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A Workshop for High School Teachers
 
the Arts

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About the Educators


Andrea Arden
Theatre Teacher
Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School
Bridgewater, NJ

Andrea ArdenAndrea Arden is an actor, director, and teacher based in the New York City area. She has been teaching in the acting program at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School for four years, where her main focus is on helping students use their bodies to get in touch with their inner impulses.

Andy was Co-founder and Artistic Director of the theatre company Pendulum, where she directed and performed work that was presented in New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is now involved with Theatre LILA, a company that explores the power and form of theatrical storytelling. Andy has worked with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Primary Stages, among others. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University, and her Master of Fine Arts in directing from Rutgers University.

 

Clare Bauman
Language Arts Teacher
High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology
Brooklyn, NY

Clare BaumanClare Bauman teaches English and drama at the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She also directs plays and musicals at the school, and has helped to develop original student productions, including “Secrets, Lies, and a Side Order of Fries.” 

In 2004, students from her playwriting class organized the First Annual Playwriting Festival, in which student one-acts were given readings by students from the play production class. Clare is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Stephen DiMenna
Theatre Director and Teaching Artist
Theatre Development Fund
New York City

Stephen DiMennaStephen DiMenna is a theatre director and an educator. As a director he has worked extensively in New York and Minneapolis, as well as in regional theatre around the country. As an educator he has conducted artist-in-the-schools residencies for more than 25 years, working with diverse populations of students and teachers. In New York he is currently a Teaching Artist for the Theatre Development Fund, MCC Theater, Young Playwrights Inc., City Center, and Roundabout Theatre. He is the Director of the MCC Theater Youth Company, which works with inner city youth in New York. He is also the Director of the Hennepin County Home School Drama Project, where he conducts workshops with incarcerated juvenile felons in a detention facility in Minneapolis.

Steve was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Fuller Young People’s Theatre in Minneapolis, and the Director of Advanced Theatre Studies at the Minnesota Center for Arts Education (now the Perpich Center for Arts Education), a statewide residential arts high school. He is the Creative Director of InitialStage, a consulting agency for artistic development for the commercial theatre.

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John Fredricksen
Theatre Teacher
Mamaroneck High School
Mamaroneck, NY

John FredricksenJohn Fredricksen has been teaching drama to high school students since 1978. He collaborates with his music and dance colleagues at Mamaroneck High School on PACE, the Performing Arts Curriculum Experience, a curricular elective program which offers students four progressive years of study in theatre, dance, and music.

John is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts) and of New York University (Master of Fine Arts in Educational Theatre). He is President of the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA), where he has been a board member since 1987, and chairs and runs the statewide NYSTEA student conference, attended by over 600 students. In 1989 John was named one of the 31 national “teachers of the year” by the Walt Disney Company with the Center for Civic Education. He was profiled that year in the Disney Channel’s “Salute to the American Teacher.”

 

Mary Harding
Dance Teacher
Arts High School, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Golden Valley, MN

Mary HardingMary Harding has been head of the Dance Program at the Arts High School of the Perpich Center for Arts Education since 1990. As a professional dancer, Mary performed with ballet, jazz, and modern dance companies. While a member of the Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis, she taught master classes and dance residencies in schools across the nation. In 2002 Mary was named National Dance Teacher of the Year by the National Dance Association and Sportime. In addition to her work at the Arts High School, Mary freelances as a choreographer, performer, and teacher in the Twin Cities.

Mary has contributed to a video on assessment for the Minnesota Framework for Arts Curriculum. She has also presented at conferences of the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts Schools, as well as at the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota.

 

Janice Hunton
Music Teacher
Arts High School, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Golden Valley, MN

Janice HuntonJanice Hunton is head of the Music Department at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, where she has taught since 1990. She conducts the Perpich Choral Arts Ensemble, coaches many small choral and instrumental ensembles, and teaches a variety of music seminars including theory, history, voice concepts, and the relationship of architecture to music. Janice is the Choral Director at the First Universalist Church in south Minneapolis, where she leads a 30-voice volunteer mixed choir in a wide variety of choral literature. She has performed as a member of the Dale Warland Singers, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the University of St. Thomas African Music Ensemble. Janice received a Master of Music Theory from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of Wyoming.

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Hannah Kahn
Guest Choreographer
Artistic Director
Hannah Kahn Dance Company
Denver, CO

Hannah KahnHannah Kahn is a master teacher and choreographer who has created 90 dances during more than 30 years of experience. She is the Artistic Director of the Denver-based Hannah Kahn Dance Company, which she founded in New York after graduating from the Juilliard School there. The Company moved to Colorado in 1988. In addition to her own company, Hannah has set her work on repertory companies including Concert Dance Company of Boston, Maryland Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, and Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis. In Colorado, her work has been performed by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dance Connection, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Haan Dances, the Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, and The Story Gleaner.

Hannah has received two choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She also received a New York State Council on the Arts individual choreographer’s fellowship, and a CoVisions Recognition Award in dance choreography from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

 

Tom Kanthak
Dance Teacher
Arts High School, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Golden Valley, MN

Tom KanthakTom Kanthak has been involved with music for dance for over 30 years, as a composer, dance musician, choreographer, dancer, and performer. He began his classical music training at the age of six with piano, and today plays a variety of instruments. He is also a trained modern dancer, having studied with Hanya Holm, Nancy Hauser, Claudia Gitelman, Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, and many others.

Tom is Music Director and Dance Musician of the Dance Program at the Arts High School of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Since starting at the Arts High School in 1988, he has taught dance composition and improvisation, music for dance, arts improvisation, and the New Music Ensemble. Tom holds a Bachelor of Art in Performing Arts from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota and an Master of Art in Music from The Ohio State University. He is the originator of SoniCoMotion, which is the umbrella name for collaborations with many composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, and dance musicians.

 

Carmen Laboy
Music Teacher
Christopher Columbus High School
Bronx, NY

Carmen LaboyCarmen Laboy has been the Instrumental Music Director at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, New York City for 20 years. She has served as Associate Director of New York’s All-City Marching Band, conducting for such activities as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Yankee Championship Tickertape Parade. She also organized the band program for the Saturday Academy of the Arts in the Bronx, and the Bronx All-American High School Band.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Carmen received her bachelor’s degree in music there, at the Interamerican University in San German. She also studied at the Vienna International Music Center, and received a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Lehman College in the Bronx. A professional saxophone player by age 16, Carmen continues to freelance with Latin bands in New York and around the world. She has performed with the Tito Puente Orchestra, Tito Puente, Jr., the Machito Orchestra, and many others.

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John Loonam
Creative Writing Teacher
Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities
New York, NY

John LoonamJohn Loonam has been teaching at the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in New York City since 1992. He teaches creative writing, advanced placement literature, discussion and debate, college writing, film and literature, and Regents preparation. John has collaborated with visiting artists from the Theatre Development Fund, the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Symphony Space, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Lark Theatre Shakespeare Program. John received his doctorate in English from The Graduate Center at The City University of New York, with a dissertation called “Always With Us: Images of Poverty In American Literature.”  His master’s degree is in creative writing, and several of his short fiction pieces have been published in literary reviews.

 

Peter Lynch
Stagecraft and Design Teacher
Denver School of the Arts
Denver, CO

Peter LynchPeter Lynch is the Chair of the Practical and Fine Arts Department at the Denver School of the Arts. He joined the school in 1993 and built the Stagecraft and Design Department from 18 students to its present size of 110 students. Graduates of the department have gone on to advanced studies at Bryn Mawr College, New York University, North Carolina School of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts, and others. Students have also developed professional status within the Denver community.

Peter was Artistic Director of the Springfield Theatre Centre in Illinois, and a member of the resident artistic company of the Dallas Theater Center. He has designed and directed well over 200 productions, with a foundation in both classical and new works. Peter has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Dallas Theater Center/Trinity University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Santa Fe.

 

Joseph Mancuso
Theatre Teacher
Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School
Bridgewater, NJ

Joseph MancusoJoseph Mancuso is the Lead Instructor for the Theatre Arts Program at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School in Bridgewater, New Jersey. His background is as a teacher, artist, and arts/business administrator. He has been Executive Director of two New Jersey arts institutions: the Union County Arts Center and the Shoestring Players, a touring children’s theatre company. Joe has directed and/or produced plays and musicals at the Union County Arts Center, the University of Miami, the American Stage Company, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Joe is a member of the theatre faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, part of Rutgers University.

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Jon Murray
Visual Art Teacher
Mamaroneck High School
Mamaroneck, NY

Jon MurrayJon Murray has been teaching visual art at Mamaroneck High School since 1978. He has taught classes in drawing, two-dimensional design, printmaking, sculpture, art history, advanced placement studio art, and numerous interdisciplinary areas.

While Jon was the Art Curriculum Specialist for his school district, Mamaroneck High School was recognized for excellence in arts education by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Jon later served on the Award Committee for that Fund, visiting and evaluating other schools. He also served on the Arts Advisory Committee of the College Board. He has taught in England as part of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, and he was a delegate to the first U.S.-China Arts Education Conference, held in Beijing and Shanghai.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and his Master of Science degree in Studio Art is from the College of New Rochelle. Jon’s most recent artwork involves designing labyrinths, using found materials, bricks, and the computer. In 2003, he developed one of his designs into a proposal for the memorial at the site of the World Trade Center.

 

Michael O’Banion
Dance Teacher
Denver School of the Arts
Denver, CO

Michael O'BanionMichael O’Banion is the head of the Department of Dance and Movement at the Denver School of the Arts. Michael holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, and a Master of Arts degree in Dance from The Ohio State University. His experience as a teacher spans elementary through college age and covers dance, theatre, music, and costume design. A multi-disciplined artist, Michael’s creative activities include performance, choreography, musical composition, costuming, visual art, and design. He received an award from the Ohio Arts Council for his interdisciplinary work combining dance, theatre, and visual art.

 

William Taylor
Music Teacher
East High School
Denver, CO

William TaylorWilliam Taylor has been the Vocal Music Director at East High School in Denver since 1992. He holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College in Denver. Will was the founding organizer of the Colorado All State Choir, and has been a faculty member at the International Association of Jazz Educators summer teacher training workshop in Kansas City.

Will teaches choirs of varying abilities, including a vocal jazz ensemble called the Angelaires. Angelaires has performed at the Colorado Music Educators State Convention, and has consistently received outstanding ratings at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, as well as other local and regional festivals.

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Jan Wilson
Visual Art Teacher
Nottingham High School
Hamilton, NJ

Jan WilsonJan Wilson, the Fine Arts Department Chair at Nottingham High School in Hamilton, New Jersey, was the 2002 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. She has taught classes in ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, art fundamentals, and commercial design. She has also served as the school’s mentor for new teachers, affirmative action officer, and producer/director of the theatre arts program. Before coming to Nottingham, she worked with the Hamilton Academic Enrichment Program and was an elementary teacher in Hamilton’s Gifted and Talented Program.

Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of St. Elizabeth, and a master’s degree in supervision and curriculum administration from Georgian Court College. Certified as a principal, Jan is a member of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Collaborative Assessment and Planning for Achievement Team, and has served on the Commissioner of Education’s Professional Development Advisory Committee. She was a juror for the International Sculpture Center’s K-12 Educator Award, and a contributing author for Davis Publications’ “Introduction to Sculpture.”

 

Dale Zheutlin
Visual Art Teacher
Mamaroneck High School
Mamaroneck, NY

Dale ZheutlinDale Zheutlin is Chairman of the Visual Art Department at Mamaroneck High School, where she has taught for 20 years. Before coming to Mamaroneck she was Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at the College of New Rochelle. Dale studied architecture and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.

Dale is also active as a site-specific artist. Her large-scale ceramics are commissioned by architects and designers, and her work appears in over 35 corporate collections. Dale’s artwork has also been seen in locations ranging from the American Craft Museum in New York to the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution to the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza, Italy.

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