Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Erika Atkins

Director of Operations, Opening Act

Over the past decade Erika has worked as an arts administrator, youth development professional, teaching artist and performer in not only New York City, but also her native Washington D.C. area. Erika's life changing experiences growing up as a young artist led her to attend George Mason University, where she obtained a B.A. in Music.

She has served as the Director of Operations and Communications and a Teaching Artist at Opening Act since 2015 and also holds a M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Previously Erika has worked at The New Victory Theater (New York City) and Levine Music (Washington D.C.). She currently serves on the boards of the American Alliance for Theater Education (as Communications Director) and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, where she is a Co-Chair of the Teaching Artist Affairs and Membership Committees, and a member of the Taskforce for Equity and Inclusion. She formerly served on the NYC Theater In Our Schools Conference Committee, Co-Chairing the latter in 2016-2017. She continues to perform and produces in the NYC area and is involved in various social justice and political causes.