Our Founder

Tova held a doctorate in TESL from New York University and taught in New York City schools, Brooklyn College, Lesley College and Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. Tova founded PiP in 1980 and tirelessly pursued the artistic enrichment of core curricula in schools. She was a teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL) and Special Education for several decades.


In her memory, we carry on her legacy and contributions to the educational community in New York City.

Dr. Tova Ackerman (1942 - 2019) - Founder

Meet Our Team

Michael Perreca 

Executive Director

Jason Leinwand

Director of Education

Xun Ye

Art Director

Angelo DeCesare

Resident Author/Illustrator

Luciano Cohen

Early Childhood Specialist

Early Childhood Specialist

Nadine Grisar

Puppetry & New Media Specialist

Andrew Murdock
Azriel Wallace

Dance Specialist

Puppetry Specialist

Joe Therrien

Early Childhood Specialist

Georga Accola

Early Childhood Specialist

Miriam Strasberg
Thierry Rémion

Music Specialist

Puppetry Specialist

Liz Oakley

Tech Specialist / Web Designer

Isaac Simchon

Puppet Creator

Judy Schwartz
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James Hall, Room 0712

Brooklyn, NY 11210