The Real Women Of Bay Ridge: Gentile’s Aide Has Theatrical Roots
By Paula Katinas
Editor’s Note: In celebration of Women’s History Month, and in response to the firestorm created by the Oxygen Network’s new “reality” series “Brooklyn 11223,” which depicts women cursing, drinking and fighting in Bay Ridge and other Brooklyn neighborhoods, the Brooklyn Eagle is proud to present this feature profiling the “real” women of Bay Ridge and their accomplishments.
Bay Ridge — As a teacher at New Utrecht High School, Sara Steinweiss was in charge of the theater program, a role she relished because it gave her the opportunity to encourage misfits to find their place in the school community. Thanks to her leadership, gawky, awkward teenagers came to see that they, too, could have a moment of glory in high school. Performing on stage in a play or a musical, in front of hundreds of their peers, gave them confidence to move forward in their lives.