Spotlight on New Faculty

With only 10.5 weeks to go, we at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp are getting very excited for our 2013 camp season. We have a lot of new and exciting things happening on our campus this summer, including a whole host of fabulous new faculty members.

These new faculty members will be teaching classes such as interpretive dance, musical improv, and beatboxing. They have diverse past experiences from performing with the Blue Man Group to working as a cheese maker. We hope you will take the time to read about them below.


Aram Aghazarian is an actor, experimental theater creator, and a founding member of Strange Attractor Theatre Company. He holds a BA from Temple University and is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts. As a performer, Aram has collaborated with painter Alex Kanevsky as a live-action subject for his series, “Parlor Games and Visitations,” and in Nick Cassway’s installation, “In the Woods.” Aram has performed with Pig Iron Theater Company, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Workshop for Potential Movement, Fresh Meat and Animal Engline. His theater appearances include “Eurydice,” Perseverance Theatre; “The Man Stanley,” Walnut St. Theater Studio 5; “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps,” Perseverance Theatre. He has also taught theater workshops with Strange Attractor and with Quinn Bauriedel of Pig Iron Theater Company.

ImageDAVID ATKIN, Visual Arts

David Atkin is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. David earned his BFA in painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art And Design, and his MFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Design, Parson’s School of Design, and the Ontario College of Art. David has been teaching students of all ages at the 92nd Street Y since 2005 as well as teaching at the Nova Scotia College of art and Design in Halifax, NS and the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. You can see his work at


Zina Deretsky lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her mother and her first grade teacher set her off on a life-long adventure of drawing as well as examining the natural world around her. She strives to incorporate beauty, science, teaching, wit and storytelling into the images she produces. She received her Bachelors degree from Yale University (‘98) in art and organismal biology and her masters in science and medical illustration from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (‘01). She is a professional Certified Medical Illustrator and her work has been published in Nature, National Geographic, Science, Discover, BBC, MSNBC, Washington Post and many other places. She worked for the National

Institutes of Health and for the National Science Foundation. She has mentored middle school pupils and has brought lectures and workshops on topics ranging from botanical illustration to Russian art history and Flash programming to conferences around the country. She is an avid motorcyclist.


Kamili Feelings is a playwright, actor, and former faculty member of Temple University’s English Department. An adjunct professor at Temple from 2002- 2006, Feelings has conducted writing workshops in drama and fiction, and taught courses in international drama, African-American contemporary literature, and fiction. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in English Literature, a Master’s of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Brown University, along with a certificate in Pedagogical Studies from the London International School of Performing Arts.


Jed Hancock-Brainerd is an actor, teacher, and theater-maker based in Providence, RI. He has performed in Egypt and California with Mugwumpin, at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, and in his native Rhode Island with Trinity Rep, The Gamm, The Wilbury Group, and Elemental Theatre Collective. As a teacher he has led workshops in ensemble devised theater as a resident artist at J.M Walsh Performing Arts High School in RI, and has taught state council-funded workshops in both RI and AK. Jed received his BFA from the University of Rhode Island, his MFA from Naropa University, and is a graduate of London International School of Performing Arts. While in graduate

school he became engaged in scenic design and has since continued his investigations of dramatic space while creating original theater as a co-founder of Strange Attractor Theatre Company.

Meejin HongMEEJIN HONG, Digital Arts

Meejin Hong is a recent graduate of California Institute of the Arts’ experimental animation program. With a fine arts background, she creates films using messy materials and lots of layers. Her animations have screened in Japan, Colombia, and the US. She was born in Spartanburg, SC and currently lives amongst wild parrots and a sixty-year-old desert tortoise under a century old oak tree in Pasadena, California.

Cristy MalteseCRISTY MALTESE, Digital Arts

Cristy Maltese is an artist who lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area. She graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in Fine Art and entered the animation industry as a traditional 2D background painter. Her work can be seen in classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. She supervised the Background Painting Department on both Pocahontas and Home on the Range, and was the Art Director on Walt Disney’s Dinosaur as well as smaller projects. Her most recent contribution to the Disney lineup was visual development for the upcoming feature “Planes.” Cristy currently freelances for major studios and paints for pleasure in her spare time.

David MagidoffDAVID MAGIDOFF, Theater

David Magidoff is the founder of Monkey Butler Comedy, the international improv community that offers free weekly workshops in L.A., Denver & England. David has performed and/or taught improv at iO West, UCB, The Groundlings, Disneyland and around the world. He has studied under the likes of The British American Drama Academy, Sam Christensen, Stephanie Feury, and the UCLA & USC Theatre Schools. David has also appeared in over 45 commercials and films & network shows (NCIS:LA, CSI, Veronica Mars). David likes chocolate chip cookies.


Peter Musante is a San Francisco-raised theater artist and educator cur- rently based in Brooklyn, New York. A frequent performer with Blue Man Group, Peter has enjoyed collaborating on original interdisciplinary works with such artists as Martha Clarke & Alfred Uhry (Angel Reapers – The Joyce), Jody Oberfelder, Sabrina Jacob, Sinking Ship Productions, Double Image Theater Lab, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and with Summer Shapiro in their award-winning Legs and All. His original work of physical theater has been presented at The Kraine, The Brick, The Tank, Galapagos Art Space and most recently St. Mark’s Church / Incubator Arts Project in an investigation of neurodiversity & creative isolation called Archipelago. Peter is also working toward an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. You can learn more about his work at


Rebecca Noon is a Providence-based theater-maker and teacher who has worked with local companies, the Wilbury Group and Elemental Theatre Collective, in addition to the performances she has created and produced with her company Strange Attractor. With Strange Attractor she created and performed in 2010’s “F.orward O.perating B.ase” in Juneau, Alaska at the Perseverance Theatre Second Stage, 2010’s “Special Happy” for Perishable Theatre’s Women’s Playwriting Festival and The Wilbury Group, and 2012’s “A Terrific Fire,” which was created in both Juneau and Providence with Perseverance Theatre, Perishable Theatre, and 95 Empire. She also worked as the outside eye and producer on the 2011 Strange Attractor collaboration with Spanish company Rompecabezas, “If You Shoot a Boot You Might Get Wet.”

George RodriguezGEORGE RODRIGUEZ, Visual Arts

George Rodriguez is an El Paso, TX transplant who currently lives and works in Seattle as a ceramic artist. He creates humorous figurative ceramic sculpture that is heavily decorative and ornamental. George received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas in El Paso. In 2006, George was awarded the Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship from the National Council on the Education on Ceramic Art (NCECA). A 2009 MFA ceramics graduate from the University of Washington, he traveled the world through most of 2010 as a recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship. He has shown in galleries extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond and is currently represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

Margaret RossMARGARET ROSS, Writing

Margaret Ross earned her M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches at the International Writing Program. Her poems have been published by Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Jubilat, and Petri Press. Her chapbook is published by Catenary Press. Apart from teaching, Margaret has worked as a cheese maker, a goatherd, and a butterfly pinner.


Tommy Scrivens is a Florida native, where he trained at New Tampa Dance Theatre. Tommy graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance performance in 2005. He has studied with such world-renowned legends as Gregory Hines, Ann Reinking, Gwen Verdon, Henry LeTang, AC Ciulla, Maurice Hines and Bill T. Jones and assists NYC choreographer Shea Sullivan. Tommy joined Parsons Dance Company in 2005 and toured with them as a principal dancer to Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, China, and across the U.S for 4 years. He has performed with Columbus Dance Theater contemporary ballet company, in the United Kingdom tour of Tap Fusion, as a guest artist with BalletMet, Columbus, and Collide , and can be seen in the independent feature film The Big Gay Musical. Most recently, he was highlighted in the premier of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on the OWN network and as a featured dancer in City Center’s Encores production of “Where’s Charley”. He is also cur- rently dancing with, Nicholas Andre Dance and marInspired. As a teacher he has taught master classes all over the world including Brazil, China, and Russia. In the United States he has been privileged to teach at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, The Ohio State University, Adelphi University, Manhattenville College, and many dance studios across the nation.

Austin WillacyAUSTIN WILLACY, Music

Austin Willacy is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who has toured extensively throughout the U.S and Europe as a member of The House Jacks, a multi-award winning a cappella rock band currently featured on The Sing-Off on NBC and on Monday Night Football on ESPN. The band has been interviewed in top media outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox; they have performed with the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown, LL Cool J, The Neville Brothers, and Cosby, Stills, and Nash, at venues including Carnegie Hall, The House of Blues, Fenway Stadium, The World Expo, and Candlestick Park; and they have performed and/or recorded commercials for celebrities and corporate clients like President Bill Clinton, Aaron Spelling, AT&T, Coca Cola, and Verizon Wireless. Austin is also the director of ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group and has facilitated over 35 youth retreats. In addition, he has co-facilitated four Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Jams and one North America Jam for YES! and served on the board of Rainforest Action Network for 4 years and is in his 7th year of service on the board of the Freight & Salvage. He donates his musical talent to a wide range of educational, social and environmental organizations.


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