INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Theater/Perfoming Arts

 

Mary Norman UGA BFED, MED   gifted and theater certification

ED for Georgia Theater Conference/office housed at Arts Center

Won 1st place in state with production “See Rock City” of Adult Community Theater Oct 2015

Directs or work with Director for 1 annual Community theater production

Music/Performing Arts

 

Jimmy Norris UGA BME- Magna Cum Laude, Special Education degree, assistant principal 18 years

Teaches 45 lessons a week to children to adults

Technique: Developing voice based on Broadway Musical

Developing piano based on the ability to site read, goals: self discipline, self esteem, music and arts education as a global interest

 

Michael Ryce

Composer, Director and Founder of Southern Art Music Ensemble jazz group opened for  Shelia Ray Charles, showcased at Churchill Downs, Atlanta GA, third year playing at Albany’s Mardi Gras Festival

BA in Philosophy, minor in music VSU

Past Georgia Council for the Arts Touring Artist Program

25 years at arts Center

Teaches percussion, voice and piano, RD Smith Youth Center Congas

 

Beth Miller, Gifted Program Music Teacher

VSU Masters in Chorale Education

Teaches violin, viola, Cello, Bass

Honors Choir,

Performed in fall at Georgia………………….

 

Ken Collier

BM; University of Montevallo, Al.

Pianist, Trinity Baptist Church, Episcopal

Teaches piano

Assist Colquitt County High School Productions in chorale and theater;assist Arts Center Theater

 

Visual Arts

 

Kathy Nelson Professional Artist

35 years experience in the visual arts

Past Arts Director of Shoshanna, Jacksonville Fl

Teaches painting, drawing, design, sculpture, wheel and hand building in clay YMCA Primetime After School Programs and at YMCA, Director of United Way Summer Fine Arts Camps, painting at MHA for adults, Arts Station: after school Arts for Elementary kids, weekly Mixed media classes for youth

 

Sally Shovar, BA Art History and Studio, Humboldt University, California

Past Georgia Council for the Arts Artist Registry Artist in Residence Program

Professional Portrait Artist

Weekly classes in drawing and Painting for Adults

 

Karen Sasine, Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA Interior Design

Professional Mosaic Artist, Published “Mosaic: finding your own voice” Hammer-Dijcks

Teaches mosaic classes, United Way Senior Adult Instructor weekly classes

 

Leah Garcia, VSU Art of Fine Arts Department  BA

Wheel Throwing, glazing and firing, 3 classes weekly

 

Harvie Ann Cox

Elementary Education, Minor in Arts BA

East Carolina University

Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum, Program Director

Beginning Watercolor Instructor – weekly

Co-oridinator for Signature Artists Workshops

 

Ponda McKinney

Past Children’s Piano Instructor at the center for 12 years and Children’s Theater Director

Program Coordinator for SE Moultrie Housing Authority for youth and adults, Crafts

Certified “Yoga for the Special Child” Instructor,

Program for Exceptional Children, grades k-12

 

Sabrina Roberts

Program Coordinator for NW Moultrie Housing Authority and Doerun Housing Authority for youth and adults/crafts

Civilian Accounting and Operations Manager, NBC Construction Kabul and Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Crafts

 

Dance

 

Lovedy Griner

Founder of Dance Theater of Thomasville, 24 years experience

Teaches pre-ballet, ballet, tap, hip-hop and ballet technique

Project Grant recipient from Georgia Council for the Arts for 2016 Spring Dance Festival

 

JoAnna Lee

Colquitt County High School Graduate

10 years Dance Experience from Arts Center

Founder of “Praise” Dance Troupe

RD Smith Youth Center Dance Instructor