Christina Vega-Westhoff is a poet, translator, educator, and aerialist living in Buffalo, N.Y. Locally she teaches poetry and movement with Just Buffalo Literary Center, the Geneseo Migrant Center, and Buffalo Aerial Dance, and performs in the region. Vega-Westhoff has taught academic and creative writing to students of all ages in both Spanish and English through… Read more »
Victoria Pérez is an accomplished theatre artist and teacher. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company, the only theatre company in WNY dedicated to develop, nourish and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latino experience in order to preserve our roots. She serves as secretary on the board of the Arts… Read more »
Lorna Czarnota has been performing as storyteller, author, and musician since 1985. Her programs feature historical presentations, storytelling and writing workshops. She is a national leader in the use of storytelling with at-risk youth. She also specializes in Celtic and Scottish lore, history, creative writing and healing stories.
Melissa Kate Miller is an international recording artist, songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer and poet. As US Managing Director for Artfully AWARE, founder of the Benched Players and leader of the cabaret blues act, The Melissa Kate Project, she draws from a varied background for her students.
The Phonics Program (residency) is an innovative approach to teaching reading readiness using songs, dances, signing, and visual arts.
Annette Daniels Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer.
Dr. Celes Tisdale is a professional actor, a published poet, a national and international storyteller, and a lecturer on the arts and culture.
Gretchen Murray Sepik’s storytelling career began in Mercer, PA, where her mill-worker father, told her colorful stories about the Pennsylvania coal-mines and railroads; her mother encouraged her to dress up and perform nursery rhymes. Storytelling allows her to share history and performance with people across New York State and Pennsylvania in schools, museums, theaters, libraries and private homes.
Sherry Robbins is a poet, teaching artist, and freelance writer. She has conducted creative writing workshops throughout the state of New York and abroad since 1977, working with hundreds of students annually.
Developed by Young Audiences of Western New York, this residency explores the Erie Canal’s history through a variety of art forms, inviting students to take a personal journey down the Canal by speaking through the voices of the era.