Annette Daniels Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer.
Doug Yeomans brings over 30 years of award winning performing, recording and teaching experience to young people across Western New York. Their workshops on the performance, history and profession of
The Benched Players are a theatrical improvisation ensemble led by Melissa Kate Miller, a songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer, and poet. The Benched Players lift students from the sidelines (“
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.
As a bilingual instructional technology consultant specializing in “Flipped Classroom Strategy”, Alex’s primary focus is CTE and its connection to the Arts and Mathematics.
Mohamed Diably began playing the jembe at age seven, under the supervision of his elder brother Moustapha. By fifteen, he was asked to join a group sponsored by the wife of Guinea’s famous President Sekou Toure. Mohamed travels throughout the US, Canada, and Europe teaching drum and dance and promoting the music and culture of Guinea.
Wooden Cities is both an ensemble and a collective of performers and composers seeking to help increase the performance and awareness of contemporary classical music in Western New York through unique, educational presentations.