Dee R.

Three Words that Best Describe Dee:  Nuturing, Imaginative, Generous

Artistry and Special Skills:  Singing, Acting, Cooking, Crafts, Puzzle solver, Funny Voices and Accents

Dee’s home base is NYC but she has traveled the world singing and acting. Most notable is her record-breaking run as the green skinned heroine of Wicked, Elphaba, on Broadway, Chicago and on the 1st National Tour. Dee recently had the privilege of joining the Broadway company of Fiddler on the Roof as well as creating the role of Emily in theatre-legend John Kander’s new musical Kid Victory. In addition to her theatre credits, she has twice headlined the prestigious Philly Pops Orchestra and has performed as a soloist with various symphonies across the US. Dee has performed her solo cabaret act in NYC, Chicago and her hometown of Easton, PA. While her performance career has kept her very busy, Dee has always maintained her love for nurturing young children and has sought opportunities to do so whenever possible.

Childcare Experience:  An only child, Dee is part of a rather large extended family. From a very young age, she had ample opportunities to take care of her forty-five younger cousins. No, that’s not a typo. Dee has forty-five first cousins! Word travels fast in Easton, PA and she quickly became the favorite sitter of many families in the town. Soon after discovering her gift for fostering little ones, Dee began working at a local daycare. She was responsible for taking groups of children aged 6-12 on daily trips to the park, pool, and various local attractions. She was also responsible for creating fun and engaging summer lesson plans. Living in New York, Dee has worked for various families with children ranging from infancy to adolescence, including some families with children of special needs. Her acting skills help her to create new games and to encourage improvised play. Dee uses her creative spark and let’s just say it, downright silliness, to embolden children to discover their own unique and limitless selves. Perhaps most valuable is her ability to listen. A true empath, Dee is tapped into the children’s wants and needs. She is able to feel and imagine what they are going through and therefore create a safe and warm environment for them to express themselves fully.

Personal Interests:  Of course, Dee loves to go to the theatre and to see the latest blockbusters. An avid reader, she values self-introspection and feels it is key to her growth. She is naturally outgoing and is just as comfortable spending time with her old friends as she is meeting new ones. Dee is in awe of the natural world and can often be found strolling through Central Park learning lessons from the trees. Cultivating a child-like outlook on the world has helped her find joy and peace amidst the frenzied pace of the big city.

Personal Quote:  “There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”

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