Caitlyn McCain (she/her) is a Teaching Artist and Education Associate for Public Engagement with New York City Children’s Theater. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She is currently pursuing her MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York. As a teaching artist, Caitlyn has served a wide range of student populations, including young people in transitional housing, neuro-diverse populations, and teens across all five boroughs of NYC. Her work centers social-emotional growth through a trauma-informed lens with the goal of fostering a generation of critical thinkers who have the tools to mindfully and meaningfully engage with the world around them. During her time with New York City Children’s Theater, Caitlyn developed Start the Conversation, a series that provides grown-ups with the language and tools necessary to start and continue nuanced conversations around big topics with their children. Additionally, Caitlyn has been featured in the New York Times for her work engaging young people through theatre during the Covid-19 Pandemic. She was a featured speaker at Teacher Tom’s 2021 and 2022 Play Summit, where she spoke on the importance of theatrical performance and play in early childhood education.