Instructors

KIM ARRINGTON is a teaching and performing artist using poetry, theatre, and music
to tell stories. She graduated from North Carolina Central University
magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a concentration in Electronic
Media. Kim released her first volume of poetry, the lapis dwellers, in August 2005 voted
the Independent Weekly’s Best Poetry Book. Kim’s writing has appeared in Black Arts
Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, and In the People’s Hands. Through
her numerous writer-in-residencies, Kim has taught thousands of youth every year at
Durham Public Schools, Orange County School, Duke University’s Young Writers
Camp, ArtsCenter of Carrboro, and Durham Arts Council. Kim has performed for tens of
thousands all over the United States and Europe. She was nominated for the Best Female
Poet of 2005 by the National Underground Spoken Word and Poetry Awards. As the
2007-2008 recipient of the Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant in Drama, Kim
traveled to Taller Portobelo Norte in Panama to complete her full-length play, For My
Father to See, under the direction of playwright Howard L. Craft. Over the last 14 years,
Kim has written and directed over 35 youth plays and musicals for first-time student
actors. In February 2009, Kim toured London, England, after releasing her debut CD of
soul music titled First Love Note of Kim Arrington. Kim released her sophomore CD of
jazz music, Getting II Yes, in 2013. She is the recipient of North Carolina Central
University’s 40 Under 40 Award for excellence in the arts. She was the co-founder, along
with Billboard-charting singer, Rissi Palmer, of The Relative Pitch, a free performance
workshop for youth ages 18 and under. In 2017, Kim was selected as a Wolf Trap
Teaching Artist in Drama and Music to promote literacy through the arts in pre-K
classrooms in Vance County Schools. In 2017, she launched KimboStyle, a lifestyle blog
for 35-years-old-and-older women to promote self-care alongside career and family. In
2018, Kim is hard at work on her third soul CD, Make Your Luck. (Intersession Camps, Mini Camps, Cultural Camps)

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)

BRITTANY CARLSON holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She and her husband recently relocated to Durham, NC from Brooklyn, NY.  For the past seven years Brittany has been working as an art educator for various organizations and non-profits some of those including; The International Center of Photography, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Dedalus Foundation. She has worked with children K-12 in her practice as an art educator and in the past three years has assisted in piloting and maintaining successful portfolio development programs for High School students interested in pursuing a college degree in the arts. As an artist Brittany works in various mediums including: drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, and fiber arts.  As an art educator she enjoys teaching her students through both technical and creative lessons, while also preparing them with the skills to both write and speak about the art they are creating. (Teen Intensives)

DIANA CATHCART is a Durham-based textile artist who is the owner and maker at The Textile Creative, LLC, a web-based retail business that focuses on strengthening the relationship between people and the textiles they wear and use every day of their lives. She holds a B.A. in psychology and costume production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Diana grows and processes many of her own dyestuffs at her home in Durham. She is focused on utilizing ethically sourced, natural fibers in her work, and employing natural and organic dye processes to provide color and depth to her products. (Teen Intensives)

SARAH CLOVER is a mixed media artist whose work incorporates glass, metal and found objects. Sarah has been a teaching artist for the past 20 years. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from unc Greensboro. (Intersession Camps, 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)

LAWRENCE (LARRY) JONES is a freelance web designer, photographer and marketing/graphics professional with more than 25 years of experience. From 2005 to 2007 he lived in England and traveled Europe photographing Spain, Italy, France, Scotland, and Amsterdam and areas around the Baltic Sea. In 2006, he taught darkroom and digital photography to high school students at The American School, England near London. He has been teaching children, teens, and adults short courses in photography for 7 years. He has a BA in Advertising/Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more about Larry Jones go to http://ljonesdesign.com (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)

CHRIS MORGAN is a husband, dad,teacher and photographer, specializing in the Wet Plate Collodion process. He has extensive experience in both film and digital, both in using each commercially as well as teaching each in high school settings.
as teaching each in high school settings. (Teen Intensives)

JESSIE PARMELEE, born and raised in Arizona, comes from a diverse performing background. A classically trained ballerina, Jessie danced professionally all over the country with companies such as the Inland Pacific Ballet, American National Ballet, and the Louisville Ballet. She was honored to be a part of Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration as an entertainer aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Later on in her career, Jessie expanded her horizons to include musical theater, performing in Phantom, CATS, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Spamalot, and The Producers, to name a few. Jessie is also a certified Pilates instructor with a specialization in dance and is passionate about shaping the performers of tomorrow. (Intersession Camps, Dance Intensives, Cultural Camps, Teen Intensives)

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)

CEDRIC WRIGHT is a fourth-year teacher at Hillside New Tech, a fifth year camp-counselor, a Starbucks-chugging digital artist, MCU denizen, and enthusiastic creator/supporter of meaningful connections between Art, Technology, and Education! As a Game Art & Design teacher of three years, Mr.Wright is particularly passionate about lifting up practical conceptualization/design processes, (low-poly) 3D modeling, and storytelling to create fun and immersive game development experiences and games! He’s also super excited to be coming on-board with DAC this summer! (Teen Intensives)