Episode 42: Dorothy Jungels of Everett Stage Company School

Dorothy Jungels
When I met Dorothy Jungels, I knew immediately that I wanted to spend more time with her. As the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Everett Company Stage School, Dorothy is part of an amazing “mom and pop” nonprofit community arts organization, along with many members of her family and extended family. This past year while my family and I were living in Providence, RI, my daughter Rosie had the good luck to take a Story Ballet class with Dorothy’s granddaughter Grace, I had the privilege to take an Improv class with Dorothy herself, and my wife Elia, as Executive Director of New Urban Arts, collaborated closely with Dorothy through the Providence Youth Arts Collaborative. Because of these experiences, I got to know Dorothy and was eager to talk with her for the podcast. I wanted to hear the story of this 28 year old grass roots organization and learn about Dorothy’s perspective on the world and the work. We talk about seeing beauty where others might not and how art can create life.

As I discuss in the intro, this is my last podcast episode before I start my new chapter as President and CEO of LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program! I am hoping to find the time to keep the podcast going. Thank you for listening.


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