Meet the NJPAC Summer Programs Faculty

 

All-Female Jazz Residency Faculty

 

Geri-Allen-Photo.jpgGeri Allen (Artistic Director)

Geri Allen is a pianist/composer, Guggenheim Fellow, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  The first recipient of the Lady of Soul Award for jazz, Allen was also the first woman, and youngest person to receive the Danish Jazz Par Prize. Allen’s work is featured in the Lisa Gay Hamilton Peabody Award winning film, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, and Andy Bey's GRAMMY nominated American Song. Allen received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2011; she also performed in a theatrical and musical celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., MLK: A Monumental Life, for the statue unveiling. Allen is a pianist/composer on Terri Lyne Carrington's GRAMMY-winning Mosaic Project, and performs with the collaborative trio featuring both Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. Allen also tours consistently with her Trio and Tap Quartet, Timeline. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Jacques Lacombe, commissioned Stone and Streams, an original work by Allen, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The work was performed as part of the NJSO's Gala Celebration in September 2013. She continues to concertize internationally.

Marcus Belgrave (Trumpet)

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Marcus Belgrave is Detroit’s internationally recognized jazz trumpet great. He came to prominence in the late '50s, touring and recording with the late great Ray Charles’ Orchestra, at the height of Charles' hit-making era. Belgrave is heard as a trumpet soloist on some of Charles' most famous “hits” … both albums and singles. He always pays tribute to Charles, who mentored him from the young age of 19. He is the only living member of Ray Charles’ small band horn section. He was also mentored by the great Clifford Brown. Belgrave spent the early '60s spearheading the modern jazz movement in New York, working and recording in the bands of such major innovators as Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Max Roach. Many of these classic recordings (on Atlantic, Columbia and other major labels) have now been reissued on CD. Belgrave moved to Detroit in the early 1960s to join Motown Records as staff trumpeter, playing on most of the Motown hits. Belgrave has established himself as Detroit’s foremost jazz musician. He was recently awarded the singular title of the official Jazz Master Laureate for the City of Detroit., as well as a $50,000 Kresge 2010 Eminent Artist award for his 46 years of service to the young musicians of Detroit. His performances encompass the history of jazz musical styles ... from early New Orleans to swing, bebop and on, to the latest contemporary sounds. Belgrave continues to tour and record in the world’s major jazz centers. He was an original member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Belgrave has performed the music of Louis Armstrong to ovations with symphonies across America. He was a featured soloist as part of the Detroit Jazz Masters concerts with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at Frederick Rose Hall in New York, a concert that included other Detroit Jazz Masters Yusef Lateef, Ron Carter, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson and his protégé, Geri Allen. Always the teacher, Belgrave continues to mentor the next generation of jazz musicians. His protégés include a who’s-who of young jazz musicians: violinist Regina Carter, bassist Robert Hurst, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, pianist Geri Allen, saxophonist James Carter, guitarist Ray Parker Jr., and drummer Ali Jackson.

 

James Burton III (Trombonist)

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New York-based trombonist James Burton III is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most sought-after performers/educators in the jazz community. Mentored by jazz luminaries Jackie McLean and Curtis Fuller, Burton has performed and/or recorded alongside many great jazz artists, the likes of whom include Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, James Moody, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Sir Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Charles Tolliver and Christian McBride. Burton has also performed with the Ray Charles Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and the Roy Hargrove Big Band. Formerly the Director of Jazz Studies at Snow College, he is currently professor of jazz theory and applied jazz trombone at the Juilliard School, as well as conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. Burton has most recently accepted the position of trombonist/associate conductor for the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Star Orchestra, which provided the music for the Broadway show After Midnight.

Carmen Lundy (Vocalist)

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Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami, FL as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Over three decades later, Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation.  Having recorded more than 12 albums as a leader, Lundy’s far-reaching discography also includes performances and recordings with such musicians as brother and bassist Curtis Lundy, Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, Bruce Hornsby, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kip Hanrahan, Courtney Pine, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Geri Allen, Robert Glasper, Patrice Rushen and the late Kenny Kirkland. Lundy’s 2005 release, the hugely successful Jazz and The New Songbook -- Live at The Madrid, features some of the jazz world’s best known musicians paying tribute to Lundy.  As a composer, Lundy’s catalog numbers over 80 published songs, one of the few jazz vocalists in history to accomplish such a distinction, and has led to the first publication of the Carmen Lundy Songbook (2007).

Tia Fuller (Saxophonist)

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Inspired by her older sister, Shamie, Tia Fuller began playing classical piano when she was just 3 years old and continued until she was 13. She also began studying the flute when she was 9. Her interest in jazz came into fruition in high school.  It was during this time that she began playing the saxophone.  The Colorado native, who resides in Essex County, New Jersey, says playing music makes her feel as if she were a vessel for the Spirit to flow through. While listening to her songs, she wants people to be uplifted and experience a sense of restoration, compelling them to move forward not in fear, but in love and faith.  Fuller has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (summa cum laude), and was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star Beyoncé as part of the I AM...Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar’s CDs. Fuller has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I) and also appeared on number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live.

Nicole Mitchell (Flutist)

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Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years (2010-2013). Mitchell’s music celebrates African- American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works. Mitchell formerly served as the first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. In recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2006 by The Chicago Tribune. 

Linda Oh (Bassist)

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Born in Malaysia, raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda Oh started classical piano at age 4 and took up clarinet at 11 and bassoon at 13.  At 15, Oh dabbled on electric bass, playing jazz in the high school and community big bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Semi-Finals and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year. She placed second at the BASS2010 competition in Berlin. Oh completed her Master's Degree at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and teaches bass in the MSM precollege division. She has performed with Geri Allen, Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Kevin Hayes, Cyrus Chestnut, Jack DeJohnette, Damilo Perez, Dave Douglas, George Colligan, Kassa Overall and Jon Batiste. She recently played at the 80th Birthday Celebration for Wayne Shorter in Boston Symphony Hall.

Romero Lubambo (Guitar)

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In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. After arriving in New York City, Romero quickly established himself as a "first call" session and touring guitarist who was in demand not only for his authentic Brazilian sound, but also for his command with a variety of styles.  Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D'Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano ... among many others. He is also a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.

Joan Belgrave (Vocalist)

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Vocalist, producer, songwriter, Joan, began her musical career like so many others, singing in the choir of the Baptist church. Her musical education continued while studying classical voice. Her versatility as a musical stylist has allowed her to perform as a vocalist in various genres of music from Jazz, Blues, and Gospel to Soul. Her CD Grammy nominated jazz project, “Excitable”- (2009) brings together a young New Orleans virtuoso pianist with veteran players, mixing the old with the new, with music that “jumps off the paper.”  Her latest hit single "Hey Love" (2013), shows her sultry/romantic style, and composition skills.  

Savannah Harris (Drums)

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Savannah Harris, 20, is an up and coming drummer from Oakland, California. Playing since the age of 4, she gained experience performing with her father Fred Harris and her step-father Khalil Shaheed, as well as other established Bay Area musicians such as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol. She currently attends Howard University as a journalism major, yet she has remained a dedicated and passionate musician. As a member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, she shared the stage with Bobby Watson, Hubert Laws, Sonny Fortune and Hugh Masekela. She has also performed with Tarus Mateen, Kris Funn, Howard Wiley, Josh Hari, Geechi Taylor, Elena Pinderhughes, Joe Warner, and Elijah Balbed. Savannah was honored to be presented with the opportunity to work with Geri Allen and the world-renowned faculty at NJPAC's All-Female Jazz Residency Week, which led to performances with Allen, Marcus and Joan Belgrave, Tia Fuller, and Linda Oh. 

Singer/Songwriter Workshop Faculty

Mark D. Conklin  (Singer/Songwriter Workshop Artistic Director)

Mark-D.-Conklin-3-headshot_.jpgMark D. Conklin is an award-winning songwriter/producer/manager and the founder of Music City East, LLC, a full service entertainment and marketing company. Music City East’s artist roster includes singer/songwriter Mree, who was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Grammy Foundation. As a songwriter, Conklin has had songs reach the Top 10 on several Billboard album charts and Top 40 on the Billboard Indicator and Country Breakout Singles Charts. He has won the L.A. Music Award for Best Pop Song, as well as the Independent Music Award (IMA) for Country Song of the Year and nomination for producer of the Country Album of the Year. His songs have been heard in film and television shows, such as HBO, SHOWTIME, CW and the E Channel, as well as several appearances at the Cannes Film Festival and recently a Target holiday national TV commercial.

Amy Ward-Wurst (Singer/Songwriter Workshop Teacher)

amy_ward_wurst_170x160.jpgSinger/songwriter/teacher Amy Ward-Wurst delivers her music with a pop/rock/soul sound. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she has had hundreds of songs air in various feature films and TV shows in the United States, Canada and Europe on CBS, ABC, FOX, FX, USA, The WB and Lifetime. Ward-Wurst has performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium, and also opened for the Dave Matthews Band. She has been teaching music in the New York City area for 10-plus years, as well as directing musicals and hosting piano/vocal recitals.  www.amyward.com

Young Artist Summer Intensive Faculty

Christian Ely (Young Artist Summer Intensive Artistic Director)

Christian_Talkback_photo.jpgChristian Ely’s acting students have been accepted into acting programs at NYU, DePaul, the University of Hartford, Northwestern University, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Connecticut, Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence and Yale University, among others. They have also performed on Broadway, in regional theaters, national tours and in film and television. With over 25 years of experience as an acting teacher and director, he is committed to creating skilled, disciplined and creative new artists for the theater.

Janeece Freeman (Musical Theater Advanced Division Instructor)

Janeece.JPGJaneece Freeman has spent most of her career simultaneously performing and educating. She has a great love for both, and would have it no other way. As an actor, she can be seen as Miss Molly on PBS KIDS award-winning children’s series Dittydoodle Works. She has appeared on and off Broadway in productions including Urinetown the Musical, The Ark, A Band of Angels, and Africa Plumbridge. She has also performed in many regional theater houses across the country, her favorites including: Westport Playhouse, Westport, CT; Arena Stage, Washington, DC; Center Stage, Baltimore, MD; Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX; Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; Theater Building Chicago, Chicago, IL; Cape Playhouse, Cape Cod MA, and Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, ME. Some of her favorite roles have been Charlayne in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café and Ida B. Wells in Constant Star. Freeman received her Bachelor's in Music from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), where her concentration included musical theater, vocal performance and music education. During her tenure there, she reluctantly admits to having been first runner-up in a Miss Michigan competition. As an educator, Freeman teaches vocal technique to musical theater students attending NJPAC’s Young Artist Institute. She is also a vocal instructor at the Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth, NJ. She has worked as a teaching artist in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx through Periwinkle National Theater Company and has directed and choreographed several musical productions at Brooklyn High School of Legal Studies. She has conducted various children, youth and gospel choirs in New York City and abroad and heads her own private vocal studio in South Orange, NJ.

Daryl Stewart (Musical Theater Advanced Division Instructor)

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Daryl Stewart comes from a uniquely diverse background in the performing arts. As a performer, he has performed on renowned stages across the country. He has portrayed roles in musical productions like the Gershwins' My One and OnlyFive Guys Named MoeLeader of the PackThe Wild Party, CarouselRagtimeInto the Woods and Disney’s Aida as well as a host of TV/film projects. Additionally, he has worked with the New York Musical Theater Festival, Downtown Theater Festival, regional and several off-Broadway theaters in new musical theater works. As an educator, Stewart is a sought-after clinician, coach and teaching artist who specializes in working with young talent. He has served as the Associate Director/Choreographer of several productions, including FameOnce on This IslandHigh School MusicalOnce Upon a MattressSeussical, and The Wiz. He has studied dance with Kate Swan, Sherry Alban and Tori-Lockett Kruse. In addition to his theatrical work, his choreography has been commissioned for festivals, concerts, competitions, music videos, and performance workshops in the industry. At NJPAC, Stewart serves as the Musical Theatre Dance Instructor for the Young Artist Institute and is a musical theater teaching artist for In-School Residencies. He is also a teaching artist and performance coach at the All Stars Project Inc., Snyder High School of the Arts and Burnet Middle School. He is the recipient of the Wasserman Award for Excellence in the Arts, two-time Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star nominee and a BMC Award for Entertainment nominee. Stewart is a proud alumnus of the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Art, Paper Mill Playhouse Musical Theater Conservatory and New York University.‚Äč

Chantel Wright (Vocal Music Advanced Division Instructor)

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Pastor Wright is a native of Chicago, Illinois where she started her career as an award winning choral conductor.  She received her formal education at VanderCook College of Music where she received her BA degree in Music Education.  Ms. Wright started her professional career in Atlanta, Georgia where she served on the music staff of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, home of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as an educator in the Dekalb County Public Schools where her choirs performed theFrostiana by Randall Thompson at Carnegie Hall.  In New York, Chantel hit the ground running as the new Director of the Girls Choir of Harlem, as well as Minister of Music at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, New York.   An honor celebrated by few women, Ms. Wright gave her gifts to the young people of Queens, New York as the Artistic Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra Youth Gospel Choir.  Not only did she gather valuable experience as an orchestral conductor, her work with the orchestra encouraged her to incorporate her own non-profit organization, SONGS OF SOLOMON: An Inspirational Ensemble, Inc.  The ensemble has toured the East Coast, Florida, Wisconsin, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, Detroit, Utah, Vegas, and Canada and recently worked with the “Y.E.S.” program in Bermuda.   Chantel is sought after as a choral clinician nationally and internationally and for the past two years she held voice workshops at the Roma Gospel Festival in Italy. As an envoy for the United States Department of Arts and Culture, Pastor Wright sojourned to Zimbabwe bringing youth together for a week of inspiration at the Harare International Festival for the Arts.  She is the recipient of the New York Times Teacher’s Who Matters Most Award, Who’s Who among American Teachers, The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble Community Service Award and the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Award and the Riverside Club for Education.  She loves God, Music and Children: her life is dedicated to the pursuit of all three.

Lisa Gunn Becker (Vocal Music Apprentice Division Instructor)

Gunn_Lisa_160x160.jpgLisa Gunn-Becker, a native Californian, comes to the NJPAC summer program by way of Philadelphia, New York and Brooklyn.  Lisa has performed on Broadway in the 20th Anniversary production of Annie; with composer great Marvin Hamlisch, and at numerous regional theatres such at The Walnut Street and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Lisa’s work includes stage, commercials, television, and film.  She has represented such products as Chevy, Dominos, Band-Aid, and was the spokesperson for Tom Kean Jr.  She can be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Christmas Present, The Last Days of April as well as episodes of All My Children, As The World Turns, and Law and Order.  She has been a teaching artist for NJPAC for the past five years with the Dancing Classrooms, Musical Theatre, and Explore a Story programs.  She has taught at Temple University, Saint Anne’s in Brooklyn, E-Arts, and many public schools in New Jersey.  She also facilitates improv seminars for Destination Imagination.  Lisa coaches business executives in Performance Skills and Accent Reduction work.  She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno and an MFA in acting from Temple University.  She has also trained at the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Lisa lives in a 1725 farmhouse with her husband, two daughters, and two collie dogs.  Lisa believes creative expression can empower and transform individuals.

 

Brandon Jones (Dance Advanced Division Instructor)

Brandon_Jones.jpgBrandon Joshua Jones has been a student of dance for twenty-four years. Trained in seven genres, he competed regionally and nationally from ages eight to eighteen. He was awarded a full artistic scholarship to attend the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, finishing in the summer of 2007. Brandon has danced works by classical and contemporary concert choreographers such as Peter Anastos (Company of Dance Arts, NJ), Kim Gibilisco; formerly of the Alwin Nikolai/Murray Louis ensemble (KGDances, NYC), Cleo Mack (Cleo Mack Dance Project, NJ), Obediah Wright (Balance Dance Theatre, NYC) and Attack Theatre (PA.), under the artistic direction of Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope. From fall 2008-spring 2009, he was also blessed with an opportunity to perform with international recording artist Crystal Waters. This led Brandon to the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Bucharest, Amsterdam, and Brisbane. Brandon has recently been performing with ModArts Dance Collective (CA) under the artistic direction of Leah Tubbs and has also performed with the Tiny Starr Productions Theatre Company (NYC), under artistic director Pamela Eatman-Skinner. This is currently Brandon’s third season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.  

Danielle Thompson (Acting Apprentice Division Instructor)

Danielle_Thompson.jpgDanielle Renee Thompson is an actress and a teaching artist. She had the honor of winning the $40,000 NJPAC Star-Ledger Scholarship in 2000. Danielle received a BFA in acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in NJ. She recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of the world premiere of My Occasion of Sin by Monica Bauer and directed by Frances Hill at Urban Stages Theater in NYC. Over the past couple of years, Danielle has had the honor of touring a one women show, Warriors Don’t Cry, by Eisa Davis directed by Trazana Beverly through the Urban Stages Outreach program. Danielle has also been teaching for various NJPAC Arts Education programs such as the Young Artist Summer Intensive (formerly Summer Youth Performance Workshops), Young Artist Institute and the Artist-in- Residency programs in the fields of theater, performance techniques, and ballroom dance. 

Hip-Hop Institute Faculty

Sheikia Norris, aka “Purple Haze” (Hip-Hop Institute Artistic Director)

Purple-Headshot-2014.jpg Sheikia S. Norris, lyrically known as Purple Haze or Haze, was born in the birthplace of hip-hop, The Bronx. Currently residing in Newark, New Jersey, Haze challenges audiences with a natural ease and a voice that inspires audience movement and positive thoughts. Enthusiasts of the art form appreciate her energy, her impeccable flow and a clever deliverance of truth. Haze has mastered her own rich style of spitting lyrics with both power and substance. As the Hip Hop 101 Edutainment Program Facilitator & Recruiter for the Hip Hop Culture Center, a member of the Rhyme Like A Girl Collective (Freestyle Union) and up and coming curator for hip-hop art and performance, Haze is a diversified talent poised for success in a host of arenas. She is recording her highly anticipated EP, pH Balance for a 2014 release and “Painting It Purple” all over the globe!

The Second City Summer Workshops Faculty

Jonny Nelson (Teen Improv Workshop Instructor)

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Jonny Nelson grew up a Michigander and attended Grand Valley State University, receiving a double major in Philosophy and German. In Chicago he has been improvising and performing at iO with June Boy, Berserker, and his one-man show Social Science; at Comedy Sportz with Battle-Prov and house teams, with his two-man improv show Eisbär, and The Kickback. He is thrilled to be teaching at the place he loves!
 

 

Jessica Mitolo (Teen Improv Workshop Instructor)

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Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Jessica received her degree in Acting and Directing from Bowling Green State University. Since moving to Chicago, Jessica has studied, performed and directed at various schools and venues throughout the city. Her most recent directing credits include Nostalgia Sucks: But It Used To Be Awesome!Second Day Party Hair and Forty Winks. Jessica is proud to have worked as Assistant to the Director on The Second City Mainstage production, South Side of Heaven.

 

Nick Johne (From the Inside Out Instructor)

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An alumnus of Toronto’s award-winning Second City Main Stage cast, Nick Johne has been teaching improvisation in various capacities since 1983. He is currently teaching at The Second City Chicago and in the Theater Department of DePaul University where he is adjunct faculty. He has performed all over the world and was an original member of the workshop production of the Tony award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Nick Johne currently lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

 

Molly Fisher (From the Inside Out Instructor)

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Molly Fisher grew up in a northern suburb of chicago, Kenilworth. She graduated from St Lawrence University with a BFA in Speech and Theater. She then decided to work in the Special Education Department at New Trier High School for two years before going back to get her MFA in Acting at DePaul. While she was at New Trier she was also the director of No Questions Asked Improv. Another love of Molly’s is dance. She danced all throughout college and started a dance theater program, telling the story of shows through movement, at St. Lawrence University.

 

Ryan Bernier (Adult Improv Instructor)

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Ryan Bernier (Director) is thrilled to be directing this wonderful cast. His directing credits include Second City e.t.c.’s A Clown Car Named Desire and the Jeff Award–winning We’re All in this Room Together (Best Revue, Best Director), Second City’s Girls Night Out and Six Degrees of Desperation, Him & Her, Deadly Sins, and An Unscripted Romance. He studied at Suffolk University and Improv Asylum in Boston, as well as the Annoyance, iO, the Second City Conservatory and directing programs in Chicago. Ryan teaches at the Second City Training Center.

 

Teaching Artists subject to change.

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