Current Instructors and Collaborating Organizations

Instructors

I have been involved with photography in excess of 30 years, including over 20 years of professional experience and skills in a variety of aspects. Despite this strong background, I still believe I am a "work in progress" - I have no desire to sit down and rest on my laurels - I now expose more original images consistently, than I ever did with just film, continually exercising and stretching my visual experience. That's where the "fun" of this image-making medium is.

* 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
Moria has been dancing & tumbling since she was five. Starting her coaching and teaching career at age 14, she is a seasoned veteran in her field. Moria quickly advanced at Tri-Valley Gymnastics in Livermore and stayed until 2000. Moria worked as Assistant Director of Starlight Dance Studio in San Ramon, CA.

In 2001 opened her own gymnastics program in Tracy California working as an independent contractor for the City of Tracy.  Her gym quickly outgrew the community center and she was able to have a recreational and competitive gymnastics gym of her own; students and competitive teams reaching multiple 1st place regional and state awards.
Being forced to take a break for family, Moria returned to teaching dance acrobatics mixing her two talents for Cirque de Soleil style classes and partner stunts.  Teaching at a local dance studio where her students were able to use their training to advance their competitive routines by working Moria's unique style into their routines.

Moria graduated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and is owner of A Balanced Body Nutrition and Movement.  She works for the City of Tracy Teen Center and Senior Center teaching nutrition classes, acro-yoga, and HITT workouts. Her dance acrobatics & dance classes are available here at the Grand Theater and other central valley locations.

"My passion is watching kids grow and sharing my love of dance, gymnastics and teaching." -Moria
 
As a graduate from Tracy High School with a performing arts diploma, I continued my musical journey at California State University, Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  While attending college I also interned at the major motion picture MGM studios under the Music Supervisor Maureen Crowe as well as successfully completed several compositions and continued coursework towards Music Therapy.   

With a passion for piano, I pursued researching and experimenting with piano programs that will engage a younger than average piano student which will essentially allow that student to excel during their transition into kindergarten.  
 
             
Matt Farnsworth is a local Californian graphic artist whose style is strongly influenced by the great American comic book artists of old. In 2012 Matt’s first published work was released at the first Stockton Con. Matt did the pencils on the comic book "The Amazing Fist." 

Matt can't wait to teach you how to draw dynamic characters and the fundamentals of visual storytelling.

"For me, comics and art combined a love for the dramatic visuals and compelling stories. It's really just modern mythology." - Matt
Shavaun was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  She relocated to Tracy in November of 2016.

She has embraced the arts from an early age.  At age seven she was invited to join the Seattle Children's Choir where she learned to express herself musically.  In 2004 Shavaun was invited to be a principal dancer at an art university in Canada. This is where her talent for art and passions for music collided.
 
Shavaun's style is unique. She uses a variety of mediums and always has musical inspiration. Shavaun has training in a variety of arts and a passion for helping people find their own personal rhythm in their art journey.
Jose Garcia Martin is a spoken word artist based in Lathrop, California. He blends social, religious, and political themes with realism and vivid detail. His art is permeated with rich undertones of faith while maintaining universal appeal and relatability. Through poetry Jose articulates clever, creative, and inspired works of art that remain true to his unique voice as an artist, activist, mentor, and minister.
 
He is a member of the poetry collective The Word Spoken Project, which hosts shows for at-risk teens in juvenile detention centers.
 
Instagram: @veritaspoetic 
Facebook: Jose Garcia Martin
I have been teaching voice for over 20 years and drums for 12 years.

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!
Jessica Guerrero fell in love with ceramics in high school, after taking a required art class to graduate. She went on to study ceramics in college and in July 2017 she graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics with a minor in photography. She has shown her work in galleries around the country; most recently in Idaho, Las Vegas, and California.  She shared her love of the art with others in college as a teaching assistant, and studio manager for the ceramics program at BYU.

In her work, she strives to communicate the beauty of the world that she experiences around her though her intricate shapes, and floral motifs. She hopes to share her love, and knowledge of the medium with whoever comes her way, and is excited to teach.
Jody discovered Music Together® right after moving to Pleasanton CA with her husband and three daughters. She is a registered Music Together ® instructor in her 16th year of teaching the Music Together ® program. Jody has earned the prestigious Certification level 1 qualification from Princeton's Music Together ® Center for Music and Young Children for outstanding achievement in teaching and articulating of the program.

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 is the director of Music Together ® of Tracy offering classes in Livermore, Brentwood & Tracy.

For more information about Music Together ® of Tracy, please visit www.mttracy.com.
Rose has a passion to redefine dance with a broader definition, inspire students to enjoy expressing themselves in the body they have, and foster creativity through movement.  She specializes in teaching inter-generational and physically integrated dance (a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities), and parent-child dance to all ages from the very young to the very mature elder.  She has a genuine love to “play” through movement and is dedicated to inspiring others to appreciate and celebrate each person’s creative way of expression.  Her appreciation that every body” has unique contributions opens up many possibilities to present dance in a format that students joyfully respond to.  In her classes, she encourages the students to expand their imaginations to see that anything can be a dance, dance is happening everywhere all the time, and dance can be enjoyed by every “body”.  She believes dance has the unique power to engage all generations, motivate students toward excellence, strengthen an understanding of one’s self and others, and foster a pride of achievement and curiosity about the world that can carry over into all aspects of their lives. 
 
Rose 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 her 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 Leontiev-Hogan is a foreign-born multi-media fine artist and printmaker whose work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University- Stanislaus in Turlock, CA.

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 Speech-language Pathology Assistant. She currently a member of the Tracy Art League and teaches the Art of Socialization for Children with Special Needs on Friday afternoons at the Grand. 
Ms. Sarah began her career as an Associate Producer in 1991 at the Fox affiliate, KTVU Channel Two, and was responsible for writing and producing segments on the Mornings on Two News Show.  In 1996, she became a Communications Specialist for Corporate Safeway Inc. where she was responsible for educating over 180,000 employees about their health and welfare benefits.  In 1999, she joined the Alamo Learning Systems team where she was the Director of Training and responsible for managing, training and developing their training programs.
 
To spend more time with family, starting in 2008, Ms. McNamara stepped down as the Director of Training and now consults exclusively.  She still works regularly with Alamo Learning Systems as well with the City of Tracy teaching children’s art and communication classes for the Parks and Recreation Department and The Grand Theatre. Ms. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech/Communications with a minor in Racism and Cross Cultural Analysis from San Francisco State University.   She also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
Khemya studied at California State University, San Francisco where she earned her BA in Dance and Music Ethnology. She then attended JF Kennedy where she earned her Master’s Degree in Transformational Arts and a PhD Natural Health. 

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 Center for the Arts. 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 Dance and African Drumming at the Grand!
 
Abhilasha Natarajan began working with glass in 2001. In that time she has become a successful glass artisan and devoted teacher. She has been the primary glass instructor at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts since its opening in 2007.

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 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.

Abhilasha is an active member of the Glass Artisans of Tracy, a group of artists and students who meet and support the development of fused glass art in Tracy and surrounding area. You will find postings of program updates, announcements, and other materials related to the glass arts program though their group on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlassArtisansofTracy.
Aindreea Parker is the first born of 4 children to Eileen McBride-Parker, TCRG and Annie McBride, and a resident of the City of Tracy.  Aindreea has been dancing since she was 3, initially taking lessons from Sheila Moore Thurston, TCRG, Ann McBride ADCRG, Michael and Noreen Smith ADCRG's, and most recently Eileen McBride-Parker, her mother.  When not teaching Irish Dancing, Aindreea nannies for many families, as she absolutely adores children and working with them.

During her time as Irish Dancer in training, Aindreaa competed and won championships for her age group locally as well as participated in regional championships.  Aindreea was a team lead for world medal holding teams in the 2009 World Championships and has been assistant teaching since she was 16 with the McBride School of Irish Dancing.  Aindreea is a primary teacher under the direct supervision of Eileen McBride-Parker, TCRG and Ann McBride, ADCRG in many of the McBride school bay area locations. 

Aindreea's love for children, overall focus on physical fitness to excel in Irish Dance, and bonds she creates with the children make her an excellent teacher and role model for young dancers through teenagers.  Aindreea has created new dancers from brand new beginners, with outstanding technique and keen rhythm, and treats every child with the same enthusiasm and respect. 

Aindreea is currently working on her certifications as a registered Irish Dance teacher with the Irish Dancing commission, and will continue to teach with the McBride School of Irish Dancing, with the primary goal of assuming the school in the future.  Aindreea assists her family in organizing and running a local Irish Dancing competition each October in San Ramon for over 600 children and adult dancers, from new beginners to Championships.  Aindreea also takes charge of performances in the community, focusing in her own home town of Tracy and the San Joaquin Valley.
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!
Jenny Kini Taloa is an accomplished award winning Tahitian dancer with over 20 years experience in Polynesian performing arts. She has traveled within the islands of the pacific and beyond performing for cruise ships, NFL charities,corporate and celebrity events.

Jenny’s main focus is to bring the Polynesian culture to the community for children 5 years old and up through dance art expression.
Amanda Trask is a local artist who has received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a focus in Mixed Media and minor in Art History from California State University, Stanislaus. Amanda creates work using different media such as sculpture, painting, digital (computer), and film. Her work has been seen within various galleries in Stanislaus County and she is a published artist.

Amanda’s goal through her courses is to bring, not only the joy of creating art, but also the tools to allow individuals to learn about the medium, its uses, and how to create/expand on projects even after completing the course.  Through her educational background and self-taught explorations with art, Amanda hopes that every person that comes through her class is able to gain a foundation for exploring the medium themselves and ways to bring out their creativity using various methods and techniques.

Amanda enjoys working with children and has taking several Child Development courses when she was pursuing her Associate Degree. She is also a mother to a 10-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum and encourages anyone, regardless of their abilities, to take her courses! She would be more than happy to adapt the coursework towards the needs of any individual. The courses she will be instructing for children are designed to be fun, informative, and create a foundation to help students continue to discover art. 
 
Maria started dancing folklorico when she was 11 years old. At the age of 19 she decided it was time to start her own group. She started it with only 7 students and slowly it started growing. Currently she has over 50 students, and 3 student teachers with 6 different classes offered in Stockton and in Tracy. She is also a teacher for one of the largest Folklorico Dance Workshop known as Danzantes Unidos Festival that happens for one weekend, once a year; this year they had over 1500 students’ patriciate in the workshops.  Aside from teaching Mexican Folklorico classes, she also works a full time job as the Registrar and soccer coach for a Charter School in Stockton CA. During her spare time she likes to spend time with my family, get involved with her church, play soccer, and travel. 

For more information about Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas de Maria Valdovinos, please visit www.bf-rm.org!
Vince Walsh was born and raised in Oakland, California and resided in Tracy, California for over 30 years. Vince has been painting for over 35 years, mostly outdoors and in the studio. His style of painting is a blend of realism and impressionism with a preference to paint still life and landscapes in oil and acrylic. His goal is to express a realistic and painterly approach that allows the viewer to participate in the painting.
 
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.

Collaborating Organizations

Our teachers at APA are educated and formally trained. APA is proud to be a Dance Master of America affiliate, a professional dance teacher organization that requires its membership to be tested in order to participate. Dance Masters of America insures that the dance students are being taught by qualified and certified teachers.

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.

www.apaoftracy.com
Appointed by City Council, the duties of the TAC are to:  Preserve and cultivate the expression and appreciation of the arts in Tracy.  Represent the diversity of the creative community including arts patrons, architecture, engineering, historical preservation, design arts, arts administration, arts education, visual arts and the performing arts.  Maintain the Civic Art Plan, advise City Council on the city-wide public art, advise staff on activities such as Music In the Park and Multi-Cultural programming. Perform other arts-related duties and functions as the City Council may direct.
The Tracy Camera Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month. The first meeting is the photography competition. We also try to schedule a field trip at least once a month. We are a group of photographers who desire to improve our photographic talent. The highlight of our monthly meetings is the judging which is done in a friendly and fun atmosphere. The club appeals to all levels of ability from beginner to advanced photographers, and our members range from youth to seniors.

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.

www.tracycameraclub.org
Operating an award winning family owned business for more than 30 years Sher Madison and Dennis Lancaster of Intermission Productions, Inc. are well known for producing and performing for hundreds of large crowds all over the United States with their very popular “Dangerous Dinos” live stage show...and much more.

They have created countless puppets and mascots for other professionals in the entertainment world. Their versions of the Audrey II puppets from “Little Shop of Horrors” are considered the best puppets in the business. These life-like puppets travel across the nation to schools and theatres as well as right here in Tracy, CA.

Intermission Productions’ Haunted House, which makes extensive use of their puppetry know-how, was voted the #1 Haunted House Attraction in all of California and #8 in the nation 2015 by californiahauntedhouses.com.

Sher and Dennis are sensitive caring teachers who welcome all skill levels in their classes, and encourage creativity, performance and confidence in their students. They have very successfully taught “Muppet Style Puppet Making” Workshop at the Grand Theatre for the past 2 years, as well as adding their Aesop’s Fables Acting Class in 2016. Sher and Dennis look forward to meeting and getting to know many more students in 2017!
 
Watch our 2016 performances!
Aesop's Fables Acting Camp - 2016 Show  - https://youtu.be/iOth3i81zH8
Muppet Style Puppet Making Workshop - 2016 Show - https://youtu.be/AyZbcJ_1BSQ
The Grand Foundation (GF) is a community-based, independent not-for-profit organization, formerly known as the Arts Leadership Alliance (ALA). The original ALA was founded in 1998 to promote the cultural development of the community. Its activities, on behalf of the City, include developing and implementing programs which foster the broadest possible public use of the the cultural arts programs at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

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.

www.grandfoundation.org
For hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together is children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. A pioneer in early childhood music and movement education, Music Together offers classes for children from birth through kindergarten, in which parents and caregivers actively participate.

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.

ww.mttracy.com
Tracy Art League is a non-profit organization to promote and encourage community interest in the arts and personal development in artists, craftsmen, and art appreciators in the San Joaquin Valley communities.  Tracy Art League is dedicated to promoting visual arts to the community through involvement in the community through periodic public demonstration and exhibition.

Monthly meetings involve demonstrations and workshops for members interested in trying their skill in various mediums. The annual Expressions Art Show, put on by Tracy Art League offers an opportunity for local artists to show their best works in a public forum.  

www.tracyartleague.org

Founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter, Young Rembrandts has become a recognized leader in art education. What began as one person, working with children in her home, has developed into an international business that teaches drawing to thousands of students every week. Fetter applied her fine arts education and background in child development to create an original, step-by-step method to teach children drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts.

Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds.

www.youngrembrandts.com
The Tracy Community Band meets during the school year. Rehearsals are at the Grand Theater Center for the Arts every Monday from 6:45 - 8:45 PM. There are typically 2 to 3 concerts during the school year, ending with the Tracy Memorial Day Service in May.

The band is always looking for new musicians ages 14 and up!

Contact Us

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: 209-831-6TKT (6858)
Fax: 209-831-6271

boxoffice at cityoftracy.org
www.atthegrand.org

Facility Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
One hour prior to ticketed performances.

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