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2020 TATI Participants
Angela Wong Carbone is an actor, writer, and designer whose film career started when she was discovered in Rome, Italy. Her work in film and television (Swipe Night, Terra, Sugar Land, Shield, Dragonfly) has spanned continents, cemented her as an international film actress and collaborator. Angela trained at NYU’s Stonestreet Studios for screen acting, with Anthony Abeson, and at Cornell University for theater, where she also holds a degree in Architecture. She is an award-winning screenwriter. Her latest film, Postmarked, was executive produced by Lena Waithe after her script won her a spot in AT&T Hello Lab’s Mentorship Program in 2019. She is a contributing writer for activist Eileen Kelly’s Killerandasweetthang. Her stories and recipes appear in Lulu Gioiello’s Far Near, a continuing book project on East Asian identity, and Alex Chester’s Hapa Mag.
Annalise Wedemeyer is a collaborative based theater maker and teaching artist from Brooklyn, New York. As a performer, Annalise focuses on creating original activist performances which investigate human rights, racism, and sustainability. As a teaching artist Annalise specializes in working with students with learning differences and infusing social emotional learning in her theatre residencies. She holds a BA in Acting with a focus in Devised Performance from Pace University, and an advanced certificate from Brooklyn College Graduate Center in Autism Communication Arts. Currently she is writing her dissertation exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to complete her MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Currently she is working as an assistant director on the main stage show (title TBD) with Girl Be Heard Inc.
Hi, I’m Biviana Sanchez! I’m a visual artist and educator born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I was raised in a single-parent home with strong values in education and the belief that nothing is impossible with some resilience and creativity. I’m the first in my family to graduate college with a B.A. in Arts Education at the City College of NY. I work primarily as a documentary-style photographer dedicated to supporting the love of art by partnering with various arts-focused organizations, documenting the amazing work they do in all art forms. I teach both in the school and museum settings encouraging experimentation with materials and themes inspired by works of art. One of my proudest achievements of 2019 was becoming involved with LEAP NYC as a Young Professionals Board Member, fundraising events that advance arts education programs in NYC public schools. Check out my website at bivianasanchez.com
Cristina Gustaitis is a Dancer and Teaching Artist originally from Bloomington, Indiana. She dances professionally with Treeline Dance Works and has had the opportunity to perform and teach abroad in France, Sweden & Italy as well as throughout the Midwest and East Coast. She is the In-School Program Manager at WR Arts, a non-profit in Brooklyn that provides dance and movement based after school enrichment programming at various public and private schools throughout the neighborhood. She teaches many styles of dance including Ballet, Creative Movement & Jazz primarily to students ages 2-12 years. Additionally, she is a Teaching Artist with New York City Ballet where she works with 3rd and 4th grade students in public schools throughout the city. She has completed the 2-week Teaching Artist Training with National Dance Institute and is also a certified personal trainer with a Pre and Post natal focus.
Darren Bohrer, Queens NY. Enjoys sunsets, painting & long walks on the beach. I’m an art teacher at a District 75 elementary & middle school in the Bronx. For the 2019-2020 year we’ve worked on collaging, printmaking, jewelry making, refinishing furniture, set design & photography.
Dominic Bradley is a Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist, writer, and performer.
Emily Ellen Gulati graduated from New Jersey City University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Music at Barry University in Miami, Florida. While in Florida, she sang with the Miami Lyric Opera, Miami Music Festival, Colony Theater, the Band Shell Theater, the Cor Jesu Chapel, and interned with the Miami Jazz Cooperative. With 10 years of educational experience, she worked with Marshall University, producing the Huntington International Jazz Festival, where she was the Education Director, creating programs for students of all ages and abilities. She also works at the Brooklyn Music School and Bronx House Community Center as an early childhood music specialist.
Erin Lefevre is a Documentary Photographer from the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City whose work focuses on under-reported social issues. Erin studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned her Associate Degree in Photography. She then transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Erin is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Education at Pace University in New York City. Erin has also worked as a Photo Editor with Blink Media and taught photography to middle and high school students with the Brooklyn Public Library, International Center of Photography, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Community Heroes. Her work appears in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, British Journal of Photography, AARP, BuzzFeed News, and ProPublica amongst others. Erin currently works as a District 75 Art Teacher at The Riverview School for students with moderate to severe disabilities in Queens, NY. She works with 6:1:1 and 8:1:1 populations.
My name is Ethel Rodriguez! I was born and raised in Bayside Queens, New York and I’m about to graduate from Queens College with a BFA in Studio Arts with a concentration on painting and a BA in Art Education K-12! I’m mostly a 2D artist that mostly does acrylic painting but I love mixed media projects that layer on different materials to see the effects they create on each other. I have student taught for one year (2018-2019 school year) and currently work with Marquis Studio as a teaching assistant a couple times a week, I’ve also recently been offered a position with SNACK*, an out of school program that teaches the autistic population from ages 5-21. As far as what I do to “make ends-meet”, I bartend and serve in a German restaurant for five years now and have been in the restaurant industry for the last seven. I love learning new things, reading research based books and hiking!
My name is Isis Sade, I’m a teaching artist and assistant from Atlanta, GA. I teach classes in Bronx, NY on bookbinding in my freetime, I host private bookmaking lessons for children and work with Marquis Studios as a teaching assistant. I hope to use this training to gain a deeper understanding of the work I currently do and the work I will do in the future to help children reach their highest potential through art and self expression.
Jackson Tucker-Meyer is a theatre-maker and teaching artist who makes Loud Colorful Filth. As a playwright, he has had two short plays (4 U, Cap’n McKrispy’s Underwater Utopia) and a longer play (GAME NITE) performed at Sarah Lawrence College. As a performer, he has participated in new works by Stew, Dan Hurlin and the Rat Queen Theatre Company, and has also performed two original solo pieces: Mutant Mammal Runamuck in the Penny-Arcade of Quotidian Curiosities (Sarah Lawrence College), and How To Make A Perfect Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich (HERE Arts Center). As an educator, he has worked as a teaching artist with the Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program, and currently works an associate museum educator at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. MFA Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College.
Jamila Maitland : I have worked as an administrative professional across different industries- mainly in art. I’m an avid supporter of the arts in New York – having worked at Lincoln Center for four years and worked freelance in galleries and museums. I’m a native New Yorker looking to create a career path that involves some social impact and consider myself a life-long student. I love yoga, running, would love to be outdoors more and constantly look for new ways to explore this city.
Janae Hijaz Edwards currently works as an Arts Partnership Manager for Marquis Studios’ Brooklyn sites. She graduated from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in International Studies and Studio Art. From there, she conducted research in Venezuela on arts and cultural heritage which sparked her interest in supporting creative expression in local communities. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working as an arts and literature professor in Colombia, and returning to New York to gain experience across the arts industry. Recently, Janae worked as Residency Programs Coordinator at Studio in a School, an experience which inspired her to want to work more closely with teaching artists in NYC. She also had the pleasure of working in Gallery Partnerships and Sales at Artsy. With a diverse professional background, Janae’s passion for the arts, education, and community building has taken her around the world.
Jorjina Amefia-Koffi : A current Brooklynite hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jorjina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Theater Performance from Ball State University. Upon moving to New York, Jorjina became a member of the NuAFrikan Theatre Company. She is also a member of Harlem Dance Club. She teaches acting and arts & crafts with various education organizations. When she is not performing, she works with the Brooklyn Public Library as a Team Up To Read facilitator. She is also a Site Liaison & Head Coach for Girls on the Run. One of her greatest joys is writing. For the past 3 years, Jorjina has had her work selected for the 50in50 Initiative, sponsored by the Billie Holiday Theatre in conjunction with the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and curated by playwright and MacArthur Fellow, Dominique Morisseau.
Maria Paduano is a teaching artist and early career arts administrator working in New York and New Jersey. Currently, she teaches adaptive theater classes with Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ and is serving as New York City Center’s 2019-20 Education Apprentice. Maria previously served as the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation’s Performance Group Director where she led the foundation’s youth volunteer base. She has also taught theater with organizations such as the I Have A Dream Foundation and the PGP Strengths Development Program as a youth social worker, creating theater-based therapeutic programming. Maria holds a BA in Theater from The New School.
Mary Suk is an educator, choreographer and dancer based in New York City. She has worked as a teaching artist for a number of arts organizations including New York City Ballet, Franklin Furnace Archive, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Elders Share the Arts for over a decade. She holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. When she is not teaching, Mary enjoys learning different dance forms, practicing improv comedy, and playing Samba Reggae as a new member of Batalá New York.
Hey my name is Natra Aga! I’m a first generation Ethiopian American, born and raised in Texas. I moved to New York in 2013 for NY Teaching fellows and I’ve been at the same school I got hired at my first year teaching. The commute can be rough from midtown to the south bronx ,where I work, but having my own art room in this city is not a given so it’s worth it! I initially was going for general education but then I decided on special ed, as my bachelors was in psychology and sociology. I completed grad school at Pace, here in the city, with dual certification childhood and special education. I was initially hired by my school to be a classroom teacher but my first year an art position opened up and I took it, as I’ve always been interested in the arts! Ever since I’ve been taking fine art and art history courses at FIT and going to art PDs to be the best special ed art teacher I can be, and it’s been as challenging as it has been rewarding 🙂 I teach in a self contained District 75 elementary school with 6:1:1 and 8:1:1 classroom setting, to students on the Autism spectrum. There are roughly 30 kids at our school so I get to see all 5 classes for 45 minutes everyday, which is great, so the more resources and tools I have the better!
My name is Oludaré Bernard. I’m from Brooklyn, and I teach and practice African Diaspora movement. My current professional path is movement healing and wellness. I am a priest of Orisha which has grounded me in ancestral healing since I was a small child. Movement is included in part of the healing process within Orisha culture. I am looking forward to learning about how to serve this community with compassion and respect. Thank you for this opportunity.
Signe Grauballe Mikkelsen grew up in Denmark, just north of Copenhagen, in a commune that doubled as an organic farm. Making art and singing together were as integral to life there as taking care of the land. In school, Signe trained in various artistic practices such as music, theatre, ceramics, fashion design, jewelry making, and bookbinding, before eventually taking a more traditional academic path. In 2017, Signe completed her master’s thesis in sociology at the University of Copenhagen, exploring how visual artists and curators in residency in New York experience the creative process. She is currently working part-time as a teaching artist assistant with Marquis Studios, helping in programs on world dance and science through sculpture and drawing. She also works as a teaching artist assistant with Textile Arts Center, as a gallery assistant at a gallery called happyluckynumber1, and as an exhibition assistant at Wallplay, a business that organizes venues for pop-up art installations. Previously, Signe worked as an educational assistant for more than 10 years in Denmark, teaching children arts and crafts. She loved watching the children learn new skills and helping them overcome their imagined limitations. She has always had the sense that the arts are basic and necessary to our existence, and she believes that art should be taught to every child. Signe loves the creative process and sharing it with other people. She believes that artistic expression can be healing. She finds arts education to be particularly important, especially when it can inspire people to change for the better.
My name is Wendy Soledad Gil. I teach at P188X in the Bronx and in the classroom I teach in a way to foster artistic independence. Whenever possible I welcome my artists to take artistic risks and to evaluate their own artworks. Moreover, within the class I make sure that each art piece that is produced by the students incorporates the things in their lives that they are interested in. The lessons being taught generally touch base on more traditional art skills with connections to math and English language arts as well as core life skills. In my current professional work I create customized costumes and clothes for clients. I have a strong background in technology and digital media as well that helps with both my classroom and my professional work.
2020 TATI Facilitators
Seanan Forbes (Movement/Theater Teaching Artist) is a storyteller, writer, page-to-stage performer, and multimedia artist with a background in physical theatre and aerial arts. Having degrees in anthropology, theatre, and writing from Goldsmiths College of the University of London, Seanan has led workshops in theatre, storytelling, physical theatre, and performance in New York, London, Tokyo, and Croatia, and performed from Toronto, Canada, to Geochang, South Korea. Over the past two decades, they’ve taught students from the ages of five to eighty. A genderfluid, dyslexic, dyspraxic person on the autism spectrum, Seanan has keen interests in employing trauma-informed teaching, working with students with disabilities, exploring the power of storytelling in healing, using puppetry to reach people with autism, fostering community and independence, and bringing a multidisciplinary approach into every class. They’re currently training with the Interdependence Project in teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents. Seanan’s work is rooted in the belief that people of all abilities have the power to create and grow, and that having arts in schools can help students to discover and unleash their creativity and joy.
Susan Natacha Gonzalez (Visual Art Teaching Artist) is an artist, Teaching Artist and art therapist with 15 years of experience. She has extensive experience in research in special education and has carried out her multi‐modal practice in a variety of settings. Susan Natacha is a board certified and registered art therapist. She has degrees in Art, Psychology, Art Therapy and Education. She has also augmented her art studies in the US with studies at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the Lorenzo Di Medici Institute for Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Susan Natacha has presented the topic of art, education, creativity, art therapy and child development in a variety of conferences, on the radio and has responded to interviews for several publications nationally and abroad. As an artist Susan Natacha utilizes various media and concepts to explore and further understand creative processes and change. She deems the practice of art as an opportunity for the development, understanding and fostering of relationships with other individuals in accordance to the space at any given time. She believes we are not isolated in our creative development, growth and process – we are a collective within and out of our bodies.
Frances Perrone (Visual Art Teaching Artist) has a BS in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz with a concentration in ceramics and art education. Throughout her 20 year career in the arts, she has focused on creating and implementing arts programs, events and collaborations, working with organizations including the Museum of Arts and Design, Urban Glass, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), The Creative Center for People with Cancer, Elder Craftsmen and Independence Care System (ICS). Frances currently teaches a variety of art classes to disabled adults at Independence Care System (ICS).
Michael Morales (Music/Percussion Teaching Artist) is a Drummer, Educator, and Teaching Artist. A graduate of Jazz Performance from The City College of NY, Michael has taught private and group classes focused on rhythm and music in NYC for the last decade. His journey to teaching artistry began in 2015 as Michael started volunteering Rhythm Workshops at CCNY, therapeutic drum circles at Einstein’s BOLD Oncology Program and a music therapy curriculum at Outreach’s Drug Treatment and DC79 school. His passion lives to bring out joy and reverence for learning through community building both in and outside of the classroom. He provides every student with multi-disciplinary opportunities for learning which foster 21st Century skills that instill creativity and collaboration over content and completion. He believes there is no greater sensation than seeing a student’s eyes light up and teaching that, ‘Yes I can’ feeling.
Candice Iloh is the Professional Development Specialist at Marquis Studios. She is a first-generation Nigerian-American writer, performer and teaching artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. As the Professional Development Specialist at Marquis Studios, Candice works to support teaching artists ability to facilitate the process of building genuine connection, safer community, and culturally responsive learning spaces for young people in the classroom. Her literary work has appeared in Fjords Review, The Grio, For Harriet, Blavity, No Dear Magazine, Glass Poetry Journal, Puerto Del Sol, and The Black Girl Magic Anthology by Haymarket Books. She is a recipient of fellowships from VONA, Lambda Literary, as well as a Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence alum. She holds an MFA in Writing for Young People from Lesley University, where she completed her forthcoming young adult novel in verse. She is a 2018 Hi-ARTS Critical Breaks artist residency recipient where she debuted her first one-woman show, ADA: ON STAGE. When Candice isn’t teaching or writing, she dances. http://www.becomher.com/