About the Artists & Educators 2016 / 2017

Gail Abrahamson
Greg Adamson
Veronica Moody Anderson
Mo Arii
Brian Matthew Bon
Katie Dahl
Chelsea Davis
Dawn Dyson-Platero
Kathryn Farquhar-Ayeh
Katherine England
Bryan Green
Steve Hohman

Dale Jones
Marsha Judd
Brian Kohl
Ashley Mangino
Cynthia Ryanen
Wilfried Souly
Istvan Szabo
Meg Terán
Cynthia Wilson
Aimee Wodobode
Gail AbrahamsonGail Abrahamson has been teaching dance for over 35 years. Gail has founded and is director of Dance ‘N’ Kids, a dance program customized for various schools in the L.A. area. Gail received both her B.A. and M.A. in dance from UCLA. Her career as a dancer, actor and singer has taken her from Peter Pan and Can Can at Disneyland, Can Can at Knott’s Berry Farm, The Live Flintstone’s Show and stunt work at Universal Studios Hollywood and Musical Theatre to Murder Mysteries and Corporate Variety Shows. “There is great joy in passing my passion for dance to students of all ages.” Gail has also been teaching for several years with All the Arts. (updated September 2014) (back to top)

Craigi AdamsonLike most musicians, Greg Adamson wears many hats; cellist, composer, conductor, and educator. He has performed worldwide, in such diverse venues as Vatican City, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and Radio City Music Hall, to name but a few. He has performed with a broad range of artists including James Taylor, John Williams, Rod Stewart, Yo Yo Ma, Dr. Dre, Glenn Campbell, The Who, Guns 'n Roses, and Elton John, and has been seen on numerous occasions performing on the MTV Awards as well as the American Music Awards. Locally, Mr. Adamson has performed with Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Symphony, Burbank Chamber Orchestra, Redlands Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, San Bernardino Symphony and Pasadena Pops. He is the solo cellist for the renowned Bach Cantata Series at St. John's. In his spare time (haha), Mr. Adamson is busy as a music educator. He is a certified Orff- Schulwerk Educator through Chapman University. He is one of four conductors in the Anaheim School District GATE rchestra, a program with over 250 young musicians. In 2014 he founded the Fullerton String Orchestra. With help from the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation, this orchestra (only in its third year) as over 50 student members from 4th-8th grade, most of whom participate at no charge. Mr. Adamson has taught K-6 music in Fullerton's All the Arts for All the Kids program for 15 years. In that capacity, he was selected as a Teaching Artist to participate in a U.S. Department of Education study called Project Create, where he wrote and implemented arts curriculum for Fullerton School District. He has been nominated for the Grammy Music Educator Award for the past four years. In 2015 and 2016, Greg was a quarter finalist; one of just 200 educators in the United States. (back to top) Click for feature on Greg


Veronica AndersonVeronica Moody Anderson has her BA in Art with emphasis in teaching, along with a BA in Theatre.  She began teaching Visual Arts for All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation in 2007. For the past 13 years she has taught two and three dimensional art at the Art Camp through the CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services at California State University Fullerton.  Veronica is a muralist and exhibiting artist with three murals for public viewing in the LA area and numerous private commissions.  As a member of SAG and AFTRA, Veronica has artworks and actress credits in TV and Film. (updated 2015) (back to top)
Mo AriiMo Arii is a working actress that has taught theater to children of all ages for over 20 years. A founding member of STAGES theatre in Fullerton, Mo serves on the board of directors and strives to bring educational theater to the community she loves. She earned her BA at CSUF and studied with Sal Romeo and Stacey Martino at Friends and Artists Studio. Her experiences working with All the Arts for All the Kids has cemented her passion to inspire students with a life long love of theater as a medium to express themselves. (updated September 2014)
Brian Matthew BonBrian Matthew Bon has been a professional performer and instructor for 30 years. He started his clogging career on the TV show HEE HAW in the 1980's and has since been on more TV shows as a clogger than anyone else in the country, including shows like: America's Got Talent, Fast Track To Fame, 30 Seconds To Fame, Let Me Entertain You!, Culture Click, MTV's NEXT, FX Channel's Justified, PAX TV's Destination Stardom, and many more. In addition to his clogging studio program, Brian instructed at Weber State University, Cal St. Fullerton, Notre Dame High School, and other Jr. and high schools. He is dedicated to his arts education program called, POWERHOUSE!!! America's Dance. (back to top)
Mo AriiKatie Dahl attended Long Beach City College after high school; there she discovered a style and a particular technique of painting.   After graduating she went on to earn her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  There she studied painting/drawing, photography and German Expression.  She worked with and learned from many well established artists including Chris Brown and Franklin Williams.  She studied art abroad for a period of time in Italy, seeing the great masters' art.  She finished her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009. Later she attended school to receive a Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation.  Along with painting Katie also plays with ideas in digital collage, which are constructed of pieces from her photographs and paintings.  Her collage work creates a painted like image that shows a strong understanding of environmental issues as well as a love of re-creating an image. Katie has always loved teaching before CCA she tutored junior high students in academics, while attending CCA she was an artist mentoring high school students struggling in low income families, and currently she is an artist teaching art to elementary school children.  She continues teaching art to kids while receiving her Masters of Fine Art. (August 2015) (back to top)
Chelsea DavisChelsea Marie Davis is a singer\songwriter, American Songbook devotee, and teaching artist. Her original songs have been featured on NPR, CBS, and ESPN. She is currently developing an original musical about Marian Anderson, an African American opera singer whose landmark concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial unintentionally sparked the Civil Rights movement. At All the Arts, Chelsea inspires and teaches kids how to love language and write their own songs.   (back to top)
Dyson-DidykDawn Dyson-Platero is in her twenty-first 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.  In addition to her work with the All the Arts program, Dawn is a Master Teaching Artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Music Center of Los Angeles County.  In 2012, Dawn was presented with the Outstanding Art Educator Award in Elementary Dance from the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators and the Orange County Department of Education. (updated Aug 2014) (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)


Kathy AyehKathryn Farquhar-Ayeh has an M.F.A. from UC Irvine. Since 1974, she has been active in elementary and college school systems as a dance instructor as well as a classroom teacher. She has also performed professionally as a choreographer, artistic director and dance concert instructor for children and adults in Los Angeles, Orange County, Davis California, Malawi (East Africa) and Ghana (West Africa). She enjoys teaching the arts and dance to children and adults. (updated Aug 2014) (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. (July 2015) (back to top)


Steve HohmanSteve Hohman is a trained improvisational, film and theatre actor. He is a part of the main-stage ensemble with The National Comedy Theatre, San Diego’s longest running show. He has improv training with the Upright Citizens Brigade (LA), as well as performed in multiple Southern California non-union commercials, industrial films and theatre productions. Steve has worked with children as a teaching artist for over five years with many prestigious organizations, which include The Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Arts Teach (Costa Mesa), The Old Globe (San Diego), Playwrights Project, Junior Theatre (San Diego) and The National Comedy Theatre (San Diego). Steve actively performs in the Southern California improv scene. (back to top)

Dale 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 Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, South Coast Repertory, 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 summer for our Arts Camp program. (updated August 2014) (back to top)


Martha JuddMarsha 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 KohlBrian 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.  (updated August 2014) (back to top)
Ashley RomeroAshley Mangino is a singer/songwriter with a passion for getting kids of all ages to experience the joy of making music. She graduated summa cum laude from Biola University and studied abroad at Oxford University where she fell in love with the English choral tradition. She is privileged to have been taught by outstanding musicians including her grandfather, Dale Olinger, who played guitar for Ella Fitzgerald. In her private studio she coaches young musical theater performers and teaches piano, ukulele, and voice. She keeps busy with local theater (last year she played her all-time favorite role: Maria in the Sound of Music) and sings with various ensembles throughout the area. Her current big project is working towards her Master’s in choral conducting and composition. Ashley is also actively involved in the children’s and music programs of the Episcopal Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Placentia. (updated September 2014)

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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.(updated August 2014) (back to top)

Wilfried SoulyWilfried Souly.  Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in West Africa, Wilfried Souly is a dancer/choreographer who began studying and performing dance, music, and theatre at a young age. Pairing his love of dance with the martial arts, Wilfried was also a member of his country’s Taekwondo national team for years, winning the prestigious title of West Africa’s best fighter in 2004. Wilfried is teaching in many places around Los Angeles and is faculty at the UCLA World Arts & Culture/ Dance department. (updated Aug 2014)

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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)
Meg Teran

Meg Terán is a dance-teaching artist who has taught with The Wooden Floor, Active Learning, and most recently, VSA California.  Her students move, create, perform and respond to each other, building dance vocabulary while developing discipline and teamwork. As a dancer, Meg has worked with several choreographers in ballet and contemporary works. A bilingual educator, she previously taught second and third grade for eight years.  In 2010, Meg was awarded as the Elementary Dance Educator of the Year from the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators. She holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and an MA in Education from Chapman University. (updated August 2014) (back to top)


Meg Teran

Cynthia Wilson is a graduate of Chapman University receiving a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. Cynthia enjoys teaching, directing, designing and performing. During the past 6 years as a member of OCSA Production and Design department she has been teaching 8th grade Stagecraft as well as instructing classes in, Intro to Theatre and Advanced Makeup. Cynthia is also a Head Director, Makeup Designer and Costumer, collaborating on 3 Musicals a year for TMR, in which she has been a part of for 24 years. Some other notable teaching positions for Cynthia have been, 20 years Theatrical Makeup Instructor for Chapman University, 20 years Theatre Teacher for Fullerton School District All The Arts For All The Kids and Theatre Instructor for Cal State Fullerton Children’s Summer Arts Camp. As a performer and or designer Cynthia has had the opportunity to work for Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Curtain Call Dinner Theatre, 3D Theatricals, Reel to Reel Productions, Chapman University and a variety of other Community Theaters throughout the area. Cynthia finds much enjoyment working with student and sharing her love of the Arts. (back to top)


Aimee WodobodeAimee Wodobode was born in Central African Republic and raised in France where she studied Dance, Philosophy and Letters at the University of Paris XII. She moved to New-York in 2001 and had the opportunity to work with various New-york based choreographers including Tony winning choreographer and director Bill T. Jones. Aimee just finished a four years run with the acclaimed Broadway musical Fela! in which she starred from the very beginning when it was Off-Broadway. Aimee recently relocated to Los Angeles and was delighted to see how her nine years experience as a teaching artist in New-york city allowed her teaching opportunities at places such as UCLA, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Santa Monica College. Aimee feels honored to become a part of All the Arts program. (updated August 2014) (back to top)