North Carolina Wolf Trap Teaching Artists

2015-2016

Erin Badger-Coffey

Dance/Movement

Erin was born and raised in the uptown Charlotte neighborhood of Fourth Ward. She discovered her love of dance at a young age through experiences with creative dance and movement. Erin continued to explore the world of dance through classes in ballet, tap, and jazz from Elementary through Middle School. Erin attended and graduated from Northwest School of the Arts with a major in modern dance. After auditioning, she was accepted to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied modern, ballet, improvisation, and choreography. Erin graduated from UNCSA with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance in 2007. Due to repeated injuries she began to explore aspects of dance and movement other than performance including yoga, pilates, and aerial dance. Erin applied and was accepted to Pratt Institute in the Masters for Dance/Movement Therapy Program. Having always enjoyed working with children Erin helped design and start a dance/movement program for children and adults with disabilities where she utilized the Zumba Basic 1 License and Yoga for Kids Certification. Erin is excited about using her knowledge and love of dance/movement to support the teachers and their students in incorporating the arts in their Preschool experience.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “Having always used dance/movement for creative expression and emotional release in my own life, I believe the arts to be essential to the development and education of children.”


 

Nicia Carla

Theatre/Performance

Nicia is the founding Artistic Director of PaperHouse Theatre. She is a graduate of Winthrop University’s Theatre Department where she earned a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis on Performance. She has worked extensively with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, where she was a Core Artist for several years, with the combined duties of acting, directing and teaching for the company. She has taught a wide variety of ages from creative drama for 3 yr. olds to pre-professional training for teens as an instructor of the Ensemble Company. She has also been a teaching artist for the Neighborhood Bridges program for over 7 years, partnering with CMS classroom teachers for a 12-week residency with 4th graders that focuses on writing, storytelling, and performance. As an actor she has worked with many companies in the area; some favorite roles include Eva in And Then They Came for Me, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and the Snail with the Mail in Frog and Toad. She has also directed for Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and PaperHouse Theatre, among many others. She is currently working on her third season as Artistic Director for PaperHouse Theatre, acting, directing, and developing workshops meant to strengthen the connection between the work on stage and the work of being human.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “Art is a process, a way of looking at the world; not something reserved for the chosen few.”


 

Amy Dorr

Dance/Movement

Amy has been teaching for over 12 years. Her biggest passion is working with children, teaching them to find their own creative styles and self-expression.She lights up with enthusiasm and joy while teaching children of all ages. Amy has been dancing since she could walk and has worked with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, BrianFriedman, Wade Robson, Twitch and many more. She has trained to be the very best teacher and choreographer she can be. Amy believes in growing and has always said, “You can never be satisfied as a teacher, you should always be willing to learn, grow and follow.” Amy’s first love is Hip-Hop even though she also teaches Jazz, Creative Movement, Street Dance, Gymnastics, and Tumbling. She is passionate about her style and believes that Hip-Hop is the most expressive dance style.  Amy has been a teacher at Open Door Studios for the past several years.  She strives to work as hard as possible to move over and beyond any obstacle that may arise.  She is full of life and her teaching abilities speak for themselves. Amy is delighted to have the opportunity to rise up and teach the next generation of children. It is her goal to be a role model both inside and outside of the classroom.

Amy’s motto:  “You should never be content in your art. You always have room to learn, teach, and grow within in the walls of your art.  Be who you are and teach from the heart.”


 

Sarah Council

Dance/Movement

Sarah Council is a contemporary modern dance choreographer and teaching artist. She is the artistic director of Sarah Council Dance Projects (SCDP); a dance company she founded in 2007. SCDP has performed and taught extensively throughout New York City and the east coast region.  In 2014, Council relocated from NYC to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Council has conducted residencies, presented lecture demonstrations and taught master classes and dance-making workshops to people of all ages and abilities throughout New York City, New Jersey, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida. She has worked with arts education organizations such as Together in Dance (NYC), The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJ), The Wolf Trap Institute of Early Learning for the Arts (DC/NJ), American Dance institute (DC), Dance Place (DC) and Joy of Motion (DC).   Her work has also been presented at the following venues in Washington, DC, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida: Dance Place (DC), The Jack Guidone Theater (DC), Franklin Marshall University (PA),Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY) and Jacksonville Episcopal School (FL).

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “The creative process is empowering and transformative for individuals and communities.”


Sonia “Rocio” Gonzalez

Dance/Movement/Music

Rocio is originally from Colombia. Her love for music and dancing developed at a very early age. Currently, Rocio is an experienced North Carolina Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, reaching out to teachers and hundreds of children in the area, and also serves as a mentor and coach for new teaching artists. She participates with the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Education Institute as a teaching artist for the Charlotte -Mecklenburg and surrounding area’s school systems. She has been part of the Latin American Festival, local library programs and cultural events. She volunteered for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County bilingual storytelling program, Conexiones que cuentan. She also volunteers for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. She was a member of the “Coro Acuña” for five years and recorded their first album. She was also a member of the Charlotte Philharmonic Chorus. Rocio holds a B.S. from Gardner-Webb University and two Associate degrees from Central Piedmont Community College.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “My love for music and dancing developed at a very early age, and I want to share that love with others, especially young children.”


Rayda Karamitros

Theatre/Storytelling

Rayda designs and conducts Bilingual Story Time for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. She has taught Spanish in elementary school in CMS and in community child care centers. Rayda received her BS degree in Lima, Peru and was director of a preschool program there before coming to the United States. Currently, she is learning to play the Cajon, a Peruvian musical instrument. Rayda earned a B.S. degree from Enrique Guzman and Valle National University of Education, Lima, Peru in 1996 and completed the Adult ESL Program at Central Piedmont Community College in 1998.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “I love to work with young children and to connect them with books and stories through music and other art forms.”


Allison Rhinehardt

Theatre

Allison Rhinehardt has been an actress, singer, and dancer her entire life, performing all over the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has a degree from the University of Alabama in Special Education with K-12th certification and a minor in Dance. Allison spent several years teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade at the Northwest School for Hearing Impaired Children, then moved on to Nashville Christian School as a Resource Teacher for Kindergarten through 12th grade. After moving to Charlotte and becoming a mother of 4, Allison moved into a more part-time role as Pre-K teacher for Assurance UMC. Allison has been heavily involved with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for the last 4 years, both on stage and as a Teaching Artist. Some favorite shows with CTC include The Secret Garden, Pinkalicious, The Reluctant Dragon, and coming soon, Ella’s Big Chance. Allison is also active with other companies around Charlotte including Theatre Charlotte, Queen City Theatre Company, Three Bone Theatre, and Matthews Playhouse. The ability to combine her two greatest passions, teaching and theatre, fills Allison with great joy!

“There is that smaller world which is the stage, and that larger stage which is the world.” Isaac Goldberg


Pamela Shook

Theatre/Puppetry

Pamela Shook has been a professional puppeteer and teaching artist using drama, puppetry and visual arts for most of her career.  After graduating from Presbyterian College with a B.A. in Fine Arts and minor in Theatre, she began touring with Children’s River Theatre of Florida, and leading residencies with juvenile offenders and children of migrant farm workers.  She went on to perform and teach for six years with Atlanta’s Piccadilly Puppets, offering shows and workshops in Atlanta area schools and preschools through Young Audiences of Atlanta. She and husband Stephen Clifford formed their own company Blue Moon Puppets in 1995, continued touring the Southeast, and relocated to Charlotte in 2003.

In 2013, Blue Moon Puppets created new puppet shows for Discovery Place KIDS museums and redesigned and refurbished existing shows. In 2014, Blue Moon won Charlotte Magazine’s “Best of the Best” Award.  Pamela’s favorite age group is preschool and kindergarten, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and learn from such a reputable organization as Wolf Trap.


Kathryn Stuart

Theatre/Voice/Dance

Kathryn realizes the advantage of an arts education because she was raised in a home surrounded by the arts. She was immersed in music by her musician father and her love of art and literature from her mother. Kathryn began acting in grade school and by high school was modeling, traveling in show choir, lyrical choir, and acting professionally. Kathryn attended Winthrop University and Majored in Theatre arts- performance. Her collegiate training included: Acting, Theatre History, Stage Combat, Makeup, Dance, Directing, Lighting, and all aspects of the theatre. This true understanding of the arts prepared her for her professional career. Kathryn worked the south east in commercials and independent films gaining experience before her move to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, she acted in soap operas, commercials, theatre, and independent films both nationally and internationally. Kathryn has continued her career in Atlanta and now in Charlotte, North Carolina. The North Carolina Wolf Trap Teaching Artist is the perfect blend of Kathryn’s training and the woman she has become. She is mother to two very vigorous and budding talents.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “I believe the arts are the very building blocks of our children’s education. Einstein stated, ‘Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.’”


Lea Evelyn Tatich

Music/Voice

Lea Evelyn has centered her life around her love for music. She grew up in a musical home watching her mother teach piano lessons daily and listening to her mother play the organ and direct church choirs. She began studying piano and voice at an early age and continued her educational training in music at Furman University and Florida State University. It was through a graduate internship with the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts in Education Program in Washington, D.C. where she first studied the significant value that arts can make in education for children PreK-12th grade. For the past 18 years she has focused her interests in music for the preschool age child. She is a trained Kindermusik instructor and has developed her own music curriculum for various preschools in the Charlotte area. Lea Evelyn also teaches private piano and voice lessons from her home to students ages Kindergarten to adult. Music is definitely Lea Evelyn’s natural form of artistic expression and voice is the instrument through which she feels most comfortable performing. She has sung as a member of the Charlotte Oratorio Singers, Carolina Voices, and several church choirs and ensembles in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

Teaching Artist Philosophy: “I believe that children communicate their emotions best through artistic expressions such as music. When music is used or played around children, children will naturally respond to rhythm, pitch, dynamics, even before a child can communicate through spoken words. I strongly believe that music strengthens a child’s physical, mental, emotional and even academic development.”


 

Camerin Watson

Dance/Choreography

Camerin received her BFA in dance performance and choreography from UNC-Greensboro in May, 2007. At school she studied and performed Safety Release Technique (SRT) with BJ Sullivan. After graduation, Camerin moved to Washington, DC where she performed and taught dance through Dance Place and Mason/Rhynes Productions. Camerin has since returned to Charlotte where she offers SRT to a variety of age groups in addition to teaching ballet, creative movement, jazz and choreography. She won the Charlotte Emerging Dance Award for Choreography two years in a row for her work with youth performers. She has recently performed works by Jessica Stewart, Wanda Ebright, Jackie O’Toole, Valerie Ifill, and Leah Cox. Ms. Watson is currently an Artistic Director of TAPROOT, an imaginative performance group devising work that combines theater and movement techniques. Camerin has presented work individually and with TAPROOT at the Asheville, Greensboro and Atlanta Fringe Festivals, as part of the North Carolina Dance Festival, 2012 Democratic National Convention, and Pecha Kucha Night Charlotte Vol. 9, 10 and 11, in addition to two full-length productions of TAPROOT’s Ophelos. Ms. Watson has also joined with several local dance artists to annually produce Wine and Dance.

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