Meet the Team

MR. RICH

For over four years, Mr. Rich has brought exciting and engaging pedagogy to NYC classrooms and birthday parties through PAE. He offers experienced courses in everything from STEM to filmmaking, including social media expertise, acting workshops, and more. 

Renae McIntyre

Ranae McIntyre is a professional actress and childcare specialist currently residing in New York City. Ranae holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Belmont University and has performed in several roles throughout the country. Alongside her professional performance career, Ranae has over ten years of experience in childcare and child education, and is currently employed as a Dance Instructor for Dance With Miss Rachel and as an Associate with NYC's premier childcare service, SmartSitting. Before partnering with PAENYC Ranae served as a Dance Instructor with Orange County Song and Dance in southern California and as a Children’s Education & Ministry Intern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is extremely passionate about encouraging kids to engage in creative activity, giving them an outlet to express themselves and become the best they can be!

Samantha Singh

Samantha Joy Singh has been a performing arts teacher, specializing in dance, theater and vocal performance for over 10 years. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the prestigious program at Pace University (NYC). Samantha has starred in numerous Off Broadway musicals and in the Fall she will be the head teacher of Fine and Applied Arts at Brilla Public Charter Schools in Queens, NY. Samantha is grateful to be apart of the PAE NYC teacher family, where fun and learning never stop!

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Michael Bentea

Michael Bentea is a professional actor and playwright currently residing in New York City. Michael graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in early 2019, and has recently been seen performing with Forslund Theatricals at The West End Cabaret in NYC and with RWS Entertainment Group at several of their regional sites throughout the country. Before coming to New York, Michael partnered with Popcorn Space/Ripple of Light Productions, NTPA Repertory Theatre, and MPM Studio Theatre, among others, on several theatre and film projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Michael is also an accomplished playwright, his most recently produced work being a production of his original play, "In Defense Of Hope", with Pine Warehouse Productions in 2019, and his plays have been reviewed by artists in residence at Throughline Artists of NYC, the Ensemble Studio Theatre of New York, and the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, California. Alongside his professional theatre career, Michael has served in several educational capacities, teaching a variety of subjects at Dance Discovery Studios and Mann Middle School (AISD) in Abilene, Texas, and serving as an Independent Tutor for Culberson County Associated Independent School District in Van Horn, Texas.

April Hovelson

Co-Owner of PAENYC, She has been instructing kids for over 20 years. She has previously owned a successful dance studio in Wisconsin where her students won many top awards at competitions. In New York City, she has taught dance at Dance Project Of Washington Heights, The YMCA of Inwood/Washington Heights, and currently at the West Side Y. She teaches SuperHero Academy, Hip Hop Dance, Tap Dance, Craft Corner, Creative Movement, and Kids Active Bootcamp.

Karina Roman

Karina Roman is an art enthusiast, design geek, and strong believer in utilizing technology, design, and education to create social impact. She graduated from Hunter College with a B.A in Studio Art and is now pursuing a BFA in Interaction Design. She's fluent in both Spanish and English. She's passionate about combining her love for kids, art, and education by bringing innovative, immersive, and creative education to underserved communities. Karina has a background in technical training, curriculum development, and designing educational strategies.  She likes to focus on preparing her students to be the next generation of innovators by combining immersive technology with real-world applications and social issues. An example of this is the use of game design to raise awareness of climate change. Some of the classes she has taught include VR (Virtual Reality), Game Design, and Digital Art.  She's excited to share her skills to inspire the next generation of innovators  and leaders all around NYC!

Danajha Davis

Danajha Davis is 22 years old from Brooklyn, NY and has been working with kids for the past 8 years. Her previous jobs include nannying, working as a summer camp counselor, teaching arts and crafts to 6th grade girls and of course working part time for Parker Anderson Enrichment to name a few. A recent graduate from Eugene Lang College at The New School with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre & Film production, Danajha is passionate about working with kids and pursuing her love for the creative arts (acting, writing and directing films). Danajha's most recent endeavor is getting back into auditioning after taking a two year unplanned break from performing all the while currently juggling multiple childcare gigs; she's really got that New York hustle!

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