KID smART teaching artists are professionals in their field with experience working with children in classrooms in New Orleans’ public schools. They have an indispensable role as catalysts for creativity, and inspire children to make positive changes in their own lives.

KID smART is committed to building the capacities of teaching artists through on-going research of best practices. Teaching artists meet twice monthly forming a learning community to grow their practice, assess student progress and to evaluate their work with students and teachers.

Renee Anderson

  • Theatre & Visual Art Residency at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy
  • Theatre & Visual Art Afterschool Instructor at Langston Hughes Academy
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Renee Anderson has worked as a teacher and artist in New Orleans since 2008. In the classroom, she focuses on storytelling through performance and visual art, with students collaborating on projects such as writing and illustrating books, puppet and prop making, and creating and performing original plays. Renee has recently worked with New Orleans Airlift, The Allways Lounge & Theater, New Noise,  & Lux et Umbra for Goat in the Road’s Play/Write. She helps run the Crunchtown Theater Collective, a project that invites artists of all practices, levels, and ages to collaborate on large-scale moving performance pieces. She has toured internationally with the Caravan Stage Collective and with Las Sombras, an Argentinian youth theater company. She studied Environmental Studies and Visual Arts at Knox College.

Erin Barnard

  • Media Arts Residency at Medard H. Nelson Charter School
  • Media Arts Enrichment Instructor at Crescent Leadership Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Erin Barnard specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country. Prior to her work with New Orleans youth and teachers, Erin coached and taught alongside teachers in arts integration programs in Chicago, where she also presented professional development and studio workshops with programs including the Art Institute of Chicago’s Teacher Workshops. Erin studied Literature and Photography at Marlboro College and Arts Management in the Arts in Youth and Community Development program at Columbia College, Chicago.

Jenna Bonistalli

  • Visual Arts Enrichment Instructor at Akili Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Jenna Bonistalli is a visual artist who creates works on paper. Her current work engages the sculptural elements of handmade paper, drawing and thread. She has taught arts-based curricula in both school and community settings and has worked as a teaching artist in the New York City schools through City Lore and the Rubin Museum of Art. Jenna earned a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School, an MSEd from Bank Street College of Education and has studied at Penland School of Crafts.

Brigid Conroy

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Brigid Conroy is a writer and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the relationship between paper, print, and social memory. She has taught media literacy & visual storytelling in New Orleans since 2013, and has worked as an educator for the New Orleans Film Festival, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Mini Art Center. She has studied bookmaking & narrative art at the Penland School of Craft, the Sequential Arts Workshop, and Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. She received a B.A. in anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College.

Odile Del Giudice

  • Theatre Residency at Homer A. Plessy Community School
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Odile Del Giudice works as a theatre artist and educator. She has fifteen years of experience with students of all ages and backgrounds, including the past five years as a teaching artist in New Orleans schools. Her journey in the arts has led her through years of traditional acting/singing, devised theatre, physical performance, Japanese dance, and somatic practice. Since arriving in New Orleans, she has produced solo work and continues collaborating with local ensembles. She holds a BA in Theatre and Dance (high honors) from the University of Texas at Austin, and certification from the Subbody Butoh School in the Himalayas.

Aminisha Ferdinand

  • Arts Integration Instructional Coach
  • Dance & Theater Residency at McDonogh City Park Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Aminisha Ferdinand is a theater & dance artist-educator. She coaches teachers and teaching artists on integrating arts into the classroom and co-teaches a theater & dance K-8 arts integrated residency. Additionally, she leads monthly sessions with teaching artists on race and power in education. Her teaching experience includes work in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Gulu, Uganda. Before entering the field of arts education, she performed in theater and film in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.  She is re-emerging as a performing artist with a developing lens on decolonized expression. She has an MA in Educational Theater from NYU and a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Miami.

Bonnie Gabel

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Bonnie Gabel is an arts educator, theater maker, and creative consultant. She is passionate about helping students and teachers in construct their understanding and tell their own stories through performance and digital media and has nearly a decade of experience working with youth ages 3-18 in various settings. Her arts integration workshops for teachers focus on using theater techniques to reach different learning styles in the classroom. Her original performance explores social justice through dance, theater, sound, and visual art and has been nationally supported and presented in galleries and at regional festivals.

Zeb Hollins III

  • Drama Arts Coach
  • Theatre Residency at Martin Behrman Community School
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Zeb Hollins III worked and studied with New York University’s Creative Arts Team as a Master Actor/Teacher for six years. While in New York, he performed in numerous productions at The Billie Holiday Theatre, The Negro Ensemble Company, and Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre. He conducted violence prevention and arts in education workshops in NYC public schools with The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and The Leadership Program Inc. He has worked with several New Orleans arts organizations including The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, and Goat in the Road Productions. He studied Speech/Theatre at Southern University.

Reese Johanson

  • Theatre & Dance Residency at Lycée Français
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Reese Johanson is an international dance-theatre artist, writer, producer, and teacher. She is the Executive Director for the non-profit artist inc. and runs the Art Klub, Culture & Art Community Center. She is a columnist with New Orleans Art and Design Magazine, performs with her company Reese Johanson Collective, partners in performance projects REBOMIJO and DJ RJ Co-Lab, and collaborates with countless other artists and companies. She graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory NYC. The focus of her teaching in the arts emphasizes collaborative composition of the work at hand. She has taught children and adults in New Orleans, New York, Boston, Santa Fe, Berlin, Paris, and Meschers-sur-Gironde.

Chris Kamenstein

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Chris Kamenstein is an actor, writer, director and arts instructor. He has experience teaching improvisation, writing, acting, and movie making to students of all ages.Chris is co-artistic director of Goat in the Road Productions, a theater company devoted to creating new work, fostering the growth of local theater artists, and educational outreach. He has premiered work at the New Orleans Fringe Festival and State of the Nation. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University in theater studies.

Sam King

  • Theatre Residency at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy
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Samantha King has been teaching theatre in New Orleans Public Schools for fifteen years. Trained in Arts Integration at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, she worked with elementary and middle school students at Lusher Charter School, and high school students at Edna Karr. She is also a member of The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, and has taught Creative Writing at Tulane’s Upward Bound program. She hails from California, where she studied at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Academy of Media and Theatre Arts, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Avery Lawrence

  • Puppetry Instructor at Edward Hynes Charter School
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Avery McQuaid Nelson Lawrence is a visual artist and arts educator. He focuses his teaching practice in introducing students to experimental techniques and interdisciplinary projects in multiple media. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and film festivals. He maintains a freelance illustration practice and periodically walks on stilts. He majored in Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he also worked with Spiral Q Puppet Theater and Workshop. Avery received his MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts.

Sherri Marina

  • Theatre Residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
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Sherri Marina is an actress, director, and educator, with over 20 years of experience. Sherri was the Chair of the Department of Theatre at Dillard University from 2001 – 2010. She has served as a faculty member with the Urban Bush Woman Summer Leadership Institute and continues to lead workshops in movement, voice and acting at universities and schools around the USA. As a director and performer, her resume includes many regional theatre, commercial and film credits. Sherri holds a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Cameron-Mitchell Ware

  • Musical Theatre Afterschool Instructor at Lusher Charter School
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Kamili Nilata

  • Dance Residency at Delores T. Aaron Academy
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Kamili Nilata is an arts integration educator specializing in dance and creative movement. She taught 20+ years in five major public school systems. Kamili developed multicultural arts fusion workshops combining dance and health curricula and provided choreography for numerous student performances and community arts projects, including internationally in Nigeria and Cuba. She danced professionally with several dance companies in California and New York City. She is a choreographer for an Emmy-award winning T.V. show. She was also the cultural arts educator at Ashé Cultural Center. Kamili is a Certified Mindful Educator with National Mindful Schools Movement.

Tiana Nobile

  • Poetry Residency at Esperanza Charter School
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Tiana Nobile is a poet/educator and has been living and teaching in New Orleans since 2009. A Kundiman Fellow and recipient of the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, Tiana is currently working towards her MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson College. She earned a BA in Poetry and Ethnic Studies from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters in Teaching Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Orleans.

Andrea Panzeca

  • Visual Art Afterschool Instructor at Edward Hynes Charter School
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Andrea Panzeca is a writer, cartoonist, sculptor, dancer, and teaching artist. She’s taught visual art and dance at the Contemporary Arts Center, environmental education at UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility, and modern dance at Lelia Haller School of Ballet. She’s developing a multidisciplinary project to foster environmental awareness, creativity, movement, and science by combining outdoor service, recreation, and reflection through art. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets.

Jenn Potts

  • Visual Art Residency at Edward Hynes Charter School
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Jennifer Potts is a photographer and art educator who has taught art and photography for the past eleven years. Jennifer encourages all of her students to experiment and to explore art as a way to communicate ideas. For the past 3 years, Jennifer taught art and photography at the International School of Louisiana. Prior to that, she taught at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and with numerous non-profits and community groups. She holds a BA from Tulane University and Masters of Arts in Teaching: Visual Arts from Tufts University in affiliation with the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.

Baderinwa Rolland

  • Theatre & Dance Residency at McDonogh #42 Elementary
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Ellen Rolland, affectionately known as Mama Baderinwa, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been teaching dance and theater in the New Orleans school system for over 20 years. After honing her teaching skills with Dr. Clyde Robinson and the New Orleans Public Schools’ Africana Studies Department, she earned a Fulbright Scholarship, allowing her to travel to the Caribbean Islands to research dance, movement and African retention. This experience gave her the idea to combine history with performance arts. She is currently a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, helping preschool teachers create fun-filled arts integration lessons and curricula for little ones. Baderinwa is the founder and artistic director of Chakra Dance Theatre and Omosede Children’s Dance Theatre.

Laura Stein

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Laura Stein is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and nonprofit administrator. She has taught Hip Hop dance and Creative Movement to children and adults for over ten years. Since 2012, Laura has taught in afterschool programs across New Orleans through KID smART and Community Works. Laura is the co-founder and Executive Director of Dancing Grounds, a community arts organization that brings high-quality dance education and performance programs to New Orleanians of all ages. Laura holds an M.P.A. from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.