Jim is the Technical Director of the Center for the Performing Arts and a Professor of Theatre/Dance at Dean College. Additionally, he performs at The Medieval Manor Theatre/Restaurant in Boston, where he has served as Artistic Director. Jim served 3 years as Co-chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region I. Formerly, he taught stage combat, stunt acro, period dance, and juggling at Cumberland Company for the Performing Arts, where he was a principal performer and member of the touring troupe and technical staff. Jim continues to work as a stage combat choreographer throughout New England. LORI BEAUREGARD Lori is presently a 1st Grade Teacher in Rhode Island. She holds bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education and Communications, and an associate degree in Art. Prior to her education career, she worked as a graphic artist for 15 years, and performed and worked as Associate Producer with Cumberland Company for the Performing Arts. She enjoys life with her husband Jim, son Andrew, and daughter Rachel.
Alecia Chakour is a professional singer, dancer, and actress as well as an active arts educator. She has been blessed with an incredibly diverse artistic career, from dancing in a nationally touring dance company to performing in Off-Broadway and Regional theater. She has tap danced with the legendary Howard “Sandman” Sims, and has sung with some of the greatest musicians of the rhythm and blues world, including opening for the one and only Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Alecia is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned bachelors degrees in Education and Dance.
With an undergraduate degree in English and Music from Harvard and a Masters in Teaching from Simmons, Kate has been performing arts educator and director since 2000. Her arts classes have ranged from writing and performing original songs and stories to performing poetry by contemporary masters like Maya Angelou. Known as an energetic, patient, and challenging teacher, Kate loves to help students discover new things about themselves and the world in a safe, respectful, and fun learning environment. Kate also has rich experience in performing; of her recent appearance in Once Upon a Mattress, the Boston Herald called her “a standout” and “a scream” and the Boston Globe said that she “played [Queen Aggravaine] with contagious relish.”
Trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, Sarah has worked throughout New England and elsewhere as actress and cabaret performer. She has appeared in many of the major Boston theatres in musicals, comedies, and dramas, as well as in her one-woman shows.
Heather has been involved in performing arts since the age of two. She has been teaching hip-hop, tap, jazz, lyrical and line-dance to the young, the old and everyone in between for the past eighteen years. Heather’s experiences and performances have brought her to exciting venues such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios in Orlando, Bishops University in Quebec, Canada, the Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts, Camp Summer Stars, the Boston Celtics, and MAHPERD (Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Conventions. Heather has also choreographed for the Fort Peck Summer Theater in Montana, Bridgewater State College Dance Company, Stonehill College Dance Club, Thayer Academy, and the Roland Hayes School of Music. Her expertise has also been utilized in numerous elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the New England area. Most recently, Heather has been named the camp director for Camp New Look, a 2 week intensive sports and entertainment business camp sponsored by R&B sensation Usher.
Shaumba Yandje Dibinga
Shaumba Yandje Dibinga is the founding Artistic & Executive Director of OrigiNation, Inc and Artistic Manager of AileyCamp Boston. Founded in 1994, OrigiNation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that specializes in implementing innovative and dynamic programs, which motivate, challenge, and inspire youth to be the best they can be. OrigiNation offers quality dance, theater arts and African history education and is home to her four professional youth dance companies: NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of IMANI, IMANI, Jr. and Aleye Boyz Troupe. Special emphasis is placed on teaching young people between the ages of 5 through 18 the importance of self-respect, health, nutrition, education, self-esteem and the extent of African influences on various contemporary art forms.
Musau has served as the Managing Director of OrigiNation since its founding in 1994. OrigiNation is one of Boston’s premiere performing arts institutions based in Roxbury, Ma and has in residence 4 professional youth dance companies. Its senior company – NIA Dance Troupe – has won several dance competitions including BET’s 106 & Park’s Wild-Out Wednesday. Members of the company have appeared in several commercials and films and performed for artists such as Peabo Bryson, Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson and Governor Deval Patrick. Musau is currently planning the company’s first international tour in South Africa this coming November.
Ashanti, 21, “The Mad Violinist,” is a talented performing artist known who enjoys playing and composing many music genre including hip-hop, jazz, fusion rock, gospel, bluegrass and classical. Ashanti’s most recent appearances include a live, audience stirring, original rendition of hip-hop music on BET’s 106 and Park, the grand opening of the VIP at the B.B. King Blues Club in Nashville Tennessee, and instructing at the Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At such a young age, Ashanti has performed with many greats such as BB King, Kirk Whalum, actor Steven Segal, Wynona Judd, Vince Gill, Charlie Atkins, and Stephen Cropper.
With a background in classical vocal training, Caitlin has performed in opera and musical theater productions throughout New England and New York for the past 10 years. A graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, she holds a double Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Music Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University’s Creative Arts and Learning Division. Caitlin has performed with the Longwood Opera, Bay Colony Productions and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has sung under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, Harry Ellis Dickson and Keith Lockhart.
Rob has been a professional musician for the past fifteen years and is an extremely active performer, educator, composer/arranger, and musical director with over two hundred productions to his credit. He is the co- owner and resident musical director of the Orpheum Theater in Foxboro. He holds a bachelor of music degree in bass performance and music education from the Berklee College of Music. As a performer, Rob has performed in almost all styles of music throughout the New England area as well as other parts of the country on bass, piano, vocals and guitar.
Siri Lynn is the owner of Idea Exchange, Inc., a qualitative market research firm in Fairfield, CT. She specializes in helping major corporations develop new products, advertising, and positioning. Siri is co-author of Moderating to the Max, a book about the tools and techniques moderators can use to lead more effective focus groups. A lifetime member the Creative Education Foundation (CEF), Siri has attended and taught at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) for many years. She specializes in teaching team building, leadership development, and tools and techniques for deliberate creativity.
Oliver MacDonald is the UK partner of RedZebra Integrated Insights, an innovative organizational development company with offices in the UK, South Africa and USA. Involved in both corporate trainings and community work, RedZebra uses rhythm and creativity to create insightful experiences that focus on the value of the individual and the group.
Ollie is passionate about people, their uniqueness and what can be achieved when our differences are communicated and celebrated collaboratively. His inspiration has grown from his life experiences in rhythm and music and from the insights he has discovered working with people from all walks of life throughout the world. “It is all the experiences in our lives up till now that make us unique. When we choose to engage with this uniqueness, and express it and share it with others, powerful music is made. Our diversity breathes life into music. This principle runs through all areas of our life and work.”
RedZebra’s client base encompasses a diverse and global range, from Fortune 500 and world-renown corporations to the smallest grass-root organizations and communities. With whomever RedZebra works, human potential is realized.
John Marias has produced in virtually every media – films, television, music videos, tv commercials, even radio. He numbers more than 1000 assignments, in 20 countries, and 5 continents among his credits. John has worked with talents as diverse as directors Michael Bay and Jesse Dylan, actors Sally Field and Arnold Schwartzenegger, as well as both of the world’s most famous Michaels. . . Jordan and Jackson.
MICHAEL MCLEER/MR. KAVES
Michael McLeer a/k/a Mr. Kaves’ life up to this point represents all that is amazing, albeit and tumultuous about growing up as a street kid in Brooklyn, NY. Rising up from a loving, yet chaotic family life, Kaves began flexing his artistic urges in the tunnels of the NYC transit system at the ridiculously young age of 10. Realizing that his creativity could be applied in more productive areas, Kaves utilized his boundless energy and well-oiled savvy to knock down the doors of several major corporations and became their go-to street artist and trend forecaster. Kaves has designed exclusive material for NIKE, Rockstar Games, WWE, PONY, MTV, ADIDAS, Van’s Warped Tour and many others. Kaves has also designed logos and various graphics for world-renowned artists such as Beastie Boys and Everlast.
Mr. Kaves also holds title as co-creator and producer of the JAM Awards, a tribute concert and award show benefiting the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music, which raises money for public school music programs. The event was sponsored by Adidas and Current TV among others. Some of the performers included Snoop Dogg, Everlast, DMC, LL Cool Jay, Mobb Deep, De La Soul and others. Another huge piece of Mr. Kaves’ life has been spent as a rap pioneer. His hip-hop group formed in the early 90′s, Lordz of Brooklyn, left a substantial impact on the music business worldwide for over a decade. Today, Kaves continues rocking the mic as the co-frontman of the punk/rap group, simply titled The Lordz. The band’s debut album The Brooklyn Way was released via Warner Music Group.
Jeremy Morrison was born in the Arctic Circle and became known as “The Northern Baby” to the world. Soon, Jeremy stared in diaper commercials, swam across the Gulf of Mexico, and invented Waffle Crunch cereal. Just kidding. Jeremy has made things up as the director of the Ad-Liberal Artists at Skidmore College, while taking classes at the Improv Asylum in Boston, and while advising the Improv Troupe at Lexington High School. He loves improvisational comedy because the tools used in improvisation make the world more wonderful for everyone: listening, accepting, contributing and laughing.
Steve Stockman is a writer and director, most recently of the independent feature film Two Weeks, starring Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, Tom Cavanagh and Clea DuVall.
A veteran commercial director, Steve’s television campaigns for entertainment clients like Disney, Village Roadshow’s Austereo Group, Hearst Corporation, CBS, and ABC have been seen on TV on 4 continents, and widely featured in the press– from articles in the trades to CBS’s “48 Hours.” His hobbies, in addition to his family (wife, 2 kids, cats) include teaching creativity to adults, and film and acting to kids. He is a graduate of Brown University.
A veteran educator from the Fairfax Public School System in Fairfax, Virginia, Odessa served as coordinator of the first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program for her school district. She designed and implemented curricula integrating the Arts. She has also directed Shakespeare plays for gifted/talented students at the Barns of Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. She enjoys oil painting as a hobby.
Miryam works with students who are visually impaired and blind at public schools throughout Western Massachusetts. She was born in Estonia and speaks
Russian and Estonian. She enjoys yoga, reading, music,and dancing.