About the Artists & Educators 2014 / 2015

Greg Adamson
Veronica Moody Anderson
Chelsea Davis
Rosina Didyk
Dawn Dyson-Platero
Kathryn Farquhar-Ayeh
Katherine England
Bryan Green
Dale Jones
Marsha Judd
Andrew Kemp
Brian Kohl
Linda King Pruitt
Cynthia Ryanen
Wilfried Souly
Istvan Szabo
Meg Terán
Brandon Eddy Wade

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 Moody Anderson has her B.A. in Art with emphasis in teaching, along with a B.A. in Theatre. In addition to teaching for All the Arts for All the Kids, for the past five years she has taught 3-D art at the Art Camp through the Fullerton Foundation at California State University Fullerton. Through Veronica’s many travels around the world as a hand courier, she has collected folk arts and project ideas from 15 different countries! As a member of multiple galleries, there are frequent showings of her artwork, which include watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, etchings, and tole painting. There are four murals for public viewing in the LA area and Veronica has had numerous artwork credited on T.V. and film. (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)

 

Kathryn 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. (back to top)

Dale Jones
Dale Jones has worked with children’s theater since 1985 and with All the Arts for All the Kids since 1998. He has performed at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, South Coast Repertory, and in the European tour of the musical “Fame.” He was actor and manager for the Imagination Company, a touring children’s theater group, for 12 years. Dale directs a complete musical production each summer for our Arts Camp program. (updated August 2014) (back to top)

Marsha 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)

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 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. (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)

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. (back to top)

Wilfried 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 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)