Lauren Appel (faculty/mentor) has worked as an arts educator and administrator at many cultural institutions in Washington and New York, including Arts Corps, Hilltop Artists, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. As a theatre and visual arts teaching artist and gallery educator she has worked with students pre-k through adult, with a particular dedication to integrating the arts into classroom curriculum and collaborating with teachers, school administrators, and families. As an administrator, Lauren has overseen programs at community-based arts organizations and museums, including long-term partnerships with elementary schools and high schools, and for five years she managed Hilltop Artists’ Arts Connect program for court-involved girls in Pierce County. Most recently Lauren served as a theatre teaching artist in Arts Corps’ Creative Schools Initiative and now is the Director of Arts Integration at Arts Corps. Lauren holds a BA in theatre from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.
Daemond Arrindell (faculty/mentor) is a poet, performer, playwright and teaching artist. He is a faculty member of Freehold Theatre, leading poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men for over ten years; adjunct faculty at Seattle University; Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures' "Writers in the Schools" Program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. His work has appeared in City Arts, Crosscut Magazine and Specter Magazine. Daemond is a 2013 Jack Straw Writer, a 2014 VONA/Voices Writer’s Workshop fellow and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums. Recently, Daemond co-adapted the acclaimed contemporary and satirical novel Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson into a stage production for Book-It Repertory Theatre. Braggsville debuted in Seattle in June 2017.
Anne Banks (program director) is the Washington State Program Supervisor for The Arts at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). She has served in this position since 2011 and has focused on building collaborative partnerships, integrating arts education into other core subjects, exploring ways the arts connect to key state and federal programs, and raising the importance of equitable access to the arts for all students within the school day. As the state program supervisor, Anne works with schools, districts, universities, artists, state and national associations for the arts, and other state and community stakeholders to collaborate and maximize arts opportunities for students. Working across divisions at the state level, she has been instrumental in developing an arts infused residential opportunity for at-risk migrant middle school students, providing the arts as a school improvement and Title I option for increasing student success, and increasing the focus of arts in extended day programs. She holds an M.A. in Professional Development and a B.A in Education.
Kayti Bouljon (director of curriculum and assessment / faculty) is the Director of Community Education at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She works extensively in K-12 classrooms, leads professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists, creates lesson plans for schools and teachers, and oversees partnerships with area arts organizations. In addition to her work at PNB, she is a faculty member of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, serves as faculty for the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab and Bringing Theatre Into the Classroom, teaches arts integration for Seattle University and University of Washington Masters in Teaching programs, and is an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts. She has also worked as a consultant for Arts Corps and Seattle Public Schools. From 2009-2016, Kayti served on the board of Dance Educators Association of Washington and as a liaison for the National Dance Education Organization. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Public Health from the University of Washington.
Carina del Rosario (faculty/mentor) Born in the Philippines, Carina A. del Rosario immigrated to the United States as a young girl. She earned her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University in 1991. She has studied photography and a variety of visual arts at Santa Fe Workshops, Photography Center Northwest, Pratt Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts and other cultural institutions. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and as public installations in Washington, Arizona and Illinois, and is in the permanent collections King County and the cities of Seattle and Kent. As a teaching artist for Arts Corps, Seattle Art Museum, Photographic Center Northwest and other cultural institutions and community-based organizations, she helps students develop 21st century skills through the visual arts. She is an alumna of the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. She collaborates with non-profit organizations and public institutions to use visual art and creativity to illustrate and advance social justice and equity. In 2013, the International Examiner honored her with a Community Voice Award for an Individual Artist.
Lisa Jaret (program director/faculty), is the Arts in Education Program Manager for the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), and has produced and managed arts education programs for over 20 years. At ArtsWA since 2005, she manages grants, programs, policies, and professional development to support the arts as part of basic K-12 education for all students. She oversees a Roster of Teaching Artists and the Poetry Out Loud program, and she co-directs the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. She has expertise in program planning, development and evaluation, and has artistic background in theatre and dance. Lisa is an ex officio board member for ArtsEd Washington, and served on the Arts Education Advisory Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies from 2008-2010, with one year as chair. Lisa holds a Masters in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, and a B.A. in Humanities from U.C. Berkeley.
Tina LaPadula is a theatre teaching artist and one of the founders of Arts Corps, where she served for more than 15 years as the Program and Education Director. Currently, Tina works as the Creative Youth Project Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and as a national consultant facilitating professional learning on equity and the arts. She actively supports the development of teaching artists, most notably as the former Co-Chair of the Association of Teaching Artists and founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network. Her writing and opinion has been featured by The Guild for Community Arts Education and Americans for the Arts. As a teaching artist Tina has taught at Centrum Arts, Seattle Children's Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and after school programs. These days she primarily serves a consultant with The HeArtWork Collective, facilitating workshops on racial equity and the arts for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, schools, cultural organizations and national conferences.