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Xan Russell
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Alexandra ‘Xan’ Russell has always been inspired by the capacity of music to fuse mind, spirit, body, and community, and similarly, of joyful education to instill curiosity, empathy, and love of learning: it was inevitable that she would find her niche

Ellen Winter
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Ellen Winter is Brooklyn-based performer, songwriter and theater-maker from the woods of Northern Virginia. In 2017, she co-wrote/directed/composed 36 Questions with Chris Littler, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. She’s explored new work with NYTW, The Public,

Rachel Schmidt
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Rachel received her early ballet training from Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. While a member of SCBT she performed a range of roles in classical ballets such as the Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake as

Katie Coughlin
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Katie Coughlin investigates what it means to claim space by trying to understand the physical edge of the body through abstracted apparatuses. Stemming from a ceramic background that has expanded to include other mediums, her multi-disciplinary work situates itself somewhere

Gina Tibbott
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Gina Tibbott is a ceramicist who studies archaeology and an archaeologist who studies ceramics. Her handbuilt and wheelthrown functional works are designed for everyday use, with the worst-case scenario of breakage presumably inserting them into the archaeological record. Her archaeological

Lacy Draper
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Lacy received her MFA from the 3D4M sculpture department at the University of Washington. Lacy has an extensive background in education and mentorship. She has taught metal working and welding to middle school students and has been a Teaching Artist

Dave Gibson
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David Gibson received his MFA from Louisiana State University (1996) and his BFA from University of the Arts (1990). He did a residency at the University of the Arts in 1991. His work has been shown in juried and invitational

JD Parran
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D on his teaching style: “My focus is to be of service to my students, and in doing so, making them receptive to the knowledge I’ve gained through my more than 50 years as a composer, performer and improviser. My

Mary Hurlbut
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Mary on her teaching style: “I think what enables me to succeed as a teacher is my ability to choose music that fits the student. I have a strong knowledge of traditional classical and musical theater repertoire. One of the

Kathleen O'Rourke
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Kathleen O’Rourke, soprano, is an emerging vocal artist renown for her clarity of sound, commanding stage presence and love of languages. A formidable musician and vocal interpreter, Ms. O’Rourke is praised for her vocal flexibility in repertoire ranging from the