(Born 4-18-1974) Michael Bellino graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film and Animation. He spent twelve years working in the MTV On-Air Promotions Department where he wrote, produced, and directed several award-winning campaigns. He is currently a freelance writer and director, working on various TV commercial projects, as well as a part-time producer for Luxurious Animals, a motion graphics design company based in New York City.
(Born 3-5-1980) Michelle Bellino is a doctoral student in the Culture, Communities, and Education concentration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work centers on adolescent historical understanding as constituted through formal and informal education processes. In particular, she studies the role of popular film, coupled with media literacy, in shaping historical consciousness. She received an MA in cultural anthropology in 2007 for her research on postwar history education in Guatemala. Michelle’s work has appeared in the International Journal of Social Education, Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard, Reflections, and Anthropology and Humanism.
(Born 10-18-1950) Eric Booth is a consultant to arts organizations and arts learning programs around the U.S. and in other countries. He currently consults with six of the ten largest orchestras in the U.S., with five national service organizations, six school districts, and dozens of organizations. A frequent keynote speaker, he is the author of five books, including The Everyday Work of Art and The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible, he was the Founding Editor of The Teaching Artist Journal, and he was on the faculty of Juilliard for 13 years, and at Lincoln Center Institute for 25 years.
(Born 2-14-1974) Edward P. Clapp is a writer, educator, arts education/leadership consultant, and doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Edward’s poetry and fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies in the US and UK and his plays Run the Maze, Burn the Maze; Tucker in a Box, and; Appetite for Destruction have appeared Off-Off-Broadway in New York. Edward holds a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MLitt. In Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow/Strathclyde, and an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
(Born 5-15-1970) Mariah Doren holds an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute, and will receive her Ed.D. in art education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. An Assistant Professor of Art at Central Michigan University from 2002-2007, she now teaches photography, teaching methods, and foundations at Teachers College, Parsons, and SUNY Purchase. Mariah’s research centers on the role of dialogue in assessment. She has presented papers at the College Art Association’s National Conference in 2007 and 2010, and has published articles on teaching methods. Her artwork has been exhibited most recently at Umbrella Arts in New York City and a solo exhibition at the Yonkers Public Library.
(Born 4-3-1973) Ann Gregg has experience as a music administrator, educator, and performing artist. Ann is currently the Director of Community and Professional Programs of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Ann has also been the Director of Education with the NPR and PBS phenomenon From the Top for four years. Ann has provided interactive performances to public schools in Los Angeles, Chicago, Indianapolis, and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival. She has also taught instrumental music in the Madison, Wisconsin public schools. She is published in the American String Teacher and American Music Teacher, and has served as Managing Director and Education Specialist with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy. As violist of the San Francisco based Cypress String Quartet for three years, she toured internationally, recorded at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch, and was featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Ann has participated in the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, and the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Seminar. Ann holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin and Viola Performance from Indiana University.
(Born 5-22-1980) Jennifer Groff is a Fulbright Scholar in the UK for the 2009-10 academic year, where she will be conducting research in partnership with Futurelab, an independent not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning with innovative practice and technology, as well as a variety of schools across Scotland. Her research focuses on innovative learning environments, how school systems can innovate and redesign their programming to meet the cognitive needs of all learners, and the nature of individual and collaborative innovation in systems to better equip educational institutions to be dynamic, innovating organizations.
(Born 8-16-1978) Eric Gunther was Born in New York in 1978. He studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT, where he also did his Masters in tactile composition. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is co-founder of the art and design firm Sosolimited. For seven years, Eric was Art Director at Small Design Firm, where he created interactive installations for clients around the world. He builds vibrotactile sculptures and is interested in creating new aesthetic experiences for the body using technology. Eric has done sound design for radio and documentary, and is a prolific musician. He is half of the band gloobic and an artistic collaborator with Jeff Lieberman and Plebian Design.
(Born 2-6-1991) Charlie Hack is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Columbia University and working as an intern at Nonesuch Records. He is a working musician, performing regularly on the double-bass, and is a radio programmer in the Jazz and New Music Departments at WKCR, 89.9 FM in New York. While in high school, Charlie interned in the Programming Department of the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor and produced Breakin’ Curfew, a collaboration between UMS and local teens culminating in a sellout performance at the 1,300-seat Power Center.
(Born 3-17-1980) Forest Juziuk is co-creator of experimental film society Hott Lava, a psychedelic rock & soul DJ, publisher of outlaw lit, and founder of the vinyl-only record label Hall Of Owls. An underground culture obsessive, Forest promotes the dark but rich corners of culture past and present. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a screener for Ann Arbor Film Festival and in 2010 he served as a final programmer. Forest also manages the second-oldest record store in the U.S. His work has been published in The Minus Times (Drag City) and J&L Illustrated #1 (J&L Books).
(Born 3-16-1976) Danielle La Senna holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University. She spent eight years after graduation performing musical theater, jazz, and classical music in New York City. Danielle has worked as an administrator at two graphic design firms as well as The New School in New York. Danielle additionally holds a Master of Education in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After completing her master’s degree, Danielle served as a research assistant with Project Zero, studying learning in Harvard Art Museums’ study centers. Danielle is currently Director of the Evening Division (adult continuing education) at The Juilliard School.
(Born 6-22-1983) Elizabeth Lamb works to make art things happen. With a background as a practicing artist, an MS in Arts Administration, and a breadth of experience with various cultural organizations in the Pacific Northwest, Elizabeth is an arts creator, promoter, and advocate. Elizabeth’s passion lies in providing access and opportunity to diverse sectors of working artists and the greater public. She currently works as the White Box Exhibitions Coordinator for the University of Oregon in Portland, specializing in critical contemporary creative arts presentation.
(Born 1-19-1978) Sue Landis is the Elementary School Programs Associate at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Sue taught general music and choir in the New Jersey public school system before moving to New York to become opera singer Marilyn Horne’s personal assistant. With Horne, Sue first participated in the field of artistic administration while traveling to many festivals, colleges, and performance venues around the world. Sue sings with the Grace Church Choral Society and is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
(Born 6-9-1983) Jessica Rivkin Larson is currently pursuing her MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she specializes in strategy and marketing. Prior to graduate school, Jessica coordinated six arts education programs as the Secondary School Programs Associate for Carnegie Hall. In New York, Jessica worked for the Manhattan Theatre Club and for the Executive and Managing Producers of the Tony Awards. In London, Jessica worked with the Royal Festival Hall. Jessica has produced for the New York International Fringe Festival and trained as a classical singer. She received her BA with distinction in American Studies from Yale University, where she focused on cultural history.
(Born 3-17-1978) Jeff Lieberman was Born in Miami in 1978. He has degrees from MIT in physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and robotics, and spends most of his time exploring ways in which the arts and sciences can be brought together. He hosts the Discovery Channel television show “Time Warp,” using modern technologies such as slow motion video to show the extraordinary world beyond the normal range of human perception. He publishes photography, builds kinetic sculpture internationally, and makes music, primarily as half of the duo gloobic. He collaborates extensively with Eric Gunther and is a co-founder of Plebian Design.
(Born 3-27-1980) Casey Lynch is adjunct Faculty of Sculpture at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Campus. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, having recently received his MFA in Sculpture. Casey also holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art as well as a BS in Psychology from Columbus State University. Casey’s work has recently appeared in group shows in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Utah, Texas, and New York, including shows at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, and LeFlash in Atlanta, GA. Some of Casey’s recent awards include the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement Award and RISD’s Award of Excellence.
(Born 2-17-1976) Bridget Matros brings her background in sociology and psychology to her work developing art programs and exhibits, teaching families, and training educators at Boston Children’s Museum (BCM), where she co-created BCM’s first arts program nine years ago. Today, the Art Studio program serves diverse families (many, “non-art-consumers”) by the thousands and is a national source of informal arts education best practices. A “late-to-identify” visual artist, musician, and performer, Bridget now serves as visionary and developer for all arts programs at BCM, while independently serving as a consultant to nonprofits working to bring creative and expressive opportunities to homeless and low-income children.
(Born 1-26-1985) Michael Mauskapf is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the University of Michigan, where his research concerns the intersections between musical and organizational practices in various settings, including the American orchestra. From 2008 – 2010 Michael was Executive Director of Arts Enterprise@UM, an initiative that explores the intersections between the arts and business. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and an amateur trumpet player, Michael has worked with and for performing arts organizations from around the country.
(Born 8-24-1976) As an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Marissa McClure, Ph.D., directs outreach programs and works with pre-service teachers and preschool children on a photography project, Amigos en el Jardin. Marissa has taught in schools and museums throughout the US. Her interests lie in children’s art and visual and media culture; critical theory; and sustainable design. Marissa has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally. She has written for Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Cultuur & Educatie, Visual Culture and Gender, the International Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education, Digital Visual Culture, and Practice Theory. Marissa is President of the Early Childhood Issues Group of the National Art Education Association, columnist for the Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education, and 2010 recipient of the Charles and Irene Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching.
(Born 11-8-1972) David J. McGraw leads the Performing Arts Entrepreneurship program at the University of Iowa. He teaches courses in arts management and new business formation for both the Division of Performing Arts and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. He began his career in the arts as a stage manager and continues to be a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. David earned an MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Iowa.
(Born 6-14-1980) As Research Director for Fractured Atlas, Ian David Moss is leading pilot phase development of the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map, an initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to better understand who is making art, who is engaging with it, where it’s happening, and how it is funded in the region. Ian is also the founder of Createquity, an acclaimed arts policy blog that is read by more than 700 arts professionals around the world. He holds a BA and an MBA from Yale University, and has an extensive background as a composer, ensemble leader, and choral singer.
(Born 6-19-1971) Brian Newman is a consultant focusing on business development projects in the cultural industries as well as on helping artists and organizations to distribute content and to connect with audiences through innovative uses of new technology. Brian was most recently CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), and previously served as executive director of Renew Media and IMAGE Film & Video Center. He held positions at the IFP and the South Carolina Arts Commission, serves on the boards of Muse Film & Television, the International Film Festival Seminars, and on the editorial advisory board for Art Papers magazine. For five years Brian was an officer of the board of Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM).
(Born 4-2-1972) Rebecca Novick is a theater director and arts consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was the founder of Crowded Fire Theater Company and served as its artistic director for ten years. Her directing has been recognized with many awards including the Goldie Award for Outstanding Local Artists. Rebecca has also held a number of arts management positions including most recently serving for five years as Theatre Bay Area’s Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives. She is currently working as a freelance director and as a consultant to a number of foundations and nonprofits. Rebecca has a BA in theater and anthropology from the University of Michigan.
(Born 10-15-1985) Eric Oberstein is an arts administrator, producer, musician, educator, and consultant. Eric earned Master’s degrees in Arts Administration and Arts in Education from Columbia University and Harvard University, respectively. He also earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from Duke University. Eric has worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Duke Performances, the Office for the Arts at Harvard, and the Research Center for Arts and Culture. Eric currently serves as Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, which supports the work of the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Arturo O’Farrill.
(Born 8-1-1979) Kylie Peppler is an Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. An artist by training, Kylie’s research focuses on the intersection of arts education and new technologies. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation to support her work. Kylie’s recent articles have or will appear in the Cambridge Journal of Education, Teachers College Record, and Learning, Media, and Technology. In 2009 Kylie’s first book The Computer Clubhouse: Creativity and Constructionism in Youth Communities was published by Teachers College Press.
(Born 2-2-1982) Rebecca Potts received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and her BA in Geography and Studio Art from Middlebury College in Vermont. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Rebecca has taught various arts courses, coordinated community murals, and curated an exhibition entitled “Science Makes Art.” Rebecca has also campaigned for clean energy in Vermont, worked as a community organizer to improve water quality in Camden, NJ, and helped start a small public school in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently the Visual Arts Editor for www.ClimateChangeEducation.org and the Education Manager at the Bronx River Art Center.
(Born 9-27-1973) Shannon Preto is a choreographer, performer, producer, and teacher. He has an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in dance from Kent State University. Preto teaches dance in the Theater Department at the San Francisco School of the Arts. He has additionally taught dance and somatic-based classes at Dance Mission Theater, the ODC/School, Sonoma State University, the SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Shannon is the artistic director of Dance/Theater Shannon, which has presented its work in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Denver.
(6-28-1979) Daniel Reid is currently a management consultant based in Chicago. He has done pro-bono strategic work in program development and evaluation with UNESCO and the Illinois Humanities Council. A graduate of Yale Law School and member of the National Book Critics Circle, he spent several years as a book editor in New York.
(Born 8-19-1976) Claire Rice is the Interim Director of Education and Audience Development at the University Musical Society (UMS), a 131 year-old performing arts presenter in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is responsible for over 100 context-building and community engagement activities each season. Claire graduated with a BA from the College of William and Mary in 1998. Following a career as a management consultant for Accenture, she joined UMS in 2003. She supervised a Grammy-Award winning performance of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience and a month-long 2006 residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the largest project in UMS’s history.
(Born 5-16-1982) Andrea Sachdeva is the Director of Evaluation + Curriculum for the Cloud Foundation and The Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize, where she leads all program evaluation and collaborates on curriculum and professional development for the ArtScience Prize and its program replication sites. She is also a freelance program evaluator and a founding co-chair of the Continuing the Conversation series of arts education events hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Arts in Education Program. Andrea holds a BM from Boston University’s School of Music with a major in Musicology and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Arts in Education program.