Staff List

Alexis Truitt
Managing Director

Alexis Truitt prior to AATE spent three years serving as Program Coordinator for the Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) Program at the Kennedy Center. She holds her Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University and her Bachelors of Music in voice from The Boston Conservatory. She has had the opportunity to intern with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, English National Opera, and was an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow at Arena Stage. She also volunteers with The St. Mark’s Players, where she has had the opportunity to wear many fun hats--including Board Member, Treasurer, Director of Community Engagement, and presently Artistic Director. Alexis continues loving being a part of the AATE family as a staff member and looks forward to her continued work directly with the membership. 

Katie Putnam

Marketing & Membership Associate

Katie Putnam is currently getting her MA in Strategic Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Prior to moving to DC, Katie grew up in Raleigh, NC. She attended North Carolina State University, where she received her BA in English. After graduation, she taught High School English for a couple of years before pursuing a different career path. She has a passion for the arts, especially musical theater, and hopes to work for a performing arts center or museum in the future. Education outreach within the arts community is her prime area of interest. Katie is excited to work as the Volunteer Coordinator this summer and looks forward to a great national conference in New Orleans.

Priya Kavanakudiyil
Operations Intern

Priya Kavanakudiyil is a junior at The George Washington University, currently working towards her B.A. in Organizational Sciences. She is passionate about her Asian American identity and fighting for Asian American issues, and about advocacy towards equal rights and opportunities for women and children. She also loves working with children and is a tutor at her college campus. When she isn’t studying, she loves to sing, write poetry and eat chocolate. Priya is very excited to join the AATE team and learn everything she can as an Operations Intern in her time here. 




Sarah Sidoti  

Publications - Youth Theatre Journal 

Sarah Sidoti is the Managing Editor of Education and Arts & Humanities Journals for Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. In this role, Sarah serves at the managing editor of Youth Theatre Journal.