“All The World’s A Stage”- Shakespeare

Aspiring actors and actresses come to New York City to make their dreams come true every day. There are a host of neighborhood theater classes, acting programs and Improv studios targeted for teens and young adults. But, the love of art and theater starts in childhood.  Having young children of our own who participate in various activities within the downtown Manhattan community, we noticed a gap in the market for theater. We created Spotlight Kids NY to give our youngest new yorkers the opportunity to create, build, and perform in a real, on stage theater show.

Backstage Crew

TAMRYN SHAMI | Co-founder

Graduating from F.I.T. in 2001  with a BA in fashion management, Tamryn has had the amazing opportunity to work and travel across the globe to design and develop for top fashion retailers. Throughout her career, she participated in retail forums to share her knowledge of fashion and business.

In 2013, Tamryn and her husband welcomed their twins.  To keep up in the industry, she started teaching at a local university. Tamryn’s teaching experience was rewarding in that she loved to share in her fashion experience and expertise to the next generation. Tamryn’s love for community & passion for creativity still comes through in various ways as she participates in the community and within her children’s school.  Tamryn’s desire to foster her own children’s talents is really what inspired her to bring Spotlight Kids NY to the downtown neighborhood.



Receiving her MFA in Costume Design from Tulane University. Danielle has worked on various projects in Fashion, TV, Film, and Theater, which included Law & Order SVU, She’s Funny That Way and Vinyl.  She also had the amazing opportunity to work as an assistant costume designer for the TV Series, Gotham for which she was nominated for an Emmy in 2015.

Danielle’s love of theater began when she was a young child. Now that she and her husband are raising their two small children in downtown Manhattan, she wanted to give NYC kids like hers a glimpse of how creativity and passion can truly start at any age.  She is thrilled to bring Spotlight Kids NY to the community she and her family have grown to love.


Meet Our Staff

EMILY WEXLER | Creative Director

Emily Wexler is a Brooklyn-based teaching artist/singer/actor aiming to harness the transformative power of the performing arts in education as a tool for community building, as well as for self-growth, self-knowledge, and individual story-telling. Emily is a Teaching Artist for ENACT, a performance-based drama therapy organization that engages the city’s vulnerable youth to help transform their behavior in school and in life through performance.

She is also a Teaching Artist at Bank Street School for Children. At Bank Street, Emily co-runs a Shakespeare after school program for 9-13 year-olds, teaches voice lessons, conducts and co-runs the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade choruses, choreographs and co-directs the 8th grade musical, and runs the vocal portion of the Rock Band program for 5th-8th graders. She also directs a drama program at The International High School at Laguardia Community College, called EarSay Youth Voices, a theater program for new immigrant teenagers to build community, tell their stories, feel empowered in their own narratives, build confidence, and practice English. Along with her work as a Teaching Artist, Emily acts and sings professionally.



Spencer is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has recently graduated from Pace University’s BFA Acting for Film/TV, Voiceover, and Commercial program. Spencer’s love for performing began on stage at the beginning of High School, participating in plays and musical productions year-round.
Since then, he has ventured into the broader world of entertainment in hopes of fulfilling a career in film and television. Spencer continues classes at the PIT & UCB, and is currently enrolled at Stella Adler. He is super excited to be working with Tamryn, Danielle, and the entire Spotlight Kids NY team, in an effort to get kids excited about theatre, Downtown!


Our Stage

Located in downtown Manhattan, Tribeca

100 Barclay Street, 18th floor