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Georgia Teaching Artists Registry

ARTIST DISCIPLINE GRADES
Andy Irwin Storytelling, Music, Theatre/Drama, Creative Writing Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Arietha Lockhart Music, Coaching Music Performance Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult Teachers
Barry Stewart Mann
Storytelling, Theatre/Drama, Puppetry Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, University, Teacher Professional Development
Brien Engel Music Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
CORE Performance Company Dance 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Damon Young Theatre/Drama, Puppetry, Storytelling, Music

K-2, 3-5, 6-8

 

Dave Holland Storytelling, Music, Theatre/Drama, Rhythm Based Programming

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Theatre/Drama, Creative Writing K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Home School
Gladius Music Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Gregor Turk Visual Art 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
James McGaw Music, History of Colonial Period Musical Instruments Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Jeff Mather Visual Art, Media Arts, Digital Storytelling, Robotics Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Julie Galle Baggenstoss Dance K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, college
Kay Rosenblum Storytelling, Theatre/Drama Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Lydia Bolen Theatre/Drama, Digital Filmmaking 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Michael Levine Music, Storytelling Pre-K, K-2, 3-5
Myrna Clayton Music, Coaching Music Performance 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College/University Students,  ADA/Special Needs
Nichole Hamilton Storytelling, Poetry/Spoken Word, Theatre/Drama Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, college
Pam Beagle-Daresta Visual Arts Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Piccadilly Puppets Puppetry Pre-K, K-2, 3-5
Randy Taylor Visual Art, Theatre/Drama, architecture Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, college, adults (teachers)
Sasikala Penumarthi Dance, Storytelling, Theatre/Drama 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College Students
Sean Driscoll Storytelling, Media Arts, Poetry/Spoken Word, Theatre/Drama, Creative Writing, Puppetry Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Sharna Fulton Visual Art, Entrepreneurship, Media Arts, Creative Writing K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Wendy Bennett Music, Theatre/Drama, Storytelling Pre-K, K-2, 3-4
     

 


 

   
 Andy Irwin  Andy Irwin
Contact:

 

Phone: (770) 641-1260 x223
Email: bookings@get.org
Website: http://get.org/get-arts-education/

 

Disciplines:

Storytelling, Music, Theatre/Drama, Creative Writing

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

One of the most in-demand storytellers in the United States, Andy has been Artist-in-Residence in Theatre at Emory University’s Oxford College since 1991. Among a bunch of other places, Andy has performed at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York (The FAME! School), The Library of Congress, Walt Disney World, and The National Storytelling Festival. He is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in Residence program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Andy is a recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award. Andy grew up and still lives in Covington, Georgia. He thinks he is funny.

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 Arietha Lockhart head shot  Arietha Lockhart
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 291-5162
Email: ariethalockhart@gmail.com
Website: http://www.ariethalockhart.com

 

Disciplines:

Music, Coaching Music Performance

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult Teachers

 

Summary Description:

Arietha Lockhart, was the voice of the White Butterfly during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She is a long-time Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus member and was selected as soloist numerous times by the late Robert Shaw. She champions works by contemporary American composers in recitals and concerts. Arietha has a Bachelor and Master of Science, and Education Specialist Degree, in Music Education. She holds the Georgia Professional Education Certificate - Retired. She has completed Level I, II and III in Orff Schulwerk. She had a 30-year career as an Elementary Music Specialist Pre-K-7 and served on leadership committees developing Professional Development for Music Teachers. She seeks to serve schools as an outside ear and eye for the progress of their programs and for judging student auditions. Her philosophy is: Singing music brings joy and self-knowledge. It can open up avenues for dialog and mutal understanding.

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 Barry Stewart Mann Head Shot  Barry Stewart Mann
Contact:

 

Cell: 404-484-9446
Email: barrystewartmann@hotmail.com
Website: barrystewartmann.com

 

Disciplines:

Storytelling, Theatre/Drama, Puppetry

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, University, Teacher Professional Development

 

Summary Description:

Barry Stewart Mann is an actor and storyteller based in Atlanta. He holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of San Diego. Barry has been teaching about drama and storytelling for almost as long as he has been an actor and storyteller. Over the years, he has been a roster teaching and performing artist with the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Wolf Trap, the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, the Teaching Museum, Young Audiences, the California Playwrights Project, the San Diego Institute for Arts Education, and the Old Globe Theatre.

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 Brien Engel headshot 1  Brien Engel
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 633-9322
Email: glassharp@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.glassharp.org

 

Disciplines:

Music

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Brien Engel is an explorer of unusual sounds coaxed out of everyday objects. His main passion is the glass harp, an instrument comprised of 50 wine glasses, which he plays by gliding his fingers across their rims. This enchanting art form dates back to the 18th century, and Brien is one of very few modern practitioners. His repertoire includes pieces by Mozart, Bach, and Haydn, as well as popular standards, movie tunes, ice cream truck songs, and the occasional heavy metal request. In addition to lots of music, Brien incorporates the physics of the glass harp and science of sound principles. He also plays musical saw, bottles, singing bowls, and introduces Ben Franklin's invention (and the first American musical instrument), the glass armonica. Brien's show is full of audience involvement as well. This unique presentation has earned acclaim all over the country by countless students, teachers, and parents.

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 Waltz High Museum of Art 2015  CORE Performance Company
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 373-4154
Email: outreach@coredance.org
Website: http://www.coredance.org

 

Disciplines:

Dance

 

Grade Levels:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

In 1980, Sue Schroeder founded CORE Performance Company to create and perform innovative contemporary dance. Always collaborating, examining, and re-inventing, Schroeder creates CORE’s internationally acclaimed performances and residencies. Guided by a strong sense of public responsibility, CORE uses dance to teach, question, connect, heal, and inspire, introducing students to dance and the process of creativity through movement. CORE Performance Company has extensive experience with students, elders, and populations-in-isolation. Programs accommodate varying numbers of participants and all levels of movement experience, ages, abilities, and need. Communities and schools more than 100 miles from metro Atlanta are encouraged to partner with each other to defray cost of overnight stays and for reduced fees. For residencies, we require five-day engagements. Please contact CORE to create an ideal residency for your community and ask about curriculum tie-ins, assessments, and arts integration trainings.

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 Oak Knoll 4  Damon Young
Contact:

 

Phone: (678) 575-0993
Email: damon@theaterartsandpuppets.com
Website: http://theaterartsandpuppets.com/

 

Disciplines:

Theatre/Drama, Puppetry, Storytelling, Music

 

Grade Levels:

K-2, 3-5, 6-8

 

Summary Description:

Damon Young is a teaching artist and performer specializing in collaborative theater arts and shadow puppet performance. Damon partners with teachers and kids to design fun educational theatrical experiences. Puppetry strengthens cooperation, creativity, and empathy, as well as being a medium of storytelling and learning. Kids in Damon’s programs collaborate to create a hands-on community performance with music, voice, movement, and puppetry.

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 Dave Work Place Head Shot  Dave Holland
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 819-4053
Email: dave@beatinpathrhythmevents.com
Website: barrystewartmann.com

 

Disciplines:

Storytelling, Music, Theatre/Drama, Rhythm Based Programming

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Dave Holland is a dynamic performer, teaching artist and interactive rhythm facilitator. Since 2001, Dave has been an active member of the Atlanta arts in education community. He’s presented arts-integrated programs on behalf of the Georgia Council for the Arts, Young Audiences, Arts Now, the Fulton County Teaching Museum, as well as his own company, Beatin' Path Rhythm Events. As a life-long rhythmatist Dave uses a wide palette of percussion to create compelling, curriculum-based programs in the areas of storytelling, sound and science, character education, and cultural appreciation. Filled with endless energy, constant curiosity, and a love for learning, Dave’s assembly programs, workshops, and drum circles are always engaging, educational and fun.

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 James and the Giant Peach image  Georgia Ensemble Theater
Contact:

 

Phone: (770) 641-1260
Email: education@get.org
Website: bhttp://get.org

 

Disciplines:

Theatre/Drama, Creative Writing

 

Grade Levels:

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Home School

 

Summary Description:

The mission of Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) is to provide excellent professional theatre experiences to captivate the current generation of theatre-goers and nurture future generations. We fulfill this mission through the selfless ensemble collaboration of our artists, audiences, and students. In all of our classes, workshops, and residencies we strive to develop collaborative learners who support one another. We learn to "fail with pride" so that we can grow as individuals and learn from our mistakes. As an organization, "selfless ensemble collaboration" means that the best idea wins, no matter where the idea comes from. GET employs a team of amazing teaching artists who engage students in the classroom throughout the school year with our Literacy through Drama: From the Page to the Stage workshops, in-class residencies, and Theatre for Young Audiences productions, led by GET Education Director, Laurel Crowe.

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 Gladius  Gladius
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 372-0007
Email: gladiusbooking@gmail.com
Website: http://gladiusmusic.com/

 

Disciplines:

Music

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros, and much more, this musical mad scientist fuses those elements into a refreshing formula—evoking the Spanish spirit, yet distinctly unorthodox. Since studying under the late Georgia State University Professor (and Andres Segovia protégée) John Sutherland, Gladius has taught guitar lessons and classes (one-on-one and group lessons) since 2006 in a variety of settings including private in-home lessons, music stores, local recreation centers, after-school programs. More than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer, listeners have called Gladius a miracle in the making – the guitarist has prevailed over a crippling case of nerve damage which greatlyhindered the dexterity of both hands, and could have easily ended the musician's career. Gladius perseveres: relentlessly touring, recording, inspiring audiences of all ages, and winning numerous composition awards such as the Driven Creativity Competition and Music Composition Contest, among others.

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 Gregor Turk Headshot  Gregor Turk
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 217-8668
Email: info@gregorturk.com
Website: http://gregorturk.com

 

Disciplines:

Visual Art

 

Grade Levels:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Known for his public art installations, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media constructions, Gregor Turk often incorporates mapping imagery, cultural markings, and place making into his artwork. Through a variety of media, he focuses on the fundamental qualities of mapping: the mysteriousness, inherent biases, cultural authoritativeness, and ability to simultaneously represent and distort reality. Gregor has permanent public art installations in airports, parks, a public library, and a fire station. He received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his M.F.A. from Boston University. Between degrees, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia. His involvement in the visual arts in Atlanta includes additional capacities: educator, administrator, advocate, panelist, and policy advisor. Since1989, he has conducted numerous workshops and residencies as a teaching artist through GCA’s Arts-in-Education program and Young Audiences. Most of these student programs have included a map-making (typically sculptural) component that is tied to the social studies curriculum.

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 James McGaw portrait  James McGaw
Contact:

 

Phone: (912) 349-5616
Email: hamrdul@comcast.net
Website: https://hammerjam.bandpage.com

 

Disciplines:

Music, History of Colonial Period Musical Instruments

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

 

Summary Description:

Jim McGaw grew up in Southeastern Ohio where he found a rich heritage at the crossroads of American mountain and country music. He has been performing and composing music for over 45 years. His music has been used for Emmy Award winning documentary films and commercial advertisements as well as interpreted by various performers throughout the U.S. He costumes for and specializes in U.S. colonial period reenactment and gives seminars and workshops in the instruments of his specialty. As a teacher, including part-time teaching, Jim taught Pre-K through 5th grade elementary music in the Dearing Elementary School in Dearing, Georgia, for 25 years. During this time he developed a specialized computer-based curriculum for teaching elementary students to read and play music. When combined with the middle and high school band programs in Jim's locale his multi-modal learning approach produced a number of top flight professional and non-professional musicians.

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 Academy of Academics and Arts site sculpture  Jeff Mather
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 578-5448
Email: mathersiteart@bellsouth.net
Website: http://www.facebook.com/mathersiteart

 

Disciplines:

Visual Art, Media Arts, Digital Storytelling, Robotics

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Jeff is a community-based public artist and multi-disciplinary teaching artist. He has conducted site sculpture residencies and directed public art projects all over Georgia. He is board president of the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning (APAL). He is the STEAM Artist-in-Residence at Drew Charter School for 45 days each semester, where he co-teaches project-based learning units in K-12. His partnership work at Drew has been featured by GPB and Edutopia. Jeff was digital storytelling coach for nine years at the South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice and he has created digital storytelling programs for the Woodruff Art Center, for APAL, and at Drew Charter. He has directed experimental theater productions at the Center for Puppetry Arts and served as artist-in-residence for the Atlanta Symphony and the High Museum. Jeff has served as an artist-in-residence at over 150 schools.

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 Julie Baggenstoss head shot  Julie Galle Baggenstoss
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 277-1499
Email:  jgalle@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.berdole.com

 

Disciplines:

Dance

 

Grade Levels:

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, college

 

Summary Description:

Spain, Africa, Asia, and Latin America come together in interactive programs based on the art of Flamenco. Programs celebrate the cultures that blended in the making of this exciting art form, and the culture of Spain that is at its core. Students dance, sing, stomp, and clap with Flamenco artists – and each other – as they learn about the history of Spain on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Through original research, teaching artist Julie Galle Baggenstoss brings centuries-old traditions into contemporary lives in lessons that cross the arts with curriculum standards in literacy, history, Spanish language, and teamwork. With professional training as both a Flamenco dancer and a teaching artist, Ms. Baggenstoss has presented programs across Georgia for over 15 years, for clients such as the Woodruff Arts Center, the Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia Public Libraries, school systems, and universities.

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 Kay headshot  Kay Rosenblum
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 577-5336
Email: kayrosenblum@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.georgiacommoncorelearning.com

 

Disciplines:

Storytelling, Theatre/Drama

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

 

Summary Description:

I have been a teaching artist and storyteller since 1985 after I graduated from Florida State University and completed a year as an intern at the Alliance Theatre. My first teaching artist residency was at Fort Benning and I have since visited many towns and cities in Georgia, as well as schools in the Atlanta area. My goal in a Classroom Acting Workshop is to provide an environment for students to achieve an understanding of events, facts, and significant people, as well as explore aspects of their own creativity, language skills, powers of observation, concentration, and memory. I believe what they experience by using acting techniques can have lifetime benefits. I use a variety of stage techniques in my storytelling performances, including magical illusions, puppets, drawing stories, audience participation, and humor. As a performer, I hope to unite the audience and provide a shared, focused experience.

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 Lydia Bolen Head Shot  Lydia Bolen
Contact:

 

Phone: (678) 549-1040
Email: lydiabolen3@gmail.com
Website: 

 

Disciplines:

Theatre/Drama, Digital Filmmaking

 

Grade Levels:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Lydia Bolen is a Teaching Artist in the art of digital filmmaking. She is also a filmmaker, actor, and producer. Lydia holds a BA in Film and Video from Georgia State University. She has worked on numerous productions, including independent films and theatre, as well as movies and series for national television. Lydia's approach as an artist is to let the participants learn by doing. She creates an atmosphere of creative safety where the goal is to try something new and, whether there is success or temporary failure, there is learning. Lydia presents at education forums, including STEAM presentations on digital media, and is currently developing and producing a web series. Lydia has been on the roster at Arts for Learning-Woodruff Arts Center and also leads summer camps in digital filmmaking. Her mission is to teach young people the basics of the art of filmmaking.

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 Michael Levine headshot 9802  Michael Levine
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 992-0420
Email: miclevine24@gmail.com
Website: www.michaellevine.net

 

Disciplines:

Music, Storytelling

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5

 

Summary Description:

"Mr. Michael" Levine is the co-founder of The Learning Groove music and movement company. He also is the music producer of the first four New York Times bestselling Pete The Cat books by Eric Litwin and James Dean. He regularly performs Pete The Cat stories and Learning Groove songs at concerts, workshops, and keynotes throughout the nation. As a singer-songwriter, he has won many awards and has opened for such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Live, Joe Walsh, and many more. As a performer for children, he plays guitar and uses the latest technology to demonstrate how interactivity can make reading and music inspiring for kids.

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 Headshot of Myrna  Myrna Clayton
Contact:

 

Phone: (678) 437-6897
Email: abelrecords@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MyrnaClayton.com

 

Disciplines:

Music, Coaching Music Performance

 

Grade Levels:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College/University Students, ADA/Special Needs

 

Summary Description:

Myrna Clayton is a teaching performer and international performing arts entertainer. She has performed professionally for 14+ years. Myrna, who has an MBA, enjoyed a successful corporate marketing career prior to professional singing. She currently teaches voice lessons privately and conducts master class vocal clinics when performing internationally. Her repertoire is varied, including Jazz, Pop, Soul, Gospel, RnB, and even a little Blues and Country. Internationally, Myrna has performed throughout Russia, Belarus, Germany, Nigeria, Great Britain, and France. She started a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with singers with disabilities and books artists with disabilities for shows. She recognizes the talents and abilities in diverse groups and seeks to encourage them to come into the spotlight. Myrna believes that everyone, regardless of perceived ability, can train their voice to be flexible, powerful, and persuasive, for deeper personal fulfillment. Her goal is to help students take their craft to the next level.

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 Nichole Headshot  Nichole Hamilton
Contact:

 

Phone: (408) 242-6349
Email: nyhamilton@gmail.com
Website: http://www.nichole-hamilton.com

 

Disciplines:

Storytelling, Poetry/Spoken Word, Theatre/Drama

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adjunct Teaching: Non-majors, BFA and BA: Acting I, II and III, Oral Interpretation, Voice/Speech and Movement, Theatre Appreciation, Audition Workshop, and MFA: Voice IV

 

Summary Description:

Nichole’s ultimate goal for every workshop is that each student develops an understanding of material through new and interesting creative approaches, and the ability to constructively analyze and articulate his or her work. Nichole is an actor, teacher, director, and storyteller working in the Southeast. Most recently, Nichole taught as adjunct instructor at the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. She has acted, directed, and taught ages 3-50 in California, Florida, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, and Georgia in a variety of genres including improvisation, children’s theatre, Shakespeare, and opera, as well as the more contemporary texts including new and devised work. Nichole holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Montevallo near Birmingham, Alabama, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has twenty years of experience teaching acting at various levels. Nichole strives to set a trusting and collaborative artistic environment and meet each student at their level of learning.

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 Pam Beagle Daresta headshot  Pam Beagle-Daresta
Contact:

 

Phone: (678) 230-9972
Email: beagledaresta@gmail.com
Website: 

 

Disciplines:

Visual Art

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Currently certified as a teaching artist with the South Carolina and Mississippi Art Commissions, as well as GCA, Pam Beagle-Daresta creates engaging workshops and residency programs in printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts. Her often STEAM-related projects incorporate observation concept drawing with engineering production processes. Because nature and cultural histories inspire her own art making, her teaching offers an intrinsic alignment with arts integration. Pam’s innovative process-focused programs feature learning foundation skills, support inquiry discovery learning, and promote creative risk-taking resulting in original student work. Her residencies deepen individual student learning and offer collaborative production of compilation learning projects culminating in the production of a public work of art for host institutions. Her professional development work focuses on arts-integration tools and strategies for success. Pam regularly leads in-depth professional development programs for school systems, museums, and arts councils. She recently served on the Governor’s Arts Learning Task Force.

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 Piccadilly Puppets head shot  Piccadilly Puppets
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 636-0022
Email: piccadillypuppets@gmail.com
Website: https://piccadillypuppets.org

 

Disciplines:

Puppetry

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5

 

Summary Description:

Piccadilly Puppets has been producing entertaining and educational puppet shows for children and families since 1969. We have been on the touring roster for GCA for many years. Each original show is well researched and incorporates Georgia Performance Standards. We often work with outside organizations. For example, our show "Butterfly Ballad" was developed with help from the butterfly center at Callaway Gardens. We also worked closely with Arts for Learning (formerly Young Audiences) for many years. We have received a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA, the leading international puppetry organization. All of our puppeteers have performing arts degrees and have performed extensively for children as well as adults, and all are trained professional puppeteers. Shows are fun, fast-paced, usually interactive, and always engaging.

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 Taylor with Students at Booker T Washington High  Randy Taylor
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 931-0942
Email: randydavid29@yahoo.com
Website: 

 

Disciplines:

Visual Art, Theatre/Drama, Architecture

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, college, adults (teachers)

 

Summary Description:

I work in the fields of Theatre and Visual Arts, Arts Integration, Project-Based Learning, Mantle of the Expert, and STEAM. My approach starts as a collaboration with the site in identifying the content they want to cover and finding ways to use theatre and art to gain experience with this content in an authentic way. With Mantle of the Expert, students will take on the role as experts and I will take on the role as protagonist to challenge and propel them into their learning by solving problems through their expertise. With this work the participants are the audience, the actors, and the writers of the drama. Visual art is used as a way of cementing the knowledge that is gained and as a representation of the messages the participants want to convey to a wider audience. The students learn content and problem solving with compassion.

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 Sasikala Penumarthi Portrait  Sasikala Penumarthi
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 277-9087
Email: sasikala@bellsouth.net
Website: http://www.kuchipudi.us

 

Disciplines:

Dance, Storytelling, Theatre/Drama

 

Grade Levels:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College Students

 

Summary Description:

Sasikala (Sah-SEE-ka-lah) Penumarthi is one of the foremost practitioners of classical Indian Kuchipudi dance in the world. Sasikala trained under the great Legendary Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam in the Kuchipudi art form for many years. Sasikala moved to Atlanta in 1991, and pursued training students, performing, and producing dance dramas. Sasikala founded the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance, a non-profit organization, in 1997. Sasikala is on the Georgia Arts Council State Touring Artists Roster. Sasikala's troupe presents her Guru’s dramas, solo and group performances, and her own choreography, such as Swapna Vijayam, which is an adaptation of The Nutcracker. Sasikala teaches full credit semester courses in Kuchipudi at Emory University and conducts master classes and lecture-demonstrations on Kuchipudi at several universities. Sasikala served on the roster for Young Audiences and Arts For Learning-Woodruff Arts Center. She conducts classes at her studio in Suwanee and at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale.

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 Diggery with Egg and table  Sean Driscoll
Contact:

 

Phone: (912) 633-6320
Email: sean@thestoryship.com
Website: http://www.thestoryship.com

 

Disciplines:

Storytelling, Media Arts, Poetry/Spoken Word, Theatre/Drama, Creative Writing, Puppetry

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Sean Driscoll began performing professionally at the age of fifteen. In 1976, at the age of sixteen, he was awarded the Young Artist award in Atlanta, GA and began a long career entertaining children in schools with educational programs. Now forty years later, Sean currrently tours regularly throughout the United States, performing in theaters, schools, libraries, radio, television, concert, and festival settings. Sean completed his BFA in music from Florida State University and taught classical guitar for ten years at Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, GA. He has been selected for hundreds of Artist in Residency programs in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina from 1990 to the present. Sean reaches thousands of children and adults each year through hundreds of residencies, workshops, and performances. He specializes in technology workshops where students create storybook mobile apps, green screen animated videos, and storytelling audio CDs.

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 Sharna Fulton Youve Got to Blog Residency  Sharna Fulton
Contact:

 

Phone: (404) 580-8844
Email: sharnafulton@gmail.com
Website: http://www.chloepink.com

 

Disciplines:

Visual Art, Entrepreneurship, Media Arts, Creative Writing

 

Grade Levels:

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

 

Summary Description:

Sharna Fulton is a teaching artist with a background in writing, visual arts, and youth empowerment. From penning McDonald’s radio spots, to teaching kids art, to being a published author, Sharna has held many fun and creative jobs throughout her career. While her primary professional competency is in communications, it is her passion to help students achieve language and visual art success that matters most. In other words, she loves helping young people develop self-confidence through self-expression. As a Teaching Artist with Woodruff Arts Center, she developed Young Audiences' first language arts program – "You've Got To Blog It: Expressing Yourself In A Digital Era.” Through interactive workshops, shared through on Georgia Council for the Arts Teaching Artist Registry, students learn writing, art, and digital tools to create a professional blog. The program meets Georgia ELA Standards. Sharna also has been empowering girls through after school programming since 2010. To learn more, visit www.chloepink.com.

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 Wendy Bennett Portrait  Wendy Bennett
Contact:

 

Phone: (770) 641-1260 x223
Email: bookings@get.org
Website: http://get.org/get-arts-education/

 

Disciplines:

Music, Theatre/Drama, Storytelling

 

Grade Levels:

Pre-K, K-2, 3-4

 

Summary Description:

Wendy Bennett delivers highly interactive, fun, curriculum-based musical theater programs to children all over the Atlanta and surrounding areas. Wendy earned her BFA in Music education from Miami University in Ohio and is a graduate of The Alliance Theater's Acting Intern Program. She sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its Symphony Street Concerts and various Family Concerts for 14 years from 2000 to 2014 and has toured her children's shows with Young Audiences for 25 years. Wendy uses her lovely voice, puppets, colorful props, and guitar to bring memorable programs designed to enhance curriculum and make learning fun.

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