Our Teachers


ANITA has been working in the world of child development for over 20 years. In addition to working with toddlers, she works with teenagers to create ensemble generated performances, and elementary aged children in her arts and science Curiosity Club camp. She is a co-founder/director of NeuroKitchen Arts Collective, a nonprofit which engages youth in creative projects where they develop emotional and mental health skills to build extraordinary lives. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and has experiences working with children diagnosed with behavioral and learning challenges. She enjoys practicing mindfulness and body awareness with the children and nurturing their playful curiosity.


SHEA is a professional actor and freelance photographer with a passion for children and play. In addition to working at Hoyne Street Playgroup (HSPG), they have experience in tutoring, babysitting, and teaching children’s theatre classes. Originally from Houston, Texas, they moved to Chicago in 2013 to study acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. In 2017, they graduated with honors, received their BFA in acting and has worked professionally in Chicago with The Goodman Theatre, First Floor Theatre, Story Theatre, Windy City Playhouse and several independent filmmakers. They are passionate about plants, yoga, and community engagement (check out the Love Fridge!). They believe in empowering the next generation to create a better society for the future. They are inspired by the kids at HSPG (kids are teachers just as much as adults are), nature, and play. They are so excited and grateful to be at HSPG and are thrilled to welcome more friends to the Playgroup family.

If you’d like to know more about Hoyne Street Playgroup or schedule a tour, please email info@hoynestreetplaygroup.com. We will get back to you soon!