About the Artists & Educators 20011 / 2012

Greg Adamson
Christine Angeli
Veronica Moody Anderson
Arias Collins
Chelsea Davis
Rosina Didyk
Kyle Dykes
Dawn Dyson
Kathryn Farquhar-Ayeh
Coley Fisher
Katherine England
Bryan Green
Janell Hunt
Dale Jones
Marsha Judd
Brian Kohl
Kimberly Patten
Dawn Dyson Platero
Sari Rose Poll
Linda King Pruitt
Ashley Rickman
Cynthia Ryanen
Wilfried Souly
Istvan Szabo
Julia Thomas
Melanie Vogel
Brandon Eddy Wade
Chris Williams
Cynthia Wilson

Craigi AdamsonCellist Greg Adamson has taught in Fullerton's All the Arts for All the Kids program for ten years.  In 2008, he was the only music teacher in Orange County to receive the "Honor an Educator" award from the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton.  Mr. Adamson is also on the faculty at the St. Paul Academy of the Arts, and sits on the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation's Board of Directors. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Concordia University and Azusa Pacific University. He is a certified Orff-Schulwerk educator through Chapman University. In great demand as a performing cellist, Mr. Adamson was awarded the Principal Cello position in the Mozart Classical Orchestra in 2008.  He is also the Associate Principal Cellist of the San Bernardino Symphony.  He has performed with the Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Ballet, Redlands Symphony, Redlands Bowl Summer Festival (Assistant Principle Cello), Burbank Chamber Orchestra, Hutchins Consort, Riverside Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Ballet, Pasadena Pops. He has toured and recorded internationally with such luminaries as James Galway, James Taylor, Elton John, The Who, Rod Stewart, Guns 'n Roses, Burt Bacherach, Michael Crawford, Shirley Bassey, John Williams, Roger Williams, Yo Yo Ma. (back to top) Click for feature on Greg

Christine Angeli has been teaching a variety of art classes to both adults and children for over 25 years. She also teaches on cruises ships and was a regular guest HGTV for 6 years. She has published more than 12 art books and 50 articles on a variety of subjects including floral design, candle making and rubber stamping. She currently teaches an Art Integration for the Graduate Department at Whittier College and designs curriculum for Princess Cruise Lines.Christine is a longtime resident of Fullerton and has had 3 children in the Fullerton School District. For more information on Christine, you can visit her website atwww.craftwithme.com.(back to top)

Veronica Moody Anderson has her B.A. in Art with emphasis in teaching, along with a B.A. in Theatre. In addition to teaching for All the Arts for All the Kids, for the past five years she has taught 3-D art at the Art Camp through the Fullerton Foundation at California State University Fullerton. Through Veronica’s many travels around the world as a hand courier, she has collected folk arts and project ideas from 15 different countries! As a member of multiple galleries, there are frequent showings of her artwork, which include watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, etchings, and tole painting. There are four murals for public viewing in the LA area and Veronica has had numerous artwork credited on T.V. and film. (back to top)

Arias CollinsArias Collins has a BA in Art, with a minor in Psychology, as well as her California Teacher's Credential. She teaches Three Dimensional Design at Orange County High School of the Arts, was an Arts Coordinator for the city of Fullerton, and is pleased to be a Visual Arts Teacher for All the Arts for All the Kids. Her latest passion has been threading her needle and stitching hats, stuffed owl pillows, and quilted purses to sell and trade at local craft fairs. (back to top)

Chelsea Davis earned her Bachelor's degree from Chapman University in music therapy, and has completed her music therapy clinical training at MusicWorx of California in San Diego. She is also a co-owner of a drum circle facilitation company for private and corporate events. Chelsea is a singer\songwriter and is currently recording her first album. Chelsea found a true love in teaching, and enjoys providing kids with hands-on musical experiences, including percussion ensembles, singing, songwriting, and recording!  (back to top)

Dyson-DidykRosina Didyk has performed as a soloist for AMAN Folk Ensemble, Karpatok Hungarian Folk Ensemble, Viviane’s Egyptian Dance Theater and toured internationally with The Brigham Young University Folk Ensemble and Collage Dance of Boston. She has toured independently, as well, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Turkey and Macedonia. In addition, Ms Didyk was the Artistic Director of AMAN from 1998 until it closed its doors in 2004. She has been teaching folk dance in Southern California schools for 18 years.  Now, as a founding member of the Aman Dance Educators, she is exploring new ways to share these dances, incorporating creative components that allow students to more deeply understand these traditions by re-creating them for themselves. (back to top)

Kyle DykesKyle Dykes is a visual artist specializing in photography and cinematography. Originally from Oregon, Kyle has gradually found his place in the California sun. He holds a degree from Chapman University in Film production with a minor in photography and continues to expand his skills working on set and in the stuido. Always learning, Kyle continues to explore new visual styles and approaches to telling a story. He now learns more from the students he teaches through Fullerton School District's All the Arts program than he did during his four years of film school. Kids are naturally visual thinkers. Their eyes see beyond reality and their imaginations create masterpieces.Kyle hopes to continue working creatively and watch the Arts program grow to it's fullest potential. (back to top)

Kathryn Farquhar-Ayehhas a M.F.A. from U.C. Irvine. Since 1974, she has been active in elementary schools systems, as a dance instructor as well as a classroom teacher. She also has performed professionally as a choreographer, artistic director and dance concert instructor for children and adults in Los Angeles, Orange County, Davis, Malawi (East Africa) and Ghana (West Africa). She enjoys teaching the arts and dance to children and adults. (back to top)

Coley Fisher is an experienced classroom teacher with an extensive theatre background including professional stage and film credits.  A published arts-based curriculum author, Coley has spent years as a drama resource teacher, seminar speaker, director, scriptwriter, and performer.  Teaching life skills through theatre based integrated thematic units is Coley’s passion.  She had spent years creating and producing original children’s productions and considers it a privilege to spark a child’s creativity. (back to top)

Dyson-DidykDawn Dyson is in her fourteenth season with the All the Arts program. Dawn was a dancer and educator with the AMAN Folk Ensemble for ten years, performing and teaching folk dance to children within the Los Angeles area and across the nation until the company’s closure in 2004. She has a degree in Dance Performance with a minor in Educational Dance from Ball State University. Originally from Indiana, Dawn moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dance career. (back to top)

Katherine EnglandKatherine England is a muralist as well as an art teacher extraordinaire. Though born in Hawaii she was lucky to be raised a child of the '60's near San Francisco. The colors and movement in art during this decade profoundly influenced her as a youth and show up as such in her art. Her favorite medium right now is glass and she loves breaking, nipping, melting it and coaxing into playful patterns and whimsical figures. Her largest mosaic piece is 40' by 8' but she also enjoys playing with tinier pieces. To see her work check out katherineengland.com (back to top)

Bryan Green

 

Bryan Green is an improviser who has work for many years with high school arts programs through Comedy Sportz. He is currently a character on The High, an improvised teen soap.  He is a member of the 2005 National Comedy League tournament champions, and was a founding member of the long-form group Ninja Vanish. (back to top)

Janell Hunt is relatively new to All the Arts for All the Kids, but is no stranger to the classroom. She grew up in Oregon among a family of administrators and educators. Over the years, Janell has worked as a substitute, para-educator, classroom volunteer, and tutor. She has years of experience teaching private music lessons to students of all ages. Her passion and pursuit of music drove her to get a certificate in Vocal Performance. Janell writes and records jingles, songs and does voiceovers as well as singing many genres of music including worship, bluegrass, musicals and jazz. (back to top)

Dalel Jones
Dale Jones has worked with children’s theater since 1985 and with All the Arts for All the Kids since 1998. He has performed at Knott’s Berry Farm, at various civic light operas and dinner theaters, and in the European tour of the musical “Fame.” He was actor and manager for the Imagination Company, a touring children’s theater group, for 12 years. Dale directs a complete musical production each year for the students of Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach. (back to top)

Marsha Judd is an internationally exhibiting artist who has taught children and adults for nearly two decades. Ms. Judd is also an instructor in art education and ceramics at California State University, Fullerton. (back to top)

Brian Kohl holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Animation and Ceramics, as well as a Master of Fine Art in Ceramics. He has created numerous film projects, including two ceramic documentary/instructional films. In addition to working as a film artist/educator on the Arts LAB, Brian is also a professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. In Brian’s (very minimal) spare time he is the Podcast Director/Host for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and a member of the Green Task Force of NCECA. (back to top)

John-Paul Lewis has been an upright bass player for 20 years and has played in several professional orchestras. He has also played the electric bass for fifteen years playing contemporary religious music. Singing has provided him added joy as he has sung with Opera Pacific in the Orange County Performing Arts Center in such Operas as “The Elixir of Love,” “Susanna,” “Carmen,” and “Aida,” as well as singing solo performances with the Yorba Linda Symphony. He has also played with OCMCO orchestra at Segerstrom Hall as a double bassist. (back to top)

Kimberly Patten has been with All the Arts for All the Kids since 2000. Kim comes to us with education in Acting and Psychology and a wealth of teaching experience as an artist/educator on the Arts LAB. Kim’s many talents and abilities offer a unique experience for the kids of Fullerton School District and she enthusiastically imparts her love of the arts, life, and creativity to those she teaches. back to top)

Dawn Dyson Platero is in her fifteenth season with the All the Arts for All the Kids program.  Dawn was a dancer and educator with the AMAN Folk Ensemble for ten years, performing and teaching folk dance to children within the Los Angeles area and across the nation until the company’s closure in 2004.  She has a degree in Dance Performance with a minor in Educational Dance from Ball State University. back to top)

Sari Rose Poll received her B.F.A. in Drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is dedicated to bringing expression through the arts to kids and young adults.  She teaches and creates lyric-writing, improv/theatre, and musical theatre curriculum through different organizations such as Reprise, The Johnny Mercer Foundation, and All the Arts for All the Kids.  Most recently, she designed the curriculum for Reprise and ASCAP’s lyric-writing program “Free Style” and was Associate Director on the production at the Ford Amphitheatre.  She is currently acting as Education Manager for Reprise and continues as West Coast and National Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist for The Johnny Mercer Foundation where she teaches throughout low-income communities around the country.  When Sari is not teaching, some of her performing credits include--Annie Get Your Gun (Annie), The Wild Party, The Pajama Game (Babe), Fallen Angel (NYFringe Festival Winner), new works with ANMT and has guest-starred on Ed (NBC), The Awkward Stage, Wolves, and performed in a cabaret for BRAVO. back to top)

Linda King PruittLinda King Pruitt has taught theatre skills with Fullerton?s All the Arts for All the Kids since 1996. As a storyteller and a storyteacher, Linda has performed and taught storytelling workshops across the U.S and has toured Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Academic Arrangements Abroad as a storyteller. Linda has been the storyteller for the Pacific Symphony?s Class Act Program since 2006. A member of South Coast Storytellers Guild, The National Storytelling Network, Youth, Educators and Storytellers Alliance (YES!), and State liaison for the National Storytelling Network, Linda enjoys teaching and telling to young and old. (back to top)

Ashley Rickman has her B.A. in Dance from Chapman University and has been performing modern dance with Backhausdance since 2006. As a member of Backhausdance, she has taught workshops throughout Orange County school districts for the past two years through the Orange county Performing Arts Center. Ashley has experience in a variety of dance forms but she appreciates the freedom and creativity inherent in modern dance. (back to top)

Cynthia RyananCynthia Ryanen has worked in all facets of theatrical production for nearly two decades. She studied with Brown and Beneditti at UC Riverside’s Intensive Theater Program and trained at HB Studios in New York. She is a founding member of Stages Theater in Fullerton. In addition, she has taught and performed for children of all ages in a variety of capacities across Southern California. She brings to her job as a theatre artist/educator on the Arts LAB extremely strong presentation skills, a dedication to perfection, and the ability to inspire creativity. (back to top)

Wilfried Souly is a choreographer, dancer, drummer and Takewondo expert. He was born in Burkina Faso and has been performing for nearly two decades. He is the co-founder of Compagnie Ta, has collaborated with choreographers from around the world, and has performed extensively internationally. In addition to being a guest artist several times at the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Souly has performed and taught dance and drumming at universities and festivals throughout France, England, Germany, Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal, Canada, Spain, French Guyana and the United States. (back to top)

Istvan Szabo was born and raised in Hungary where he received his formal dance training at the prestigious Hungarian Ballet Institute where his major was Hungarian Folk Dance. He was the Dance Director and choreographer for the Aman Folk Ensemble of Los Angeles for many years and has taught dance workshops throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. (back to top)

Julia Thomas has a M.S. credential, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Minor in Art. She teaches with All the Arts for All the Kids, as well as at a local high school. Prior to teaching art, she was the Creative Director for a consumer products company back to top)

Melanie Vogel. In addition to teaching All the Arts for All the Kids for the last 18 years, she is an art education instructor at California State University Fullerton and the director of the university’s Children’s Summer Art Program. She is a board member of the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation and is involved in the design of the Children’s Art Museum and Creativity Center. She continues to teach art classes for young elementary students in after school programs and gives teacher and private art workshops around Orange County. She works in mixed media assemblage and recently showed her work at the Irvine Studio Arts Festival. Melanie finds the rewards in teaching to be most inspiring when students are not only excited about art, but discover their creative self in the process of making art.. (back to top)

Brandon Eddy Wade Brandon Eddy Wade. Early on in life I discovered that my passion was filmmaking. Through my experiences tutoring and directing film crews I have learned my calling: Teaching. When I found out I could combine the two in an emerging technological world that allows even elementary students the chance to make movies, I new that it was fate. Getting the chance to nurture young minds to appreciate expression and the arts has been a great privilege and I always aim to teach to the back row, to the child who thinks, "school isn't for me". I think we can save kids from losing interest if we seek them out early and show them a way to tap into their creative energies through educational film experience. I'm a filmmaker to share my thoughts with the world, but I'm a teacher to help everyone else get the ability to do the same.

Cynthia Wilson is a graduate of Chapman University receiving a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. As a performer she has been involved in numerous theatrical productions as well as entertaining for Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Teaching is also a large part of Cynthia’s life. She enjoyed working at Chapman University for the past twenty where she taught theatrical makeup. Cynthia is also a director for The Music Room School of Performing Arts, where she directs three musical theatre productions a year including children ages 5 to 18. Cynthia finds much enjoyment working with children and sharing her gifts through the arts. (back to top)