Daemond Arrindell (faculty/mentor) is a poet, playwright, performer, and teaching artist. He has performed in venues across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Art Museums. As teaching artist, he is a faculty member of TAT Lab: the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab; Freehold Theatre - leading poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men for over ten years; Adjunct faculty at Seattle University and Tacoma’s School of the Arts; Senior Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. As a writer, he is a 2014 Jack Straw Writer, a VONA Voices Writers’ Workshop fellow and his work has been published by City Arts, Poetry NW, Specter and Crosscut magazines. In 2013 he was chosen for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW, profiling thirteen influential people in Seattle’s art scene. He featured alongside Sherman Alexie in TEXTure - a conversation amongst artists via their chosen mediums; was a featured poet in the 2016 Skagit River Poetry Festival; featured in KISS FEAR - a collaboration of poetry, sculpture and video in touching, powerful and sometimes darkly humorous ruminations on America’s weapon of choice; and co-adapted the highly acclaimed contemporary and satirical novel “Welcome To Braggsville,” by T. Geronimo Johnson into a play for Book-It Repertory Theater. Braggsville debuted in June 2017.
Kayti Bouljon (faculty/mentor) joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2004 and has directed PNB’s Community Education Programs since 2007. In her role she works extensively in the classroom, leads professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists, creates lesson plans for schools and teachers, and oversees partnerships with area arts organizations. In addition to her work at PNB, she is a faculty member of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, serves as faculty for the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab and Bringing Theatre Into the Classroom, teaches arts integration for Seattle University and University of Washington Masters in Teaching programs, and is an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts. She has also worked as a consultant for Arts Corps and Seattle Public Schools. From 2009-2016, Kayti served on the board of Dance Educators Association of Washington and as a liaison for the National Dance Education Organization. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Public Health from the University of Washington.
Carina del Rosario (faculty/mentor) Born in the Philippines, Carina A. del Rosario immigrated to the United States as a young girl. She earned her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University in 1991. She has studied photography and a variety of visual arts at Santa Fe Workshops, Photography Center Northwest, Pratt Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts and other cultural institutions. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and as public installations in Washington, Arizona and Illinois, and is the in the permanent collections King County and the cities of Seattle and Kent. As a teaching artist for Arts Corps, Seattle Art Museum, Photographic Center Northwest and other cultural institutions and community-based organizations, she helps students develop 21st century skills through the visual arts. She collaborates with non-profit organizations and education institutions to help illustrate issues such as poverty, education, health and civil rights. She also founded IDEA Odyssey, a collective that promotes cultural diversity, community development and economic prosperity in the International District/Chinatown neighborhood through visual arts. In 2013, the International Examiner honored her with a Community Voice Award for an Individual Artist.
Tina LaPadula is an east coast transplant and warrior for equitable art making and learning opportunities. For more than 15 years she poured most of her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award winning arts and social justice non profit she helped found. As a performer, Tina makes work that explores stories of human connectivity and celebrates the voices of the marginalized. She has collaborated with The Frye Museum, The Museum of History and Industry and Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival to curate exhibitions and events that elevate the art and perspectives of young people. As a teaching artist Tina has taught at Centrum Arts, Seattle Children's Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and after school programs. These days she primarily serves a consultant with The HeArtWork Collective, facilitating workshops on racial equity and the arts for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, schools, cultural organizations and national conferences. Tina supports the growth and development of teaching artists locally and nationally, most notably as the founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network, as a coach for the WA State Teaching Artist Training Lab, as the former chair of the Association of Teaching Artists, and on the national advisory of the Teaching Artist Guild. Her writing and opinion have been featured by Americans for the Arts, On the Boards, The Teaching Artist Journal and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Karen Sharp (faculty/mentor) is the Managing Director for Seattle Children’s Theatre. Karen is responsible for administration, management, operations and finances of the theatre. In addition she has taught and coordinated arts education programs for over 20 years including several years as a drama specialist in a public elementary school. Karen began teaching for Seattle Children’s Theatre in 1999 and has taught classes for students ages 3 through 21 years old in addition to training classroom teachers how to integrate the arts with other core academic subject areas. In 2000 Karen joined the SCT staff, beginning her tenure as the Education Outreach Coordinator, then serving as the Drama School Director, and then from 2005-2015, as SCT Education Director where she oversaw the Drama School plus the Outreach programs and was responsible for spearheading the educational vision for SCT. Karen is also an adjunct faculty member for the Seattle University MFA Arts Leadership program, has taught at Cornish College of the Arts and has collaborated with Shakespeare Center Los Angles to develop a creative drama performance piece. Karen has been an arts education guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Western Washington University, DePaul University, San Diego State University, and Pacific Lutheran University. She has consulted with art schools and theater education departments across the country to help them implement best practices at their institutions. Karen is a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama. She has presented at several local and national conferences including the 2011 and 2013 One Theatre World conferences, 2012 AATE Theatre in Our Schools regional conference and the 2013 and 2015 AATE national conference. Karen has served on the Seattle School District Arts Representative Advisory Committee, is the Immediate Past President of TYA/USA and the current Board President of the Winifred Ward Scholarship Foundation.
PROJECT DIRECTORS & CONSULTANTS
Anne Banks (program partner) is the Washington State Program Supervisor for The Arts at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). She has served in this position since 2011 and has focused on building collaborative partnerships, integrating arts education into other core subjects, exploring ways the arts connect to key state and federal programs, and raising the importance of equitable access to the arts for all students within the school day. As the state program supervisor, Anne works with schools, districts, universities, artists, state and national associations for the arts, and other state and community stakeholders to collaborate and maximize arts opportunities for students. Working across divisions at the state level, she has been instrumental in developing an arts infused residential opportunity for at-risk migrant middle school students, providing the arts as a school improvement and Title I option for increasing student success, and increasing the focus of arts in extended day programs. Anne convenes a cadre of arts educators representing the arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. This cadre has recently completed new state arts learning standards that include the National Core Arts Standards as well as “Suggestions for students” and “examples” and will next be focusing on aligning the arts assessments to the new state arts learning standards. In addition, she has donated extensive volunteer hours in support of the arts in her local community. She holds both a M.A. in Professional Development and a B.A in Education.
Lisa Jaret (program co-director), is the Arts in Education Program Manager for the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), and has produced and managed arts education programs for over 20 years. Since 2005, her responsibilities at ArtsWA have included developing and managing the Arts in Education grant programs, the Roster of Teaching Artists, the Poetry Out Loud program, the Arts Education Research Initiative, and the statewide Teaching Artist Training Lab. She has expertise in program planning, development and evaluation, and has artistic background in theatre and dance. Ms. Jaret is the past chair of the Arts Education Advisory Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and also serves as an ex officio board member for ArtsEd Washington (Washington Alliance for Arts Education). Prior to joining ArtsWA, Ms. Jaret was the Administrative Director of Education Programs at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she worked from 1992-2005. She holds a Masters in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, and a B.A. in Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley.