Adi Ortner-Scher


Adi Ortner-Scher has been involved in arts-education through various roles for over fifteen years, including work as an NYC Department of Education theatre teacher, a producer and director of school productions, a freelance teaching artist, an arts education associate and programmer, and a private tutor and acting coach.

Adi has two Master of Arts degrees in Educational Theatre from New York University with a concentration in Youth Theatre Outreach and a dual certification in teaching Theatre and ELA grades K through 12.  She is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having appeared on prime time television, full-length films, national commercials, and Off-Broadway theatre productions.

Adi is in her sixth year as a theatre teacher and drama club director at a public school in Queens, New York where she teaches introductory and advanced theatre courses and directs fully-stage theatrical performances and musicals. She has directed Grease Mash-Up, West Side Story, Wizard of Oz, High School Musical and a British interactive murder mystery spoof with multiple endings. She is currently directing a Winter Showcase of modern scenes, monologues, songs, and dances and planning on “work-shopping” original student scenes inspired by the “Bully Plays,” a collection of one-acts by renowned playwrights with a strong anti-bullying message, next semester.

Prior to classroom teaching, Adi worked as the Arts Education Associate and Master Teaching Artists for The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life program for over a decade. She taught semester-long residencies in over fifty elementary, middle, and high schools around New York City and across the country, led pre- and post- show workshops focused around the Literature to Life series, trained teachers and teaching artists in utilizing theatre-based activities to activate a variety of curricula, and devised teacher resource guides using arts-in-education methodologies and techniques. Adi traveled with APT to The Kennedy Center, The Bushnell Center for the Arts, and the Cleveland Playhouse Square.

Adi feels strongly about empowering girls and women to stand up for themselves, while invariably self-reflecting, exercising effective communication and listening skills, and empathizing with others’ diverse perspectives and experiences. She considers herself a life-long learner and feels honored to be working with Girls Leadership.