Grove City Art & Theatre Camp 2017 TEACHERS
Susan O’Neill (Puppet Creations!)
As the Costume Director for Seton Hill University, Greensburg Pa, and as a professional costume designer and member of New York’s USA 829 since 1985, Susan designs costumes for theatre, dance and opera as well as being a published children’s book illustrator and studio artist. She has worked professionally under the world renowned designer Ming Cho Lee, at Yale University, and has studied teaching strategies and techniques with USITT. Most recently, Susan was the resident designer for the Pittsburgh CLO from 2010-2014, and also designed the world Premiere of “Judge Jackie Justice” for the CLO Cabaret.
Having spent 11 years as the resident costume designer/coordinator for The Pittsburgh Opera, and 9 years as the resident designer for The Dance Alloy, her costume designs and builds have also been seen at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, The Lincoln Center OUT-OF-DOORS Festival and Seattle Opera, as well as toured to three continents, and featured on major network television. Susan has been a guest faculty member and costume designer at the Conservatory of the Performing Arts of Point Park University and a guest lecturer at Gustavus Adolphus College, MN, Allegheny College, PA, and Slippery Rock University, PA.
Sarah Potter (SENSE-ational Art!)
Sarah Potter is a wife, mother, dog lover, and teacher who has lived in Grove City for 17 years. Currently she is teaching 3-4 year olds at the Early Education Center at Grove City College. She loves anything artistic from preschool finger paintings to paintings by the Impressionists to poetry and pottery.
Elizabeth Messer is a former public, private, and homeschool teacher who has over ten years of teaching experience. She enjoys facilitating creative experiences for young children, providing lots of time for creative play, and watching their imaginations soar! This is her fourth year teaching at the camp.
Deanna Brookens (Kids Theatre: Around The World in 5 Days)
Deanna Brookens is an Instructor in the Theatre Department at SRU, as well as a Creative Drama teacher in the Slippery Rock community. She has experience teaching students from pre-school and beyond, having created and worked within a variety of educational programs, including creative drama workshops, storybook theatre camp, high school summer intensives and children’s musical theatre productions. Deanna loves teaching theatre for youth, working alongside students to create and collaborate in a fun and encouraging atmosphere, and she is thrilled to join the Grove City ArtWorks summer camp team for the second year.
Keyera Zarembinski (Kids Theatre: Around The World in 5 Days)
Keyera Zarembinski is a Sophomore at Slippery Rock University, studying Early Childhood Education and Special Education with Theatre and Spanish minors. Her future career goals are to open a theatre company for people with disabilities, and to continue to work with children in theatre arts, both in classroom and enrichment program settings.
Amy Stauff (Wonderful Watercolor)
Amy has lived in Grove City for 6 years. She has a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University and is currently the art instructor for the lower grades at Grove City Christian Academy. Amy is in love with the process of making art. She sells her work both online and at art shows, and her primary medium is watercolor.
Angie Settlemire (Musical Theatre & Physical Theatre)
Angie is the founder and director of Outta Theatre, which is located in Olde Town Grove City. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Grove City College. After a year of teaching middle school choir and general music full time, she pursued 3 years of intensive training in mime and directing at Mimeistry International in Pasadena, CA. She has also attended Estill Voice Training in 2016 & 2017 and is currently pursing the path to certification.
Over the years, Angie has traveled throughout the United States, The Netherlands, and Switzerland, teaching and performing. In 2007, Angie assisted with the choreography and direction of the innovative award winning mimodrame, Alice in Wonderland at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2009, Angie performed in the premiere of Lights Up Productions’ new musical, Lost in Vegas in East Hartford, CT. She also worked 3 times as assistant director and mime teacher for the Summer Musical Theater Intensive at the University of Hartford. In 2015, Angie became the director for Grove City Artworks Art & Theatre Camp and president of the board of Grove City Artworks. Through Outta Theatre, she continues to teach private voice and piano lessons, as well as theatre classes for ages K-12. Over the last year and a half, she wrote and directed 6 shows. She looks forward to creating more inspiring, fun, family friendly student and professional level performances for the community to enjoy.
Since elementary school, the power of words to frame and articulate personal expression in new and unexpected ways has been the study and hobby of Vincent Anastasi. It began with early encounters with Dr. Seuss and personal parodies of pop tunes. By the time high school arrived, he was working on original songwriting projects, releasing his first album in 1994. Since then, he has continued to write poetry and music, releasing four additional albums of original music, including At the In Between under contract with record label, Tate Music Group, in 2012. As a teacher, he has taught creative writing classes as well as courses that focus on the formal study of poetry both in the public school setting and privately. He firmly believes that life is full of poetry, if only we will slow down enough to find it. Mr. Anastasi resides in Grove City, PA with his wife, Sarah, and six children.
Anthony DeRosa (Art from the Earth: An introduction to Ceramic Arts)
Anthony grew up in the rural farming town of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and spent most of his youth fishing, hiking, hunting and camping with his family and friends. He has always been intrigued by nature and so it was no surprise to him that he found his calling in clay. Throughout history ceramics has been a vital part of the human experience and Anthony often finds inspiration in the pots of ancient cultures. He tries to use as many materials straight from nature as he can including clays, wood and plant ashes, and oxides to maintain a sort of primitive aesthetic in his pots. His work has been exhibited across the United States and you can find him selling his wares under his claylias Mud Monkey Pottery. He is currently studying Art Education at Slippery Rock University and will continue to teach folks art after graduation. When he is not busy studying or working in the studio, he enjoys hanging out with his dog Obi.
Desiree Davis (“Troll”ing Around the Dance Floor)
Desiree Davis is a senior dance major at Slippery Rock University. Beginning at a young age of 2, Desiree grew up mastering multiple styles of dance, including: ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, and contemporary. She spent many years of her life performing in The Mancini All Stars, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Freedom’s Big Red Marching Band, and recitals, showcases, and other productions at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Maria’s School of Dance, and Rhythms in Motion. For Desiree, the college dance experience began at Mercyhurst, where she gained numerous amounts of backstage experience. Her transfer to Slippery Rock University has allowed her to grow as a choreographer, performer, technician, instructor, and artist. She has had a few different dance instructor positions over the course of her three years of school. Desiree most recently choreographed Mercer High School’s musical performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is currently a dance instructor at Maria’s School of Dance in New Brighton, PA teaching: contemporary, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop.
Chris has 18 years of clay experience studying under Professors Kathy Koop at Westminster College, Don Hedman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Richard Wukich at Slippery Rock University. Chris also has 13 years experience as an Art Teacher at Grove City Area School District Grades 1-12. He enjoys creating ceramic art because it combines three essential elements; earth, water, and fire. With those elements, Chris creates functional pottery with decorative elements and a balanced form. His dream is to someday build a wood fire kiln.