Meet Our Teaching Artists
The Best Educators
Marie Andrea Osterman (California)
Marie Osterman is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, movement, improvisation, writing, and directing theatre. Their work centers around generosity, queer embodiment, and politics of the body. Marie’s generative art combines her classically-trained background in theatre making elements with her experience teaching and studying contact improvisation with the mission of facilitating intimate and playful creative spaces. They believe in a theatre that empowers and emboldens participants and audiences alike-- a generous theatrical space that has room to hold what needs to be held, and ignite conversation and community. After graduating UCLA (acting & directing), they have stayed in Los Angeles, working as an actor, movement director, and freelance teaching artist (and, occasionally, a preschool teacher..) They are a longtime collaborator and associate managing director of Project Nongenue, a queer theatre company focused on centralizing the voices of women and marginalized identities within classical theater and mythology. Other passions include birds, pleasure activism, and looking at the moon.
Le’Tiger Walker (Georgia)
Le'Tiger Walker (Baton Rouge, LA) found a passion for dance at the young age of six. He began training at The Dancers' Workshop, home of Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, where he was a pre-professional company member. Throughout his training he attended summer intensives on scholarship at BRBT, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and Garth Fagan Dance Summer Movement Institute. While pursuing higher education at Loyola University of New Orleans he was offered and accepted the opportunity to join Garth Fagan Dance in Rochester, NY, where he danced professionally for five years. Most recently, Le’Tiger has returned to the south to share his creative talents and teachings.
Eirin Stevenson (Pennsylvania)
I am writing to express my interest in becoming Teaching foe your organization. With over 5 years teaching pre-K through 8th grade in Baltimore MD and Washington DC, I have gained effective skills in creating a safe environment for self - expression. I believe these skills, combined with my enthusiasm to foster artist growth, makes me an ideal candidate for your company.
Some highlights from my current and past teaching experiences include:
Developing lesson plans on theatre arts fundamentals as well as social and individual positive self- expression.
Developing programming in service to school culture and student life. Running and operating in-school events including booking local artists for in-school workshops.
Conservatory style teaching of acting and stage vocal skills, International Phonetic Alphabet, Lessac Structural Lip, Opening, Body Awareness, Channel Resonators, Relaxation.
Beyond my teaching experience, I have a passion for handing the torch to the next generation of artists.
The priority in my teaching style leans toward encouraging young artists to explore their potential. I enjoy the challenge of teaching students academically but my focus is helping them to thrive as artistic creators. I anticipate opportunities to support the mission of your organization with this approach.
Alison Mezen (California)
Alison is an avant-garde artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. Her international and academic studies bolstered her passions for resurrecting the divine feminine in the individual, community, and culture. She is the author of Mused Maenad, a conceptual photo and poetry book about healing the shadow through expressive art. Alison is also an experimental filmmaker, performance artist, and curator of multidimensional and transformational events/workshops. She currently holds her M.A. in Clinical and Depth Psychology.
Jazzmin Garland (Maryland)
Hi my name is Jazzmin Garland all my life I’ve been working with children I’ve taught at my church for 10 years as the president of a youth missionary group. Not only have I taught them in a way they’ve taught me. I’ve learned so many strategies on how to reach young people. And I feel like I can guide children into finding themselves through art.
Likisha Griffin (Georgia)
Likisha has 20 years of communications experience. Her creative work started as a young playwright, which evolved into an interest in film. In the 90s, she studied the art of storytelling and literature at Hampton University earning an undergraduate degree in English Arts. Later, she was a scriptwriting intern for "America's Most Wanted" television series by way of American University's film certification program. She has also worked as a set decorator for Bobby Huntley Films, "Connect" and "Auntie". (IMDb credits)
Diana Gallegos (Arizona)
I have been everywhere in education and arts. In my own time I enjoy choir, sewing, macramé and resin art. As a teacher I've taught grades k through 12 in engineering, drawing, theatre, choir and also spent some years with my own 3/4th grade class. I've directed multiple plays at the school level. I'm a published author, an award winning costume designer, and a mom. I have a bachelors in elementary education with a specialization in art/humanities. I believe that when we have a passion for the arts, it is part of who we are, and we must experience it and share it with the world.
Sierra La Rue (Colorado)
Sierra La Rue has been training in a variety of concert and commercial dance for 17 years at a variety of studios and schools. She danced competitively with The Dance Shop and Raising The Barre in Southern California for eight years before focusing her attention on ballet and jazz techniques and musical theatre performance and choreography. While in high school, Sierra performed in musicals such as Peter Pan, Oklahoma! And Freaky Friday the musical. She also choreographed musicals such as Aladdin Kids!, 101 Dalmatians Kids!, and assisted with choreographer Emily Dauwalder on a production of The Little Mermaid, in which she also performed. She trained with (adjective?) instructors Holly Copeland-Sherlock and Nichelle Bane at Encore Dance Centre for 3 years before moving to Colorado.
Natalie McEwen (Colorado)
Hi, my name is Natalie McEwen and I live in Fort Collins Colorado with my dog, Ava, and my cat, Cleo. I recently just got certified in 200 hour Hatha Yoga from the Om Ananda studio. I'm currently looking for employment opportunities as I work on building an aromatherapy business. I have an associates degree in integrative health as well as certifications in Jin Shin, Reiki, and Aromatherapy. I also have experience in floral design and absolutely love anything artistic/creative.
Ixchel Amor (California)
Hi, my name is Ixchel Marina Amor, I am a fine artist by profession. I been teaching Art for over 25 years, privately and in after school programs all over Southern California. It is a joy to enrich everyone with the world of Art me and my students have lots of fun learning new techniques and applying fun ideas into our artwork.
Aria Nunez (Pennsylvania)
I have come into my personal yogi practice at a difficult part in my life. I took my first class after an injury on my right arm, resulting in two-times a week physical therapy for a year. I was introduced to yoga properly by a friend who reassured me that the physical practice of yoga will alleviate my pain and slowly heal me. After several weeks of dedication and practice, my right arm started to gain strength and became 100% mobile. Not only was my physical strength challenged, my mental strength too. I didn't understand how mentally all over I was, and the anxiety of my short lived disability didn't allow me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I have come to love practicing yoga, and after a year of my personal growth regarding my very own practice, I took a teacher training course at the very studio I started practicing. Three years later, I continue to learn, while helping others find their physical and mental strength. Holding a proper space for students and peers is crucial to my evolution as a yogi.
Matia Ward (Maryland)
I have always felt the need to get back and teach art since I was younger. Even though both of my parents were artists., I never had an art teacher in elementary school on my interest really Pete. We would have someone from the outside coming into our school giving sessions once or twice a month and I really enjoyed those moments. I swore to myself that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up and I helped you to that as I got older. I remember thinking that it was never about being a famous artist, but I always inspiring the younger generation and to get their creative juices flowing. I’ve been extremely blessed in my educational career with having attended the institutes that I have as well as taught at the many schools that I have in the experiences with so many different types of students along the way and being able to share my experiences with them and work with them on their levels of art. I just wanted to continue to keep giving that to every student I come in contact with.
Talia Jaeger (Georgia)
Talia Rese Jaeger is a recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a BFA degree in Theatre Performance with a musical theatre concentration. Her college production credits include: Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), Tina/Fantasy Dancer (Sister Act), Gretchen (Sabrina Fair), & Pilar (A Park in Our House). She is the co-founder of FullOut, a dance collective that is dedicated to make FAU's theatre program inclusive to teach all styles of dance to all, whether experienced of beginner. Ms. Jaeger was also the assistant dance captain in FAU's Broadway Bent, as well as a principal dancer in numbers like "Money" from Cabaret and "Diamonds" from A Gentleman Prefer Blondes within the production.
Marisa Ervin (California)
Marisa Ervin is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer originally from Akron, OH. She has been dancing since she was two years old, and started choreographing in 2017. Currently studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy achieving her BFA in Dance. She can be seen in multiple live and video performances such as "Move the World", and "Identity." She looks forward to continuously sharing her passions amongst other artists.
Emily Salvay (California)
Emily Salvay is a UCLA student and dance instructor. She has been training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop since she was four years old, and her favorite style is contemporary. She loves working with kids and passing on her love of dance.
Darrick F. Goodman (Georgia)
I'm Darrick Goodman a certified yoga instructor at the 200hr level. Been teaching for four years throughout the Atlanta area. It helped with my stress level by connecting with my breathing & movements. Being patient with myself understanding it's ok to begin again each day. I also have an additional training in mindfulness with trauma based populations. Being aware of a person's behavior / trauma is important to their growth & development mental & physical self's.
Kelli Burt (Pennsylvania)
Kelli is a certified yoga instructor, fashion designer, and a California girl at heart. She was introduced to yoga in 2013 after back injuries from soccer. A year later, her new passion led her to complete a 200hr Vinyasa Certification at CorePower Yoga in CA, along with a 50hr Extensions Certification and a 50hr Restorative Yoga Certification. With a continuous active lifestyle, Kelli did not shy away from physical injuries herself. This led her to more meditative practice and to teach yoga at local Rehabilitation Centers. Her class supports all levels, from beginners to athletes, and offers posture modifications- especially to students recovering from physical injuries. You can expect a laid-back West Coast energy woven into a lively and nourishing flow. When not in the studio, Kelli is loving up to her extremely overjoyed Siberian Husky.
Grace Vanetti (Washington D.C.)
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, where I trained as a competitive dancer in all disciplines from the ages of 2-17. While in high school, I attended a performing arts academy, where I was additionally trained in ballroom and modern dance styles. Starting in 2015, I began substitute teaching all disciplines of dance for all age levels, as well as traveling the country as a teaching assistant for West Coast Dance Explosion. I am currently enrolled as a dance major, with a pre-medical concentration at The George Washington University, and my anticipated graduation date is May of 2023.
Alexandria Bonnett (California)
Hello, I’m Alex Bonnett. I’m a Animation/Illustration major student at San Jose State University. I specialize in all forms of arts from visual to digital. I love to teach kids about how they can express themselves through their art and ways that they can make a change in an age where it really matters.
Anjana Ulahannan (California)
My name is Anjana Ulahannan. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. I’m a passionate worker, dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere for children. I believe every one is capable of learning and that a students success in learning is a reflection of a teacher’s teaching capabilities, and not the student’s learning abilities. I was four years old the first time I danced on stage. From four to ten, my mom taught me Bollywood dances to perform bi yearly. When I turned ten, I began teaching my own choreography and continued to do so until the COVID-19 quarantine in 2020. I moved to San Francisco July 2021, and after graduating in December 2021, I finally have the chance to devote my time to dancing again. Aside from Bollywood, I also have experience learning and teaching hip hop and enjoy it more than anything.
Sarena Miller (Arizona)
Hello, my name is Sarena Miller. I’m from Tucson, and grew up loving all things art and yoga. I went to the University of Arizona and studied finance. I’m currently a licensed financial broker, painter, and certified to teach yoga. I am eager to pass on the joy that yoga brought me growing up, and now into my adult life.
Jamie Parnum (Arizona)
Jamie Parnum holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and has over twenty-five years of dance and teaching experience. She founded and directed Soaring Spirit Dance Studio & Ministry from 1996-2009 in San Jose, California. Jamie loves helping others discover the joy of dancing. She has choreographed more than one hundred dances and has taught classes and workshops for children, adults and seniors. Jamie and her students have presented dance in churches, rest homes, weddings, memorial services, and recitals. Jamie enjoys helping students improve their dance skills while having fun!
Kimberley Flores (Wyoming)
Hi there, my name is Kimberley Flores. I am currently a yoga and fitness instructor. Right now, I teach yoga, water aerobics and water yoga classes locally in my community. I’m looking to expand my current classes offered and find new, exciting opportunities within my career field. I am certified in Prenatal Yoga and that is one of my biggest passions. Another huge piece of my heart goes to working with children. I started coaching a small dance team 6 years ago after I graduated high school and haven’t stopped finding ways to continue working with our youth ever since. I’ve taught dance classes for age 3 through 18 years old. I’ve taught music with me classes for those under 3 years of age. I worked as a high school mentor for 2 years at my old high school. I’m currently substitute teaching occasionally for my local school district grades K-12. I teach senior yoga and exercise classes at a gym in my community. I truly just love working with people and children. My biggest motivator is helping others feel good in their own body. I’m a military spouse and mother of one beautiful little boy. My family means absolutely everything to me. I spent some time as a stay at home mom and realized after about a year of doing so that I still need and want to have a career doing what I love and it makes me both a better mom and wife. I hope to be able to continue spreading the knowledge and skills that I have to help others and bring some happiness to people through movement and exercise.
Skyler Scott (Colorado)
Hi I'm Skyler. I have worked with children and education for over the past 14 years. My degree is in Multicultural Education & Performing Arts, and I hold a certificate in Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado. I also have had a professional career in the arts over many years, as a trained vocalist, dancer, actress and have been with multiple talent agencies, as well as acting troupes and artist residencies. I adore children, the arts and having a great time combining them. I love having meaningful and fun times with children, as my most recent position was a Children's Site Director. I look forward to all the fun we will have, and the magic to be had
Jule Lane (Pennsylvania)
My name is Jule Lane and I am a 27-year-old yoga educator and business owner. My introduction to the world of arts & fitness began as a competitive Irish Step Dancer throughout my childhood and teenage years. After an ankle injury that halted my competitive career, I taught and choreographed Irish Step Dance performances at my local dance school in NJ for the ages of 4-13. In College, I received my bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, focusing primarily on Indian Traditions & Yoga Philosophy. My relationship with yoga was born in the classroom and continued within the studio as I found methods of productive and gentle healing from my dancing injury. The benefits I gained from yoga- physical, emotional, and spiritual- lead me to become a yoga teacher in order to pay forward the life-changing aspects yoga had gifted me through consistent and dedicated practice. I opened Jule Lane Yoga LLC in 2021 to work privately with clients looking for a lifestyle change and to improve general health. My sessions and classes are fueled with the understanding that yoga is for every body and every mind, despite physical or developmental limitations. As an educator, I believe in providing students with tools that facilitate creative and insightful growth for the body and mind. My core intention and goal is to co-create a sense of tangible compassion and patience through the practice of yoga on the mat in order for my students to approach life’s harsher obstacles “off the mat” with confidence, grace, and strength. I teach yoga as a form of art in which our body is the catalyst to understand, express, refine and re-find the Self.
Justine V Magnusson (Pennsylvania)
Justine Magnusson earned her BFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed on the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind and she originated the role of Sue in the world premiere of Home Street Home by NOFX frontman Mike Burkett and Avenue Q Jeff Marx. Justine has performed in several new musicals at the New York Musical Festival and at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre. Justine played Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Nellie Ewell in Summer and Smoke at the MS Delta Tennessee Williams Festival. She has previously served as the festival’s music supervisor, and composed original music based on the works of Tennessee Williams. This year Justine will serve as the festival’s Artistic Coordinator. Justine taught acting at The Arts Effect and GoodCap Arts in NYC. She also teaches at Griot Arts program for youth in MS. Justine just released her debut EP of original music, “One Less Person”, available now on all streaming platforms.
Kaitlin Spencer (Pennsylvania)
Katie is a Performing Arts major from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has partnered with countless productions in directing and student directing, costuming, stage managing, and performing. She has extensive training in various acting technique as well as over a decade of vocal training. She also has worked as a face painter and body artist for about 7 years. Having gotten her degree from an arts college, she has schooling in various areas of artist technique and application.
Jennifer Cunningham (Colorado)
Jennifer Cunningham is a lifelong artist and art lover creating work in a variety of applications and media, including paintings (acrylic and oils), fashion accessories, illustrations, special effects makeup, body painting, and murals. She lives in the Denver area with her teenager and two goofy dogs, drawing inspiration from the mountains and the cosmos.
Antoinette Sirianni (New Jersey)
I am an accomplished environmental artist with a masters degree who is active in global issues of single-use plastic reduction and awareness. Currently an adjunct professor at Rowan University, in Glassboro, NJ, teaching two advanced graphic design courses. Additionally, I teach painting classes and I was a Girl Scout leader for many years. I have 20+ years of Graphic Design agency and freelance experience so I know the business inside and out. My work is as unique as my experience, and will bring that joy to this position every day. See my website at www.eeoncreative.com
Joe Svihel (Colorado)
Joseph Svihel, born and raised in Minnesota, began dancing at the age of 6 with Southwest School of Dance in Marshall, Minnesota - instructed by Charolette Wendle. Joe went on to attend an arts based magnet school in Minneapolis where he studied Acting, Poetry, Photography, Media Design, Video Editing, and Pottery. After school, Joe spent his time playing hockey, and taking dance classes at River Valley Dance Academy in Chaska, Minnesota. He studied Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Modern under the guidance of Kirsten Iiams, Gena Caughey Buckley, Michael Matthew-Ferrell, David Pellinen, and Rachel Svihel. Joe went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Class of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance - which allowed him the wonderful opportunity to perform at the American Dance Festival, in the summer of 2019, for their showing of Footprints where he danced Esplanade by Paul Taylor (re-staged by Michael Trusnovec). Joe has recently relocated to Denver, Colorado - where he aims to deepen his artistry in dance and his connection to the Earth.
Jennifer Coan (Colorado)
Hello, my name is Jennifer Coan. I have an associates in arts and have been doing art traditionally/digitally for over 10 years. Along with art I also have a passion for Japanese. Although I still have a long way to go to be fluent, just like art, I love the journey and can't wait to continue my path.
Kalyn Thompson (Arizona)
Before I learned to multiply, I knew my one true goal in life was to help others. For almost a decade now, I have served as a teacher in many areas. Beginning as an assistant in a preschool classroom and journeying all the way to a special education middle school teacher. I am now taking steps in a different direction as I begin to earn my yoga teacher credentials. I find working with children, people who may be disabled, the elderly, and other unique or sensitive populations to be incredibly liberating and also very intertwined with my purpose. I strive to make my teachings impactful, supportive, and maybe a little silly.
Micah Johnson (Georgia)
I am a passionate go getter. I love to inspire and water growing plants to become the beautiful, artistic, and unique flowers they will become. I believe I can learn something from others and it is a blessing to me to be able to provide them with a new form of knowledge at every age.
Alexandra Abi-Mikhael (Washington D.C.)
I am a Visual artist based out of the DMV area who teaches painting, ceramics, mixed media, and art history classes. I am a member of the DMV league of artists as well as an executive assistant and program director for the leagues art workshops and classes. I have been teaching for about 2 years now. I started doing paint and sip workshops with adults and then moved on to teaching afterschool enrichment programs and camps.
John Viles (Maryland)
John Viles received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, MO 1980. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MA 1979. He received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded the Head Teaching Assistantship, MI 1983. He has taught visual art for thirty years. Mr. Viles’ passion for teaching includes twenty Artist in Residency programs in public/private schools, five colleges, two art centers, three schools for students with disabilities and private studio classes. His artwork has been included in over seventy exhibitions and is in private collections in the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Western regions of the US and internationally. He is in the permanent collections of Herman Miller, MI, University of Maryland Global Campus, MD and the Ethniki Pinakothiki Museum, Athens, Greece. His travel journals include writing, drawing, painting and photography completed from direct observation. He journeyed to visit Chichen Itza, Mexico 1989. the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, 1990, Baltimore’s Sister City Program in Piraeus, Greece, 1995, Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan 1999 and Bangkok and Chang Mai Thailand, 2003-2004. He received the Jurors Choice Award by Ned Rifkin, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum, MD 1988, a grant from Loyola University for a production of Tarantella, MD 1990, a Visual Arts Grant from the Howard County Center for the Arts, MD 1990, awarded nineteen Artist-in-Residency grants by the Maryland State Arts Council, MD 1990-2001, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Sculpture, MD 2001, a Public Art Grant at the Roland Park Country School, MD 2001-2002, awarded the Governor’s Honorable Mention Award, MD 2017 and an Award and Honorarium at Johns Hopkins University, MD 2019.
Federica Rizzo (California)
Professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. In 2014 she graduated with a certificate of Excellence at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She specialized in hip hop, commercial and heels. She can teach to different ages and levels.
Zachary Horvitz (Colorado)
Zachary Horvitz was born in France to American parents. He is the author of three self-published volumes of poetry. Most recently he has studied at Naropa University, focusing on Religious Studies. He has interned at his alma mater, Newton North High School, teaching poetry, and spent one summer offering a theatre workshop at Sainte Anne University, Nova Scotia. While his primary interest is poetry, Zachary has cultivated a love for many forms of literature and creative arts that he hopes to continue to share.
Adam J Bucholz (California)
I have over 3 years of teaching related experience in art, with a focus on Multi-media, Found Objects, Expressionism and Abstraction and sustainable practices. I have spent over 2 years in teaching Art specifically. I also have been working as a Drum and percussion teacher for 5 years, Customer Service, Retail and Theater Host for 10+ years now. Art has been my main focus for personal growth over the last few decades and I am excited to be able to pass that knowledge along to anyone who is looking to expand their horizons as an artist. Outside of teaching, my talents in the workforce have always been retail and customer service related. I currently work in a small Hollywood movie theater as an all-around Host, as well as a Theater Tech at the Griffith Observatory Planetarium. I have been slowly making my way out of the Movie/Theater side of things and really focus my energy on solely Art and Music. My passions lie in creativity and giving that to others to experience can only be a bonus in something that truly has no wrong answers.
Jarrell Pittman (Maryland)
Hailing from PG county, born and bred, Jarrell Tha Griot (gree-o) uses his artistry to emphasize the importance of embracing and diving deep into the figurative pages of our own stories. He adopted the name because a griot is a storyteller sharing the culture and history of a people through the spoken word. He prides himself in that. In doing so, finding the elements of those stories which, we as people, are to offer as lessons to the world.
As an emcee, Jarrell has performed in numerous showcases up and down the east coast. He placed 2nd in the Who's Got Next? showcase in DC and placed first in the Coast to Coast live showcase in DC which offered him the opportunity to compete nationally in Miami, Fl.
As an educator, Jarrell dedicated his daytime work to elementary education teaching Kindergarten and First Grade begoring transitioning into program coordinating and instructing for an arts non-profit.
Lee Ji H (Colorado)
Taylor Quill has been with Future Hearts, Minds & Dreamers from the very beginning. After many yI am pursing my goal as an educator and even attending to school at the moment for my bachelors for 3D animations. I've also had experience teaching EMT specialties and guides to High schoolers who wishes to pursue that position in the future. I do have experience teaching subjects other than medical such as Geology, Mathematic, and history, but as a tutor.ears of experience as a professional throughout the industry, we’re thrilled to have their expertise as our Intermediate Course Instructor.