Tom Pilutik is a teacher and theater artist who hails from New York City and is delighted to be teaching at Equitas Academy here in Los Angeles. Tom started his theatrical endeavors as an actor until he discovered the field of drama therapy in 2003. As a drama therapist, Tom worked with children, teens and adults in an inpatient acute care facility for four years. From there, Tom decided one masters degree wasn’t enough and applied for the New York City Teaching Fellows: a highly competitive program that grants free tuition to select candidates who can earn a teaching degree while teaching in a New York City public school. After acceptance into the program, Tom worked as a special education classroom teacher for children with autism as well as the Visual and Performing Arts teacher for elementary and middle school students. Tom’s proudest achievement to date has been directing student with autism in their school production of Aladdin. Ten of these students were able to compete in the National Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia and won the Spirit Award, the highest honor of the festival. Coming to Los Angeles, Tom has taught theater to middle school students at City Charter School as well the Miracle Project, a not-for-profit organization creating theatrical productions with youth and young adults with autism. New to Equitas, Tom is delighted to continue his teaching endeavors as the RSP teacher and is looking forward to a terrific school year!