Instructors

 

STAFFORD BERRY, JR., MFA, is an accomplished artist, educator, activist, and scholar of African-rooted dance, theatre, and aesthetics.  He is the Director of the IU African American Dance Company and Co-Director of The Berry & Nance Dance Project with Dr. C. Kemal Nance, an all-male contemporary African dance company.  He has toured nationally, and internationally to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.  He is a certified teacher of the Umfundalai Contemporary African Dance Technique and a licensed Zumba® Instructor.  Mr. Berry was Associate Artistic Director of Baba Chuck Davis’ internationally acclaimed African American Dance Ensemble for 14 years and Faculty at the American Dance Festival for 5 years. Mr. Berry’s artistic efforts are concerned with creating embodied epistemologies for contemporary African and African American culture while “making space” for black, Lgbtqia+, and other disempowered communities. His recent dance-making includes: “Double-dutch and Broken Levees” ‘2017, a dance about urban cultural play and climate change, and set to the music of jazz virtuoso, Wynton Marsalis, and “How to Build a hOuse,” ‘2017, a work that juxtaposes the construction of a physical dwelling with the making of a familial, queer safe-space, for which Mr. Berry received the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Arts Council’s prestigious Choreographer’s Fellowship. Finally, the Mayor of Cincinnati, OH proclaimed October 5th “Stafford C. Berry, Jr. Day” in recognition of his work in arts education and performance throughout the city.  Concurrently he was the Taft Museum of Art’s 2017 coveted Duncanson Artist in Residence recipient. (Cultural Camps)

RAJ BUNNAG graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA in Printmaking. He currently lives and works in Durham, NC where he continues to create his art. Raj finds his inspiration from spreading the gospel of print and educating people on how the printed word is still powerful in a digitally dominated world. (Teen Intensives)

STEPHEN COFFMAN: Whether noticed in a Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, or Latin setting, Stephen Coffman has been one of the most in-demand drummers in North Carolina for the past decade.  After graduating from Durham School of the Arts in 2002, he earned a scholarship to join the music program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied jazz performance. Stephen maintains a full schedule in North Carolina, operating his own drum teaching school in addition to performing in many musical projects with shows around the world. He performs regularly with The Beast and Peter Lamb & The Wolves.  In a professional setting, Stephen has also had the opportunity to record or perform with Rene Marie, John Pizzarelli, Joe Chambers, Nnenna Freelon, Maceo Parker, Jason Marsalis, The North Carolina Symphony and Mike Cross among others.  He lives in Durham, NC with his wife and 2 sons.  www.stephencoffman.com  (Teen Intensives)

ERIN CUELLAR holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a NC K-12 Music Education licensure from UNC Chapel Hill.  She currently teaches Chorus, General Music, and Musical Theater at Williston Middle School in Wilmington, NC.  She is also the director of Traditional Music at Masonboro Baptist Church.  She is thrilled to return to Durham Arts Council for another exciting summer of singing! (Cultural Camps)

ALLISON DAVIDSON has been a professional educator for 40 years having served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, and supervisor of student teachers.  She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication from Austin College with further graduate study in Fine Arts Education from the University of North Texas. She has been a teaching artist with DAC for over 15 years as a camp instructor, afterschool instructor and CAPS artist. (Cultural Camps)

RACHEL JESSEN is a documentary photographer and experimental filmmaker based in Durham, NC. Born and raised in the great state of Iowa, she holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa in Spanish and Linguistics with a TEFL emphasis, and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, with a Certificate in College Teaching. Before coming to the South, Rachel worked as a photojournalist and assistant to documentary photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier. She currently serves as the William G. Gedney intern at the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University and teaches at Guilford College. (Teen Intensives)

ROBYN KELLY is Creative Director at Loop Creative in Raleigh, a donut hunter, a music lover, amateur photographer, traveler, a wife and a mother: 1 by birth, 2 by gift, 2 furry. She worked in education for many years before going back to school to become a graphic and web designer. She has a BFA from The Art Institute of RDU and a BS from The University of Georgia. (Teen Intensives)

MORIAH LEFEBRVE is a graduate of the Visual Arts department at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and received her BA in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. She has spent the past few years working as a freelance artist, photographer, and teacher. A winner of the 2014-2015 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, she has spent the past couple years examining the changing landscape of Durham through a series of photography-based mixed media pieces. She loves introducing students to a multitude of media and encouraging them to explore the many possibilities of self-expression. (Teen Intensives)

SARA McCREARY earned a MS in Mass Comm. at the VCU Brandcenter, which led her to Durham where she teaches children’s arts and crafts and ceramics. She has been working with ceramics for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing her skills with students of all ages. She encourages exploration and experimentation for maximum creativity and fun. (Intersession Camps, Mini Camps, Cultural Camps)

ALICE OSBORN’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a singer-songwriter on acoustic guitar and book editor. In the past 12 years, Alice has taught workshops to thousands of aspiring creatives of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry and Old Derelicts is her most recent CD featuring crowd-pleasing favorite originals. Previous poetry collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. A NC Writers’ Network, NC Poetry Society, and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. She’s currently working on a weird western novel and a full-length CD collection of historic folk originals. She also plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo. Alice lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and four birds. Visit Alice’s website at www.aliceosborn.com. (Teen Intenisves)

AMIE PALMER is a lifelong fiber arts enthusiast who has been sewing and knitting for over 30 years. Her favorite projects include custom-fitted clothing and creating functional accessories by combining a variety of fiber arts. She is also a Craft Yarn Council Level II certified knitting instructor who loves sharing her craft with others. (Teen Intenisves)

THERESA PASTORIZA-TAN holds a Master of Art in Education from Columbia Teachers College in New York City. She is a former New York City public school teacher. For most of her career, she worked in elementary education in an inclusion school, serving students with disabilities in the general education classroom. She taught after school enrichment classes in mixed media art journaling, embroidery, and creating original operas. During this time, she also acquired a Certificate in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. Theresa and her husband moved to Durham from Brooklyn, NY in the summer of 2016. She began her work as a teaching artist for DAC in the summer of 2017. An avid learner, Theresa pursues her passion for teaching, learning and creativity through her blog, aloeilove.com (Mini Camps, Cultural Camps)

JESSICA SANDFORD makes ceramics for free spirits. She loves creating porcelain jewelry and home decor in small, thoughtful batches. Her design sensibility is fueled by a desire to create inspiring objects for creative people who enjoy being surrounded by delightful handmade things as they live, work, play and move about their day. Jessica is in love with color, shape and pattern. She deeply enjoys teaching ceramics, community building, golden hour, homemade donuts, forest bathing and lots of coffee. Jessica believes in magic. (Teen Intensives)