Introducing the creative geniuses who will be teaching, inspiring, leading, mentoring, and caring for the girls this summer…listed in alphabetical order by first name…

Alex web editALEX LEE – Assistant Teacher

Alex is thrilled to be a counselor this year at Go Girls! after being a GGLT for the past two summers.  She is currently a sophomore at the Urban School in San Francisco.  Alex enjoys yoga and exploring the city of San Francisco.  She is an aspiring actress in the Bay Area who has worked with numerous theater companies and is represented by NYLO talent agency.   She has been taking classes with co founder Alison Kenny since she was two years old and strongly believes in the Go Girls! mission statement to empower young girls through the arts.

 

Amanda web editAMANDA STANITSAS – Assistant Teacher

Amanda is an Expressive Arts Therapist with a passion for dance and performance. She has a special interest in working with girls fostering self-expression, exploring identity and development, and encouraging personal growth. Amanda worked with Go Girls! last year and greatly enjoyed getting to know each unique Go Girl! She especially enjoyed helping the girls discover and strengthen their personal talents and abilities through the process of creating art and the performance. She looks forward to meeting you this summer!

Ben web editBEN GUSTAVSON-SCHARF – Assistant Teacher

Ben will be a teaching assistant this summer at the Go Girls! Camp sessions in San Francisco. Ben is a rising junior at the Drew School in San Francisco. At school, Ben enjoys the subjects of history and band and enjoys participating in groups like the GSA.  Outside of school, Ben engages in other extra curricular activities. These activities include playing jazz drums and piano, writing music, and creating and acting in various plays for all ages at the New Conservatory Theater Center. Through these performing arts activities, and through being an involved member of his school’s community, he has developed his skills of encouraging creative cooperation, inclusion and community building. With these skills and a ton of enthusiasm, Ben will be a role model for and help others in letting their most creative and adventurous sides out, and in taking center stage.

Caroline web editCAROLINE PARSONS – Play Director

Caroline Parsons is an artist and educator who is 100% in love with Go Girls! She has taught theater, dance, singing, expressive arts and yoga for the program over the past five years. She is a proud employee of We Players, Galileo Summer Camps, and Camp Reel Stories.

 

Celia web editCELIA CODY-CARRESE – Assistant Teacher

Celia is 19 years old and just finished her freshman year at UCLA. She started as an intern at Glitter & Razz when she was 14 years old. Now she is an Assistant Teacher in Berkeley, and this will be her sixth summer of Go Girls! Celia teaches music and dance and is there to provide assistance to both teachers and your girls. You can find her playing the drum during Kid’s Choice, reading stories, and making up dances at random.

Christy web editCHRISTY BOOTH – Expressive Artist

Christy first pondered the therapeutic powers of art as a child, enjoying the transcendent experience of creating. After working as an art teacher for numerous years, she decided to become an Expressive Arts Therapist, and is almost finished with school (yay)! Christy had an unforgettable experience teaching with Go Girls! last year, empowering girls to create boundaries, be connected to each other, and feel their feelings, fearlessly! She is super-duper-stoked to do it again this summer and looks forward to making some magical artsy stuff with a bunch of awesome girls!

Gigi web editGIGI GILBERT-IGELSRUD – Assistant Teacher

Gigi has passion for music, performance, language, and information. She is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, having studied linguistics and music and spent her free time volunteering in Berkeley middle schools, singing and arranging for a cappella, and organizing experimental theatre. Gigi takes center stage by striving for originality in art and constantly renewing her imagination and positivity through working with different lenses and mediums. She believes that collaboration is a major key to both artistic and personal progress.


Hannah web editHANNAH GAVAGAN – Play Director/Specialist

Hannah is wildly excited to return for her second summer as a Go Girls! Play director.  She has a background in theatre arts and teaching.  Hailing from the East coast, her wanderings have finally brought her to the West coast to share her love of theatre and play as a Go Girl!

 

Hawa web editHAWA ZABEL – Assistant Teacher

I have been part of Go Girls! since I was very young. I love being part of the positive energy, and helps me thrive as a better person. I am 18 years old and am currently attending Squaw Valley Academy near Tahoe. I lived in Africa for half of my life and the other half was spent in the Bay Area. I have two sisters, Rebecca and Naomi, and my lovely parents, Allan and Laurie. I love doing art and being creative. Creation is what keeps me going and gets me motivated. I love being part of Go Girls! because, no matter how silly my ideas may seem, they are always welcomed and appreciated. I am a very down to earth type of girl who loves to listen to people and make sure that everyone feels heard. I love working with kids, enjoy meeting new staff members, and always seeing their creativity shine through the kids.

jazzy web editJAZZY LEE – Assistant Teacher

Jazzy is a sophomore at Occidental College with a passion for literature and people (and their stories). She has worked at Go Girls! for eight years now and cannot wait to meet everyone at camp! As an Assistant Teacher, she is committed to making girls feel confident, compassionate, and comfortable through different art forms- painting, acting and writing are her favorite few. Jazzy loves to play games, read books, and have crazy spontaneous dance parties.

Julie web editJULIE DOUGLAS – Play Director/Camp Administrator

Julie is a Bay Area actor-creator, director, teacher and clown. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the UCSC and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International. Julie celebrates the empowering, connecting, expressive, collaborative, playful power of theatre and the arts. Making theatre can change the world and how we experience what is possible. She loves working with Go Girls! to create something that is uniquely theirs, allows them to take center stage and shine. Julie has been a Play Director with Glitter & Razz Productions since Fall 2011. She has also taught in youth programs with SF Shakespeare, We Players, SF Public Montessori, Yes Theatre of Marin, International Studies Academy, Dell’Arte International, Ferndale Repertory, and Summerfield Waldorf. 

KaitlinMcGaw web editKAITLIN MCGAW – Specialist

Kaitlin is the Director of Alphabet Rockers, an educational hip hop/pop music company founded in San Francisco in 2007. Alphabet Rockers’ music, media, performances and educational programs use alternative educational methodologies, music and movement to make learning accessible, fun and more effective. A Harvard University Graduate in Afro-American Studies, she is and an award-winning songwriter (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Parents’ Choice Awards). She produced three albums, an iPhone app, a web series on nutrition, bullying and literacy, and designed a music and dance curriculum for K-2 classrooms. McGaw is a featured speaker and trainer at conferences on arts and integrated learning. Prior to Alphabet Rockers, Kaitlin worked for the GRAMMYs, served as Vice President for West Coast Songwriters, and was a writer for Electronic Musician.

Kat web editKAT REEVE – Assistant Teacher

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I have had the great fortune to live and travel all over the US and the world, from Hawai’i to the very southern tip of Argentina.  When I’m not teaching, I enjoy metalsmithing, gardening, creative writing, dancing and eating snacks. I am excited to take center stage with my enthusiasm and sense of adventure. I look forward to giving each girl the spotlight to shine in her own way.

Katie web editKATIE ISSEL PITRE – Play Director

Katie is a Berkeley native who recently returned to the Bay Area after 11 years based in Brooklyn.  There she worked as a teaching artist in spoken word, devised theatre, mural arts and playwriting throughout the boroughs of New York and New Jersey for Urban Word, Community Word Project, New Victory Theatre, BAM, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Katie expresses her artistry as a facilitator as she works to bridge the gap between personal and cultural experiences by creating community-building opportunities via the creative process.  Her background in dance, voice, theatre and poetry shape her focus as an artist and educator.  Most recently she starred in two short films written and directed by Christopher Wells of Kaleidoscope Pictures called “Cynthia” and “My Fondest” found on You Tube.  She also participated in an online writing course for women facilitated by Caits Meisner where she produced several new works of poetry.  Her writing was featured in a cite-specific play series Play/Date, produced by Blake McCarty. As a devising actor she worked with the Trusty Sidekick company, and on two interview theatre pieces; The Class Project, directed by Joe Salvatore, and wrote and acted in Layer Cake performed at the Looking Glass theatre.  As a singer in Shell she wrote and produced an EP.  Katie has also performed in multidisciplinary projects featuring her dance training.  She also designs jewelry for City Seed.  She gained her MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from NYU Steinhardt.

kto web editKELLY TAKUNDA ORPHAN – Specialist

A vocalist, percussionist, songwriter and dancer, Kelly has performed music around the world. She was raised in a family of mixed-heritage musicians in the Bay Area, sang in her church choir, studied piano, voice and percussion and toured with Babatunde Olatunji before moving to Africa and discovering her deep-rooted passion for music and dance in Zimbabwe. She leads her own band, the KTO Project.  Kelly holds a BA from San Jose State University in Creative Arts with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology as well as a minor in music. She also completed the Orff Schulwerk certification program in 2001 at Mills College in Oakland, CA.  Since 1995, Kelly has worked as a music specialist in Richmond, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland public and private schools, as well as in many private schools.

kiona web editKIONA MEDINA – Expressive Artist

Please put your hand on your hearts and repeat after me: I. Make. Beautiful. Creations.  Thank You. This is my fifth summer taking center stage as a Go Girls! Expressive Arts teacher and these are the words I invite girls to repeat before doing any artwork. I share them because as a Go Girl! myself, I advocate self-love, I nurture creativity and constantly invite others to speak to their hearts.  I’m also getting a masters in Expressive Art Therapy and can’t wait to play, create and dive into this summer.


Leila web editLEILA MERZENICH – Assistant Teacher

Leila has been a part of Go Girls! since the very beginning. She went to the very first Go Girls! Camp, and attended many other Glitter & Razz camps with Lynn and Allison before that. This will be her fifth summer working at the camp, and her second year as an Assistant Teacher. She is a sophomore in high school at Oakland Technical School. In her free time, Leila enjoys singing and martial arts, which are two things she has incorporated into Go Girls! Camps in the past. She is looking forward to spending another summer helping young Go Girls! enjoy themselves and make a play!

lena web editLENA NICODEMUS – Assistant Teacher

I am excited to be a Go Girl! with you this summer! I have been working with Go Girls! since last year, and I can tell you that it is so much fun. When I’m not at camp, I am an elementary school counselor. I graduated with my MA in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy in May. I like writing, reading, painting, and exploring the world with you amazing and creative girls!

 

Maria web editMARIA LENTZOU – Expressive Artist

Maria is a Psychologist, Licensed in Greece and an Expressive Body Work Coordinator with Specialization in Creative Resources in Buenos Aires. Originally from Greece, her love for different people, cultures and adventure led her to travel abroad and live in Argentina and Peru, where she worked as an arts educator with children and as a therapist with adults.  As an interdisciplinary artist and performer she is devoted to express the beauty and grace of life through her art and work.

Meghan web editMEGHAN FRANK – Play Director/Specialist

Meghan Frank is a performer, educator, and arts administrator who has worked internationally, from Afghanistan to India to Point Arena, CA. From directing theatre summer camps to teaching young women in Afghanistan stiltwalking, Meghan enjoys working with youth, especially girls. She holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International (2012) and a BA in Theatre for Social Change from UMASS Amherst (2003). She just returned from the Hakawy International Festival for Children in Egypt with IN’Tents: A Conservation Comedy (www.intents.snappages.com). IN’Tents is an original comedy for families created with artistic partners Pratik Motwani and Janessa Johnsrude, which has also toured to India and across the national parks of the U.S.A. From 2012-2014, Meghan was both a staff and faculty member at Dell’Arte International as the Community Programs Manager and Development and Marketing Coordinator.

Rebecca web editREBECCA LONGWORTH – Play Director & Producer, Go Girls!/Reel Stories

Rebecca is a theatremaker, theatre educator and motion graphics designer. She has directed plays at schools and theatre companies all around the Bay Area, and has performed with Ragged Wing Ensemble, foolsFURY and We Players. Most recently she’s been devising site-specific installations and performances with the Hatch Collective (www.hatchperformance.org), and creating family-friendly outdoor performances with her company, Idiot String (www.idiotstring.org). Idiot String’s shows tour Bay Area parks and public spaces aboard FluxWagon, a folding mobile stage. Coming this August: Aesop Amuck, starring the madcap troupe Samuel Peaches’s Peripatetic Players in their adaptation of Aesop’s Fables. As a motion graphics designer, Rebecca works as a freelancer and with Truc Designs, Inc. (www.trucdesigns.com) to create animated content for a variety of clients. She also designs digital projections for the stage, including Slaughterhouse 5 at Custom Made Theatre Co., By & By and Precious Little at Shotgun Players, Good Goods at Crowded Fire, and Cuckoo and 4.48 Psychosis at Jump! Theatre. Rebecca holds an MA in Text & Performance Studies and is a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Rachel web editRACHEL BROWN – Play Director

Rachel has an extensive background in working with children and young adults, having taught preschool in Oakland and Berkeley, first grade in Albany, GA, and theatre at all grade levels. This includes working with elementary school students through the California Shakespeare Theater’s After-School Program, and with the Traveling Players Ensemble in McLean VA, directing middle-schoolers and high-schoolers in Commedia Dell’Arte, Moliere, Carlo Gozzi, and Shakespeare. This last semester Rachel co-directed Nueva School seventh graders in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, with fellow Go Girl! teaching artist Rebecca Longworth. Rachel spent the fall of 2013 teaching devised theatre and Commedia Dell’Arte to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. She has studied with a wide variety of teachers and training programs, including the American Conservatory Theater, the British American Drama Academy, and the Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She received her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA. Her graduate school ensemble member included Go Girls! teaching artist Meghan Frank. Most recently, fellow Dell’Arte grad and Go Girl! teaching artist Julie Douglas and Rachel created an original comedic song-and-dance act with their clown characters, Olive & Wilson. She is part of the Go Girls! outreach and marketing team. Rachel is wonderfully excited to return for her second summer as a play director in Berkeley and San Francisco. She is a Go Girl!

Sara web editSARA KRAFT – Play Director

Sara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws from her broad background in theatre/dance/performance, film/video/multimedia and music.  Sara’s passion for the performing arts began at age 6 with her first role as a munchkin. Since then, she has accumulated a lifetime of professional experience & training as a performer, director, writer, choreographer, songwriter, producer and arts educator.  Described as “a doyenne of avant-garde theatre in San Francisco” by American Theater Magazine, Sara has been creating her own award-winning performance work, as well as teaching and directing youth theatre, for over 20 years. Her work has received commissions, grants, residencies and presentation in the U.S. and Europe, including at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Headlands Center for the Arts, the SF International Arts Festival, ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, and The Exit. Her work with youth of all ages has ranged from large scale productions of Broadway musicals to collaboratively devised original plays.  Sara has also worked in film and video production as a producer, casting director, and actor. She received a BA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University with a focus in Theatre, Dance and Women’s Studies. She also holds a certificate in Participatory Arts and Somatic Research from the Moving on Center School, and has continued training in a range of performance disciplines with renowned international artists.  Sara believes strongly in the performing arts and arts education as an empowering tool of transformation, inspiration, joy, community building, and critical and innovative thinking and action.

Theresa web editTHERESA MILLER – Assistant Teacher

Theresa is an Actor and proud Go Girl! This is her second summer with Go Girls!, and she couldn’t be more excited to bring girls center stage. She studied Theatre and English at Sonoma State and has performed with over 20 different Bay Area theatre companies. When not onstage, Theresa enjoys being on the other end of the table and teaching theatre. She has taught after school Shakespeare and has worked at New Conservatory Theatre Center teaching drama classes and performing with the YouthAware program. She loves cooking, Shakespeare, Zumba and her cat, Portia.

todd web editTODD BERMAN – Expressive Artist

Todd Berman has been using his art to explore what makes San Francisco so special ever since arriving here from New York in 1998. He creates scenes that capture a chaotic sense of community in bright, expressionistic drawings, paintings and crowd-sourced, collaborative collages.  He also uses his art as an educator for institutions including the San Francisco Unified School District, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.   You can find Todd’s art online at TheArtDontStop.com.

 

 

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