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…

AlaysiaAlaysia Brooks | Assistant Teacher

Alaysia was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She is currently a student at Denison University in Ohio currently majoring in Sociology/ Anthropology  and Black Studies. At Denison, she is a cheerleader and a member of the Big Red Fitness Club. She is also a mentor to elementary school students for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.  Alaysia has been working for Glitter & Razz for a total of four years. Over the years, she has choreographed many dances for the Go Girls! Camps. Although Alaysia attends college many miles away, she looks forward to working with the amazing Go Girls! each summer. She loves inspiring the young girls and watching their lights shine on stage.

 

AmandaAmanda Stanitsas | Assistant Teacher

Amanda is a trained dancer, a visual artist, enjoys making crafts out of found objects, and is in graduate school to become an Expressive Arts Therapist.  She trained for 17 years as a dancer in classical ballet, traditional jazz, and traditional Greek folk dance, and continues to take classes in various forms to this day.  She is SUPER excited to be a Teaching Assistant this year with Go Girls! camp and is just tickled pink to be spending time with such inspirational, fun, brave, compassionate, and fun individuals this summer!   She can’t wait to make summer camp memories with you!

 

CarolineCaroline Parsons | Play Director

This is Caroline’s fourth summer teaching for Go Girls! She has taught dance, yoga, expressive arts and theater through the program. She has worked in recruiting for Galileo innovation camps and as an education intern for foolsFURY theater company.  She is a member of WePlayers theater company and you can see her this June in their production of Macbeth (www.weplayers.org)  She is a Theater Studies major from Wellesley College with a focus in Russian. Let’s have another incredible summer- Go Girls!!!

 

CeliaCelia Cody-Carrese | Assistant Teacher

Celia is an Assistant Teacher at Go Girls! with a specialty in music and dance. She is an 18 year old graduate of Oakland Technical High School and will be attending UCLA in the fall. She has worked with kids for over 6 years and this will be her 5th year at Go Girls! Celia loves singing, dancing, and all things active and creative. She can’t wait to help the Go Girls discover their ability to change the world and have a heck of a time doing it!

 

ChristyChristy Booth | Expressive Artist

Christy is a crafty artist, fiery performer, and dedicated world-changer!  She has taught art with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, performed across the country with a troupe of shimmery circus-folk, and is now working on her masters in Expressive Art Therapy at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her greatest hope for this summer is to use art as a medium to inform Go Girls! of their own potential, inspiring girls to go after their dreams and have fun doing it!

 

EricaErica Jones | Assistant Teacher

Hey Go Girls!.  My name is Ms. Erica and I am new member of the Go Girls! family. I started acting and dancing in high school.  I found that, although I loved it, it wasn’t my calling.  But teaching was!  My junior year of high school I decided to take all of my experiences and skills and teach the younger generation of great performers. I have been studying and teaching different types of dance for 7 years. I love Modern Dance, hip-hop, and zumba. I can’t wait to see all of the Go Girls! this summer. This is going to be a great summer 🙂

 

HannahHannah Gavagan | Play Director

Hannah is wildly excited to begin her first 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!

 

 

HawaHawa 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 17 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.

 

IzzeIzze Lahn-Schroeder | Assistant Teacher

Izze grew up going to Glitter & Razz which is now Go Girls!.  That sprouted her love of performing and has been doing it every since. Izze plays guitar, acts, sings and does spoken word.  She has been an intern at Go Girls! and loves working with children. In 2013 she worked with The Village Project, after school tutoring for low-income youth and was a CIT for three weeks at the overnight camp, Camp Tawonga. Izze is entering her senior year at Jewish Community High School.

 

JazzyJazzy Lee | Assistant Teacher

Jazzy has been working at Glitter & Razz for seven consecutive summers, first as an intern and now as an Assistant Teacher! She loves the emphasis Go Girls! places on compassion and girl empowerment and is always in awe of the girls she meets through the program. Her hobbies include reading, playing soccer, and spontaneous singing sessions.

 

 

JessaJessa Goldstein | Assistant Teacher

Jessa is an Expressive Arts Therapist in training, a world traveler, a clown and a lifelong Go Girl! at heart. She has worked with kids of all ages for over 15 years, teaching creative movement, theater, English as a second language and more. Having grown up as a girl herself and spent four years at an all-women’s college, Jessa is deeply committed to helping girls connect to their inner strength, build growth-promoting friendships, and have fun just being themselves!

 

JulieJulie Douglas | Play Director

Julie is a Bay Area actor creator, director, teacher and clown. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. With a focus on ensemble creation of new work and physical expression, Julie has extensive experience working communally to create something greater than the sum of its parts. It is the power for true human connection, using one’s own body and imagination as the medium of expression, and the shared creative experience of theatre that Julie loves sharing with kids. Making theatre can change the world, ourselves, each other and how we experience what is possible. Julie has been a Play Director with Glitter & Razz Productions since Fall 2011. She has also taught in youth programs at, SF Public Montessori, Yes Theatre of Marin, Dell’Arte International, Ferndale Repertory, and Summerfield Waldorf. Julie is so grateful to be teaching at Go Girls! Camp this summer.

 

KellyKelly Takunda Orphan | Expressive Artist

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.

 

KionaKiona Medina | Expressive Artist

Kiona is an artist committed to nurturing the imagination and to using the arts to ignite the creative power within us.  A mixed media artist and educator born in Colombia, she holds her BA from San Francisco State University in Art Education and Animation.  She has been working with children for 7 years in afterschool settings, summer camps, and preschools. She became part of the Glitter & Razz family in 2010 to grow as an art educator and to join their mission to empower children to change this world. In this time she designed and led several Go Girls! clubs (including the first bilingual club) and initiated the first “Go Boys!” program at Glenview Elementary School.  Kiona is agraduate student in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA.

LeilaLeila 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 fourth summer working at the camp, but her first year as an Assistant Teacher. She is a freshmen 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!

LenaLena Nicodemus | Expressive Artist

Lena is a fiercely loving Go Girl! who believes in empowering the next generation of female leaders. Growing up in a big family on the East Coast, she found solace and subsequently her voice through play, imagination, and the words of strong female authors. An artist and poet to the core, she is currently getting her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy, and gets her vitality from seeing the healing power of art and word in action. When she’s not learning with Go Girls!, you can find her at a park with her pup and a book, or working with kids in Richmond.

 

RachelRachel Brown | Play Director

Rachel is thrilled to be making her Go Girls! debut as a Play Director in San Francisco this summer. 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. 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. Rachel 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. How lucky she is to now be a Go Girl!

 

RebeccaRebecca Longworth | Play Director

Rebecca is a theatremaker, drama educator, and motion graphics designer. She is currently rehearsing for the remount of O Best Beloved, a 2013 “Best of Fringe” awardee that Rebecca directed and co-adapted from the stories of Rudyard Kipling. O Best Beloved will tour to parks and public spaces around the Bay this August and September. Rebecca is dedicated to ensemble-based theatre, and has performed with Ragged Wing Ensemble and We Players, is a company member of foolsFURY, and is part of the devised-work cooperative Hatch. She holds an MA in Text & Performance Studies, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and co-hosts the Physical Theatre Salon at Main Street Theatre.

 

TheresaTheresa Miller | Assistant Teacher

Theresa is an actor and proud teaching artist. This is her first 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. She has taught afterschool Shakespeare and worked at New Conservatory Theatre Center teaching drama classes and performing with the YouthAware program. She loves cooking, Shakespeare, Zumba and adventure.

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