis is committed to literacy through the arts, theater for social justice, and art-making as a liberatory practice. As an extension of her activist work, Angela’s creative works provoke thought and entertain, while aimed at cultivating social change. To learn more about the artist, visit her website. 

Lisa Coll Nicolaou

Lisa Coll Nicolaou

Lisa Coll Nicolaou is a lifelong educator. She was a recipient of a Scholastic Art and Writing Teaching Award and was named to the Educator Advisory Panel.

 In addition, Lisa received a Dodge Teaching Award and was twice named Teacher of the Year. Nicolaou’s prose and poetry have been published in a variety of magazines and literary journals. In 2016 she shared first prize in the Allen Ginsberg Contest. For the past three years, Lisa has served as a visiting poet in the schools in Paterson, NJ. She tries to inspire her students to realize that they all have stories to tell.

In addition to these artists, we work with a diverse group of writers and spoken word poets.  To inquire about others, please write to [email protected].

Would you like to be a teaching artist for the Theater and Poetry Project?

We welcome poets, authors, performers, and visual artists to our program. If you’d like to be considered for workshops, please email [email protected].
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