Janet is the Executive Artistic Director of award-winning Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre where she oversees both the administrative and artistic components of the theatre. She has been in that position since 1999 and has worked at the theatre since 1990. She teaches, directs and acts in the community and developed the theatre’s comprehensive outreach program that now serves over 32,000 people each year. That program includes A Bridge From Me to You conflict resolution and character education program for public school fifth graders, From Page to Stage in-school literacy program and an Arts Infusion Program for classroom teachers to learn how to infuse the arts across the academic curriculum.
She created partnerships with many cultural and social service organizations throughout South Florida. In one such partnership, she facilitates creative expression workshops for Deliver the Dream, a respite and retreat program for families dealing with a terminal illness. Janet also works with special needs and at-risk populations, leading workshops at mental health facilities, residence centers for juvenile offenders, and independent living programs.
Currently, she serves as the Chair of Broward County’s Cultural Executive Committee and as a member of the Cultural Council of Broward. She is a Leadership Broward graduate and is active on many of their committees. A former recipient of the City of Hope Businesswoman of the Year Award, Janet is Past-President of the Florida Theatre Conference and former board member of the Florida Association of Theatre Education and Ancestral Legacies in addition to serving as a member of the Advisory Council for Justice for Children and Families and chairing the Multicultural Infusion Cultural Enrichment Language Advisory Council of the School Board of Broward County. Janet is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a double major in Theatre and Psychology.