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Krystina Bailey `11

Krystina BaileyKrystina Bailey `11
Performer and Educator

What being an alumna means to me...

My name is Krystina Bailey and I graduated class of 2011. I double majored in Theater and Education. Upon graduation I was cast in a staged reading at the Samuel Beckett Theater on 42nd Street with MCC (Manhattan Classic Company) Theater's Outreach program. Then I went on to perform in four Off-Off Broadway Productions, one being a collaboration with a couple other Mville alumni called Hungry People  at The Provincetown Playhouse (NYU Theater) in Soho last December. Another show called Stepping Out, enabled me to become a member of The Hudson Theater Ensemble in Hoboken, New Jersey.  I have also been featured in four independent films, one that screened this summer at The New Filmmakers ASFF Film Festival and won an award for "best narrative feature" from the New York Metropolitan Film Festival and allowed me to receive my first IMBD credit,  which is a major accomplishment. This summer I became one of The Flea in Theater's Resident Actors known as "The Bats" which I have done four short plays and am currently working on my fifth with them. You can catch me in The Flea's late night comedy sketch's call Serials Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings every few weeks. I was also privileged to land an amazing casting assistant internship with Roundabout Theatre Company for this Fall, which has opened my eyes to new discoveries with the most influential and leading cultural Broadway and Off Broadway non-profit institute in the nation.

While pursuing a career in the Arts, I have also had the opportunity to pursue my other passion, teaching. I have been teaching with Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation a non-profit organization in public schools in New York City and New York State. It is an after school program that is geared to help students improve academically and introduce them to a variety of sports and arts and aid in improving their skills. I also teach the drama class at Ericsson Middle School in Greenpointe, Brooklyn. It is truly a rewarding experience to see my students grow with their knowledge of theater and to be able to share my experiences with them. It really creates a positive impact in their lives, and mine.

Manhattanville opened many doors for me in the theater and education world. The professors in the Dance and Theater Department are highly involved in the New York City Community and have helped me established healthy relationships with people in my field.

My education degree from Manhattanville landed me a job right out of school with a non-profit organization that I have been teaching with for the past year and a half. I am sharing my passionate gift with others who display their knowledge and new discoveries every day.

People are impressed when they see the two resumes for each of my skill sets within theater, film, as well as education that Manhattanville has allowed me to build within my four years. Manhattaville could not have prepared me more for the knowledge, organization, collaboration and future planning that has happened thus far and will continue to happen in the future!