The Wondermakers, now in their 25th season, perform interactive story theatre and have given over 3,000 performances throughout New York, Florida, and Ohio in schools, libraries, theatres, festivals, and museums. Their performances celebrate diversity, collaboration, improvisation, and the importance of creativity.
Cindy Hanna is a dancer and educator. She was the recipient of the 2009 Teaching Artist of the Year award from Young Audiences. Her passion for dance is uniquely demonstrated in her enthusiasm for teaching and sharing her art form.
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.
Gerald Mead is an award-winning visual artist. His workshops expose students to collage and other artforms, using found objects and 3D to make art come alive. He is passionate about teaching, making, and collecting art.
Meg Robinson-Albers is a self-professed “kite-maven,” bringing the joy of kite making and the science of flying to students in all grade levels.
Robnison-Albers, a Buffalo native, received a B.A. in
The Hill Brothers are a lively ensemble group that uses participatory, ‘toe-tapping’ musical performance to teach young students literacy skills and character development.
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.
Nels Ross’s gravity-defying arts-in-education programs promote character education, wellness, math, science, reading, and fun!
Nels provides several popular performances that blend physical theater,
Miriam Minkoff is a dancer and percussionist in the ensemble No Words Spoken, a music group comprising individuals with autism and staff from Autistic Services, Inc. Her drum circles provide a sense of togetherness and focused attention that is both stimulating and relaxing.
Andy Parker is a professional meteorologist and “weather educator.” His traveling “Weather Machine” is capable of producing all types of weather, from a 7 ft tornado to snowstorms that fill an auditorium. Parker’s innovative presentations teach students curricular knowledge and creative thinking skills through hands-on, interactive engagement.
Prior to working in television, Parker studied math and atmospheric physics at SUNY Brockport, where he obtained a B.S. degree in