Sarah E.R. Grosman, Community Programs Manager
Describe what you do in your current position: I am the lead program officer for all non-tuition bearing programs at Turtle Bay Music School, including our Public School Partnerships, The Saturday Music Project, Creative Aging Programming for senior citizens, Cross-Legged Concert, and Beyond the Bay community partnerships.
How long have you worked for Turtle Bay? How long in your current position? I started at Turtle Bay in February 2017.
Describe other work experience or education: My background is in Theater and Community Engagement for and through the arts. I come to Turtle Bay from The Public Theater/ Shakespeare in the Park where helped create and build their community engagement and participatory theater program, Public Works. Working deeply with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances at The Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. I’ve also been lucky to work with lots of different kinds of artists and arts organizations from dance, to contemporary art, to theater, to international NGOs developing meaningful arts programming and championing creative living in whatever form it might take as a basic human right.
Have you previously or do you now hold other positions at TBMS? No! I am a brand new member of the Turtle Bay community.
Do you play any instruments? Describe any musical background you may want to share! As a theater director I’ve had the pleasure to work with some truly extraordinary composers, musicians, choruses and orchestras and have watched them do their thing with my mouth agape in awe and appreciation. Now that I’m at Turtle Bay, I’m so curious about getting to learn from all the fabulous Teaching Artists here.
Do you have a favorite song and/or piece of music? Who are your favorite composers/songwriters? My musical taste really runs the gamut. Some of my classical favorites are Camille Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo & Juliet (especially the balcony scene which makes me clutch my heart every time I hear it). I also have a really soft spot in my heart for the women of Motown and Soul—The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Gladys Knight and the Pips and the great Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. I’m always looking for new music that expands your heart and makes me feel like I want to get up in the morning. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to have them.
Where are you from? I was born in the beautiful, briny, sandy, sunshiny San Diego, CA. I’ve have the good fortune to get to travel and work all over including Seattle, Greece, and Malta.
Favorite color: Red!
Favorite food: This is the most serious part of this questionnaire. I love to cook and have a passion for exploring the cuisines of the world through international cookbooks. Right now I’m really loving The Aleppo Cookbook, which celebrates the legendary cuisine of Syria. Right now I’m learning how to make my own Daqqa spice mixes and preserved lemons! Follow me on Instagram at @sarahbearuhhh to peep the dishes I make.
Pets? Kids? Family members? Last summer I adopted a very sweet little dog named Doc. He’s a natural born community organizing terrier who probably looks bit like whatever dog you have. He’s got very expressive grandpa eyebrows and a terribly tender heart. He loves people and I hope you get to meet him some day. Follow his adventures on Instagram @docthedoggy.
Any other fun facts you’d like to include! I am an avid reader! My favorite authors include: Tracy Kidder, Karen Armstrong, Voltaire, Zadie Smith, Truman Capote, Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.