Renata Melillo Townsend, is the Assistant Director of Education/Public Engagement at the New Victory Theater and a member of the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, in residence at Lincoln Center Education. Her work as an actor and puppeteer has been seen on the stages of St. Anne’s Warehouse, the Park Avenue Armory, and the High Line. Prior to joining the New Victory Theater in 2010, Townsend worked at Centerstage in Baltimore. She has also been a consultant, puppetry coach, teaching artist, and director for such organizations as the Professional Performing Arts School, the Doe Fund, Hour Children, and the Barrington Stage Company. Townsend holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Maryland and an MA in Applied Theater from The City University of New York, School of Professional Studies.