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Teaching Artists

  • Katherine Akey

    Digital Arts, Photography

    Katherine Akey

    Department: Digital Arts, Photography

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Website:http://www.katherineakey.com/

    Katherine Akey grew up between Virginia and Greece before moving to New York City for college. She graduated from the International Center of Photography at Bard’s MFA program in 2014 after completing her BA in Psycholinguistics at NYU in 2011. She was awarded a spot in the Arctic Circle Residency in 2015, is a volunteer for the WW1 Centennial Commission and continues her art practice using analog photographic elements and printmaking. You can view her work at www.katherineakey.com

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  • Tamela Aldridge

    Theater/Performing Arts

    Tamela Aldridge

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since:

    Tamela Aldridge is the DC Regional Director for Only Make Believe, a nonprofit that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with the New Victory Theater, American Place Theater, New York Public Radio, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Disney Theatrical Productions. Acting credits include: TELEVISION & FILM: One Life to Live, Law and Order: SVU, Sex & the City, Friends. OFF-BROADWAY: When Last We Flew, 2010 NY Fringe Festival (Winner – Outstanding Play); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Trojan Women, Classical Theatre of Harlem. REGIONAL THEATRE: Gee’s Bend, Hartford Stage; Doubt, You Can’t Take It With You, Pioneer Theatre Company; Doubt, Portland Stage Company; Yellowman, CincinnatiPlayhouse in the Park; Same Train, The Collard Green: Contribution by Cornbread Divas, The John Montgomery Theatre Company. Tamela received her BFA from Howard University and completed the two-year professional acting program at William Esper Studio in New York City.

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  • Rachael Appold

    Dance/Fitness

    Rachael Appold

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Rachael Appold began dancing at the age of 5, training in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop at Joyful Motion Dance Studio. Rachael decided to continue her dance training/education throughout college. She majored in dance at Montgomery College and performed with the Montgomery College Dance Company. In 2013, Rachael transferred to James Madison University where she majored in dance. After graduating from college in 2016, Rachael started an apprenticeship with Light Switch Dance Theatre and an internship with Joy of Motion Dance Center. She hopes to pursue a Master's degree in dance or dance pedagogy in the near future.

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  • Nancy Arbuthnot

    Visual Arts

    Nancy Arbuthnot

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    An active painter and poet, Nancy Arbuthnot was a Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy from 1981-2010. Throughout her career she has also been very active in the community, serving as a creative writing instructor in schools, libraries, senior centers and homeless shelters in the Metro DC area. She was an artist-in-education with the Maryland State Arts Council, has been awarded fellowships from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities for bookmaking workshops in schools and a women’s shelter. She is currently Associate Editor of Telling Our Stories Press and a member of Capitol Hill Art League. Nancy holds a PhD in English from the University of Virginia and has published nine books..including one on animal sculptures you can find all around DC.

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  • Irene Armstrong

    Music

    Irene Armstrong

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since:

    Bio coming soon!

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  • Sheppard Bear

    Visual Arts

    Sheppard Bear

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Website:www.fine-art-finishes.com

    Sheppard Bear is a decorative artist who has been working in the national capitol region since 1996 with work appearing in a number of shelter magazines, including Traditional Home and Southern Accents.   Sheppard's personal artwork usually involves painting either dogs or landscapes.  She loves painting in oils and endeavors to instill that feeling in students.

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  • Audrey Bertaux

    Theater/Performing Arts

    Audrey Bertaux

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Audrey Bertaux is so excited to be a teaching artist at CHAW this summer! Audrey has also been a proud teaching artist for The Young Playwright's Theatre and Round House Theatre for several years as well as a freelance teaching artist and has taught classes and workshops in Shakespeare, playwriting, movement, and acting to students of many different ages and backgrounds.  Audrey's professional acting credits Olney Theatre Center, Theatre J, Mosaic Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Taffety Punk, The Hub Theatre, Lincoln Center Education, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

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  • Dorothey Bodner

    Music

    Dorothey Bodner

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2008

    Dorothy a graduate of the Crane School of Music, is an active opera singer with a solo career spanning over two decades. She currently sings with the Washington Opera Chorus.
    Dorothy has also been a general music teacher in New York and California and has maintained a private vocal studio since 1984.

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  • Cecilia Cackley

    Theater/Performing Arts, Visual Arts

    Cecilia Cackley

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since:

    Cecilia Cackley taught third grade in Arlington Public Schools for six years before she decided to devote herself full time to puppets. In addition to working as a teaching artists for Young Playwrights’ Theater and Theater Lab, she organizes book clubs for kids in grades 6 - 12. She is also a singer and guitar player and has worked as a puppeteer with “Cuentos Y Mas” cable television show.

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  • Leah Carpenter Quinter

    Ceramics, Visual Arts

    Leah Carpenter Quinter

    Department: Ceramics, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Leah Carpenter Quinter is an art educator, dog-lover, and gardening enthusiast! Having moved to D.C. 8 years ago, Leah loves living in the city and venturing out into nature on the weekends. Leah is the elementary art teacher at Two Rivers Public Charter School and enjoys taking ceramics classes at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) in her free time. She believes that art, as with most of life, is a practice, and strives to help her students recognize that perseverance and experimentation helps us grow. Leah is excited to join the CHAW-some community as a teacher this summer!

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  • Ellen Cornett

    Visual Arts

    Ellen Cornett

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2003

    Website:http://www.ellencornett.com

    I have a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland where I concentrated in printmaking. For 25 years, I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2002, I shifted my focus to fine arts and started teaching life drawing and oil painting at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and in 2012, I was invited to teach the Advanced Watercolor and Pastel class.

    In the classroom, I strive to bring students together in an environment that is supportive and safe so they are free to explore their creativity and take risks in their work- a community in which we all can offer opinion and share ideas.

    During the 14 years I’ve taught at CHAW, I have carved out dedicated studio time for my own work and have developed a substantial portfolio. I exhibit widely and frequently and have a very satisfying and sustaining studio practice.

    My teaching life and my studio life go together. The process of understanding and explaining process and theory to students makes me assess and evaluate concepts carefully, which brings me to more honesty and simplicity in my work. And, in turn, the better and more satisfying my studio life, the more joyful I am as an instructor. It is a very successful and happy balance.

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  • Kate DeCiccio

    Visual Arts

    Kate DeCiccio

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Kate DeCiccio is an Oakland mural artist and educator who recently relocated to DC. For the last 12 years, Kate's work explores the role of art as a tool for resistance, expression, survival, community building & social change. Venues for her teaching & art-making have included Worcester State Hospital, The John Howard Forensic Ward at St Elizabeths in Anacostia, & San Quentin Prison.

    "I believe the community artist has the great honor of reaching into the bowels of our most oppressive systems and through the activity of art-making we can build relationships with people who have given up on themselves. In prison, in mental institutions, making art is a revolutionary act and when people who are sentenced to be there realize they have something positive to offer, to contribute, to cultivate joy, resistance, solidarity - there is a powerful shift of perspective."

    As the Art teacher at Leadership High School in San Francisco, Kate designed a curriculum aimed to engage students in creative self reflection and local activism. Kate's approach to mural making is steeped in a commitment to activate community spaces with images that reflect the values, identities, hopes, and struggles of wherever she is painting. Her work can be seen in San Francisco, Oakland, Flagstaff, Brooklyn, Iquitos/Peru, Oaxaca/Mexico, & Moscow/Russia. Kate holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Colorado,Boulder, a MA in Creativity, Arts & Healing from the Union Institute of Vermont College, and Single-Subject California Teaching Credential in Art K-12 from San Francisco State University.

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  • Bernard Dellario

    Visual Arts

    Bernard Dellario

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since:

    Bernard Dellario is an active artist and clinician, having exhibited and won awards for his and work awards in numerous venues in the Washington, DC metro area. A member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters since 2003, he has studied Art at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA and taken workshops with national well known painters. His work has been featured in The Nature Conservancy Magazine. Dellario holds a Bachelor's degree from King College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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  • Camille Esposito

    Music

    Camille Esposito

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Violist, Camille Esposito, is a 2014 graduate of George Mason University. There she completed a bachelor’s degree in music education and studied viola with Philippe Chao and Dr. Megan Yanik. Camille also served as assistant principle violist of the George Mason Symphony Orchestra and Opera Productions. During the summers, she has attended many summer festivals, including Orfeo Music Festival in Vipitano, Italy and Green Mountain Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. In addition to teaching violin/viola lessons and performing in weddings and other ceremonies through Mason Music productions of George Mason University and String4 of Washington DC, Camille teaches General Music for KIPP DC Public Charter School.

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  • Will Fleishell

    Visual Arts

    Will Fleishell

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2010

    Will is an engraver with the Department of Treasury and can be as precise as that exacting craft can demand-you have seen his handiwork on stamps and currency. That carries over to the incredible and increasingly rare quality of prints he does in his Capitol Hill studio with a 150 year old printing press-itself a work of art. His engravings are, fittingly, of the Rhinelandish, or Dutch, style rather than Italian, and he loves to engrave tiny emblems and portraits of houses. His creations include book plates for Smithsonian exhibits and Oprah's personal seal and bookplates.

    But that's just the beginning. He does figurative life drawing at the Capitol Hill Art League, and paints portraits and landscapes. It is all done very much in traditional styles. He loves the detail, lighting and drama of Baroque art, yet can still reach for the contemplative stillness and dignity of earlier classical periods. Wil graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1983 but has been an artist since birth. It's a way of seeing, and a matter of passion: capturing the visual splendor of everything around us - the visual splendor that is us - reflecting it in ways that no mirror could. (Excerpted from The Hill Rag April 2010, Jim Magner)

    Watch Will on an episode of "History Detectives" here

    Read about Will's role in engraving the new $100 bill in Esquire Magazine

    Watch Will as an engraver at work here.

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  • Kent Gay

    Visual Arts

    Kent Gay

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2010

    Email: kent@chaw.org

    Kent Gay earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture and a M.A. in Applied Design from the University of Minnesota's Graduate School. He has taught classes in design foundations - Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Color. He worked as a museum exhibit designer for 15 years and now teaches the DC Sketchers class. You can see samples of his work at kentgay.com/drawings/

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  • Alicia Gleason

    Creative Writing

    Alicia Gleason

    Department: Creative Writing

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Because her own writing has benefited greatly from other writers’ support and feedback, Alicia believes in the value of the writers’ workshop and the incredible power of an artist community like CHAW.

    When she’s not writing, Alicia is teaching. She has instructed students from age 6 to 60 in English, Literature, History, Creative Writing, and Academic Writing. She has taught in Vietnam, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Alicia finds teaching incredibly energizing and is often in awe of her students’ exceptional writing, keen reading, and insightful classroom discussions. She looks forward to reading your work in one of her classes!

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  • Tyler Grigsby

    Digital Arts, Photography

    Tyler Grigsby

    Department: Digital Arts, Photography

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Website:http://www.tylergrigsby.com

    Tyler Grigsby is an artist, educator and professional photographer from Washington, DC. Tyler's ongoing photography projects focus on documenting community organizing, social justice movements, communities and green spaces in the District.

    From 2013-2015 Tyler worked as a program facilitator at Critical Exposure. There, Tyler supported young people in the use of photography to document their personal experiences in their communities and how to use art as a tool to create the change they wanted to see. Currently, Tyler teaches photography at Two Rivers Public Charter school and facilitates a social justice centered art program at Bell Public High School.

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  • Jen Harris

    Ceramics

    Jen Harris

    Department: Ceramics

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Jen Harris began doing ceramics in high school and rediscovered her passion for the medium as a CHAW student in 2011. Since then she's been a work-study student in the ceramics studio and now teaches the Ceramics I: Basics class. She also dabbles in other art forms, such as watercolor painting and printmaking.

    Jen is originally from Maine and has lived and worked in the DC area since 2007 after graduating with a degree in economics and international relations from Simmons College. She currently works for the Federal government as an economist.

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  • Samantha Hegre

    Music

    Samantha Hegre

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Samantha Hegre began her cello studies at the age of eight in Sacramento, CA. She later earned a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Sacramento where she studied with Andrew Luchansky. She then went on to complete a Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, studying with Jeffrey Solow, Alan Stepansky, and David Hardy.

    Samantha has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and England, as well as in the U.S. She attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill, ME and has played in cello and chamber music master classes with Steven Doane, Mihaly Virizlay, Ronald Copes (of the Juilliard Quartet), the Alexander Quartet, and Seymour Lipkin. She has been a member of indie folk bands The Last Monarchs, and The Echo Wall, as well as performing with alt-folk artist, Zoe Ravenwood.

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  • Ashley Hendrix

    Visual Arts

    Ashley Hendrix

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Ashley Hendrix is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. A painter, she graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Painting, and a Master’s of Art in Teaching, and currently teaches art at an Arlington Public Elementary School. Her medium of choice is oil, and her work is primarily figurative. Her work communicates the beauties of everyday life, and records the significance of actively noticing and appreciating one’s surroundings.

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  • Ignacio Hernandez

    Music

    Ignacio Hernandez

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2011

    Ignacio Hernandez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1983. He studied music at the Escuela de Musica Contemporanea and then continued at the Centro de Altos Estudios Musicales where he graduated. It was during this period that he was influenced by some of the most talented musicians in the argentinean jazz music scene such as “Pollo” Raffo, Ernesto Jodos, Mariano Otero, Esteban Sehinkman, Daniel Piazzolla and Juan Pablo Aredondo to name a few.

    Captivated by jazz, Ignacio began his search to find his own sound in contemporary music. At Berklee College of Music he found his passion for the fusion of jazz and the south american music. Combining rhythms form the Folklore in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and other countries with the harmonic and melodic concepts of jazz he found his sound.

    He graduated from Berklee College of Music summa cum laude from the Jazz Composition department. During this time he received two of the most prestigious awards in this department: The Herb Pomeroy and the Carla Bley awards.

    In 2008 he joined Magda Giannikou’s Mellow Bellow which soon became Banda Magda. He has recorded on their first EP and in 2010 he went to Greece to record the first album soon to be released. On that same year he returned to Greece for their first tour.

    In 2009 he joined the Gregorio Uribe Big Band and performed in very important venues such as Iridium, Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, Prospect Park and Salem Festival to name a few. He participated on the recording of their first single called Caribe Contigo and their first video clip.

    In 2010 he formed Atahualpa Band together with re-known drummer Franco Pinna, singer Sofia Tosello and bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky. The band interprets folkloric music from Argentina and have recorded their first album in New York soon to be released.

    So far Ignacio Hernández has shared stage with some of the most incredible upcoming artists in the world and many more to come.

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  • Clay Hollenkamp

    Ceramics

    Clay Hollenkamp

    Department: Ceramics

    At CHAW Since: 2012

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  • GiGi Holliday

    Dance/Fitness

    GiGi Holliday

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2013

    GiGi Holliday has been dancing ever since her Mom put on a Tina Turner record during Saturday morning chores. Born and raised in Washington D.C. GiGi is trained in Hip hop, Modern, Jazz, Ballet and Burlesque. While she attended Frostburg State University (MD) GiGi was a member of the FSU Modern dance team and the FSU Kittenettes Pom Squad. Not only can she cut a rug on the dance floor, but she is very handy in all things arts and crafts.

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  • Teri Huet

    Visual Arts

    Teri Huet

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Teri Huet, is a knitting instructor with over 40 years of experience. During her years with the federal government and United Nations as a community development specialist, she learned local knitting approaches found around the globe. A native to Washington, DC, Teri returned to the area and dedicated herself to what she loves most...sharing knitting traditions with students of all ages and abilities. She is skilled in teaching both left and right handed knitters, from those whom are curious or intimidated to start on their own to the most advanced students and everyone in between.

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  • Michelle Tang Jackson

    Theater/Performing Arts

    Michelle Tang Jackson

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Michelle Tang Jackson is a performer who also writes and makes music. She has been an arts educator for over a decade, teaching students of many ages at Capitol Hill Day School, The Smithsonian Institute, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Young Playwrights' Theater, Faction of Fools, and Mondavi Center ArtsBridge. She holds a BA in Theatre and a BA in English and Creative Writing from UC Davis. She is currently developing new musical plays for middle school artists.

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  • Nila Kay Jackson

    Music

    Nila Kay Jackson

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Mix the soft vocals of Corinne Bailey Rae, the girlish uptempo of Katy Perry and the electric spunk of Hayley Williams and you'd get Nila Kay. Based in DC- her fun and funky pop rock lights up a variety of local stages such as Velvet Lounge to upscale listening rooms such as The Hamilton.

    Nila is becoming known for her high energy performances and carefully crafted songwriting. One reviewer says "...She showed about as much diversity as possible in her 14 minute 3-song set starting off with a quirky pop/power-pop oddity that had fascinating hooks twisting in and out. Next was a loungier blues and to finish it off, there was a ripping Bo Diddley beat for the final rocker. She is certainly someone to watch if this is any indication of the diverse and creative directions she is capable of."(- DC Rock Live)

    For the past 10​​ years, Nila has also been a guitarist with the band "The Players" --backing band for the annual DC Loves Dilla tribute concert, which has sold out such venues as 9:30 Club and most recently The Howard Theatre.

    When she's not rocking out on stage Nila teaches guitar lessons and conducts songwriting workshops for pre-teen girls. The workshops are focused on fun, inspiration, and building confidence in young girls. As a graduate of Berkleemusic (Master Certificate in Songwriting and Guitar) and George Mason University (BA English) she brings her wealth of writing knowledge and enthusiasm for the craft of songwriting to each workshop.

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  • Gwyn Jones

    Music

    Gwyn Jones

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2011

    Flutist Gwyn Jones, performs as a freelance musician throughout the DC area with a variety of ensembles from classical chamber groups to full orchestras and wind ensembles. She served as principal flute with the Sandy Spring Chamber Orchestra (Atlanta), the American University Symphony, and the Capital Wind Symphony. She has also performed numerous solo recitals since coming to the Washington area and can be seen regularly as part of the Friday Morning Music Club and the Southwest Chamber Players recital series. A versatile musician, Gwyn likesto explore all musical genres, from classical styles and 20th/21stcentury techniques to musical theatre and jazz. Gwyn holds a Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Performance from Florida State University and was a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, where she also conducted the UNT flute choir. She has studied with such noted teachers as Claire Durand Racamato, Charles Delaney, Mary Karen Clardy, and Keith Bryan. She is currently working with acclaimed jazz flutist Ali Ryerson.

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  • Cora Lee Khambatta

    Music

    Cora Lee Khambatta

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 1979

    It has been Cora Lee's lifelong goal to nurture music students and ignite the spark of the music bug so that music can become a cherished part of their lives. She studied piano with Beth Miller Harrod from Julliard, Rio Nardi (Conservatorio de Firenze, Italy), and Claude Gonvierre of Long Island. Cora Lee' s piano students have received scholarships to prestigious piano camps as Vermont's Sonatina and Piano Institute of Ithaca. Her students have placed in the Marriott Piano Competition, Lyons' Music Competiton, NVMTA's Healy/Ford Competition and the National Piano Guild Auditions. She remains the chairperson for National Piano Guild Auditions, which CHAW hosts. She is a past chairperson of the CHAW music department.

    Piano students, as well as Cora Lee's Orff music students, are given many opportunities to perform. Students under her tutelage have performed at state and national conferences including the Kennedy Center, Schlesinger Theatre, Celebrate our Rising Stars-Leaving No Child Behind, Saturday Morning at Helen Hayes Theatre, our government’s OPM and many performances at CHAW. She accompanies her performance groups on the piano.

    Cora Lee has taught General Music in Arlington County Schools, DC Public Schools at John Eaton and MCCS Charter School. Recent awards given to Ms. Khambatta include the 2005 Betty Kreiger Music Teacher of the Year, the 2007 Tenth Annual Elizabeth Campbell Award and the 2015 Music Teacher of Distinction from MusicLink. She earned a Liberal Arts degree with piano performance focus from Grinnell College, a Master of Education from Syracuse University and completed course work for a Masters in Child Drama from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado. Cora Lee received her Orff Schulwerk training in Colorado and George Mason University.

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  • Patrick Kilbride

    Music

    Patrick Kilbride

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Praised for his “sweet tone” and “superbly acted” portrayals, American tenor, Patrick Kilbride, is enjoying a flourishing career, particularly sought-after as an interpreter of Monteverdi, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and Britten.

    He pursued his undergraduate studies in voice at Northwestern University, and his graduate studies in opera at the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Additionally, he was a fellow for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center singing roles under the batons of many musical luminaries including Jane Glover, Tomàš Netopil, and Robert Spano. He has also been a Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival and Victoria Bach Festival.

    Currently residing in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kilbride recently made his professional operatic debut in the United States singing the role of Iro in a new production of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Gilbert Blin and conducted by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. Following his debut in Boston, he studied and performed for two months at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Fellow where he collaborated with many celebrated artist-mentors including Mark Morris, Sanford Sylvan and Dawn Upshaw. While there he made his recital debut in Seiji Ozawa Hall and performed in world premieres, including music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang.

    Other important roles performed and covered include Albert Herring in Albert Herring, Arbace in Idomeneo (Maryland Opera Studio), Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Secondo Soldato/Lucano in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Gomatz in Zaïde, Flute in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aspen Music Festival), Osman in Almira (Boston Early Music Festival), Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, La Discorde in Les arts florissants, and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Northwestern University). In demand as a concert artist, Mr. Kilbride has performed with the Washington Bach Consort and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque.

    As a winner of the 24th International Concours de Chant Centre-Lyrique d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Mr. Kilbride will make his professional operatic debut in Europe singing the role of Damon in a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea in France throughout 2015 and 2016. Upcoming performances include Damon in Acis and Galatea with Théâtre Municipal Montluçon, Opéra Grand Avignon, Opéra Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, Opéra de Rennes and Festival de la Chaise-Dieu as well as soloist appearances with the Washington Bach Consort and the Cathedral Choral Society.

    He was a 2007 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungARTS finalist and winner in classical voice.

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  • Marika Klein

    Dance/Fitness

    Marika Klein

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Marika has a diverse background in music and dance, including piano lessons, orchestra, choir, ballet, gymnastics, and folk dancing. She found a renewed passion for ballet at age eighteen; since then, she studied ballet while at American University and has trained in several studios across DC. When she's not singing and dancing, and sometimes even when she is, Marika spends her days working as a nanny and a doula. A native of Oregon, Marika has lived in DC for eight years and has a deep love for her chosen neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

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  • Marcus Kyd

    Theater/Performing Arts

    Marcus Kyd

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since:

    Marcus Kyd was trained at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC & Emerson College in Boston. He is an actor, musician, and director. As an actor he has been onstage at the Folger Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, Theater J, The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Center Sage, Metro Stage, the Kennedy Center; in the film portion of the acclaimed multi-media opera The Nitrate Hymnal (produced by WPAS & Anti-social Music). Marcus sang and played guitar for The Most Secret Method. The band released a single, and EP, and two full length records & toured extensively through North America and Europe.

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  • Jon Leniz

    Visual Arts

    Jon Leniz

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2013

    My inspirations are broad, but my main study is related to Japanese Zen art called Zenga. It's a spiritual approach in the sense that you try to show or express your spirit, your feeling, the moment. Here, now. Zenga artists are not realists-they don't care too much if they are doing the exact mountain or bamboo; it's more about expressing themselves. I also practice Zen Buddhism-I am a priest. In painting, I like bamboo and orchids. I like the simplicity, which allows for different techniques and expressions of these plants. I like the simple technique that with just a few brushstrokes you can show the art, the flower, the plant, the character. It's very simple. Zenga is more sketchy, like drawing. And there is humor, too. It's playful! That's a good word for it. Sumi-e is the same as calligraphy in the sense that it is something done in the moment, without retouching. As such, it is very different from Western painting, where you can retouch or paint layer over layer until the work is finished. I tend to take more time with my paintings, but the action, in both cases, is immediate.

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  • Sara Leonard

    Creative Writing, Visual Arts

    Sara Leonard

    Department: Creative Writing, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2009

    Sara teaches kindergarten in Prince George's County Public Schools, is an avid photographer, cook, knitter and mother of three.

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  • Cherie Lester

    Visual Arts

    Cherie Lester

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Cherie has been a visual artist in Washington DC for the last 20 years. She studied photography in Atlanta at Southeastern Center for the Arts and mixed-media, abstract art and collage at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She's exhibited her work at art shows all over the country, in galleries, corporate settings and was a long-time exhibitor at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. Over the years, Cherie has earned several awards for her fine art photography as well as creating commissions for Texas Instruments, Hilton Hotel (Dupont Circle), The Discovery Channel and Columbia Magazine, to name a few.

    Cherie encourages fun and experimentation when it comes to creating art, often including found objects, unusual ephemera and recycled materials in finished works. In addition to her passion for all things visual, Cherie is a devoted practitioner of nutrition and wellness in the Washington DC area. She lives in Woodley Park and in her free time enjoys exploring Farmers Markets, jogging and spending time with her family in Lewes, DE.

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  • Michael Lindsay

    Music

    Michael Lindsay

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2017

    Michael Lindsay is a professional drummer and pianist new to D.C. from Los Angeles. He has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California and has 17 years of experience helping people make music a more significant part of their lives.
    Michael is known as a warm, patient, and thoughtful teacher and many of his students find themselves learning as much about life as they learn about music. Michael's own life has been shaped significantly by music: from studying with world-class musicians like Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, and Russell Ferrante, to working with artists such as Andy Grammer, Pat Metheny, Ramsey Lewis, and Christina Aguilera, to being mentored by many generous people who are not household names but who have been world-changers nonetheless. Michael strives to relate musical study to daily life and, with devotion and sensitivity, guides his students to a place where music making is joyful and meaningful.
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  • Joey Mánlapaz

    Visual Arts

    Joey Mánlapaz

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: Fall 2015

    Website:www.joeymanlapaz.com

    Professor of Art, Corcoran School of Art & Design at GWU (www.joeymanlapaz.com)

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  • Lola Laura Maravilla

    Dance/Fitness, Theater/Performing Arts

    Lola Laura Maravilla

    Department: Dance/Fitness, Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2011

    Lola (Laura Maravilla) has danced all her life. Her training and professional experience began with ballet and jazz and has since included other dance styles - hip hop, belly dance, salsa, ballroom and burlesque. She has studied ballet with many renowned teachers in Los Angeles and New York.

    Lola has performed and taught all over the world - including Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and France. She has become quite popular as a Zumba teacher - both in person and on YouTube.

    In addition to her work as a dancer and choreographer, Lola has over 20 years experience as a dance educator in the private and public arenas all over the country. She holds a Master's degree in Education from Springfield College.

    Photo Credit: Leslie Mansour

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  • Carolina Mayorga

    Visual Arts

    Carolina Mayorga

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2004

    Website:http://www.carolinamayorga.com

    Carolina Mayorga has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. Her work is part of national and international collections and has been reviewed in various publications in Colombia, Sweden, Spain and the United States including the Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, The Baltimore City Paper, The Boston Globe, and Kuriren, Lulea, Sweden among others. Mayorga received a BFA in Art and Textiles in Bogotá, Colombia and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas. She has been a CHAW faculty since 2004 where she teaches drawing and three-dimensional media for children and adults.

    Photo Credit: Lloyd Wolf

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  • Caitriona McEniry

    Music

    Caitriona McEniry

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2012

    Caitríona McEniry-Roschke hails from Donegal, Ireland where she is highly respected as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and conductor. Caitríona has performed at many music festivals throughout Ireland and Europe and has won numerous prestigious awards and scholarships. A former student of Réamonn Keary at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Caitríona holds a first class honors degree in music, specializing in piano performance and ethnomusicology, and a Masters in Performance and Musicology from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, as well as diplomas in teaching and performance. In addition, she recently completed a Masters in Community Music from the University of York in the United Kingdom. She has over 14 years experience teaching and lecturing in music schools and third-level institutions in Ireland as well as facilitating music workshops throughout Ireland, UK and West Africa. Caitríona holds an advanced certificate in choral conducting and has conducted Dundalk Institute of Technology Chamber Orchestra, Ceol Oirghialla Choir (150 voices) and Ceol Oirghialla Music Theatre productions since 2006. Recent choral performances include Handel's Messiah, Carissimi's Jephte, Monteverdi's Beatus Vir, Vaughan William's Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Fauré's Requiem. Annual musical theatre/opera productions include Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers and Offenbach's La Belle Hélène. Caitríona has also directed children's choirs and musical productions including performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver and Annie.

    Having recently relocated to DC, Caitríona has taken a Teaching Artist position at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, runs the children's music program at Church of the Reformation in DC, and freelances as a conductor, pianist and organist.

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  • Fabio Melo

    Dance/Fitness

    Fabio Melo

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Over the course of his 13 - year career teaching in the Washington, DC area, Fabio Melo has developed and facilitated a dynamic Capoeria Angola curriculum for students of all ages.  This unique art form is a hybrid of dance and martial arts born of Afro-Brazilian culture that emphasizes community values as well as cultural, physical and mental awareness.  He studied under renown Capoeria Angola master, Mestre Cobra Mansa, for over 22 years and has served as Head Instructor of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation in Washington, DC since 2003.  He has also held teaching positions at George Washington University and KIPP DC.

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  • Kendall Milano

    Ceramics

    Kendall Milano

    Department: Ceramics

    At CHAW Since: 2013

    Kendall began creating ceramic pieces at an early age while attending a summer camp in North Carolina. In high school, she pursued ceramics more seriously by taking night classes at Southern Methodist University. Kendall received her BA in Art with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. While at Furman, she apprenticed under many potters including Jay Owens, Bob Chance, and David Vorhees. Kendall enjoys making functional pottery as well as wheel thrown sculptures and wall pieces.

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  • Stephanie Morse

    Visual Arts

    Stephanie Morse

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Email: smorse@chaw.org

    Stephanie graduated with a BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan for Fine Arts and Art History. She has been a Teaching Artist at CHAW since moving into the district in 2015. Her classes include everything from drawing to sculpture to printmaking. An artist in her own right, her work has been selected and featured in juried art shows across the country with the latest one in our very own Eastern Market. Stephanie is also actively involved in the local arts community by freelancing and advocating for arts education and funding. Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of CHAW’s team!

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  • Nora Müeller

    Visual Arts

    Nora Müeller

    Department: Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2010

    Nora has taught art in museums, schools, camps, and colleges in DC for the past six years. She recently earned her master's in teaching art from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. There is simply nothing more enjoyable than creating imagination inspired objects! Nora enjoys laughter and art and is always happy to share these joys with the artists and community at CHAW!

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  • Christie Neptune

    Photography

    Christie Neptune

    Department: Photography

    At CHAW Since:

    Bio coming soon!

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  • Keyla Orozco

    Music

    Keyla Orozco

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Cuban-Dutch composer/pianist Keyla Orozco established herself in The Netherlands as an independent artist since 1996. She is currently living in the US (Washington DC), and sharing her professional career between the two countries. Her compositional work has been awarded with the Guggenheim, the Cintas and the MacDowell Residence Fellowships, among others. She has received numerous commissions to write for outstanding international ensembles and soloists. She graduated in Piano at the National School of the Arts (ENA) and in Composition at the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA), both in Havana. Later, she followed advanced composition studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Conservatory of Amsterdam.

    Orozco is currently a music faculty at Washington International School, and she has recently served as a Composer in Residence at Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. She is focused on children’s music education, directed to develop creativity and broaden musical skills. Besides having her own studio for many years she has been teaching at institutions such as Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, Conservatory of Amsterdam, and The British School in The Netherlands. She has led master classes and lectures and workshops at Universities, Conservatories and events around the world.

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  • Liz Paul

    Creative Writing

    Liz Paul

    Department: Creative Writing

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Liz Paul is a teacher of creative writing and a lifelong learner passionate about education. She earned her BA at The Evergreen State College where she enjoyed the interdisciplinary curriculum, student-driven discussions, and narrative evaluation system. She has an MA in English from the University of Virginia where she participated in the American Studies program and is currently earning an MFA in creative writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Liz
    was a writer for the Library of Congress's educational website, The Learning Page, and taught college writing and English for six and a half years. She served for two years as a Peace Corps education volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.

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  • Joshua Reynolds

    Music

    Joshua Reynolds

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    R. Joshua Reynolds is a young man with a true passion for music. He began seriously singing in the 6th grade as a member of the world-renown Boys Choir of Harlem. After leaving the choir, he studied privately in middle and high school leading up to his tenure as a Vocal Performance major at Boston University. There he studied with Maria Spacagna and Simon Estes. After graduation, Reynolds began to perform in various concerts and ensembles including membership in the New England Spiritual Ensemble, a soloist with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, as well as church soloist positions most recently with the Trinity Episcopal Church in NW DC. In addition to performing, Reynolds has taught music in various capacities conducting choirs, ensembles, a capella groups and general music education. He is excited to join the CHAW community to help further other's vocal capabilities!

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  • Elizabeth Rubando

    Ceramics

    Elizabeth Rubando

    Department: Ceramics

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Email: lrubando@chaw.org

    Liz Rubando moved to DC from Lexington, Kentucky in 2014. She studied Art Education and Ceramics at the University of Kentucky and has worked as a teaching artist for CHAW since moving to the area. In her own work and when teaching, Liz encourages the freedom and awareness of process and creation.  Passionate about sharing her love of the arts and education, Liz is enthusiastic to be taking on this new role as Development and Marketing Associate and promoting CHAW within our Community!   

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  • Christine Rushton

    Music

    Christine Rushton

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Performing, teaching, reporting, filming, editing and photographing, Christine has trained experience as a musician and journalist. She started cultivating her passions as a pianist, flutist and writer growing up in Covington, Wash. She now shares her knowledge as an instructor on Capitol Hill and a reporter for the Hill Rag newspaper.
    Christine holds a M.A. in Journalism from Syracuse University and two bachelor's degrees in Music Performance on Flute and Journalism from Washington State University (WSU). She has taught both beginning and intermediate flute and piano students. Her previous students have successfully performed in state solo competitions and won first place in regional categories.
    Christine’s own performance experience comes from leading flute sections as principal flute and piccolo for the WSU Symphony Orchestra, WSU Flute Choir, WSU Wind Ensemble, Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra and small ensembles. She also have a background in piano performance as a classical and jazz pianist.
    To understand other cultures, she has traveled to the West Bank, Cuba and Guatemala as a photographer and reporter writing about social challenges and conflict-affected communities. She carries her music wherever she goes and shares the universal language with the people she meets and her students when she returns.

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  • Dale Scherfling

    Photography

    Dale Scherfling

    Department: Photography

    At CHAW Since:

    Website:http://about.me/dalescherfling

    Former wire service and news photographer, retired U.S. Navy Photojournalist and longtime photo instructor; graduate of San Diego State University, American International University and Cleveland's Cooper School of Art in Photography

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  • Steven Schwarz

    Music

    Steven Schwarz

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Website:https://www.facebook.com/StevenSchwarzPianist

    Pianist Steven Schwarz completed a Master of Music in Piano Performance at SDSU in 2012, as a student of Karen Follingstad. He was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student prize in music performance at the SDSU School of Music and Dance that year.

    Mr. Schwarz just completed a rewarding academic year (2013-2014) of re-engagement with the SDSU School of Music and Dance as a Lecturer in Piano and Resident Artist in Collaborative Piano. For his residency, he produced, and performed in, a series of seven recitals entitled "The Collaborative Keyboard", appearing with violinist Isaac Allen, soprano Jennifer Wu, cellist Alex Greenbaum, flutists Lori Bell and Pamela Vliek Martchev, saxophonist Todd Rewoldt, and pianist Karen Follingstad.

    Mr. Schwarz is an active and dedicated chamber player, taking part in workshops and festivals such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, the AlpenKammerMusik Chamber Music Festival in Austria, and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy. He has shared the stage in recent years with such international artists as violinist Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, cellist Tonio Henkel, and clarinetist Chad Burrow, and has appeared locally on several occasions with the Hausmann Quartet. Mr. Schwarz also vigorously pursues collaborative piano engagements, and especially enjoys assisting emerging instrumental and vocal artists with their recitals and auditions.

    Mr. Schwarz relishes rescuing overlooked solo piano works. He has performed neglected sonatas of Nikolai Medtner, forgotten barcarolles of Gabriel Fauré, and Yannis Constantinidis's little-known masterpiece from the piano pedagogy repertoire, Greek Miniatures. Mr. Schwarz is also keen to develop thematic programs, whether motivated by serious musical inquiry or a joyful sense of musical child's play. In a series of lecture-recitals at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences in Spring 2008, he examined three composers who re-invented themselves musically around the turn of the 20th century. For his 2012 Master's Recital, entitled Skipping a Stone, Mr. Schwarz "sampled" the piano repertoire, presenting a sequence of four masterpieces with composition dates evenly spaced, 90 years apart.

    In addition to his music degree, Mr. Schwarz holds a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University (1977), and an MS and PhD in Mathematics from The University of Chicago (1978 and 1982). He spent the 1982-1983 academic year at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science on an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, and taught Mathematics and Computer Science at Tufts University (1983-1986). During 1986-2013, Mr. Schwarz has worked as a software engineer and consultant, operating his own software services business from 2003 through 2011. After spending the 2013-2014 academic year at the SDSU School of Music and Dance, he is delighted to have relocated to Washington DC, where he teaches and performs freelance and at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW).

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  • Ashley Scott

    Music

    Ashley Scott

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2007

    Email: LittleStepsMusic@gmail.com

    Website:http://littlestepsmusic.com/

    Ashley Herron Scott is the founder and managing partner of Little Steps Music. She holds an M.A. degree in music therapy from New York University, where the subject of her master’s thesis was sensory integration dysfunction and its treatment through music therapy. She also holds a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington. While in graduate school, Ashley completed internships at Step By Step Child Developmental Center and Downstate Medical Hospital in Brooklyn, specializing in early intervention for toddlers with developmental delays. After graduating from NYU and becoming board-certified in music therapy, Ashley successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Training Workshop, developed by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. There she became a licensed director of Music Together, an internationally-based music education program for young children. Ashley has been leading Music Together classes in the Washington, DC area since 1996. When she's not teaching infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families how to love music, Ashley conducts a private practice in music therapy in Arlington, Virginia, where she treats children with developmental delays, specializing in those on the autism spectrum. She spends any of her free time singing and dancing with her two young children, and volunteering in many musical capacities at her church.

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  • Joanne Seelig

    Theater/Performing Arts

    Joanne Seelig

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2008

    Joanne Seelig has been teaching theater with Capitol Hill Arts Workshop since 2008. She is currently the Director of Education at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. She has been an arts educator for 12 years in a variety of settings including museums, theaters, juvenile detention centers, public schools, and after school programs. She has served as a grants panelist for the US Department of Education, Association of Children's Museums, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has a BA in theater from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard. In her free time Joanne plays on a DC trivia team!

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  • Hannah Sternberg

    Creative Writing

    Hannah Sternberg

    Department: Creative Writing

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Hannah Sternberg is a published novelist and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in many outlets, including Dear Wendy, Thought Catalog, Happy Mindful People, and PJ Lifestyle. Her first book, Queens of All the Earth, was published by Bancroft Press in 2011, and was praised by Kirkus Reviews as "modern and exuberant." Her second novel, Bulfinch, was released in August 2014.

    Hannah lives and works in Washington, DC. In 2009, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a major in Film and Media Studies and a minor in Writing Seminars. She has worked for several years in the book business as an editor and marketing director for major publishers. In 2010, she co-founded a boutique publisher of genre fiction, Istoria Books, with her parents. She is represented by Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.

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  • Briana Stuart

    Dance/Fitness

    Briana Stuart

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Briana Stuart received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2013. She has worked with and performed works by choreographers such as Lindsey Merchant, Jakari Sherman, Melissa Beck, Germaul Barnes, Jessica Fogel, Christopher Huggins, Sarah Ewing, Shen Wei and Dianne McIntyre. Briana has performed and taught, nationally and internationally with StepAfrika!, the worlds first dance company dedicated to the art form of stepping, and modern dance company SJEwing & Dancers at numerous colleges/universities,  Washington DC's City Rhythms Festival, Catholic Universities Hartke Theater, the Velocity DC Festival, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as well as many others. She was invited to perform a contemporary modern dance solo in Dance Place's 2014 New Releases Choreographers Showcase and Joy of Motions 2014 Dance Project Showcase. Most recently, she served as the assistant choreographer on the American Theater’s Company’s production of The Project(s) in Chicago, IL, rated 4 stars by the Chicago Tribune. Currently, she is teaching, performing and choreographing in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Her teaching experience ranges from working with young adults at Catholic University and the University of Michigan Dance Department, as well as incarcerated youth, and students ranging from pre-kindergarten and older in all styles such step, hip hop, jazz, modern, and ballet.  

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  • Melisa Sturman

    Ceramics

    Melisa Sturman

    Department: Ceramics

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Melisa is an outgoing Minnesotan with a quirky sense of humor who loves to laugh.  Her playful nature is balanced with a serious love of beauty and creating.   She is known to make her friends stop walking and say, "Look at that color!" Her excitement is contagious and uplifting.  Melisa is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is studying fine arts with a specific emphasis on drawing, painting, and ceramics.

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  • Carrie Bean Stute

    Music

    Carrie Bean Stute

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Cellist Carrie Bean Stute’s musical endeavors cover the span of solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. She joined "The President's Own" Marine Chamber Orchestra in 2014 and performs regularly at the White House, State Department, and in public concert settings throughout the DC metro area, including her role as co-artistic director of the Chiarina Chamber Players in DC. Carrie has performed as soloist with the Florida Orchestra and the Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra of Cleveland. She appeared at the Norfolk and Sarasota chamber music festivals, and performed throughout New York City in such notable venues as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the 92nd St. Y, and Le Poisson Rouge. Carrie was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, and was recipient of orchestral fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, England.

    Carrie joined the string faculty at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in 2015 and serves as a cello and chamber music coach with the DC Youth Orchestra Program. She has also taught at Queens College and the Harlem Opus 118 School, both in New York, and for the National Youth Orchestra of Honduras as a part of an arts teaching initiative sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. Carrie holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies through a fellowship at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. Her primary teachers include Steven Doane and Janos Starker.

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  • Eileen Sullivan

    Photography, Visual Arts

    Eileen Sullivan

    Department: Photography, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2013

    Eileen's love of art began in Brazil where her family lived when she was in high school. It was there that Eileen had her first solo art exhibition of paintings and photographs. She then went to study Studio Art and Photography at Hollins University in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This led her to continuing her studies in Cortona, Italy, where she discovered a love of art education while teaching bookmaking to local Italian children.Eileen has returned to Hollins University to pursue work in Children's Book Illustration. In addition to her illustration work, Eileen teaches at CHAW and in the National Portrait Gallery's education center.

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  • Laura Vucci

    Dance/Fitness

    Laura Vucci

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2013

    Laura Vucci began her dance career at the young age of 3. Ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe quickly became part of her daily life through high school. Though she received her BS degree in Mass Communications, her minor degree was Dance from Frostburg State University. After college Laura performed for three years as a professional NFL cheerleader with the Washington Redskins while working full time in healthcare Marketing.

    She started assistant teaching dance classes when she was 14 and eventually took on her own group and solo classes for several years after college. In addition, she helped coach the Junior Washington Redskins Cheerleaders for three years after she hung up her own pom poms.

    In 2012 she decided to leave her full time Marketing career and stay home with her two young daughters. Her passion for dance has never weakened. Both daughters, ages 4 and 2 and a half, have the same love for dance as their mama. Laura is excited to share her knowledge and love of dance with your little ones.

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  • Lindsey S. Walter

    Ceramics, Visual Arts

    Lindsey S. Walter

    Department: Ceramics, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2010

    Email: lwalter@chaw.org

    Website:http://www.lindseywalter.com

    Lindsey began her material exploration at a young age, from mud pies to glue sticks to any craft station she could get her hands in. She began delving seriously into ceramics in high school, during which time she received awards at numerous regional and state art competitions. She went on to earn her BA in Studio Art at Grinnell College, Iowa, where she focused primarily on paper sculpture, printmaking, and other disciplines allowing her to combine three- and two-dimensional art forms. Lindsey then began work at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC, a non-profit art center providing all-ages and cross-disciplinary classes. She is currently the Ceramics Department Chair, teaches several classes, and serves as Webmaster and Data Manager for the workshop.

    A self-avowed space, math, and technology geek, Lindsey believes in using art as an interdisciplinary educational tool and enjoys exploring with her students the intersections between arts and sciences.  Her classes center around creative exploration and experimentation, giving students of all ages the tools to create and problem-solve. In addition to ceramics, Lindsey practices printmaking, drawing, painting, and glass sculpture.

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  • Brian Washington

    Theater/Performing Arts, Visual Arts

    Brian Washington

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2009

    Email: bwashington@chaw.org

    Brian Washington is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He fell in love with the arts while attending Milton Hershey School (MHS) in Hershey, PA, where he participated in Theatre, marching & jazz band, various singing groups, the handbell choir, and of course basketball! After matriculating through MHS, Brian found his way to Washington, DC, where he attended Howard University to study acting. His strong passion for teaching and working with youth soon led him to explore a career in education. After earning his BFA in Theatre Education, Brian was fortunate enough to work with such arts organizations as The Washington Youth Choir, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and THEARC, before finding a home with CHAW. As Education Coordinator, Brian is most appreciative that he is able to work with young artists everyday by way CHAW’s mission of building community through the arts!

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  • Jonathan Weiner

    Photography

    Jonathan Weiner

    Department: Photography

    At CHAW Since:

    Bio coming soon!

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  • Caitlin Wesaw

    Theater/Performing Arts, Visual Arts

    Caitlin Wesaw

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts, Visual Arts

    At CHAW Since: 2016

    Caitlin Wesaw has been active in the community since coming to Capitol Hill nine years ago, bringing music and art to children of all ages. She is passionate about introducing young children to the arts and encouraging creativity everyday.  She believes in fostering collaboration between parents and their children, both in the classroom and at home.

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  • Rebecca Westcott

    Dance/Fitness

    Rebecca Westcott

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2014

    Email: rwestcott1002@gmail.com

    Website:http://jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-washington-dc-se-chaw

    Instructor Rebecca Westcott started taking Jazzercise classes in 1980 in northern Virginia. In 1989, while working in Hawaii for a defense contractor, she decided to became a certified instructor. She taught in Hawaii for four years and has been teaching in the DC area since 1993. She currently teaches at CHAW, Hill Center, and at Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN) in Anacostia. Rebecca has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and is a Systems Engineer. She also dances salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha. Rebecca was a member of an all ladies dance troupe, "Las Mambo Mamis", 1999-2010. She has performed locally, in LA, NY, Atlanta, London, and Frankfurt. She enjoys sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and playing poker.

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  • Heather Whyte

    Dance/Fitness

    Heather Whyte

    Department: Dance/Fitness

    At CHAW Since: 2003

    A Dance Metro DC finalist for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, Heather Whyte has been dancing for forty years and loving every minute of it. The rhythm of tap in her feet began with dancing and performing in New York with tap dancer Ed Collins. Her career in ballet included studying with Danish American ballerina Annie Galle and being a member of the Mid Hudson Ballet training company at the Estelle & Alfonso Dance Academy.

    Heather also teaches adult ballet at the St. Mark's Dance Studio on Capitol Hill where she danced with the company for six years, including a performance tour in the Czech Republic in 1994. Her choreography has been performed by CHAW"s 7th Street Tappers/ Broadway Boomers and St. Mark's Dance Company for audiences overseas and here in the Washington, DC area.

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  • Chris Wilson

    Theater/Performing Arts

    Chris Wilson

    Department: Theater/Performing Arts

    At CHAW Since:

    Chris Wilson is the Production Coordinator and Company Member for Only Make Believe. Outside of the organization, he is also an Arts Educator and Actor in the D.C. area. Chris has taught for The Bullis School; Summer Programs for five consecutive years. There, he created a trio of courses that included puppetry, improvisation, and fundamentals of acting. Chris directs and writes the annual spring play at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, VA. He typically takes a process-based approached to his instruction, focusing on the ideas of children and forming them into a devised work. Chris is also a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and has performed with several local professional theatre's including; Imagination Stage, Ford's Theatre, Round House Theatre, Folger Theatre, and The Kennedy Center; Theatre for Young Audiences. In his spare time, he is a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards, which supports local professional theaters. Chris graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. with a B.A. in Theater Performance.

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  • Megan Yanik

    Music

    Megan Yanik

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2011

    Violist Dr. Megan Fergusson Yanik enjoys a multifaceted career as both a performer and teacher. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Richmond Symphony. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with Ida Kavafian, Andres Cardenes, Mack McCray, Paul Katz, Yang Wei of the Silk Road Ensemble, percussionist Joe Gramley, and performed on numerous occasions with the Michigan Chamber Players presented by University Musical Society (UMS) and National Public Radio. Her festival appearances have included the American-Romanian festival, Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen, Spoleto USA, and Blossom. She has won prizes in several competitions, including first prize in the National ASTA solo competition.
    Dr. Yanik’s educational outreach has included teaching for the Young Audiences program “Bring Back the Music” (Dorchester, MA) and consulting for NPR’s “From the Top”. Dedicated to the education of young people, she also has taught at the Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA) and served as faculty at New England Music Camp, Phoenixfest!, and the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy.
    Dr. Yanik holds degrees in viola performance from Rice University (BM), the New England Conservatory (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA), where her teachers have included Karen Ritscher, James Dunham, Martha Katz and Yizhak Schotten. She received her Suzuki training from Ronda Cole. Formerly on faculty at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Yanik currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, saxophonist Jonathan Yanik, and lab-terrier mix Hannah. She will teach and perform this summer at the Wintergreen Performing Arts festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • Christina Young

    Music

    Christina Young

    Department: Music

    At CHAW Since: 2015

    Email: cyoung@chaw.org

    Christina Young is a harpist, pianist, and music educator based in Washington, DC. Christina began her musical career with private piano lessons at age 7. Though her love for the piano continued to grow, she soon discovered the harp. Enchanted by the instrument's clear ringing tones and unique character, she added harp lessons to her musical studies. She received her Bachelor of Music in 2013 from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. As a student of Elizabeth Cifani, former Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, she performed regularly with the university's Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. An advocate of harp chamber music, Mrs. Young collaborated frequently with diverse ensembles ranging from wind quintets to solo vocalists. Upon graduation, she joined the Minnesota Orchestra's Education and Community Engagement Department to assist with redeveloping their Young People's concerts and community outreach events. In 2015, Christina relocated to the DC area with her husband, David, a bassoonist in "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. Christina believes that everyone benefits from exposure to classical music and she strives to instill a lifelong love for music in each of her students

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