Brian Hersh- Program Director
Brian served on the Any Given Child Community Arts team helping shape Sarasota’s vision for arts education prior to being selected to lead the district-wide program. As Program Director for Any Given Child Sarasota, he spearheads our implementation strategy to expand arts education throughout the local school district. Prior to joining Any Given Child Sarasota, he served as Education and Outreach Director for the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida’s largest professional theatre, and worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he oversaw the Meet-the-Artist School Series. He holds a bachelor of musical arts degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.
Maria Schaedler-Luera- Program Manager
Maria is Any Given Child’s Program Manager for Arts Integration. A native Brazilian, she holds a master’s degree in intercultural relations with a concentration in arts for social change from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She also graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, studied with theater director Augusto Boal and taught Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in Boston. Prior to joining Any Given Child Sarasota, she worked and taught at the Harvard Art Museums and worked at the Community Art Center in Cambridge, MA, developing their community programs and public art initiatives.
Jessica Dilorenzo – Arts Integration Specialist
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theater arts from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. After completing her undergraduate degree, she went on to study acting at The Maggie Flanigan Studio Summer Intensive Program in New York City prior to earning a master’s degree in elementary education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers. Jessica has been integrating the arts and facilitating project based learning in elementary school classrooms for over 6 years. As the Arts Integration Specialist for Any Given Child Sarasota, she trains and mentors teachers throughout the school district and at the four Title I elementary schools participating in our Project Elevate grant program.