Current Instructors and Collaborating Organizations
* Formats - 35mm (30+ years), 6x6 square (25+ years), digital (10 years), 4x5 (infrequent).
* Experience - photographer, assistant (lighting, sets, logistics, camera), instructor (classroom, field, workshops), writer/editor.
* Styles/Genres - portrait, fashion, and figure (studio & location); landscapes, cityscapes; night imagery, b&w infrared (35mm, 6x6, digital); and expressive interpretations/impressions.
Photography remains a strong passion - even with this long tenure. Pushing my own visual creativity and expanding my own expressiveness further is a strong goal, to keep ME inspired and jazzed about this. Instructing others on the craft and art of the photographic medium is another, as I have been doing since 2009 here at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RichardBeebe/posts
Lisa created more than 6 different "personas" on a variety of Sattle radio stations in the early 90's, including "Kendall Elliott" on 107.7 The END, "Danielle Clark" on KJR, "Lisa Hunter" on 97.3 KBSG, and "Christine Russell" on KISW. She teamed up with Cashman in 1996 to co-host his morning talk radio show on 100.7 The BUZZ, and again on KOMO AM 1000 in 1999. She went on to co-host the popular morning drive radio show "The Mitch & Lisa Show" on KLSY's MIX 92.5. In addition to her radio work, Lisa has been the voice for many well-known companies, including video games, corporate training, and TV and radio ads.
Lisa began training and coaching emerging voice over talent in 2007, and is one of the best voice over coaches around. Her Creative Director skills really shine in the production booth, and she has produced and directed hundreds of audio projects in major cities across the U.S.
She has also done numerous TV appearances, including being named Seattle KING 5 Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington's Most Eligible Bachelorette, guest spots on the popular "Almost Live!" show, as well as hosting the CBS Survivor cast search and KIRO TV's "Star Search".
She has also written and performed stand-up comedy and has hosted many charity events and auctions in the Seattle area. Lisa Foster can also be heard on the popular podcast "Peculiar Podcast with Pat Cashman and Lisa Foster" that debuted in January 2012.
Teaching has become my passion. I enjoy seeing my students progress. Through their practice and my direction and encouragement, learning can be fun for them. They develop skills and confidence.
Prior to teaching, I sang in bands all over California. Play in such places as the Troubadour and the Wiskey a go-go in Hollywood opening for bands: Ratt, Quiet Riot, Dokken, and many more.
I was lead vocalist in a rock group that toured Asia in a USO show. A military experience I will never forget!
I was fortunate enough to study under an opera coach in 1993, a gospel recording star in 1988, and a professor of music at Harbor College in L.A. for private vocal instruction.
When I am not singing, teaching or playing drums or piano, I like to read, knit, swim, hike and travel.
I spend as much of my time with my adult son who has become an excellent drummer. A classic example of a pupil surpassing the teacher!
She directed the New England Childrenʼs Dance Company from 1990-2001, where she received many awards for choreography and coached the Company to be dance world champions in 1999. Jennifer choreographed the Greater Miss Derry Pageants from 1995-2001 (Miss America Program). Her choreography and dancers were presented at the Gus Giordano World Congress opening ceremonies in 1998.
1999 Jennifer choreographed for the musical group “The Project” who opened for Mandy Moore and Blessed Union of Souls. She has also choreographed productions of Damn Yankees and Annie.
Many of her students have gone on to work with Prince, Madonna, Brittany Spears, Ricky Martin, Brandy and Mandy Moore. Former students have appeared in the MTV Music Awards, Busch Gardens,Wang Center, Las Vegas, Reno, Europe, and Japan.
Many of her students have also received scholarships to Joffrey Ballet-N.Y. City, School of American Ballet-N.Y. City, Gus Giordano Jazz Center-Chicago, Studio F-California, David Howardʼs Dance Center- N.Y. City, Steps-N.Y. City, and Broadway Dance Center- N.Y. City.
Jody is specially trained not only in teaching mixed-age classes but also in the infants under 8 months course, Big Kids™ Music Together ages 5-8 classes as well as Music Together Guitar classes for Adults. She plays piano, guitar and recorder in her classes and brings energy and exuberance to toddlers and parents in the delight of songs, rhythm and dance. Jody teaches Music Together in Pleasanton and is the director of Music Together of Tracy offering classes in Brentwood & Tracy. Visit their website at www.mttracy.com
I have been training dancers for over 30 years.
My dance program is geared towards the young Preschool dancer.
Your child will learn basic dance skills, socialization, creative movement and interactive learning in my color me dance program.
My program stresses positive reinforcement, fun and imagination.
Supplies needed for my classes are tights leotard, ballet slippers and tap shoes.
Erin’s primary love of clay is its versatility- it can become any shape or configuration necessary to bring joy to the creator and the viewer. She hopes to share this love with all those who come into a ceramics studio, whether they are painting ready-made bisque, throwing a set of dinner bowls, or hand-building a fantastical sculpture, by sharing her knowledge of clay in all its varied forms.
Ms. Lape has been an Artist-in-Residence with the L.A. Music Center as a Wolf Trap Artist, City of Manhattan Beach, Shipp Dance Theatre, Pasadena Children's Center for the Arts, the Merced Arts Council, and the San Joaquin County Office of Education ARTSWork Yes! Program. She has also worked with Infinite Potential and Bethune Theatredanse teaching creative dance to children with special needs. Rose has been a presenting artist at the B.E.S.T. Arts Conference presented by L.A. County Performing Arts Center and Long Beach College Child Development Education Department, and the Magic of Early Literacy Conference presented by the L.A. Unified School District.; Since Thomas’ relocation to California’s Central Valley in 2001, she has participated in the Valley Sierra California Arts Project (VSCAP) Invitational Institute, VSCAP Collaborative Design Institute, and has served as a VSCAP dance educator/presenter.
Her dance studies include modern, Hawaiian & Flamenco dance, Graham, Dunham and Horton techniques, ballet, butoh-based dance, contact improvisation, release technique, aerial dance and physically integrated dance. Rose has created, performed and collaborated with visual artists, traditional cultural artists and contemporary performing artists, and received grants, sponsorship and commissions from the City of L.A., California Arts Council, local colleges and organizations.
Inés is a full time artist and part-time art instructor with numerous honors and awards throughout the State of California. Her work is in the permanent collection at CSU - Stanislaus in Stockton and numerous private collections. Leontiev-Hogan’s work has been published in literary magazines and referenced in local news publications throughout Northern California.
Cecilia is a member of the Tracy Art League and is excited to get to know you and your child in her class The Art of Socialization for Children with Special Needs.
Besides being a dancer, Ryan is also a percussionist (he began playing at age 8) - he is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory and has taken several trips to Cuba to study both dance and music. As both dancer and musician, Ryan is uniquely positioned to illuminate the inextricable connection between dance and music. Aside from his creativity as a choreographer, he is perhaps best known by lovers of Cuban dance and music for innovating a vocabulary of rhythmic calls and steps to aid dancers in the understanding and interpretation of Cuban music.
Cuban-style Salsa and its group form Rueda de Casino are becoming more and more popular throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Ryan currently offers Cuban Salsa and Rueda one day workshops at the Grand Theatre!
To learn more, visit his website at www.RuedaConRitmo.com.
Khemya has focused on teaching African Caribbean and West African dance and music since 2000. She has taught at Delta Community College, Modesto Community College, and the Grande Theatre. She holds ongoing workshops in community at Stockton Teen Impact Center, Kids club, Aspire schools, as well as performs at local festivals and art walks.
Khemya has traveled to Nigeria, Egypt, Caribbean Islands, Brazil, and Miami to study with Master teachers. She has also collaborated with famous artists in parades and cultural shows. She is currently teaching classes in African Caribbean Dance and African Drumming at the Grand Theatre!
Abhilasha has inspired countless students to go on and become glass artists in their own right and continues to encourage community involvement. She is currently serving her third consecutive term as the President of the Tracy Art League. She is actively involved in giving children’s tours for local art exhibits and promoting arts education. Her fused glass work is in collections in Japan, Canada and the United States.
Ms. Corinna hails from the East Coast and has recently completed her Master's degree in Educational Theatre from New York University. In addition to working professionally as an actor and director, Ms. Corinna has been teaching drama for the last 7 years and holds a teaching certificate in Drama.
She cannot wait to share the joys of theatre with you and your young actor!
Lynn Sampson graduated from Brigham Young University High School, Provo, Utah, and has a certificate in Shakespeare Studies from The Shakespeare Academy, Modesto Junior College, an Associate of Arts in Theater, from Modesto Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Colorado Mesa University, and an Advanced Diploma in Education from University of London.
His principal teachers for classical trumpet were Dr. Newell Dayley, Professor Emeritus of Music at Brigham Young University, and, at The Aspen Music School, Benard Adelstein, former first chair trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra. His principal teachers for jazz trumpet is two-time Grammy winner Roy Hargrove. Inspired by pianist Claudio Arrau and contralto Jennie Tourel, he promotes the trumpet as a singing instrument. His international career began in 1989 with a recital at London’s Westminster Central Hall. He performs extensively having received acclaim for his interpretations of the music of Bach. His trumpet is a King Liberty dated Cleveland, 1927.
Lynn Sampson is a true Renaissance man. Actor, musician, writer, and fundraiser, Lynn Sampson is a multi-faceted individual. He has written many arts-related articles for publications and has acted on stage and in film. His credits include “The Diary of Anne Frank, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and “The Apollo of Belac.” He received a Celebration of the Humanities Award for Drama in 2001.
In 2001, he established The Sampson Center, a home near the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, to serve as a recital hall, art gallery, and residence for music scholarship students.
Lynn’s concert activities as both a trumpeter and singer include over 120 performances a year as well as teaching. He offers a variety of private and group music and drama classes at the Grand Theatre!
Deborah has taught nearly 45 years and is an advocate of all fine, performing, and visual arts and the power of said art to change, motivate, and better lives. She feels most blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband and family. And has been so fortunate to have had her life's work be a vocation as well as an avocation.
Jenny’s main focus is to bring the Polynesian culture to the community for children 5 years old and up through dance art expression.
For more information about Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas de Maria Valdovinos, please visit www.bf-rm.org!
Vince was fortunate to have studied with Van Waldron, who encouraged him to develop his own style. He also studied with Delores DePharr and E John Robinson. Vince is a member of “The Valley Sun Catchers”, “Friday Painters” and “Da Group” a group of Plein Air Painters. He is also a member and past president of the Tracy art League.
Evan Jared Warwick graduated from Fresno State University, Class of 2014, with a B.A. in Music Composition. He studied under the direction of Kenneth Froelich for 2 years, and Benjamin Boone for 1 year. He has composed for many different ensembles and instruments, including stringed instruments, piano, and electronic environments. He plays guitar, bass, is a vocalist, and is proficient in recording technology. While attending Fresno State, Evan was an active guitarist, performing with the Fresno State Guitar Studio both in their Guitar Ensemble and as a soloist. Evan has also performed many times with the Fresno State Concert Choir, and the Fresno State Chamber Singers.
Evan has also cultivated his leadership skills by participating in the Boy Scouts. As a devoted Eagle Scout, Evan seeks to uphold the values and skills he acquired in the BSA Program as a youth, and apply them toward his goals in music.
Now Evan spends his time composing for his own recording projects, and giving lessons to young musicians. You can find Evan teaching Group Guitar lessons, Music Writing classes, Music Together® classes, and private music lessons at the Grand! Learn more about Evan and hear samples of his work at www.evan-warwick.com.
For Anna, ceramics combines the messy muddiness of playing outside as a child with the pristine beauty of a china teacup. It is her goal in teaching to bring this joy of play and joy of beauty to her students and to empower them with the skills necessary to create whatever their imagination desires. In her own practice Anna enjoys making powerful forms, but she also loves the simple beauty of creating a set of dinnerware.
All of our instructors are trained in the Lekha Way, a method of writing instruction that is different than traditional writing instruction. In traditional models of writing instruction, the student is viewed as an empty vessel into which the instructor pours knowledge. This model of instruction is product-oriented, which places the value of instruction solely on “measurable” improvements in writing. Students are taught the different modes of writing, as well as the standard writing conventions. Students, then, demonstrate that they have learned this new knowledge through their writing products (creative pieces or essays), and instructors evaluate the writing to determine if the student has effectively learned to write correctly.
Consequently, this focus on “correctness” in writing often develops the “internal critic” in some students and causes them to develop a negative relationship to writing—hating, fearing, or being indifferent to writing—which hinders or stops the writing process. These students will often view writing as a tedious chore, as a test that they have been set-up to fail, or simply as something unimportant. As a result, student will try to avoid writing, will write as little as possible, or will develop writer’s block.
At Lekha, we seek to encourage a student’s relationship to writing to be one that is positive. Our model of instruction is based on Expressivist and Process pedagogies which emphasize student-oriented and process-oriented teaching. As opposed to the tradition model of writing instruction, we believe that the creative work or essay already exists in the students. What this means is that the students’ writing finds root in the students’ own experiences, education, and tacit knowledge of writing. The instructor’s role, then, is to facilitate the expression of the student’s writing, guiding the students as they work and rework a story, a poem, a play, an essay, or a journalistic piece.
The methods we use in our writing instruction are designed to free students from the internal critic. We utilize visualization and verbalization techniques, creative play, illustration, and other low stakes writing activities that help students overcome writer’s block or any fears about writing. We use these methods to guide students through the different steps of the writing process—generating ideas, pre-writing strategies, drafting, and revising. And while we do not emphasize “correctness” in writing, we do help students to address structural or grammatical issues in the writing, but only after the students have written enough to begin the revision process. At Lekha, we focus on encouraging students to write as much as they can by providing a fun and nonthreatening learning and writing environment.
To learn more about Lekha, please visit their website at www.lekhawriting.com!
The APA's mission is to provide a positive, self-esteem building, and highly effective dance and performing art educational experience. The APA philosophy is that dance and art can enhance every person's life, the very young child who is just beginning to explore his/her surroundings, the physically and mentally gifted child who wishes a professional dance career, the recreational dancer, who wishes to learn new things, or an adult who wants to put a spring in their step and rekindle some skills. http://www.apaoftracy.com/
We are made up of members arranged in 3 groups: B (Beginner), A (Advanced), AA (Top Level). Advancement to the next level is based on accumulated points, and each groupis judged separately.
The board is made of volunteer and elected members who want to help run the club. Let the president know before the end of the year if you are interested in holding a board position the following year.
The GF has served to advance technical support and programming of the Grand with annual underwriting contributions since opening in 2007. Foundation underwriting has supported concerts, exhibitions, classes, workshops and special events, in addition to providing arts supplies, art making and technical equipment, and hospitality services.
All children are sounders and movers, and their natural aptitude for music blossoms in a sufficiently rich music environment. In fact, when given a supportive music environment, children learn to sing and dance as naturally as they learn to walk and talk.
How is this possible? Children learn differently than adults. They learn instinctively and constantly. They teach themselves through imitation and play, through being immersed in their environment, and through every interaction with adults and older children. The family-like setting of Music Together's mixed-age classes enables siblings to attend together, creating an ideal learning environment where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can freely participate at their own levels. www.mttracy.com