Jenny Seham integrates storytelling, music, theater, poetry, and dance in her programs of arts education for students with wide-ranging abilities. She currently serves as dance education director for National Dance Institute at the Lighthouse International Music School, where she teaches visually impaired students, supervises interns, and trains teachers from around the world who attend her annual teacher training workshops.
While serving as a thought leader for the Kennedy Center's national and international forums on the intersection of arts and special education, Seham published Dance Partners: A Model of Inclusive Arts Education for Children and Teens with Different Abilities. She recently conducted related workshops for the NYC Arts in Education Round Table and The Arts in Special Education Consortium.
Seham's international experience includes teacher training in Ecuador, Honduras, and for ConArte in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, where she helped launch Aprender Con Danza, a public school initiative now serving thousands of children throughout Mexico. Her choreography has been performed at venues that include: the White House, the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Combining teaching artistry and mental health, Seham also serves as a bilingual (English and Spanish) attending psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, where she has launched a program of research on the benefits of arts participation for youth with special needs. She believes passionately that equal access to the arts, education, and health is a fundamental human right.