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2019 Summer Arts Program Staff

Meet the
2019 Summer Arts Program Staff

Andrew Jannetti has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching in NYC since he graduated from Montclair State University in 1976. His choreographic work has been presented in many venues in NYC including DTW, St. Marks’s Danspace, 92nd Street Y, Alvin Ailey Center, The Duke, DIA, BAX, Cunningham Studio, DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY Festival, ADG Festival, NY International Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe, as well as various venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. He has received grants from NYSCA, NJSCA, MCAF, Meet The Composers, the Field, and Harkness Center. He received a BAXten Award for his strong commitment to Dance Education and a PASEtter Award from the Partnership for After School Education for his work with after school arts programming for NYC youth. He was the co-director of Children’s Dance Project of Manhattan as well Summerstage, a music and theater workshop for children in Rockland County, NY. He taught at Staten Island Academy for 6 years where he developed the entire dance program for Pre- K thru 12th grade and an integrated arts curriculum for grades 1- 4. His lesson designs have been published in national magazines that include Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and National Dance Association Journal. He is currently employed by the NYC Department of Education as a full time dance educator at PS 79 in Whitestone, Queens. In addition, he teaches modern dance to young students at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and has been a teaching artist at PS 115 for the past two years. After an hiatus from BAX for four years, he returned as the director of all of the school breaks programs and has been coordinating them for the past three years. His classes for adults include modern/jazz dance, aqua aerobics, stretch and tone, and his own special brand of cardio-conditioning, Rhythmic Fitness, which he teaches throughout the New York metropolitan area. He is a recent honors graduate of the Steinhardt School at NYU with a Masters in Dance Education.

NanoBAXers (entering K-1st grade)

Marissa Ontiveros Marissa Ontiveros is a Brooklyn based Theater Artist. With an emphasis on physical theater, storytelling, mime, Process Drama, and Classical text, she aims to create community-based devised works that both challenge and inspire youth. Marissa proudly serves as a teaching artist at various arts organizations across New York City including Brooklyn Acting Lab, St. Nicks Alliance, and Learning Extended Arts Programs (LEAP). Marissa holds a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, receiving her training from Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Charlie is an interdisciplinary artist, storyteller, and New York native. As a rising senior Muse Scholar at Hunter College, he is pursuing a BA in Film with a minor in English. Both personally and professionally, he advocates for humanistic, anti-racist social justice, and feels art can be a force for empathy and social good. Through CUNY Cultural Corps, he spent the 2017-18 academic year interning at Urban Bush Women. He spent the following summer interning at UBW’s Summer Leadership Institute in Arizona. He is a frequent collaborator at Global Action Project, focusing on uplifting the voices of trans people of color, womxn, and immigrants. Administratively, he works to uplift and stand in solidarity with artists of other experiences. He is working towards understanding how to use independent filmmaking, photography, and videography to reflect his queer and trans experiences, as well as to highlight other artists’ work.
Kelindah Schuster is an emerging performer, teaching artist, and lighting designer. They grew up in Indonesia and received their undergraduate degree in Drama and Gender Studies from Vassar College where they focused on collaborative feminist theater and education for peace and justice. They currently perform throughout Brooklyn in drag fusing clowning, puppetry, animal work, poetry, and acrobatics to explode gendered stereotypes and unsettle the limits of identity. In the past two years in NYC they have presented work at Pioneer Works, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Sideshows by the Seashore, The Stonewall Inn, The Tank, The Brick, Brooklyn Bazaar, and The Knockdown Center among others. Kelindah believes deeply in the power of art education as a tool to radically reshape the future through making space for young art-makers to problem-solve and celebrate difference. They also teach in public schools through Marquis Studios and are committed to art accessibility and performance as an avenue for radical community care.

Performing Arts Specialists
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Kate Bell
Theater
Rachel Freeburg
Dance
Jose Joaquin Garcia
Music
Ariel Blake
Theater
Ellie Weinman
Tumbling
J. Bouey
Dance
Emily Batsford
Theater & Circus Arts
Emily Wexler
Diane Tomasi
Tumbling
Mark Lamb
Dance
Sophie Tibiletti
Dance & Creative Movement

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MegaBAXers (entering 2nd-3rd grade)

Natalia Munoz Durango is a Multi-disciplinary Arts Educator and activist with a diverse and eclectic background. Born and raised in Colombia, Natalia has always been fascinated about diversity, culture and tradition. She has trained in Afro-Brazilian, Haitian, Capoeira and several Afro-Colombian rhythms. Her understanding and love for arts education is inspired by her own experience as a child. Natalia defines herself as a kinesthetic learner, thus she strongly believes in the importance of the inclusion and access to arts education in the classroom. Natalia strongly believes in the power of the arts as a vehicle for social justice and has conducted extensive research on themes of racial justice, cultural equity and inclusion. Natalia is currently a recipient of the 2019 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship at CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.) In addition, Natalia is strongly committed to bring participant centered arts programming that are inclusive to communities that have been underrepresented and historically oppressed as a tool for healing and social change. Her framework focuses on using the power of Theater, in Education, Dance and Storytelling to unlock the potential of young people to develop their creative competencies to collectively connect and find their personal voice. Natalia has participated in multiple projects using arts as a vehicle for social change and as a powerful tool for healing and self-expression. Some of her community projects include: INSITU Site- Specific Dance Festival/ New York, Iniciativa Colibri/ Nicaragua, Theater of oppressed/ Guatemala, Imagine action apprenticeship Colombia and Tools of imagine action among others. Natalia currently teaches literacy through Drama,
Theater in Education, Creative Movement and Storytelling, serving pre-k, elementary, middle and high students in underserved communities throughout the New York City Public school system. "It's time to reclaim our inherited birthright to embody and tell our personal & collective stories."
Brenda is a Colombian American artist and educator who works with students in public schools across NYC facilitating creative arts programming. She is passionate about working with non-profit organizations to provide services to under resourced communities in New York. In the past, Brenda has taught elementary-aged students in reading, writing and STEM topics as well as advocated for families in the child welfare system as a social worker. Brenda has a background in vocal performance, dance and musical theatre. She enjoys creating visual art, cooking and spending time outdoors. She hopes to become a creative arts therapist in the future.

Performing Arts Specialists
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Ben Weber
Visual Art & Media Podcast
Kate Bell
Theater & Musical Theater
Diane Tomasi
Dance
Naomi Shafer
Circus Arts
Maira Duarte
Tumbling

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GigaBAXers (entering 4th-5th grade)

Billy Schultz Billy’s areas of expertise include physical theater, physical comedy, circus arts, and participant-centered exploration. As a teaching artist he has worked with organizations such as Brooklyn Arts Council, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and New Victory Theater, among others. Billy received his training from the Stella Adler Studios, Dell Arte International School and the International School for the Comic Actor in Reggio Emelia, Italy.
Aviya grew up in New York City, where she developed an interest in movement studies, working with Ellen Robbins and as a member of the Paul Taylor Teen Ensemble. She pursued dance at Pitzer College and had the good fortune to work and perform with Kevin Williamson, Sakina Ibrahim, and Israeli choreographer Ronit Ziv, among others. Her dedication to contemporary dance developed concurrently with her studies of education, and she sees dance education as a wonderful medium to invert traditional schooling models and provide youth with a creative outlet to express their stories. Aviya spent a year living and studying in Quito, Ecuador, where she performed with La Frente de la Danza Independiente. She was inspired by the welcoming nature of the local dance community, which was instrumental in developing her world view and artistic practice. In the summer of 2017, she taught dance at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, a program to support recently-arrived refugee youth in their matriculation into the New York City Public School system. Since moving home to Brooklyn, Aviya has performed with Dance to the People and joined Carmen Caceres’ DanceAction in December 2018. In her own work, she explores themes of femininity, contemporary Jewish identity, and repetition versus pattern-breaking.

Performing Arts Specialists
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Kelindah Schuster
Visual Art & Theater
Jose Joaquin Garcia
Musical Theater
Alex Romania
Media Podcast
Donna Costello
Dance

Diane Tomasi
Tumbling
Emily Batsford
Theater & Circus Arts

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Extended Day Staff

Ian McCabe is an actor, writer, and arts educator with over a decade of experience with young people and community-engaged theater. He finished his Masters of the Arts in Educational Theater at New York Univesity's Steinhardt school this May. Previously he studied physical theatre, improvisation, and clown in Chicago, Illinois and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McCabe currently works as a teaching-artist for Harlem School of the Arts, Peoples Theater Project, and as an affiliated artist with the Verbatim Performance Lab. He's ecstatic to join BAX as a summer group leader!
Crystal My name is Crystal Hilton. I’m 19 years old and I’m an up upcoming Design/Tech sophomore at Western Connecticut State University. I love dancing, drawing, writing, and making films. One day I hope to have a pet pig named Hamilton Hilton and I’m extremely excited for our summer together!!!

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Additional Bios

Emily Wexler Emily Wexler is a Brooklyn-based musician/song-writer/teaching artist/activist who employs the transformative power of musical story-telling as a means toward collective liberation. Emily has an alternative r&b/electronic music project called ES Wex in which she performs original music exploring personal and social transformation throughout NYC and beyond. Through ES Wex, she organizes multidisciplinary events to build community and center femme, queer, trans, and POC artists. Emily was most recently an artist in residence at The Creators Collective in Brooklyn, collaborating with other artists on a project called, ‘Artists Elevating Immigrant Narratives.’ Emily directs EarSay Youth Voices, a performance workshop at The International High School at Laguardia Community College, a program for new immigrant teenagers to co-create short performance pieces that empower them to tell their stories. She is a Teaching Artist at Bank Street School for Children, as the vocal director of the Rock Band Program, and resident choreographer of the musical theater program. She is a Teaching Artist for ENACT, a drama therapy organization serving NYC public schools that models alternative methods of navigating conflict through performance pedagogy. She holds a BA in Drama and Vocal Performance from Vassar College.
Mark Lamb is a choreographer, dancer, storyteller, and dance educator with a career that spans over 3 decades. He is best known for his methods of improvising dance and story simultaneously with live music. Mark is originally from Kentucky and draws on his family's rich traditions of storytelling to inspire his work. Mark now lives in New York City and is the artistic director of Mark Lamb Dance where he is known for his method of incorporating dance, live music and storytelling. He is also been recognized for his innovative work in dance education. Dance Studio magazine featured his Creative Dance and Improvisation classes for children and adults. Mark currently tours and teaches throughout the United States and has also taught in Europe and Japan.The New York Times has recognized his work as "quietly celebratory", "gently charming" and an "expression of communal joy". Mark's dance and storytelling website www.marklambdance.org
Alex Romania is a multimedia artist living and working in NYC who creates dance/performance, live video design, short form, and non narrative works for the screen and internet. Alex has taught and presented work in the continental U.S. and internationally, and has been a freelance arts specialist educator working with grades k-12 since 2013. As an artist, Alex is interested in the politics of trash, and seeks to create sustainability in the artistic field and beyond. Students of all levels of experience (no experience included) are welcome in his classroom.
Naomi Shafer is the Executive Director of Clowns Without Borders, a non-profit that tours contemporary circus performances to refugee camps, conflict zones, and sites of natural disaster. She has taught clown workshops at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Middlebury College, University of Virginia Charlottesville, and the New England Youth Theatre. Internationally, she has performed and taught clowning in Russia, Haiti, Myanmar, and Sweden. Naomi has a B.A. in Theatre and Sociology from Middlebury College, and a Masters of Business Administration from Marlboro College.

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