Joseph Cirillo is the Assistant Director and Inclusion Specialist for the Musical Theatre Workshops at Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. Joseph works to adapt the workshop to our participants’ intellectual, emotional, and behavioral needs.
Joseph grew up in Brooklyn, NY and lived there until he was 24 years old when he crossed the Atlantic to live in Italy for almost 4 years. He moved to Portland in 2001 and attended night school to obtain his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Portland State University. He has been working for the Multnomah Education Service District’s Hospital School Program for the past 9 years with students K – 12th grade. Joseph co-teaches in a classroom at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and works with all levels of students, from all walks of life, with an array of diverse diagnoses.
One of his primary goals for the workshop series is bringing together a diverse group of children and, over the two-week time frame, creating a cohesive and supportive team. This involves team-building activities, listening, patience, cooperation, and guidance.
Performing in front of an audience can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for children, but can also be extremely frightening. It is vital that the appropriate steps are taken in preparation for this experience. Joseph believes proper planning and developing trust will enable all of our participants to feel successful after the final curtain falls.