Teaching Artists



Holly Adams



Holly Adams
 has been a Teaching Artist at Sinatra School, Greater Hartford Academy of Arts, and the Hangar Theatre since 1995. She is SAG/AFTRA, a grad of Dell’Arte School, and holds a Master's in Theatre, Education, and Social Change. She performs for stage, film, and audiobooks with Audible. You may see some of her work here and on her website.


Jan Nigro


Jan Nigro
is the co-founder and a songwriter for the nationally acclaimed young people chorus Vitamin L. He is also founder and director of The Mostly Motown Chorus. He has written music for National Geographic and Disney and is a guitar instructor on the faculty of the Community School Of Music and Art.


Nate Marshall


Nate Marshall
has been singing, playing, songwriting, arranging, producing CD's and touring around the northeast for the past 10 years professionally; based in Ithaca the last nine. Nate performs as half the duo "Nate & Kate," solo shows, kids shows, and as a guest artist in various bands. Nate also is an accomplished juggler/entertainer and does a one-man juggling act called "Nate the Great." See/hear more!


Camilla Shade



Camilla Schade, a theatre artist for innumerable years, with the Hangar since 2003, freelances throughout the southern tier performing, directing, teaching and playwriting. She previously performed as graphic artist, theatre owner, company manager, and college adjunct professor in PA. She now conducts The Pathways Players in Corning, tours her solo show Performing Therapy, is publishing her play Emily Sticksenstones and lends her voice to radio. 




Theo Black


Theo Black
received his MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, DC.  He has performed in Shakespeare festivals all over the country. Aside from working as a teaching artist at the Hangar Theatre, he is a member of the Ithaca Shakespeare Festival. He also works as a coach for Cornell's Forensics Team and as a guest teacher at Acting Out New York. 


John Simon




J
ohn Simon is a musician with Project 4 and has been working in schools since the early '70’s. Throughout his career John has worked with groups of children and young people as a youth worker, drug and alcohol counselor, and teacher-- usually bringing music into the mix! His song written with students at Beverly J. Marting Elementary, “We Love Raw Veggies and Greens”, was featured on the Grammy Nominated CD, Good Enough to Eat (along with songs by Julian Lennon, Beck, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Tom Chapin and Russel Simmons). 


Luke Gustafson


Bio coming soon!


Gabriella Patricia Carr


Gabriella Patricia Carr is a recent graduate of Ithaca College’s Department of Theatre Arts with a concentration in musical theater direction and vocal coaching. Gabriella was previously based out of NYC, where she was a performance advisor with Broadway Artists Alliance and an assistant to Artistic Director Jeremy Quinn at The White Plains Performing Arts Center. Gabriella is now based out of the Ithaca, New York Greater Area. She is an Artistic Associate with Civic Ensemble as well as a teaching artist in residency with the Hangar Theatre and runs a private voice and acting studio in Ithaca.



Kai Haskins


Kai Haskins is a rising junior at Babson College.  Past directing credits include staged productions of: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Breakfast Club, William Shakespeare's Star Wars, Freedom: A Prison Play, and assistant directing Falsettoland.  He has also performed as an actor in numerous productions around Ithaca and Boston, favorite past rolls include: George Gibbs in Our Town, Old Man Strong in Urinetown, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Bottom in A Midsummer's Night's Dream.  He was a regular participant in the Next Generation School of Theatre growing up, and has taught classes there for the past two summers.  He is thrilled to be returning this summer to teach Advanced Scene Study!



Karen Stanley



Karen Stanley
 is honored to be back at the Hangar Theatre offering a week-long puppetry class.  As a Next Generation alum herself, it’s fabulous to be back as a teacher.  Karen is a member of Kakeru Physical Theater Company, a company that specializes in clowning, mask work and other physical theater, and her most recent performances with Kakeru include Museum Trip, Raven Brings the Light to the People and How Loon Became a Water Bird.  For several years Karen was the assistant director for three Binghamton area performing programs- Peacetown Puppets, Mental Health Players and Ray of Sunshine Clown Therapy Program.  Karen graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts where she studied acting, directing, playwrighting and stage management. 


Katharyn Howd Machan



Katharyn Howd Machan
grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut and Pleasantville, New York. She studied creative writing and literature at the College of Saint Rose for a Bachelor of Arts and at the University of Iowa for a Master of Arts, taught college for five years, returned to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Interpretation (Performance Studies) at Northwestern University and, now as a full professor, has been teaching on the faculty of the Department of Writing at Ithaca College ever since, with additional active roles in the Women’s Studies Program and the Gerontology Institute. In 2000 she was awarded the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California by judge Dana Gioia for her poem “Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888” and in 2006 the Luna Negra Prize from Kent State University for her poem “Gingerbread.” In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. As Zajal, she is also a professional belly dancer, celebrating spirituality and the deep laughter of eros, with a special interest in combining dance and poetry in performances and workshops, as is reflected in Belly Words. 


Michael Fambro



Michael Fambro
is delighted to be teaching at the Hangar Theatre. She was previously the Artistic Director with the WNY Performance Center, and now divides her time directing in the Rochester area, as well as doing sound design and stage management. She holds both a BA in Theater and Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, and has enjoyed teaching, directing and performing all over the country. Favorite directing credits include Clue, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and The Woman In Black. When she’s not found onstage, or backstage, she can usually be found reading, writing, or cooking up a storm! 


Fatima Sowe


Fatima Sowe is an Ithaca-born dancer, coach and choreographer. She received her dance training at the Armstrong School of Dance and is an engaged alumna of the Running to Places Theatre Company as a dance teacher and choreographer. She specializes in Tap, Hip-Hop and Contemporary Jazz styles. 



Mike Stanley 



Mike Stanley
has been a magician for 28 years. He is presently, and has been for 3 years, President of the Finger Lakes Magic Club Ring 140 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has performed magic all over the world, including numerous venues here in Ithaca. He has taught Magic at almost every school in this area, as well as at conventions. He has also founded, taught, and performed with a troupe of special young adults called "The Cayuga Wizards."




Shayna Grajo

 

Shayna Grajo is committed to sharing, expressing and enjoying a vitalized global culture through the practices of care for the body and soul. She is honored to be on the dance faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts, where she teaches youth and adults and also serves as administrative assistant. In addition, Shayna leads and directs the Ashtanga Vinyasa "Mysore" yoga program at The Yoga School on the Commons. Shayna's influences and inspirations for dance hail from diverse movement offerings including modern dance, contact improvisation, butoh, partner dancing, somatics, free-form "trance" and "ecstatic" styles, and simple walking. She looks forward to further exploring pilates and barre, countertechnique, breakdancing and hip hop. Shayna holds a BA in journalism from Colorado State University and has taught lyrical dance, yoga and color guard to youth, adults and performance troupes in Northern Colorado and upstate New York.



Venissa Santi


Venissa Santi, a singer, composer, recording artist and educator, was born in Ithaca, NY to Cuban parents. She comes from a musical and artistic family and was nurtured by them to pursue a life studying and practicing the arts. For a long time, she was involved with Next Generation with the Hangar Theatre as a child and pursued every performance outlet in school. Singing is her great love and in high school she became more interested in song writing, recording and working with musicians in a concert setting. She decided to concentrate on music and traveled to Philadelphia where she studied jazz voice. Santi fell in love with the great American songbook and arranging, and longed to have a unique voice in the legacy of jazz vocal technique. In 2001 her career as an educator began as a vocal and performance coach. At the same time a great need to explore the music of her Cuban roots burgeoned leading to 4 years of study and travel to the island. In 2009 she released her first album Bienvenida a combination of jazz, and Cuban iconic songs along with some originals with fresh and innovative arrangements. In 2013 Big-Stuff Afro Cuban Holiday - a tribute to the great Lady Day came out, both albums on independent jazz label: Sunny Side records. A third album of all original songs and arrangements in currently being edited and will be released in 2014. Santi currently is based in Ithaca NY with her family and continues to teach, record, and play concerts locally and abroad. For the Hangar, Venissa has taught music for Project 4 and Next Gen, and recently composed and served as Musical Director for the original musical “Young Will” for the Hangar’s Spring Break-a-Leg Program.

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