Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts announced this week a new director of education, Ava Locks.
Locks, whose experience includes director of education and marketing at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, will be charged with administering Bay Street Theater’s kids camps and its acting and audition master classes for young adults. She is also expected to develop new education programs for both children and adults.
“I am thrilled to welcome Ava Locks to the Bay Street team,” artistic director Scott Schwartz says. “She is a talented and accomplished educator, a long time resident of the East End with deep ties to our community, and is someone who I am confident will bring new energy and growth to the educational programs we offer for both kids and adults.”
Locks is on the board of trustees of East End Special Education Parent Teacher Organization and the Southampton Town Business Advisory Council. She is a New York State–certified Special Education teacher, having received a a Master of Science, in childhood education from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Arts in theater production from Bennington College. She has worked off Broadway, regionally, on network television and in film before moving to the East End.
“I am delighted to join the team at Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts where I can build upon and expand the unique and educational offerings for the community,” Locks says.
This fall, Locks will help Bay Street Theater present Of Mice and Men, a BOCES-approved arts-in-education program. Many local schoolchildren will attend the play between November 9 and 29 as a complement to their literature classes.
“There are countless opportunities for community stake holders to participate in offerings that will continue to shape the theater and its center for the arts as a treasured resource,” Locks says.
The director of education position was previously held by Julia Motyka.