About the Artists & Educators 2015 / 2016

Gail Abrahamson
Greg Adamson
Veronica Moody Anderson
Mo Arii
Katie Dahl

Chelsea Davis
Rosina Didyk
Dawn Dyson-Platero
Kathryn Farquhar-Ayeh
Katherine England
Bryan Green
Steve Hohman
Dale Jones
Marsha Judd
Joylani Kamalu

Andrew Kemp
Brian Kohl
Linda King Pruitt
Jack Morris (Ranger Jack)
Ashley Romero
Cynthia Ryanen
Susan Ryoo
Ellen Schulze
Wilfried Souly
Istvan Szabo
Meg Terán
Brandon Eddy Wade
Edward White
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 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
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)
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 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)

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 attended San Diego State University, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Theatre Arts. Steve is a part of the main-stage ensemble with The National Comedy Theatre, San Diego’s longest running show, and has performed on their stages in NYC and San Diego. He has also performed in multiple Southern California non-union commercials, industrial films and theatre productions. Credits include The Liar; winner of a 2014 San Diego Bravo Award (Scripps Ranch Theatre); 4.48 Psychosis (Stone Soup Theatre) and commercials for San Diego County Credit Union and the Del Mar Race Track. Steve has worked as a teaching artist with many prestigious organizations in San Diego, which include The Old Globe, Playwrights Project, Junior Theatre and The National Comedy Theatre. In addition to teaching youth, he has taught acting workshops for law school students on the mock-trial team at The Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Steve is currently training with the Upright Citizens Brigade and actively performing in LA’s indie improv scene.

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)

Joylani KamaluJoylani Kamalu is the Creator and Director of Dance Walk Fitness OC. With an extensive background in dance she has been in multiple productions for the Disneyland Resort. She has been trained in a variety of dance styles (hula, jazz, hip hop & modern) and has been teaching to all ages for over a decade in both non-profit and private sectors. Her passion for helping others and love of the arts has lead her to this moment. Her hope and wish is to create a positive change in the world through music and movement!(July 2015) (back to top)

Andrew KempAndrew Kemp earned his BFA in Television Production from Chapman University. He has been involved with filmmaking and theater for many years, receiving awards for films he has made and plays he has written while in school. When not working as a Film Artist on the Arts LAB, Andrew spends his time working at The Painted Turtle Camp for children with chronic illnesses. (updated August 2014) (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)
Linda King PruittJack Morris, aka Ranger Jack, is a professional piano teacher, educator, and children’s entertainer. He began his children’s music career in 2011 after 20 years as a music teacher, composer, and producer. In 2012, he created and became “Ranger Jack” for his first of many interactive kid-shows performed to this day throughout Southern California. Jack’s music education began at age 6 and continued for two decades. During his final two years in the music program of San Diego State University, he studied piano pedagogy–the art of teaching piano–with actual students. Then, straight out of college, Jack began his teaching career, which soon soared to include over 40 weekly piano students. In 2013, Jack returned to school to study Child Development. He currently maintains an A average at Fullerton College. (back to top)

Linda King PruittLinda King Pruitt is a professional storyteller who has been with All the Arts for All the Kids since 1996. A member of the National Storytelling Network and South Coast Storytellers Guild she has told, taught and lectured at elementary schools, colleges, museums and conferences.  Linda loves sharing the creative theatre of the oral tradition with young an old. (updated August 2014) (back to top)

Ashley RomeroAshley Romero 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)

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)

Susan Ryoo holds degrees from the Thorton School of Music at USC in Bachelors in Music,
Masters in Music Education and is a Doctorate of Music Arts candidate. With emphasis and
research background in general vocal and choral music, Susan is certified in the Kodaly Method
and have presented at various national conferences and contributed to scholarly research.
Credentialed in K12 Single Subject in Music, with a BCLAD in Korean, she has held teaching
positions at the Los Angeles Unified School District, USC and Biola University and the Los
Angeles Children's Chorus thechildren' choir to the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles
Master Chorale. (updated September 2014)
Ellen Schulze, “the Puppet Lady”, has been sharing her passion for puppetry in classrooms for over 20 years. She reinforces a fun, creative environment where students can connect to curriculum in surprising and novel ways. (updated Aug 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)

Brandon Eddy Wade Brandon Wade.   Brandon has a B.F.A. in Directing and an M.F.A in Editing from The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. After graduating from college, he considered the many paths he could take and the many ways to be. The way he has chosen is that of a filmmaker and educator, because he believes that this path will offer him the greatest opportunity to make a positive and meaningful contribution to society. He is currently teaching elementary students in Fullerton, CA how to make educational movies through a program called All the Arts for All the Kids. In addition to his passion for teaching, he also has a longing desire to make quality independent films that positively impact the world. (updated August 2014) (back to top)

Edward WhiteEdward White

Edward White earned his BA in Music from Chapman University while juggling his rock band, music teaching, and founding a small music production company. More recently, he is focused on a music project, Scuba Deer, who is consistently recording; and writing songs, performing, and recording for other bands and films. Edward’s passion for music stems from the importance of it in his formative years, which now fuel his need to share this passion with others. Although most of his performances feature him rocking out on the guitar, he is well versed in a plethora of instruments, most notably the trombone, as he enjoys learning new instruments any chance he can get. (July 2015) (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)